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#5572373 - 01/29/15 10:22 PM new rifle set up
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I'm looking to set up a rifle for long range shooting I know lots of people have different definitions of long range but to be clear I want a rifle that can shoot 200-400 yards and be accurate of course my shooting will also be a factor, I was looking at the howa kryptek 1500 its a nice rifle and I've heard good things about howas any caliber recommendation or other rifles?

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#5572638 - 01/30/15 07:15 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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#5572685 - 01/30/15 07:38 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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Howa makes a good rifle, but you can find others like Savage and Remington that will be cheaper and have better aftermarket support for upgrades later on. I'm considering picking up one of these for my next rifle...

http://www.cabelas.com/product/SAVAGE-FCP-SR-RIFLE/1954769.uts
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#5572736 - 01/30/15 07:58 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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up to 400 yards, any rifle 25 caliber and larger is good. I have never owned a howa but have heard good things about them. like Precision said, savage and remington are good choices as well.

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#5573065 - 01/30/15 10:14 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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I'm just starting to dip my toe into stretching my shots out farther. So, I'm by no means an expert, but any quality rifle with decent optics should be able to shoot accurately at those ranges as far as hunting goes. If you really want to shoot 1" groups at 400, you will likely need a custom or semi custom build, and there are lots of guys here who can steer you in the right direction if that's your goal.

If hunting is the goal, I'd buy a savage model 11 is something like .308 and put a vortex crossfire II 4-16x50 on it. That would certainly get the job done.
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#5573088 - 01/30/15 10:27 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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Only problem with a Howa/Weatherby Vanguard, that while they are good fairly inexpensive shooters as they come from the factory, the barrels are threaded in metrics, and from what I hear, are an absolute bear to get off the receiver....and hence as mentioned, not much in the way of after market goodies support available, like a Remington 700 or Savage would have.

IMO I'd be looking at a Tikka T3 Blue/Syn stock in that $500 price point, and then have the ability to move thru the after market upgrades one step at a time...but they are noted for Out of the Box accuracy & guaranteed to shoot 1" MOA at 100 yards. Both of the T3 shooters I've owned would/will do that in bone stock configuration, and why I bought another one last month in December, anticipating doing the upgrades over time as finances allow for whatever customization I feel is necessary.
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#5573165 - 01/30/15 11:05 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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I'll be following this, as I am in the same boat. I'll add a link to the thread I had a week or so ago, it has some great information. I have made no decision, but basically am down to Savage/Remington or maybe Tikka. I want to go with a 6.5mm caliber, but don't reload yet, so may stick with .308.

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#5573292 - 01/30/15 11:59 AM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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I would go with the savage model 10, they can be had for around $550. Then I would get a Vortex scope, probably the Diamondback HP 4-16x42. That should put you in the price range of the Howa.
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#5573338 - 01/30/15 12:16 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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TC Venture comes in well under 500 most of the time and is a good shooting rifle with a sub MOA guaranty.
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#5573360 - 01/30/15 12:26 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: JRJ6]
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Originally Posted By: JRJ6
up to 400 yards, any rifle 25 caliber and larger is good.


Uh, what about the long .224" bullets? Or the 6mm (.243") ? Lots of those do a fine job at distance every day.

Tikka
Savage
Remington +Timney trigger

22-250
22 Creedmoor
243
6 Creedmoor
6 x 47
6.5 x 47
260 Rem
6.5 Creedmoor
6.5 x 55
7mm-08
308 Win

And thats not all your options, just some of the short action ones. Some of those chamberings would require custom work. All of the cartridges wont bat an eye at 400 yards, that's medium range. Pick any combination. Spend as much on the scope as you do the rifle as a minimum. Optics and ammo are more of a concern than the rifle these days.
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#5573364 - 01/30/15 12:27 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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I shoot a Howa 7mm08 and it is a tack driver. I even put the Nikko Sterling scope on it, as that's the way most Howas are set up. The NS scopes are not very well known in this country, but I also have one on my .50cal muzzy.

You may have seen Les Johnson on his predator hunting show, and he often shoots the Howa Axiom and that is an awesome weapon.

In the early 80's, Howa made a rifle for Smith & Wesson. I bought one in the .270 caliber as my first deer rifle, and I still shoot it as my main "go to" rifle! It's still shooting tacks with it too.

But, Howa's are like most other rifle, people who have them ....love them!

As was stated earlier, if you are hunting deer or other big game, you're better off staying with any at .25 or greater; the four most popular are .270, 300 win mag, .30-06,or .308!
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#5573442 - 01/30/15 01:18 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
I would go with the savage model 10, they can be had for around $550. Then I would get a Vortex scope, probably the Diamondback HP 4-16x42. That should put you in the price range of the Howa.


i vote this cheers
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#5573473 - 01/30/15 01:43 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: jcneef]
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Originally Posted By: jcneef
Originally Posted By: BigPig
I would go with the savage model 10, they can be had for around $550. Then I would get a Vortex scope, probably the Diamondback HP 4-16x42. That should put you in the price range of the Howa.


i vote this cheers


I vote this as well, you can get a nice scope too if you buy used. In my opinion, the scope is more important than the rifle.


Edited by Gone to Texas (01/30/15 01:44 PM)
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#5573481 - 01/30/15 01:51 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Never see anyone mention the Ruger line of varmint rifles. I have one in 243 with the laminated stock and it's a good shooting gun. Not sure how they are priced but they have caliber choices in them that could work.
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#5573484 - 01/30/15 01:52 PM Re: new rifle set up [Re: eddie4529]
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If Savage, look at the 10T. Cabelas has them for $599, but may be able to find them a little cheaper elsewhere. They come with EGW picatinny rail. Just need scope, rings, bipod and ammo and you're in business.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Savage-T-Tactical-Bolt-Action-Rifle/1695199.uts
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