Best Bolt-Action Tactical Sniper Rifle for the money?

Autofire

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The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry it
He ain't heavy, he's my AI
 

SonicBurlap

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The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry it
He ain't heavy, he's my AI
Long as you like the load! - AI AT308:

"WEIGHT

5.8kg (12.8lb) with empty magazine, no scope, 24” barrel, no muzzle brake"

add a Pic rail to those 12.8 lbs., rings, scope, another Pic rail or two for bipod, or monopod, or both, maybe an ACI, put some rounds in that empty mag, add a muzzle brake, or a can, an anti-cant device, maybe a barricade stop, a sling - now you don't need a gym membership anymore. See it actually saves you money.
 

patriot07

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Tikka CTR in 6.5 Creedmoor is still the right answer to your question I believe. Buy whatever chassis you want and you're set. Way under budget, with top-notch performance out to 1,300-1,400 yards with low recoil for less than $1.50 a round. There's just not much downside to it.

I've run mine in a couple of informal matches last year and smoked guys with much more expensive guns. The rifle won't hold you back for sure.