My younger brother is in the midst of purchasing a new rifle. It will either be chambered in a 223. rem or 243. win. This gun will be used for coyotes and small game. Targets for sure. It will be his introduction into long range hunting and shooting. This rifle will start out for shots on targets out too 500-600 yards till we set up new targets and hopefully push it back too 800-1000 hopefully. This rifle will stay factory for a while but will eventually be custom.
i have always had great luck with remington as for my (starter into long range) remington 700 sps varmint 243. win (factory) shooting federals 80 grain sp shoots better then 1/2 moa out too 300 yards and i have only taken it out too 400 and 500 yards once and it was so hot i could only fire 2 shot groups which at 500 yards was a 2 shot 1 1/2" group and another 2 shot 2" group.
I have read great things about savages and that is the main reason my brother wants to try savage. He wants to be able to compete with me at ranges out too 500-600 yards till we both move on to better greater things, Custom gun work. I love my remington and suggest them to anyone but i would really like to see a savage preform.
I own 2 remingtons and a browning and love them all. All preform well under moa out too 300 yards (haven't practiced enough past that to really test it but will be).
Would you suggest a 223 remington or a 243. winchester in a Remington model 700 or Savage model (10,11, or 12) for a starter into long range shooting and hunting. The rifle will be factory and will be used on coyote sized game and smaller (243. win will be used on deer as well) and will be taken out too 500-600 yards.
Whichever way you go, I recommend the 243 (probably my favorite cal), quite a bit more versatility with the 6mm. Between the Remmy & the Savage... you might as well flip a quarter. Although you can do a rebarrel on the Savage yourself.... which may help you down the road as you were talkin about some custom work.
I have 4 Savages & 3 Remingtons, all do their job & all are great rifles, find the one that fits best & let'er rip.