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Unread 01-10-2013, 11:49 AM
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Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

So, you are interested in building a long range hunting rifle but are intimidated by the cost of some of the custom rigs that are built by members of this board. I would like to share with you my experiences over the last 10 years in building economical hunting rifles that shoot very well out to a mile. Read More...
This is a thread for discussion of the article, Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget, By Jerry Teo. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 03:22 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Hello, I am new to the long range game and am building my first semi custom rifle. I got a steal on a Savage 111 .270wsm so this will be my starting platform. My question is , what would you put together for a tool kit to complete a build as you have described in your article? For example are there any specific tools for inletting the factory stock. I already have barrel nut wrench but that's about it. I would like to do all the assembly myself but I'm having trouble finding head space gauges. All advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks Grif
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Unread 03-02-2013, 06:43 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

For head space gauges (most in stock) look at www.Mansonreamers.com

I just recently got a 243Win Ackley Improved "GO" gauge and they had it in stock where many others refused to even make me one custom...
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Unread 03-03-2013, 03:22 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

wow, this is cool. I've kindof felt like a pariah because I have no intention of ponying up 10 grand just so I can wack wolves at 600 yards or more.

I have added a bit of a challenge as I use Ruger M 77 mkII actions. But on the plus side my 6.5 Cm seems to be accurate enough so far it will put 110 , 120 and 140 gr bullets in nice little touching clusters at 100 yards from improvised rests. I'm planning on a Richards Micro Fit thumbhole laminated target stock. Tho I have been thinking about just making a verticle grip for the factory stock.
I appreciate the heads up about the Bushnell scopes.
I am very interested in the Stevens action as I am in the process of getting a nephew into coyote calling and I would like him to start with a rifle that will fit him and carry him to the place where he is ready for an Alaskan Wolf rifle.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 10:57 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

great job on the article. I sure am happy with my savage 7mm rem mag. it has a glass bedded action in a stockys laminant stock, 20 moa rail, and vortex viper pst optics. it shoots under 3/4" with handloads. but the one thing you talked about that I was on the fence about is a muzzle brake, but after this article I think thats next on my list.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 10:55 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

I second manson reamers. I have been to his shop and if he doesn't have it he has the profile to make it. Excellent service and quallity

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Unread 03-17-2013, 11:24 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

I really got started into a long range rifle by luck. I won a Weatherby Vanguard in 300Wby at a Firemans gun raffle. It was a S1 with the black tupper ware stock which was ok since the cost of the ticket was 10 bucks. after receiving the rifle and installing a Bushnell Trophy scope I had laying around I bought some new brass and reloaded some ammo to shoot my new prize. The trigger sucked so I bought a Timiney which Midway had on sale and installed it. Back to the range and the groups improved. They went from under 2 inches to just under 1 inch at a hundred yards. During the site in a small problem arrosed with the Bipod I had installed on the front sling swivel stud. The recoil had pulled the stud out of the tupper ware stock. Now mind you these weren't full house loads and were below max. the bipod was folded up and was there for added weight as I was shooting off bags. So back to the lap top to look for a new stock as the tupper ware wasn't going to work for me. Let me state at this time that I had won several hundreds of dollars at Bull roast and off tip jars to feed this project but I was being as frugel as I could with my funds. Found a new B&C medalist stock in Mossy oak camo pattern for $240 and installed the Weatherby action in it. So far all I did was drop in since the factory fit was very snug and I wanted to shoot it to see what results I got. The groups went to .78 inches out side to out side for three shots. But anoughter problem came up. The recoil from the 300 maybe while still in the tupper ware stock had caused the scope rectical adjustments to go crazy. So a scope replacment was in order. I found a Ziess Conquest 4.5-14x44 for under 600 at Camera Land .com. It now sits on top of the Vanguard. The accuracy stayed right around .75 inches for 3 shots at 100 yards.
Any further suggestions on improving the accuracy would be appreciated.
OH yes the total out of pocket cost has been $35 to me because of all the tip jar winnings.
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