Building Rifles On the Cheap

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting Forum' started by CanardNoir, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. CanardNoir

    CanardNoir Senior Refuge Member

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    During recent years, I've noticed how some of the figures on some of TV's big game hunting shows, try to entice us to spend more and more on a rifle, scope, and custom hand-loads.

    They do this by filming sniper-like shots at 500+ yards, complete with spotters, and range callers-n-wind-dopers, using what appears to be the best-available rifles, ammunition, optical equipment, weather-measurement devices, and after attending 5-day long-range shooting schools. So we're talking about $5-7-10,000 invested in a large-caliber custom tools capable of making these ultra-long shots.

    And I've got friends out West that don't take shots under 500 yards, while always filming even the more mundane 650-yard, one-shot take downs. And I've got nothing against spending large sums of money on a rifle - but retired, I don't have that much cash in reserve for expensive toys!

    A couple of years ago I started looking around for clearance and sale items that would, could, should make excellent hunting rifles out to 3-400 yards.

    Let's be perfectly clear here - I've taken both elk and ants at near 400 yards, but I've never taken a deer at more than 200 yards. So my premiss is that most practiced-hunters would do better if they took closer shot, leaving the theatrics to the outdoor-TV personalities - BUT they can have a reasonably-priced rifle that's fully capable of a 400-yard shot without taking out a second mortgage.

    So within that vein, here's the first, somewhat inspired by the TV series "Dropped" when they went after sheep in the Yukon wilderness.

    It's a 7mm STW I found in a Rem 700 platform (26" barrel) on GunBroker.com for $525 NIB + shipping + $20 FFL fee. The 3-12X 44mm Weaver 30mm tactical scope that came off eBay for about $175 used, but packaged in the original box with all of the printed matter. The one-piece rings-n-bases are DNZs that also came off eBay for less than $45 + shipping. I also found plenty of reasonably-priced 140 gr. Rem (3,400 fps) factory ammo online, but please keep in mind some weird things have been happening with prices and our available ammo supplies.

    After a proper barrel break-in with about 40 rounds off the bench, this rifle shoots near half-inch groups at 100 yards (Please See: photos attached).

    I'm currently building up a $295 NIB, Ruger American in .308 Win with a 1-6X BSA 30mm tactical scope. Range results to follow in 30 days...
     

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  2. ALMODUX

    ALMODUX Elite Refuge Member

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    I bought a Ruger American in .308 for my son at $311, out the door. Found a Burris FF2, 3-9x40 BDC, for SUPER cheap, and it shoots hornady 150gr American Whitetail loads into 3/4" @ 100, all day long. You can find beater Ruger 77s, Rem 700s, commercial mausers, and push feed Win 70s, all day long for under $350, and rebarrel them into tack drivers, and come out with near custom accuracy and features for under $1K.
     
  3. Vahunter

    Vahunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm with alomodux. You don't need to spend anywhere near "$5-7-10000" get a rifle accurate that far out.

    BTW, if'n you do want to take a 400-500-yd shot at game, practice with the rifle-ammo combo is the most important thing. Most hunters don't do enough of it.
     

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