Go Back > Forums > Small Caliber Discussion Board

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-10-2022, 11:19 PM
gopher gopher is offline
Join Date: Nov 2020
Posts: 76
Default Rifle Envy is Expensive

I spent the month of April in central Oregon working down the sage rat (squirrel) population. I was fortunate to handle and shoot several very nice rifles. See I thought my rifles and gear were pretty darn good but after the Anschutz and Coppers...well hell, now I have new itches to scratch.
Was happy I got a CZ 527 in 17HH before it was discontinued and before the current pricing madness. Its a great rat /P-dog rifle but my friends A 1771 was a whole different level of fine! So does anyone want to talk me off the ledge and out of the 1771? I'm not a fan of 2 stage triggers but it was very good. Any other thoughts pro and con ?(other than price of course)
Then there were the Anschutz 1727 straight pull rifles in 17hmr. Goodness. Well at $4,000 a copy those will always be just a dream.
Cooper 38's wow.
It was a great experience ... but upgrading will be spendy.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 01:06 AM
borkon borkon is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: western Mn
Posts: 384

Meh, shoot what ya got.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 01:42 AM
Wiserfool Wiserfool is offline
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 93

Originally Posted by borkon View Post
Meh, shoot what ya got.
True words of wisdom sir. As you approach perfect, the cost of each incremental step becomes excessive considering what you actually gain.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 02:20 AM
Bill K Bill K is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: N.E. Commie Kalifornia
Posts: 5,825

Sit back, reload and play with what you have, they will work just fine. And for what you would need to spend for one of those other new one's, you can do a whole lot of shooting and having fun, with those you have.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 01:21 PM
TRnCO TRnCO is offline
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Posts: 81

I was in your shoe's until just a couple of years ago. Finally my financial situation improved and then a stroke of luck came my way which made it possible for me to end up with a couple of really nice rifles that I once thought I'd never be able to own.

Shoot what ya brought and be happy with it. And maybe someday things will change that will allow you to upgrade.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 03:43 PM
JDHasty JDHasty is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Wet side of Washington
Posts: 442

We were shooting chucks from a setup and a couple guys showed up and started chatting us up.

We had our shooting benches set up and two or three rangefinders including a G7-BR2 and four or five spotting scopes and my Swaro 15x56 binocular sitting on tripods. One of them asked about our Unertl 100mm Team Spotting Scope.

It is really a horse of a different color, it is my choice as the standard against which all other spotting scopes are judged by when it comes to shooting from a long range setup for an entire day. However of all of the optics the Swaro 15x56 is what has made the greatest impression on me. Since buying the 15x56 about eight years ago it is what we locate more chucks using it than all of the rest of our ten power bins and spotting scopes combined. They are really hard to spot in the basalt and the 15 power binocular has it going on over the spotting scopes. The 3D view makes them really pop out.

Anyway one of the guys was watching through the Unertl while we were shooting and being able to clearly follow the shock waves off the bullets all the way out and being able to clearly see the mirage really impressed him. We weren't getting a lot of action, maybe a target every 40 minutes and they hung out a couple hours. He was commenting to his buddy and they were taking turns watching us shoot through it.

The next time I ran into them they told me they had purchased one and I asked them how they liked it. They said that they sure wish they had put the money into a pair of 15x56 Swaro instead. Well, yea. The only times we set that monster up is when we are shooting five hundred yards or further out. It is really limited in it's utility, but in it's element it can't be equaled so far as I have seen.

Since buying them I have never been shooting when the 15x56 binocular wasn't the last piece of equipment I would want to be without.

Last edited by JDHasty; 05-11-2022 at 03:45 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 08:13 PM
JSH JSH is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Kansas US of A
Posts: 549

I was in the same boat also for a while. I had quite a few good rifles but not what I consider great. No custom either…….
Looking at what was at hand, that was used on a regular basis and what had sentimental attachment, I culled the rest.
I sold three guns in order to purchase/build one, have not regretted it one time.
The mediocre fair accuracy is a thing of the past.
I did the same with optics.
18 months ago was a good time to be a seller.
I actually built a varmint rifle for a few $ more than a factory rig was going for.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2022, 08:57 PM
flyrod flyrod is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 203

One potential problem with a really nice/expensive rifle is you might be reluctant to use it. If accuracy is what you want, a nice barrel on a 'beater' rifle might get it done. Something that shoots great but that you don't worry about taking out (and possibly scratching, dinging, etc.).

But you can't take it with you. Get what you can afford and enjoy using.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2022, 02:43 AM
borkon borkon is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: western Mn
Posts: 384

My opinion, most want a "custom " gun/caliber so they can say, "its a custom gun/caliber"
Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2022, 03:04 AM
georgeld georgeld is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pueblo, CO
Posts: 5,721
Send a message via MSN to georgeld

Back in '97 I had a special need for prairie dogs among high dollar horses.
This was before the 17MHR and 17M2 came out, I bought a $1600 rifle, brass, dies and such after building my own version for around $400 + glass. Man I was all set.
Went to the ranch and the foreman said some a/h fired from the highway and put one thru the horse barn while the owner was there. He put the clamps on.
"NO MORE Shooting prairie dogs---Period!" Ahhh geeze!

The two rifles together haven't been fired over 200 rounds since. Here I sit with a 30 cal ammo can nearly full of reloads the size of HMR's. Plus about 14lbs of AA1680 powder for them. At least that stuff increases in value everyday it seems.

Stick with what you have or get it and work at developing loads that won't miss. Find your load, then get as large a variety of bullets you can gather and sort thru them with the same load, just changing bullets until you find the one that shoots best. Then spend the rest on bullets and supplies IF you can find them these days. It might take another couple years, but the shortages will clear up eventually.

"Gun Control is NOT about guns,
it's about CONTROL!!"
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:06 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.