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Old 04-19-2013, 01:19 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

There was a very good review on them over on Primal Rights forum.
I'm not enthralled with the NightForce reticels. But their scopes are great.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:01 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Love to read about what everyone is shooting and tinkering with.
I recently went round the horn with a couple of guys that I hunt with. Mostly White tail and Coyo's but we tap out to about 500yrds. We have the shots for out to a grand but I am just not that capable yet. Not ethical for me to try yet but, Practice, Practice, Practice.

While My buddies needed to fix the Magnum itch I went to the books and tables. My father has a .243 Hart rig from the 60's that is a beaut. I put together a .308 hart that is a tack driver out to 400. But both of those were intended to sit nicely on a bench and not really be carried. Although I did once and at 23 pounds I was worn out. But both systems are over 2800 a piece with otpics. Not interested in beating up a $3000 rifle hunting and tracking.
But you get what you pay for also.

I settled on one of my favorite calibers....30-06. With a 168 - 180 GR Berger \ Hornady interlock bullet Game just drops and the ballistics are close to the 300 at medium range. Plus at a cost of .75 cents a round (reloaded) game on!

.30-06 Weatherby Vanguard - $365
Leupold rings and mount - $70
Vortex Viper PST - 6-14x50 - 650
Minor a sundries for Cheek piece and forearm rest - $50

Loads:
Man I fell into a load that Rocks! Hole for hole at a 100yds .75 at 200yrds.
I was completely dumfounded. This was not my first load but I only shot about 10 different combos to find it. My .308 I shot almost 75 test loads to find a good load (but I was completely new to reloading at the time)

54.2 gr H4350
180 gr Hornady Interlock BTSP
LC '61 Case lot (250 rnds)
CCI LR 200

We were out this last weekend hitting tennis balls at 250 and old tin mess hall plates at 400yrds.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:30 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Long range rifle on a budget is very doable. Cheap Stevens (savage) action.Prefer the 7mm rem. Fill the cheap forearm of the cheap stock up with solid epoxy so it is very rigid. $15 at you local hardware store will do this. Adjust the trigger to your liking and safety standards. And here is the investment, Either firelap or hand lap the barrel yourself OR buy a Douglass premium grade or Pac nor barrel 26 inch in a 1 in 8.5 twist. Ave it head spaced for the 162 amax, 171 barnes match burner, 168 or 180 berger etc. You can bed the recoil lug yourself. Torque the action down to the right specs and do not over torque. Use Retumbo and Winchester mag primer. You will shoot .250 inch groups all day long. If you want a gunsmith to put the barrel on and headspace I would recommend Len Backus. The owner of this forum. For less than $$800 you will have a benchrest shooter your not afraid to take hunting and put a scratch in it. I have done no less than 9 of these and all have shot less than a quarter inch. 8 have sold at the gun range for $1300 with people sayin that they spent so much on high end tuning or custom builds! Buy a 4 to 12 leupold or 6.5 to 20 off ebay used and put a range drop turret on it and your in business!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:05 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Hey check out my article on how i did a cheap long range rig with great success.
Cheap Long range Rig
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:03 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Say can you folks put up some links as to where one can buy Components.

Savage/Stevens Actions etc...

Also I'm a lefty, and I know,lol. not the only one.

Right now I'm in a rebuild of a Savage Axis 25-06

New McGowen 26" Bull Barrel
New Stock
Accu Trigger
and a scope.

I'll post pictures when I'm done.

But I would love to build a few more LRHunting Rifles

Calling The Wild
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:02 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

Where r u getting a different stock for your Axis.
I have an Edge that is already long range accurate enough. But the stock is kinda different. Hard to get a consistent hold with it. I would like to get a thumbhole, "over the course" target stock for it. But can not find anyone that makes one.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:55 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

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Originally Posted by callingthewild View Post
Say can you folks put up some links as to where one can buy Components.

Savage/Stevens Actions etc...

Also I'm a lefty, and I know,lol. not the only one.

Right now I'm in a rebuild of a Savage Axis 25-06

New McGowen 26" Bull Barrel
New Stock
Accu Trigger
and a scope.

I'll post pictures when I'm done.

But I would love to build a few more LRHunting Rifles

Calling The Wild

go to the savage shooters forum.
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