OK, this is my first post. I've been shooting a long time, on and off, but never much past 100 yds. I want to see how well I can learn how to reach out farther. Mostly target oriented. I want to eventually buy or build a nice .308 but I want to start slow. I have a really old Mauser sporter in 30-06 my dad gave me recently, and it's in pretty good shape. I'm thinking of bedding and floating it, maybe tuning the trigger and putting a scope on it to start trying out at medium distances. Then if I'm having fun and want to go further I can either transfer the scope to a new rifle or buy both new. So:
-Does this sound like a reasonable plan?
-What should I look for in a scope, and how much should I expect to spend? I don't know half of the vocabulary I see on this site about scopes, I don't know what reticle I want or anything. I just know my vintage eyeballs just won't dial in tight with iron sights like they used to. Recommendations? Or refer me to sources for homework?
Thanks very much, gentlemen. I was hoping someone would have an opinion on the potential of this old Mauser rifle, but I think I'm just going to start shooting it and see how it acts.
Thus far, we've provided you answers per your title query. If you want a dedicated response on your rifle, consider a separate thread of it's own with pictures and as many details as you possibly provide for members to work on and help you.
I have a Remington 1903-03 in .30-06 and Carl Gustav M1894 Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55. It's hard to provide advice if we don't know exactly what you have.
Also, both of the rifles had to have holes drilled and tapped for scope. The 1903's bolt had to be modified to allow clearance for a scope.
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Thanks again for all the advice. I think my short term plan is to do exactly that. I figured out the problem I was having with the existing Lyman sight was operator error, so I'm going to sight it in and shoot a few boxes with that for now. That'll tell me plenty. I already bought a smaller aperture (.054 I think) than it had on, and I can try an even smaller one. If it seems to have potential, I might just buy a decent hunting scope for this one and use it for hunting and practice, and later I can invest in a complete, dedicated long range setup if I want.
Here are a few pics just for kicks, if they upload right. If nothing else, she's a pretty classy old girl.