I'm looking to work my way up to the 1000yrd mark but I'm patient about how long that takes. Anyways, thats what i have so far as what I'm going to go for, but i'd like some thoughts on these choices while i save the $1000. I'm thinking most likely getting it in .308 I already have a Savage 110 in .270 as my bambi stick, but this rig i'm hoping will handle bigger game as well. I'm thinking about using it for game about elk size. I'm not experienced in larger game (just white tail so far) so consider me a novice. But feel free to go as technical as you wish and i'll just Google what i don't understand. Thanks a bunch!
First off , let me declair my loyalty for the 308 Winchester , I've shot this round for over 18 yrs and have killed tons of critters from gophers to a 588lb wild hog including my longest kill on a big game animal which is 618yds on a small deer. I've never lost an animal that I shot , BUT , I have passed on a few that would have been taken had I had a little more gun.
You base gun is a good start , it has a good stock and good action , but you diden't mention the caliber , if its a smaller cal then have the gun rebarrled. Having the action trued will run from $150-$250and the barrel installed will run about the same , the cost of the barrel will run you around $300. So lets say mid range @00 for the barrel and action work = $400 and the barrel cost = $300 so you still under $1000.
I will mention one way to do it cheaper , Get a used factory heavy barrel in 308 win and have it set back a little then rechambered to 300WSM then have your action worked and set up for the WSM case. Factory barrels rae capible of some pretty good accuracy with a well cut chamber and crown. This setupwith this caliber will get you to 1000yds for targets and 800ish for deer and I would say 600 for elk.
You wont ever have to worry about rust with stainless steel.
Id go with a rem 700 Sendero or a savage heavy barrel. Your 270 should make it to 1000 yards. So whats your longest shot so far? Since you arleady have a large centerfire rifle, I alway recomend that you shoot your rifle more at loger ranges before buying a new rifle. I am going to have a new savag takeoff SS fluted 308 for sale in a few days
I like the idea of just getting a new heavy barrel. I've looked around but i can't seem to find where to get one. My model is the standard 110 model savage. Do you know if I need other modifications besides just buying the barrel? Does the barrel determine what caliber the gun shoots and if so, could i just upgrade to a .308 barrel with my standard stock. The stock is walnut or some other wood i have no idea. Also, i like the idea of putting on a muzzle brake to pull down the recoil. How would i go about doing that? I appreciate any help you can offer! Oh yea, longest shot thus far was 350 yrds on a button buck a few years back.
Sharp shooters supply should be able to help you out with a new barrel, in a varmint contour, Google will bring them right up. The barrel does determine what cartridge is shot, within the confines of the action/boltface. You have a long action with a .308 boltface, so you could swap to a .308 barrel, although the action would be a bit long, it would still work. Sharp shooters should also be able to install a mussle brake, if memory serves me.