Need suggestions on the most value for the buck. Would like something accurate out to 800+ yards. This will be my big game rifle for Antelope to Elk. Primarily Elk. I don't have time to get into reloading at this time so will be using factory ammo only. 95% sure I want to go with a 300 WM as it seems to have the best selection of ammo at a reasonable price. I'm not recoil adverse.
$2000 is the budget for just the rifle. Maybe $2500 depending on the feedback. I already have a decent scope, rings, and bases (Mark 4 3.5-10x40mm LR/T M3). Also have a Rem 700 Jewell Trigger and H&S PSS stock I can reuse.
So what should I do? Buy a factory HB like a Remington XCR Tactical, look for a used custom, ???
Edit: I would like to stay around 8.5-9.5 lbs for the rifle not including scope, etc.
That sure looks like an awesome build by grit, not sure if you could end up with a better rifle for the same $$.
I personally do not like muzzle brakes... way too loud for my ears when I'm hunting. But if you have any flinching issues with recoil then a brake would be nice. Just don't shoot the damn thing without hearing protection!
I'm waiting on a custom build right now and I stayed away from the ultra mags as I knew I could not shoot them accurately, shot after shot, without a brake. So I chose to go with the 300wm...
Thanks Grit. I just may do that. I'm not sure I would want the brake. I've never used them before. What would the rifle weigh?
Keep the ideas coming. Thanks!
Aproximately, 9.5 lbs. Weight can be tailored to your taste by adjusting barrel length and contour.
Brakes are great for reducing reoil (lots easier to shoot accurately if you aren't hanging on like it's your first girl), and allowing you to spot your own shots. If you've never watched your bullets hit, it'll make you smile, for sure!
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