Need Help With Purchasing My First Rifle

Discussion in 'Houston' started by Sam Bhullar, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Sam Bhullar

    Sam Bhullar New Member

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    I am fairly impressed by 110 BA Stealth 300 Win Mag over the Remington 700 5-R I mentioned above... liked the 338 Lapua but the ammo is 4:1 in terms of cost. Seems like 110 BA Stealth with Vortex optics 6-24x50 should be a good combination.

    Any recommendation on a good bipod for it or would any be just fine? Any idea about Ohuhu 6"-9" adjustable handy spring bipod? It seems to have good reviews.Thank you guys for the feedback. I am going to keep an eye on the forum and keep reading your suggestions.
     


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  2. deemus

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    A buddy has the Savage mentioned below in 308 and he has hit 1K yd targets. He loves it. I would not advise the Vortex. The ones I have looked through had inferior glass IMO. There are much better scopes out there.

    I think he paid around $1200 for the rifle, and bought a Swarvski scope for around $2K. I would suggest a Harris bipod. They make really good gear, and have ones that swivel and are adjustable for uneven surfaces.

    You can find a myriad of ammo for 308 too. Good luck!
     
  3. deemus

    deemus TGT Addict

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    That's really good advice. An alternative would be a Savage 93 in 17 HMR. But ammo cost more for that one.
     
  4. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Moderator

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    Check with the ranges you plan to frequent.
    Lots of ranges restrict .338 Lapua.
    Others may restrict higher power chambering as well.

    .308 is always a good choice.
    6.5 Creedmoor or Grendel also.
     
  5. nlghthawk

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    Way too much to educate you on, but if you got an AR 10 it would check most of the boxes you are trying to check in one rifle.
     
  6. Dawico

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    300 WM (or 338 Lapua) isn't a good choice for a beginner. Excess recoil, noise, and expense are not the best way to learn.

    22lr is a very good option to work on basics.
     
  7. Wiliamr

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    I do not know you or your shooting experience. I can only go off what you posted. I will make a couple assumptions. 1) You have never fired a large caliber rifle. You have never fired a 300 win Mag or 338 Lapua. If that is so, find your strongest friend and ask them to full body weight, punch your shoulder holding nothing back. That will give you a good feeling for what the large calibers feel like. Not trying to be an ass about this, but I have seen too many new shooters show up with a heavy recoiling rifle at the range, and fire a few shots only to walk away in disgust. A 22 LR rifle would be a great way to learn basics of rifle marksmanship. For any game in North America short of a moose or grizzly, 30-06 is all you need with .308 Win, 7mm-08 .270 Win being more than adequate. For Texas deer .308 is fine or .270, .243 are more than enough.

    As far as going hunting, you will most likely need a Hunter Education Class, license and about 1500 to 5000 dollars for a lease. Odds are not many people with a lease are going to invite a new hunter on a lease. You can try for a Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting drawing, but your odds of being successful without a great deal of experience are low. Your best bet is to find someone who is an experienced hunter to take you under their wing and tutor you on the science and art of hunting.
     
  8. Sam Bhullar

    Sam Bhullar New Member

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    Wiliamr, I have fired .45acp handgun, which I currently own for the last 10 years and amongst rifles, I have fired an AK 47 a few times. I am extremely accurate with an AK and had no issues with the recoil. Not sure about the difference in the recoil of AK and .300 Win Mag. I definitely enjoy firing guns that have a kick to it and am comfortable with them. I am definitely going to the range and fire a few rounds of .300 win mag before making the purchase. My intention here is to get as much info as I can about a good rifle that I can purchase and use for both sniping and hunting purpose.

    As far as hunting is concerned, I have no experience. But we all have to start somewhere.. right? I did check about hunting in Texas Parks in/around Houston and the gun requirement is a shotgun, not a rifle. I am hopeful to find and join someone on a hunting trip where I can learn first hand and in exchange, may be, I can offer something of value to them. There are plenty of good folks out there and hopefully, someone will be willing to help me get my feet wet.

    Also, I would appreciate, if you or anyone else can guide me about the hunting process and where to look for info regarding it so I can expand my horizon.
     
  9. If you don't have friends who already own some of these rifles to try out a little bit, look for some Appleseed events or Rever's Raiders events to attend or at least go take a look. Look for an NRA rifle instructor and tell them what you've said here. They should have some options for you to may be try out if you take a class.

    If none of that works, where are you shooting your 45? Any one there you've met who may shoot rifles? Join a club, look for where you are going to shoot this rifle if you buy one. May be someone there may let you shoot up some ammo you've brought.

    If none of this is working for you and you still think you just need to buy and fly, get the 22. By the time you have a couple dozen dead things at your feet you'll have saved yourself a couple thousand dollars worth of just guessing what you want or need in high power rifles.
     
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  10. Wiliamr

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    1) You say you checked Texas Parks around Houston.... Did you not understand the reference to Texas Parks and Wildlife? That is the Texas state agency that regulates hunting in the State of Texas. They have drawings for hunts in Texas. They are also the ones who authorize the Hunter's Education class what you are required to take if you are born after Sept. 2 1971. I know for a fact that there are places around Houston where you can hunt with a rifle.

    2) Saying you are accurate with an AK is a telling comment. You fail to mention at what range, and what size groups you shot. AK's are not known for accuracy. In my mind accuracy is off hand shots holding a 1 inch group at 100 yards or rested - 2 inch groups at 200 to 300 yards. With iron sights I can hold on 200 yard targets a bout a 2 to 3 inch group most any day. at 600 yards with iron sights - 8 inch group is easy with most rounds inside the 9 rings on an NRA MR- 1 target.

    Listen to the many people who have told you to start with a .22 rifle to learn on. You do not start mountain climbing by scaling Everest your first outing. You learn on short cliff sides and small hills, then short mountains...
     

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