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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/02/2008 at 14:08
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I thought of this comparison when posting on the $1000 budget thread in the rifle scope section. Its truly amazing how many different ways we can get to the same goal with totally differing parts and ideas.

This summer a shooting buddy and myself both decided to build 308 accuracy rifles for hunting season. Hes a remington/leupold man and has his ideas about gun building while I'm a savage/conquest man with some completely different opinions. I knew he was building a gun and he knew I was throwing something together but we didn't see much of each other with our work. He bought a 700 remington for the action and after having it squared and trued up, lugs lapped, and timney trigger installed he bought a pac nor barrel in a palma contour and headspaced it on with an aftermarket recoil lug. He bedded it in an H&S precision stock and floated the barrel. He installed a 4.5x14 VX lll and painted the whole rig in duracoat flat black. He reloads so he bought lapua brass and worked up a varget load with fed 210m primers and 150gr sierra match kings.

I started with a savage 10FP action and after squaring the action face and barrel nut I tweaked the accutrigger down to 24oz and installed a new take-off savage tactical heavy barrel cut down to 22" with a recessed target crown. I bedded it in a stockade stock and used a SSS recoil lug. After floating the barrel I mounted a conquest 3.5x10 scope. I worked up a load with lapua brass, RL15 powder, and CCI BR2 primers behind 150gr sierra match kings.

We ran into each other in October at the local gunshop/range and the smith who knows us both tried to start some competition up for a shoot-off. I had no idea what his shot like but figured it would be pretty accurate as hes pretty sharp and is a shooting instructor from the marines. We joked around a bit and he very calmly stated it would shoot 1/4' at 100yds with 150 SMK's.....

After comparing notes I was surprised we had both went with 22" barrels, 150 SMK's, and lapua brass, everything else was night and day different. Both guns shoot consistant two's at the bench and are both a pleasure to shoot. We both hunted with them this fall......the only thing he was taken by was my conquest and he has since decided to change scopes to either a conquest or a zeiss victory. Other than that we are both confirmed in our choices and happy with our picks. It's what keeps this shooting game interesting and different. If we met online we would go back and forth about which was better or more fun......but you know what?........I think we're both right! :>) Don't matter how you get long as you get there.

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So very right, Focus.  "While there are a few "etched in stone" rules pertaining to rifle accuracy, just like everything else, "there's more than one way to skin a cat."  Keep that in mind the next time you plan to skin a cat.
Good post!
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