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Old 12-18-2011, 02:51 PM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

Your in luck brother we are neighbors. My self and another member here would be happy to take you shooting when you get back, we are both vets to. I can help you with everything you listed by letting you try my gear before you buy anything else.

There is a wealth of knowledge on this site so enjoy. Pm me if you would like. I can show you how to get discounts on stuff.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:13 AM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

TENSIX- get a sendero. get a leup 6.5-20 Lr with mil dots. get a swaro range finder.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:35 AM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

Thanks for all the great advice everyone. I'm going to do a lot more research in the next few days and post questions as I come up with them. I'm glad this forum exists and I found it.

ICANHITHIMMAN -- I sent you a PM but I'm not sure you got it. The internet here is shaky right now due to inclement weather. Let me know if you received it or not!
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:38 PM
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I did not get it. Where are you?
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:33 AM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

look up dark eagle customs. there are here in NY and do great work
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:24 PM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

First and foremost thanks for your service. Men and women such as yourself make it possible for us to even HAVE these discussions! THANK YOU!!

Technical aspects of setting up a rifle aside, I think you need to first ask yourself what are you going to do THE MOST with your rig? General purpose hunting rifle with long range capability? Dedicated long range hunting? Still hunting in the NY woods? Just my humble opinion, but if I were you I would first consider all of the parameters of its use before you make a decision.

Setting up a Sendero with a huge 3lb Nightforce, a bipod and possibly swapping out the stock for a more tactical shooting opriented one is going to be a big burden and hinderance while prowling around the woods in NY. However, conversely, opting for lightweight, whippy barreled Kimber that would be outstanding in the the NY white tail woods and scoping it with a 2-7 Nikon is going to limit you if you go on a Wyoming antelope hunt where you may opt to shoot at 500+ yards. Not as much as lugging a massive, heavy barreled rifle around with a 5-20 scope on it is going to be in the woods, but, do you see what I mean?

With what you wrote, if I'm reading it correctly, I personally would research more sporter weight rifles in a good, all around calibers and stay in the 4-12, or 4-16 magnification range with scope possessing a good, uncluttered, but useable ranging reticle. But the advice of spending as much as you can on optics is a solid recommendation. Look in to rifles with awesome accuracy reputations such as Tikkas, Sakos, TC Icons and Savages, but again if I were you I would stay with the sporter weights, or medium heavy sporter weights in a long range capable caliber unless you are just wanting to set up a dedicated LR rifle. It DOESN'T HAVE TO have a heavy, or bull barrel, and weigh 15 lbs. to hunt with at long(er) ranges. It DOES have to be accurate to begin with though and now days there are plenty of factory choices that are PLENTY accurate to hunt with at longer ranges. Whatever you get, marine, SHOOT IT and SHOOT IT SOME MORE. Then go back and SHOOT IT SOME MORE. Know the rifle and it's capabilities ( as well as yours ) and you will do well. Saying what I'm about to on this site will probably result in rotten tomatoes being thrown at me, with hissing boooos included, but there is nothing wrong with a .270 Winchester. I've seen some longer(er) range miracles performed with it. It doesn't need to be a .300 Scud Killer Magnum, or .338 Abrahams Stopper to shoot long, especially in the hunting arena. Those bigger rounds most certainly have their merits if you are setting up the perfect, dedicated LR rifle, though. If you WANT to shoot deer at 1200 yards though, you better get the Abrahams Stopper simply for the ranging capability. But do you want to shoot NY white tails at 64 yards with it too? Those are just questions I would ask myself. To each their own.

Just some advice from someone whos been in your shoes....more than a couple times. Good luck and come home safe Devil Dog !! Some of us have your six covered here till then.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:57 PM
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Re: Getting Started -- $4,200 Budget, Western NY

I think he is looking for a more static position rifle. I spoke with him of line as he lives about 20 min from me. He has another rifle a rem 700 that is his woods gun. Heck most countys here were he and I are at are still shotgun. I think he is looking fo a rolling hills, powerline type rig. I think he said his gandparents live in PA.
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