Lets talk brands

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by BrokenHorn, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. BrokenHorn

    BrokenHorn Member

    Feb 24, 2006
    Hi all. I found this site last night as I'm doing my research for "building" myself a long range gun. Long range meaning capable of taking elk/deer at 600 yrds. So my search has begun. What I'm looking for now is a gun to start with. What do most of you consider to be a good gun to start with? Remington, Savage, SAKO, Browning, Winchester??? I have about 1,000 to get started (barrel and action) I want to do the extras (bedding, floating, lapping, triger etc) myself. I do hand load and have been doing that for 20 years.
    So, what say you?

    I did a search but really din't find what I was looking for. I'm sure this question gets asked a lot and my appologies if I over looked it.
  2. Ballistic64

    Ballistic64 Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2004

  3. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Brands are a tough one. There is a lot of personal preference there. For your demands of 600 yard Deer/Elk gun then most would be able to meet your needs with a little TLC and good optics. If you want something a little different then you may look at the Tikka T3 Varmint (Basically a Less Expensive Sako). They are gauranteed to shoot 3 shots less than an inch and with handloads you should be able to do much better than that.
  4. Desert Fox

    Desert Fox Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    For accuracy right out of the box, the Savage rifles are hard to beat. Two hunting buddies both owns 300 WSM's that will shoot half minute all day.
  5. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

    Jun 12, 2004
    If your building a rifle I would start with a Rem 700 receiver, fully accurize it and fit a top end barrel to the receiver. My personal favorite would be a Lilja but there are many others that are top quality barrels as well.

    600 yards is a decent poke at elk size game. For that reason I would recommend at least a 7mm Mag class round for the chambering.

    Some 270 wildcats will certainly work such as the STW or my 270 AM or 277 AM but these are hardly typical 270 caliber rounds.

    Use heavy bullets and you will be off to a good start if the machining is true.

    Good Luck on the project.

    Kirby Allen(50)
  6. fmsniper

    fmsniper Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2002
  7. hvy barrel

    hvy barrel Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I like the Remington 700 personally.