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Best Sniper & Precision Rifle for Beginners [Ultimate Guide]

Find out the best sniper/precision rifle for you at all price points. We'll cover important aspects such as caliber, action, and recommended models.

Interested in pushing past the 100-yard line? Want to get into long range shooting but are confused with all the terminology and myths surrounding it?

Today’s goal is to get you to a solid starting place to build and improve on for years to come.

A herd of long-range rifles means a good day no matter where you are!
A herd of long-range rifles means a good day no matter where you are!

We’ll lay out some of our recommended rifles for beginner precision shooters as well as point out other considerations to think about when choosing your first precision rifle.

So, keep reading to learn more about what you’ll need to get those long-range shots!

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best Out-of-the-Box

    Tikka T3x CTR

    Threaded barrel, great starter rifle

  2. Editor's Pick

    Tikka T3X TAC A1

    Threaded barrel with 3-port brake, 2-stage, adjustable weight trigger

  3. Most Upgradeable Rifle

    Ruger Precision Rifle

    Big aftermarket, magazine adaptabilty

  4. Best Crossover Platform

    Bergara B-14 HMR

    Threaded barrel, match-grade trigger

  5. Most High End

    Accuracy International AT

    Pricey, most features, ability to swap calibers

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Best Long Range & Precision Rifles

1. Tikka T3X CTR

From the factory, the CTR comes with quite a few desirable features.

A hammer-forged and threaded barrel makes for an accurate shooter ready to accept a suppressor. That’s almost a requirement these days.

The action is straight enough to accept aftermarket pre-fit barrels without any machine work needed.

Not to mention, the scope base uses lugs and screws for attachment. This creates a rock-solid attachment system.

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The safety locks the bolt in place, preventing any unwanted opening, and that’s especially handy if you use it as a hunting rifle.

Its stock is a bit basic, but it’s sturdy enough to prevent flex, lending to an accurate rifle.

Personally, I consider the CTR a phenomenal starter rifle since they’re very accurate out-of-the-box.

But don’t worry; you can upgrade this series with a plethora of aftermarket parts.

2. Tikka T3X TAC A1

The T3X TAC A1 is the bigger, more well-featured brother of the CTR.

It uses the same action and barrel but adds a few tricks…

Starting from the front, it sports a threaded barrel with a large 3-port brake. This brake reduces recoil but can also be removed for suppressor use.

A 2-stage, adjustable weight trigger, replaces the standard Tikka trigger.

But the biggest and most noticeable feature is the chassis. It offers an M-LOK forend upfront for attaching all the accessories you want.

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This rifle also brings aluminum bedding blocks for the action.

And the factory grip is comfortable but can also be swapped for your favorite AR-pattern grip. We prefer versatility at PPT!

The rear end features a folding stock that is adjustable for length-of-pull and comb height. But it uses a standard AR-15 interface…you know that means…

It can be swapped for your preferred stock.

3. Ruger Precision Rifle

Ruger jumped into the precision rifle world with the Ruger Precision Rifle, and they knocked it out of the park!

With the growing popularity of precision rifle matches, Ruger reached out to some of the experts in the field to collaborate on a rifle. And the RPR was born.

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Ruger Precision Rifle

This is truly the AR-15 of the bolt-rifle world…a list of aftermarket parts would require its own lengthy article.

From the factory, it comes with a threaded barrel, all sitting on a cold hammer-forged 5R rifled barrel.

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An aluminum M-LOK forend accompanies the front of the gun for attaching accessories.

One of the key features of this rifle, though, is its magazine adaptability. It will easily handle DPMS pattern, Magpul PMAGS, and industry-standard AICS mags.

An adjustable trigger, standard AR-15 safety, and grip complete the fire controls.

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Moving on, it comes with a fully adjustable, folding buttstock. This stock is adjustable for both length-of-pull and comb height.

And it uses a standard AR-15 interface, so the RPR works with any aftermarket option.

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Oh, and did we mention that the Ruger Precision Rimfire makes an excellent trainer rifle that will keep things consistent but cut down on ammo costs.

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4. Bergara B-14 HMR

The Bergara B-14 HMR rifle hits every mark for anyone that wants a solid crossover platform.

A number of people have gotten into the precision rifle game to further their skills in the field, and instead of building two separate rifles…why not buy one that can perform at the distance range and the hunting field? It just makes sense.

