Weapon Choice....Advice please

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Aaron52x, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Aaron52x

    Aaron52x Member

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    Hello
    This is my first post here, I have lurking for awhile, trying to learn as much as I can. I have found myself wanting to get back into long range shooting. Allot has changed since I last had A intrest in the sport 20 years ago.
    I have A Savage 110S .308 with A weaver t-10 scope. My father bought it in the late 70's brand new. The gun only has about 200 rounds through it and is clean as A whistle. I am thinking this will be A good gun to start shooting again till I find out what really works......Thats where you guys come in. I have looked at the Savage model 10 presision, seems like A nice gun for the money. I have also looked at the Sig Sauer Blaser and 3000. Again nice gun, but alot of money. So here are A few questions

    What caliber boud be best for A beginner shooting 1000 yards ?
    What would be a good first gun, On A budget, and No budget
    Are there any shooting schools in Idaho,Utah,Nevada

    Thanks for all your help, This forum is very informitive, All most to the point of being confussing


    Thanks
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  2. royinidaho

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    Welcome aboard......

    I'd seriously considering starting with what you have.

    Many 1K F-Class guns are 308s though maybe a little heavier than what you have, but nevertheless 308s.

    10X is plenty of scope for starting also.

    Heck, I started with a 270 Win in a Mauser surplus action w/a 24" Douglas sporter barrel that was put together in 1966. I started LR in 2003 or 4?

    It worked well but didn't have much barrel life left. But it was a good start.

    Get what you have stretched out as far as you can. By then you'll have a better understanding of what your next move will be.

    It worked for me......
     

  3. Aaron52x

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    Thanks for the reply, Thats pretty much my plan. I do also have A Leupold 6.5 x 20 that has been doubled in power, It does not have a large field of view but it is crystal clear I am more interesed in long range target shooting an some varmit hunting, So which one would you use? How close to Twin Falls are you?

    Thanks
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  4. Ernie

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    Welcome to LRH and your first post!
    First of all, you will read many opinions, as there are many ways to go
    I would go with a 260 Remington or 6.5-284 (6mmBR as well).
    The Savage rifles for the money and what you get is pretty good.
    A 6.5-284 would be my top choice/Lapua brass (130-140 grain VLD's/ Fed match primers & H-4350 or H-4831sc).
    A 260 would give you a longer throat life and still give you the same performance i am getting with my 6.5-284's (specialty handguns).

    Custom route: I won't even start-so many good directions:)

    Shawn Carlock and Darrel Holland both have schools fairly close to you.
    Either would provide you with great instruction and a great time.
     
  5. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    How far from Twin? A hop, skip and jump. I'm in Blackfoot.

    How do you think you'd get along with the mirage with that bumped up Leuy? I've found that the Weaver @ 14 is great and the Conquest @ 15 is also about max.

    You Leuy @ the lower powers would be great also. The big problem is seeing bullet holes in the darn target when confirming drop chart data. At my place I'm stuck w/walking the 1100 yds to check the shots.:(
     
  6. Aaron52x

    Aaron52x Member

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    Thats A really good point on the Leuy, My dad had it made years ago when were doing rimfire benchrest shooting. I have used it at 100 yards off A bench. But off of a Bipod it could present some challanges keeping it steady
    I am in Twin Falls, I am not to famailiar with the area since I live in North Carolina and work in Jerome Idaho......Long story. We are hoping to get kid #1 through college back in NC.and then bring Kid #2 an wife out here.
    Being out here for the last year and seeing all the nice ranges and varmit hunting has renewed my intrest in the sport, Then reading about the F-class......Really neat stuff.
    We are headed over to the range in Jerome tomorrow, Been having some fun with my AR-15 over there. 200 yards open sights. I enjoyed shooting the M-16 when I was in the service shooting the M-16's was A really good reason to get up in the morning so soon as I got out ......I found A match AR.
    Thanks for all your advice It is very helpfull


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  7. Aaron52x

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    Thanks, I looked at A few of the new Savages, They seem to be A good value. I will most likley shoot the 110s that I have till next year unless some great deal comes along.
    How would those calibers do in metalic shiloette vs the 300,308,338

    Thanks
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  8. Ernie

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    I have never played that game before but from what I have read both the 6's and 6.5's have done well.
     
  9. cjmousseau

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    just bought a rem 700sps in a 308 BBL rifle and i threw on a 10X40X50mm Osprey 10 - 40x50 mm Long Range Tactical Scope, Matte Black with a harris bipod and a uncle mikes Neoprene Buttstock Shell Holders and a tactical sling i put about $1,000 in everything so i was wondering if i should throw on a .308 VORTEX FLASH HIDER threw brownells and what ammo should i use. I just can't wait to go and shoot the thing it's going to be great

    best of luck

    Charles H Mousseau JR
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