As a weapon/operator system, the tactical precision rifle is the most cost-effective and efficient in history, with actual statistical data showing the average number of rounds expended per enemy soldier eliminated to be approximately 1.4. Though the technology that produced the modern tactical precision rifle has without a doubt been both well conceived and consummated, it’s also become quite expensive — and in these troubled economic times, often too expensive for many individual shooters and even smaller law enforcement agencies to afford. These days, its pretty tough to find a good tactical precision rig for under $3000, with even higher tariffs being more the norm.
A reasonable, less expensive alternative is available. If a good, solid standard rifle is used as a basis, a good tactical scope obtained, a few minor modifications accomplished, and careful attention paid to load-development, a modern bolt-action hunting rifle can be made to shoot almost as well as an expensive tactical precision rig. I use the word “almost,” because the rifle resulting from the ministrations listed above probably won’t shoot as accurately as a super precise, ¼-MOA (minute of angle) capable high-dollar rig, but it will produce accuracy beyond the marksmanship capabilities of all but the most highly skilled shooter.
Of all the currently produced bolt-action hunting rifles, Remington’s M700 BDL is without a doubt the best. Purchased new, it costs around $900 but good, clean used ones can be found for considerably less. For many decades, the M700 BDL has been essentially the basis for most precision rifles.