Help a newbie. savage 308?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by joshelliott83, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. joshelliott83

    joshelliott83 New Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Hey everyone. I am looking to start some long range shooting. My uncle shoots in 700+ yarders and says I need to start. I have shot his rifle and can get a tight grouping at 400 all day long. I am looking for a beginner gun though. I am a big fan of a .308. I have shot 308's for a long time. Can anyone recommend a decent gun that I can mod to my standards and still keep it under 1000 for right now. I am looking to purchase a rifle for around 500 before I start customizing. Of course is I can stay cheaper it would be awesome, but I don't know if I can.

    What do you thing about the savage 308. or the Remington Model 700 308.

  2. The Surgeon

    The Surgeon Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    I personally like the Remington 700. But you will not go wrong either way, both are great platforms to do what you are wanting.

  3. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    The rem xps are affordable before moving up to the tac, But the scope should probably cost more. You have to think of them as a life time investment. Save a little more and do it right the first time
  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Savage all the way for me. Been shooting a Savage .308 for about 2 years. I did a 2yr stint using the same savage only in 300WSM. Anyway here is what I suggest. Get the Stevens 200 in .308. This will get you started. It should cost between $300 and $400 depending where you go. This will give you a platform to build off of as you grow into the rifle. You will be able to do the work yourself. I will say that you might want to invest in a trigger first off when you get the rifle. Then go shooting. If you want a different stock, sell the factory stock for around $100 or so. Put that money into a Bell & Carlson stock for around $200. This will give a good starting point. Buy an EGW 20MOA base. Look into a Vortex Viper scope or a Nikon Buckmaster. You should be able to put this all together for under $900.
  5. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Tank makes some good points. But I would go a different path. I would go with a savage model 12 bvss. Good trigger good stock. Good advice on scopes also. But would pick a used monarch over a new pro staff. Also look at millet best bang for ur buck.
  6. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Savage Lightweight Hunter 308 WSM. 5.5 pounds. Nice medium range rifle, elk capable and 650 bucks all day long. Accutrigger, no Accustock however.

    I have one on order right now. Clamp on a quality 6-9 and you are still below 7 pounds. Great pack in rifle.

    Catalog Number 19209 MSRP $875.00 1-10 twist, 20" barrel

    They also have a 6.5 Creedmore same weight for those that like Joyce Hornady ammo.... 1-8 twist Catalog 19204 MSRP $899.00

    Didn't street price that one......:).