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Unread 09-10-2009, 11:20 AM
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Re: tips on new long range rifles

yount - thank you for your service and hope you come home safe...and soon.

Since you have budget issues, why buy three rifles when two will do?

Both Savage and Remington are great platforms from which to begin. My caliber suggestions would be .223 and .308. For all you're asking a rifle to do, the .308 would do it all.

But if you're bound and determined to have a couple of rifles, the Remington 700 SPS Varmint comes in both .223 and .308 (.17 too). You could get one of each and essentially build them as twins. That way when you switch from one rifle to the other, they would feel the same to you.

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Unread 09-10-2009, 12:32 PM
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Re: tips on new long range rifles

Liking your 270 WSM idea. I think a 270WSM with a 26" or better light varmint barrel will be all the long range deer rifle you'll ever need. Sure works for me.
Where I hunt the deer aren't all that far away, 400 yards tops.

If you handload, Norma brass is pretty good. Out of my first 100, 46 went into the 'light' pile (these were within 0.6 grain) and 48 into the 'heavy' pile (also within 0.6 grain). 6 were too heavy or light for my use. I also weigh bullets into 0.3 grain lots. With this kind of effort I can usually get 0.5" groups.

Thanks for your service over there and stay safe.
Good luck building your rifle collection.


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Unread 09-10-2009, 04:41 PM
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Re: tips on new long range rifles

Just get a 6.5x55 or a 260 rem and call it a day!

I agree with the other poster though if you want multiple guns, pick up a .223 (ammo is cheap if you get surplus) and then get something bigger. Personally I like the 6.5mm bullets, but a 270 or a 7mm would do the job too.

Or, get a .22ly for squirrels and then a .223 for yotes and things of similar size, then for a deer gun go with something between 6.5 to 7mm bullets and youll be set.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 08:23 AM
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Re: tips on new long range rifles

My step son has a 300 RUM, we get MOA groups out to 400 (furthest we've shot it). It's the flattest shooting rifle I've ever seen. However, it's NO FUN to shoot. I mean ZERO FUN. I shot it working up loads because I had to. But it will knock your teeth out. I don't want a gun that is no fun to shoot. If you want a boomer, the 7mm Rem mag is plenty. I have an TC encore in 270 win that shoots sub MOA groups to 700 and it's FUN to shoot.

Good luck, hope you are home soon.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 08:46 AM
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Re: tips on new long range rifles

Lean towards the Savage because of ACCURACY from a button barrel and ACCU-TRIGGER and ACCU-STOCK and BARREL NUT perfect headspacing and let that old Remington reputation die along with their 5-6 lbs trigger and plastic stocks. Out to 500 yards you say, well to 600 the ole .270 and 7mm Rem Mag with Berger VLDs don't waste 10-12% more powder for maybe 4% ( with bullet seating depth issues ) velocity.
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