looking for bolt action rifle setup


April 16, 2013, 11:07 AM
hello guys this will be my 1st post and pardon me for my bad english its my 2nd language

so i have always want a bolt action rifle and since i do have a budget and will be my 1st rifle dont think i will be getting anything nice.

i am looking chambered in 308 win anything else doesn't matter

so there are two rifle it came down to it

remington 700 vtr
savage 11/111 FCNS

since savage give the drop box mag i probably are going for this one but i really really love the look of the rem

anyway since the only thing i will do with the rifle are target shooting maybe go hunting once 5-10 years

looking for suggestion on the set up i am looking at right now

savage 11/111 FCNS, Leupold vx-r 4-12x40, Harris Hinged bipod with or with out pivot.



savage 11/111 FCNS are the rifle i will get and the Harris bipod, but i am not sure about the scope
since total add up kindda over my limit including scope mount kit

so here are the question...

if i am getting Leupold VXR 3-9x40 or x50 what mount i should get and the size

if leupold are too much for me are there any other scope for suggestion? prefer illuminated dot just like the leupold but under 500 dollar
and how far does the scope goes to

i will probably only be shooting at range and goes only up to 100yr

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April 16, 2013, 05:24 PM
I have the Savage 11 in 308 with a bushnell elite 3x10x40 and a 6-9" caldwell bipod. It shoots great and I love it.

April 16, 2013, 05:31 PM
Not sure what type of country you will hunt in, but I prefer something that works better in forests. A 3x9 would serve me better than a 4x12. If you are thinking of using this gun for thick woods, something like a 1.75x6 is even better. The 4x12 good for open ranges, but useless on anything up close.

April 16, 2013, 05:40 PM
I would go for which ever one is priced best in your location. There are plenty of aftermarket parts for both guns here in Texas but not sure where you live so that might be a consideration. I have the VX-R 4-12 firedot and it is an incredible scope for the money. I hunt in thick brush country and had no problem making a 40 yard shot last week, in fact I had it cranked up to about 7X. To me 4-12 or 4-16 is the best hunting magnification, you wont miss any game giving up 3X power in return for 4X on the low end. The high end gains are worth it. 12X will be plenty for what the .308 can and cant do.

April 16, 2013, 09:54 PM
I would recommend looking at Vortex optics for quality and value

April 16, 2013, 10:22 PM
If I were you I would choose between the Savage 11/111 FCNS and the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight. I like the Winchester better because it has a better safety and trigger. I also like a Variable 4 to 12 power and I think you are making a good choice with a Leupold. A cheaper scope would be to find a used Leupold European in 4 to 12 power for about $300. It has a 30 MM tube with a 40MM objective which is really good for either target shooting or hunting. The best mounts that I have found are the Leupold dual dovetail because they are solid and look really good on either rifle. Also, I think you should forget about the bipod and learn to shoot with sand bags.

dagger dog
April 17, 2013, 04:15 PM
It's really a hard choice between the Savage and the Rem, I've heard some bad reports on the VTR, poor quality control, it can happen with any brand.

I own 2 center fire Savages, had problems with extraction on the Model 40 Varmint Hunter 22 Hornet out of the box, fixed it my self, the 12FV, 223 Remington has been trouble free from day one, both are very accurate rifles.

Burris makes a 4X12X40 for under $350, the Nikons ,Bushnells in the same $$ range are good buys for the money. If you're just going out to 100 yds, 3X9 is plenty and you could go up a grade in quality to the Leupold VXII or Rifleman.

The 308 Winchester is very accurate in the Savages easy to reload and once the Panic of 2013 is over plenty of bargin priced milsurp will be available.

April 17, 2013, 05:01 PM
Have you looked at the Ruger offerings? And welcome to The High Road, blue9uy.

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