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Help choosing rifle

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by glockaviator, May 13, 2010.

  1. My specs are:
    1. Normal weight barrel, not heavy, not varmint
    2. Plastic stock
    3. Drop mag
    4. Picatinny rail
    5. Caliber 308

    I think it should be a Rem 700, Savage or maybe Win 70. The concept is long range light sniper. I will be putting a 1000 yard capable scope on it and bipod. It will get a trigger job.

    I looked at the Remington website and don't really see what I need there. I know I'm not going to get drop mag from a Rem 700. Also, I can't compromise on the picatinny rail or the 308 or the plastic stock. If I can get an aftermarket drop mag, ok.

    Any ideas on which Savage, Rem or Win most closely would work for these specs.
  2. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith 3Gunner Millennium Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Fort Collins, CO, USA
    The only DBM system worth a damn for mass-market rifles is the AICS, which uses the AICS magazines and either the Badger or Surgeon bottom metal on conventional stocks or simply an AICS stock from AI themselves. There are some other DBM systems for mass-market rifles, but in general they are inferior to the AICS. If you don't care about that, some of the rifles do come with proprietary DBM systems.

    I have thought about a lightweight long-range concept, and the problem you will run into is that, quite simply, many of the things that make a great long-range rifle also make the rifle heavy.

    For a new long-range shooter, I strongly recommend not trying to learn on a "compromised-purpose" rifle. There is a good chance that without long-range experience he will make the wrong compromises and it will slow down his learning curve because it will be a worse LR rifle than it could have been.

    However, with that out of the way:

    If I were to do this with a healthy budget, I would use a Manners lightweight stock such as the MCS-T (2.1-2.5#), Surgeon bottom metal, an approx 22" med or light Palma contour barrel, and a relatively compact 10x or 12x scope. It would be chambered in .260 Remington so it would still exceed .308 long-range performance and would have plenty of high sectional density bullets available for hunting.

    If on a budget, I would strongly recommend the Tikka T3 series. They cannot be beat for value for the money in the sub-$1000 regime. The T3 Lite meets your criteria other than the Pic rail, which you can buy aftermarket (e.g. the EGW one)

    Last edited: May 14, 2010

  3. Thanks for the info. I have seen the Tikka's. They come the closest to what I am considering, I guess.

    Thanks for ALL your info. Great contribution on your part!!!