Originally Posted by Daveinjax
I think used is a great idea. If he has the knowlege to know what he is looking for it would be a way to get a top quality rig. As he is a novice I don't think he is there. I stand by a new savage in 6.5x284 of he handloads or 308win if he goes with factory ammo. It is hard to beat the LRH Savage for right out of ths box accuracy at any price. After rongs he would have about $300 left for a scope. The scope I recommended is marginal but he could do a lot better used on here. Find someone moving up to a night force and get a deal on something good.
The same would apply to the LRH if he can find one.
There are deals to be had in this economy. I can't tell you how many I've seen on the LRH and SH classifieds where someone finally put their dream gun together and had to sell it fast for a house payment, lost a job, new baby, etc.
I got an embarrasingly good deal on my 300RUM from one of our members here literally for about half what he had in it last year. That's the rig I killed the 1080yds bobcat with a single cold bore shot early this spring!
I used to be afraid of "used guns" but the last 5 I have picked up all proved to be sub MOA shooters with little or no work at all and I paid no where near new price for any of them.
To build the upper alone for my LR-260 would run between 1,800-2,400 depending on the builder and I picked it up for under 1k without it having ever been fired before it landed in my hands.