Originally Posted by skyhawk
Alright so I've been looking at a few rifles for some time and want some feedback. I intend to use them for target practice at longer ranges such as 600-1000 yards
but maybe some hunting later. Trying to keep price around $1500.
The rifles are Armalite AR-30 .300 WINCHESTER, Armalite Ar-10 10TBNF, Springfield Armory M1A, and Steyr Pro Hunter(chambered in .300Win)
I kind of like the Steyr although they are not super popular and am wondering how the accuracy would compare to the Armalite Ar-30
With the M1A and the Ar-10 I think there will be grater accuracy with the Ar, although I wonder about reliability.
Could you also give your opinion on which would be the best for three different categories. Most accurate at 800yard, Best value for money, and your top pick.
WOW where to begin... Not trying to be harsh but first of, for a rifle that'll work as a true target gun in the 600-1,000 yard range you are looking to spend that kind of money on the scope alone. Then you will need extensive instruction on how to use that scope/rifle to actually hit anything at those distances taking into consideration, distance, wind, ballistics, temperature, altitude, wind speed and direction etc..
The Steyr Pro Hunter is an OUTSTANDING firearm. The one I own will put 3 .308 rounds into .5" group at 100 yards all day long but it is NOT a target gun. It is though a GREAT hunting gun.
.300 Win Mag is a great caliber but if you don't reload match ammo will run you a LOT of money. The recoil in a rilfe like the pro hunter in that caliber will also make it rather punishing to do enough shooting to get proficient with it unless you really know what you are doing.
The AR or M1A in .308 are great guns and very reliable, but very few of them without extensive/expensive work will be 1,000 yard guns. An M1A will be effective to about 500 yards with the proper optics and someone that knows what they are doing can squeeze a few more yards than that but in general semi-autos are less accurate than bolt rifles and more difficultt to shoot accurately.
Do yourself a favor and get a decent heavy barrel Remington, Howa or Savage in .223 or .308 with a good target scope on it and spend some money learning how to shoot it at reasonable ranges. Once you have 100-300 yards down then if you really want to get into the long distance game you can then make a decision on how to spend what will amount to a substancial amount of money wisely.