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    Newbie needs help setting up.

    Hi everyone.

    I'm a complete newbie to target shooting, and at the moment just going through the steps to get my license.
    I'm already looking at what rifle to buy when I get my license. As I know nothing I would love your guys help on this.

    I have up to $3000 to spend on the rifle, and that could be without a scope as I'm happy to use iron sights for a while.
    I really just want to use the rifle for target shooting, not too bothered about hunting at the moment.

    Also which caliber to buy, and make of rifle. I want to fire decent distances maybe up to 1000m.
    Obviously i will need a scope for anything above 300m. But I'm happy firing up to 300m in the meantime.

    Would love your input.

    Its horrible being a newbie, but you have to start somewhere.

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    Have you done any previous shooting?
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    Yes I was in the British army for a while.
    Just fired the SA80 5.56 semi auto.
    Would quite like something similar as far as power goes.
    But not sure if you use anything like that for target shooting.

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    Well there's a .223rem but I don't think it'll much use if you want to shoot to 1000m.
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    oh I know, a 6.5x55
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    Do you know what the equivalent round here is for a 5.56 Nato round?

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    yeah 223
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackangus View Post
    Do you know what the equivalent round here is for a 5.56 Nato round?
    The 5.56 NATO
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    been looking into getting in to target shooting myself when im not out hunting for the long range practice,

    my thoughts were a tikka t3 in 6.5x55 and some sort of sub 1000 dollar dial up scope.

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    What sort of target shooting are you looking at. There is a whole range of different disciplines competed in NZ... You have mentioned something similar to the SA80 for power and maybe up to 1000m.

    So are you looking at service rifle shooting? 4 position shooting? 300m NRA? Benchrest? F-Class? Longer range NRA? Field Shooting?
    Maybe you want an across the course rifle you can use in a multitude of different disciplines?
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    I think you may want to rethink either your max range or max"power" as you put it 223/5.56 is going to make 1000m difficult.
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    I would say split your 3 grand into

    a grand for a rifle (choose a garden variety common as mud factory chambering so you can just buy ammo for a start),

    Grand for the scope and

    the left over grand will get eaten up with all the other stuff you need but did not realise you needed
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    I think I'll start with 100m-300m with iron sight like I used to do in the army, in prone position.
    But I agree 5.56 wont cut it at 1000m, so I might just have to go up to a 303 or something like that.
    Just the ammo is so expensive.

    Would you guys agree a 303 would give me the freedom to go up to 1000m?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackangus View Post
    Would you guys agree a 303 would give me the freedom to go up to 1000m?
    Did you serve before or after WW2 ? Things have moved on a bit from the 303... (and no, I would not call that a realistic 1000m option)

    Read Gillie's post and go visit clubs doing whatever shooting you are interested in. Talk to guys actually doing that sport about what to buy.
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    gees a 303?

    You have a lot to learn

 

 

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