Re: Shooting USA and Ridgway
Like dragman said, you can get into to sport a lot cheaper than mentioned on the show. That gray 300 has some of the nicer components available. It's a Dual port BAT model M action, Bat trigger guard, Jewell 1.5 oz trigger, vais muzzle break, Kelby scope rings, McMillen MBR stock, with a 20moa base made by a friend of mine.
A savage f-class is an excellent choice and is more than capable of winning, I've also seen some pretty good deals on used benchrest rifles, if you're interested keep your eyes open, dragman has them listed occasionally and anything he sells used top notch. The only thing with used BR guns is be prepared to buy a new barrel.
My 300's last between 1400 and 1600 rounds and my 6BR's see closer to 1800, at that round count competitive accuracy starts to fade, still plenty accurate just not winning too many matches