But if you goal is just a very accurate rig for under $1000 , then you can have a Rem 700 trued , rebarreled and stocked for about that maybe a little less. <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
The above quote was made to me after I had asked about 260's and Encores.
I am new to the long range/custom rifle seen, I only own hunting rifles (fairly accurate hunting rifles, that shoot under an inch at 100 yards.) I do reload and have very good luck with Nosler BT bullets in my loads.
My goal is to own a 260 rig that will shoot 120 grain bullets into one hole. I want to use the 120s because I want the extra velocity, and dont anticipate going out to 1000 yards. I do plan to shoot deer at 200-300 yards on average and a few possible shots up to 500, no farther, and this is on very few occasions. (I am set on this round and bullet)
Again....I want this rig to be accurate, one hole accurate! (with in reason of course....)
I do not plan on packing this rig, and whatever weight it takes is OK.
What is recommended to get to my goal?
Can it be done for 1K, (with out optics)?
If so what are the parts and where do I get them, including gunsmiths in Missouri.
Thanks for all your help.
I really enjoy your Great site, and have learned a lot!
Your limitation on one hole groups is going to be quality match grade 120 gr bullets for the 260 and very good barrel. Your best bet will be Nosler 120 BTips to start with.
If you watch around you can buy a used Rem heavy barrel Sendero for around $450-500. all you have to do is change the barrel. Might even have trigger work done and skim bedded already. You can sell the take off barrel depending on caliber for $50-75.
Very good Hart, Lilja or Shilen barrel in HV countour 28" with 1-9 twist will run around $250-275 and then $130-150 for chambering. Another $50-100 for truing front of rcvr and lapping lugs. $25-40 for trigger adjustment and honing if needed.
Used 700 action route is $250-300 for used 700, another $150 for used sendaro or laminated varmint stock, $100 for lugs and rcvr truing, barrel is $250-275 and $135-150 for chambering. Trigger adjustment same.
go with Forester Bonanza BenchRest dies. Custom order around $150 or less for BR die and micrometer seater. Send FL die off to JLC precisions and have it converted to bushings for $35.
Option 3 is find good used heavy barrel 6.5-284, 6.5-06, 6.5x 55 LR gun, buy it and spend $135 to rechamber to 260.
check with Ron Hoehn in Wright City. Go to BrCentral.com and he is advertiser there under (Complete Rifles). He builds great BR guns, he knows what he is doing with truing etc and he is very reasonable on pricing also. That is key to staying under $1k.
I just built an 6.5-284, I had an old remington 700 short action not being used, I sent the action to pac-nor, I had the action trued, ss super match barrel put on, that cost 450 and a target stock from richards, they run ya 120-240, I pillar/glass bedded the action my self, as of now i have $700 in the gun and it shoots under 1/4" five shot groups at 100 yards.
OK....I like Nosler BT bullets. What other bullet options are there in the 120 range.
What about barrel twist? 1-9 was mentioned. Is the the optimum for 120 grain? What will happen if I try 140 or 100 grain some day?
What is the optimum barrel length? longer the better or what?
What about Stainless or blued actions and barrels? any pros or cons to this? I prefer the look of stainless, but know that it is more expensive usually. Do most guys keep match blue to blue or mix-match actions and barrels?
I would want a BR flat bottomed stock and a full bull barrel, whatever it takes to make it shoot.
I really appreciate all the replies so far.