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You've got $1,500 to spend on a new elk rifle, scope and mounts,  How would you spend it?  I've been thining about this a while, because I'm probably going to do it soon.

 

Rifle - Kimber 8400 Classic in 270 WSM       $900

Scope - Leupold 2.5-8X36 B&C Reticle          ;$480

Talley Bases and fixed rings         & nbsp;         & nbsp;      $90

 

That leaves $30 left over for a box of bullets.  I'd choose the Kimber because of my experience with them; they have a near perfect stock for me, handle great, and carry easily.  Triggers break crisply around 3 lbs.  All the Remington 700's I've bought needed an aftermarket trigger, at about $200, making the cost => the Kimber.  I'd choose 270 WSM because I've got a bad shoulder it's mild enough not to be painful (an 8400 in 300 WSM with 180gr bullets is) but is still plenty for any elk at any reasonable range.  I'd choose the Leupy just because it fits best on the trim Kimber.  I had this scope on my M84 in 260, took it off and put on a Conquest 3-9X40.  The Zeiss is just too big for this gun, so, although I liked using it, it came off and the 2.5-8 went back on.  Not much elk shooting seems to happen at first or last light anyway.  What say you?

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I would be close to you except my choice would be one of the new long action Kimbers in .30-06 with a Conquest.

 

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The local Gander Mountain had Tikka's for ~640 in stainless and they come with rings;  7MM Rem mag and Kahles 2x7 with TDS.  I've seen the Sub-moa Weatherby Vandguards for a few bucks more in my area and you would have to add base and rings.

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I was bidding on one of the new LA Kimbers in 30-06 a couple of weeks ago.  If I had been around at the end of the auction I would have gotten it.  It went pretty cheap.  I could be happy with one of those.   The Vanguard is too heavy for me; at my age, every ounce counts at 10,000 feet.  The Tikka with Kahles would be fine, but I'd raher spend my money on the rifle than on the Kahles.

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I'm not knocking the Kimber by any means.  I normally buy my guns pre-scratched, since that is what will happen anyway...  Have you thought about a Sako?

 

Recently I was shopping for a general prupose rifle, since my step father adopted my other one. I wanted a stainless gun with a laminated stock.  I would up with the Tikka, which has yet to get range time.  In my shoping I came across various guns, but none that "fit".  The Tikka was in my alterate caliber, but on sale for a hundred off so...

 

I could not get exicted about the Remingtons as I could not find the version I wanted.  Almost nobody had Winchesters, let alone in the caliber I wanted.  The ones I found had a rough feeling actions.  I can't get excited about the Brownings as the A-bolt feels alien to me.  Ruger, well you know, I like the looks and feel, but they have thier own issues, and nobody in the area wants to touch them. Nobody had any CZs.  I found a few plain Vandguards and some used mark V, in Weatherby calibers.  I like the Sakos, but, could not justify the cost with the Tikka being about two third the cost.  The Sako is smoother than the Tikka, but hell, it should clean its self for the price differance.  Beretta says that they both will shoot under an inch or it does not leave the factory.   IF, I am going to spend the money, then I should get some sort of promise as to what it will do. 

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Is the Boone and Crocket rectical a normal item for the 2.5 to 8 VIII?  I thought that it was a special.  Which is another reason for the Kahles tds.

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Sako M75 SS in .300 Win Mag.

3-9x40mm Conquest

Conetrol Rings and mounts

 

I think you would be near your magic number of $1500.

 

IMHO, the Sako 75 is the best non custom hunting rifle on planet earth.

Kimber's are nice too.



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The Kimber's are sweet and probably woth the money if you've got it.  If you can't find the quality you're aiming inside your budjet, you might want to consider a used rifle and/or scope.  If you look at the demographics of gun ownership you'll see you can same some money.  Most guns change hands long before there's any real barrel wear, and you can usually save a bundle on one.  Used scopes loose value very quickly.  You can frequently save 50% or more on a good one.  One of my best shooting guns I bought used for 60 cents on a dollar, and my most accurate deer rifle inside 350 yards is topped with a scope I bought used.  I sure can't see any difference at the range.  Makes me wonder why I bought so many new guns!
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