So, that means I need to take an existing rifle from the G. armory with me.
Now, I've got a few rifles, but this shoot is going to be at extreme distances, which means a scope will be necessary. That narrows down the field considerably - while the 8mm Turkish Mauser would be great for flying (since I paid under $100 for it); I need something with a scope on it (or at least readily available to be scoped). With these parameters in mind, I've pared the list down to three rifles:
Savage Model 10
This has several advantages, both in the chambering (.308 Winchester is more robust over longer distances) as well as the platform (it's a rock-solid bench monster). It has proven itself at distance - I'm confident I can hit what I'm aiming at for at least 200 yards. On the downside, I don't have a case for it that will stand up to airline travel, so I would need to budget another $200+ for a Pelican rifle case. It's also really heavy, so lugging it around in the field will be quite the chore.
.308 Winchester VEPR
The VEPR is also chambered in .308 Winchester, but requires that the scope be zeroed at distance (I think it's set up for 25 or 50 yards right now). Not really an issue; I know there are folks who will be present who can help me accomplish this goal. .308 Winchester is rather spendy to plink with, though, and a couple 10 round magazines means $$$ going down range. It can fit in my SKB case, though, meaning that transporting it would be fine. On the plus side, I could remove the inexpensive Barska and use the Leupold scope that will eventually be mounted on the target AR when finished.
It looks quite different now - the CGL foregrip is gone, as is the green carbine laser. The carry handle upper has been replaced with a flattop, for easier mounting of optics. I'd put on the aforementioned Leupold Mark AR scope for distance shooting which would require zeroing, but it would be a simple task (especially since I can give it a rough zero at home with a boresighter). The advantages of bringing the Bushie are that it's a light rifle, easy for carrying in the field; I have a bunch of magazines for it; and .223 Remington can be found anywhere and is reasonable inexpensive. Plus it breaks down for easy transport, leaving room in the case for additional firearms.
Disadvantages are that, with a marginal 14" barrel (plus the permanently welded muzzle brake bringing the total barrel length to the non-NFA 16" total), it's going to be iffy at distances beyond 100 - 200 yards. If there's any precision shooting to be done, or long range varminting, I'll have to either borrow something or sit it out.
So, out of the three listed rifles, which one would you choose to bring to a shoot some 3,000 miles away?
That is all.