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Old 08-20-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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I'm new to the forums so let me first say hi.

I'm looking to buy a new budget rifle this year and have narrowed it down to 2 different ones. My budget is about 350 I'm not opposed into buying a good used rifle I just haven't found any yet.

The savage-stevens 200
or the Rugar American Rifle

I want it to be in a .308 cal. any advice on which to get would be appreciated.

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Old 08-20-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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Both are good guns I like my Ruger tho go to the store pick them up and see Wich one u like the feel of in your hands more.

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While I Have only handled a a few Ruger Americans at stores selliing them, I do own a couple of Stevens 200s. My opinion, buy the Ruger. Another budget type rifle I do own a couple of and I'd also recommend over the Stevens or the Savage Axis would be a Marlin XL/XS rifle.

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I've had a few people tell to look at the Marlins but everyone says stay away from the Axis. However I know the Stevens 200 is a good gun every review I've read on the gun has been positive. I've heard that the Ruger's stock feels extremely plastic and flimsy. I intend to go this weekend and checkout the ruger.

Is it possible to change out the stock on the American? Have any 3rd party companies started making them?


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I don't have any first hand info on the others, but I have a new Marlin 7X in .25-06 and right out of the box it is one of the most accurate rifles I have. It may just be the best bang for the buck out there right now. The .308 version should be great also.
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I don't have any first hand info on the others, but I have a new Marlin 7X in .25-06 and right out of the box it is one of the most accurate rifles I have. It may just be the best band for the buck out the right now. The .308 version should be great also.
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the 308 is very accurate! i have the XS7VH model in 308. has the 26" heavy varmint barrel. only downside to the rifle is the weight. makes a goodbench gun though, but not the 308 for walking alot and hunting. if this is what the OP wnats, then he needs the sporter barrel 308. i have three of the X7 rifles right now with plans for a few more!
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Is the Ruger's trigger system much like that of the "Accutrigger" on a savage? It looks like the same concept. Also is it possible to change out the stock on the American? Have any 3rd party companies started making them?

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While I Have only handled a a few Ruger Americans at stores selliing them, I do own a couple of Stevens 200s. My opinion, buy the Ruger. Another budget type rifle I do own a couple of and I'd also recommend over the Stevens or the Savage Axis would be a Marlin XL/XS rifle.
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I held the marlin, and savage, for me the savage felt the best. I'm a bigger guy though with long arms, I'm 6'2 about 230.

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I have personally never shot or even handled the stevens, but on principle i would suggest the ruger. I have handled the 308. Model and it feels great. One of the few synthetic stocks i like as much as a good wood stock. Never shot it, but i have shot alot of rugers (handguns only) and they were all flawless, beautiful, and accurate as all hell. Get the ruger and a good scope you have fun!

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I really like the ruger but the stock is the only thing that turns me off about it. Are there 3rd party stocks for it yet?

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