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Old 01-14-2015, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default Firearm manufactures the good and bad

Thinking about getting a new rifle for hunting. However after my recent experience with browning I now thinking that the manufactor is as important as the rifle. So my question is this: who is the best and who is the worst. All I can say is I wont be buying another browning.
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Old 01-14-2015, 03:35 AM   #2
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I'll ask the obvious questions for everyone else. What kind of rifle and what's the purpose?
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If I recall correctly you had a problem with the stock splitting on a Browning? If so that is purely a cosmetic issue and wood being a product of nature often has imperfections and sometime does that. I'm not sure what I would expect from their customer service as result, but it is surprising you had a poor experience from Browning customer service. They are generally a top notch company with very fine products. But I do understand if you have bad feelings towards them.

IMHO opinion I think Winchester has the highest quality rifles right now, but they have the same parent company as Browning. Other than Winchester I think all the manufactures have slipped on their quality over the last few years. All the economy rifles out there are driving prices down and quality is usually the first thing to be cut in an effort try and stay competitive. And I'm sure some with longer memories than me would say Winchester has slipped some.
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I recently had a problem with an H&R Sportster 22 mag which is under the Remington umbrella. I contacted them and they sent me a repair order and UPS to pick up the rifle. They would have sent me a box if I had needed it. It has taken 2 months but I should have the rifle back today. Now the H&R is a cheap rifle but they still took care of it. I have had good results from Savage customer service but I did not have to return a rifle. I did have a problem with a Ruger handgun long ago and they replaced it.
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Simply for hunting, I wouldn't have any problem going with Savage, or CZ. Just to name 2 common ones.
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I'll ask the obvious questions for everyone else. What kind of rifle and what's the purpose?
Short barrel light weight primarly for back pack deer and elk hunting. Basically a gun that packs well, but puts them down. Currently I looking at a ruger m77 300 or 338 rcm. From what I've read ruger is tops in customer service and the m77 is a real hunting rifle.
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Short barrel light weight primarly for back pack deer and elk hunting. Basically a gun that packs well, but puts them down. Currently I looking at a ruger m77 300 or 338 rcm. From what I've read ruger is tops in customer service and the m77 is a real hunting rifle.
The biggest issue with the larger caliber rugers is they tend to only come in ruger proprietary calibers and hornady is the only ammo supplier. Your not going to find much ammo for the ruger only calibers. Unless you make your own stay away from the ruger rounds. Whomever is running ruger's bolt gun section is an idiot as they do not offer their guns in more common calibers making the big bore m77 actions pointless
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Short barrel light weight primarly for back pack deer and elk hunting. Basically a gun that packs well, but puts them down. Currently I looking at a ruger m77 300 or 338 rcm. From what I've read ruger is tops in customer service and the m77 is a real hunting rifle.
I have a buddy that has a Hawkeye compact in .308, it`s a right nice rifle, about 3 inches shorter than his Win. 94, carries great !....................
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The biggest issue with the larger caliber rugers is they tend to only come in ruger proprietary calibers and hornady is the only ammo supplier. Your not going to find much ammo for the ruger only calibers. Unless you make your own stay away from the ruger rounds. Whomever is running ruger's bolt gun section is an idiot as they do not offer their guns in more common calibers making the big bore m77 actions pointless
The reason I like the 300 and 338 rcm is do to the fact they were designed to run out of a short barrel. Sportsman guide has 338 r for less $ than you can buy 338 wm. I also reload, so a uncommon caliber isn't a deal breaker.
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Too bad about your Browning experience. My X-bolt in 338 WM is very light and handles nice even with a 26" barrel. Even with the composite stock the quality is excellent. Not too long ago, I got my niece a Savage 10 youth in 308. She really wanted to go Elk hunting and this was the best fit for her. I'm a tall guy and I didn't mind shooting it as it shouldered quite nicely. The package with a Nikon scope was $550 IIRC. It would make a fantastic pack rifle.
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