Bergara B-14 HMR and B-14r (1)
Bergara B-14 HMR and B-14r

Like some other models, the B-14 HMR offers a match-grade threaded barrel with a thread protector. You’ll have to supply your own break if you want one, though.

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The receiver is patterned after the Remington 700, which means it accepts any Remington 700 base or aftermarket stock.

A match-grade trigger adds to the features.

Bergara B-14 HMR
Bergara B-14 HMR

Its factory stock features an aluminum mini chassis for accuracy and molded-in QD flush cups for your favorite sling.

Length-of-pull and comb height adjustments help fit the rifle to any shooter. Bergara also offers a matching .22 LR training rifle for cheap practice.

5. Accuracy International AT

Alright, guys, here it is, my one wild card…

Accuracy International’s AT is the next generation of the wildly popular Accuracy International Arctic Warfare — one of the most widely issued military sniper rifles in the world.


While many aftermarket parts are available right out of the box, this rifle needs no improvement.

For starters, it provides a match-grade threaded barrel fitted to the receiver with AI’s quick loc system.

Ever wanted to change calibers at the drop of a hat?

Well, now you can. The quick loc system barrels make swapping calibers easy with just a 4mm hex key and about two minutes of time.

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This rifle’s receiver is flat-bottomed and bonded to a rigid aluminum chassis, and the bolt features six lugs and a short and fast 60-degree throw.

A match-grade 2-stage trigger helps you realize all of the rifle’s accuracy potential.

The AT also delivers a 3-position safety with some unique features. Position one is safe, locking the bolt in place and rendering the trigger safe, while position two keeps the trigger safe but allows you to run the bolt to safely unload the rifle. And position three is fire.

Covering the aluminum chassis is a set of molded plastic skins that users can switch out for any color they desire.

The stock also features multiple sling attachment points in either a folder or fixed version.

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If all you want to do for a rifle is mount a quality optic and get to shooting, the AT proves hard to beat.

Dependability and consistency are the hallmarks of the AT line of rifles.

.308 Winchester vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: Which Caliber Is Better for Long Range Shooting?

.308 Winchester has been the go-to standard in long range shooting for the last half-century for a few reasons…

Popular .308 Winchester and 7.62x51mm Ammo
Popular .308 Winchester and 7.62x51mm Ammo

Tons of available match ammo and regular plinking ammo exist for it — from match grade to surplus. If you decide to reload your own ammo down the road, an abundance of bullets and reloading data is available…more so than nearly any other round.

But how do you save money when shooting this round? Keep your expensive match ammo for the longer distances and use cheaper surplus ammo for close-in positional work.

6.5 Creedmoor

What about 6.5 Creedmoor?

6.5 Creedmoor is the newer, cooler kid on the block. It pushes out farther and drops less than a .308.

Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)
Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)

Factory match-grade ammo is available with good quality. While overall ammo choices and reloading data aren’t as prevalent as a .308, quality ammo is still readily available.

So, which do you choose — .308 Win or 6.5CM?

Honestly, both options are proven choices for beginners.

Twist Rates & Precision Shooting

I’m sure everyone has seen the markings on the side of a rifle barrel — 1/10, 1/8 — but what do these numbers mean?

Basically, it refers to the length of the barrel required to make one full turn of the rifling. So, 1/10 would translate to 1 full turn in 10 inches of barrel length.

Rifling, wikipedia
Rifling (Photo: Wikipedia)

Twist rates are important because they stabilize the bullet at longer ranges, especially when it starts going into the trans-sonic and sub-sonic territory.

For a beginner rifle, you want something with a very versatile twist rate as you try different ammunition or handloads to find your preferred ammo.

Factory loads or handloads; both work just fine in an accurate rifle
Match-grade and handloads

With a .308 Win, a 1/10 twist is generally preferred. Over the course of my career with precision rifles, I’ve never run across a bullet that won’t perform well in a 1/10.

On the other hand, with a 6.5 Creedmoor, a 1/8 twist will be your most versatile option. All of the lighter weight hunting bullets up to the heavier precision rifle bullets will perform well with this twist rate.

Upgrading a Precision or Long-Range Rifle

This is going to be a big one…

Since this is a beginner rifle article, you’ll probably want to upgrade and accessorize. One trip to your local, long-distance range or precision rifle match, and you’ll be dreaming of new parts.

From stocks, chassis systems, magazines, triggers, and even barrels…using a rifle platform that can be upgraded with aftermarket parts is huge!

