Originally Posted by Brewer
I am building a 6.5-06 right now on a Remington 700 action that I will take elk hunting. I figure I have $500 in the action (bought a used stainless sps rifle) $800 in the installed barrel, $400 in the bedding and stock, $200 in the Jewel Trigger and for now I using a Burris 5-20x50 fullfeild. I am saving for a nightforce ($1800 minimum in the states). have brass & dies.... $350 in that stuff. so lets see that's $2250 USD pretty close to your $2500 I think. I am having Hart do the barrel and bedding. Again, I don't know what the costs are in Aus. But remember, its more about who is running the reamer in the barrel, not the barrel itself. get a good barrel, but get a better gunsmith.
Haha yeh Australia is a bit deceiving from what you see in the movies. All the deer live on the east coast where it's nice and green and we get decent rainfall. The outback is north/north west and that's where the pigs, buffalo, Banteng, brumbies, donkeys, camels, dingoes and crocs live. Down south it's just deer, kangaroos and a few wild dogs.
I'd definitely be getting a muzzlebreak for it that's for sure! Interesting what you say about the recoil pad and makes perfect sense, guess I'll just have to try that out and see if it works for me.
Yeh look I"m far from set on what I get but I realise the cost of shooting it and that doesn't bother me. When I said money was an issue I meant that I can't pay $7k for a Sako TRG 42 or $4.5k on a Schmidt und Bender Scope sorta thing.
My point with the prices was just to give people who wanted to help with advice the inflated cost of everything we have here.
I know elk are tough and you guys have a lot of other animals that take some putting down even moreso than ours but our sambar are really tough and I'm just keeping that in mind that if I want to shoot out to that 1000m mark eventually I'm going to have a round with enough energy left to deposit some hurt at the other end. Which is why I'd shy away from say another 300WM. I'm happy to use it out to 600m comfortably and I'll go further I just don't want to lose animals. Especially when running Barnes TTSX 180's that need around 2000fps to expand properly.
None of the calibres we're talking about are affected by this but a thing we always have to be concious of is that the bare minimum legal calibre for deer hunting is a .270 win. Ridiclous that a .264 cant be used on a deer as I'd love one but that's just how it is here.
That sounds like a good setup you're building, I'll be interested to know how it turns out.
Our problem is definitely the cost, for example that exact Jewell trigger in Aus is $450.
It's stupid, I just ordered a TC muzzleloader from the states and to get it here literally doubles the price.
I'm taking all of your info on board though and it's really helpful, appreciating it alot!