A few years ago, while in the army, i was issued an m24 sws (sniper weapon system) to compete in the national sniper competitions. i woud shoot local f-class competitions with it for practice. i scored on average 186 out of a possible 200 at 1000 yds and 194 out of a possible 200 at 600 yards. ( not too shabby but still not in the top 10) the weapon ( an acurized remington 700 topped with a 10x leupold m3a scope) costs app. $6k. most of my fellow f-class competitors shot custom built rifles ( avg. costing $5k). so i built my own (with my limited budget). http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll63/sniper762/GUNS/MAUSER.jpg Mauser .308 caliber bolt action rifle. I built this gun for long range shooting. I bought a unused Argentina 1935 action and fitted it with a Parker Hale 26 inch .308 bull barrel. It was pillar bedded and barrel free floated into a Bell and Carson composite stock. It has a Timney match trigger and is topped with a BSA mil-dot illuminated reticule 6-24 x 50mm scope. I used it to drop groundhogs at 500 yards and competed with it in several F-Class long range matches. It has zeroes for 100-1000 yards and is quite accurate. I have shot a 196 out of a possible 200 at 600 yards and a 184 out of 200 at 1000 using M852 Military Match ammo (total cost was app. $600 including the $100 scope) i shot basically similar scores with my $600 rifle as i did with the $6,000 rifle in the f-class matches. btw, my sniper team placed 9th place in 1997 and 6th in 2000 out of 37 teams at the national sniper competitions.