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Hey guys, I just joined the site tonight, I just have to say you guys have a good site and i find it very informative. I Have been shooting rifles since i was little, and have had many of them, but i am looking into buying my first sniper rifle, how hard is it to get into competition shooting? I am 18, and I have always found long range shooting to be very apealing, and i wanted to get a great gun to start off with. I have been looking into and like very much, the SAKO TRG-42 In 338 lapua mag (Ive always liked the more powerful guns) with the burris black diamond 8x32x50 scope,with mil-dot reticle. I have heard good things about burris, and wanted a powerful scope to go with the new gun. I know this is on guns and scopes, but i wasn't sure where to post this here or the rifles forum. I have looked up the gun and scope both on the internet, but have a few questions. What do you guys know about the TRG-42, does anyone here have one, and whatever else info youd like to give me. Also, do you like burris, what are there scopes like, good quality? I was also wondering, what are the advantages/disadvantages of the higher powered scopes, also i have notices alot in the military the snipers use the low powered scopes like 3x9 or somtimes they have non veriable scopes, what are the advantages/disadvantages to these scopes instead of the high power. and last but not least what do you guys think of that rifle scope combo???

Thanks for any help your able to give
Bluka
 

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hi welcome aboard

as far as Sako goes, i never shot one but ive only herd good things about them
http://www.snipercentral.com/trg21.htm

just i have to ask what range will you be shooting at cause .338 Lapua is overkill for most of the stuff a .300 Win mag would do great, the .300 Win mag is still fun to shoot and still more than capable of 1000+ y and cheaper compared to the .338 Lapua

as far as scopes go, Leupold makes great glass, I have 2 of thier scopes in Mk4 PR 3-9x40mm (Same as a VX-II w/ tactical knobs) on my Remington 700P and VX-I 4-12x40mm on my Bushmaster Varminter
they both work good, the Mk4 PR is a better glass by a bit, they make a Mk4 PR 4.5-14x40mm which would be better for longer range shooting or VX-II and IIIs up to 6-18x? and even 8-25x (i think) which would be even better than that

im a big Leupold fan, id reccomend you atleast consider them, the VX-I is a great scope at $200 and you can get great top of the line scopes from them too

sorry cant comment on Burris i never used one

snipers use fixed power scopes (usually fixed 10x) because they are the most dourable however variable power scopes are much more versatile
 

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The burris optics are very good, especially the black diamond series. They wont be cheap, but are excellent scopes. The Sako, likewise, is an excellent rifle. Very accurate and very well made. The .338 is a monster, I'd almost recommend you try one out before buying, to be sure you can live with the recoil. Since you mention very high quality equipment, I'll assume that the cost isn't a big issue, if it is, then .338 is VERY expensive to shoot. $2+ per shot.

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