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thomascrowe
12-11-2011, 9:05 AM
Hi All,

Any recommendations on a good first rifle for long distance shooting? maybe up to 800 yards? If possible in .308, and around $500-$600? I do like a simplistic look, no fancy addons or features, oh and the classic bolt action.

Thanks
Tom

Coyote Brown
12-11-2011, 9:11 AM
A 22lr bolt action. Tons of practice at 100 yards.

shafferds
12-11-2011, 9:14 AM
Cz452 and get a good scope and practice practice pratice. Its 22lr and get the basics down first than move up. (It will save money in the long run)

Coyote Brown
12-11-2011, 9:14 AM
Then a TC , savage or a howa.

deadcoyote
12-11-2011, 9:15 AM
First rifle period for first for longer range? I'm a fan of the Savage 10FP.

SwPx4
12-11-2011, 11:22 AM
For 800+ yards, you're gonna wanna spend that on just your scope. But I agree with the others. Savage is a great place to start.

17+1
12-11-2011, 11:39 AM
For a budget build, I'd find a used Remington 700 SPS and throw a $300 SWFA Super Sniper on it. Would be around $700ish total and quite capable with tuned hand loads.

teebiss
12-11-2011, 11:47 AM
Remington 700 in .308

BSlacker
12-11-2011, 11:50 AM
If possible in .308, and around $500-$600?This might be a little low for 200 to 300 yards. You can shoot 100 yards with a used Savage 10XX in .308 and a reasonable scope until your skills improve. At your money level most scope rifle combos won't satisfy most shooters at over 300 yards once they practice and progress their skill level at 100 to 200 yards.

If you spend on a scope it can go on a higher level rifle as you work up so spend what it takes. I would start with 24X min. Aim small miss small. :)

Do you reload already? Buying factory ammo will limit the amount of shooting.

We went well past 600 didn't we. :43:

the_t0ny
12-11-2011, 11:52 AM
I went with a Savage 10FP and a SWFA 20x42 SS, came out to more than your $600 max, but I'm very happy with it. You're better off saving up a bit more so you don't skimp on the scope for your rifle. $600 will get you a decent gun, but doesn't leave you money for decent scope/rings/base.

novabrian
12-11-2011, 11:55 AM
Remington 700

Bhobbs
12-11-2011, 11:57 AM
Get a .223 Remington bolt gun with a 1:7 twist long, heavy barrel and load the 90 grain VLDs long.

thomascrowe
12-11-2011, 12:39 PM
Sorry guys I should've been more specific, $600 NOT including the scope, that I plan to save up for and get a little later. I'll take a look at the savage.

Stoopy
12-11-2011, 1:00 PM
Remington 700sps varmint. That will give you a good base to learn with. After you wear out the barrel you will know what you want as far as options go. At that point you can get the action trued and re barreled.

grant22
12-11-2011, 1:33 PM
You would be very wise to look hard at a Savage. Here's the one I have coming to me in the mail.
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj77/grant22_2000/Forum%20Crap/MrClx5GMV_vPV24x9qh.png

I was sold after my great experience with a Savage Mk II (.22 bolt action).

The MSRP on this one is $900, you'll find its 'street price' is closer to $700. This rifle already has the DBM so you won't have to spend $300 on that if you get the 'other rifle.' Also, the stock on this rifle has received excellent reviews (it's the newer Accustock).

I'll be giving a range report on mine when I receive it.

If you need to absolutely be in that $500-600 range, try a lesser Savage, but you are getting so much for the money on the Precision Carbine upfront, you'd be saving money in the long run.

-G

alfred1222
12-11-2011, 2:04 PM
Go for the marlin XS7, its at that price range and its amazing

xxINKxx
12-11-2011, 2:43 PM
For a budget build, I'd find a used Remington 700 SPS and throw a $300 SWFA Super Sniper on it. Would be around $700ish total and quite capable with tuned hand loads.

That's what I did. But got everything new.

Rem 700 sps tactical .308. SWFA super sniper fixed 10x, burris xtream rings, mounts.

Ive only done 600 yards which was easy and I'm not even a precision shooter. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks I can go to Angeles and go for whatever the farthest distance they have and dial the scope in more.

shortround1
12-11-2011, 2:52 PM
Remington 700

^This. But be prepared to spend some dough if you want to reach out to those ranges effectively. If your budget for the rifle is $600 it'll be tough. And your budget for a scope might have to be double that amount. Not to mention the match grade ammo or handloads that you'll need. Trying to hit something at 800 yards with American Eagle from walmart will be like trying to get a date with Scarlet Johannsen... pretty tough to do.

Solidsnake87
12-11-2011, 3:21 PM
Pretty much any non-pistol caliber rifle can be good at distance, what matters is the scope quality and the quality of the base and rings.

The Remington 700 SPS varmint can be had for $500 or less in .308. It will do just what you want it to. I'd actually recommend buying a used rifle, and spend more on optics.

the_t0ny
12-11-2011, 9:51 PM
That's what I did. But got everything new.

Rem 700 sps tactical .308. SWFA super sniper fixed 10x, burris xtream rings, mounts.

Ive only done 600 yards which was easy and I'm not even a precision shooter. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks I can go to Angeles and go for whatever the farthest distance they have and dial the scope in more.

the farthest out at angeles is 600 yards, and they have steel plates at that distance too so you'll get a nice little ding.

jokat989
12-11-2011, 11:19 PM
Get a .223 Remington bolt gun with a 1:7 twist long, heavy barrel and load the 90 grain VLDs long.
you can load a .223 out to 800 yards, it wont cost as much as a .308 and it will have less recoil so you can learn to shoot better

only argument against it is if you were going to hunt anything bigger than yotes

RugerNo1
12-12-2011, 2:32 PM
Get a .223 Remington bolt gun with a 1:7 twist long, heavy barrel and load the 90 grain VLDs long.

you can load a .223 out to 800 yards, it wont cost as much as a .308 and it will have less recoil so you can learn to shoot better...

Yes, but a fast twist .223 bolt action is pretty much a custom proposition (One I plan to pursue one day). The 90s seem to like faster than 1:7 as well. I know of a few gents who are using 1:6.5.

A .308 will be better for a new shooter who cannot afford a more fancy setup.

choprzrul
12-12-2011, 2:52 PM
Why not buy a Platform (http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/12LRP) designed by the factory for long range work?

https://s3.amazonaws.com/savagefiles/firearms/models/900/H2qHGyo22_YsL765B8w.png

6.5 Creedmore, add decent glass, & 1000yds here you come.

.

mikeinla
12-12-2011, 4:28 PM
Remington 700 varmit(26") will get you out to 1000 yards

h0use
12-12-2011, 4:37 PM
How about a mosin nagant sniper!

Wnick308
12-13-2011, 9:24 AM
I'd say get a Savage 10 series.