Originally Posted by rob1990
Any experience with the Marlin x7 Rifles? That was another I was considering. I keep hearing bad reviews on the new rem 700's. Don't have a lot of money to spend but I want somthing decent for at or around 500 bucks or less.
I owned an XS7 308 that I really enjoyed a few years ago, I am not sure if it was a pre or post buyout rifle but it shot good even with factory fodder, not a great rifle but a solid value. On a $500 budget I would give Savages a REAL hard look, I have owned half a dozen of them and I have a hard time thinking about anything bad to say about them. I have seen new 110s for sale for as little as $300, my last one I bought for $386 with a cheap Bushnell scope and some cheap rings. BassPro has a Savage 110 combo with laminate stock and nice Prostaff BDC for around $550, that is a nice deal. I have seen a few Tikka T3s for sale under the $500 mark and that is my favorite rifle all around.
As far as caliber goes here is my take.
300 Win Mag if you want a heftyy dose of overkill and don't mind the a real stout kick.
30-06 if you want the ultimate in hunting versatility and don't mind a little overkill on deer class game.
308 if you want an auto loader or a dandy compact short action woods rifle.
7mm Rem Mag if you want a crazy flat shooter capable of taking deer-elk and you don't mind a little extra kick or paying a bit more for ammo.
270 if you want a solid all around deer hunting rifle that you can buy ammo for anywhere.
260/6.5 Creedmore if you want the perfect deer hunting/long ranged target rifle and don't mind going to a real gun store to buy ammo (or you reload)
25-06 if you are a recoil shy and want a super flat shooter, or you want a perfect deer/varmint combo rifle.
243 or 6.5x55 if you want a super light kicking rifle capable of taking deer (the 6.5x55 can be loaded to 260 levels but factory ammo is VERY mild)