I am looking to getting into long range shooting and I'm unable to spend a lot of money; however, I was looking to buy a decent savage rifle and good quality optics to start with, beyond that how much should I expect to be spending if I wanted to shoot in a couple of long range competition shoots each year?
I'm not entirely sure what equipment I will "need" to begin this quest.
If anyone could help me out with what equipment i would need beyond the gun and scope and a ballpark figure of what I should expect to spend, it would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have a lot of money but I would really like to have some fun in this sport.
I have never reloaded ammunition before and would also like to start doing that if it is economically feasible.
I'll give my 2cents. Buy what you can afford. Are you going to be paper punching or hunting or both? Another thing to consider, no matter how much money you put into your rig, YOU might not be capable of shooting the distance you want. I would expect to spend $1000-1500 for a good set up. Savage makes many great rifles and would be a good start. Caliber wise hard to pass up the 308 even though there are other better choices, but you will get long barrel life ammo is available, cheap/easy to reload. Scope is where you don't want to cheap out on. I find my self doing that in the past and get very disapointed. But you could start out with a fixed 10X bushnell 3200 ebay had them for as cheap as $160 at times. Get a rifle, have it bedded, get a good scope, get some factory ammo and see what it can do, try and talk to people at your range, you might be able to get some local help with reloading. Good luck its addictive.
What is you overall budget? 1500- 2000? If it is towards 2000 that would get you, rifle, bases and optics, plus the basics and components to start reloading. If you look around for some used equipment that would help bring costs down.
As previous member stated get quality optics. There are some Mark 4's for sale in the classified for good prices. Cameraland has some good deals on Zeiss Conquest, many members here like them.
Scour the classifieds for presses,dies, scales, and components. Good deals out there.
There is no upper limit. You'll end up spending everything you've got. But, you will enjoy every minute.
On the other hand, you don't have to spend a fortune to have fun and reasonable success.
If this is for targets, buy a Savage 12F in 6br and try factory Lapua Ammo. Save your brass for when you start hand loading. You'll need a good scope. I bought a used Leupold VXIII 6.5-20x40 with target dot reticle for about $350 on ebay. Plus EGW 20MOA rail and Burris Extreme Tactical rings.
If you outgrow that rifle, you can rebarrel it yourself to just about anything all the way up to 338 Edge or Lapua Magnum and customize with a tactical stock, etc...
If you want to hunt, then there are a lot of things to think about. But, inaddition to the rifle, scope, bases, rings, you'll need good binoculars, range finder, bipod, backpack, clothing, etc.
There are some good DVDs and books available. But, the best value is this forum and the experts who are willing to share their experience.
Either way, you'll want to practice a lot which will cost you fuel, ammo, and range fees.
Thanks for the advice everyone, i'm definitely going to be looking at the savage model 12 long range precision in the .260. Only because i would also like to use it for varmint hunting.
rscott - you're right, it looks like I will be spending everything i have, no regrets though . Do you think the 6br is better than the .260?
357fan - Thanks for the advice on the classifieds, I always look at the new stuff floating around and keep telling myself i can't afford any of it, but some of the used stuff just might be in my price range.
midwesthunter - have you personally used the 10x 3200 bushnell scope? I have always loved the bushnell scopes and i have a 3200 elite 3-9x on my 7mm wsm hunting rifle.
Let me ask everyone this, could i just use my 7mm wsm? It's expensive to shoot but it is pretty accurate. It's a browning synthetic stock, 20inch barrel. Or should I go with the Savage long range precision? I know I keep asking too many questions . Of course going with the savage would give me an excuse to buy another weapon.