Originally Posted by supermag
The 308 in something like a Remington VSSF or PSS would be a great starter gun. There are several companies that offer match loads for this cartridge if you don't reload. If your worried about recoil, the 308 is a good choice also especially in these heavy guns.
thanks for the insight, I'll keep that in mind about the black powder. I do like shooting open sites but I've been wanting to get into scope shooting for a while.
I've looked into a few of the remington rifles, the different variations of the 700 that is. I'm still working out which gun, which is why I wanted to get the caliber down first. Thanks for the info thoough!
Originally Posted by royinidaho
Regarding the scope, I'd consider getting more than you think you need for 500 yards and within your budget. A 4.5-14 with a decent reticle is sufficient for almost all needs. However, more is better. A 6.5-20 X 50 will cover almost all bases.
If you are on a budget and will have the starter rifle then up grade keeping only one rife at a time, it may be wise to move the scope from next to next without having to repurchase. Make sense?
Which 308 cal cartrige? If I were doing it again and starting with a factory rifle, I'd get a 300 RUM and put a good brake on it, if I reloaded. If I didn't reload I'd get a 308. One can go a long ways with the 308.
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense actually. I'll most likely go ahead with a .308 caliber, maybe spend more than I initially planned on the scope...either way eventually sell this gun and get one I can do more with. But for me, especially right now, all I want to get is a good starter setup.
Yesterday I practiced shooting the same yardage I did with my 30-30 with my father-in-laws SKS with a scope. I don't know the type of scope but it's pretty short and it doesn't see very far...100 yards is pretty good...better than open sites of course but not as far as I would like for a scope, I'll have to play with it some more. It was shooting way to the left...so I'm working on getting it zeroed in. It's not much but it's a start, once I get my own I'll go for the far shots.