Accessories like bases, rings, bipods, and stocks can make or break a rifle. I’m not saying you have to buy the most expensive accessories, but solid quality parts will keep your rifle performing, and you focused on the target.

Bergara B-14r on the ShadowTech PIG0311
Bergara B-14r on the ShadowTech PIG0311

Since you need to see what you’re aiming at, a good scope is an absolute must.

Yet again, the most expensive is not always needed. With the rising popularity of distance shooting, a lot of companies have started to produce solid optics at very reasonable pricing.

When shopping, match the reticle to the task — a duplex hunting reticle will not do any good when trying to do holdovers at distance.

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And try not to overdo the magnification — believe it or not, too much can hinder you. A good 3-18 or 5-25 can cover most situations.

Lastly, repeatable adjustments are a necessity. They keep your rifle and you consistent at longer distances.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Precision Rifle

Know Your Goal

My best piece of advice for anyone wanting to get into the long-range game is to have a clear idea of the end goal.

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I’ve seen many people buy the hot commodity of the week that doesn’t fit with what they need in a rifle. This is a costly, aggravating path to take.

Easy Maintenance

One of my biggest priority’s when it comes to rifle selection is being able to maintain it.

That means having the ability to swap major parts like triggers, barrels, and stocks without taking it to a gunsmith.

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Maintaining out-of-the-box accuracy without any additional expenses accurizing or bedding is a big factor. Personally, I want the ability to do the work at my own workbench, and you probably do too.


Long range set-ups can run a little more than your average rifle, but with the out-of-box features and adaptability, a little investment up front will save you a lot of money in the long run.


With a bit of planning and forethought, the path to precision rifle shooting can be a fun and rewarding journey.

.223 Long Range Shooting Setup
.223 Long Range Shooting Setup

Hopefully, we’ve given you a good list of rifles to consider when shopping and some other considerations to factor in when making that final selection.

What are your favorite long range rifles? Let us know in the comments below. Need some scope recommendations? Check out our guide to the Best Long Range Scopes.


How far do snipers normally shoot?

Military snipers are usually under 1000 yards while law enforcement shots are typically under 100 yards.

Is the .50 cal used in sniping?

Yes, .50 caliber rifles such as the Barrett M82 series are fielded extensively by militaries for anti-material sniping.

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  • Commenter Avatar

    So… upgrades, goals, and maintenance. How do your suggested rifles fulfill each of those factors?

    March 30, 2023 7:41 pm
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    Bill Brown

    I am relatively new to shooting and as my skills and interest have increased, I have become interested in precision target shooting. As such, I spent an inordinate amount of time researching firearms suitable for that purpose. With that in mind, and the fact that I live in Central California, helped to narrow my choices.
    I chose .308 as the caliber for the price and availability, as 6.5 Creedmoor is 2x the price where I'm at. In addition, I wanted a firearm I could easily find parts, accessories, and upgrades with a proven history that wouldn't break my budget. So perhaps my selection is skewed somewhat. I bought a Remington 700 in a MDT TAC21 chassis.

    August 29, 2022 6:23 am
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    Rat Man

    Back in the old days the quarter bore guys shot Mauser actioned rifles in 257 Roberts and 25-06 as well as the 264 win mag. The 30 bore boys used everything from the ought six up to the 300 Weatherby magnum . Looking at the ballistics of these older cartridges proves that there really is nothing new under the sun . I have a mildly modified Remington 721 in the 300 Weatherby that hits the 1000yard steel at our local range with no problem as well as my son's 264 win mag m- 70

    April 17, 2022 8:51 pm
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    Evan Seelye

    I had to join the 'long rangers' club but found that selection and availability (like for the 6.5 Creedmoor) were very limited. The .308 is a nice cartridge and I have an Armalite AR-10A4 but the AR platform and the NATO chamber really didn't fit what I was looking for in long range precision.
    First, I picked a caliber. My 'old faithful' hunting rifle is a Winchester model 70 in 7mm Remington Magnum with a custom fit myrtle wood stock. I'm very comfortable shooting it but it's a field gun, and I wanted something more like the new rifles being produced today. Since I have all the reloading equipment and supplies for 7 mm Rem. Mag., that's the way I went. I was able to find a Howa 1500 in 7 mmRM, and an MDT chassis along with a Luth-AR adjustable buttstock. I put a Monstrom G3 6x25 scope (for starters) and will stick with the factory Howa 2 stage HACT trigger and see how it goes. Being that it's all "modular" upgrading should be easy. Now - to break it in, and then develop a load that can reach out there and above all be consistent. It's fun to see just how small of a group can be obtained with different bullets and powder loads. I'd love to try different powders when they become available again. I figure I spent about the same for what I built as I would have to get one already made, however ammunition and reloading supplies are what influenced my choice in caliber. I did have a muzzle break installed to help tame some of the recoil, and with the adjustable stock it should be easy to achieve a level of fit and comfort when shooting. I tried to be budget minded because this is the first precision rifle for me and I'm open for upgrading after I gain experience in precision rifle shooting.

