I am in the begining stages of building a moutain rifle. I took a look at what places like Wild West have to offer and for $3,500 I think I could build 2-3 rifles! I figure it should be pretty easy to stay under $1,000 as I already have rings and scope.
Anyway, looking to start with a Remington Model 700 stainless action and go from there. My real debate is around caliber. The rest is pretty easy.
I want a light weight rifle that is accurate at 300-400 yards. In other words I want a nice flat distance shooter with low recoil. I also want some what of a common caliber in case I need to buy ammo rather then reload.
Calibers I have considered: .260, .308, .280, 7mm, .30-06. Would be interested to hear what others use & suggest.
I know that no matter what caliber I choose I REALLY need to spend some time becoming intimate with the rifle. It will only shoot as well as the operator! I just want a good tool where errors are operator based, not equipment based.
Understand caliber is an often debated topic, but enjoy the discussion and look forward to hearing from others.