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Just completed budget .308 build!

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Unread 04-14-2011, 11:08 PM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

Killer rifle! You'll like the 175SMKs or 178 AMax's more in the Savage. They are much more accurate in my Savage over the 168 grain bullets. I've also had really good like with Sierra 155 SMK Palma. All with Varget.

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Unread 04-14-2011, 11:20 PM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

Welcome James!

Your exactly the kind of member this site loves to have! Creative, innovative, and does his research before posting!

Seeing how it shoots, I assume your floating the tang of the savage? Make sure there is ample clearance, pressure there torques the action real easily.

Shooting those kind of groups at 200yard with a 10x scope.. Wow! Get out there and start working on reading the wind. I highly recommend taking a class to learn, seems expensive, but the cost is regained saved bullets, powder and barrel wear you'd use trying to figure it all out on your own.
"Out of range" is a theoretical concept as far as I'm concerned. Send it!
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Unread 04-14-2011, 11:52 PM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

Yeah I bedded the action with the tang floated. I ended up removing all the bedding from under the barrel nut and have had more consistent results. I actually took her out and shot at 600yds a couple days ago. Vertical spread of about 3" and horizontal spread of 5.5" in about 5mph wind. Shot prone off a bipod. I think a class would definitely be worthwhile and I will look into what is available locally. The 10x scope is good to about 200yds for "precision" results. Further than that and it averages about 1MOA as it is difficult to get a precise point of aim. I'm hooked!
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Unread 04-15-2011, 08:16 AM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

Killer write up man. The rifle is a thing of beauty. Reading wind gets easy once you learn how. I fortunately had the military teach me but still wouldnt mind taking a class for longer distances past 500 yards.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 05:17 PM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

great job on your build and excellent write up.

i just finished setting up a sps varmint in .308. i haven't even shot it yet and already want to do another rifle.was looking at building one like the budget build article and after reading your thread it makes me even more interested in doing it.

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Unread 10-04-2011, 11:19 PM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

Here are a couple pics of my 2011 Antelope and Mule Deer.

Antelope was at 350 yards

Mule Deer was 397 yards

Both were taken using the 178 amax from the .308
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Unread 10-06-2011, 12:55 AM
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Re: Just completed budget .308 build!

just gotta say, nice! all around, nice! how do you like the scope? seems like the best deal for the money.
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