I am rarely at a loss for ideas when it comes to rifles, at work they know me for coming up with a 'bad idea' every week, if not daily. Most of my bad ideas come in the form of cool guns I will never build like a .17 squirrel or a .22-243 middlestead. However, today I did something I never do, I bought a scope without a rifle to put under it. I brought home a Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 with target turrets, one of the old American built scopes.
I am looking for advice on what rifle to build or buy to put under this scope. I want this rifle build to be good for target shooting out to 500 or 600 yards primarily and on the occasional varmint or predator. I've been toying with the idea of any of the .22, or 6.5 calibers or .308 but I am not sure which one. Additional caliber suggestions are welcome as well as factory rifle suggestions or custom rifle
ideas. I do not want to build anything over .308 until I have the time, skills and range to shoot past 600 yards on a semi regular basis.
If I build a custom rifle
I want to stick with a Remington 700 action for logistical purposes (availability of donor actions and aftermarket parts). I am open to other brands in the case of factory rifles, but I have a tendency to tinker too much...
Thanks for all the advice,