Putting together a tactical rifle -- some questions


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Ought Six
February 28, 2010, 02:44 AM
I have been wanting a tactical rifle for a long time. The cost has kept me from going forward in the past, but now I think I can do it. I still need to keep the cost as low as possible, but I still want a quality, accurate, rugged rifle.

I have looked around, and it seems the Savage Model 10 FP Law Enforcement is about the best bang for the buck around. A 10 FP LE in .308 is my starting point. The stock Accu-Trigger is supposed to be excellent. I am wondering if I can order just a barreled action, or if I have to order one with the factory stock? They seem to run a little over $700 with the regular stock.

So far as tactical stocks, I like the McMillian A5. The 10 FP LE from the factory with that stock is around $1200, which is pretty pricey. On the other end, the Choate Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Varminter are cheap, but excessively heavy. What I am liking at the moment is the Bell & Carlson Tactical Medalist A2 synthetic (http://www.stockysstocks.com/servlet/the-110/Bell-Carlson-tactical-700/Detail) ($210-235, depending on finish) and the Sharp Shooter's Supply Tactical Varmint laminate (http://www.sharpshootersupply.com/) ($300). I like the adjustable cheek piece on the SSS laminate stock, but fear that it will be really heavy. Also, the SSS charges you extra for options; the adjustable cheek piece ($50), the accessory rail ($30), and a butt hook in the stock ($25). They also offer a high-cap nine round magazine kit that is extremely tempting for $75. That stuff adds up! So I am torn on what stock to get.

As for a scope, the Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-12x44mm illuminated reticle Mil-Dot (http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-3-12x44mm-matte-illuminated-mildot-reticle-riflescope-423124f.html) is looking like the best compromise between price and quality. Everyone says it compares extremely favorably with the far more expensive Leupold Mk.4, and it is only $640 with free shipping from OpticsPlanet.com. The Rainguard anti-fogging technology will be useful in the wet weather we have up here in the Pacific northwest.

For a bipod, I prefer the VersaPod to the Harris. I think it is sturdier, and I like the 'ski' type feet. The VersaPod Model 72 (http://www.versapod.com/products.asp?cat=10) is $94.

For a sling, I have not a clue what to get.

The other accessories; shooting pad, case, spotting scope, drag bag, and whatnot; I am not even thinking about that junk at the moment. I will get the rifle first, and add that sort of stuff later.

So this is where I am so far. I have made some tentative decisions, but I am certainly open to advice and suggestions. It appears that I am looking at spending over $1500 minimum, but I think closer to $2000 is more realistic, which is not a happy thought for me. But I do not see how I could get a really decent tactical rifle spending a lot less. What do you guys think?

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Rob96
February 28, 2010, 04:48 AM
If you are set on Savage and don't want to spend a ton of money get the Precision Carbine. Also, you could go to Sniper Central and look into the two budget set ups they have.

MNgunhead
February 28, 2010, 11:27 AM
I'm in the same boat. I'd love to build a cool sniper style rig for long distance shooting, but finances are tight. They now have a model that has the Accu-Stock and a muzzle break. I have been looking at Millett scopes. I've read some pretty good reviews of their tactical scopes. They are not too expensive either. I think I may get one to put on my Savage 11 243 so I can play with it. That will at least get me experienced with using a mil dot scope.

Zerodefect
February 28, 2010, 11:36 AM
The Sniper Central rifles do look like a nice start, thanks.
http://www.snipercentral.com/rementrypack.phtml

Ought Six
February 28, 2010, 04:24 PM
Wow! Nice package. I was only looking at the Savage because of the price. The Remington 700 package at Sniper Central looks pretty sweet.

semperfi63
February 28, 2010, 05:21 PM
oops

semperfi63
February 28, 2010, 05:23 PM
The Sniper Central rifles do look like a nice start, thanks.
http://www.snipercentral.com/rementrypack.phtml

not clear if LH bolt is an option on this package. Does anyone know?

Ought Six
March 1, 2010, 11:20 PM
Email them and ask. They got back to me with answers to my questions very promptly.

mele@snipercentral.com

Uncle Mike
March 1, 2010, 11:41 PM
Look at the Sniper Central rifles closely! Read about all that is done to these rifles for the $1175 you'll part with!

Basically a 700SPS-T dropped into an aftermarket stock, with a pretty paint job! For that kind of cash...WOW! You know what they say...there is one born everyday!

You could do all that high tech smithin' yourself on a rainy day and save a ton of coin!

A TacOps bolt knob job will cost you $50-$60 bucks almost anywhere, and barrel porting is a joke, for that cash, you could get a brake installed!

Get the Savage 10FCP-McMillan or the 10FCP-HS Precision or if they are too much for your purse, look at the Savage 12FVSS, scrap the stock and drop the barreled action in a Bell and Carlson medalist...your set!

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