My rifle on the budget

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Rgz, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Rgz

    Rgz New Member

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    Hello guys. Maybe you can help me. I am looking for a rifle and scope to get fun with target shooting. But my problem is that my budget for the scope and rifle is 1500-1600 dollars. Moreover I would like to improve the pieces of my rifle in the future. I have been thinking of Tikka t3 or Remington 700 sps varmint. I think Remignton is better to improve the rifle, but the Tikka is more accurate. Other problem is the price of both rifles is approximately 1000 dollars in my country, so I only have 500-600 for the scope... Could you recommend a combination of rifle and scope good for me? I want to shoot as far as possible with my budget.

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  2. pburton

    pburton Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH! For your stated purposes, I think that you would be happy with the Tikka. I have had a couple of them and they have been great rifles. The aftermarket support for upgrading is getting better. But as far as optics, my suggestion is to save up a little longer and buy quality glass the first time. Good luck!
     
  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't waste my money on an SPS. You're better off going to the Gen2 milspec and putting a decent used scope on it and when you can afford it upgrading the scope.

    There are a lot of nice scopes out there to be had in the 400.00-500.00 Range.
     
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  4. Frank in the Laurels

    Frank in the Laurels Well-Known Member

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    First off don't let anyone bull crap you !!! This is a pay to play form of shooting, period !! You'll need to choose, fun or serious ...fun, heck buy the cheapest bolt action 7 or 300 mag, a el-cheappo 24 or 32 power scope and bang away at rocks and steel and have fun....but when your talking about harvesting any animal things change and you need to be far more serious in a life and death situation. Practice alone can get expensive and equipment costs can be astronomical without question, $1500 scopes and $ 2-5 K rifles are the norm rather than the exception. Your choice, pay to play !!
     
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  5. Deputy819

    Deputy819 New Member

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    I second that. Maybe a Leupold VX3i 6.5-20x40 ($550.00 give or take) on it and just have fun with it. Continue to save your money while becoming proficient at "long range" with the current set-up and then get yourself a good precision rifle topped with a higher end scope.
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    This combo fits within your budget.

    Remington 700 5R Milspec .308 Win 24" barrel

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog...Bolt+308+Winchester/7.62+NATO+24+4+1+Syntheti

    Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50 VMR-1 MRAD

    https://swfa.com/vortex-6-24x50-viper-hs-t-30mm-rifle-scope.html

    Seekins Precision 30mm low rings

    https://swfa.com/seekins-precision-scope-30mm-rings.html

    EGW HD 20MOA base

    https://swfa.com/egw-hd-picatinny-rail-1-piece-scope-mount-63.html
     
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  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    C'mon guys let's be real, you don't need any more than 10x on the top end to get started and there are a boatload of good scopes that can be bought used between 400.00-600.00 more than adequate for the job.

    Check Ebay, Check the LRH classifieds and be patient and there's plenty of decent glass out there for the guy on a budget.
     
  8. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    I really like the SPS tacticals. The stock sucks, but that's an easy upgrade.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Remington-Model-SPS-Tactical-Rifles/754565.uts?slotId=1

    SWFA 10x is an extremely reliable scope. Its fixed power though.

    https://swfa.com/swfa-ss-10x42m-tactical-30mm-riflescope-6.html

    I like Athlon too. I have 4 of their scopes. Here is the Athlon Argos. A lot of features at a great price. This is comparable to the Viper Vortex HST.

    https://athlonoptics.com/product-category/riflescopes/athlon-optics-rifle-scopes-argos-btr/

    EGW rail

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018662029/egw-1-piece-picatinny-style-base-remington-700

    Burris rings

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...actical-weaver-style-rings-matte-package-of-2

    Bipod

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/2135353352/caldwell-xla-bipod-sling-swivel-stud-mount

    $679 (Rifle) + $399 (Scope) + $37 (Rail) + $65 (Rings) + $60 (Bipod) = $1240 Total

    That leaves you $360 for shooting gear like bags, rests, maybe a nice range finder, or you can use that extra cash to upgrade the stock or trigger. The set up above will get you out to 750 yards, give or take 50 yards, reliably. Anything within 500 yards, I am confident will be easy pickings depending on your shooting skill level. Hope this helps.
     
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  9. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    I am by no means a long range hunter but I have been on this sight for a long time and have to kindly disagree. First question is no one has asked the OP what their idea of long range is. The OP may simply just want to hunt out to 500 yards (Here in NY that is long range). You can EASILY and ethically get to 500 yards with budget setups. Heck many budget setups will get you ethically to the 700 yard range as well. For example, it is a fact you can get a used savage, and throw on a higher end prefit barrel and have a .5-.75MOA gun. You can get a used savage action for about 250-350$ Throw on a nice pre-fit barrel anywhere from 300-500$ and then buy yourself either a B&C stock or a boyds stock and have it bedded. You will be at the 1000$ mark and have a semi-custom rifle which I guarantee will shoot .5-.75MOA(or better) 5 shot groups at 700 yards with minimal load workup (let alone with decent factory ammo). I have 2 savages doing this well and many other have them as well. Then throw on a Vortex scope and you have a budget but still very functional and ethical setup for deer out to 700. Just my two cents.
     
  10. huntinherrrington

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    You can have a nice budget rifle using a Remington 700 ADL Varmint 308 Win. Change stock, trigger, decent glass, and have fun.

    They are $400 right now at Cabelas.
    http://www.cabelas.com/product/shoo...ington-adl-varmint-rifle/1702465.uts?slotId=2

    Shoots the same as my R700P and R700 LTR.
    I am actually buying another one to just put up.

    You could have a nice budget build for $1600.

    It just depends on what range you are shooting and what caliber you want.
     
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  11. Plinker147

    Plinker147 Well-Known Member

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    Also there are some good used guns for sale on this site within your price range. You can get some great deals semi custom rifles
     
  12. CaptnC

    CaptnC Well-Known Member

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    A couple things the OP said...

    "In my country" and "Moreover I would like to improve the pieces of my rifle in the future."

    Not sure how available replacement parts are where he lives...nor do we have any idea his skill set for him to "improve" parts of his rifle.

    Pawn shops are a great place to start. Me...I would be looking for a short action Savage 308. Get in cheap and you have tons of options in the future. New barrels, triggers, bolts, bolt sleeve and stocks...all DIYS.

    I can see myself now...new choate stock, new bolt sleeve and tactical bolt handle...new 6.5 Creedmoor barrel...catch the right deal at the pawn shop...you could have a hell of a nice semi custom rifle that should .5 moa all day long.

    He never mentions reloading so both caliber options have plenty of good factory match ammo.

    I need to stop by the pawn shops this weekend...just got an idea! ;)
     
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  13. Rgz

    Rgz New Member

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    First of all, thank you for your answers.

    WildRose, why you don't like the SPS? Is not accurate in your opinion? Some of you have recommended the Remington 700 Milspec 5R. I love it, but it is out of budget for me. Only check the price in my country, Spain:

    http://www.borchers.es/es/rifles-tacticos/144-rifle-de-cerrojo-remington-700-milspec-5r.html

    I thought in the 700 because I can find a lot of pieces to upgrade it. And the Tikka because I have never heard a bad opinion about it. Both can be bought here for 1000 dollars or so.
     
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  14. WildRose

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    I've seen a lot of guys have problems with them and those I've looked at had really rough machining on them.

    Add to that the really cheap plastic stocks and I wouldn't waste any money on one unless I could pick it up dirt cheap just to get the action to build off of and I'd plan on spending extra to get it all cleaned up along with the normal cost of blueprinting.
     
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