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Old 01-31-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Have some play money and am looking at 2k for rifle and scope. I know opinions vary wildly but for an all purpose hunting rifle what would you buy?
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:25 PM   #2
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If I had $2,000 to blow, taking into account what I already have, I'd go with the new Weatherby First Lite edition in 300WM. I want a larger caliber, and I like the long barrel and that it already comes with a muzzle brake. For the glass, it would be a Leupold VX 5 HD 3-15x56.

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Old 01-31-2018, 12:25 PM   #3
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I have a Remington custom 40x 7mm mag for 1800.00
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:37 PM   #4
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:38 PM   #5
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:45 PM   #6
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Tikka...ck/2317941.uts

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Old 01-31-2018, 12:50 PM   #7
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Tikka CTR + Vortex Viper Gen 2 or Maven scope
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:52 PM   #8
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:56 PM   #9
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like everyone else..tikka ctr and leupold vx5 or zeiss hd5

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APR build and just aim down the barrel
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:00 PM   #10
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Ha....I was gonna say APR special and a Tasco. But, if I were in your shoes I would think seriously about getting the APR special then save up for a scope.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:21 PM   #11
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Ha....I was gonna say APR special and a Tasco. But, if I were in your shoes I would think seriously about getting the APR special then save up for a scope.
This is what I would do........
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:33 PM   #12
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Left hand Browning X-Bolt in 300 WM and a Diamondback Vortex, and a larger bipod. And probably a cheek rest right away.
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definitely for me i would stay with my Browning A-Bolt one hell of a gun.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:51 PM   #14
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APR Build Special, and get optics later, or save while you wait for your gun to be built.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:06 PM   #15
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Browning hells canyon with the regular stock are around 1k and then pick your glass


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Old 01-31-2018, 02:09 PM   #16
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:12 PM   #17
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Ha....I was gonna say APR special and a Tasco. But, if I were in your shoes I would think seriously about getting the APR special then save up for a scope.
Another vote for this and save for the scope when you can. You will be way happier in the long run and be able to build the exact specs you want with the given options.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:13 PM   #18
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like everyone else..tikka ctr and leupold vx5 or zeiss hd5

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APR build and just aim down the barrel
Definitely considering the APR which has really led me to this question. What am I gaining by the custom vs a Sako or Tikka? I honestly don't know and that's why I am asking.
I feel like i can get a pretty good rifle for a grand or so and decent glass with the remainder. I have plenty of decent to good guns but this would be something I would give to my son on down the line.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:19 PM   #19
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Definitely considering the APR which has really led me to this question. What am I gaining by the custom vs a Sako or Tikka? I honestly don't know and that's why I am asking.

I feel like i can get a pretty good rifle for a grand or so and decent glass with the remainder. I have plenty of decent to good guns but this would be something I would give to my son on down the line.


APR is a true custom build with next level attention to detail not mass produced. You get to pick chamfering, fluting, color of stock, colors of cerekote and end up with a one of a kind rifle instead of one just like everyone elseís.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:19 PM   #20
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If I had 2k laying around I would have one of these on order in .264 win mag or .270 win.

http://www.winchesterguns.com/produc...stainless.html

Top it with one of these

https://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold...5-14X40-170692


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Definitely considering the APR which has really led me to this question. What am I gaining by the custom vs a Sako or Tikka? I honestly don't know and that's why I am asking.
I feel like i can get a pretty good rifle for a grand or so and decent glass with the remainder. I have plenty of decent to good guns but this would be something I would give to my son on down the line.
You build the custom to YOUR specs not setting for a manufacturer's specs. For example I love the Tikka CTR but hate the stock so now I would be buying two stocks in essence instead of building it the way I want it. I would also argue that accuracy would be slightly better on the custom but that depends on how well you shoot
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:26 PM   #22
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Or maybe one of these 2. But probably go with the dark maple I posted above. And if your planning on handing it down to your son these would be heirloom quality rifles for a long time and still should be good shooters as well

http://www.winchesterguns.com/produc...ade-maple.html

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Old 01-31-2018, 02:39 PM   #23
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So from an appearance factor I understand they will be much more unique or personalized, but from a longevity or performance standpoint I am just not sure how much better a rifle they would be than say a Browning, Sako, Tikka etc.. I know the "cool factor will be less but that's okay. So for decent glass $1000 and under and decent rifle $1000 or less, how much better is a 2k rifle with a 1k scope?
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So from an appearance factor I understand they will be much more unique or personalized, but from a longevity or performance standpoint I am just not sure how much better a rifle they would be than say a Browning, Sako, Tikka etc.. I know the "cool factor will be less but that's okay. So for decent glass $1000 and under and decent rifle $1000 or less, how much better is a 2k rifle with a 1k scope?
It is about odds of getting an AWESOME shooting rifle.

Production now days is much better but not perfect.

