Just curious gentlemen !

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by KYHILLJACK, Dec 19, 2013.


    KYHILLJACK Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    I admire the time and dedication you guys put into your craft of taking game at long ranges. I myself prefer to get in close using still hunting, utilizing the wind and bedding areas. Guess it comes from my whitetail hunting heritage,
    What I was curious about is exactly how much money do you have wrapped up in your shooting rigs? The gun, scope, range finder and anything else needed to take those kind of shots.
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    All of it and if I had more I could find more things to improve on. When you make the commitment to being the best you can be at Long range, most of us have to make sacrifices. I don't have a 4 wheeler, I drive a 200,000 mile truck, don't play golf or have many other hobbies, 90% of our meals consist of wild game for meat, heat our home with wood I cut and split, my time at the bar is limited, don't smoke etc.

    There are many levels of long range set ups. Just like many sports, you can catch a fish with a cane pole, or an expensive fly rod. You can kill a deer at 1000 yards with a $2000 set up or a $10,000 set up. It is about your level of interest, devotion and what one is willing to sacrifice to be where he or she wants to be.

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2013

  3. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2009
    There are some things you just cannot put a price tag on.

    And Broz, I got you beat by about 30,000 miles................

  4. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    A tiny bit more than my arsenal of bows,arrows,fletchers,press,packs,dozens of stands,tents,lazer ,scent control,calls,etc.To take a 6x6 @ 3 yrds.Love em both taken equal with either, might be 1 ahead with bow?
  5. D.Camilleri

    D.Camilleri Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    I like this quote Jeff. I do have to admit that I do have a atv and I just ordered a set of tracks for it so I can get around better in the snow, but all the rest applies. Maybe that is why my wife gave me the green light on the tracks!
  6. jesterg

    jesterg Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Re: Just curious gentlemen !all

    I run around with my 2 brothers and a friend so close he should be family. When we pile in the truck together with all of our guns and optics the total is right around
    But when it's the longest shot or the biggest bull of the year.. It all comes down to making memories...
  7. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    I don't question anyone,s hobby, I don,t play golf and you can spend a lot of money on clubs, memberships, green fees, etc. Don't have a bass boat with all the items to to that, Don,t race cars or build them. I like hunting and guns so I spend my money there. But don,t blame the other people for what they spend their money on. My most expensive gun is around $10,000 (McMillan 338 Lapua EOL) and I really like it. Have a couple Remington 870 pump shotguns also around $300.00 each. Just me and what i like to play with.
  8. shorty

    shorty Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    All I'll do is quote my wife..."With all the money you spend on gun's and hunting,you could've had a girlfriend"
  9. Elkriver

    Elkriver Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Last hunt I went on rem 700 .308 800 with scope used range finder 150
    Close around 500 for the week of cammo .. Go walmart & hand me downs ...
    250 on ammo be for hunt shooting at 300 yds for practice .. Only to shoot the cridder at 55 yds ... Seeing the country side & all the memories with my old man price less ... I was thinking of a custom gun till my buddy said u hit every thing u pulled up on to shoot ... Yes ... So what's wrong with the gun u have know...I can't shoot 1/2 Moa with it .. So u still hit every thing u aimed at & killed it .. True ... Still want a custom gun

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    It depends on how you do the math, but at the end it's all of it.

    I consider myself to be currently equipped to 600 yards. The decision to seriously pursue extending my limits has cost: ATACR scope $2200, Mounts level etc. in the $500 dollar range, McMillan stock $500, my current range finder/bino is only good to 600 yards. The next step up seems to be the Leica 1600-B at $800. Really that's the cheapest I think I could make do with. A wind meter will set me back $250-500.

    I have a rifle, I have a Swarovski spotter, I have reloading equipment, fixed reasonably well for components, have an ATV, have a truck.

    Thats not counting spending $4 a gallon fuel, to shoot $2 apiece bullets. (high end).

    I don't smoke, drink or any of the various vices out there. Looking at the math though maybe I should start could be a bunch cheaper.
  11. joshua99ta

    joshua99ta Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2009
    I'm not an elk hunter really(never been but I have total intent on doing so)

    I'm only 29, single, and no kids, my house is paid for(however I'm doing some renovations and currently moved back in with my parents until I'm done with the house).

    I don't have all the nice goodies. I'm trying to acquire them. I've been young and dumb and made some bad financial descisions. I've got 3 atvs, a boat(nothing fancy just an old bass tracker), a motorcycle and back when I bought my truck it was about the finest thing on the road(for a 1 ton IMO) and I've enjoyed it all! But I'm starting to want to settle down more and spend more time in the woods and shooting. I'll tell ya this stuff is EXPENSIVE!!!! I'm one of those that when I buy something I want to buy the best. However I know the best is often out of my price range. I make pretty good money, for my area anyway, and its still hard to buy a $2,000 range finder, $3,000 binos,$2,500 spotting scope, $2,000 scope, and a $2,500 rifle! Even at this point in life I'm almost debt free and I still don't have thousands of dollars in the bank like I should! Just to kill something at 1,000 yards. It would be much cheaper just to hike a little farther and get closer.

    But right now I do have several thousands of dollars invested in hunting and my goal for 2014 is to have more of those expensive items I listed. Maybe not all of em but most of em. Then I'm still gunna try to buy a truck to make that trip. Nothing nice and new, something like a 2002-2006 Tahoe 4x4. I want an SUV to be able to get all my stuff in the truck and it not be out in the weather during my 1,200+mile trip. I say that truck b/c I am very familiar with these style engines and know them very well.
  12. shuag

    shuag Member

    Jun 5, 2013
  13. westcliffe01

    westcliffe01 Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2011
    The Savage rifles are cheaper to build on than most other options, but will never have the same subjective "feel" of a really good action. I have built several. If you want a DBM, then usually one will build on a model 12, 112 or 10/110. The model 12 or 112 is ideal if you want a stainless action, which is usually something I am after. New, if you get a model 12 VLP with a good laminate stock, you are looking at about $750 (stainless/laminate). Remove the 26" fluted varmint barrel and sell for $180. Buy a prefit Shilen or alternative match barrel = $320 add a precision nut and ground recoil lug for another $60. That adds up to $950. Do a bedding job yourself for about $50 including pillars.

    Warne steel 1 piece 20MOA rail - $100 (Eabco.com if in stock), Warne Maxima rings $30
    In my case I have 1 4-16x50 PST FFP scope and a 6x24x50 PST FFP, either is about $900 street price, less if you get it as a demo or open box item.

    So, starting with all new stuff, I am at about $2000. I have also built from $285 donor model 10 rifles that already had a decent varmint stock and was at about $700 for the rifle. If you need to buy a new stock, it is hard to stay below $900. But that is still a very good value proposition for a rifle that can shoot 0.25 MOA after just a bit of load development. Optics will typically be at least $500 + $130 for rings and base and then climb from there. In my opinion, one is more likely to make a mistake when buying optics or choose a cheap base or rings that drive you crazy, than you are to have a Savage rifle that you have rebarreled give you any issues. Factory barrels, well thats anyones guess....
  14. TrophyHunter_colorado

    TrophyHunter_colorado Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    I'm a bow hunter/ muzzle loader hunter also, I just flat out love to hunt. But I have found you can't put a price on making that 843 yard shot on an animal! I have only hunted whitetail about 5-6 times and it seems I like to shoot them a long ways out also. How much do you have invested in food plots, tree stands, ground blinds, land leases, scent blocker suits, bows, arrows, ext. I bet you would not be to far off from the same price as most meat missile launchers. :)