.308 target rifle help

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by babyurm, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. babyurm

    babyurm New Member

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    hello i am new to this site and have a question about a gun. i am looking for a target rifle to use for 3-800 yards possibly further but i only have $500 +tax. i have read many other forums and they always suggest spending 1000s of dollars on a gun but i dont have that kind of money. im a college student who is broke i am just looking for a gun that will get me through college that i can use to lear how to read conditions. i already have a scope i just need the gun

    my only true criteria is:
    -bolt action
    -acutrigger (or similar styles of triggers
    -heavy barrel (either from the factory or the possibility to buy one later)
    -less then $500
    -.308 or similar caliber
    -accurate ( at least moa or sub moa)

    please help me
     
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  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    hello, please stop by the introduction section and say hi.
    savage makes good accurate rifles that fit most of your critiara.
    not sure about heavy barrels. but i do know savage rifles are affordable and as accurate as any shooter. a .308 would probly be a good caliber. ammo is cheaper than most of the larger, long range calibers and is everywhere. as far as distance. my bet is it will take you awhile to reach out to 800 yards. and a .308 at that range has like 8-10ft drop. but for 4-500 and closer it should do you pretty well.
     

  3. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    I would probably check local pawn shops for something used? I just don't know of any heavy barreled rifles new for less than $500? Good luck.
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    $500 will get you a new sporter barreled rifle from many mfg's,but you will have to find a used heavy barreled rifle to get in that dollar range.
    At times you can come across some great deals,I bought my Savage 12FLVSS 223, 12FLV 308, and 110FLP 300WM used,and didn't pay more than $400 for any of them.

    While I love shooting a 308,I'd suggest looking at a 243,260 Remington,or 7mm-08 caliber to shoot.They offer less recoil,faster/flatter shooting,better bullet coefficient's.

    There are many different brands of rifles to choose from.I like Savage's.I can change barrels/calibers in just a few minutes with simple hand tools,and don't need to pay a gunsmith for anything.Most other brands would have to be taken to a gunsmith to get the barrels swapped out,and have the headspace set.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well you happen to be in luck! the Marlin XS7VH in 308 is just about everything on your list of criteria. heavy 26" barrel, adjustable trigger, pillar bedded synthetic stock, capable of sub MOA groups, and under $500.

    without knowing the going prices in your area, i can only quote you what MSRP is and what i paid for mine. MSRP is $396, and i paid $370 for mine. i currently have three different Marlin X7's and they are excellent rifles. accurate, well made and decently priced. need to check them out.
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do you really need a heavy barrel? There are quite a few new economy rifles out now that will shoot 1 moa. Weatherby Vanguard will guarantee 1 moa. The Ruger American has been making a good show out of the box and has a good trigger. The Savage rifles have a lot going for them. The heavy barrels are great if you are going to be shooting a large number of rounds as they hold better when heated. Fluted is even better as it dissipates heat. Be very careful on used rifles. I have seen good looking well cared for rifles with shot out bores. This does not mean there are not good buys out there.
    One of the most accurate rifles I had was a 19" barreled 243. The barrel was a shortened sporter. It was actually shortened on both ends for my wife. It was sub moa with factory ammo and .25 moa with hand loads. Literally 5 shots in one hole at 100 yards. I saw a beautiful 30-06 today. Mauser action, Shilan sporter barrel, integral muzzle brake, carved extra fancy stock and in fantastic condition for $550. I just dont need a safe queen.
     
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  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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  9. mrfox556

    mrfox556 New Member

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    Yup. Thats it. I got one and love it.
     
  10. FCHSCSI

    FCHSCSI New Member

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    Check at Dick's sporting goods. They were running a special on a heavy barreled Remington 700 and scope for less the $500. It came in several calibers, but the one to get for the range you stated would be 308. Good luck.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    MrFox, if you like the XS7 in 308, you need to try out the XS7 in 7mm-08! truly amazing caliber in that rifle. very, very accurate and such a pleasure to shoot.