Originally Posted by jwalsh66
Good morning guys and gals. I'm looking for a little help on this one and figured somwone here could help. I'm looking to get into some of the long range competitions at my local gun club and nothing I have currently has that long of reach. I think the longest shot they take is up to about 750 yards. I'm looking for something that isn't going to break the bank but still be as accurate as possible. My budget is $1000 $1200 including ammo. I know that isn't much considering optics are expensive but I figured if anyone would have any ideas it would be someone here. Thanks for your help.
First,You should find out what kind of rules that the gun club has,and see what calibers they allow to compete with in each class.
It wouldn't do any good to go out and buy a weapon,and then be told you can't compete because it doesn't meet the requirements. I shoot at one club that is pretty strict,if the rifle isn't factory stock,you must shoot in the open class,and those guy's spend a whole lot of money on their rigs.
I'd suggest after finding out the rules,to look for a nice used heavy barreled rifle in whatever caliber's they allow,and there are many that will shoot 750 yards accurately. There are plenty of good used rifles that can be had for $350-500,and then buy as much of a quality optic as you can. I'm partial to Sightron SIII scopes,but Vortex Viper PST,Weaver Tactical,SWFA Super Sniper,and some others are great entry level long range scopes. Make sure that you get a scope that has matching turret/reticle adjustments - either MOA/MOA or MIL/MIL. I prefer MOA adjustments,I can figure 1/4" fractions of an inch better/faster than 1/10" of an inch with MIL adjustments.
You could also get a fixed magnification scope to begin with,and save some money while getting a quality scope that adjusts and tracks great. A 10x fixed scope will be a good start.