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Unread 01-27-2013, 12:13 PM
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Plan my budget gun

Hello, Here's my story. I have a NIB 700 SPS in 300 win mag. For now, I have $1000. to put into the gun. My question is, would you spend it all on optics and hope the gun was a decent shooter or have the action/trigger checked out? My goal is coyotes at 6-800 yds max. I chose the 300 because it may go as a backup elk gun on occasion and because I'm a lefty the choices are fewer.
I'm new to this long distance game. Help me spend my money wisely.
Thanks in advance.
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    Unread 01-27-2013, 04:11 PM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    The first thing I would do is shoot it and see what it does I am assumeing you have some glass to use for now. If not then your gonna have to get some, then go from there.
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    Unread 01-27-2013, 05:06 PM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    If you are going to shoot yotes to 800 yrds you are going to need good glass. So I would spend the money on optics. Then see how the rifle shoots.
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    Unread 01-27-2013, 08:48 PM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    I have several mid-range leupolds (3-9). I will do the break in and put up some groups and go from there. What do you guys like for ring/base set-ups? Will I need a angled base for that range? I'm new, bare with me.
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    Unread 01-28-2013, 03:08 PM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    Evolution Gun Works Inc makes great bases for the Rem700 action.
    I would get one of those in a 20MOA cant.
    Get the best glass you can afford. That is money well spent. You can upgrade or swap out other things later as you improve and notice deficiencies in your platform.
    Have fun and get to the range!
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    Unread 01-29-2013, 05:38 AM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    My own personal experience with Rem SPS models is that some will shoot sub MOA, but most will not. My first priority would be to see what groups the rifle will hold. Even good glass won't help much if 600 yd. yotes is your goal, but the rifle will only shoot 1.5" @ 100 yds.

    Next: You can't hit it if you can't see it. Assuming the rifle is a shooter, you will need glass. $1000 will get the job done, but you don't mention whether or not you have a decent range finder. If you need both a scope and a quality rangefinder, then things get tricky. You would do best to focus on used glass.

    For a rangefinder that will consistently range out to 600 - 800 yds. on small targets like yotes, the choices are few. Look for a used Leica 1200 model. For scopes: a used Bushnell Elite or Leupold VX-3. You may have trouble staying within budget if both are needed.
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    Unread 01-29-2013, 06:57 AM
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    Re: Plan my budget gun

    I have a Nikon monarch gold 1200 rangerfinder. It will have to do for now. Has anybody had any experience with nikon's monarch scopes? I can buy a new 6-24x50 bdc for $500. IF they're a good scope.... ???
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