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In the market for a nice rifle...

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by MotoXFreeStyle61, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM
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    kristopherl

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    oh hell.. that is funny.. need to get that for the wife. where do you get that from? or is that custome?
     
  2. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    Not much yet, got a pretty good sound system w/ my custom sub box. Plan on adding more lights & a tool box.
    Any Leupold is a good scope! Be aware that if you plan on pluggin P Dogs @ distance, the 3x9 might be under powered. Might find a variable scope that mags to 12 or so. Better than having to re-scope l8r. As for damage, look around & find someone who reloads & talk with them about what you want, they'll find the bullets that do what you want. Opinions vary wildy about ballistics (maybe worse than religeon or politiks) about what caliber is best for what animal, some say a tack driver .22 will kill anything (I agree) and others say that you need to shoot a 7mm Mag to make sure you anchor a P Dog. Get a LOT of opinions & make YOUR best choice. I too am looking for a Bolt-action small cal rifle for P Dogs & coyotes and looking at a .223 or a 22-250. The 22-250 is ahead right now as it can be loaded for better knock-down at 300-400 yds for my next mulie.
    Just remember that you can find someone to reload & help with anchoring your animal if you worry about the bullet not doing enough damage.
    The .223 would be better for ammo cost, you can find all sorts of deals for bulk ammo. No so much for the 22-250, as far as I have seen.
    Careful to not burn up your barrel when shooting dogs in the hot sun. The .220 swift is a good example of this, it shoot sFAST! If you shoot too many times w/o allowing the barrel to cool, you can ruin the accuracy of the barrel.
    Take this opinion as 1 of MANY.
     
  3. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM
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    I agree. BUT, that's not to said that it can't be done. The biggest question is, "what are you going to use the rifle for most?"
     
  4. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    Very true. Application should be a key factor in the decission. Over the years, they have made improvements in the weight and stability of the .223. Has any one heard of any one using match grade bullets for hunting purposes, especially larger game?
     
  5. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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    Not much yet, got a pretty good sound system w/ my custom sub box. Plan on adding more lights & a tool box.
    I'd guess that you wouldn't get good penetration & expansion, meaning you'd have to trail after the shot more often. Although, a heart shot is a heart shot, BUT without expansion, your bullet diameter is still (.223). 1/2" off & your tracking your game.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    I think you would get the penetration due to the increased mass. I would be worried about the expansion though.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM
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    Small cal...... AR15

    Large cal semi...M1A

    Large cal bolt....Rem 700


    Best to get one of each.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2009 at 5:23 PM
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    Oh I agree, I think i've narrowed down my selection to the Rem. Model 700. Unfortunely they have so many different variants of the Model 700. I guess i need to go down to my local gun shop and put my hands on one to see which fits the best. Anyone have any incites to which ones?
     
  9. Mar 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM
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    Not much yet, got a pretty good sound system w/ my custom sub box. Plan on adding more lights & a tool box.
    You may not know that untill you "feel" it. It's like asking us doofuses which woman is right for you.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2009 at 8:15 PM
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    Yeah, got the VX-II 3x9x40. Just started hunting and decided to get a really good rifle to start out. Now all I need to do is get a deer! :D
     
  11. Mar 9, 2009 at 9:47 PM
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    I went to Gander Mt today any looked at the Model 700 VTR. I wasnt that impressed. barrel is 22" but I didnt realize it was that short. The rifle just felt too small in my hands. The search continues...:)
     
  12. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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    Get any Remmy action that has a magazine floor plate.

    I can be the basis of some extremely accurate rifles.

    Send it to R&D Precision or GA Precision, to true the action, lap and face the action. Rebarrel with Kreiger, Bartelien, or Mike Rock barrel. Keep length to less than 22 inches for rigidity. Install a larger recoil lug.

    Pillar bed the action. Re stock to a McMillan or Manners, or HS Precsion stock.

    Even if you are shooting long distances, it has been shown that a shorter, but stiffer barrel provides better accuracy.

    Use US Optics, Nightforce, Schmidt and Bender or Leupold optics with mildots.


    Practice, practice, practice. NATO cal 7.62/.308 is most prevalent sniper round.

    JUST DO IT!
     
  13. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:22 AM
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    I spent more time looking at scopes yesterday than I did at rifles. Man, those Leupold scopes are really really nice.Some of the Nikon's were nice too. I dont like the fact however that some of the Leuplod's don't have the audible "click" when making adjustments.
     
  14. Mar 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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    I agree with the remington 700 VTR. Bad ass looking and great gun in .308
     
  15. Mar 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    I personally like the compactness of the VTR, and I'm not a small guy (6'2" 200#), but I guess you can't please all the people all the time. :)A clerk in a gun shop that I frequent who seems to know what he's talking about tells me that the VTR will soon be coming out in a longer barrel version, I believe he said 26", and sans the muzzle-brake. That might make it more palatable to you.....if true.
     
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