Budget Build...Decisions, Decisions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Pbailey, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Pbailey

    Pbailey Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2011
    I am putting together my budget build, shooting for somewhere near $1000 for the rifle. Going to put a Mcgowen barrel on a savage action, bed it in a B&C or Choate stock, and then put a vortex viper on top of it.

    But I am posing a couple questions, and this is where I am stuck.

    I want a gun that I can shoot out to about 700 yards effectively on game. I dont really see myself shooting much farther than that at live animals...just yet. But I also want to be able to capatilize on a 100 yard shot if it surpisingly presents itsself.

    So far, here are the calibers that I am contemplating...and why.

    Also, I will be hunting for mostly deer sized game, but also may use the rifle to hunt elk.

    300 win mag: Tried and true, packs a punch, readily available supplies

    338 win mag: Ballistically very close to the 300wm, heavier bullet, little bigger hole, and I have seen the effects and anchoring abilities.

    300 wsm: I like the idea of a short action, and wouldnt mind trying this caliber!

    6.5x284: The new hype, seems very promising, very accurate. Cons are that its a little harder to find stuff for, and short(ish) barrel life.

    I also really considered going with a 308 because I thought it would be good to get started with, but I dont really want to discover that it would be underpowered for game once they are out there a ways.

    What do you think I should do?

    Any suggestions, ideas and comments are very welcome!

    Please Help! Thank you!
  2. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2005
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    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    .300 win mag, and look at BERRGARA bbls. also.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  4. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    300 win mag: Tried and true, packs a punch, readily available supplies

    Of the ones you mentioned this is the one I would recommend.
  5. bogger01

    bogger01 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    i personally like the 300 wsm because i have had several very accurate rifles chambered in that caliber.i have used it from groundhogs to whitetail with much success.it to me is a nice all around cartridge.i have also had a 338 win mag that i used for whitetail but it flat out kicked to the point where it wasn't enjoable to shoot but will knock anything on your list down.i still can't get on the 6.5 wagon yet so i can't comment on that.that being said i believe the 300 win mag is the going to suit you best with the 300 wsm right behind it.it will push a heavy 30 cal bullet fast and flat without the recoil of the 338 win mag and there is alot of premium hunting ammo choices if you don't reload.
  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    300wm, 6.5x284, 300wsm but if your up to spend 200 dollars more use a Brux barrel and a Sightron SIII. If I were you I would put all these rounds on a long action.
  7. 6.5shaggy

    6.5shaggy Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    I shoot a 6.5-284 and it is great. Its very accurate, low recoil, components are easy to get and cheaper to shoot than the big powder burners. That said, its a little light on big critters past 600 yds or so. In long range hunting you will want to spot your hits (or misses) and that will be hard to do on the 300s without a break (about $150-$200 extra and a lot-a-extra noise). I built a .284(McGowen barrel A+) for a friend that duplicates a 7mm mag and has noticably more thump than my 6.5 on game and is still user friendly. Depending on the size of game you plan on hunting a 6.5 will be enough usually but a 7mag or 7wsm with vld bullets may be a better chioce without the recoil and powder and lead consumption of the big magnums.
  8. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
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    Here is a used Savage 6.5x284

    I would go to savageshooters.com forums and look at all the used savages ready to go plus numerous parts.

    I am a big fan of the 300 WSM, it will match and even surpass the 300 win with 180s and longer barrel life.

  9. 3fingervic

    3fingervic Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    What type of stock are you planning on using? If you are considering an aftermarket stock that is traditional in style, you may want to think about a totally stock Savage. If you want more of a pistol grip style, than go aftermarket. I have a .300wm, so I'm partial. I'm a big fan of the Long Range Hunter Series that comes in both .300 wm and wsm.
  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    For what you are planning you can't go wrong with the 300's.

    Barrel life is probably going to be better with the WM vs the WSM if you push them to their limits.
  11. Tikka Lover

    Tikka Lover <strong>Official LRH SPONSOR</strong>

    Feb 2, 2008
    +1 on the 300 Winnie and a 210 Berger. I have taken cow elk with that combo at 800 yards. There was substantial carnage on the inside.
  12. Dano5001

    Dano5001 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    If you have not already, give some thought to the Criterion Savage prefits, $250 for a 26" stainless hand lapped, you can get them up to 30" for a little more. They come in three of the calibers you are interested in, .300wm, .338wm, and 6.5-284, If you did not know, Criterion is Kriegers button rifle division.

    I have heard of some problems with Mcgowan Savage prefit barrels, but have also heard of guys having good luck with them. Sinarms can do a Savage prefit for you with Mcgowan blanks, I think he also has Brux and Rock.

    Let us know what you go with and how it shoots.