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Old 02-20-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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I am 45 yr old, male and I own 4 hand guns( SA1911, Ruger mark 3, SW357 and Ruger LC9). also have a 12g Remington shotgun. I am looking for a decent rifle for the fun of shooting long range targets WITH a scope. I am not a hunter. Never hunted in my life but I love to target shot just for fun. I don't plan on buying many different caliber rifles. I will probably will have only one. I don't want to buy a 22 LR. looking for a REAL rifle which can fire a bigger caliber round than 22 LR. My budget is around 1000-1200 dollars. Please advise. Thanks in anticipation.

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Old 02-20-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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Remington 700 sps tactical in .308. i picked one up the other day and it is a sub moa gun right out of the box....with your budget you should be able to get a good piece of glass also

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How long is "long range"? Some of these guys have to walk for ten minutes to change targets. Me, i plink with my SKS for cheap ammo and shorter walks to change targets.

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Well, I'm about as predictable as the sunrise...this is waaay under your budget but I'll just go ahead and say it anyways....

Mosin Nagant M91/30...yeah, I said it! Don't know if you know the rifle or not but for $1200 you can get 10 of 'em...not that you need 10, you could just get the one, or two, or three......okay, I'll stop.

They have a "cool factor" that no new rifle has, a history and most likely has seen battle.

Ammo is super cheap, 440 for in the neighborhood of $75-85 per spam can. It'll shoot to the next county so there's your long distance right there. If it's just for plinking...(this is just me) why spend a grand on a rifle when you can drop $80-120 and spend the rest on ammo...It'll outlive you and everyone you know with a little P/M...again, just my .02...

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I just can't figure out why guy's like Mosin Nagant's,other than it being the cheapest rifle that you can buy. You couldn't give me one of those things,but then again,I've never been a mil-surp guy.

rog1311,Depending on what you are calling Long Range target shooting,a 223 would be the cheapest ammo cost and will let you shoot out to 300-500 yards depending on the bullets shot-accurately.
A 243 is also a good choice,but the ammo cost will be more,but you will be able to extend the shootable range out farther.
7mm-08 or a 308 would be the next step up the ladder on guns that ammo is easily obtained just about anywhere.

As far as the gun,I would suggest getting a heavy barrel contour for long range work.A sporter barrel will shoot just as good for a few shots,but then heat will affect the accuracy.
Brands of rifles to look at would include-Savage,Remington,Howa,CZ-USA,Tikka,and Marlin. Ruger and Browning also make them,but they don't go on my list,others might have different views of them.

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Be careful on 223 if that is your choice. A lot of 223 rifles have a 1:12 twist rate designed for lighter bullts like 45-50 grns. Get one with at least a 1:9 for heavier bullets. 1:8 or 1:7 for the heaviest like 75 grn. The 1:9 will handle a good range of weights. A CZ 527 Varmint would be a great choice in 223.

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Be careful on 223 if that is your choice. A lot of 223 rifles have a 1:12 twist rate designed for lighter bullts like 45-50 grns. Get one with at least a 1:9 for heavier bullets. 1:8 or 1:7 for the heaviest like 75 grn. The 1:9 will handle a good range of weights. A CZ 527 Varmint would be a great choice in 223.
for Plinking with a .223 bolt gun less than 300 yards 55 gr is fine in a 1:12 beyond that I also suggest a 1:9 and go 62 gr and 1:7 for 75 gr

My only problem around here is nobody carries anything more than a 55gr on the shelf which is fine in my savage 1:12 I have to order my 62 gr bulk from Ohio for the best deal for my 1:7 .

If your just looking to plink at no more than 150 yards I would look at a .17 hmr.
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IMHO, something from Remington (Model 700) or CZ USA should do you well. You will have a choice of classic calibers like 30-06.

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.30-06 is a potent round, but not as known for accuracy as is the .308... I don't want to start any brand pride debate but I would like to say I can't blacklist Ruger or Winchester from this discussion... My Winchester model 70 has been nothing but a joy to own. It is an extremely accurate gun that I know will go bang everything time I tell it to. I realize it is not much different from the Remington model 700 (dad has a BDL in .243) but I like the safety on my Winchester better... I also really enjoy shooting both of my Mosin Nagants... They aren'y pretty rifles but they are quite capable of shots at a few hundred yards and still putting energy on target. For the money, a used Model 70 or Model 700 might be just the ticket if you can find something in .308... I think Cabelas offers some ammo in reasonable pricing that would serve well as practice ammo or party favors...

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.30-06 is a potent round, but not as known for accuracy as is the .308...
Where did you come up with that idea?
A 30/06 is just as accurate as a 308.They both shoot the same bullets,and the '06 will push it just a tad faster in most cases.
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