new guy with a few questions

champ198

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love the form lots of info here i want to say that first. want to say first that i am not new to firearms or rifles have been hunting and shooting since i was a kid. but as i have gotten older(32 now) im wanting to go longer and get better. have been reading a few posts on here about shooting skills but the question i have for you all is on rifles and also calibers.
i know everyone has their own flavors they like as far as rifles and calibers go. i will say i do like the Remington 700s. but i got rid of the last one i had last year in a trade for a family toy in a camper. now that im wanting to get back into some more shooting im in the search for a new rifle. being a family man i am on a budget. would like to spend around $700 at most for a rifle i know the optics are something that is another discussion. i know that Remington makes the SPS guns and are more of a price point gun but the bolt isnt as good as some in say a BDL and so on. and i know the stocks arent the best out there. something else i have found that really peaked my interest is i found a Tohmpson Center Encore. i really like the Encore platform with being able to swap barrels around for diffrent calibers very easily. but i dont know a lot about the Encores at all and thought i would get some opinions on that from you all.
also i am getting ready to buy my kids a 243 in a Remington 700 SPS jsut mainly because its a cheap gun they can use but will also be something i can shoot and have fun with as well tinkering with stocks and so on. any of you all shoot a 243 for distance.
again thanks for all the help and info in advance and this is a very good site and i hope ill be able to stick around and learn some from you all
 

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Re: new guy with a few questions

wow brother keep reading here, you will find more 6mm's and 6.5mm winning tact matches than any other sizes i would venture to say. the 243 is a fantastic long range round especially with 115dtac bullets or 107smk's
 

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Shooting my Remy SPS in 243 out to 800 yards. Have not gone further yet. Using the 105 AMAX and 105 scenars bullet. Very decent BC.
 

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Re: new guy with a few questions

Champ,

If your question is would a Remington SPS Varmint in .243 Winchester make an acceptable beginner LR shooting platform? I would say no.

That because the factory twist of 1-9 1/8" makes shooting match bullets of greater than 95 grains exceedingly difficult.

Really the 243 win shines in barrel with a 1-8" twist (for bullet up to 107 grains) 1-7" Twist for 115 gr DTAC's or Bergers. But factory 243's don't come built that way.

Rather, if you on a budget, the Remington SPS Tactical in 308 Win. makes vastly more sense. It an acceptable platform right out of the box. Yes, a new stock and trigger will make it a bit better, but improvements can come in time.

In short, for a beginner non-reloader contemplating LR practice on the cheap, a 308 Winchester is not only the best choice, it's really your only choice cost wise.


Good Luck,

Bob
 

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Re: new guy with a few questions

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BobinNC</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Champ,

If your question is would a Remington SPS Varmint in .243 Winchester make an acceptable beginner LR shooting platform? I would say no.

That because the factory twist of 1-9 1/8" makes shooting match bullets of greater than 95 grains exceedingly difficult.

Really the 243 win shines in barrel with a 1-8" twist (for bullet up to 107 grains) 1-7" Twist for 115 gr DTAC's or Bergers. But factory 243's don't come built that way.

Rather, if you on a budget, the Remington SPS Tactical in 308 Win. makes vastly more sense. It an acceptable platform right out of the box. Yes, a new stock and trigger will make it a bit better, but improvements can come in time.

In short, for a beginner non-reloader contemplating LR practice on the cheap, a 308 Winchester is not only the best choice, it's really your only choice cost wise.


Good Luck,

Bob
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+1> I would recommend .308 without a question. For $700 bones I would go with either the SPS Tactical, or one of the Savages.