Best bolt action for long range accuracy

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  1. BudW

    BudW G&G Enthusiast

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    Say starting at 600 yds to 1000 plus yards for Under 800.00
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    IMHO, A Remington 700 in .300 Win. Mag. Preferably one that has been tuned by a knowledgeable riflesmith. Find some Black Hills 180gr. Target and go forth. I have a Sendero tuned by me that I shot a five shot group at 500 yds that measured 1 3/4" off a benchrest using good benchrest techniques and equipment on a no wind day. .......... Big Cholla
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    The two most accurate rifles I have ever owned were both 700 Remington's.
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    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    Admittedly I have not met that many benchrest shooters but all the ones I have met shot rifles based on the 700 action.
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    my uncle shoot 1000 all the time and his coustom rifle just for that is a 700 action.
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    Mmmm,

    nothing against the Remington but the higher dollar Sako is one great action.
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    The Savage team won some match a while back, so I'll go with a Savage.
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    A marlin XL7 of course... It can hang with the best!!! Just ask around... Lol j/k. My bet would be a winchester Stealth rifle. Mine shoots great, as in better than me...
  10. franchi

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    For that price range a full setup is going to be extremely hard to get. A nice scope is just as important as the rifle and ammo selection. As of now the best round for long range (1000yds plus) is the .338 lapua mag. Remington makes an action that will take this large of a round but there are better platforms. Like stated above a sako action is really nice.
    What are youre current shooting skills and shooting background?
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    Novice, say the 800 is minus scope,scope suggestions welcome.

    found this today http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2009/08/savage-f-tr-team-world-beaters-on-a-budget/
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    Savage makes extremely nice rifles, but for just a little more there is better quality. Like a sako action.
    A novice shooter needs to start out in the 100-200yd range to really hammer in the fundamentals. A 10/22 with a bull barrel and a decent scope will be perfect for getting the basics down.
    PRACTICAL LONG-RANGE RIFLE SHOOTING - PART I: THE RIFLE & GEAR
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    BudW G&G Enthusiast

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    Thank You
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    A no wind day in Southern Nevada? There's such a thing?

    That's some fine shooting

    I prefer the 200gr SMK if it is still made. I haven't had a chance to shoot the 190 SMK but I hear it performs nicely for the .300Win. My groups were no where near as accurate as yours but I wasn't shooting from a bench. I believe my best out to 500yds was 3.5" out of my Remington Sendero shooting from the prone with Bipod and shooting bag at the rear of the stock. I was quite happy with this group since I am not a benchrest shooter and do not compete in long distance shooting.
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    "A no wind day in Southern Nevada? There's such a thing?"

    LOL, yes there is on RARE occasion for a few hours right at daybreak. ...... Big Cholla
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    If you just want something to plink around with at longer ranges, that won't break the bank, I would look into the Remington 700P, SPS Tactical, or Savage 10FP, both platforms feature a large number of aftermarket accessories, and seem to shoot very well once setup properly. The previously mentioned Sako's are nice as well, but the only Sako I know of wthin your price range is the A7, and to me it is more or less a pure hunting rifle, and not really suited for sending rounds way down yonder with accuracy.
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    Bud - If you mean action and a complete gun for long range under 800.00. You probably aren't going to be able to get there from here without going someplace else. :D Any more, folks find an action, (personally, I don't think it makes a great big difference) they then have it blue printed or 'trued' by a qualified smithy, who cuts the chamber in a custom made barrel and then add a stock which is usually fitted by the smith. Minimum starting figure.......(a bit of a guess), but I am gonna say 2600 to 3000.00. Totally repeatable accuracy is like buying speed in a race car.......how fast you wanna go ?

    Tom
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    Oops....forgot custom trigger group or custom trigger work. smile....it's only money !

    :)
  19. franchi

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    Very true forty. Plus in the world of competition shooting three grand isnt alot to drop of a gun. Many people I shoot trap with have well over 15k in their shotguns.

    I have a nice setup for you to think about..
    Sako TRG 40 in .338lapua mag- $2500
    NightForce NXS 3.5-15x50 scope- $1700
    Black hills ammo- about $2/round
    total-$4260, thats with one box of ammo.
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    10/22 $300
    target stock $100
    bull barrel- $150
    Adjustable trigger- $200
    CCI minimags- $80 per one thousand rounds
    Nikon Prostaff RimFire Classic 4X32 $100
    total- $930

    You still end up learning the basics and then refining your shooting skills. Both will do MOA at 100 and probably 200 yards.


    Hey Bud, do you plan to shoot from the bench or off hand/bipod?
    Also you really need to look into reloading for long range shooting
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  20. robertsherrer54

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    FortyXDM pretty much said it. For $800 you can't get there from here.
    A good rifle to start with is the Remmy M700 Mil Spec 5R in .308 and it will run you $900 plus. The 20 MOA scope mount another $150 to $200, and a good scope $1000 plus. Then the gunsmith costs for skim bedding and trigger job. You might want to replace the factory trigger with a Jewell and install bottom metal another $500 plus.
    You will end up $2500 or maybe a bit more depending how far you want to go.
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