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I would like to buy a rifle for target shooting but also for hunting at long ranges.
I have been looking for several rifles but I don't now with I have to buy.

I can chose between those rifles:
- Tikka T3 lite stainless
- Remington 700 sps DM
- Remington 770 sporter
- Winchester model 70 coyote lite
- Weatherby vanguard DBM
- Browning X-bolt stainless stalker

Can someone help me out of my problem.

P.S. Sorry for the spelling mistaces.
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Welcome to the forum,

I've spent some time in France and your troops are doing a good job over here in Afghanistan. I would suggest that you drop off your list the Remington 770. Its the bottom grade for Remington. I would think that you would be looking for either a 30-06,.308 Winchester or 6.5x55. These three cartridges are popular around the world and getting good match and hunting ammo should be much of a problem. Good shooting and good hunting.


Hardest part for us to recommend something is the fact we do not know what the price for a rifle is in your area. There is the euro conversion factor, import taxes on US rifles, what restrictions that you have and game/terrain your planning on hunting.

Handle the rifles at the gunshop and see what feels good to you. As mention I'll rule out the Remington 770 but all the others are good rifles. Look at the cost of ammunition and which calibers have affordable range ammo. That can be a factor in your decision. I would suggest a medium caliber 6.5x55, 270 win, 7mm or 8mm Mauser, .308, 30-06, 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag. These are the most popular and capable rounds. Others may shoot a bit faster/flatter but with more recoil and $$$. Only place that I can think of hunting 700/800m in Europe would be after Chamois up in the Alps. You should be able to stalk closer then than however.

You may also want to consider reloading your own ammo or find someone in your club that does. This would lower the cost and allow you to shoot more. I used to by BA powders in Germany that were made in France during the late 80s. I do not if the still produce them however. Each rifle will prefer different ammunition even from consecitive serial number guns from the same manufactuer. Good luck and good shooting.

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Another question is how are you hunting? Are you sitting up in a stand or stalking the game? If stand hunting than a heavier target rifle is not a disadvantage then if you were stalking with it. I know in Germany that it is mostly sitting up in a hockshuess (elevated stand/blind).

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