Help building my plan of attack

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by blackdog, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. blackdog

    blackdog Well-Known Member

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    LR wannabe that's new around here but been lurking for a while and reading all I can on this site. I have two guns to choose from to start rebuilding and I'm looking for advice on how to proceed.

    The first gun is a M70 300 WinMag, cut down wood stock, with VXIII 3-9x40 w/var obj. This has been my primary gun that I've hunted with and killed numerous elk and deer with over the last 10 years, but never beyond 300 yards. Last year I purchased a Bell&Carlson stock for this but never got around to putting it on and believe due to the particular M70 with a two piece floorplate that I have, needs some additional aftermarket parts to make it fit.

    The second is a Savage 110 with composite stock and a 3-9 Bushnell 'sportview' junk scope on it. This was bought as a package years ago and I believe it was purchased before the Accumark trigger came into production.

    Bearing in mind that money unfortanately is an issue and would like to do this as wisely as possible and as economically as possible, I believe that I have a couple of options. Also bearing in mind that for now, I'll be shooting factory ammo.
    1- Get the M70 fitted to the B&C stock and get take the scope over to Leupold (they're right down the street practically from where I live) and get the CDS dials installed and see what I can do with that gun.
    2- Get a new scope of the Savage and perhaps a new trigger and see what kind of a shooter this gun is. Then perhaps a new stock and barrel if need be. The nice thing about this option is that I have a friend inside Bushnell that can get me a sweet deal on their Tactical scopes which seem to get pretty decent reviews for the money (certainly no NightForce but seems to be decent place to start).

    Thoughts?

    Also, I've joined the range that's close by and they have plain old sandbags available but I know there's better options out there for building a solid rest. Suggestions for that?

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  2. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i can't tell what cal the savage . i can't tell what you want to shoot besides elk and deer. you will get various suggestions. here is mine. sell both get a sendero or winchester laredo in cal of your choice . 300 wm is a great one. add a break. add a 6.5-20 leup . adjust the trigger . go shoot and have some fun. add reloading equip as fast as you can.
     

  3. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    The Bushnell elites are really pretty decent optics. I would not hesitate to put one on a hunting stick and go hunt!

    Gary
     
  4. blackdog

    blackdog Well-Known Member

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    The Savage is a 7mm. That probably would have helped!
     
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    Gary - the bushnell sportview as tha the poster his a light inexpensive scope made in the 70's . 29$ then. my brother and i had a half a dozen of them. they are not suite able for long range hunting. the bushnell elite is a fine choice. especially if he can't get a leup . roninflag
     
  6. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    I fully agree about the $29 bushnell scopes. The reason I had (3) Tasco 3x9 Mil Dot's at one point was because (2) bushnell ultra ceapies and (1) Simmons Aetech died on me.

    I have heard mostly good things about the Elites however.

    Gary
     
  7. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i over looked the part where he can ge t a deal on them. i have 3 4200s and one 3200 . i lke the ones i have. Black - the 7 and 300 are close balistically. also you could spend a lot on factory ammo trying to get a factory barrel gun to shoot. you already have some "spare" parts thus my post above. one good gun that works. they last a long time.
     
  8. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I'm a Savage guy. My vote goes to building off the Savage action. You should invest in the barrel, stock, and trigger. If you can score at least the 5-15 3200 Elite go for it. The 4200 Elite Tac would be my first choice. The barrel you have in 7mm is going to be accurate. Your distance will be determined by the ammo you have access to. I would suggest looking into Hornady Superformance, HSM, and Black Hills. Those will all be loaded with the correct bullets for long range hunting. They can be a little pricey depending on the distributor or bullets used.

    Midway USA has trigger assemblies for that rifle. Look into the Rifle Basix or the Timney. Both are great options and relatively inexpensive. When you can do it, up grade the barrel to an after market, but I can guarantee it will be a shooter. Break it in properly. Look for a stock on stockystocks.com.

    Tank
     
  9. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I would take the most accurate of the two, as long as it holds MOA, put a decent scope on it and burn the OEM barrel of it practicing and then upgrade to a custom barrel once you can put it to work. I would work with the Savage since you can add accuracy components like stocks, triggers or barrels as you go on your own, and start reloading now!
     
  10. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    the savage build is a good idea because he can do it himself. and like reloading a piece at a time. would start with scope and that 5-15 is good clear scope i have one and a couple of the 4200