New 308 And Down To Two

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by EDJ, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. EDJ

    EDJ New Member

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    Well, I've got a need/want for a 308 rifle since I've never owned one. I live in Tennessee and hunt here and in Kentucky where shots will be no farther than 300-400 yards on a very rare occasion. Most shots will be 100 or under. This will be my go to whitetail rifle and hunting is from stands. I don't shoot competitive.
    I was looking at rifles and two really caught my eye but they are two different beasts. The Remington 700 Milspec 5R and the Thompson Center Icon Weathershield. The Rem has a $1000 tag and the TC has a $650 tag. I think both will be fine for stand hunting but I'm having a hard time talking myself into spending the extra money for the 5R. I like the idea of the heavy barrel and that not too many of them are made but.......
    I have a new Monarch 3.5x10x42 BDC to go on which ever one I end up with. What do you think??
     
  2. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I think you ought to look at the Savage 11 LWH chambered in 308 as well, at least my personal opinion. I have one and it's light and shoots very well with factory ammunition.......
     

  3. Gary Kaney

    Gary Kaney Well-Known Member

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    Another one to consider is the FN TSR. I bought one last spring and really like. Maybe just the fact that it's the first rifle i've owned that has a 20" barrel.
     
  4. submoa

    submoa Well-Known Member

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    Plus one, also look at the savage 11 long range hunter both great guns
     
  5. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    If you're going to be stand hunting, the 5R has more capability than you need. Look at the Remington SPS.
     
  6. Rem700

    Rem700 Well-Known Member

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    +1, if your not going to buy the 5r.
     
  7. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    If 400 is your max shot and you mostly treestand hunt I would definitely get a 20" barrel. I would look at the Savage 10 pc or a Remington 700 AAC. I would lean toward the savage because it comes with the trigger adjustable down to 1.5 lbs.
     
  8. snowpro440

    snowpro440 Well-Known Member

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    The savage is what I went with on the .308, the 5r Remmington would be better than a rem factory barrel for sure .
     
  9. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    gonna have to agree with those that said go Savage. Mine started out as a stock package series gun, and will soon be a modded out semi-custom build, not that there was anything wrong with a gun that shot MOA or less on a regular basis, I just wanted to up the percentage of sub MOA shooting
     
  10. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

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    Just bought a Tikka T3 308 this year WOW smooth action and it shoot a one hole group..
    Its just a standard model 22" barrel, have not shot past200yards but would put down a deer
    at 400 yards easy....
    You have the right idea for scope power.....
    Luck to you on your choice in rifles.......