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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #75 on: December 03, 2021, 11:00:03 AM »
$75 in 1971 is worth $512 today.   :chuckle:

I do think fixed power scopes are more reliable in general.  Scopes you don't dial for yardage seem to be less prone to issues as well.  If you are constantly cranking the objective and elevation it seems like you get what you pay for in general.

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #76 on: December 03, 2021, 01:55:18 PM »
I guess Iím the opposite I would never go cheap on optics. I like old school wool pants and jackets for clothes and have inexpensive rifles that shoot well but I have expensive ones that shoot more better 😂 there are some lower priced rifles that shoot amazing.  I go cheap and ďold school ?Ē On a lot of hunting gear. I wonít go cheap on boots, optics, ammo ( if Iím not reloading)in that order. Btw me and my freinds all got our vortex scopes for 1/2 off through various connections. There might be a reason. I think inexpensive fixed power scopes in the 70ís and 80ís were built better. I have an old inexpensive scope on an old gun that has performed for decades. Everyone has their own opinion which is what I like about this forum. I wonít go cheap on optics (been there done that) but I am a cheapskate on lots of other hunting gear😂 I personally think the biggest waste of money right now is some of the high end hunting clothes but thatís another topic

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #77 on: December 03, 2021, 03:02:54 PM »
I guess Iím the opposite I would never go cheap on optics. I like old school wool pants and jackets for clothes and have inexpensive rifles that shoot well but I have expensive ones that shoot more better 😂 there are some lower priced rifles that shoot amazing.  I go cheap and ďold school ?Ē On a lot of hunting gear. I wonít go cheap on boots, optics, ammo ( if Iím not reloading)in that order. Btw me and my freinds all got our vortex scopes for 1/2 off through various connections. There might be a reason. I think inexpensive fixed power scopes in the 70ís and 80ís were built better. I have an old inexpensive scope on an old gun that has performed for decades. Everyone has their own opinion which is what I like about this forum. I wonít go cheap on optics (been there done that) but I am a cheapskate on lots of other hunting gear😂 I personally think the biggest waste of money right now is some of the high end hunting clothes but thatís another topic

Hey itís not high end CLOTHING... itís high end GEAR that you wear  :chuckle: ... but I agree biggest scam out there. All made over seas.

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #78 on: December 03, 2021, 03:23:17 PM »
 OP had budget of 1500 ish.. we are shooting for stars here.. he can get "good" but not gonna get great for that price point, sure most are accurate but there is nice and then there is nice.. i know my rule of thumb has always been rifle cost =optics cost (unless full custom setup rifle) then maybe optics are more in the  .5X ish cost of custom rifle... quality rifle will never go away, saving pennies upgrade in optics to a forever setup was my thought, i guess i just think a bit differently one forever higher end rifle setup vs get what you can get for 1500... quality optics are not cheap!
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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #79 on: December 03, 2021, 05:10:33 PM »
I guess Iím the opposite I would never go cheap on optics. I like old school wool pants and jackets for clothes and have inexpensive rifles that shoot well but I have expensive ones that shoot more better 😂 there are some lower priced rifles that shoot amazing.  I go cheap and ďold school ?Ē On a lot of hunting gear. I wonít go cheap on boots, optics, ammo ( if Iím not reloading)in that order. Btw me and my freinds all got our vortex scopes for 1/2 off through various connections. There might be a reason. I think inexpensive fixed power scopes in the 70ís and 80ís were built better. I have an old inexpensive scope on an old gun that has performed for decades. Everyone has their own opinion which is what I like about this forum. I wonít go cheap on optics (been there done that) but I am a cheapskate on lots of other hunting gear😂 I personally think the biggest waste of money right now is some of the high end hunting clothes but thatís another topic

Hey itís not high end CLOTHING... itís high end GEAR that you wear  :chuckle: ... but I agree biggest scam out there. All made over seas.
 

 and you ďrunĒ the high end gear you donít wear it 😂

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #80 on: December 03, 2021, 05:28:14 PM »
I'd keep it simple and go with a Tikka or Browning. Some people don't like them, but I haven't seen one that didn't shoot well.

Topping it could be as easy as a Leupold FX3 6x42, whatever their newest version of the VX3 is in 3.5-10x40, or step up to a Zeiss V4.

For your <350 yards the 308 would be a great choice.
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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #81 on: December 05, 2021, 08:10:41 PM »
Iíve had cheap scopes and expensive scopes fail me. 
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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #82 on: December 13, 2021, 08:43:37 PM »
Lots of good advice on here already, and whatever I say is just reiterating others comments. I own both a 270 and a 308. My 308 is for sale on here. My 270 was both mine and my dads first rifle, a Model 70 my grandpa bought my dad in 1959, and was passed down to me. A wise man once said "if someone gave me a thousand bucks, Id buy a $100 rifle and a $900 scope. With your budget, like others have said, Tikka's are great, especially if you throw an aftermarket stock on it. Extremely smooth action and accurate. My only complaint is their barrels tend to be a little slow. Hard to beat the VX-5 with CDS. That combo would fall into your price range.

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #83 on: December 14, 2021, 10:45:05 AM »
Shot the tikka this weekend and man the bore sight was not done properly. Eventually got a few on paper but decided to get my own boresighter so I don't waste any more ammo.  I have to say that Tikka action is flawless. With the break that came with it, it hardly kicks. Can't wait to get it dialed in!

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #84 on: December 14, 2021, 10:59:18 AM »
You can easily bore sight a bolt action rifle by removing the bolt, and adjusting your scope while looking through the bore. I can usually get my rifles on the target at 100 yards with this method. But it's still best to shoot at 25 yards for your first shot.

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #85 on: December 14, 2021, 11:00:23 AM »
You can easily bore sight a bolt action rifle by removing the bolt, and adjusting your scope while looking through the bore. I can usually get my rifles on the target at 100 yards with this method. But it's still best to shoot at 25 yards for your first shot.
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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #86 on: December 14, 2021, 03:18:04 PM »
Well darn I should have researched it more because I had that thought: "why don't I just look down the bore and bore sight that way?"  Good to know for the future. And after seeing these comments mentioned it to a friend and he said oh yea you can do it that way!

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2021, 03:35:12 PM »
Well darn I should have researched it more because I had that thought: "why don't I just look down the bore and bore sight that way?"  Good to know for the future. And after seeing these comments mentioned it to a friend and he said oh yea you can do it that way!
its the easiest and usually most accurate way. How many rifles has cabelas bore sighted for people that wouldn't even touch a target board at 100  :twocents:
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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #88 on: December 14, 2021, 03:38:00 PM »
I saw two the other day that didn't hit paper at 50 yards at the range.  A big piece of paper.  The range guys finally convinced them to pull the bolt and do it that way.

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Re: Advice on New Rifle
« Reply #89 on: December 14, 2021, 03:58:45 PM »
That's the only way I do it. Quick and easy
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