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Old 05-04-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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I'm looking for advice on what caliber bolt action rifle to get. It's primarily going to be used for the range up to 400 yards and maybe varmits if their in the wrong place at the wrong time haha. I own lots of handguns but never got into the rifles much except for a s&w m&p 15-22 for the kids. One of my main considerations is affordable inexpensive ammo. Thoughts?

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The .22 is about as cheap as it gets. Next I always suggest the nagant. You can pick one up for under $150 and surplus ammo is cheap and abundant. The 7.62x54R also packs a great punch.
It's hard to be $4 for 20 shots.

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700. It's .308, ammo is plentiful, and you can add to the rifle as your interest in shooting it grows. It meets your 400 yard criteria too.

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Centerfire, bolt action, "varmint" accurate to 400 yds, and cheap to shoot?

Probably a Savage .308 with accu-trigger--if you are even considering
big game hunting at some time in the future.

If bigger critters are not on the menu--maybe a Savage in 223.

The Mosin is cheap and cheap to shoot, but I wouldn't call it a 400 yd
gun, unless your varmints are 6 ft tall.

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You guys do realize the 7.62 is basically a .308. (not putting down your suggestions in any way)
Shots out past 400 are possible but really...why?

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.223 has very economical ammo with a wide variety to choose from. Energy at 400 yards depends on the target size.

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If you're set on a bolt action, A Remington 700 in .223 would be hard to beat.

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The .22 is about as cheap as it gets. Next I always suggest the nagant. You can pick one up for under $150 and surplus ammo is cheap and abundant. The 7.62x54R also packs a great punch.
It's hard to be $4 for 20 shots.
Yes, the Mosin Nagant and its 30 caliber rimmed cartridge is a renowned 400 yard varmint gun. And a Mini-14 is the same as an AR.


.223 hard to beat? Easier than a red-headed stepchild... Go w/a .243. Affordable, accurate, comfortable, common popular necked-down .308 that bridges your interests. A decent Savage bolt in that chambering would probably be what I'd gravitate towards.

Her're the .223, .243 and the .308


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At around $1 its real cheap to shoot:roll eyes:

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The-armory.com sells 880 rounds for the Mosin for only $135.99

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