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Old 03-15-2010, 09:37 PM
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Bang for your buck

Im curious about which cartidge/rifle will give you the best bang for your buck? Personally, I'm not looking for a 600 yard elk gun.......yet hahaha but Ill need something that's gonna be able to shoot anything from a deer and smaller at or a little further then that range. This is going to be my first LRH setup so im just trying to get started on the right path. So lay it on me
Cartidge(Load Data also if you would):
Rifle (Would prefer something from the factory cash flow isn't there for a custom right now)
Optics:
Accessories:

Thanks to everyone for being so hospitable it really makes things easier on a rookie like me, it's nice to find a forum that almost everyone is willing to share information like this and not get upset when opinions clash.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:56 PM
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Re: Bang for your buck

Opinions on this topic vary GREATLY. But depending on your future plans for building on the platform you can afford now, Id say look hard at the Short Magnum cartriges(.270wsm/7mmwsm/300wsm/325wsm), or if you want a long action, look at a 300 mag of some sort(300win/300wby/300rum etc).
I personaly am a Winchester fan, but theres alot of guys here that own Savage because theyre so ''in expensive'' to customize into an affordable L/R rig.
Depending on how recoil tollerant you are, and what game at what distance will best determine caliber. I like .308 cal (300) because of the HUGE bullet sellection and bullet wt's to cjoose from. Weatherby and Howa offer reasonably priced quality rifles also.
Some will also try to steer you toward Tikka, and Rem too. If you go the Rem route, LISTEN to what the Rem fans have to say about choosing wich Rem,as some are not buildable. Dont just go to Bi-Mart and buy the first one you see.
Personal preferance for me would be Winchester Model-70, .300 win mag, or Winchester Model-70, .300wsm. Or Weatherby Vanguard .300wby, or Weatherby Vanguard .300win,(Wby mark 5 are a bit pricey) with the specs you laid out. But like I said, opinions on this subject vary GREATLY.
Put the best glass you can afford on it, and look into handloading.
Good Luck with your choice, and let us know what you decide.
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:43 AM
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Re: Bang for your buck

I agree with everything winmag just said. I just bought a winchester m70 coyote and though I havent stetched out past 100 yds just yet, (still in load development phase) it has shot a 0.40 inch group at 100 yds. this is a stock rifle. I did a LOT of research on different guns before I put my money down and I suggest you do the same. many manufacturers need to tighten up their quality control on base model guns. I have heard way too many horror stories about $800- $900 rifles that wont put 3 shots in an inch or even come all that close even with handloads. my suggestion is either a savage, even though the action looks and feels cheap to me, they seem to be very accurate. or a winchester. the remingtons I do like are the senderos and mil specs both go into four digits but will generally drive tacks. or look into something with a MOA guarantee. ex. weatherby vanguard sub moa., sako, tikka, thompson center, etc... and as winmag said get enough gun. I love my 300 wsm and any of the 300 mags would be a good choice. the 7mm's and 270 mags are nice too. although for a guy with one rifle the 300s are more versitile. whatever you buy spend hours on here and googling rifles and reading any review you can find. and put way more stock in guys who know their stuff but dont work for magazines. remember a bad article on a rifle can put them out of a job rather quickly. by the same token when a new rifle comes out and nothing is written about it, this is usually not a good thing. the bad articles go in the trash and never get printed. all this said good luck, I hope you like your new rifle as much as I do.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:38 AM
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Re: Bang for your buck

Spend your money wise get a good scope! The new Vortex Viper PTS that are comming out would be a good choice at just under 1k or and of the but there are many others under that. Get a better scope than rifle!

Buy a Good used rifle a Remingtion Sendero or PSS in 300 win mag or amy magnum for that matter is a great starting point this give you lots of options!
1. A good action that in the future you can re chanmer to almost anything you can think of.
2. A HS precsion stock which I must say I love.
3. A great tunable factory trigger.
4. proven accury and performance in a factory rifle.
5. hundreds of low cost upgrades.

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check out impactguns for good factory new prices and gunbroker, gunsamerica or auction arms for used rigs. the forsale section has a few deals too.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:52 AM
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Re: Bang for your buck

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Im curious about which cartidge/rifle will give you the best bang for your buck? Personally, I'm not looking for a 600 yard elk gun.......yet hahaha but Ill need something that's gonna be able to shoot anything from a deer and smaller at or a little further then that range. This is going to be my first LRH setup so im just trying to get started on the right path. So lay it on me
Cartidge(Load Data also if you would):
Rifle (Would prefer something from the factory cash flow isn't there for a custom right now)
Optics:
Accessories:

Thanks to everyone for being so hospitable it really makes things easier on a rookie like me, it's nice to find a forum that almost everyone is willing to share information like this and not get upset when opinions clash.
Do you have a rifle now? What is it? Are you willing to use it for a donor to build your new rifle?

Steve
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:54 AM
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Re: Bang for your buck

A good cartridge would be a 260 Remington.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:24 AM
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Re: Bang for your buck

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Do you have a rifle now? What is it? Are you willing to use it for a donor to build your new rifle?

Steve
Nothing currently just traded a Howa 1500 for some toys for my encore. Since I live in Ohio we cant really use a Rifle for much. Shotgun Muzzleloader and Bow For everything except varmints. But we get alot of Damage Permits for deer and the state allows us to use whatever we please for that.
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