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Old 07-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #11
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You know something else that would do it, and would be very cheap to shoot:

Just get a Soviet M91/30 rifle and a replica PE 'scope mount and bent bolt handle (all can be readily had on the web.) It would run you a fraction of what you would spend on an American gun even after the gunsmith had installed the 'scope mount.

Make sure you use a recoil pad on the gun. It is somewhat shocking for beginners.

Get a case of Czech silver tipped rounds, and sight it in.

As you learn, you can then start playing with shimming the barrel and action (ala the Finns) and maybe even do a bedding job.

Mosin 91/30 - $125

'Scope and Mount - $300(?)

Case of ammo - $125 - $200

True, the accuracy won't be there without reloaded or commercial ammo, but you could still get acceptable groups to 300yds or so. The Russians used this setup in WWI and WWII with acceptable results.

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Heck if you can handle the kick of the 338 Win why not consider all your other options in that bullet diameter .

You have the 338 Federal , 33 WCF , 338-06 , 338 Ruger Compact Magnum , 340 Weatherby , 338 Remington Ultra Magnum , 338 Lapua Magnum , 338-378 Weatherby Magnum and my favorite the 338 Excalibur !!
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Heck if you can handle the kick of the 338 Win why not consider all your other options in that bullet diameter .

You have the 338 Federal , 33 WCF , 338-06 , 338 Ruger Compact Magnum , 340 Weatherby , 338 Remington Ultra Magnum , 338 Lapua Magnum , 338-378 Weatherby Magnum and my favorite the 338 Excalibur !!
What about .30-338?

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Old 07-21-2008, 09:31 PM   #14
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The .577 T-Rex might be an option...

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Then there's always -



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LOL... I posted that in the "If you could have any rifle" forum. The AS-50 is so sweet.
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Yeah, but it still might not be enough for Indiana deer...
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Glad to see this thread lightened up...

For the original poster, depending on your skills, it might be a really good idea to purchase a weapon that is cheap to practice with before buying the end all target gun. That said, if you are a gun noob, or weapons familiar, skilled shooter, or trained marksman, the decision and advice would be different from me.

I'm on the lower end of that scale, so I choose to shoot lower priced ammo to gain range time and proper shooting skills. In time, I'll move up to the finest shooting gear and round, but for now, mastering the basics needs to be controlled from a dollars and sense point.
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308 with the right ammo will do 90% of the shots you want to make.Plus avalibility of ammo is going to be a lot easier and cheaper.Why put yourself
in the hole for the few shots that will be questionable.
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