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Old 01-28-2013, 09:51 PM
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regular rifle regular caliber

I understand the value and superior performance of modern wildcats and ultra expensive "platforms" (used to be called a rifle).

I would be very interested in learning about any of you who do long range shooting and hunting with more common FACTORY calibers such as 30.06 Springfield and a regular off the shelf rifle like a Remington 700. Basically something a normal blue collar guy like me could buy.
As far as glass is concerned, ..Heck some of the scopes I read about cost more than my 2001 Toyota. So for arguments sake, lets say a Leopold or Bushnell or Nikon for glass.

Any in put in any of these areas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:41 PM
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Re: regular rifle regular caliber

I hunt mule deer and elk with a 30-06 with a self imposed limit of 650 yards with the load I'm presently using and practice out to 800 yards. Took a elk this last season at 489 yards not a long shot but dropped it like a rock.

Now to start the rifle was a factory Pre 64 Model 70 I bought new in 1963 for 120 bucks. I'm on the third barrel and forth stock. Horses can be hard on stocks. Two years ago the rebuild (Brux barrel McMillan stock and the smith) was about 1100 dollars out the door. This spring am planning on a new Vortex scope just haven't made my mind up as to which one yet but am leaning towards them new HS LR so there is another 800 bucks or so. I like the capped windage turret....fits a scabbard better

So my advice is find a rifle and caliber you really like new or used and shoot the crap out of it. Maybe work on the trigger and have it bedded if it needs it. Once the barrel is shot out and you have been saving your money and have gained enough knowledge to know what you want re-barrel it along with a new stock and have your smith of choice do his thing and you will end up with a rifle probably more accurate then you can shoot and not have a fortune tied up in it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:59 PM
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Re: regular rifle regular caliber

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I understand the value and superior performance of modern wildcats and ultra expensive "platforms" (used to be called a rifle).

I would be very interested in learning about any of you who do long range shooting and hunting with more common FACTORY calibers such as 30.06 Springfield and a regular off the shelf rifle like a Remington 700. Basically something a normal blue collar guy like me could buy.
As far as glass is concerned, ..Heck some of the scopes I read about cost more than my 2001 Toyota. So for arguments sake, lets say a Leopold or Bushnell or Nikon for glass.

Any in put in any of these areas would be greatly appreciated.
I shoot a basically off the shelf Remington 700 Sendero SF, but as far as caliber goes, its a fairly expensive one to shoot, in 7mmSTW.

I have a factory Browning A-Bolt II in 7mm Rem Mag that would be long-range capable with a different scope. That's a pretty common gun in a common caliber.

As for scope goes, you could buy a Konus M-30 for under $500 and buy some TPS picatinny rings and a 1-piece picatinny base for it for under $200, and that would be a pretty solid long-range setup.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:32 AM
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Re: regular rifle regular caliber

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I understand the value and superior performance of modern wildcats and ultra expensive "platforms" (used to be called a rifle).

I would be very interested in learning about any of you who do long range shooting and hunting with more common FACTORY calibers such as 30.06 Springfield and a regular off the shelf rifle like a Remington 700. Basically something a normal blue collar guy like me could buy.
As far as glass is concerned, ..Heck some of the scopes I read about cost more than my 2001 Toyota. So for arguments sake, lets say a Leopold or Bushnell or Nikon for glass.

Any in put in any of these areas would be greatly appreciated.
This thread was just made for you.

For all you people thinking of getting started but are intimidated by the dollars...

You can start with any quality factory rifle from the Rem, Winchester, Weatherby, Tikka, Sako, or a long list of others.

If I could only own one rifle it would be a 300wm since you can just do anything well with it out to 1,000yds with authority and of course factory ammo and reloading components for it are very easy to come by.

When it comes to glass, figure out what the most you can afford to spend is, and then save up an extra 200-300.00 and go shopping.

You can pick up a nice used Leupold VXIII, Vortex Viper, Bushnell Elite, or Zeiss Conquest for 650.00 or less if you are patient and shop well.

Welcome.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:39 AM
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I hunt mule deer and elk with a 30-06 with a self imposed limit of 650 yards with the load I'm presently using and practice out to 800 yards. Took a elk this last season at 489 yards not a long shot but dropped it like a rock.

Now to start the rifle was a factory Pre 64 Model 70 I bought new in 1963 for 120 bucks. I'm on the third barrel and forth stock. Horses can be hard on stocks. Two years ago the rebuild (Brux barrel McMillan stock and the smith) was about 1100 dollars out the door. This spring am planning on a new Vortex scope just haven't made my mind up as to which one yet but am leaning towards them new HS LR so there is another 800 bucks or so. I like the capped windage turret....fits a scabbard better

So my advice is find a rifle and caliber you really like new or used and shoot the crap out of it. Maybe work on the trigger and have it bedded if it needs it. Once the barrel is shot out and you have been saving your money and have gained enough knowledge to know what you want re-barrel it along with a new stock and have your smith of choice do his thing and you will end up with a rifle probably more accurate then you can shoot and not have a fortune tied up in it.
Pretty much how I've done it, some rifles just evolve over time. My 7mag is now just the original trigger and action. all other parts have been replaced
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:35 PM
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Re: regular rifle regular caliber

I can't afford a true custom either but I can reach 1000 yards and beyond. I would recommend Savage, but most reputable brands would do just fine. I second the 300 win mag. Just buy a quality scope, that has adjustable turrets that return to zero. Then, go out and shoot. The ballistic calulator on this website will help you extend your range.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:22 AM
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Re: regular rifle regular caliber

Thank you all.
I have a Tikka in .300wm but I have a Nikon w BDC reticle.
I also have a Remington 700 in 30.06 w a Leopold vx3 6.5x20
I think the basics are covered, I just have to PUT IN THE WORK and practice.

I am tempted to switch the scopes and put a Leopold on the Tikka.
1-What do you guys think?
2-Also should I get the custom turrets from Leopold?

Again, thank you all.
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