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Unread 06-12-2006, 08:49 PM
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Re: Total long range beginner


I just happen to know a guy who was the General Manager for Accuracy International for several years. I spent the weekend at his place in Oak Ridge, TN a couple of weeks ago. He is a nationaly ranked 600 and 1000 yard benchrest competitor and has AI rifles.........but he does not use them for benchrest matches

I asked him the same question you are asking about the AI rifles. His answer in short, was the same as the rest of guys on this site have advised you.......for the money, go custom. He spoke highly of the AI rifles and the company. But, in his opinion for a benchrest (or hunting) rifle you can do a lot for the $4,500+ an AI rifle will cost you.

The AI rifles are not necessarily overpriced. They are a specialty rifle for a special purpose....Tactical. Not that they will not work well for bench and hunting, that is not what they were designed for.

Just passing on a second hand opinion (from someone who should know), but personally I have never fired one. But they do look cool......in an ugly sort of way [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Unread 06-21-2006, 11:00 AM
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Re: Total long range beginner

if you want to compete, decide what style of comp you want, then build a rifle to suit. If you like belly shooting LR, F class is probably your best bang for the buck. The TR section is growing leaps and bounds so you will have many to shoot with. The 308 is a required cartridge.

If you want to shoot using a sling, then Palma might be your thing.

For bench rest, to be competitive these days, you are going to need good tech and that means custom everything. www.6mmBR.com for all sorts of winning combos for all sorts of different disciplines.

In light rifle classes, the 6mm and 6.5 pretty much rule the roost. In heavier classes, the 30 and 338 dominate but the 7mm in coming on very strong.

You have a fair budget to build a rifle but you also need to budget optics and reloading gear. Then there is this thing called practise, practise, practise.

If thinking club matches that are based around factory rifles, the Savage is an ideal platform. A heavy barreled rifle with the accutrigger will give you lots of trigger time which is really what will help you improve your shooting.

I have shot several factory rifles recently and they have all done 1/2 MOA or better way out there. Was at a 1000m fun shoot recently and a box stock Savage BVSS in 243 with handloads was making 11" groups in horrid winds with a beginner shooter.

At distance, doping conditions is the main weakness. As long as you have a rig that you like and can afford to shoot lots, that will teach you more then a full meal deal BR rifle you shoot twice a year.

Personally, I would get a Savage, bed it, tune or replace the trigger, spend the extra money on good optics.

If I knew what I wanted to compete in but don't need national winning gear, I would get a Stevens200, swap in a Rifle Basix II trigger, a suitable stock and a Pac Nor/Shilen prethreaded and chambered barrel in something competitive and fly at it. You will have invested less then $1000 for a very competitive rig (think 1/4MOA at distance).

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Unread 06-21-2006, 12:40 PM
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Re: Total long range beginner

Where are you located? Might do you good to actually SEE what is out there before jumping on a custom...

Check it Out!!--> Shoot the Smack The Smiley Match...and help AmericanSnipers.org
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