Budget .308

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Seth_A7X, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    Hey guys. I'm looking for a budget ($600 without scope is limit) .308
    I'm looking for the gun to be left handed. So far, I'm looking at the Savage Axis (LH .308) and a Remington 700 SPS (LH .308)
    Any other decent firearms around this price and left handed in .308? It will be for target and deer hunting. Thanks
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Ruger 77, Savage 10, Stevens, Remington 700. Check used tho save more. Most of these guns are not abused or used very hard, so you should be able to find a good rifle with lots of life left, in your budget.
     

  3. Tackleberry1

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    ...and if you don't mind a single shot, there is always the Thompson Center Encore.

    Mine is chambered for 30.06 but .308 is certainly available as well.

    Same barrel length but 6" shorter overall than any bolt gun... Very hand in the bush. ;)
     
  4. Seth_A7X

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    Thanks, I looked at the 77, they looked nice
     
  5. sandog

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    Seth, I recently bought a Remington 700 SPS in .308. Mine is a left handed heavy barrel (Varmint) model. It is too heavy for mountain hunting but would be fine for down in the valley whitetail hunting or prairie dog shooting where I won"t have to carry it a long way. I liked the fact that it was affordable ($630), and later on I can add a few goodies when I get the money. I plan on getting an H-S Precision Pro 2000 Sendero stock for it and a Timney trigger eventually. But right out of the box, with the cheap stock and a little too heavy factory trigger, it was shooting all of the bullets touching at 100 yards if I did my part. I usually have one flyer out of the group but that's my fault. I'm sure the lighter barrel SPS would do as well for the first few shots. The only advantage (besides a bit more weight for steadier holding) to the heavier barrel is a bit less heat and bullet dispersion for paper targets or varminting, where you'll be firing more than a few shots. For big game hunting, the skinny barrel is the way to go. I also have a Ruger 77, mine is the Gunsite Scout model .308. It is very accurate for a 16" barrel, but I don't like the action of the Ruger as well as the Remington. My Ruger has a bit of slop in the bolt when you are working it, until it broke in, I could hardly push the bolt forward as it would bind. It's better now, but not near as smooth as the Remington.
     

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  6. Seth_A7X

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    Thanks, I've always liked the Remingtons. I can see what you mean by accurate. Now, what would the stock and Timney trigger do?
     
  7. sandog

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    Seth, the SPS stock is a cheapo and allows Remington to keep the price low. I figured when I bought my SPS Varmint that I was basically buying the barreled action, and I would replace the stock as soon as I could. The aftermarket stocks are stiffer and have better bedding for the action, making consistent shots more attainable. I was at Sportman's warehouse last week and I asked to look at a Remington 700 in .338 Lapua, selling for $1900. I was not so much interested in the caliber as much as the stock that it came with. It was the same H-S Precision stock that I want to order soon and in the same color, o.d. green with black spiderweb. That $1900 rifle was pretty much the same barreled action as I have, but a bigger caliber w/ muzzlebrake and had a $350 H-S stock on it.
    Remington now has the X-Mark pro trigger on new rifles. The tag tied to the trigger guard claimed how great it was and that they have a 3 1/2 lb. trigger as it comes from the factory. Mine scaled at 6 lbs. I adjusted the single adjustment screw as low as I could and now have 4 3/4 lbs. I'd like it a bit lower than that, and Timney makes an excellent trigger. You can buy Remington's X-mark trigger separately for $90, but I don't know why someone would do that when they could get a Timney for $35 more. If you look at a Brownell's or Midway catalog, you'll see that there are a gagillion aftermarket stocks, triggers, bolt handles, and detachable mag kits made for the Model 700. It's like the AR of the bolt action world, it's so popular there are way, way more upgrades available for it than any other bolt action. But not so many for the left hand rifles. For example, aftermarket triggers. Not just any replacement trigger will work on the lefty's because the new trigger has to have the safety on the left hand side as well. But Timney makes left hand Remington triggers w/ safeties. And H-S is about the only stockmaker that makes an upgrade stock for my left hand heavy barrel.
     
