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Old 01-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Hello, I am looking for an all-around bada** tactical rifle that I can feel confident in. I want something that can reach out and nail a 1000 yd target but also be able to be taken hunting as well. I know I'm looking at polar opposites here, but that's why I came to the gurus of FTF because you often can find me what I want or damn close to it. I already have a few things in mind. Such as building a rifle around the Rem 700 action, or going with a Savage 110 BA. I was looking at the 300 win mag or 338 Lapua (leaning more to the 300) and my price ceiling is about $2500. Help me please?

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Depending on what you are going to hunt the 300 Win. Mag. would probably be the best choice and also because you mentioned 1000 yard shooting. Although the 308 is a good hunting rifle for most medium sized game and I have shot it at 1000 yards the 300 is superior at that long range. And the 700action is a good action as is others like the Savage 111 action you mentioned. If the $2500 range includes a good quality scope which would be needed for long range shooting you are looking at a rifle package costing in the range of $1500. In order to get a good scope you are looking around the $1000 range give or take a little. Selection of the scopes reticle is also an important decision for the application the rifle will be used for.
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There's always one of these

http://www.ruger.com/products/gunsiteScoutRifle/specSheets/6803.html

Not sure how it would do at 1000 yards though...and good luck finding one I've been looking everywhere for one the past few days

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Depending on what you are going to hunt the 300 Win. Mag. would probably be the best choice and also because you mentioned 1000 yard shooting. Although the 308 is a good hunting rifle for most medium sized game and I have shot it at 1000 yards the 300 is superior at that long range. And the 700action is a good action as is others like the Savage 111 action you mentioned. If the $2500 range includes a good quality scope which would be needed for long range shooting you are looking at a rifle package costing in the range of $1500. In order to get a good scope you are looking around the $1000 range give or take a little. Selection of the scopes reticle is also an important decision for the application the rifle will be used for.
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That price does not include a scope. That is solely the rifle. I was seriously considering the Savage 110BA in 300 Win Mag or more seriously considering building a Remington 700 in 300 Win Mag. Thanks for the help. Any opinions on a good scope? I have looked at Nightforce (which is a bit pricey), Bushnell, Weaver, And Vortex. I'm also interested in Leupold, but don't know what scope would be best.
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You will be looking at hauling a 10 lb or more rifle around for hunting. You could spend $600 for a hunting rifle and scope for up to 300 yards and the rest on your tac rifle. A compromise usually does neither job well. A Savage 110 FCP 300WM should run about $900

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Hello, I am looking for an all-around bada** tactical rifle that I can feel confident in. I want something that can reach out and nail a 1000 yd target but also be able to be taken hunting as well. I know I'm looking at polar opposites here, but that's why I came to the gurus of FTF because you often can find me what I want or damn close to it. I already have a few things in mind. Such as building a rifle around the Rem 700 action, or going with a Savage 110 BA. I was looking at the 300 win mag or 338 Lapua (leaning more to the 300) and my price ceiling is about $2500. Help me please?
Here's some pics of my Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag with a trued action and a 28" barrel. Basically, I bought the cheapest Remington 700 rifle in .300 Win. Mag. they made, harvested the reciever, and threw everything else away.

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It's a tack driver and I've had it out to 1400 yards at altitude. Probably could take it further at altitude before the bullet goes transonic, but havn't tried yet.

I've got more than $2500.00 into this rifle but I think you could get the
thing done for a tad under $3000.00, less the scope, if you choose different or eliminate a few componets for a build similar to this one.
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You will be looking at hauling a 10 lb or more rifle around for hunting. You could spend $600 for a hunting rifle and scope for up to 300 yards and the rest on your tac rifle. A compromise usually does neither job well. A Savage 110 FCP 300WM should run about $900
That red rifle of mine pictured above weight 17 lbs. 1 oz. with the scope. You can use a lighter contour with a shorter barrel and probably save up to a couple of lbs. or so. Also, you would most lilkely use a different stock than the McMillan A-5 I have on this one. There are better compromise long range / hunting type stocks available and for less $$$ than McMillan. Also, that Premier Reticles 5-25X56mm scope on this rifle weighs 39 oz's. by itself not including the Badger rings which weigh 11 oz's. Alot of weight can be saved here as well with the choice of a lighter scope and rings. Still going to probably be a 12 to 14 lb. rifle. And last but not least, using a TAB Gear biathalon sling makes the weight not much of an issue when lugging a heavy rifle like this around for hours when hunting.

https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/tactical-gear/regular-biathlon-sling-rbs.html

Or you could get a back pack like one of these.

http://eberlestock.com/J34%20Just%20One.htm
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So Id probably be better off doing 2 rifles? One long range tactical, and one hunting rifle?

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So Id probably be better off doing 2 rifles? One long range tactical, and one hunting rifle?
though a target rifle and a hunting rifle can be interchanged but, you usually have to settle on a compromise somewhere. for a $1000 or less you could have one very nice hunting rifle and scope that will serve you well and then take the rest and start building a long range target rifle.

shooting at very long distances like a 1000 yards is going to require quality optics and they are not cheap. rule of thumb, you can't hit what you can't see.
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