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How to make the perfect Sniper Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Aaryq, Feb 23, 2007.

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  1. Aaryq

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    Howdy, Folks. I'm curious what you would do to make the perfect sniper rifle (assuming it's chambered in something that will take down a deer at 500+ yards). Let's also assume that your budget is $5000 initially and you can put $100 a month for 5 more months. Also keep in mind bolt action is preferred, but rifles recognized as sniper rifles from the get-go like the Dragunov will also be acceptable. It's meant to be a deer rifle (and if it can also take down an elk or a moose, that would be great but not required).
     
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    snunting rifle

    simple enough. two choices for you. first tca encore stainless frame, stainless edm rifled 26" barrel from ottllc.com chambered in .280 ack. imp.
    your choice of thumbhole stocks, and a burris black diamond 8-32x50.
    second, a rem 700 action, shillen double x barrel, again all in stainless and 26" chambered in same cal. same scope, with either a houge overmolded, or a hs precision synthetic stock. then i'de take the 2500 or so left over and get a piar of leica geovids and have enough left for hunting licence, tags, ammo, and whatever other incidental i didnt mention.

    p.s. if loading your own ammo doesnt suit you. i'de exchange the 280ai for 257 wby mag.
     
  4. mustanger98

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    My opinion... and this is only the opinion of an amateur student of history as well as a shooter... I'd just get a pre-64 Model 70 in .30-06 because that's what Hathcock used his first tour in Vietnam. Not yet sure what I'd glass it with, but nothing extra fancy. IIRC, Hathcock's rifle used a 3x9 Redfield. And the issue round was a 173gr match load, but what an individual rifle shoots best might mean a change in bullet weight.
     
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    I would take a Rem 700 short action to Banser Rifles just north of me and have him work some magic on it, even though I prefer Win 70s.
    Not sure what scope, but might end up with precision receiver sights instead, if it is limited to 500 yds.
     
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    My first choice of sights is always the receiver-mounted aperture, but I'm never sure whether I want a globe or open blade on front. I only mentioned not being sure of which scope because the OP specified "sniper". ***shrug*** If I were going to do this though, I have this Nat'l Ord. '03A3 and I wouldn't be goofing up history to mount a Williams Foolproof w/ target knobs in place of the issue rear sight. But I've always heard how good the issue sight was.

    Question on the '03A3 while I'm thinking of it... didn't they make a National Match rear sight for it?
     
  7. oregonhunter

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    Have GAP bulid you a .308
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    For $600 I bought a Ruger M77 VLE in .308 and glassed it with a Leupold Mark 4 10x40mm and have shot 2.1" groupings at 300 yards (.7 MOA). Total cost, ~$1000. That's good enough for me in a precision rifle. Don't think there's that much to hunt at 500 yards in CA, but with the $ you save, you can take precision rifle classes. Here in No. CA, you can have off-duty SWAT officers train you how to shoot out to 700 yards.

    I have been gently reminded by local SWAT Sniper as well as Marine Sniper friend that "Sniper" is a job classification, not a gun.
     
  10. Aaryq

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    Well my hunting will be in Gods Country (AKA North Dakota). I really only need to engage deer at 100-300 yards, but I would like to shoot long distances with my buds.
     
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    Savage 110FP

    Burris Signature mount and rings

    Scope of your choice


    plenty of 300 Win mag ammo... :)


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  12. Jackal

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    Pay someone else to do it.:neener:
     
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    GAP AR10T with USO glass...:)

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    Already done for you: AI-AW. Designed from the ground up as a sniper platform.
     
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    thats tough, I am budget minded my self, so I would whip out a Savage master catalog, and find something with a 26 inch bbl, I would put that in a accutrigger action, and put it in one of their fx black style stocks, or something in a nice digital, white and tan breakup. now for calibers, that is a little tougher. The general consesus among longe range hitter is, you wanna be able to shoot a bullet that weighs at least 180 grains, and it should be going at a minimum of 3100fps from the muzzle. These stats will get you a long flat way, way, way out there, with lots of energy left over. To hit this, you would proly have to get a 300 winmag, but the ammo will cost more, a lot more unless you handload, otherwise get a 308, but the king of the long range would be to handload a 6.5 284, or the 7mm/300wsm winmag. these two handloaded will really reach way out there, and you may be able to factory buy the 6.5 284. the 7mm wsm is a diff animal alltogether. it is a 300 wsm, necked down to 7mm. There is a guy , who using this setup, just set the new world record bench rest shot at 1000 yds. He shot a group at 1000 YARDS, THAT WAS 2.67 INCHES IN SIZE!!!! That is sick. http://www.6mmbr.com/gunweek071.html
     
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    oh, and don't forget: just because you CAN shoot a deer at 500+ yrds doesn't mean you SHOULD.

    you should know that if you shoot a deer in the ass at 1000 yrds and it's still alive by the time you pack your crap up and hike over to it, expect the responses here to be overwhelmingly negative.
     
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    $5000 is a lot for a deer rifle.
     
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    5 g's isnt a lot of money for someone willing to spend it.
     
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    I was watching them build rifles lastnight on TV!!!!
     
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    Building the rifle is the easy part.
    Making a sniper is the hard part. It takes a lot of practice, with some training, and a bit more practice. Then once you've done all that, you can really get into some serious practice and training. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I am a very good shot, but I will never be a sniper, I don't have the patience or discipline it takes to be a sniper.
     
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    5.5K? Just have the guys at Robar build one to suit. http://www.robarguns.com/

    Lots of great builders out. Work with the one you are most comfortable.

    Or, if you want NIB, buy a .308 from AIW: http://www.ketmer.com/ai/index.htm

    Lots of solid guns out there. Finding the guns is easy, finding the men that are up to the guns is very, very difficult.
     
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    +1. Since you did state "make" and "perfect".

    Don
     
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    What does GAP stand for?
     
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