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Old 02-18-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Need a beater rifle

I need a rifle that I can just keep in the toolbox of the truck so I'll have it with me for whatever comes about as I'm traveling the 550 acres out here.

I want a 22-inch barrel, preferably stainless with a polymer stock, chambered in .22-250, which I think is the perfect caliber for this need. I will probably go "pre-owned." I'll probably put a simple little 3-9 scope on it.

I'll be looking for Tika, Howa, or Remington primarily. Anybody have any comments, suggestions, or recommendations?

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Old 02-18-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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whats your longest distance?? if you scope it be sure to pick a rugged scope a lot of scopes dont hold zero very well being bounced around.

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Up to just a couple hundred yards probably....maybe three just for fun.

I have a Meopta 6x42 that's built like a tank. I'll put that on it with solid rings.

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An older Remington 788 may fit the bill. The nicer specimens have niche colletor status, but the rougher ones are very reasonably priced. .22-250 was a fairly common caliber in those.

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Yes sir.

Try gun broker dot com(yanno, not trying to spamyalater here...)

If it's a beater, I'd try to get it used. they have some great deals if you

take a little time.

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Well you posted interest in a Tikka and I use a T3 lite in .243 for my main coyote calling gun. its very light and accurate and I kind of consider it a beater because is so damn ugly. I think if my daughter stays interested in hunting I'll be getting her one in 6.5 swede for deer hunting. I'm not happy with the .243 on coyotes (too much damage) so i'll probably buy another T3 eventually for coyotes in 22-250.

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My "truck gun" criteria may be way different from yours, but price is my first concern. I don't want to leave a $1000 rifle in my toolbox. Condition is second, I really look for something that already has some nicks or scratches (and is priced accordingly) so that when I add to them, I don't feel too bad.

Here's a couple contenders. Not exactly what you posted, but a pretty decent price tag.

NICE Savage Model 12 22-250 Varmit HB sniper Rifle : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

Savage Axis 22-250 NIB : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

NEW SAVAGE MODEL 16 22-250 STAINLESS/SYN $475 : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

Ruger M77 Mark II 22-250 Like new Stainless : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

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I myself would look for something in Stainless Steel. To add to being low maintenance. If you went new.

Used I would really look for a 788. they are just as accurate as a 700 if not a little better. You can get it and send it off for a duracoat or other finish like that. Throw it in a cheap Ramline stock and you have the makings of a great little truck gun. I think with your scope and this rifle you will be bullseyeing Nutria from the truck in no time.....

Remington 788 w/Scope 22-250 NO RESERVE .01c : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

Ram-Line Syntech Rifle Stock Remington 788 243, 6mm, 308, 7mm-08 with 7.1" Hole Spacing Synthetic Black - MidwayUSA

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Is there a Wal-Mart in your area? If so, do they still carry firearms? When my local Wallyworld used to carry firearms, it seems like they had package guns like what you're describing at prices that were cheap enough to not make it worth buying used.

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I picked up a Savage Axis/Edge in 22-250 yesterday for the same reason. NIB for $270.

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