Originally Posted by ullr
First time here, nice site. I have a Tikka t3 super varmint stainless in .22-250, and LOVE IT!! It's a coyote killer here in E. Washington. I'm looking at a sniper gun for really long range shots. Is the SAKO trg 22 that much more of a gun than the T3 tactical? If the SAKO is that much more of a gun, should I spend a bit more and get the TRG 42 in 338 lapua? I have dreams of 1000+yrd shots and have never fired any of these 3 guns. If similar, I'd like the cheaper option, the trg's seem to be over double the price---Ryan
In all honesty, in my humble opinion you should save your money and work w/ your varmint rifle for now. If you are just getting into the long range shooting thing now, you will likely change your mind once you really get into it. Both are very very good rifles, and one thing they have over a custom build is resale.
However, I agree with the others saying that you would be able to build a very good rifle for much much less cash. and for caliber selection there are many questions. The following are just a few:
Do you like to hunt varmint? Hunt big game? do you like to handload? do you like the idea of purchasing ammo at the local quicky mart in a pinch?? How well do you handle recoil? How many rounds per year are you going to shoot? How often do you plan on rebarreling?
If any of these questions seem strainge to you than take a step back and just think for a couple months. There is no one "wonder" caliber out there. It is always a compramise, and if anyone tells you that such'n such is the "ultimate" cartidge, then you can bet you BS meater will be whistleing!
The moral of my little story is that you have to figure out what you really want that rifle to do prior to spending a couple grand on the thing.
No offense intended! I wish you the best of luck!