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Ok, I'm thinking of getting into long range shooting. I have a remington 7mm-08 with a 3-9X40 (not sure of the brand, will add that soon). I was wondering the range of this rifle, but if it's not good enough i can get some money at christmas and get a better one.
Now, if i do get a better long range weapon, it will be purly for plinking, targets and maybe some birds. So, if I do get a different gun, what caliber should it be? I was thinking something small, like a 22-250, or a 223, would that work?
 

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Now, if i do get a better long range weapon, it will be purly for plinking, targets and maybe some birds. So, if I do get a different gun, what caliber should it be? I was thinking something small, like a 22-250, or a 223, would that work?
Well for plinking, target shooting, and bird hunting the .223 would work, although I would get the .22-250. But the .223 would be a little more cheaper than getting .22-250 ammo. Although, the .22-250 does have better ballistics. BTW if you want to get a better long range rifle than the 7mm-08 I wouldn't look at the .223 or the .22-250, if you want a small caliber long range rifle look at the .220 Swift. But your bullet will have more drift when it is down range when comparing a 5.56 to a 7mm.

But wadda I know?
 

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I agree with Morpheus

If those are your caliber choices, I would say, if you want long range ballistics, stick to the 7mm08, for plinking go with .223.

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what do you guess would be the cheapest i could find a .223 for? I was planning on getting a new gun since i just graduated from the 8th grade. iI have 245 dollars to spend, and from what i've seen, thats not gonna be enough. If I'm right and it's not enough, what do .22 magnums run for?
 

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To get a good heavy barrel .223, you will need about $375 for just a basic model 12 savage heavy barrel rifle. It'll do the job, but of course, you'll need optics and rings/bases after that initial purchase.

Good .22 Magnums are about $225 or so. I would look at the .17HMR also

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Now he could look at the Savage model 40, although I have no idea what they run for, only that they are cheaper than the 12 series. You might also check out the NEF Handi-Rifle ( I think that is what they call it) Its a break barrel single shot, but pretty cheap- and somewhere in these forums back a while ago we were discusssing one in I think .223. Also, if you plan to do some plinking, you m,ight be able to find a good deal on a Ruger Mini-14, my gunstore has a used one for $320- I had one and they aren't as accurate as a bolt gun, but they are fun. Good luck.

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And concerning the .22 mag and .17 HMR, My younger brother had a Savage M93R17GV which is the model with the wood stock, heavy blued barrel in .17 HMR. He got it for $180 at Wal-Mart. The .22 version is a couple bucks cheaper.
 

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Handi-rifles are not bad, I don't like the break actions for a precision rifle, but for a plinker, it works well enough. Triggers are a bit heavy though. But you are right, price is about $200 for a heavy barrel .223

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Sniperbeans,

Unless you are on the extended grade school program, you should be about 5 years from legally buying a rifle. Getting information from members here is great, but I sincerely hope you are under the supervision of a responsible adult.

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if you do decide to but a .22 mag or a .17 hmr--i'd reccomend you to get a remington model 507 LSHB. they are very accurate rifles msrp is about 435$--i higly reccomend this rifle for plinking\ target shooting\ small game

http://www.remington.com/firearms/rimfire/597hbls.htm

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