Getting the Right Sniper Rifle, Optic, & Gear
If you are looking to find a good long range rifle setup with an optic and the right gear, then look no further. Recently I reached out to former Army Ranger and former Top Shot shooter Ryan Cleckner for help getting started. If you’d like to check out our video collaborations, scroll down to check out our YouTube videos. If you are looking for the best bang-for-your-buck links to guns, and gear, scroll on.
Sniper Rifle Setup
I put together 2 different rifle setups under the advice of shooting-jedi Ryan Cleckner. The first setup was the nicer (and more expensive of the two). The Tikka T3x Tac A1 (6.5 Creedmore or .308) is an incredible gun I cannot recommend highly enough. I paired it with a Vortex Viper HST 6-24×50 – VMR-1 MRAD Riflescope. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with the Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 Riflescope MRAD and put the Viper on my cheaper setup (rifle #2 below). In the world of precision shooting, the scope is more important than the gun and may cost more. You will also need a set of rings (I went with Vortex).
The 2nd rifle I got was a Bergara HMR Pro Rifle in 6.5 Creedmore which turned out to be an awesome sniper rifle as well. I did notice it kicked harder than my 6.5 tikka though and I really liked the trigger, and overall feel of the Tikka better. Pairing this gun with the above listed Vortex Viper scope is a solid win.
A third rifle Ryan Cleckner really advocates and is a tried and true performer is the Remington 700 chambered in .308 or 6.5 creedmore. If you are on more of a budget, this gun will treat you well.
If you want to simplify the buying process, call Interstate Guns and ask them to give you the setup they did for John Lovell.
Long Range Shooting Accessories
- Long Range Shooting Handbook by Ryan Cleckner
- Range Finders: Sig Sauer Laser Rangefinder kilo2400ABS or the Vortex Laser Rangefinder 1800
- Bipod: Harris Bipod
- Quality Binoculars: Meopta MeoStar HD Binos 10×42
- Spotting Scope: Leupold Mark 4 12-40X60 spotting scope
- Spotting Scope Tripod: Vortex Pro GT Tripod
- Field Notes: Warrior Poet Popov Leather (fancy), Rite In the Rain (practical)
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