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looking for bolt action rifle setup

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by blue9uy, Apr 16, 2013.

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  1. blue9uy

    blue9uy Member

    Apr 15, 2013
    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
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2013
  2. ldlfh7

    ldlfh7 Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    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.
  3. PlaneJain

    PlaneJain Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    A liddo Northwest of you
    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.
  4. adelbridge

    adelbridge Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    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.
  5. Iuprof

    Iuprof Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    I would recommend looking at Vortex optics for quality and value
  6. sage5907

    sage5907 Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Wild & Free Oklahoma
    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.
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  7. dagger dog

    dagger dog Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    SO. IN
    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.
  8. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    North Central Ohio
    Have you looked at the Ruger offerings? And welcome to The High Road, blue9uy.
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