I’m in the market for my first rifle. My budget will be around $3000. I’m allowing $900 for the Howa Barrelled action and have found them for this price Online. I’m allowing $500-$800 for a stock/chassis, $1100 for a Scope and Bipod and $400 for a Safe.
I’m most likely going to go with a 26" Howa Barrelled Short Action in a 6.5 Creedmoor with the aim to be getting into target shooting at all ranges. I like the ballistics, effective range and lower recoil of the 6.5 Creedmoor.
After a few weeks of research I like the MDT XRS, MDT LSS, KRG Bravo (in which case I’ll just get a Howa Bravo) and the Howa TSP-X. On an aesthetic level, the MDT XRS is my favourite as I like the stock/chassis Crossover Hybrid look, so I’m leaning towards that.
Anyway my questions are:
On the MDT Website, it says the MDT XRS fits .223 and .308 magazines, does this mean it cannot be used or made to fit a 6.5 CM mag? I’m not entirely opposed to a .308 but I feel the 6.5 CM will suit my desires better as it outperforms the .308 at longer ranges.
Among the stocks/chassis that I listed, would it be a mistake to go with the XRS over the other 3? Am I missing out on anything major by not using a full chassis system in terms of accuracy and function?
And as I’m still discovering new chassis/stocks every day, are there any other Crossover systems in the a similar price range as the XRS that I may not have come across yet that people would recommend?
Here in Victoria, the longest ranges I’m aware of are 500m in Little River and 2000m in Mildura, if there’s any other’s I’m unaware of I’d like to know about them.
If I can find a Tikka T3 rifle around the same price range as a Howa Barrelled action in the same specs (I haven’t looked very hard yet), remove the action and then drop it into one of the Chassis mentioned above (as far as I know, they’re all also available for Tikka Short Actions) - is it worth doing this over the Howa 1500? I’ve never actually had the chance to fire a Howa 1500 but have only heard good things and that they’re accurate and smooth. However I have fired a Tikka T3 in a 22-250 and loved the super smooth bolt. Is there any major advantage in going with a Tikka T3 over a Howa 1500?