Originally Posted by Loud by design
Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and have enjoyed reading around on it for the past few months and now have decided to join. I have been shooting long range for me but short range for many of you (around 400 yds) for a while now with my 30-06 and now am looking to move my rang out to 600-800 yds. To do this I am looking to build another rifle that is relatively cheap to shoot and not a high end or custom rifle as I just don't have the funds for it. My 3 highest condensers I am looking at are in this order the savage 12bvss, Remington 700 sps, and howa heavy barreled 1500s all in .223 Remington. The savage is my top contender but is also the most expensive rifle on the list. The Remington is the cheapest as the local walmart caries them for 440-460 and Remington is offering a 40 dollar rebate bringing the price down to 400-420 for the rifle as it sits. Add in another 100 for a boyds stock and it will be right around 500-520. The howa fits in the middle and I have always heard geat things about them but never had any experience with them. Total budget for the rifle scope and any othe accessories has got to stay under or close to 1000. Also the reason for picking the .223/5.56 round is again because it is cheap and will allow me to shoot more often and longer without breaking the bank. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Actually the 30/06 is a great 1000 yard rifle with the right load and bullet combo. The 30/06 held
all of the major LR records at one time and with new bullets and powder available they are even
The 223 is one of the most fun rifles I have but the wind is its #1 enemy at anything over 300 yards
unless you are a master at reading it.
Conditions have to be very good to be accurate at greater distances with any .224 caliber cartrige
so I would recomend a larger diameter bullet for true Long range Hunting. A 6.5 would be about
my lower limit and .338 the upper limit for reasonable cost and performance.
I am not trying to talk you out of the 223 but just make you aware that it has it's shortcomings
at extended ranges.
Just something to think about.
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