It's nice to know that I am starting off with a good combo. I almost had to take out a second mortgage on my house to buy them! I was suprised to discover that the scope was almost as expensive as the rifle.
I will certainly look into a good replacement stock. I think the stock that I currently have is good, it is the law enforcement (model 10) but it is not skim-coated. I have not put any rounds down range yet, so I will make stock adjustments after I see how the rifle does "out of the box". It's always fun to see how individual changes effect performance.
My rifle does have accu-trigger. I do not have a gauge so I will have my local gunsmith make the adjustment. Again, this will be fun to persue after I get some rounds down range.
Thanks for the information. You guy's are getting me motivated!
Thank you for the kind welcome. I do not currently load my own ammo, but plan to get set up with a rig in the near future. I have a friend that hand loads ammo for me so I will be sure to pass the info regarding the 175 grain Matchking bullets / 155 grain palma's. Thanks again.
Message to take away here is bullets with a BC of .500 or better. Berger makes a 175grain VLD that works well in the 308. Also look at the Hornady 208grain Amax (BC = .648) pushed by 48grains RL17 powder. A buddy of mine shoots this combination and it is fantastic!
The combination of low velocity and low BC is a bad combination for the 308. Low BC bullets won't go 1k yards. They will generally start to tumble around 800 and the wind will push them around.
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
While there are many ring/base combinations out there, I like the Burris Signature Rings with double dovetail bases. They have a very clean look. They're also fairly inexpensive and they come with inserts so that you can achieve the result of a canted base without the expense.
Thank you very much for the information. I really appreciate you including the links. I also have a Leupold Leupold MK4 ER/T. Will the incerts take care of the diameter? I guess a better way to ask the question is are these mounts made specifically for the MK 4 or do i need to ascertain the outside diameter?
Also, you may want to consider a good bore guide to protect the throat on your new rifle. I like the ones that Mike Lucas makes, You can send him an email and he'll fix you up for $39.95; it's a very good investment.