    April 10, 2022 7:38 pm
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    So what did shooters do back in the day? These are all new rifles. Nothing from the bygone era is worth the money? Just wondering....

    April 10, 2022 5:03 pm
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      Unless a beginner to the field has the knowledge to identify a suitable older (and likely out of production) model, and then the means to find said older model in a used but still decent state, most beginners are going to look for brand new rifles.

      Plus, there's too much variability in antiquity to be able to concisely convey the point of this piece, which is for beginners.

      In other words, you're looking at the wrong article for your interests.

      April 14, 2022 6:20 am
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      Just look at 06 been here for decades tons of bullet choices.used as a sniper caliber fo decades won 1000 yd matches.personal ca.of choice

      May 13, 2023 1:24 am
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    Herschel miers

    If you are looking to put rounds on target from 1000-2000 yds the ruger precision rifle in 300prc topped with an Arken ep 5 5-25x56. Will get it done for about $2500. Bothe rifle and optic are capable and dependable. The only needed accessory is a good bipod. The rifle will need some tweaking in the trigger pull. But it is fully adjustable. Does have a slight bit of creep. I picked the 300 prc over the 6.5 prc because of the ELR opportunity and the match grade ammo is cheaper when you buy it in bulk.

    February 8, 2022 8:24 am
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    I considered the Bergara before buying my Ruger Precision. The Bergara bolt action is silky smooth, close to the Browning X-Bolt which is saying something. But the Ruger was more customizable and didn't have a wood stock. Lots of people like their Bergara rifles though. I'd like to shoot one for a few years, if I didn't already have my long range rifle.

    No Ruger precision in this list? Is it because you're trying to stay below $1000?

    December 31, 2020 12:11 pm
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      If it helps your deci$ion, Bergara and Vortex have 40% discounts for MIL/LE.

      April 11, 2022 7:26 am
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    Paul Stenson

    I am always asking questions and looking for information. What do you think about the Savage 110 ultralight?

    December 26, 2020 12:19 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      I haven't gotten to use one personally but I've heard very positive feedback, but Savage is known to have some QC issues on their cheaper lines.

      December 26, 2020 1:06 pm
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    Can you own a Remington 700 in California?

    November 17, 2020 8:38 pm
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      David, PPT Editor


      November 17, 2020 10:20 pm
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    Jose Vega

    Looking for a scope for target shooting between 200 and 500 yards. I wear glasses so I would like a scope that would magnify the target as much as possible, without breaking the bank!

    August 13, 2020 10:45 am
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      Vortex Viper 6.5 x20
      On sale now for $299 at Midway

      September 15, 2020 7:04 am
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    John Fowler

    The Thompson Center Compass in 5.56, 6.5, .308, 30-06 or 300 WinMag is an excellent rifle with both great standard features and excellent accuracy as in guaranteed accuracy. 5R rifled barrel with threaded muzzle that is free floated. Pillar bedded synthetic stock. Adjustable trigger. 3 position safety. Detachable 5 round magazine. Soft and sticky butt pad. Scope bases and sling swivel mounts included. Slap on a GI canvas sling with qd swivels, rings to fit the scope you have chosen, a Bear Tooth cheek riser and a flash suppressor or sound suppressor and go to work on your pet load or shoot federal or hornady factory match. BTW Bushnell made a 3-9 with mildots that came with uncle mikes covers. Add a tenebraex kill flash and no sun shade needed. Working man's precision or deer system for under $500 total with all above by watching the deals.

    July 30, 2020 7:43 am
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    sambat p.m capt

    want a holster for my guys having glock 17 with gtl.can u help pl.thks

    April 12, 2020 11:27 pm
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      Bull o' the Woods

      This is spam.

