Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Forney, TX, USA
SPS is $550 or so, a VLS would be 700-800 and has a better stock. Savage 12 is excellent choice as well. Any mass produced bull barreled bolt action should do 1/2MOA with factory ammunition. Although, Remington 700 and Savage will have better aftermarket.
Jewel bench rest trigger is 190$. Shilen makes a popular one as well. Timney's are dual purpose for hunting so won't have the ultra low pull weight of the BR models.
Weaver T-36, 36x power, is good for bench shooting. 400$. Sightron makes some popular bench models. Variable power scopes for target/varmint will work as well, but price is more and variable power scopes have more moving parts. But good rings and mounts, but don't necessarily need Badger Ordnance or Lightforce out of the gate. Burris, Leupold, and Talley make nice stuff for good price.
Bags - rear bag and a bag to fit the front rest. Caldwell, Protektor, Edgewood, Stoney Point. These come in different sizes and designs. You might end up buying a few.
Machine rest - Caldwell is cheap one, Farley or Sinclair are more money. Find used. Or shoot with a bi-pod.
Flags - often ignored. But crucial to tiny groups consistently. Make your own.
Mirage - get an aluminum mini blind blade, flip it concave up, and velcro it to your barrel. Hot sun and 36x don't mix well with hot barrel.
Cleaning supplies. Shooting alot requires lots of cleaning. Buying bore guides, etc. can quickly up the costs of the hobby.
.223 is cheaper than 308 and less recoil. .243 Win is a barrel burner. 20 and 17 calibers are more expensive, and more difficult to deal with.
Reloading is must if you are bored with 1/2MOA. Federal, Remington, Hornady, Black Hills and others make nice factory match, but big part of ultimate accuracy is handloading with custom bullets, precision prepped brass, and meticulous handloading procedures.
A entry level reloading setup is about 100$ for the tools and 100$ for the bullets, primers, brass, and powder. A high end reloading setup will run $1000 or more.
You can search online and sometimes get complete rifles or even complete rigs used for excellent prices.
For 1/2MOA rifle, a stock bull barreled rifle on bags is plenty. Getting down to 1/4MOA and 1/8MOA is exponentially more expensive. If you search on line, many competitions are won with 1/4MOA groups, but the rifles can get 1/8MOA with regularity, and .009in or smaller on rare occasion.
5 and 10 shot groups are good comparison to other shooters.
I shoot 1/2MOA with boring regularity with a DPMS bull barreled AR-15 and hunting scope on a rest that doesn't support the gun well and a rear bag. I single feed it reloaded ammo with a loading block. For my investment, I am pleased. To get those 1/4MOA groups with this rifle, I will need to double my investment.
It's like drag racing. If I change gears, run slicks, and a shot of NOS, I can do 12's in my daily driver. It's the combination and driver consistency that wins races.
"Don't taze me, bro."