Custom will be perfect.

Just like some $99 dollar barrels will shoot with $600 barrels. But not many and only after extensive break in periods. But almost every $600 barrel will shoot lights out.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:34 PM   #25
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Definitely considering the APR which has really led me to this question. What am I gaining by the custom vs a Sako or Tikka? I honestly don't know and that's why I am asking.
I feel like i can get a pretty good rifle for a grand or so and decent glass with the remainder. I have plenty of decent to good guns but this would be something I would give to my son on down the line.
Not trying to "sell" you on the TBH special, just trying to provide an honest answer to your question. The big bullet points are you're getting a true custom action that is a definite step up from factory offerings. You are also getting a premium quality barrel with a chamber job averaging .0002 TIR that's concentric with the bore. The finer points are that you get to choose the little details like twist rate and barrel length to set the gun up for the bullets you intend to shoot, and the finish options so it ends up looking exactly like YOU want it to. Hope this helps.

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Browning Hells canyon long range. Love mine shoots great looks great and is bedded from the factory. Thinking this might be a gun a keep a while for once.

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Old 01-31-2018, 04:06 PM   #27
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Have some play money and am looking at 2k for rifle and scope. I know opinions vary wildly but for an all purpose hunting rifle what would you buy?

Haha! I just did this. I bought a Barret Fieldcraft in 6.5 X 55 and am purchasing a Swarovzki Z3 to put on it. My total cost will be closer to $2200 though.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:54 PM   #28
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Put this together not too long ago. Could have gone many routes, but I've wanted to build this one for a really long time.



Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .308
Manners stock pillar bedded (picked up for half the cost of new in Manners ready to ship section of their site)
Harris bipod
Vortex optics

I'm about to fully bed the action, and I'll eventually upgrade the trigger, bolt, and bottom metal to detachable, but that starts getting outside the 2K mark.

Took the Hogue stock that came stock on the rifle and put a dowel on it so my son could have his very own rifle as well. It has since been painted

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Old 01-31-2018, 05:40 PM   #29
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Sako A7 1,000.00
Nightforce SHV 1,000.00
7mm magnum- 150 grain ballistic silvertips- .75 groups
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I would go custom as well.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:25 PM   #31
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Put this together not too long ago. Could have gone many routes, but I've wanted to build this one for a really long time.







Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .308

Manners stock pillar bedded (picked up for half the cost of new in Manners ready to ship section of their site)

Harris bipod

Vortex optics



I'm about to fully bed the action, and I'll eventually upgrade the trigger, bolt, and bottom metal to detachable, but that starts getting outside the 2K mark.



Took the Hogue stock that came stock on the rifle and put a dowel on it so my son could have his very own rifle as well. It has since been painted





I did this same build with Leupold optics, B&C bedded stock and Timney trigger.



Now itís at APR getting the action trued and a new barrel
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I did this same build with Leupold optics, B&C bedded stock and Timney trigger.



Now itís at APR getting the action trued and a new barrel
Nice. I was originally kicking around going through APR or getting one of the packages from sniper central, but couldnít keep the cost of rifle with scope under the strict 2k budget the boss/wife so graciously gifted me with. Even thought about taking the action from a 7mm STW I had to have APR build from that, but same story on cost. Plan as of now is to run this one for a bit while stashing cash, then send off to APR for truing/blueprinting, new barrel, stuff mentioned previously, etc.

As to the OP, if you have the funds, I would highly recommend going with APR, especially with the TBH 2018 deal they have going on.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:18 PM   #34
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If I had $2,000 to blow, taking into account what I already have, I'd go with the new Weatherby First Lite edition in 300WM. I want a larger caliber, and I like the long barrel and that it already comes with a muzzle brake. For the glass, it would be a Leupold VX 5 HD 3-15x56.


Man, you picked my exact set up. Sold a rifle last weekend to fund it. I called Hoffys Lampasas, thereíre trying to get it ordered.

Iím going with the VX-5HD 3-15x44.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:10 PM   #36
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How about:

1. Ruger American predator ($400) with a boyds stock ($200) with an Atn x sight or photon ($600) with a suppressor ($800). Night vision suppressed hunting for $2k.
2. Browning BAR mark iii $1200 with a leupold vx3i long range precision scope $800. Sexy and lethal and semi auto....

You pick the caliber!
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:59 PM   #37
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:53 PM   #38
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I’d go with an APR 25-06
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:12 AM   #39
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If I had $2,000 to blow, taking into account what I already have, I'd go with the new Weatherby First Lite edition in 300WM. I want a larger caliber, and I like the long barrel and that it already comes with a muzzle brake. For the glass, it would be a Leupold VX 5 HD 3-15x56.
This or one in 6.5-300 wby mag
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:24 AM   #41
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:31 AM   #42
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Christensen Arms Mesa! $1295
Plenty of chamberings to choose from.

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