      May 19, 2020 5:29 pm
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    Leon Gromowa

    The two best long range sniper rifles for the money is the Ruger Bolt Action Precision in 6.5 creedmoor or PRC. The Savage Model 10 BDA Stealth in 308. Both of these will shoot just as well as a lot of the very expensive rifles made.

    November 22, 2019 3:58 pm
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      What about This deadly rifle T5000. Hear about it?

      January 16, 2020 2:33 pm
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        Bull o' the Woods

        That is a Russian military product available only to their armed forces and those of a handful of satellite states. Not a commercial product and not available in the US. Would cost out the wazoo if you ever found one. Probably illegal to own. No evidence it is superior to available alternatives.

        May 19, 2020 5:27 pm
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    Similar to reddogs comment, I had some concern around recent remington rifles quality control. Can anyone vouch for them that they fixed the problem they had with the trigger misfire?

    November 18, 2019 9:37 am
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      Leon Gromowa

      You couldn't give me a Reminton rifle.

      November 22, 2019 4:00 pm
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        Leon Gromowa

        I hit the wrong key, Remington is what it should spell.

        November 22, 2019 4:01 pm
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        Jack Ingram

        what do you base such a strong position on? I have owned a lot of guns and the most accurate out of the box rifle I ever owned was a Remington 700 in 308. It was billed as a "Police" sniper rifle. I don't remember the "name" Sort of parkerized finish, heavy barrel, black plastic stock with built in aluminum bedding block. I put on a 40X Remington 2oz trigger. ( not a mistake 2oz) and a Leupold 6-24 scope nothing else. One hole 5 shot groups at 100. Outside to outside of 1/2 inch all day any day. Never shot it farther. Federal 168 grain hpbt match ammo factory loads.

        January 27, 2020 3:47 pm
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      Bull o' the Woods

      An investment firm called the Cerberus Capital Management created a subsidiary called the Freedom Group in 2007 to manage holdings in the firearms industry. Remember that these guys are slash-and-burn investment bankers, not shooters. They acquired Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS, Marlin, and Para Ordnance among other brands. The Freedom Group recently changed its name to "Remington Outdoor Company" and killed off the Bushmaster, DPMS, and Para Ordnance brands. Since the creation of the Freedom Group, the company has been notable for rationalizing operations to increase revenue and decrease costs. As part of this process, they have consolidated manufacturing and laid-off experienced employees. Quality has suffered at every company acquired, especially Marlin. Again, these guys are not shooters. Their only goal is to maximize return on investment. As a result, quality control is sketchy. I have a Remington 700 bought in the early 1990s and a couple of Marlin lever guns from the mid-1990s that are shooters. I would not buy any of these rifles as currently manufactured by Remington Outdoor Company.

      May 19, 2020 6:04 pm
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    I disagree on the Rem 700. If you don't care about quality, they may be okay but the 700's being built today are junk, if we are talking about accurate rifles. Ask the gunsmiths out there about what has happened to the quality of the 700 and they will tell you that they are not the same 700's as your daddy bought by a long shot. That's why there has been an explosion of 700 clones in the last few years. Quality. I am a life long proponent of the Rem 700 but would not buy one again unless they start building them with quality in mind. Sorry for being negative here but the truth hurts. If I was just starting out in firearms today I would buy a Savage in whatever caliber I liked. Out of the box, they shoot more accurately than any other factory production rifle. Best bang for the buck.

    November 17, 2019 10:28 am
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    Jay Crane

    First was a Remington 700 SPS Varmint - great barrel on a cheap stock. Later upgraded the stock to an Accuracy International AICS 2.0 and added a Timney two-stage trigger. Paired with a Vortex HST 6-24x50, I can consistently get sub .5 MOA groups using match ammunition. I added a Ruger Precision later, threw the same scope on it. I like my Remington 700 AICS a bit better, but out of the box, it's an extremely solid gun. I got both in .308.

    October 30, 2019 5:34 pm
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    6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision paired with a first gen Razor HD 5-20x50. Sub MOA gun out of the box, even with a newb shooter. Getting sub MOA at 200 yards even (furthest my range has locally) with little effort. And you can get the 6.5 for about $1,150 if you shop around.

