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Unread 05-17-2006, 10:43 AM
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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.
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Unread 05-17-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: newbie

Welcome aboard.

Here's my quick tho't:
My answer would be Yes! You can get in the game for 1200 bucks and probably have some to spare, maybe.

Caliber/Cartridge selection will determine the rest of the expenses.

I don't think that a magnum is need for pure 1K competition.

I'm hoping that others will chime in with more specific advice as I'm thinking that something like a 243/6PPC/Dasher etc would be plenty sufficient. And wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to shoot.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
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Unread 05-17-2006, 11:06 AM
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Re: newbie

Do you currently do any reloading???

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.
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Unread 05-17-2006, 12:07 PM
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Re: newbie

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???
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Unread 05-17-2006, 12:36 PM
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Re: newbie

You might want to go to some shoots and let the word out that you are a beginner looking for a starter rifle.

Lots of shooters have several guns and sell and buy guns.
plus you could see how it shoots before buying.
maybe someone has an accurate "stock" gun and are going to go custom,

Good luck and save some money for bullets!!

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Unread 05-17-2006, 06:59 PM
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Re: newbie

A Savage FV & a Mueller scope would make an affordable starter setup that will suprize people with it's capabilities.

Go here http://www.savageshooters.net/SavageForum/index.php & tell them your story. They can answer any questions you would have about Savage rifles.

Mueler Scopes are here http://www.muelleroptics.com/

If you want to accurize or upgrade the gun in any way http://www.savageshooters.net/sharpshooters/ specializes in tuning Savage rifles.

I have the Buckmaster 4.5 X 14 40. Look at the Muellers, they are much brighter.

Good luck with whatever you setup with.

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Unread 05-20-2006, 06:27 AM
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Re: newbie

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?
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