I’ve had a couple people ask me where the 1,000 yard rifle for $500 project went. Truth be told, it’s been done for months. The only problem is that the USMC has been tying up the range at Quantico and I haven’t had a chance to put the finishing touches on my article. In the meantime, have an updated picture of the rifle. At the top is what version 1.0 looked like, a Mossberg 100 ATR with some added goodies. Make the jump for the latest incarnation.
Here’s the parts list:
- Weatherby Vanguard Carbine ($360)
- Primary Arms 3-9 Scope ($80)
- Scope rings and mounts ($15)
- Bipod ($20)
- Cheek Riser ($20)
That all comes in around $495, but I have to admit to breaking the rules a little.
The stock that came with the Weatherby was terrible (as you can tell from the review), so it had to be replaced. To the tune of about $100. It’s an upgrade that is more about shooter’s comfort (and looking classy on the firing line) than accuracy, but it still counts against the total cost of the rifle. Even with the much needed new stock we’re still talking about a complete rifle that costs less than a comparable Remington 700, so I’m counting it as a win. If it works, that is.
I have 40 rounds of Setpoint ammunition socked away and ready to go, and as soon as I get some range time out at Quantico I’ll let you guys know the result. Stay tuned.