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Old 10-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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So I am looking to set up a rifle for long distance for target shooting and fun. So not looking to spend outrageous money. Please let me know what you think of this combination. Remington 700 SPS SS 30-06 with a Barska 6-24x44 IR # AC10366 1/8 MOA. Thanks in advance
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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I would look for a better scope. I don't think I would trust the Barska to stand up to the recoil of the .30-06. I have a Warne of the same size on my .30-06 and for a $200ish scope it does pretty good.
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Long range for me is defined as accurate out to 1000 yards. Here is my precision rifle ....Rem SPS TAC..AICS chassis...Nightforce 5.5 X 22 X 50 NXS...308





Barska scopes are junk. Chinese made and inferior glass, with plastic internals. Good glass is crucial at LR at high magnification. The critical item for long range shooting is a quality optic. The ability to range the target with mil-dot or MOAR reticles, in a repeatable scope is critical. the '06 is a good caliber, but not ideal for this application.

The second item is a quality stock, properly bedded. Action screws torqued to spec.

Quality match grade or handloaded ammo is a must as well. Crap ammo in a precision rifle platform just doesn't make sense.

Go to snipershide.com and read up...you'll get plenty of info on the long range game...it's where the big dogs play

If you buy the cheap gear, this will just add up to frustration in the form of missing by a mile at ranges over 800 yds. You won't have much "fun". Save and be patient until you can afford quality mounts and a decent scope. Buy once...cry once.

The Remington 700 is an excellent platform
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Thank you so much!!!! So it sounds like a have the right gun for 1000 yards just a different scope? I agree with you on cry once! Because this is definitely a one time buy so I want to get it right. Something that's affective at 100 yards as well as 1000 if I get there. But I would like to keep scope cost under $500 if possible.
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I'm doing a similar search, check out my thread I had lots of people giving great advice on where to find deals and good inexpensive scope options at http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f65/best-possible-scope-under-150-a-98899/
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What about the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44 PA? About $429. Seems to be a good bang for the buck!!! Pardon the pun
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Thank you so much!!!! So it sounds like a have the right gun for 1000 yards just a different scope? I agree with you on cry once! Because this is definitely a one time buy so I want to get it right. Something that's affective at 100 yards as well as 1000 if I get there. But I would like to keep scope cost under $500 if possible.
what is the longest distance you have shot?
how much rifle shooting do you do now?


having the proper rifle, scope, ammo and accessories are only part of the equation. a superb rifle shooter can take a mediocre rifle and shoot well with it. a mediocre shooter with even the best and most accurate rifle made still won't make him a better shooter. what makes a good rifle shooter? lots of trigger time, sending rounds downrange. practice, practice and more practice.
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Good choice on the rifle, our military has been using the M700 for decades. I just bought a left hand Rem 700 in .308 ( heavy barrel varmint). While the 30/06 has the advantage for hunting especially with the heavier ( 180 grains and up) bullets, I tend to think of the .308 as more the target/sniping caliber. Not that the 30/06 wouldn't do well in that respect, but the .308 has filled those roles since Vietnam. I agree with others, stay away from Barska, BSA. etc. If you want an inexpensive scope to get started and maybe upgrade later as finances allow, check out the Vortex Crossfire 6-18x AO. It comes with the Deadhold BDC reticle and a screw-on sunshade, and is pretty decent for it's cost of around $225.
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So I am looking to set up a rifle for long distance for target shooting and fun. So not looking to spend outrageous money. Please let me know what you think of this combination. Remington 700 SPS SS 30-06 with a Barska 6-24x44 IR # AC10366 1/8 MOA. Thanks in advance
Your scope is one of those things where the saying, "You get what you pay for" couldn't be more true. From personal experience the Barska was junk. Light gathering sucked and the image was fuzzy. Go to your local gun store as late in the afternoon as you can. Tell them you want to buy a scope and look through several of them. You'll see what I mean. You will have one of those Holy Carp moments when you get the right one. For me it turned out to be the Redfield 3-9x40.
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To axxe55 to my knowledge the longest shot was qualifying in the guards where I got 2 out of 3 300 yard pop up targets with open sites on an m16. But that was years ago. Did a lot of shooting as a kid growing up on the farm woodchucks coyotes etc. Some at pretty good distances just never measured unfortunately. So I have not shot in probably 15 years so this is more for fun and prove a bunch of buddies wrong that tell me 800 yards is unattainable and laugh at me.
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