Originally Posted by combateffective4
hey guys i wana build a mid range rifle. i would love to be able to reach out as far as possible (maybe 300-800 yds) and realise it takes skill to go out farther and would like to learn these skills.
i was thinking to build a ar 10 or a ar 15 varient maybe a 6.5 or 762
im new to all these rounds and dont really know how far each can reach.
i wouldnt mind buying a semi auto rifle.
My price range for buying a rifle would be around 700$
i know that probably leaves me around a bolt action but what all do you reccomend im looking for something very accurate.
if i build this rifle i can spend more over time more then the 700$
whats advantage of 6.5 or 308??
how far can a 556 go out of a 18 or 20 in barrel
ive always wanted a SCAR
should i just save the money?
You could possibly find a good used rifle for $700 or a little less in a bolt action.
I have always shot .308 caliber rifles at long range 308-30/06-300 WM,and they work great with the right bullets/loads. This year I started shooting the 6.5mm calibers,260 Remington-6.5 Creedmoor,and I haven't shot any of my .308 caliber rifles since.
The 6.5mm bullets-Berger 140 gr VLD's have almost identical trajectories at 1000 yards as a 300 WM with 1/3 of the recoil,and almost 1/2 the powder charge.
You can build a very good shooting rifle off a Savage 308 family action for around $1k minus optics,but that's about as cheap as your going to get for a decent rifle with a good aftermarket stock,and a decent aftermarket barrel.
As long as the action is for any of the 308 cartridge family,the only change would be the barrel/premium barrel lug/and a trued barrel nut.
There are many calibers that could be used with these actions.
There are some decent AR10's out there,but your not going to find one that will be in your price range. I paid over $1k for my DPMS LR-260,then added a good trigger,buttstock,and optics. It'll go well north of $2k fast in the AR10 game,and I consider the DPMS an entry grade AR10.
I built my 6.5 Creedmoor using a brand new Savage Varmint action,I still haven't bought the Manners stock for it,nor the Nightforce NSX scope. When those two items are added to it,I'll have over $3k in that rifle. It isn't cheap building a great shooting rifle. Presently,I'm using the Choate tactical stock and Sightron SIII scope from my 308 on it,but this thing shoots outstanding so far.