Originally Posted by deener99
Hey guys I'm new to the thread, but I have read a few discussions on this webpage. Here is what I have going on. I currently have a mark v in 7mm weatherby mag. Composite stock and 26" barrel. I love this gun and I picked it up new for 600. I just cannot afford to keep shooting it and I do not reload. Now I can trade this gun for a sps ss in 308. Much more affordable to shoot and I shoot as much as possible. The gun would be mostly for target shooting out to 800 yards. So far iv only shot up to 500 but I want to push my limits. Do u guys think I should trade? The Remington is brand new. I want the best accuracy possible. I want it straight up which will shoot more accurately. It's only between these two gums because the local gun shop just got the 700 in. Any help is much appreciated
Do you not reload because you CAN'T? (maybe due to where you live or something) or just because you havent learned how, or afraid of costs? In all honesty, I was in your situation a few months back. Reloading is your best bet when it comes to accuracy and long distance shots...especially out to 800 yards. If you were staying under 500, id say go for it...any gun shooting 1.5 MOA or less can be fun out to 500 yards but beyond that and things start to get funny. You really want a gun shooting less than 1MOA for that long of a shot (800 yards). Finding a factory load in a mid level rifle that will consistantly shoot under 1 MOA is a gamble. Some guns will be fine while others may be super picky (like my browning x-bolt) which I spent 250 dollars on AMMO alone to find out that it likes the federal fusion 165 grains the best.
You can get into reloading for 500 bucks, especially if you look into the used market. I got a whole set-up for 300 bucks, minus the case tumbler which is 60 bucks and calipers which were 35 bucks. Reloading, at first, can seem really complex, but it really is not and then you get very accurate loads at half the cost of factory ammo. Also, if you do shoot a lot it is a no brainer, it will definitely end up being cheaper for you.
ANYWAYS, as far as the two rifles you are talking about...the MARK V is the better rifle but yes you are shooting expensive ammo compared to the 308 especially since you could buy military grade 308 ammo at cheap prices, but DO NOT forget that military grade ammo MAY shoot like crap out of that particular rifle and you may not be able to shoot it out to 800 yards. If you do get the remington...id definitely save up for a new stock OR at the very least have the stock bedded as the SPS stocks arent the worst but definitely are on the flimsy side of things and can affect accuracy.