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Unread 11-30-2009, 11:58 PM
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Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

Okay, I have posted to this site one other time and you guys were great. So I am looking for more great opinions. I previously was looking to buy a long range rifle finished, but like many, the economy has took a beating to the wallet. After much debate I thought it would actually be more fun to build my own rifle. Have always felt the best way to learn anything is to jump right in. With that said this is what I am thinking. Since I have limited equipment and funds I am leaning towards a Savage rifle or action so I can do more of the work myself. So here is my initial plan. I want to shoot 600-900 yards for Mule Deer, Elk, Black Bear. I need the rifle to managable when it comes to weight. I like to hike a lot so it can't be a beast to carry.

Caliber: 300 ultra or 6.5-284
Rifle Action: Savage
Stock: Boyd not sure with a thumbhole or without.
Barrel: Shilens
Trigger. Timney or get the Savage AccuTrigger.
Scope: Still deciding, thinking a Vortex.

Let me know what you guys think.

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Unread 12-01-2009, 12:24 AM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

If elk out to 900 yards is what you are wanting to do, I'd say stick with the 300 RUM.

I love the savage actions, and also the accutrigger. I'd look for a cheap savage that has the accutrigger on it already.

Shilens are great barrels, look at the mcgowens too. They also make a drop in savage barrel.

I dont know a ton about boyds stocks, but I'd look at Stockade stocks. You can buy money savers that you have to finish but they are very well priced for a custom stock. I have a Prairie Dog Special on my savage 300 winmag and I love it.

Vortex scopes are very well made scopes, especially for their price. Talk to Scott at liberty optics about them. They also currently have a $50 mail in rebate too.

Good luck!
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Unread 12-01-2009, 12:49 AM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

Learning long range hunting and shootings is is like learning to walk is done in stages. One must shoot and the more the better. A 300 RUM is an excellent caliber but not for the beginer. A 308 win is anexcellent place to start. It is accurate and has a long rifle expectation with releatively inexpensive ammo.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 03:23 AM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

I agree that a 308 would be an excellent rifle to shoot a lot and practice LR shooting, but it would not be a 600 - 900 yd deer, elk and bear rilfe. I have no problem shooting a 300 RUM all day using a slip-on recoil pad, but the RUM's barrel life is limited. My suggestion would be a 300 WSM. You can expect a barrel life of up to 4000 rounds and 600-900 yds is it's range. Mine loves RL17 and is only about 200-250 fps off the 300 RUM.

The 6.5 is a great caliber but not the best elk rifle and the 300 WSM barrel will out last it.

My $.02

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Unread 12-01-2009, 11:02 AM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

I'm on board with Montana Rifleman. If you want to look at replacing the trigger, then look at a Stevens. It is still a Savage action for $100 or so less. Another route for a donor action would be the 12FV. Used rifles are good way to go also. I like MR like the 300WSM. I am currently getting good results using RL17 and Hornady 208grn A-Maxes. This set up can easily get me into the 600-900 range without breaking a sweat.

Another option for stocks would be the Hogue over molded, and the Choate folding stock. They are available for the Savage short action and will be nice for toting in the woods. Choate stocks are not that expensive and work very well IMHO.

Definitely talk to Scott Barrish at Liberty optics. The Vortex is at the top of my list for scopes to use. He is going to be the guy I buy one off of when I get a chance to get one.

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Unread 12-03-2009, 11:46 PM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

+1 on the 300 WSM. You will not be disappointed.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 12:30 AM
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Re: Opinions on building a long range hunting rifle.

Another thing to look at in a budget minded situation is your reloading cost. It seems that the 300WSM would fit what your wanting to do nicely and be cost effective to reload thus more trigger time. And if you are rock'n a Savage you can roll on a 300RUM and lay the smack down when needed.
I would build a 300WSM on a long action Savage with a moderate contour, heavy on the fluting in a light stock for a nice walking stick and for doing a lot of shooting on steel, then roll on a heavy, braked, long 300RUM and drop it in a more tactical style stock with a couple recoil reducers in the butt stock for when the long range heavy hitter is needed.
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