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Sniper Rifle: Savage 10 FPXP-HS .308

This is a police package.  I managed to find mine at gunbroker.com for $1450 (plus $25 shipping and $25 FFL transfer), though that was an exceptional deal.  They are routinely listed around $1700, and local dealers stock them for $1900.

If you’re only going to get one large-caliber target rifle, it should be a .308.  This is a time-tested NATO cartridge, still used by military and police snipers around the world.  (The only reason to step up to the other standards, the .338 Lapua and the .50 BMG, is if you’re shooting over 1000 yards or against light armor.  But you’ll pay handsomely for the privilege.)  Because it’s such a standard cartridge, you can pick up quality .308 in bulk for under $.50/round at manufacturers like Georgia Arms (see Ammunition section below).

Savage 10 FPXP-HS PackageI believe this is the best out-of-the-box bolt gun you can buy: It has the best factory trigger on the market (Savage’s AccuTrigger).  It comes mounted with the gold standard in optics: the Leupold Mark-IV, in 4.5-10x40mm with a mil-dot reticle.  Rounding it out are a sturdy Harris bipod and impressively rugged rolling, waterproof Storm case.  It comes ready for crisp, sub-MOA shooting without any tuning or trips to a gunsmith.

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