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Old 02-06-2013, 12:33 AM
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Cheap Long range Rig

Hey All,
Just wanted to share the wee project I have been working on. I think alot of younger guys(like me) might find this helpful. I dont have much money and wanted to make cheap rig that I could shoot out to 700-800yards(maximun to a 1000) to shoot paper and feral goats. My plan was to do this under $1000NZD including gun,scope and dies. In New Zealand you cant get much for $1000(a standard Rem700sps blued is about $990)

First i decided on the caliber. I chose the good ol .308 win. The reason I chose this is because its cheap,easy to load for,popular,heaps of data around and its proven over years of use to be effictive. Also the .308 has low recoil(in a heavy and barrel life is good.
I know that there are hundreds of other calibers that have better balistic performance but I just decided to stick the old basics and learn to shoot before spending up big on gear that I dont really need and with cash that i dont have.

Next the rifle. I decided wieght was not really a issue as I allready have a walk about gun. I was not too worried about having a magizine as I would just be using it for longer range work and will have time to load a single shot no worries(hopefully) My main issue was price.
After abit of thought I settled on an Omark .308 fullbore rifle.
These are also branded as a Sportco44. These are a single shot bolt action made in Australia. These have been used for Fullbore shooting for years and are still used today. very few originals are around as most have had new barrels and stock work done.
After searching tradeMe(NZs Ebay) I found a old Omark with the open sights taken off and drilled for mounts,a 28" barrel and nice wooden stock with a big cheek piece. best part it was $400!! with 200 155gnFMJ to practice with!
Hit the buy now and had it in no time.

My Next big issue was the Scope. This was the hardest part. To get a budget long range scope that is reliable is a big ask. I wanted something in the 5-24 range with a reticle I could use for wind doping.
After alot of hmmmming and harring I settled on a Nikko Stirling 6-24X56 Targetmaster with Extended MilDot. This was a hard choice as these arnt the most reliable or liked scopes out there.
But it cost me $400 so it was the only thing in my budget really that I could find.
I knew I could allways upgrade when I got some extra Cash.

So keeping with my $1000 budget I still had $200 up my sleeve for dies,cases and projectiles. I quicky got some Hornady .308 dies for $90 and then 100 Lapua cases for $125. The Lapua brass is pretty much the same price as anything else here so why not get it.(winchester .308 brass is $54 for 50)

So my total budget so far was $1015. I was pretty pleased with rig so far(scope wasnt that great) the rig weighd in at about 5kg with scope and my harris bipod fitted(allready had the bipod).
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:58 AM
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I know that there are hundreds of other calibers that have better balistic performance but I just decided to stick the old basics and learn to shoot before spending up big on gear that I dont really need and with cash that i dont have.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:04 AM
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Now onto the fun Part,some shooting and load work.

So I got loading with the 155gn FMJ I got with the gun. these were easy to load and my first sighting in groups were all inside 1/2MOA. Not bad for a $400 30year old rifle.
After abit of work at 100yards I decided I needed a re usuable target so I found some old 10mm plate steel lying around and cut out a 10" square. Attached some legs and it was ready to test. Below is a pic of the master piece.(note the holes punched by the FMJ at 300yards. the .308 still has abit of sting,its 10mm steel!)

After some shooting at 300 and 600yrds I decided I need a new projectile as the wind was playing havic past 300yards.

After some research I settled on the 168gn A-Max. With a BC of .475 it was no record breaker but was miles ahead of the 155gn FMJs. And with the 28" barrel on the Omark I could still keep the velocity up.

Abit of load work and I Now have the 168gn A-Maxes running at 2850fps and they shoot well inside 10mm@100yards(thats under 0.4") not bad i didnt think.
So off to the farm air strip to test at 600yards. I took both the 155gn FMJs and the 168gn A-Maxes to test them both at the same time. I fired 12 rounds of the FMJs using my MilDot as Hold over and only had about 50% sucess as there was a slight breeze blowing back and forth and was hard to read.
I found with the A-Maxes my success went upto 80% plus if I did my bit.
Heres a Vid of testing the Amaxes after the FMJs.
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Yep! What ishootkittens said: "Your smarter than most of us!+"
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:48 AM
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heres the pics of the target. target is red dot in last pic. Still geting a hang of this computer stuff
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:34 AM
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The Omark can be a good accurate gun for sure . Getting one with a good barrel is the hard part but yours seems ok.
The drawback to the Omark 44 is the way the barrel connects to the receiver .
If it is still standard , no adaptor , then if and when you need a new barrel you have to find an original Omark barrel in good condition or have a Nielson adaptor fitted . Not always easy I am afraid . The drawback to the adaptor is they are quite thin in metal cross section and are prone to crack .
They don't allow for any diameter case larger than a 7.62 Nato . However even with the 7.62 they are still quite thin and have still been known to break .
I did the same as you , built a cheap gun and seriously considered the Omark as they are a great action in other ways . I could get a really nice one but in the end I went with a Mauser 98 action to simplify barrel renewal .
It comes down to , you have to work with what is on offer at the time and it seems you have got yours shooting very well .
Congrats on a job well done.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:11 AM
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The Omark can be a good accurate gun for sure . Getting one with a good barrel is the hard part but yours seems ok.
The drawback to the Omark 44 is the way the barrel connects to the receiver .
If it is still standard , no adaptor , then if and when you need a new barrel you have to find an original Omark barrel in good condition or have a Nielson adaptor fitted . Not always easy I am afraid . The drawback to the adaptor is they are quite thin in metal cross section and are prone to crack .
They don't allow for any diameter case larger than a 7.62 Nato . However even with the 7.62 they are still quite thin and have still been known to break .
I did the same as you , built a cheap gun and seriously considered the Omark as they are a great action in other ways . I could get a really nice one but in the end I went with a Mauser 98 action to simplify barrel renewal .
It comes down to , you have to work with what is on offer at the time and it seems you have got yours shooting very well .
Congrats on a job well done.
I have heard of people having trouble with re fitting barrels but the guys Ive talked to at the local FullBore dont seem to have any issues and they re barrel pretty often. I was a bit sceptical of how worn the barrel would be when i bought it but its seems to be good and shoots better than me.
Im pleased with how th rig worked out havnt had any major issues and the scope is surprisingly good. I dont dial in elavation(am not that trusting of Nikko Stirlings reliabity) just hold over with the MilDot. Takes a bit of practice but isnt too hard. So far Ive taken about 50 goats with the gun. The furthest being a lucky shot at 720yards.
How did your rig work out?? the ol Mauser 98 actions are a pretty solid choice for a build.
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