    October 24, 2019 10:37 am
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    As a beginner, my recent and absolute first-ever rifle purchase was the Bergara B-14 BMP 6.5 Creed with a Nikon FX-1000 6-24x50 MRAD FFP Illuminated. I believe you missed on this rifle (a great value for a little over $1000) The caliber (6.5 ammo is less expensive and as good long range as the .308 IMHO) and the scope, Cry just a little more... the FX-1000 can be found often for less than $650. Quite a value for it's performance. It took very little time for this true beginner to shoot with the die-hard .308 guys at the range with less than $2000 invested in this rifle. Much to their chagrin. Nikon makes some pretty good single piece ring sets too in the same price range you recommended. Just comments from the subject of the article. A true beginner. Shooting less than 6 months.

    February 5, 2019 6:55 pm
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    When I was looking, the Remington 700 (a TRUE 700, not a falsely marketed 770) was more than I could afford. The Ruger American came out around then, with a floated barrel and accuracy really close to the R700. That's what I got and I have been pretty happy with it. Retailing at around $400, I think it deserves at least an honorable mention in this list.

    November 25, 2018 8:08 pm
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    Keith Speegle

    I am going to get the one not mentioned here; Savage Tactical with the 20" barrel and AR10 mags.

    September 27, 2018 6:45 am
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    I'm not a new shooter, but I'm new to long range. I got a Savage Axis in 30-06 as an inheritance from my Grandpa a year ago and it's my first bolt action. After getting a feel for it at a local range, I got the $20 trigger kit from M-CARBO. Took the trigger to a very crisp 3.5 lbs. Other than that it's completely stock.

    I went to a long distance range with it and, with the help of a good spotter, was pinging steel at 800 yards on cheapest rounds academy had for sale. Prior to this, the longest shot I'd taken was at 300 yds with an AR once. We almost got it to 1000 yards, but we were at the far end of the ballistic arch for those rounds and I was having a hard time holding 30 MOA over the target.

    All in all, I don't think you can really ask any more of a rifle going for $350 brand new. I'll probly move up to an R700 soon, as my savage is an aireloom now, but if theres anyone looking to get their feet wet in the sport for cheap, I cant recommend an axis more. Just make sure to get that trigger kit though. My trigger pull was 9 lbs and wobbly side to side beforehand. Couldnt hit the side of a barn before.

    September 22, 2018 11:32 pm
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      David L

      Congrats! Reaching out that far for the first time is a lot of fun. If you're looking for your next upgrade, I would highly recommend you look at Tikka, Ruger, and Savage. All three have been putting out some outstanding bolt guns for decent prices.

      September 23, 2018 10:21 am
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    You obviously deal mainly with novice shooters here. I was hoping to gain a bit more intel on my Mosin Nagant and my 8mm Mauser. In your pictured ammo, I didn't see any 7.62x54r or 7.65x53 rpumds. Being a long-gun shooter, I am always looking for something I didn't know about my weapons of choice since my military days. I hope to catch some information on your site as it looks interesting. Thanks for the targets.

    September 10, 2018 8:05 pm
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    I used this review as a guide to what I needed to look for. While I didn't go "low budget", I didn't go nuts either. The Savage Arms 10 BA Stealth was on sale for $200 off and there was also a $100 refund from Savage Arms, bringing the total to $900. It has generally very good reviews for a long distance precision rifle., comes with a an adjustable Accu-trigger and a Fab Defense® GL-SHOCK six-position, shock-absorbing buttstock with adjustable cheek.. I went with 6.5 Creedmoor because so many articles say that it is the superior accurate distance round.

    Savage Arms 10 BA Stealth in 6.5 Creedmoor
    Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50mm Riflescope w/ VMR-1 MRAD Reticle
    VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Device

    I'll see how this works out and then consider other modifications later.

    July 27, 2018 1:08 pm
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    Remington 700 police, .308.
    Vortex Viper pst gen II ffp ebr-2c MOA
    EGW guns match rings/NF SD 20 MOA rail

    June 15, 2018 2:36 am
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    Tom Julius

    I bought a Remington 700 with a Magpul stock (both for $700 with Remington discount) and paired it with a Nikon M- 308 scope. It's really accurate out to 600 yards... I can't find a longer range in the Tampa area... Can you think of any modifications I should make...

    March 10, 2018 9:14 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Next up would likely be a trigger!

      March 12, 2018 10:27 am
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      Have you tried the dade city range? Its kind if a drive but might have some longer range.

      June 24, 2019 8:53 am
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    Justin S

    Have you done a updated version of this to update rifles or ammo such as the 6.5 creedmore?

    October 16, 2017 2:40 pm
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      Eric Hung

      Not yet, but on it!

      October 17, 2017 3:35 pm
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        Justin Smith

        Awesome I'm in the market for a precision rifle and looking at the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 creedmoor myself.

