Best Long Range Rifles Under $1000

Time and time again I see people asking questions about low cost, long range rifles?  How can you get the most bang for your buck – literally?  In this post, I’ll try to answer that question and give you a look at rifles costing less than $1000 that you should consider – listed in no specific order.

Most of these rifles are in .308 caliber which will get you out to 1200 yards – and maybe a little further.  Two of them are available in magnum calibers (300 Win Mag and 7mm Mag) which will get you out further.

I expect that some day the Ruger Precision Rifle will come in under $1000, but until the supply begins to catch up to the demand, I don’t see that happening anytime soon…. maybe in 2017-2018!

After market accessories, like upgraded stocks and chassis systems, are available for all of these rifles.  For long range shooters on a budget, or people just getting started, the rifles below are a “common sense” point of entry into the world of long range, precision shooting.

Most people will not be able to “out-shoot” these rifles right out of the box.  What do I mean by that?  Most people cannot shoot 1/2 MOA or better.  All of these rifles will shoot under 1 MOA and some will shoot 1/2 MOA or better – so what I mean is that most people will find these rifles are more than accurate for their needs.

So let’s take a look at the list:

#1 Savage 10 FCP-SR

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  • Caliber: .308
  • Barrel Length: 20″ or 24″
  • Overall Length: 44.25″ or 46.25″
  • Weight: 8.75lbs or 9lbs
  • Magazine Style: Detachable
  • Magazine Capacity: 10rd
  • Scope Mount Included: Yes – 20 MOA Picatinny Rail
  • Threaded Barrel: Yes
  • Price: $679.99

 

#2 Tikka T3 CTR

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  • Caliber: .308 or .260 Rem
  • Barrel Length: 20″
  • Overall Length: 40.15″
  • Weight: 7.5lbs
  • Magazine Style: Detachable
  • Magazine Capacity: 10rd
  • Scope Mount Included: Yes – Picatinny Rail
  • Threaded Barrel: Yes
  • Price: $959.00

 

#3 Remington 700 SPS Tactical

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  • Caliber: .308
  • Barrel Length: 20″
  • Overall Length: 39.62″
  • Weight: 7.5lbs
  • Magazine Style: Hinged Floorplate
  • Magazine Capacity: 4rd
  • Scope Mount Included: No
  • Threaded Barrel: No – Available on AAC-SD model
  • Price: $699.00 to $739.00

#4 Remington 700P Law Enforcement

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  • Caliber: .308 (.300 Win Mag for a little over $1000)
  • Barrel Length: 26″
  • Overall Length: 45.75″
  • Weight: 9lbs
  • Magazine Style: Hinged Floorplate
  • Magazine Capacity: 4rd
  • Scope Mount Included: No
  • Threaded Barrel: No
  • Price: $849.00

 

#5 Remington 700 Long Range

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  • Caliber: .30o Win Mag or 7mm Rem Mag
  • Barrel Length: 26″
  • Overall Length: 47″
  • Weight: 8.75lbs
  • Magazine Style: Hinged Floor Plate
  • Magazine Capacity: 3rd
  • Scope Mount Included: No
  • Threaded Barrel: No
  • Price: $749.00

 

#6 Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

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  • Caliber: .300 Win Mag or 7mm Rem Mag
  • Barrel Length: 26″
  • Overall Length: 47.5″
  • Weight: 8.65lbs
  • Magazine Style: Hinged Floorplate
  • Magazine Capacity: 3rd
  • Scope Mount Included: No
  • Threaded Barrel: Yes – Muzzle Brake Included
  • Price: $999.00

Conclusion:

So the obvious question still remains…. which one should I buy?  First of all I recommend deciding to stick with .308 or go with one of the magnum calibers.  That’s the first big choice.

If you go with .308, then I’d pick the Tikka CTR at my first choice.  It costs quite a bit more than the Savage 10 FCP-SR or Remington 700 SPS, but it’s a proven tack-driver, comes with the scope mount, detachable magazine and threaded barrel.  The Savage has all the same features, but the Tikka just feels a lot more solid and I prefer the stock on the Tikka.  But… you could put a very nice after market stock on the Savage for a little over $100 bucks… so I guess it would just come down to an issue of money.  If I have the thousand bucks, and enough for a scope and rings, then I’ll take the Tikka.  If I’m really tight on cash and the extra $200 bucks could go towards a scope, then the Savage will be the best choice.  Both are super accurate and capable of 1/2 MOA, or better, shooting.  You can’t go wrong with either one.  The Remington 700 SPS is a great rifle, but compared to the Savage and Tikka, I just don’t think it’s the best choice.

In the magnum calibers, it’s a tough choice.  I think I’ll take the Remington 700 Long Range and then have the barrel threaded to add a muzzle brake with the extra $150 I save.  Yes, I’m a wimp and if I’m doing a lot of shooting with a .300 Win Mag or 7mm, then I want a muzzle brake.  The Savage comes with one, but again, I just prefer the feel of the Remington.


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