I dropped a mule buck at 250 yards on the buttes of western North Dakota last fall. The tool at hand was a Ruger M77 Hawkeye chambered in .270 (basically a necked down .30-06 round) and Leopold glass. The first round passed under the deer, the second one trashed both lungs and smashed a rib while blowing a hole out the other side.
I'd call the combination cheap and lethal to 300+ yards.
That's exactly what Carlos Hathcock (RIP) did in Vietnam.
Actually, you could build a 40 for less than $6,000 with a little shopping. But you’re right, a 700 with a real good scope is about all you need.
I know this is BS. How can a frikcin' rifle cost 8,000 dollars? There are plenty of rifles that can blow the eyebrows off of a fly at 1,000 yards that cost less than 1,000 dollars. Not to mention we must have plenty of M14s salted away somewhere, that is if Clinton didn't cut them up when he did the B52s.
I agree 1000%. Take a Remington 700P and shoot Federal Gold Match .308 win, 168 grain. This round was recommended by Carlos Hathcock.