Where to start

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by oregonboy, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. oregonboy

    oregonboy New Member

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    Hello, newbie here with newbie questions. I have a stock savage 110 lh in .264 win mag, and I would like to start a budget build to use for blacktail deer, black bear and pronghorn's. I am thinking a new trigger, maybe a new barrel and a new stock?. What do you think?. I want a very reliable gun that will take game out to 500 yrds, and can anyone suggest a gunsmith in the portland oregon area.
     
  2. TheRoaminRaider

    TheRoaminRaider Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are having trouble with those parts or the rifle in general, I don't see why you would need to change anything. The requirements you gave are very reasonable, and while I have never owned a Savage myself, I can't see why you would not be able to meet them if you actually spend the time practicing with it. If you really just want to buy stuff, by all means go for it, but I don't think it would be nessecary.

    If I were you I would spend your money on some reloading literature. And then follow it up with reloading equipment. I am still pretty new (started last x-mas), but it has been hands down the best "accuracy investment" I have made, if for no other reason than has made everything I shoot more accurate, not just one rifle. And since rounds are cheaper, I get more practice in, so it makes me more accurate too! The only thing I regret about learning to load my own is that I didn't do it sooner.
     

  3. farout

    farout Well-Known Member

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    Farout here (From Oregon too).

    How does it shoot? Maybe you don't need to do anything to it! The .264 Win mag should definitely be capable of taking all the critters specified at the distance specified. But a factory rifle grouping 1.5 inches at 100 yards would be grouping 7.5 inches at 500 yards. So if that .264 can do that, I would call it good.

    I'm a Savage fan too. Own 5 of them.
     
  4. junkpile

    junkpile Active Member

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    I would say you already have a reliable gun that will take game out to 500 yards. Put your cash into your reloading components.

    If you're really just wanting something more original, unique, and entertaining, aftermarket barrels, stocks, and triggers for Savages are near endless.

    Also, check out this article:

    Long Range Hunting Rifle On A Budget

    And spend a lot of time shooting in all weather conditions.

    But, if you've got decent glass on it, you've already got a good setup for what you're talking about.
     
  5. JeffP40

    JeffP40 Well-Known Member

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    You don't say what glass you have. That will probably be the biggest help to you of any one thing you can do. Cheap glass is a killer, but not the type you want.
    Next, like has been said, handload for your rifle. It will let you tailor your load and keep the cost down.
    Then after you have shot the crap out of it, you will know more of what you want. Then you can go crazy on the upgrades.
     
  6. oregonboy

    oregonboy New Member

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    Thank you , I will look at starting to get the stuff together to do some hand loads for my gun. I read that article and it was really good, I found some good videos on midway usa on how to bed a rifle barrel and free float it.
     
  7. moombaskier

    moombaskier Well-Known Member

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    I am assuming that you are not shooting handloads...so how does it shoot factory fodder?
     
  8. moombaskier

    moombaskier Well-Known Member

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    Hell if you live near the Dallas area, I've got a great reloading room and would be happy to help you out, maybe.