Originally Posted by JesterSpirit
Yeah, OK...that makes me feel just little stupid and shows off my lack of experience. :-) So Im thinking the remmy 700 .308 with a 6.5-25x scope. Now if im not being competely annoying yet maybe some good brands of scopes and objective lens size? I heard alot about nightforce.
Also what about scope mount and rings? Certain types?
And lastly any particular type of barrel? Length? Does it have a brake or do I add that? Is a certain barrel a part that I buy after or can I get it with the weapon?
(maybe im over thinking this and should get the weapon and a nice scope and start putting rounds down range then with more experience i can start the upgrades later)
It's only stupid to proceed without asking. That's how you save yourself from costly mistakes. Nightforce is nice but in that price Range the hands down winner is Schmidt & Bender. The Marines agree and their new standard is the S&B 3-12x50.
For my LR .308 I picked (with a lot of help from professionals that bet their bacon on their equipment) the Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14 LRT with the M1 Turrets with a Mildot reticle. It is all you need to hit torso sized targets as far as you'd care to send a .308 slug, and it's about half the price of the NF.
Leupold Mark 4 steel 20 MOA picatiny base and rings are a great combo but there are others that will work just as well. I like Warne Tactical rings for about $40 less than the Leupolds. My preference is steel vs. aluminum for the base/rings since you are not trying to build a lightweight rifle what's a few oz more.
If you are REALLY going to be going to 1,000 yards a 26 or even a 28 is the better barrel length but a 24" is really a lot more practical. A brake is not nessesary but I can tell you it's REALLY nice to see the hole appear on the paper when I shoot and I will never build a LR rifle without one ever again. I can HIGHLY recommend the OpsInc brake. It works as advertised and it's built like a brick outhouse. A heavy bull barrel profile is the best but you need to get a Remington 40X or an 5R Milspec to get a true bull barrel. Remington's Varmint profile is the next best thing.
Out of the box the Remington - 700 SS 5R Milspec, .308 (with 5R, M24 Type Rifling) is about the closest to a true LR rifle as you'll get and the only thing between this and a real 40X is the extra tuning the Remington Custom shop gives the 40X but it's also about $1,000 which is about $1,500+ less than the 40X. I have several friends that are showing some VERY satisfactory results out of this gun.
As far as getting the rifle bought or built is concerned, do it right the first time and you won't have to spend the money twice.