Recommend me a long range hunter.

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by delirious, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. delirious

    delirious Member

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    New to the forum. First post. I've been reading several suggestions and figured I've give you my specs. I had planned on getting a winchester model 70 in a supergrade but my buddy talked me out of it. He says it's wood, pretty, and will get scratched if you take it to the mountains or on long hikes. Get a composite stock, stainless barrel

    So, he suggested Tikka, Sako 85, Browning X-bolt, ...or potentially the Sako 85 Long Range due out later in the fall according to some phone calls I've made.

    I'm going to pass on Remington and Winchester....I have other rifles in remington and winchester and would like to try something different. I would like something with a fluted bull barrel and stainless for weather conditions and hunting in a wet environment- potentially elk hunting.

    I've also thought about getting a Sako 42 300 win mag. Although this may be too heavy for hunting. I'm 5'11" 220 and I am used to carrying weight as I often Hike with backpack on my back.. 30-40 pound range but if this is too heavy, then I'll pass.

    I am looking for a 300 win mag because I do reload and there's lots of options for 30 cal out there. Some components I already have on hand as I reload for the 308 AR-10. I would really like to stick to a 300 win mag. Not interested in a Lapua 338 for now

    Scope: I have a vortex Viper PST 6-24 50 FFP milrad sitting in the safe. I'll start there and upgrade later but I want the expense to be on the rifle for now.

    Application:

    1. I want something for ELK and black bear. Mule deer. and some day an african hunting trip. Nothing too big. Mostly plains game.
    2. Sub MOA at 100 yards and want the ability to shoot out to 1,000

    Rifle budget. I'd like to spend around 1,000 to 1,500 but I have 3,000 saved up currently and can go that high. What ever I don't spend, I'll save for a different scope or get started purchasing reloading components. I reload on a dillon and will need dies and the kit for 300 win mag. Powder, bullets, primers. I reload for all my rifles and have a fair hand on that.

    Reason I'm asking my question. Tikka is a nice rifle. Cheaper than a Sako 85 and I tend to lean towards spending the money where I need to. Sako 85 doesn't have a 26 inch barrel for 300 win mag out currently. The Long range will when or if it's ever available. I think 26 inch barrel, preferable with a 1:10 twist is what I'm looking for.

    Browning X-Bolt. Never owned one. They website says the Japan made barrels are pretty good. But I called Browning and Winchester and none of the techs would tell me anything about long range capabilities other than the spec sheet. Pretty disappointing.

    So, what say you? Any recommendations. I can piece one together but I don't know where to start. I've built AR-15s and am fairly confident but this is a whole other deal for a precision rifle.

    Is there a combo hunting, long range shooting option, 300 win mag, accurate, stainless- no wood, bull barrel - 26 inches? I don't go elk hunting that often, so if I see I can't get both, I'll look into a SAKO TRG 42 and just keep it on the bench.
     
  2. 406precision

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    I would consider a custom build in 300 win...

    Snowy MTN rifles in Missoula would be a good start they can build you exactly what you want although it will be on the upper end of your budget.

    We offer a long range platform built by snowy mtn rifles that comes in at 2850.00 for a full custom rifle or it is available in a package deal that includes hard case, scope, bipod, and rear shooting bag. For more details you can check it out at "406 PRECISION LONG RANGE SHOOTING SCHOOLS" "CUSTOM LONG RANGE RIFLES"

    If you don't have the time for a custom build wait then the classifieds here would be a good way to go...if your patient you will find something very nice in that price range.
     

  3. delirious

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    Interesting. Thanks for the suggestion. How does that rifle do out to 700-1,000 yards?

    And what is the Federal tax? I have not heard of that
     
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    They produce a very accurate rifle on a beefed up model 70 action essentially.

    The Federal Excise Tax applies to all newly manufactured items produced within the US.
     
  5. 406precision

    406precision Well-Known Member

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    The rifle system was designed for long range shooting and hunting and is manufactured using match grade components for a truly custom rifle and an unbelievable price. This rifle in a 300 win will surprise you at 700-1000 and beyond and weigh in at around 12.5 # scoped and with a bipod.

    We often hear that people want a light weight long range rifle and that's like saying you want a 396 ss shoved in a yugo...just not practical to do it. When shooting extended distances you want as solid a platform as you can handle and with that comes weight....there is a reason the bench rest fellas don't shoot six pound rifles.

    As far as the tax goes...we chose to show you where your money is going rather than hide it in the price.
     
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    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    Thompson Center Encore with synthetic stock is the gun you're looking for. gun)
     
  8. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Might want to check out the Savage Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag. come with a 26" barrel and weight is 8.6 lbs.

    They have reputation for function, and accuracy, not for beauty. If I were looking for a carry weight 300 Win with long range capabilities, it is what I would be looking at.

    Your Vortex scope would be great on it.
     
  9. delirious

    delirious Member

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    This must be a deterrent for sales for some.
     
  10. 406precision

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    We just wanted people to know exactly where thier money was going and what the total price of the rifle was and what the tax was.
     
  11. WildRose

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    Actually with MFG's that don't list it you are still paying for it, it's just hidden in the total cost.

    All newly manufactured items produced in the US are subject to the excise tax.
     
  12. delirious

    delirious Member

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    I appreciate everyone's responses. I'm going today to hold a few options in my hand if I can find some and weighing online options as well
     
  13. roninflag

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