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skullcrusher 01-07-2009 10:18 PM

Best bang for less than $400?
I'm looking at picking up a rifle that I may only use to hunt a few times in my life. Here in Ohio, high powered rifles are illegal for deer, so if I get one, it would be in the hopes I get to go for big game elsewhere.

Anyway, I was looking at the Marlin XL7 series or the Remington 770. I would like to hear opinions on both, and if someone has another suggestion for less than $400, let me know. Looking at .270, .300 win mag or .30-06. Thanks.

Txhillbilly 01-07-2009 10:55 PM

For less than $400,you will not get much of a rifle-even used.

matt g 01-07-2009 11:04 PM

You can get close to that $400 mark with either Savage or Tikka. Both are pretty highly regarded rifles too.

If that were my budget, I'd look for a used Savage Model 11 with a decent scope or a used Tikka T3 Big Boar with a decent scope. With the current economy, there are many people who are selling their prized firearms just to pay the bills. Check pawn shops, newspapers and penny savers. You will find something in your price range that will quickly become your prized firearm.

I let this go, along with 500 rounds of ammo for $500 almost a month ago:

There was nothing I could do. Unemployment pays less than 1/4 what I was making when I was at work. It was all I could do to keep the lights and heat on and I'm not the only one in this situation.

cpttango30 01-07-2009 11:45 PM

The Savage Model 40 or model 25. The stevens Model 200 I think.

the stevens Model 200 is one hell of a rifle for $400 I have a buddy that took and rebuilt one and is with just a new barrel and new stock will shoot 1 hole groups at 100 yards. That is amazing for a $200 rifle with a $200 stock and $200 barrel. For $600 he built a good shooting very accurate rifle and spent $250 on glass. So for the price of a rem 700 VSSF he has a rifle that will out shoot a remmy hands down.

Buglemfar 01-08-2009 12:21 AM

Yes, certainly check local classifieds - I recently aquired a Remington 700 ADL in .270 for $200 flat. Took it home and provided a little TLC and had an excellent shooter. These ADL's are very common and can be had used in the $300 range at many gun shops.

skullcrusher 01-08-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks. I've been checking the local Bulletin Board for quite a while now. Thing is that I live in the middle of nowhere, and the ads cover a wide area. I am looking for something that I may use just a couple of times. The $400 is kinda of a max. I saw a Field and Stream report on groupings at long range, and rated the top 10 tested. The Marlin XL7 in .30-06 held its own. Well within kill shot target area. I know nothing of the Rem 770 tho.

stalkingbear 01-08-2009 01:03 AM

The 1st choice is Marlin XL7. Recently I got 1 to give to a buddy for present and was so impressed got another 1 for use as loaner/beater rifle. They are outstanding for the price-MUCH to my suprize and include scope bases. 1 of them will group into 1 1/2" at 100 yards, while the other groups about 1 1/4. They feature the same kind of goofy trigger as savage's accu-trigger but this is EASILY bypassed by pulling tab to back, then bend to 1 side. You wind up with a good 2 pound trigger that's STILL 100% safe/reliable and passes all tests such as banging butt on floor, slamming bolt down into battery as fast as I can, and smacking side of rifle with heel of hand. They will do the job for you.

PLEASE do yourself a HUGE favor and stay away from the poor attempted revamp of the model 710, commonly known as the model 770. They are JUNK!!!!

skullcrusher 01-08-2009 01:16 AM

Thanks, stalkingbear, I was leaning to the Marlin anyhoo. I was wondering 'bout the 770, since it kinda popped up outta no where. I seem to recall a recall on the 710 'bout a year ago, so I wondered. I'm gonna guess, but I'd say that there will be many 770's about very soon, since Wal-Mart is selling them for $315 with scope. I saw .243, .30-06 and .300 win mag. Local dealer tells me he can get the XL7 series for less than $300. For something I will never shoot a TV series with, I like the idea of getting a capable rifle and getting to know it well.

stalkingbear 01-08-2009 01:08 PM

Always glad to help. Another reason to shy away from packages, is they usually put the cheapest scope they can on the package deals. Holler at me and I'll help you choose a decent scope for reasonable price, but will still last longer than you will, to be passed down if desired.

janikphoto 01-09-2009 07:17 PM

If you want something cheap and fun and high-powered, why not go mil-surp? A mosin for a hundred dollars and a scope for a couple hundred will still leave a lot of money for ammo.

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