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Old 02-24-2006, 12:01 PM
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Let me start off by saying Iím new to the long range game, but definitely interested in learning more. Iíve been reading through a bunch of the posts and want to start looking for my first long range shooter. What Iím looking for in a hunting rifle, not necessarily a featherweight, but something that isnít a chore to tote around in the field. I havenít set a price limited yet because Iím usually willing to pay mor for better quality. Right nowIím thinking somewhere in the $2000 range for the rifle, not including optics. Iíve got a moose and grizzly hunt in Alaska that I would want to use this rifle. Thought a .300 WSM would be a good candidate. Iím also a leftie, so that sometimes makes things more challenging in terms of find equipment. My limited understanding of what it takes to put together a custom rifle and my time table makes starting a ďprojectĒ rifle a difficult task. Looking for recommendations for an off the shelf shooter.
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Old 02-24-2006, 04:19 PM
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F2T, The 300 WSM is a great cartridge, but you might find a 300 Win Mag easier off the shelf. Unfortunately, not many left hand actions in the market place. No rifle off the shelf will probably be great without some tuning. Remingtons have the most options to "tweak" with. Look for a Model 700 lefty and go from there. Just be sure to get a bolt face with the caliber compatibility you can build on. Good luck. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 02-24-2006, 04:46 PM
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A 300 wsm for grizzly? I don't think that would be the best caliber choice. If you are going to buy a new rifle for this trip I would go with a chambering in .338 if not .375. For $2000 you could get a custom rifle, but if you want to buy a factory rifle you should look at a Sako, they are garaunteed to shoot 1" at 100 yards. That should be plenty of accuracy for moose and grizzly.
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Old 02-24-2006, 05:03 PM
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Rem 700 LSS in left hand. Available in 300RUM, 340RUM and many other cartridges. They are available for less than $700. This would leave you plenty of money for customizing if you felt that it was desirable.

For a moose and grizzly rifle I would think that you would be looking at 338 mags and up. Lesser cartridges can work under ideal circumstances but I wouldn't "choose" them for these game animals.

Check out this link for a look at the available left hand rifles. Left Hand Rifles
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:10 PM
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remington safari LH

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Old 02-24-2006, 07:16 PM
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Old 02-24-2006, 07:32 PM
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Thanks for the sugggestions. I agree that a .300 WSM probably wouldn't be my first choice for grizzly, but here was my rational. Most all of my hunting if for whitetails in Michigan. After my grizzly hunt I don't really see the immediate need for a "large" caliber magnum. My next hunting trip would most likely be sheep hunting. So my thought is to pick a caliber that was better suited for these types of hunting. And I could tinker around with long range shooting. Besides, my moose/grizzly trip to AK is guided, so I'll have backup. Any suggestions on custom rifles that might fit my bill. I've read some good things about the HS Precision rifles.

With the announcement that Winchester was stopping production of the Model 70, I thought about picking up this rifle. If for no other reason than it may be worth something someday. Any thoughts on the Winchester model 70? Or would I be better off buying a stock Remmington and plan on updates later?
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