Rifle options. $2000 budget.

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by longrangehunter, May 9, 2012.

  1. longrangehunter

    longrangehunter Well-Known Member

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    Need suggestions on the most value for the buck. Would like something accurate out to 800+ yards. This will be my big game rifle for Antelope to Elk. Primarily Elk. I don't have time to get into reloading at this time so will be using factory ammo only. 95% sure I want to go with a 300 WM as it seems to have the best selection of ammo at a reasonable price. I'm not recoil adverse.

    $2000 is the budget for just the rifle. Maybe $2500 depending on the feedback. I already have a decent scope, rings, and bases (Mark 4 3.5-10x40mm LR/T M3). Also have a Rem 700 Jewell Trigger and H&S PSS stock I can reuse.

    So what should I do? Buy a factory HB like a Remington XCR Tactical, look for a used custom, ???

    Edit: I would like to stay around 8.5-9.5 lbs for the rifle not including scope, etc.
     
  2. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    New, full custom!!

    Trued Rem 700..$750
    Brux #5 fluted...$480
    Hinged floor plate..$125
    Wyatts mag box...$85
    Pinned recoil lug...$60

    Chamber, thread, and crown..$200
    Bedding...$200
    DPG brake, installed..$200
    Bead blast finish..$50

    Total...$2150

    Consider this a quote. Guaranteed to shoot half inch or better. Expect better! Superb accuracy, great customer service, fast turn around!

    Give me a ring.
     

  3. longrangehunter

    longrangehunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Grit. I just may do that. I'm not sure I would want the brake. I've never used them before. What would the rifle weigh?


    Keep the ideas coming. Thanks!
     
  4. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    That sure looks like an awesome build by grit, not sure if you could end up with a better rifle for the same $$.

    I personally do not like muzzle brakes... way too loud for my ears when I'm hunting. But if you have any flinching issues with recoil then a brake would be nice. Just don't shoot the damn thing without hearing protection!

    I'm waiting on a custom build right now and I stayed away from the ultra mags as I knew I could not shoot them accurately, shot after shot, without a brake. So I chose to go with the 300wm...
     
  5. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Aproximately, 9.5 lbs. Weight can be tailored to your taste by adjusting barrel length and contour.

    Brakes are great for reducing reoil (lots easier to shoot accurately if you aren't hanging on like it's your first girl), and allowing you to spot your own shots. If you've never watched your bullets hit, it'll make you smile, for sure!
     
  6. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    Grit,

    Can you post image of your brake?
     
  7. longrangehunter

    longrangehunter Well-Known Member

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    It would be nice to be able to spot my own shots. :)
    Does my aluminum block stock need bedded? I've read varying theories on that, but have yet to see any hard data to support it one way or another.
     
  8. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

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    It may very well meet your standards unbedded. I have seen guns shoot great in unbedded aluminum blocks. However, if you bed it properly, the performance will either be the same or better. Your 1/2" groups may turn into 1/4" groups, and your unexplained flyers may not appear quite as frequently.
     
  9. ArmaHeavy

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    I know of a guy selling a Hart 300 RUM. Think he wants 2100 bare rifle, and 3k for rifle plus Huskemaw optics. I was gonna look at it tonight, but I'm not real interested. I'll take some pix for you.
     
  10. longrangehunter

    longrangehunter Well-Known Member

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    You explained that very well. Thanks!

    PM inbound.
     
  11. calling4life

    calling4life Well-Known Member

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    I'd take the builder up on his offer, why... 1/2" guarantee, that'll put you in the vitals of an elk further than the round has the energy to really do its job

    Or, take a gamble on something else

    As far as a brake, that would be a definitely for me, and wear hearing protection, regardless of where you are, range, hunting, competition...etc.

    I use Howard leight electronic muffs, they flat out work, and at only $60. They enhance your hearing, then protect for the shot, they've been great for me out yote hunting.
     
  12. longrangehunter

    longrangehunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input. I'll have to check if the elec. muffs are legal here.
     
  13. gjk5

    gjk5 Well-Known Member

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    I use them when spotting and such and have never seen anything in the regs prohibiting them.

    I use the Surefire in-ear ones when actually hunting, all of the muffs don't sit well with me as far as cheek weld