Re: My first build
I am in almost the exact situation, looking for something to hunt with a 5-600 yards and to shoot to a 1,000. I started off, have been, looking at the 700 REM, but after a week of reading here have been looking at the Savage.
On their website they have a beauty, the Item # 19468 in a .338 Lapua, SS, accu trigger, accustock, 26" barrel, for $1250 MSLP. There is a .338 Win Mag, 24" barrel, accu trigger, accu stock at $801 MSLP.
Several others for less. I am also considering a local Savage .308 w/scope, synthetic stock and 22" barrel at $395, so I can see realistically having a deer rifle, and a good LR target/elk gun for under $1500. I dont see how to do it with a Rem 700.
And my local gun smith who I highly respect says the Savage is a far better line to have and shoot, and to adjust when and if you want to then the Rem.
So, I think the best solution for me is the 2 Savages, one for a deer rifle and the LR for elk and target shooting. At highest price its $1600. For a .338 Lapua and a .308
or a .300 Win.
This is what I have come to reading all that I can here and talking with local folks that I respect.
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