Hello everybody, I am 15 years old, and I have a love for shooting. I am in a dilemma of sorts because I want to get into the 1000 yard game and I only have $1200 to do it. Would it be at all possible to get a capable 1000 yard gun with good optics for this money? I happen to live in Ashe county NC, about 45 mins. away from hawks nest 1000 yard range.... hearing about this range really sparked my interest. I am an experienced shooter, up to 300 yards anyway, and I am not bothered by magnum calibers..... any suggestions? Adam H.
If so then some of the expense is out of the way. If not, set aside @ least $300 for reloading gear. This will get you the bare minimum you need to get started.
Now go buy yourself a Savage. Something w/a heavy bbl. If your not afraid of the mags, go w/the 300 WSM. If you want something w/a little less punch, go w/a .243. Savage has a 9.25 twist bbl and you should be able to stabalize a 105 gr bullet for 1000 yd stuff. They make a 12FV that can be had for about $425.
As far as optics go, it's going to be tough. I would maybe look @ the Tasco Super Sniper. They are fixed power but I've heard they are very good for the money and track very well. Might also want to look @ the nikons.
I'm sure others will have some more advice for you. Just hang around here, read alot of old posts and you'll learn a lot. Don't rush your descision. Think it through and get the most out of that $1200.
I do reload, so all I would need to buy would be dies/brass/bullets.... I was thinking about the savage 12FVSS .300WSM, with a nikon buckmaster 4.5-14x40 or 6-18x40 scope both with side focus..... has anyone had any experience with these scopes or rifle???
Thanks everybody for your help. I think I am going to go with a 12FV .243 and scrap the old stock, and set the barreled action into a SSS SVT stock. I will put a 10x42mm super sniper scope on top using ken farrell 20MOA base, and burris signature rings. I think I can do all of this for about $1200. And maybe a harris bipod. Most of my good long range shooting has been done off a bipod... I can get the 12FV in .243, .308, .22-250, and .223. I am thinking the .243, as I can use it on varmints using lighter bullets. Does this setup sound good?