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Unread 03-25-2014, 10:24 AM
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Build My Elk Rifle

Ok, so I'll start off with a little background. I'm currently a college student in Michigan and I'll be graduating and moving to Colorado in May. I have a job lined up in central Colorado around game management units 49, 500, 501, 37 and 50. I have spent a couple summers out there and know the area fairly well. I know I'll have the opportunity to hunt at elevations from 8-12 thousand feet. Shots will be anywhere in the range of 5- My personal limit of 600yds.

Now my questions: I will be building a rifle this summer for my future endeavors. Which caliber? Action? Barrel? Stock? Optics? What overall weight do you think I should shoot for? Very open to opinions and tips based on experience. Thanks for the input.
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 10:28 AM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    Let's start with, what your budget is?

    Rifle?

    Optics?
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 10:32 AM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    I'm thinking my budget will be around $2000 total.
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 10:45 AM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    I'm not saying it can not be done, however, may be difficult to do. Would you consider a factory rifle, with decent optics?

    My thoughts would lean toward:

    Savage LRH (7mm or 300 Win Mag.)
    Remington Sendero (7mm/300 Win Mag./300 RUM)
    Remington 5R (300 Win Mag.)

    Optics: Nightforce SHV or Vortex PST

    Bases & Rings: it's a toss up, tons of options, high, medium, low, as far as price are concerned!

    That or troll the classifieds for a used one. There are some nice guns floating around!
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 11:42 AM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    Another rifle that "might" work out is the new Rem 700 long range. They are available in several calibers including .300 Win Mag. Broz looked at one a bout 10 days ago and thought they could be good to go or only need a little work to get them to shoot. Just a thought. Bruce
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 12:05 PM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    +1 for the Savage LRH.

    I just purchased a 300 WSM this week and am very impressed with what this factory gun can do thus far.

    With some initial handloads, it will consistently shoot 3/4 inch groups. Working on more to see if I can get it to tighten up more.
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    Unread 03-25-2014, 04:49 PM
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    Re: Build My Elk Rifle

    It's hard to beat the versatility of a 300 magnum. For anything from coyotes up to moose it will work great.

    If you are planning on using factory ammo, I would go with a 300wsm. They run at a little higher pressure and no belt allows more accurate headspace off of the shoulder.

    If you are going to reload I would go with the 300 win mag for the extra case capacity.

    Right now I'm trying to talk a friend of mine into either a Savage Weather Warrior 300wsm or a tikka T3 lite stainless 300wsm. Lots of factory options out there that will get the job done out to 600 yards, and under $1k (for the rifle).

    I have a vortex viper pst 4-16x50 on one of my rifles and am very happy with it. Have shot elk beyond 600 yards with it. I'm sure the new NF SHV will be a great option as well, although a little heavier and more expensive than the PST.
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