Re: Wanting to build a rifle for F-Class
If you are going to shoot the FTR class with a 308, you are limited to 18.8 lbs with bipod. FTRclass is only 308 and 223 with bipods. The Open class has all the race guns. Top end guys are using 6.5-284 and others are using a 6mm of some type (Dasher, BRX, BRDS, or 6x47). I would suggest stayin in the FTR class. You will learn to shoot in the wind with a 308 at 1000 for sure.
In FTR, no need for the "F class" style stock and in factr harder to mount a bipod on. Shoot whatever stock you want with a 6-9" swivel bipod with pod lock. Personally do not think adj cheek is necesarry but up to your tastes and fit . The A5 type seems to work well from Manners, Joel Russo (Here) or something similar. IMO for the FTR class, just stay with the stock you have and do a rebarrel and trigger. Might add the Shawn Carlocks Defensive Edge cheekpiece.
barrel - 24-28 inches. Pick a contour/length to give you the desired weight and handling characteristics for the hunting you want as this is not a "dedicated FTR" gun. Twist 1-11.
I have the M24 contour and little too heavy for my tastes but it is on a USMC return stock, kind of fits the model.
I would lean towards something a little lighter such as PA taper, LV etc.
Load info Bullet- 178 AMAX or 175 SMK Case- Laua and Win Powder- Varget (44-45 gr), RL15 and 4064 Primer BR2, WLR and 210
Shoot for 2600-2650 MV
Bases- Will need a 20 MOA base as it will take 37-40 MOA to get to 1000
Scope- Right now for the money, the best is the Sightron S3 LR either the 6-24 (100 MOA) or 8-32 (70 MOA) both under $800 from Larry Scott on 6mmbr.com. Optics as good as if not better than NF, lots of elevation, lifetime warranty and clicks almost as good as NF.
You can use a rear bag or shoot off a soft bag.
Midway has shooting mats on sale, you will want one!
Last edited by BountyHunter; 06-03-2009 at 07:37 PM.