GUN Want a nice bolt rifle, help me choose...

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  1. sprite

    sprite Active Member

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    Help me pick a bolt action rifle

    This will be pretty much for range/target shooting out to 250 yards, and potentially whitetail hunting, although I haven't been out hunting in forever.

    Firm top end price limit for the rifle alone (i.e. no mounts/optics/bipod/etc...) is $1K, preferably considerably less.

    The rifle should have...
    - .308Win chamber
    - 4+ round magazine
    - Heavy barrel (indifferent to fluting)
    - Factory bedded & floated stock
    - Adjustable trigger
    - Drilled for scope mount
    - "Good to go" out of the box. I have no interest in re-barreling, re-chambering, re-crowning etc... a brand new rifle. I don't have a good local smith and I'm not mailing a NIB rifle off to Joe Blow the tackriver builder to have it sit under his workbench for 5 months to earn two hours of time in his lathe.

    From what I've looked at I'm leaning mostly towards the Remington 700P or 700P LTR, or Savage 10FPHS. I'm not married to "tactical" rifles... these just both have heavy, floated barrels, and stocks with aluminum bedding blocks. I've also looked at the Savage 12 series, but the stocks don't seem as good, and the Remington VSF... but that stock is just flat ugly.

    Others that I haven't ruled out... FN PBR & Weatherby Mark V Accumark. I know the FN SPR is supposed to great but it is out of the price range... I don't know how much of that quality the PBR inherits. The Mark V is supposed to be a great action but I don't otherwise know much about Weatherby.
     
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    Remington 700P /thread
     
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    mayhaps you didn't see the
    part..... :squint:
     
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    I'd say for your purposes, the 700vs or vsf whichever it is, would do fine. They have adjustable triggers, but it'll void the warranty. You can get a pretty much drop in trigger from basix for about a hundred bucks that'll lower the trigger pull. Expect to shoot sub moa even with crappy ammo with most of those guns.

    that said, i do have a Rem 700 LTR and it's a good all around gun. I carry and hunt with it, so it's not too heavy for that, and it'll shoot 1 in groups at 100 yds with nato surplus if i do my part. not much recoil at all, and you can shoot it all day with nato surplus for pretty cheap.
     
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    shoots about .9-1.2 MOA with 20 year old australian surplus ammo. less than .5 MOA with hornady match.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    The new trigger design is suppose to be great, I forget what it's called though :o

    edit: X-Mark Pro, here's an article
    http://fieldandstream.blogs.com/gunnut/2006/10/get_trigger_hap.html
     
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    murph38_99 OG Silver Member

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    I've been real happy with my remmy 700sps. right around 1 moa with WWB lil less with black hills. Thats using a 4x20 bushnell and my terrible tendendcy to slap the trigger.
     
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    how about the new Thompson Icon or even a Howa 1500 Varmint?
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    There is the remington 700 like already said, and then savage has a bunch of 308 bolts with the accutrigger setup.
     
  11. 7

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

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    Howas are considered to be a hidden gem in the rifle world

    The Icon seems like a nice rifle, I don't care for the faux wood finish though.
     
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    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I wouldn't buy a heavy barreled rifle if you plan on hunting with it, you'll hate every extra ounce when you spend all day walking up and down hills.
     
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    video tape yourself hunting with an ar. Then send to Jim Zumbo
     
  14. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I have no idea what sense that makes.
     
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    fatmoocow bored OT Supporter

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    Either of those rifles will be fine. I have the savage. The action isn't quite as nice, but the adjustable trigger is great and it's a cheaper if you get the cheap stock.
     
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    The TC Icon does look really nice, but it is almost too pretty... I don't want something I'd feel bad about dropping or scratching up.

    As far as the hunting thing goes... this is more a "rifle I could hunt with" than a "hunting rifle". If and when I really get back into hunting then I'll get a good woods gun, but this is basically in case someone invites me out I'll at least have a rifle to grab.
     
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    Personally I would go with the remmy 700 with 5r barrel
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    Tree stand ftw?
     
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    I got a Tikka T3 lite (syn & stainless) in .30-06 and love it. They seem to fit what you are looking for and have the quality of a Sako without the price. They don't leave the factory till they are 1 in. MOA. I too wanted a .308 but they were hard to find in stock around here.


    I threw a Nikon Buckmasters w/ leupold mounts and rings on mine and could not be happier. I was a little apprehensive about the recoil since the gun only weighs around 6.75 lbs (w/out optics) but it really isn't too bad. You should take a look at them.
     
  20. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    yeah, that wouldn't be as bad. My rifle weighs around 7ish, which isn't bad, but my muzzleloader is probably around 9lbs, maybe a little more, and it fucking sucks to carry around all day.
     
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    anything by sako or tikka
     
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    Howa does have some decent looking rifles, especially their Varmint Supreme. I alway hear that they are a "good base for a custom rifle", but never hear much about how they are as a factory rifle.

    The local guy I do all my business with is a stocking dealer for Sako... they are some beatiful rifles but most of the models I'm interested in are out my price range.
     
  23. JaxFlJon

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    m44 > *

    (for bolt action)
    :eek5:
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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