Originally Posted by Poink88
For the best value affordable ones, check these:
Marlin XS7 or XL7
I bought a .308 Weatherby Vanguard and very happy with it.
Pretty much agree with Poink88.
Edge is a newer version of Stevens 200 with detachable magazine and a better stock, slight difference in trigger design too. But like Stevens, Edge trigger pull still too heavy and non-adjustable. Should be able to buy the Stevens for a lower price than Edge. I own both...prefer looks of Edge more. Both are accurate rifles. But had to do trigger jobs on both to reduce trigger pull to a weight acceptable to me.
Marlin XS or XL are very accurate rifles and similiar in design to the Edge/Stevens 200, but comes with an adjustable trigger. Consider the Marlin a better rifle for the money due to the adjustable trigger. Priced similiar to Edge/Stevens 200. I own a XL7 in 25-06 and have found it to be a very accurate rifle.
As to the Weatherby Vanguard, don't own one, but a good rifle and have a reputation for accuracy....costs more than Edge/Marlins. May want to consider the Howa 1500 rifles too.....Howa makes barreled actions used in the Weatherby Vanguards so basically the same rifle with different stocks.