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Old 07-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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I'm a 20 year old college student looking to buy my first long range rifle. I used to go shooting quite a bit and I'm starting to go again with my buddies so I have familiarity with guns, but have never owned anything bigger than my .22 rimfire rifle. I am no gun fanatic but am willing to pay for a good quality rifle. I was hoping to get some advice/opinions between the barrett m98b and the AR-30's.

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Obviously the m98b is better but is it worth all the extra money. $3300 is A LOT for me to pay so I was wondering if you guys also had any other suggestions on rifles I maybe hadn't researched yet. I want this gun to be really bad ass, but not entirely deplete my bank account.

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Old 07-27-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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For a first long range rifle, I'd suggest a bolt action, rather than a semi, but that's completely up to you. The bolt actions are much less expensive and you can learn all the basics. The .30 AR's are nice and accurate, but a bit too pricey in my humble opinion, but for the same price you can have a bolt action that will shoot just a bit better. There is a reason why most long range shooters use bolt action rifles.

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If you want a long range rifle for shooting different distances, I would look into a .300 win mag, .338, or a .308. It's all in what you want, if you want something with a lighter kick look in the 22 ranges like 22-250, .223, .243 also isn't a bad choice. Just depends what you're using it for and where, may I also suggest a tactical scope.

I also suggest a bolt action rifle, yes ar's are a little more durable and easier to clean but a bolt action rifle will be more accurate especially out to longer ranges. And you save a bucket load of cash, if I were you i'd go with a bolt rifle and find what shoots the best.

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Old 07-27-2010, 06:01 PM   #4
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Saving a bucket load of cash sounds good to me...any suggestions of good bolt action rifles/brands?

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First Can your mom and dad adopt me?

$3k will buy you a much better long range gun that that POS barret. That is just me you are paying more for the name than anything else with that thing.

Spend $1k on a Savage F-class in 6.5-284 Norma and put a $900 Sightron SIII 10-50x60mm in some good Leupold rings $150 and call it a darn day. That Savage will shoot rings around that barret any day of the week. Now with the $1k I just saved you you can buy reloading equipment your going to need to reload the 6.5-284.

Personally I call BS don't know many college students at 20 that have $5k in the bank unless they are on a fund from daddy....

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If you really want a good rifle with options then get a Remington 700.I would go with .270 Winchester myself,but there are alot of other good caliber out there too.

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First Can your mom and dad adopt me?

$3k will buy you a much better long range gun that that POS barret. That is just me you are paying more for the name than anything else with that thing.

Spend $1k on a Savage F-class in 6.5-284 Norma and put a $900 Sightron SIII 10-50x60mm in some good Leupold rings $150 and call it a darn day. That Savage will shoot rings around that barret any day of the week. Now with the $1k I just saved you you can buy reloading equipment your going to need to reload the 6.5-284.

Personally I call BS don't know many college students at 20 that have $5k in the bank unless they are on a fund from daddy....
haha, I wish my parents would help fund me. This is legitimately all my cash, been working since 16. Plus this isn't a purchase i can make immediately, just doing some preliminary research. Thanks for the info though. I will definitely look into your advice.
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Either a Savage or a Remington 700. I have both and one doesn't seem to shoot better than the other, they're both very accurate. If you choose a 700 with the junk plastic stock, throw the factory stock away and get a Bell& Carlson Medalist. Great stock for the money. I'd suggest Burris Signature Zee rings for two reasons. Don't have to lap the rings, and can add up to 20MOA in the rings using the provided inserts(30mm). Scope is a subjective thing. I've grown fond of Vortex scopes because they offer a lot of glass for the money. I'd suggest either a Viper or a Viper PST. They will certainly meet your needs, especially starting out.

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I perfer my savage 110 in the .270 caliber just two questions how far are you shooting and what are you shooting at? the .270 has a flatter trajectory than most .30 caliber bullets but it does tend to have less knock down power

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Unless I am have lost my mind, both of the rifles he mentioned are bolt actions.

That said, I would start off with a decent traditional bolt gun. Savage, Howa, Remington, Browning, Winchester, FN SPR, etc. Maybe a Robar SR60 or SR90? Tons of great choices.

Caliber and optics are debates that could go on for ever. Desired range will narrow that debate down a lot.

Factory ammo? Reloading your own?

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