Originally Posted by Slavano
I am looking at getting into long range compedative shooting and am needing some opinions. I am thinking about starting at 500 to 1000 yards. Also I was recommended the browning x-bolt stainless stalker 7mm as a first gun for this. It is a beautiful gun but I am looking for some peoples thoughts. Lastly does anyone have a good recommendations for a scope that would work for that? I am looking in the $800 range for the scope. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
what is your rifle shooting experiance?
what is the furthest you have shot and accurately at?
what is your budget for the rifle and scope?
do you reload or going to use factory loaded ammo?
how much time do you have to devote to practice?
what's the largest caliber you have shot in a rifle?
what are the rules for the particular form of competition shooting you are interested in?
first of all you need to find out and assess you own skill level with a rifle. find out what the rules are for the type of class you are interested in. see what others are doing in that class and talk to them. they can give you lots of valuable information.
be prepared to spend lots of time shooting and practicing. ammo to practice with will be expensive if you don't reload, especially for premium match grade ammo. the 7mm Mag can be shoulder thumper, and more so for someone not use to it's recoil. it can cause a lot of problems for a new shooter and factory premium ammo for a 7mm Mag. isn't cheap by any means. if you have never shot past 100 yards, there isn't much possibilty that you will hit accurately at 500 plus yards. quality rifle and scope are going to be needed and ususally will not be cheap. the rifle isand the caliber are less important than the scope. the further you plan on shooting the quality of the lenses become much more important. quality lenses in a good scope are not cheap.