Finally broke down and spent the money

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by BamaBoy9, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. BamaBoy9

    BamaBoy9 Active Member

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    well I have always loved long range shooting but have reached a point where my equipment could not complete my goals . So I went out and purchased a chassis gun Remington PRS in 6.5 Creedmoor, topped with a trijicon 5x20x50. Just wondering what are the next upgrades I need to be saving up for!
     

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  2. stwcattle

    stwcattle Well-Known Member

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    Quality range finder and Kestrel with AB software.
    Then likely a scope upgrade.
     
  3. jpd676

    jpd676 Well-Known Member

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    If you aren't a hand loader you need to take that jump. Handloading will greatly increase you accuracy.
     
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  4. BamaBoy9

    BamaBoy9 Active Member

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    Have been looking into it . Looking at some starter sets from rcb and Lyman and lee but don’t know what is good to start with
     
  5. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    A RCBS Rock Chucker set is a great start. You’ll add stuff as you go and upgrade but the Rock chucker will get you going. Good luck
     
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  6. supermo26

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    I've been looking at Redding presses and kits. Redding is American made. Graf and sons has a good price. Also like Forester Co Ax. Brownels has a good price for it
     
  7. Lee D

    Lee D Well-Known Member

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    i'd definitely look into handloading, but it wouldn't be my top priority.

    Factory ammo has come a long ways, and it's not like the old days where you had to hand load to obtain precision.

    I shoot a lot of .4moa groups with factory hornady black. in the creedmoor their factory 143 eld-x and 147 eld-m ammo shoot excellent and consistently have low ES and SD. I know several people shooting consistent .2-.4 moa groups running factory ammo.

    seeing as you bought a remington, the trigger would be probably the first thing I would replace, those x-marks are truly dreadful. I run a Timney calvin elite 2 stage personally, but trigger choice is personal preference. can't go wrong with triggertech, bix 'n andy, jewell, or timney imo.

    Like stated above, a good range finder, and ballistics app. other than that i'd get out and shoot it. being that it is a factory remington, the barrel itself may not be a shooter (as was the case with mine) and is why it's currently being blueprinted and a brux barrel installed.
     
  8. jasonco

    jasonco Well-Known Member

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    Reload! A Lee kit with quality dies and reloading components will very consistent ammunition. DON'T GO FRUGAL ON THE COMPONENTS, unless you get for a steal of a deal?! save munay by reloading.jpg
     
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  9. basinman

    basinman Active Member

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    The Hornady kit is not bad either.
     
  10. jasent

    jasent Well-Known Member

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    I’ve never met anyone the regrets learning to reload

    I’ll second the trigger upgrade
    Kestrel 2500 is all you need as long as you have a good ballistics calculator/app. I like applied ballistics myself
    Scope level that mounts on scope or rings.
    As stated in the meme you won’t save money reloading because you’ll shoot twice as much.
    Get out and shoot and have fun with it

    I’ll add that you don’t really need much space to reload. My first set up took up a 2x3 space in a closet
     
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  11. hrnhntr

    hrnhntr Well-Known Member

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    I second the wait on reloading. I have all the stuff and haven’t touched it in three years. Spend the time shooting. I’ve had great luck with the Hornady match, HSM Trophy gold, and Black hills. Kestrel with AB or basic Kestrel and hornady’s 4Dof (free). A quality bi-pod. A good chronograph for accurate velocity and es of the ammo. All these things will help you.
     
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  12. Classic12

    Classic12 Active Member

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    Bamaboy what was your formal setup How many yards out are you looking to shoot for the moment a range finder it might help if you learn how to reload.
     
  13. BamaBoy9

    BamaBoy9 Active Member

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    Remington 700 in 300 win mag , laminate stock. Great for hunting but 400 was about max i could shoot with it accurately. I have since free floated the barrel and just finished pillar and glass bedding the action. My stock was touching my barrel in several places . Was very disappointed in the craftsmanship of the factory stock . It was very pretty on the outside but technically poor. I’m afraid I’m becoming obsessed with accuracy!
     
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  14. LukeMc

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    I agree with the statement that people that reload don't regret it. I have learned so much from hand loading and watching your groups shrink is almost addictive.
     
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