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Old 08-08-2010, 08:09 PM
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Yeah but my 7mm is not accurate at all, my relatives reloads, my anticipation of the recoil, or a combination of both could be to blame. It's a light barreled 70s to 80s rifle that has been has seen plenty of use. I need to go shoot some more paper and try again but I just can't seem to zero it in to a kill zone past 50 yards. The last deer I shot it with was at around 30 yards. Bullet entered behind the left shoulder and hit the inside of the right shoulder on the way out, left an exit holea little smaller than a softball and almost completely detached the right leg. That's almost a little too effective....
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:43 AM
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Re: Looking for a varmint/deer rifle

Go for the howa have heard plenty of good things about them, seems a lot of people now making after market parts for them if you decide to trick it up down the track, someone mentioned they are a mauser style action but they are actually closer to a rem style receiver with a flatter base and integral lug,one piece bolt and m16 style extractor.Good luck with your purchase.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:47 AM
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Re: Looking for a varmint/deer rifle

Band C- my soninlaw won the first 1000 yard match with a 7mm( of mine with my reloads) he participated in. he had never shot a centerfire before in his life. my remington 700 adl shoots .6-.7. it is quite light and kicks more than i like. my sendero has a kreiger barrel and shoots way less. however , i have shot more .243 rounds than all others put together. i have killed more with it than all the others put together. and i won my first 1000 yard match with a .243 with 12 twist barrel. get the .243 heavy barrel and a enjoy. roninflag
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:09 AM
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Re: Looking for a varmint/deer rifle

Don't leave out the Remington 700.

You can pick up a Rem700 Varminter in 308 for $479 at Dick's. This rifle would meet virtually all your criteria. It's within your budget (with room to spare), it has a 26" heavy varmint barrel (.820 at the muzzle), the 308 gives long barrel life (3000+ rounds), 308 ammo is readily available in a multitude of factory offerings and reloading gear is easy to get. Also you can shoot varmints with a 308 as far as you can see (well past your perameter of 600 yards) and it's an effective deer cartridge.

I've done it....

My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!

As you will see at the end of the thread for my 308, it became a 260....

My 260 by MCR

Also, my nephew's rifle, although not a varmint weight rifle, is a great example of the types of things you should/could do with a factory rifle in order to maximize the accuracy potential...

Nephew's Transformed Rifle!
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:06 AM
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Tree barke-it is no secret i am a remington/sako fan. the sps varmint comes in .243 and a lot of other calibers too
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:46 PM
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Re: Looking for a varmint/deer rifle

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look at the weatherby vanguard (made by howa) in .243, or .308. $399.00 retail price, great trigger (fully adjustable) not to bad of a stock, and the 4 I've played with are GREAT shooters.
I picked up a 308 Howa (same as the Vanguard) for $250. I hated the stock and put a $212 B&C Medalist on it.

BTW I was considering a Savage 300wsm thumbhole at the time from a pawn shop for $350...could have gone either way, but I wanted to stay with .308 because I already reload for .308.

Lots of good prices on 308 brass, factory and surplus rounds so you get good bang for your buck (literally).

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Old 08-13-2010, 11:25 AM
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Re: Looking for a varmint/deer rifle

Talked to a guy at Cabela's and had him do a special lookup. He called me back and told me that he couldn't get the Howa 1500 from any of his suppliers... I'd assume it was more of an issue with the stainless/thumbhole, wouldn't think the standard 1500 would be that hard to find.

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