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Spend more on the rifle or the glass?

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Unread 05-04-2013, 07:29 AM
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Re: Spend more on the rifle or the glass?

Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
I agree with the notion that the scope will generally cost more than the rifle for precision long range shooting. With the exception of one of my customs which was a gift, my other five LR rigs have scopes that range from 1-2 times the cost of the rifle and added accessories. What gives me pause is that this can be carried to the extreme. If you start with a cheap rifle you may be lucky and have a great shooter, but there is a likelyhood that even though the process can be stretched over time, this can be a false economy, and a great waste of time with high frustration. I would opt for a balanced approach myself. The OP's initial instinct to get the Rem Milspec 5R was a good one. I have owned three since their initial availability. I have put several thousands of round through these rifles that are used for tactical, hunting,etc. The most recent was a few months ago. All were nicely finished, produced superb accuracy out of the box, and exhibit the characteristics of a custom barrel/action, and a very good stock. For $1100 they are a bargain. It would be a tough decision, that would make me lean in the direction of trying to get some additional bucks together to find a good scope. I would feel that I was ahead of the game in the end. iMO.
I do agree with this although my other posts might seem a bit over the top I was giving the OP my honest opinion of what I would do but looking at it in a different perspective makes think maybe in the OP's situation that this would be the best route. Very good opinion I think you might have hit the nail on the head and gave the OP his answer Greyfox.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:23 PM
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Re: Spend more on the rifle or the glass?

I think comparing the cost of the scope to the rifle is irrelevant. You buy a scope based on function and quality for the job at hand and pay the cost... same for the rifle. Typically, price of rifle will vary more than cost for scope. A $1800 dollar NF is more than adequate for field long range hunting and shooting to well past a mile. I could have an equally capable rifle built for about the same price. Bells and whistles can drive those prices way up.
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