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Old 04-27-2009, 02:03 PM
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new into long range. narrowed down to 2 rifles. help decide plz.

alright i will be doing lots of target shooting. can't see myself going deer hunting or elk or anything just be more of a varmint \ target rifle.
now when i say long range, for me if i could have like 6" group at 500 yards id be quite happy with that. and with my lower budget i hope its within reach.

one of my options is the Remington VS SF in a .223 cal, with a cheap cabalas 6-18 power scope with the BDC Turrets. (i went with a cheaper scope and bought a range finder and a spotting scope)
other option is a Remington 700 Varmint in a .308 cal, i have a Nikon Monarch 4-12 power scope i could put on it. but am unsure if the 12 power would be enough for what im hoping to do.

now i like the .308 cal for the harder hit, but the .223 is substantially cheaper to shoot and my gf could shoot it much easier than the .308 ( shes 100 lbs )
local store wants $1000 for the VS SF (which they say is a really good deal) or $719 for the Remington 700 Varmit,

EDIT: ive been reading for a while now and it looks as though i will be hand loading. so keeping that in mind i think that cabelas scope i got it junk because i think i would wanna shoot a 69 gr .223.

if im reloading my own, should i go .223 or .308?

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:16 PM
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Re: new into long range. narrowed down to 2 rifles. help decide plz.

OK, no one else is piping up, so I will start with an opinion, and I am sure someone else will come and disagree. That way the waters will stay muddy.

Given what you want to shoot at, and what sounds like a possibility of hunting deer. I think you should go ahead and use the Nikon that you have, and mount it to a Tikka T-3 Varmint in a 260Rem, or a 7mm-08. These will be pretty light on the recoil, able to reach fairly far, easily re-loadable, and still have enough to harvest a deer easily.

Now stand back, lightning may strike.

Good luck with what you choose, and have fun. If you decide for sure what you want, check out usagunclub.com. It'll save you a fair amount of $$.

To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:41 PM
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Re: new into long range. narrowed down to 2 rifles. help decide plz.

sorry i should have mentioned i live in Canada. thats why prices may have seemed high, well they are, but its natural we pay more for everything lol.

going to go buy a Savage model 10 precision carbine .308 tommorow.


anyone have any experiences with it?

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Old 05-03-2009, 05:39 AM
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Re: new into long range. narrowed down to 2 rifles. help decide plz.

Check out savageshooters.com if you want a lot of savage specific info. You'll find all the tricks there. Savage rifles lend themselves pretty well to caliber changes. With a couple tools and a few parts you could shoot just about any short action round in your savage. Hope it shoots well for you and good luck.
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:15 PM
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Re: new into long range. narrowed down to 2 rifles. help decide plz.

I just bought a rem 700sps in a 308 BBL rifle and i threw on a 10X40X50mm Osprey 10 - 40x50 mm Long Range Tactical Scope, Matte Black with a harris bipod and a uncle mikes Neoprene Buttstock Shell Holders and a tactical sling i put about $1,000 in everything so i was wondering if i should throw on a .308 VORTEX FLASH HIDER threw brownells and what ammo should i use. Tactical rifle ways about 15 LBS all together and it is a great rifle i just can't wait to shoot it.
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