I decided to start getting more into precision shooting since general recreational target shooting is fast becoming my hobby (I have a NEF handi-rifle 223 that shoots surprisingly well that I have shot paper with over the past 5 years). I did a lot of reading here and other places before I bought and though I know it is somewhat anathema, I decided to keep my budget around $1000 to start. First off I decided to go with 300 winmag vs 308; since I know this is going to be the most questioned choice I will say that I made this choice because I like the round (used a friends a few times). I know that 308 is cheaper, easier to find, wears parts less, and can go further that I will be able to shoot for years to come; but I like 300 win more. All that said here is what I bought.
Rifle - Weatherby Vanguard S2 sub-moa - I spent months going back and forth about which rifle to get, in the end it came down to just over $750 for a savage or an Icon (which would leave me little to nothing for optics) or for just over $500 a Rem 700 sps or the Vanguard. I tried to get the new 700 sps long range for a while, but couldn't find one. I considered a regular 700 sps, but after reading a lot of reviews I decided on the Weatherby since it seems to be a decent starting place, has some aftermarket if I want, and wasn't so expensive that I would feel bad if I loose interest or go full tilt and leave it to do a custom build. Price $500.
Mount - DNZ LA-30MM-Low-Black-RH - I've heard nothing but good things about these. Hope it works well for me. Price $45.
Scope - SWFA SS 20x42 Tactical Riflescope(Mil) - Once again I've heard a lot of good things about these scopes. Price $299. I also picked up flip caps and a sun shade.
Bipod - Harris 1A2BRM - 6-9" with notches. Price $65.
I'm curious to hear the opinions of others here. Please try not to be too harsh on me. I know that most here would say to save another 1000-2000 and do it right, but I just cannot see investing that kind of money when getting started. I may kick myself later, but it's what I feel I can afford to put into this for now.