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Hi, I am new to the site and after having to assure Mel that I was not a child. ha ha ha ha, I decided to share a little history about myself and hopefully get some questions in response and hopefully have some questions answered about a rifle that I own. I'll try to keep this short but ... my name is Holland and I am an honorably discharged vet from the US Army. I served a little over five years as a sniper and actually conducted counter sniper operation for President Airistide from 1995-1996 on a U.N. mission. I did graduate from US Army sniper school in 1994 and served all over the Central and South American region. I was injured in a combat related incident which found me out of a profession due to location of the injury. After healing and being released I was hired by the Johnson County Kansas Sheriff's Department. I eventually went to another agency due to more room for adavncement and soon found myself on a sniper team there. I am a gradute of the Kansas Burea of Invetsigations and Kansas Highway Patrol Sniper school and now I work narcotics for another agency as well as one of two designated snipers for my department. Now with that stuff is out of the way here are my questions.
I have a Savage tactical .300 Win Mag on a John Plaster sniper stock. I have a Super Sniper scope 16X42 on this rifle and use match ammo. The problem is, for some reason I can not get this rifle to zero. I run out of windage adjustments and at first I thought it was a flinch factor due to the heavy caliber but after a muzzle brake was installed to me it now has a recoil of about my .308 that is set up the same way. I next thought it was the scope and purchased another one but still it is shooting way to the right by about 8-16 inches. Has anyone had this type of probelm and if so how did you fix it.
Now here is the second part. I have a friend of mine who is truley dear to my heart and is not only my brother-in-law but he was also on a sniper team with me when I was in the military. Unfortuantely due to a divorce from a serious ex-wife (remarried now) he had to file for bankruptcy. He can not afford to buy a rifle himself and although he goes with me to shoot and I let him use my rifles he still wants one of his own. Does anyone have or know where I can find a non-expensive rifle that I can fix up and give to him as a surprise. Thanks and sorry this is so long.[/b]
 

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Holland,

I have no idea whats wrong with you rifle being so off maybe its the rifle itself? hhave you ever thought of that?

On a rifle for your buddy id suggest a Remington 700 ADL (i have an ADL synthetic) in a caliber of choice and id put a McMillan on probly their M40 HTG(same stock used on the Marines M40A1) and a good scope.
 

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What kind of scope rings are you using ....sometimes when we forget to tighten them just right and they make are day at the range a nightmare.

As far a a gun goes.....try http://www.gunbroker.com sometimes you find people selling good rifles for next to nothing.

Welcome to the site.
 

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yes i forgot to say as flea said Welcome to the site
 

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Holland,

Welcome to the site, and I still have no idea why you got that email.. oh well, you are on board now!!

Okay, to answer your questions.

In regards to YOUR rifle, there are a few things to check. We can rule out the scope, you swapped it out. I am also assuming that you have rechecked that all your base and rings screws are tightened and nothing is lose. I would check the rings, they could have been manufactured wrong. Easy way to do that is replace the bases and see if you get any better luck. If you are doing that, you might want to look at a base that has the windage adjustments. This should get you to where you want to be, and can provide aditional information. If the new bases do not work, the actual tapped screws may be out of line on your action, it would not be the first time that has happened. If you have bases that have the windage adjustments, it would indicate if those base holes are out of whack or not (if it takes full adjustment to get it over, it should make it obvious!). If that is the case, send it to savage, they should take care of you. You could also just take it to a gunsmith (or your PD armorer??) and they should be able to tell you if those holes are out of whack.

Okay, on to your friend. I'm assuming you want to stay affordable, and at least semi-tactical. First, I would recommend going to the gun shop and looking at a savage 12FV. Its their plain jane varmint rifle. It does have accutrigger (big plus) but the stock still sucks, but you can get them for about $450, brand new. Now, if you can find a used one, even better. I would not be surprised if you can go sub $400. The rifle will be accurate, but best yet, easily buildable in the future, again, for low cost. Put a Bushnell tactical 10x scope ($200) and rings and bases, and you are pretty affordable. Can possibly have the whole package for about $650, which is less then a 700P alone.

MEL
 
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