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Old 10-27-2011, 03:30 AM   #1
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I'm plan on getting a hunting rifle in .308. So far I've looked at the Remington 700 and that's about it. Any suggestions on what to get?

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Old 10-27-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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What size dent do you want in your bank account, for just the rifle? Wood or other stock? Stainless or carbon steel barrel/action? Without getting too expensive, you can look into Savage, Ruger M77, Tikka T3, Browning A Bolt, Howa, Thompson, Weatherby etc (including your Remington 700 choice), if you want to stay below $1000. Then you can step up to Browning White Gold Medallion, Sako 85, Winchester M70 Featherweight, Kimber 84, CZ, Steyr, Weatherby, etc if you want to stay below $2000 in general. Then you step into Hill Country Rifles, Christensen Arms, ER Chaw, Blaser, Nosler and the other "custom" rifles for the sky is the limit. The above is certainly not all inclusive but it was a wide open question.

Personally, I stay in the low to middle range. I have a 700 CDL in 30-06 with stainless action and fluted stainless barrel. Great rifle that is plenty accurate with a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10. Also have a Sako 85L in 300 Win Mag with Swarovski 3-18 Z5 for those longer than 300 yard shots, a 338 Win Mag Ruger M77 Hawkeye Sporter with Simmons AETEC for the big boys at semi long range, and a 416 Rem Mag Winchester M70 in case Sasquatch or an enraged elephant wanders up to my front door. I'd certainly love a Hill Country Rifles or Nosler but that is out of the question for now.

So what to get, other than the venerable 700, is a pretty broad question. Everyone will have a favorite, or two, or three, or .................... But in 308 you will have unlimited choices. Look at rifles that are 1/3 to 1/2 of your total budget and spend the rest on the glass. FWIW, I like controlled round feed rifles (kinda obvious from my stash) but the 700 is a fine rifle without that feature. The Sako has the smoothest action I've felt in any rifle short of a full blown custom or very high end rifle. Bottom line is you have a fun search ahead of you.

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It depends how much money you have I have the savage edge in 308 and it's a good cheap rifle that shoot good for the price now its called the axis.

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For affordable but great value rifles, check...

Savage Edge/Axis
Weatherby Vanguard
Howa 1700
Tikka T3
Marlin XS7

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The .308 is an excellent choice. As is the Remington 700. Like the others stated... it depends on how much money you want to spend. I wanted a .308 bolt gun to use for hunting. I wanted something reliable, accurate, and affordable. I wanted a synthetic stock that didn't feel cheap. I decided on the Marlin XS7 and couldn't be happier.

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Default Krieghoff Semprio

The Semprio is pretty expensive. But, the alternative action, a slide operated bolt action rather than a traditional bolt, seems to be very fast and functional. I'd estimate the cycle rate to be about two thirds the speed of a semi-auto.

I don't have mine yet, but when I hit the lotto, that will be one of my first purchases.

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I am a big fan of the all weather Ruger Hawkey line of rifles. Have a pair of them, very pleased with the trigger pull and out of the box accuracy. Just wished I could afford to buy a third in .223.

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i have remington m700's and marlin X7's and both are great rifles. i will be adding some more of the marlin's to my collection soon in more calibers.

i have had many remington m700's over the years and hhave always had good luck with them. about two years ago i bought my first marlin X7 in 25-06 and fell in love with it's price and accuracy. since then, i have purchased two more. i like the idea of buying a nice accurate rifle at a decent price and then being able to spend more on a good scope. the savage Axis is another good choice in decent priced rifles. the mossberg ATR100 is a decent rifle, accurate, but has more felt recoil than the marlin, remington or the savage. if you are on a budget, then try gun stores and pawn shops for good used rifles, like remington m700s, ruger m77s, winchester m70s or others. i usually check out the two pawnshops in my town at least once a month to see what they have in stock.

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My price range is under $1000

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I`m a Savage fan, mostly because I like to be able to change my own barrels, and they a by far the easiest to change yourself, and all I`ve had shot well. That said there are good and bad barrels in all brands. Most of the name brands are pretty good guns now, so I would recomand you find the one that fits you best. I would also recomand you put VX ll 3 X 9 Leuopld on it. If you have a little more money to spend a 3 1/2 X 10 VX lll is even better. I would not recomand any more power for a hunting gun. If it`s for target the more power the better, feom the bench.

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