Best .308 under $1000 Winchester M70 Stealth, Savage, or other?


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bobhaverford
October 23, 2005, 05:31 PM
I am interested primarily in target shooting and prarie dog hunting at long ranges. I'd like the best out of the box set up for under $1000.

Thanks.

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redneck2
October 23, 2005, 06:01 PM
How do you mean "set-up"? Also, what is your definition of "long range"?

If you're talking rifle, scope, R&B that may be on the low side

My "long-ranger" is a 700 Rem 7 mag, 8x32x44 Burris scope on .020 bases

I have a friend that got his 1,000 yard certificate with a .308 and 15 power Leupold. This guy is an excellent, and I mean excellent shot. At 1,000 yards the crosshairs covered the dog. Supposedly the .308 goes subsonic before 1,000.

Try http:www.benchrestcentral.com

Fumbler
October 23, 2005, 06:10 PM
I suggest you use the search feature looking for 308's.
So many people ask the same question and there simply isn't a good answer.

You should come up with a list, look for online reviews or reviews in magazines, find one in person to handle and if possible find someone who has one that would let you shoot it.

To give you a few to start your list...
-Rem 700PSS (~$900) or VS(~$700) or one with a custom barrel (~$700+)
-Win M70 Stealth (~$650)
-Ruger 77 Target/varmint (~$650)
-Tikka T3 Varmint - I favor this one ($700) or the T3 Tactical ($1100)
-Savage 110 Tactical ($550)

$1000 is a lot to work with. You can buy a used gun and have it rebarrelled and find a nice used stock for that much. You can do it even less if you go with a Savage.
You'd probably end up with a firearm superior to anything you may find.
If you mean scope rings and mounts for under $1000 then your only option may be the Savage. Don't skimp on good glass.

brentwal
October 23, 2005, 06:32 PM
Savage 110 Tactical for around $525-$550, that $450 for accessories and ammo. Accu-Trigger plus great accuracy. And the rebarreling is easy on the Savage.

Vern Humphrey
October 23, 2005, 06:36 PM
+1 on the Savage. Given your stated criteria, it's the best fit.

rbernie
October 23, 2005, 08:58 PM
Prairie dog hunting with a 308?

Preacherman
October 23, 2005, 09:10 PM
My top choice would be the Tikka or CZ heavy-barrel .308's, with Savage as a second choice (and top choice among US manufacturers). If you shop around, the first-named rifles should set you back $600-$750, and the Savage $500-$600. You'd then have to use the remainder of your budget for a scope, bases and rings, a bipod or other mount, etc. For varmint shooting, a higher-powered scope will be necessary, and buying something good in the 20x range might cost you more than you have left...

However, the .308 isn't renowned as a good prairie dog cartridge. It'll do the job, no question, but a higher-velocity, flatter-shooting round like the .22-250 might be a better choice.

Old Dude
October 23, 2005, 09:16 PM
Prairie dog hunting with a 308?

He doesn't want souvenirs.

ReadyontheRight
October 23, 2005, 09:44 PM
http://www.cz-usa.com/01.detail.php?id=20

CZ 550 Varmint.

Also comes in a gray laminated stock or a kevlar stock.

mr.trooper
October 23, 2005, 09:51 PM
Guys, they are P-dogs. There isn't any center-fire that will leave you with much of a "souvenir". :D

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