I'm in the market to purchase two rifles for distinctive uses.
First, I'm looking for a rifle for long range, 'sniper' style shooting for sport and potential hunting in the future. I've always wanted to learn how to shoot long distances and would like a quality weapon to learn with. I'm thinking either .308 or .270, and have also considered 7mm Magnum, but really don't know what I need. I have a budget around $2000 for this weapon and that price needs to include a reasonable optic. I'm looking to also purchase a spotting scope, under a separate budget. Advice on both would be helpful. Please let me know *why* as well.
Second, I'm looking for a solid AR15/M4 style rifle. I'm OK with iron sights, but would like advice on optics. All DPSM rifles I've seen have a non-detachable carry handle, so I'm not considering them at this time. I'd like something reliable, durable, and reasonably priced. My budget for this weapon is also around $2000 to include optics. The primary use for this weapon is a secondary home defense weapon. Advice on good quality defense ammunition would be appreciated. Any optics recommendations should have provisioning for use of iron sights as a backup.
I don't want anything fancy, and would like to keep things 'tactical.' I don't like shiny, silver, or odd patterns/construction. Something matte, dark/camo and durable outdoors. This is why I also carry a Glock. ;)
I've never owned a non muzzle-loading rifle, so I'm new to this for purchase. I'm OK with used, but also OK with buying new (preferred).
Thanks a lot for your advice, I've gotten good information here many times in the past.