Hey Everyone I am just starting out and have done a lot of reading on here and I'm looking for some advice and opinions. I'll try to keep this as short as possible. I bought my first two rifles last winter and I am addicted to long range shooting/hunting. I want to build a great hunting rifle that can hunt out to 1000yards and practice even further.
I bought a used Ruger M77 mark II in 7mm RemMag and put a Vortex Viper PST
scope on it. It has a muzzle break and is supposed to be glass bedded and a trigger job. I would say the trigger is at 2.5#s. The rifle shoots better than what i expected. I have shot at rocks from 400 out to 960yards and is more accurate than i thought it would be. I haven't had time to put it on paper and see how well it groups, but I would be supprised if it was more than moa. The second rifle is a Remington 700 RockyMountainElkFoundation 300WinMag. It is stock. I bought because of the scope on it (Vortex Razor 5-20x50). I have not had time to shoot this rifle and I am not sure how it shoots.
Now I have learned some things I have decided neither of these rifles are my dream rifle so I was thinking, should I sell them both and the PST scope and then use that cash to build a custom? Should I keep the Remington action and Razor scope, have the action blue printed, and sell everything else to pay for the custom? What caliber should I build the new rifle with, 7mm or 300wm. Those are the two calibers I want to choose from. I don't reload right now but will do so down the road so I want the most accurate rifle that can shoot factory ammo and reloaded vld's down the road.
I live in the Phoenix, AZ area and was thinking about talking with the guys at phoenixcustomrifles.com. Or does anyone recommend another smith in the area? I am on a budget and would like to not break the bank. Thanks for your time and any suggestions that you have!!!