Gear to buy to bring to the range?

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    Gear to buy to bring to the range?

    Hey all!
    I am relatively new to long range shooting and have just purchased a new Remington 700 SPS .308 that I can't wait to take to the range! Can you all help me with a list of all essential (and maybe not essential) equipment that I should get to make sure that I have all the bases covered?
    I have to be relatively budget conscious or I'll wind up in the doghouse with the wife!

    Looking forward to hearing all your great advice, thanks!

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    • Sunblock.
    • Data book.
    • Shooting mat.
    • Bandana to keep sun off neck.
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    Good choice on the rifle. Depending on the range and power of your rifle's scope, a spotting scope is a good investment, so you can see your hits from a distance. Sandbags to rest the rifle on for zeroing it in, to reduce shooter error. I prefer shoot n see type targets for long range.

    And the stuff JD said.
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    Forgot to add...

    I will also have a Harris bipod on it and the range is about 300 yards. Thanks for the quick replies! Keep 'em coming!

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    Mustn’t forget the essentials hearing protection and eye protection. Also a cleaning kit is nice to have along
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    Scope ideas?

    Any suggestions on a good scope in the $350 area? The longest range I am going to use is approximately 300 yards.

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    I'm partial to Nikon, but there are several good spotting scopes out there. Even the cheapo Tasco's are pretty good anymore.

    And you will end up ditching the bipod soon enough.
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    My spotting scope is a Bushnell, I got it for around $100 at Bass Pro, its a 12x36 model, and works just fine, although its not the prettiest.

    For rifle scopes I just put a new Redfield 4x12 on my 700 SPS, it was around $200 and I'm pleased with it, or a Leupold base model is around $350, or you can get Nikons for under that.

    3x9 or 4x12 should be enough for the ranges you want to shoot.
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    A set of bits and a driver that fit the action, scope, and mount screws.
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    targets...
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    I Bring More Gear Now That I Do Outdoor Shooting Than I Ever Did When I Did Indoors

    -some first aid kit, especially hemostat bandages
    -goggles for both shooting and cleaning (prefer to have my own since the ones for rental are scratched)
    -shooting mat used for kneeling or prone firing (any exercise mat is fine/I have a Blackhawk shooting mat that can be rolled up and slung over my shoulder/also contains pockets for certain items, it's expensive though)
    -field jacket (prefer to use that in place of my good jackets and also good to replicate them when doing a draw from a belt holster beneath it), knit cap or balaclava, and hand warmers (for winter)
    -silhouette targets
    -stickies to stick on my silhouette targets if I decide to do controlled, aimed fire (turns from black to green when hit)
    -chamber flags (required at the outdoor range)
    -earplugs (free at the outdoor range)
    -AR-15 ammunition vest (for carrying AR-15 magazines and other items)
    -pocket sized notebook (for logging how many rounds fired and for an outline of shooting techniques)
    -ballpoint pen (can also be used for taking apart the bolt off of the rifle in case of an emergency bolt/bolt parts replacement)
    -spare bolt (in case extractors and gas rings malfunction and needed to be replaced on the spot)
    -CLP spray bottle (in case the bolt/bolt assembly of the AR-15 needs re-oiling/I also spray the bolt/bolt assembly on my AR-15 the day before the range session)
    -pliers (for pulling out extractor pin in case extractor needs to be replaced right away)
    -handgun holsters and long gun slings (the shotgun sling also contains a shell pouch) used for that shooting day
    -gun carrying cases (only for the guns being transported and not being holstered on my own person/only items, besides my gun cabinet, that I can place my gun related stickers on)
    -bottled water to stay hydrated
    -du-rag to absorb the sweat on my head as well as to prevent it from running down my face during the heat (and no, it's not for looking cool=LOL)
    -magazines for either my handguns or my rifle used at the range [I mainly bring the ones that is already in use with my gun(s)]
    -staple gun used for posting targets (issued by the outdoor range)
    -target ammo (if I decide not to consume my self-defense ammo at the range)
    -replacement self-defense ammo to replace the old self-defense rounds that my concealed carry handgun consumed at the range
    -speedloaders for pistol magazines (I can load by hand but they just make reloading the mags a lot quicker and easier)
    -cellphone for emergencies (it's left off at the range)
    -gun mat (to protect my gun I am currently firing while I place it on a table during a break at the firing lane station or when the range goes cold)
    -reflective hunting vest (for use to replicate a photgrapher's vest, which I don't use at the range, if I practice CC draw from a belt holster beneath it) for spring or fall
    -Surefire C2 Centurion tactical light (for practice w/ low light shooting)
    -jogging jacket also set aside for shooting in 50-60 degree weather and also useful for concealed carry draw practice using a belt holster beneath it
    -silicone cloth (for wiping the concealed carry gun that I shoot before I reload and reholster it when I leave the range)
    -range bag (for pistol accessories) or tackle box (for long gun accessories)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglinphoto View Post
    Any suggestions on a good scope in the $350 area? The longest range I am going to use is approximately 300 yards.
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    I'm partial to Nikon, but there are several good spotting scopes out there. Even the cheapo Tasco's are pretty good anymore.

    And you will end up ditching the bipod soon enough.
    I thought you were talking spotting scopes above; Bushnell, Millet, Redfield all make good affordable scopes. Bushnell makes some good spotting scopes too.
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    You left out a porter to help carry all that crap.
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    This is all great advice! How about advice on good target ammo for the Remington 700 .308?

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