GUN Thinking about getting my first rifle...

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  1. Didact

    Didact I have no idea what I'm doing

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    I'm not talking about a .22 here, I mean someting that can reach out and touch something.

    I know a majority of owners have a .270, 30.06 or a .308 -- but which make and model of rifles would be the most forgiving in the hands of a beginner?

    I've researched a bit and called around yesterday looking for something....

    Remington 700 30.06, slightly used with scope $340
    Remington 710 30.06, new $289
    Mossberg ATR-100 30.06, new $250
    Stevens? 30.06, new without scope $300

    Being in West TN, the dominent caliber happens to be 30.06. I found very few .270 and practically no .308 but I have the option of ordering either at the local store. I'm about to visit the local one first hand to check their supply.


    Basically I'm looking for decent accuracy out of the box that will be forgiving in the hands of a new shooter. I'm not looking for 500+ yard shots here, just something I can get a decent group with at maybe 150-200yrds. Not looking to spend a fortune -- under $400
     
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    Cannondale OT Supporter

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    Remington 700 is always a good choice. I have shot a Mossberg ATR, and with the exception of their not being any aftermarket goodies for it, I think it is a fairly good rifle. I have looked at a Stevens, and wanted to shoot one, but never have. I would suggest against the 710, they are not made by Remington, they just have their name on them. They have some quality control issues.
     
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    Don't cheap out on a scope.
     
  4. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

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    well....if by forgiving you mean low maintnence, then take a look at milsurps like Mausers and Mosins. Not only are the rifles less than 100 bucks, but the ammo is cheap as well (880 rounds shipped of 7.62x54 for about 103 bucks). Also, you really don't have to worry about cleaning them.
     
  5. Didact

    Didact I have no idea what I'm doing

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    And that's a whole 'nother world that I know nothing about. :hs:
     
  6. Didact

    Didact I have no idea what I'm doing

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    You know I saw one of those recently, and shot a friends a few weeks ago. It seemed like a fun rifle to shoot on the weekends and eventually I'll buy own one 'just cuz'.
     
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    they're fun, plenty of range, plenty of ammo options (there are hunting rounds out there if you want). Plus, they really are dirt cheap. I picked up my mosin for 100 bucks OTD and it will probably outlast me. All you have to make sure to do is right after you get back from the range with the corrosive ammo to flush the barrel with windex/hot soapy water.
     
  8. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I'd go with either the used 700 or the Stevens, the 710's are kinda junky and the ATR's have got some seriously horrible and mediocre reviews.

    The Stevens in pretty much a cheaper Savage, old style stock, no accutrigger, cheaper finish. And the 700 is a 700, that's pretty much says it all.
     
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    whamola Tonight....you.

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    You can't go wrong with a 700. I've got it in .270, it's kinda heavy and it kicks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I won't buy another hunting rifle for years. Now, an AR or a plinking rifle is another deal...
     
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    Remmy 700P in .308 :drool:

    On my list of things to buy
     
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    The TN crew is strong in this thread :wavey:
     
  12. Didact

    Didact I have no idea what I'm doing

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    Just found a used Remington 700 30.06, wood stock, sling, and scope for $329 I just put $100 on it and pay it off maybe on the next payday. The guy there waved me away from the ATR-100 and was adament about not preferring the 710.
     
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    700 is a good choice. I want a 700P in .308 :o
     
  14. Didact

    Didact I have no idea what I'm doing

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    Yeah I asked everywhere for a .308 -- evidently they're all being bought up in this area -- something I don't know?

    But this will be a decent rifle to start on I think
     
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    .30-06 is good, because it is very versatile. There is some Greek surplus left too.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I've got a remington 760 in 30-06, it a pump action with a Nikon 3-9x40 scope and love the thing. Though they stopped making the 760 I believe the 7600 is based on the same platform.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    $586 isn't very much, plus they're on gunbroker for under $500. I'd like to either get a 12FV or a 700 sometime soon but we'll see :o
     
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    700 is the heat - I have it in a PSS
     
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    I used to have a 700PSS in .308. Steel base, Steel rings, Super Sniper 16x scope, Custom trigger job, man that thing was sweet. Shot sub MOA easily with Match Ammo, without really trying.

    I ended up selling it to fund some other rifle builds. I kind of miss it now...
     

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