After the Great Gun Robbery, and following a very pleasant discussion with our insurance claims person, it appears that I will be getting full (i.e. replacement value) payout for both the (raffled) Boomershoot CZ 557 Varmint .308 Win rig (including scope) and my own CZ 550 (ditto), but this discussion will ignore the latter, as it’s my personal gun (whereas the Boomershoot gun belongs to someone else, so to speak). The payout will come soon after the insurance company receives the police report, so figure on a week or two from today’s date.
Replacement cost for the Boomershoot rig looks like about $1,000 for the rifle, $725 for the Vortex scope and $200 for the hard case (which I added, for shipping to the eventual lucky winner). If we can all agree to leaving off the case — shipping it in the manufacturer’s box — then we’re looking at about $2,000 for the rig in total.
Here’s where the discussion begins, and I’m going to need the input of the ticket holders here.
I am perfectly willing to get a “straight” replacement rig — CZ557 Varmint .308 Win + Vortex Viper 6-24x50mm, and if the general consensus seems to favor that package I will do so. Here’s what it looks like:
Remember, it’s a monster and I was getting sub-MOA groups with relative ease. The only problem — and please correct me if I’m wrong — is that the damn 557 is out of stock pretty much everywhere I look, which means I’d have to order the thing and wait, and wait, and wait. (The scope is not a problem — it’s available pretty much everywhere.)
If we (and I mean we) decide to get a substitute rifle of similar appearance, ability and cost but immediately available, a couple of options present themselves.
Here’s the first: do we stick with .308 Win, or go for a different chambering, e.g. 6.5 Creedmoor ? Here’s one such gun, from Europtic:
(They also have the S20 in .308 Win and some others, for a couple hundred bucks more, btw.)
I don’t know about y’all, but that Sako turns my crank, big time. (They also have the “Hunter” version, which has a thumbhole stock, in several calibers, for about the same price):
Nothing wrong with that, either. Add a similarly-priced scope to the Vortex, and we’d be right at the $2,000 budget.
Over at Sportsman’s Warehouse, there’s the same gun I got last year (Ruger Hawkeye Long Distance), also in 6.5 Creed:
…and I think my local Merchant Of Death has it in stock for about the same price. I have to tell you, I have no problem whatsoever with the Hawkeye — I loved shooting last year’s gun, even in the magnumthumpenblitzenboomer [sic] .300 Win Mag, and it was as accurate as all hell.
Anyway, that’s the principle of the thing established. The question remains: straight copy of the original offer (and wait until the gun gets back into stock), or something slightly different “immediately”?
People who already have stocks of .308 Win ammo, for example, might have a different opinion from whose with 6.5 Creed on hand — or people who might just want to try this new wonder-boolet. Or, the prospect of that excellent Sako S20 Precision might just be too much to refuse….
I will accept all thoughts, queries and suggestions, as always. If there’s an overwhelming response for one particular option, then we’ll go with that. If there’s no real consensus, then I’ll make the decision. Fair enough?