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#574401 - 01/21/08 05:37 PM 2 questions.
6 Point

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 611
Loc: Murfreesboro/Knoxville

These might even over lap. I would like a rifle I can really shoot to distance less for hunting. And I would also like a rifle in a varmint caliber for varmint hunting. What caliber should I look for and how much will a rifle cost. Should I go custom build it up myself or buy a stock rifle or order custom? Any advice from the experienced shooters is appreciated.
#574421 - 01/21/08 05:53 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: bcunnin1]
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

How about a Sendero in 25-06
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#574502 - 01/21/08 06:44 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: smstone22]
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Registered: 05/24/06
Posts: 1469
Loc: M'boro

25-06 gets my vote.
#574542 - 01/21/08 06:59 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: Hammer]
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Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

go to the remington ammo site & look at some balistics,compair 243,25-06 & the short mags,i think you will find it hard to beat the 243 or the 243 short mags,look at drop & energy to get a idea.let us know how it works out,mike243
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#575003 - 01/21/08 10:06 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: mike243]
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Registered: 09/30/05
Posts: 6877
Loc: Knoxville, TN

Gotta second the 243. It's a great deer and varmint caliber. 95 grain Fusion for deer and 55 grain Ballistic Tip for varmints.
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#575035 - 01/21/08 10:24 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: Model70Man]
6 Point

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 611
Loc: Murfreesboro/Knoxville

I looked at that Sendero pretty sweet. I will just wait for the next Knoxville gun show and go take a look and see what I can find. Any and all advice appreciated on what to look for.
#575075 - 01/21/08 10:45 PM Re: 2 questions. [Re: bcunnin1]
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Registered: 08/23/02
Posts: 1476
Loc: ChattaVegas

In terms of the rifle, it's all about what you want to spend. Virtually all the manufacturers offer a model suited towards long range shooting. Handle as many as you can and go with the one that 'feels' the best to you. I don't think you'll be disappointed with whatever you choose.

No need to go custom unless you either want to do some or all of the work yourself or want a rifle that is pesonalized.

$$ wise you can range from $350 to $1,500. Just depends on what you choose.

Caliber is an open book. Run of the mill: 243, 25-06, 7mm-08, & .308 are all good choices. Thinking outside the box: 240wby & 257wby. Roy's creations outperform their cousins, but are more expensive in terms of factory ammo.
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#575334 - 01/22/08 07:56 AM Re: 2 questions. [Re: rvs9]
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 762
Loc: USA

I like the .308 since more factory varmint rifles are built in that caliber. I also like that all ammo makers produce outstanding target ammunition in the .308 winchester cartridge. And even better, more scopes are built with bullet drop compensation dials tuned to the .308 at out the door prices. An excellent rifle priced around $500 is the Remington SPS Varmint. It has a good barrel and excellent trigger. It is also a cheap starter. When you start hitting distant targets in the first round you won't have much regret in upgrading a cheap rifle. Upgrading becomes very addictive. You'll want this stock and that bottom metal...its easier to chop up a less expensive quality rifle in an outstanding caliber than it is to tear into a higher dollar stick.

#575361 - 01/22/08 08:28 AM Re: 2 questions. [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/18/00
Posts: 6341
Loc: Memphis,Tennessee U.S.A.

I`d go with a 6BR for the distance shooting, and a custom with a heavy Krieger, Lilja barrel, Remington/Stiller/Stolle/BAT action, Shehane/McMillan stock, 6.5-20/8.5-25 glass. I`d have the action pinned to be a switch barrel, and add a 22BR barrel for varminting use a 12 or 14" twist to shoot 40 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips.

You will save the cost of a stock.....$400.00.........the 2nd bedding...........$200.00.............the 2nd scope..........$700.00...........2nd trigger..........$200.00

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#575417 - 01/22/08 09:11 AM Re: 2 questions. [Re: TiminTN]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

I'll vote for the Sendero if you want to be cost conscious... mine has been the most accurate 'out of the box' factory rifle I've ever owned.
You just aren't going to find a caliber however that is both the ultimate varmit rifle AND ultimate long range deer rifle. It's going to have to lean more toward one or the other. That being said, I'd probably lean more toward the deer hunting aspect than varmit... I'd rather be overpowered for varmits than underpowered for deer.

A 7 mag in the sendero will be more than capable for deer out to 600-800 yards using the 160 grainers, and will absolutely explode a coyote with the 100 gr hollowpoints.

So that's my vote... a Sendero in 7mag.

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