Due to the huge cost I have gone the (more sensible?) route. Got myself a Howa Supreme (M1500) Varminter heavy barrel (24", 1 in 12) in 308 Win. Last one at the gunshop before price increases in 2011.
Thinking was that I should rather get a standard round that has plenty of factory ammo avaliable, shoot for a season or 2, get used to the rifle, round, ballistics etc, then start reloading and refining the long range art. Barrel life will be good, cost is half of a custom rifle
, huge amounts of reloading data and the very inherently accurate 308 cartridge.
The gunsmith is building me an aluminium stock, looks almost like a Choate Ultimate sniper stock, very strong but not too heavy.
License should be here in May (!!???) hopefully, just in time for hunting season.
My partner is picking up a Falcon Menace 5.5-25x50 FFP metric scope in the UK in the next 2 weeks. FFP for simple, MIL measurements stay the same on whatever magnification, no dialing for me.
Anyone have a good load in the following:
150g at approx 2 800/2 850, preferable high BC hunting bullet like Accubond, Interbond etc. without pressure signs. I know some cases have higher volume than others, which ones?
Anyone have nice things to say about the Howa?