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smith629
06-29-2012, 11:49 PM
After a fun trip out to the desert last weekend I think I've been bitten by the rifle bug. I always shot under 100 yards, and it was my first time shooting 300-400 with my AR15. I was pretty impressed how accurate my 16" AR was with a leupold and some common precision enhancements.

Anyways now I am thinking about shooting even farther out, stepping up to a higher power cartridge. So the question is, what's next? 308, 270, 300 WSM, 338 Lapua :cool2:

Just some background--I have a lot of trigger time on precision tuned pellet rifles with scopes, so I have some experience with trigger control, breathing, and trying my best to squeeze off rounds between heartbeats. I do not, however, have experience with high-powered, high-recoiling rifles. I shot a mosin last weekend prone for the first time and the damn thing bruised my shoulder, haha. Learned my lesson and used a towel as a pad from there on.

Should also add that I don't hunt...this will just be a target rifle.

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
06-30-2012, 12:25 AM
Precision shots calls for expensive precision ammo (after trigger control of course). .308 is always nice but expensive. How about a Tikka T3 lite cambered in .223 since you already have the ammo laying arround

forgiven
06-30-2012, 5:18 AM
M1A's are a lot of fun.

PEZHEAD265
06-30-2012, 5:47 AM
What kind of distance are you looking at 500,1000 yds or further??What is your budget?Do you reload?It takes a pocket full of money to have and shoot a real good precision rifle just for target shooting.I suggest a Savage 110 or a Rem 700 in 308 and you should be able to do a few upgrades and be competive to 1000 yds or so if you do your job.

Don29palms
06-30-2012, 7:20 AM
What kind of distance are you looking at 500,1000 yds or further??What is your budget?Do you reload?It takes a pocket full of money to have and shoot a real good precision rifle just for target shooting.I suggest a Savage 110 or a Rem 700 in 308 and you should be able to do a few upgrades and be competive to 1000 yds or so if you do your job.

+1^ You will want to reload for sure. A 223 is a waste of time. Once you start shooting distance you'll want to shoot farther. I have a Remington 700 308 and I shoot out to 1200yds. I now am looking for a 1 mile rifle.

scotty99
06-30-2012, 9:32 AM
If you don't reload, get a .308. Match ammo is very good and not terribly expensive. If you do reload, get a .260. Better long range performance with significantly less recoil.

As for brands, unless you're building custom, pick your favorite Remington or Savage.

r8dr rider
06-30-2012, 11:06 AM
M1A

NissanPreRunner
06-30-2012, 11:22 AM
I would say either a .308 or .338 Lapua.

teebiss
06-30-2012, 11:40 AM
Remington 700 in .308

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
06-30-2012, 11:41 AM
the m1a is AMAZING! I love mine, i just cant really afford to shoot it often. The accuracy and the big THUD it produces is something to experiance