        October 17, 2017 3:40 pm
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          very interested in your opinions for 6.5

          November 1, 2017 1:25 pm
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          I bought a Savage 10 BA Stealth a little less than a year ago, in 6.5CM. Bolted a Nikon ProStaff on top of it. About $1600 OTD, and I can double tap a 6" plate at 1000 yards with Blackwater Precision ammo. Comparing the specs to the Ruger Precision, they're damn near the same rifle - I bought a Precision Rimfire to practice, since I don't have regular access to a 1000 yard range.

          I'd say you're on the right track looking at the RP, but you could save yourself a couple hundred going with the Savage if you wanted to.

          December 6, 2018 11:27 pm
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    Joel B

    Been thinking about the Savage 10FCP-SR rifle, and pairing that with a MDT chassie. What's your thoughts on that?

    June 16, 2017 12:32 pm
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      James Barger

      I have that s very rifle, and it is incredibly accurate. The only mods I've made are to replace factory comp with a linear comp, more to reduce side blast on the line at group shoots. You will probably need some sort of cheek piece; I have the Karsten adjustable which is the gold standard. I like my son's Burris XTR2 , 5-25x50 much better than my Bushnell Elite 6-24x50.

      September 21, 2017 7:43 am
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    This was a good article to read since I'm looking to purchase my first rifle. The purpose of the rifle is getting to shot long distance. Some thing about being patient calms me down. I doing a lot of research and with budget i was looking to get a combo deal. A lot of people I asked are giving me bad feedback, and some are good on the Remington Model 700 .308 ADL Bolt-Action Rifle Combo. I keep hearing that I will out grow that rifle and spend more down the road. Wanted to get some feedback from you what you think. I know down the road after 1000 rounds i would change the body or scoop. That's when I saved up more money like I said I'm on a budget.

    Let me know when you have a moment.
    Thank you,

    April 10, 2017 3:48 pm
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    What do you think about the new Mega Arms SF-MATEN? It's coming out this summer . How does it stack up against the Aero AR-10?

    Thanks !


    April 9, 2017 5:49 pm
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      Eric Hung

      AR-10 full review out now! Haven't had the chance yet to try the Mega though.

      June 5, 2017 12:14 pm
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    Gentlemen, Just recently took up rifle shooting 100-300yards. and purchased a Ruger Precision Rifle 20" barrel .308. Cal
    I have conflicting opinions and wanted your take on this purchase versus others in it's price range. Scope Burris Eliminator III Laser Rangefinding Rifle 3-12x-44mm. Eat. $3k all in


    April 6, 2017 9:53 am
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      I have the same rifle both .308 and the 6.5 creedmore. excellent rifles. I'm tagging clay pigeons at 500 yards no problem with the .308. I have noticed that the ruger precision does not like ball ammo...cheap ammo= bad shooting. good choice on the rifle

      December 1, 2017 5:34 pm
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    Jesus Jose Gonzalez Jr

    I'm starting to build my long range rifle what would you recommend on a 7.62 caliber rifle bolt action..

    February 3, 2017 8:06 pm
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    Thom C. Berg

    Wise choice including the Tikka in the list above! Put mine in a laminated stock (bedding, etc.) and installed a muzzle break, 'cuz it kicked like a mule........and am enjoying outstanding accuracy and groupings out to 300 yards (so far). I'll do better once I'm comfortable with its new Millet scope (had a Vortex, didn't like that much).

    But............you were right!! Merry Christmas.

    December 14, 2016 5:43 pm
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      Thanks Thom, glad to hear it!

      December 14, 2016 10:02 pm
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    Vince Naughton

    I have an Aero Precision AR-15 assembled upper and stripped lower that I want to build a target/varmint, long-range shooter with. I was thinking of a 20" to 24" barrel, chambered in 223 Wylde for a little extra precision. My 1st question is: Can a 5.56 mil-spec or .223 Rem bolt with its carrier group be used, or does it need to be in 223 Wylde? 2nd question: Can you recommend a manufacturer(s) who makes good barrels with a supplied head-spaced bolt and carrier?
    Thank you,

    October 27, 2016 1:01 pm
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      Good question Vince...as far as I know bolts are bolts and since the Wylde is sort of a compromise between .223 and 5.56, any good bolt should work. I'd check out my AR-15 Upgrades article.

      October 28, 2016 1:37 am
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