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Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:29:08 PM »


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Greetings all,

I am recent transplant from South Florida now in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm never going back.

I am looking to learn the precision shooting craft. I am a complete beginner to long range shooting but have some some previous training with pistols and ARs in a defensive capacity.

My goal is to start small  (<=100 yards) increasing my distance as competency increases (<=500 yards)...and eventual possible competition if the bug bite me hard enough. I have settled on a bolt-action rifle with a 20 inch barrel, possibly a Remington 700. I have purchased a highly recommended book by Ryan Cleckner and am currently reading through it. I intend to receive some formal training in the form of single and multi-day courses once I am confident in my skills to manipulate my weapon system on the bench and consistently perform at 100 yards while understanding the concepts behind doing so.

However I have some questions and would love some insight.

 - 308 Win or 6.5 CM ?
 - Do I need to reload my own ammo to be effective in this endeavor ?
   - I do not know if I want to reload my own ammo, maybe in the future but right now space at home is an issue so for now it is a definite no.

 - Assuming I purchase a rifle and a decent scope, are there any critical modifications that I need to make right away or can I just start shooting (trigger, stock, etc)..

- Aside from the obvious (rifle, scope, ammo, etc) is there anything else that I should make sure I have when I start shooting ?
PS, I have no intentions to hunt at all, now or in the case this has an effect on advice and recommendations.

Thanks !!!

Re: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 05:47:29 PM »


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If you donít intend to compete, a .308 will suffice for learning purposes. 

Loading your own isnít a must, but it does make a difference.

Canít really say what to do for gear upgrades but spend a good chunk of change on a quality optic.


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Re: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2018, 09:19:15 PM »

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Welcome!  Those are some great questions, but I would suggest posting them in the relevant sections to ensure more people see them and respond to them. Not everyone reads the intro board.
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Re: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 09:30:59 PM »


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greetings!  glad to have ya up here.  just get a rem 700 sps tactical, change the stock to a bell and Carlson m40, get bi pod, get 20 moa rail, get scope with external turrets and about 10 boxes of federal gold match 175 or 168 grain.  order a book or find a friend to teach you the rest.  go shoot, a lot....a lot.