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Seriously, I would like to look into getting a real sniper rifle, and maybe even try my hand at competing at local gun clubs. What would be a good consistant sniper rifle?

Prices get pretty scary when I search around for various platforms, so if you knew of any places I could start researching, that would be great... real steel is a whole new world, I hate being a noobie again.

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Many a nice thread on this forum... I lurk only.
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What is your budget and what kind of competitions are you looking to go to. A really good sniper rifle will cost you 2-4k easy without the scope. It could be a little cheaper if you built one, but you really need to know what you are doing. Google 6mmbr and go to that page.
To put in my 2 cents:

I was talking about a real competition or sniper rifle, if you just want an accurate bolt action rifle, go for the Remington 700p and plan to upgrade later. They are great platforms and perform very well out of the box. You could also try the Savage Arms Police rifles. Also, you are going to want a decent scope which will cost around 400+ depending on if you are wanting to compete or "Snipe" as well as the range you are working in.

Caliber choices can be extremely difficult. Once again, it all depends on what you are going to do. Most competitions rifles use .308 for its accuracy and cost. The .308 should work out to around 900-1000 meters. If you are going farther, the .338 lapua is an amazing cartridge. A random cartridge (which happens to be my favorite, but extremely hard to find in bolt action) is 6.5 grendel. It is a little bit smaller and lighter than the .308, but it flies faster, hits harder, and is effective out to about 900-1200 meters. The .50 BMG IMHO is a very useless round for civilians for many reasons:
1. At $5 a round, it is extremely expensive.
2. Rifles cost considerably higher and weigh more than twice as much.
3. Is a comparitively inefficient round for "sniping"
4. You get restrictions when using a round that big both at gun ranges and just plain owning.

In general, we could argue calibers until the cow comes home. It all depends on how you will be using the rifle.

Semi-auto wise, I agree on the AR-10. It is very accurate, but not as reliable as some. Another great choice would be a Springfield M1A. They are extremely accurate and extremely reliable.

As for the Mosin, I would suggest that you don't waste your money unless you collect. Mosins are very innacurate (all of the ones I have seen and also based on how they were built). And it having a big kick is an unbelievable understatement. They say that the first shot throws you shoulder out of socket and the second throws it back in
. With the recoil, you need to be careful that you don't start out too high because you could develope a flinch.

In order for us to answer more specifically, you need to give us more info.

1. Are you a new shooter with RS? What is your experience?
2. What is your budget?
3. What are the ranges you will be shooting at?
4. What kind of competitions do you want to shoot in.
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1.5?! What are you shooting, handloads? You must have a very nice Mosin.
I think it is ok as long as it is in the lounge (I am a mod of this section you know ;) ). Like Woogie said, if money is an issue, don't get a competition rifle (or a sniper rifle for that matter). My competition air rifle that I should be getting in the next couple of months will cost around $2000 stock, and that is a pretty cheap one. Of course it will hit the same hole EVERY time, but you pay for what you get in competition. Long range rifles (or sniper rifles) after all fitted out will cost $6000-7000 easy for a sniper rifle and around $9000 and up for a competition rifle. If you don't have the money, just buy a Remington or savage and keep it stock. It will never be as good as a nice custom rifle, but it will probably work considering your life probably won't depend on it.

P.S. If you decide to go semi-auto, be prepared to drop even more money and time. Semi-autos are notorious for eating up paychecks.
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Bench rest fun shooting, or bench rest competition shooting? Bench rest competition shooting is one of the most competitive out of the competitions and gets down to the minute (and I mean minute) details.
Look around on for that rifle. It is a competition forum that I use a lot and works well.
You need to get your hand on that hand rest and under the sling, or it really isn't doing that much for you.
I don't know how you couldn't be hooked on a sport like this. I currently just shoot 3p air rifle, but am saving up for a Walther KK300 for my 3p and prone smallbore. All I need now is $3000.
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