  8. Seth_A7X

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    Alright, now where would I have to go to get one? Do you have to order them online or can you to any sporting goods store and pick one up?
     
  9. unclebear

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    I know some one has already suggested a single shot and a nice one at that but im gonna say h&r single shot cheaper then the thompson center ans still pretty darn good for the money plus you could get a nice scope for it.

    Me personally if i had the money id get me a ruger scout rifle, you have iron sights and the ability to mount optics plus detachable mags but thats just me.
     
  10. SixGunsRattlesnake

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    M77. Do it.
    Axis. Do not.
    700. Never go wrong there.

    I bought an Axis in .308 two years ago after selling another in .270
    My .308 I loved, at first. And for a $350 gun id did the Job. I began carrying it exclusively in the field, and thats when I started disliking it. The bolt kept locking out of battery, forcing me to remove it and reset it. Not pleasant in the field with a worthy buck trotting off.

    I should have bought a hawkeye. I could have had me a good wall hanger twice this year if my bolt hadnt jacked up. Maybe I am just grumpy, but Im done with the Savage...
     
  11. Tjurgensen

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    I had an axis a few years ago it shot sub moa straight from the box and after a many hundreds of rounds. Mine was a .223 and worked perfect for coyotes and a little target shooting. Nothing wrong with all three of your choices but the savage I believe has the most value of anything on the market today. Another cheap but quality choice would be remingtons new 783 I heard they were shooters and I believe for around $300.
     
  12. WhelanLad

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    Do Abolts come LH ? thats a neat choice!
    Do you guys have Howa rifles?

    I love my Rem700,Ruger hawkeye and Abilt rifles all pretty much the same lol.

    Used an Axis... it shot nice groups with factory fodder but wasnt as nice to look at.. certainly does the job.

    WL
     
  13. dteed4094

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    I bought a Stevens 200 for $300. The first 3 shots from a cold barrel are one ragged hole center bull. After that they tend to walk slightly. Depending how fast you are shooting it was accurate after a short break-in. That leaves $300 to spend on glass.
     
  14. Seth_A7X

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    Alright, thank you all so much for your help, and sorry for the late reply. I'm on the fence about the Remington 700, because frankly, I don't want to take a 7-800$ gun in the woods and get it beat up or dented. Does anyone have an opinion on the Mossberg 100ATRs? I've been seeing mixed reviews on that. Also the Ruger American. Anything (info/opinions) will help!
     
  15. big_blue79

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    Savage 10, but you'd want to change it's blocky stock as well. They can be had anywhere from $300-$450 if you look hard enough in almost new condition. I've heard good things about the Rem 783, handled some while I worked at(that dreaded store that starts with Wal)and they seemed nice, action on the Ruger American rifle's were smoother IMO though.
     
  16. Partridge02

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    I have a ruger American in .308 paired with a 3x9x40 nikon buckmasters. I have taken two whitetail with it this last season. Very accurate for the money. My stock forend did need sanding to make it completely free floating when it was on a bipod or sand bags. But I very pleased with it
     

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  17. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

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    Alright, thank you all very much. And nice kill
     
  18. Seth_A7X

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    What is your opinions on the Remington 783? I have seen nothing but good reviews on them, and from what I've seen and heard, I kinda like it...
     
  19. AlotOfPayne

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    Hey Seth I don't know if you would be interested, but I'm like you I wanted a 243 so bad but I wanted a specific gun not just and ole 243.I looked and researched forever hadn't really found the gun I wanted and one day while I was in the big city we passed through a dicks sporting goods I never have bought a gun from them.[except after we left] I was just gonna scan over what they had and these guns caught my eye. I asked to see the one in 243 and I told the guy I've never seen that model from savage. Turns out its a exclusive gun savage makes for dicks there called model 11 VT they come in 308 too also 223, 243, 22-250. They have 2 swivel studs with the wider beaver tail forend 24" heavy barrel and a bushnell scope they are free floated too. Now idk if the gun will be too heavy for what you want to use it for like walking through the woods, but for the price of $479 it's tuff to beat after tax I think I paid $514