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November 27, 2013, 09:09 PM
I want to be able to shoot 1 moa to 500 yards but I do not want to spend a lot of money. So I would like to know what the cheapest route would be.

I was thinking a single shot Rossi or a Ruger American would be about the cheapest any suggestions would be nice.

November 27, 2013, 09:16 PM
A Savage in a caliber between 6mm and 7mm inclusive, non magnum. Maybe not the best, but certainly the cheapest route.

November 27, 2013, 09:31 PM
do you mean a savage axis? Also what do you mean by inclusive

November 27, 2013, 09:33 PM
RRA National Match rifle should do it. You don't even need a scope.

Their varmint rifles should do it too.

A white oak match rifle or varmint rilfe upper will do it for sure, and you can get that in chamberings that will be more competitive at 500yds.

You'll probably need to make your own ammo to be really happy with it, since off the shelf match grade ammo is spendy.

At 500 yards, your ability to call the wind will make a bigger difference than the inherent accuracy potential of the rifle. My .30-06 600yd loads will drift an extra 1.5 minutes for every 5mph of wind at 500yds. So, if I think that the wind is at 10mph, and it's really at 15mph, then I'm going to miss by around 8 inches, even if my rifle can hold a 5 inch group at that range.


November 27, 2013, 09:49 PM
what do you mean by inclusive

Consider not just calibers between 6mm and 7mm, but also 6mm and 7mm.

So all of the 6mm, 6.5mm and 7mm offerings.

Not just an axis, whatever Savage appeals to you.

November 27, 2013, 09:59 PM
do you guys think that a Rossi single shot in 308 could be made to hold 1 moa at 500 yards

November 27, 2013, 10:32 PM
1 MOA at 500 yards. ,308,30-06,243,7-08, ect ect. Axis will do it , Trigger job and your on your way.

November 27, 2013, 10:35 PM
I built this 6mm Remington from a 98k Mauser when I was 15 (about 50 years ago) and it shoots sub MOA at 300 yds.

The 6mm round is a great long range cartridge.

big al hunter
November 27, 2013, 10:52 PM
do you guys think that a Rossi single shot in 308 could be made to hold 1 moa at 500 yards
A Rossi might be a 1 MOA gun...maybe. Mine is not. If the one you get is not, it will be difficult and/or expensive to make it shoot that well. Any bolt action is easier and less expensive to accurize, and more likely to be MOA out of the box.

November 28, 2013, 08:05 AM
Rossi is not going to be a cost effective 1 MOA rifle at the range you are talking about. Ruger American has been showing promise from quite a few shooters on here. The Savage Axis is also a very good option.

Bart B.
November 28, 2013, 08:29 AM
For a rifle to shoot no worse than 5 inch groups at 500 yards when held by a human, it'll have to shoot under 1/2 inch at 100 yards the same way.

Brian Pfleuger
November 28, 2013, 10:00 AM
Shoot 1 MOA.... How many shots?

Almost any reasonably accurate gun will do it with 3 shots. Fewer will with 5. Fewer still with 10. Most will not at 20.

Single shot, break action guns can be tricky due to action flex and inconsistent lock up. A bolt would be better. You can get a brand new Savage with a useable Nikon scope for around $400. That'd be the first choice for me.

November 28, 2013, 12:33 PM
do you guys think that a Rossi single shot in 308 could be made to hold 1 moa at 500 yards

Sure, but toss the requirement of cheap right out the window! Is 1 MOA really needed? Might you be more comfortable with a 2 MOA $300 single shot, or a 1 MOA repeater for $350. The Axis or Stevens should be able to get you there.

November 28, 2013, 03:04 PM
Just about any modern rifle, with the right ammo, is capable of 1 moa. The problem is the shooter.

If 500 is your maximum range then look at a Ruger no.1 in .204. loads of fun.

November 28, 2013, 04:44 PM
At 500yards I'd be looking at a bolt rifle instead of a break action single shot. Ruger American would probably be a good choice. One of the Savage or Marlin LS-7's as well as the TC bolt rifles if on a budget.

Art Eatman
November 28, 2013, 06:12 PM
My pet '06 was reliably just inside one MOA at 100 yards for five shots. I built a 500-yard setup and was happy to see that it was one MOA for five shots there. I then did a rather quick series of ten shots. Two called fliers without even looking and eight in 1.2 MOA. Call it a penalty for hurrying.

IOW, no big deal, seems like.

November 28, 2013, 06:35 PM
Have you considered a Remington 700 either 223 or 308?

December 2, 2013, 10:15 PM
MarkCO had it earlier. A Savage bolt rifle is the place to start.

I would not count on a break action, external hammer Rossi to make MOA consistently at 500.