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Old 09-21-2013, 11:03 AM   #11
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depends on whether you want cheap or inexpensive. there is a huge difference.

the M770 is cheap. they are junk. i owned one and have shot several. the stocks are flimsy, the triggers are heavy and gritty feeling, bolts are sloppy and bind and most are not very accurate. save yourself time and money and pass by them.

there are much better choices at or near he same price point. the Marlin X7 series, the Savage Axis series, the Mossberg ATR100 series, the Howa 1500 or Weatherby Vanguard, (they are the same rifle, different stocks) the Ruger American, the new Remington M783 and then there is always a nice used rifle.
+1 on that. The 770 is a dog. +1 on nice used rifle

I bought the Rem 783 in .270, after comparing, handling and firing the Ruger and the Savage. It has all the best features of the other rifles but a heck of a lot more durable (hunting). I especially like the trigger. Last time at the range my 100 yard group was .375 inches. I don't work for Remington so I am only telling you this because I was very impressed.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the help and advice. I don't want a cheap piece of crap, I want an inexpensive rifle that will last.

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I own a 770. I paid $299 for it with the scope. It was brand new. I did not cycle the bolt before I bought it. If I had I would not have bought it. It is very accurate. Mine will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards. But it feels like a toy. It has not given me any trouble. But I haven't shot it much. I just bought a Savage 110. If I remember correctly I paid $399 for it. It is a lot more rifle. It is used but worth every penny.

If $300 is your budget I would be looking for a used Savage. I have also seen the 760 for about $350. That is a pump action. But it is a really good gun. That is what I was looking for when I found my 110. I jumped on the 110 because it is left handed and so am I.

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When Axxe said to consider a used rifle he was spot on. The last deer rifle I bought was a .243 Rem 700 ADL for $250. The rifle was made in the sixities and shoot dime sized groups at 100 yds. It came with good rings and a Simmons 44 mag scope which I took off (glass snob) but in all honesty the scope would have worked fine.

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buy the M770 and make yourself happy. they are good rifles. just ask the people that own them.

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buy the M770 and make yourself happy. they are good rifles. just ask the people that own them.
is your tongue welded to your cheek yet?
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Friends don't let friends buy Remington 770s.
To call them crap is an insult to all the actual crap in the world. Spend a few more dollars and get a Savage 111/ Ruger American/Marlin X7....etc

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You don't need a 30-06 for deer hunting, while it is not a bad choice it is certainly more then you need and the recoil might be more then you can comfortably handle if you are new to high powered rifles.
243, 270, 7mm-08 or even the 308 is a better choice for a newbie.
I hardly hunt with my 30-06 anymore, deer around here are just too small a high powered 30 cal tends to blow them to bits.

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Being a reloader of 30-06 I would load lighter loads if the recoil was too much for me. There is also reduced recoil factory ammo available. I reload 150gr gamekings close to 3000fps and I have seen a 243 do more damage to meat than my 150gr load. Bullet selection and shot placement should also be considered. It could be slowed down to say 2700fps and you could still easily shoot 2-300yrds with way less recoil. The good ole 30-06 can be very versatile. You can load it for varmit hunting or moose hunting and you can load it light so your kids can shoot it or max for range and power. As good as if not better than any caliber you can use to deer hunt with.

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Yeah you can reduce load an 06, I tried that with mine but it did not like 150gr bullets at reduced speed, it likes 150s with a max load (61.5gr) of RL19 anything less and I start loosing some accuracy. My 165gr Game Kings are almost as bad they really like to be moving best accuracy has come from a near max load (56gr) of H4350.
Fortunately my 308 does like a mild load (44.5gr) of Varget with 150gr bullets I have it shooting consistent 1/2" groups at a mild 2750fps so I can leave my 06 loaded with my ridiculously overpowered loads for larger game or at very long ranges.

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