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Question by ox1_2000. Uploaded on December 05, 2012
Is $600 total budget? How far are you looking to shoot? If it were me I would be looking for a Remington model 700 sps in 270win or Weatherby Vanguard 2; with a Redfield or Vortex Diamondback scope. This is what I would buy, but if you give a little more information I might be able to direct you to something more of what you are looking for.
Ruger M77 Mark II $540 when I bought it 4 or 5 years ago. For a target, a cardboard box up against a hill will work fine.
check out the savage axis .308
Weatherby Vanguard 2, Petzal even did a write up about it I believe.
That's a no brainer Weatherby Vanguard 2 is your best choice. You can see my 300 WBY by clicking my username and checking the photos. This months issue of the magazine has an article on low cost rifles check out the comments on the V-2. This has become my go to rifle over some others that cost considerably more money. Dave did do an article on the V-2 last year.
A Savage Model 11/111 Hunter Series in .308 Win.
Look at a used rifle after hunting season is over. I have found that I can get a lot more gun for my money on the used market. I just got a Remington 700 in .243 ADL Win for $325.00. It was made in 1968 and came with Leupold Rings and an older 42 mm VariX2.
It kind of depends on what type of target shooting you're talking about.
If you want to be ready for hunting or the range for $600, you can buy a brand new Howa 1500 in .243 at CDNN ($339) and put a Vortex Diamondback on it ($200). I got a used Nikon Monarch for $200 off ebay too but I prefer the Vortex. If you glass bed the stock and free float the barrel ($30 and fun to do) with Leupold base & rings ($40), you may be shooting at competitive match levels with good hand loads (.1-.2 MOA) if you are lucky.
This is the same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard. They are solid, reliable, and generally more accurate than anyting in that price range and for that matter, anything under $1000. You could get it in a variety of cartridges depending on your needs but the .243 with modern target bullets can be tough to beat at the range and it is large enough for varmints all the way up to deer.
My gunsmith is putting $120 26 inch Adams and Bennet 6.5 Creedmoor barrels on these to make competition rifles. I would consider that if I wanted a tack driver where the rifle itself was just under $600.
The 6mm PPC or 6.5 Creedmoor will likely be the only things that beat the .243 in accuracy. Using different bullets you can shoot competitively at 100 yards to 1000 yards with it. The 58g V-Max is deadly on varmints at 3800 fps. The 115g DTAC bullet is tearing them up at 1000 yards. The 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 would be better choices if elk will ever be on your menu.
The CDNN stock isn't fancy but you can put a phenominal stock on it some time later for around $200. I recently got a beautiful Weatherby Deluxe second stock on ebay for $200 and it is about as beautiful as they get. You can get a nice tactial stock or Weatherby style hunting stock for around $200 at stockysstocks.com. If you get all these online and save sales tax, you will have the best retail rifle and scope that $600 can buy.
I agree that buying a used rifle will stretch your budget. Buying things online is the next best thing.
Thank you all so much Iwill get to shopping around
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