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Old 06-26-2013, 04:42 PM
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New to the game

Went to Montana for the first time this spring for a black bear hunt and I seriously underestimated the range I would be shooting at.
I am looking to put together a rifle to eventually hunt bear/elk at further distances and figured this would be a good place to come for suggestions.

Projects are fun and I had read some threads about changing stock and barrel on Remington's and savages...how would this concept work to produce a long range rifle off of a ruger American?

Caliber thoughts appreciated as well.
Thanks in advance and for the info I have already read and gained from.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:05 PM
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Re: New to the game

Welcome to the board,

I personally like the 30cals. If your just looking for a good all around hunting rig you can't go wrong with either the Remington nor the savage. Personally I think savage has the upper hand with out of the box accuracy but not to cut the Remington short because they also do very well in the accuracy department. I own 5 rem 700s to my 2 savage rigs. I'd either go with a 300 win mag or a 300 rum. Both great guns!! Personal favorite is the 300 rum.

Where were you hunting bear over here?


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Went to Montana for the first time this spring for a black bear hunt and I seriously underestimated the range I would be shooting at.
I am looking to put together a rifle to eventually hunt bear/elk at further distances and figured this would be a good place to come for suggestions.

Projects are fun and I had read some threads about changing stock and barrel on Remington's and savages...how would this concept work to produce a long range rifle off of a ruger American?

Caliber thoughts appreciated as well.
Thanks in advance and for the info I have already read and gained from.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:56 PM
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Re: New to the game

If you are not looking to go the "custom" route because of money and time constraints. Either the Remington 700 Sendaro or the Savage Long Range Hunter rifles will fill your need nicely. Both can be found for under $1000 and both will shoot the lights out. Also available in multiple calibers of your choosing. Good Luck and welcome to the club.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:10 PM
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Re: New to the game

I was in plains/Thompson falls area. Came close but couldn't get within 450 yards before he vanished.

I was thinking of a custom project, but the savage long range is pretty cool.
How hard/costly is it to build one?
I am thinking it takes an action, trigger, stock, barrel, bedding job and scope mounts.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:18 PM
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Re: New to the game

Oh way up there!! Well to bad you could get one but they are quite a work out. Very smart. Distance is my advantage. Lots of glassing way up high!


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I was in plains/Thompson falls area. Came close but couldn't get within 450 yards before he vanished.

I was thinking of a custom project, but the savage long range is pretty cool.
How hard/costly is it to build one?
I am thinking it takes an action, trigger, stock, barrel, bedding job and scope mounts.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:30 PM
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Re: New to the game

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I was in plains/Thompson falls area. Came close but couldn't get within 450 yards before he vanished.

I was thinking of a custom project, but the savage long range is pretty cool.
How hard/costly is it to build one?
I am thinking it takes an action, trigger, stock, barrel, bedding job and scope mounts.
The short answer to your question...it depends.

If what you want to do is hunt bear/elk at longrange, a factory Rem700 or Savage in 300winmag or 300rum would be a great choice. The recommendation of a Remington 700 Sendero is a good one.

As for a custom build, it depends...

for a 'semi-custom' which is to say 'accurize' a factory rifle as much as possible without going full-custom (no rebarrel), you can do it for less than $1000 plus optics

Nephew's Transformed Rifle!

If you want to go full-custom, figure spending $2000+ plus optics

My 300RUM by MCR
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:39 AM
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Re: New to the game

most of the answers are - rem sendero and leup 6.5-20.
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