buying my first centerfire rifle inquire

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by moos420, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. moos420

    moos420 New Member

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    I have been shooting my 22 and feel that it is time to upgrade. I am looking at buying my self my first centerfire rifle. I will be using the rifle many for hunting and maybe some target shooting (long range if I do). My uncle said to get a .308 or a .303 for the game that we would be hunting. I just want to know some opinions on different rifles. these are some question I have are,
    what is the best bang for your buck?
    what is the best quality rifles no price limit?
    what is you views on Sako?(i was looking at the a7)
    what about stock with adjustable cheek rest? (like or dislike or not cost effective.)
    and finaly what are the thing to think about when buying a rifle?( my 22 was given to me)

    Thank for all your time and help moos420
     
  2. Fleetman

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    My choice would be the .308. Ammo is generally available and military surplus is reasonably cheap.

    I like Remington 700's, Ruger 77's, and CZ 550's. Sako's are also very nice but I have not owned one.

    Weight and fit would be my biggest factor if used for hunting....recoil of the .308 is near-negligible anyway.

    I would think any .308 from any one of the name-manufacturers out there would give you a good platform for load-experimenting to find what you need for your hunting/shooting needs.

    Good luck and better hunting!
     

  3. Ram Rod

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    Get a Savage .308. Then look into reloading for it. Just my opinion.
     
  4. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    Buy a Savage, for the money, they are a hard rifle to beat. If money is not an issue, buy a Savage Law Enforcement model. I had one for a while that had a HS Precision stock and mounted a 4-16X scope on it. I was a tack driver. I could hit a dime at 100 yards all day long with Ultramax BTHP. It was a little heavy and I decided to trade it off for a AR 15.

    I have owned many Savages, and currently have one in 223. It shoots better than a CZ I had when I bought the Savage. I got rid of the better looking CZ because the Savage could out shoot it all day long with any ammo.

    Just my .02
     
  5. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I must concur when it comes to buying a Savage firearm as your first center fire. The accu-trigger feature is nice on the newer guns, although, the older 110 models sported a very fine trigger. The Savage may be a Plain Jane but out of the boxes they are shooting machines. Every Savage that I have ever shot has been very accurate. Take care of this firearm and it will last you a lifetime.
     
  6. Fleetman

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    I have to agree with Ram Rod, CaseyChadwell, and hunter Joe. I neglected the Savage simply because I don't own one in centerfire although I do own a .22LR and a .22WRM. Savage rifles are legendary-accurate right from the box and they are also very reasonably priced. Good advice from the guys!
     
  7. Ram Rod

    Ram Rod New Member

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    Sometimes I just post a short response on my initial thoughts. To elaborate a bit and add to hunter Joe's response.....I bought a Savage model 110FP at a gun show years ago for right at $400 and very slightly used. Ranks in the top three of my overall purchases to this day. Bought a B&C stock for it, and a Springfield Armory Gen III scope, and had it professionally bedded and trigger work done by Aurora Tactical. All total maybe added investment of $500. My rifle is now the closest thing to the M40A1 I used in the Marines. Reloading for the .308 cartridge is excellent for a beginner to get into. I get the same accuracy out of a wide range of bullet weights from 90gr to 175gr with careful measurements. For the most part, centering around the 150-168gr weight, the ballistics of the .308 are rather easy to memorize as well.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Another plus for the Savage is that you can easily change calibers with them at home if you have any mechanical skill and the proper tools. Most other brands you would have to have a gunsmith involved with changing out the barrels/bolt assemblies.
     
  9. moos420

    moos420 New Member

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    thank you for alll your opinions i will take your advice into account when i buy my rifle and will look into the savage range of rifles thanks for your time
     
  10. dls56

    dls56 New Member

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    My .308 is a T/C Icon Classic ICON® - Thompson/Center
    It has a lot of nice features and might be worth looking at while you're in the market. Best of luck with whatever you decide, let us know how it works out.
     
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    What is long range shoot to you?

    How far are you taking shots at game?

    Best bang for your buck is going to be a gun that fires and goes BANG.

    The best quality without price limit is going to be a totally custom built rifle with a custom action (Bat, Surgon, Kelbly, Nesika, ect......) with a high quality stock and a high quality barrel made with single point cut rifling (Kreiger) Then you need a scope lets just say if you are spending $3000 to build a rifle you ain't puttin no Tasco on it. Figure at least $4500 for a rifle with a scope (leupold and Night Force are you bottom of the top end). Smidt and bender, ziess, and swaroski are the top of the top along with a new commer March by Denon Optics.

    Sakos have been and are high quality rifles with a solid design and superb craftsmanship.

    As far as adjustable stock if your going to get an adjustable cheek piece then get one that is fully adjustable.

    Looks to me like you are wanting to do two totally different things with one gun.

    A long range shooter is going to have a long barrel 30+ inches. A 1moa hunting rifle is not going to get you shots out to 500+ yards. Your long range shooting is going to take a heavier gun 15+ pounds some times and are you really going to want to be packing a 15# rifle threw the woods? Then shooting long range needs power lots of power in your optics. You don't need a 12-42x56mm nightforce scope for eastern deer hunting you will never see the darn thing because the FOV is so small.


    You need to figure out what you want to do with a rifle and not what you would like to do. Then you need to figure out what cartridge you want to use. Then after you figure out that you need to pick your rifle. Then you need to figure out what scope you want to put on it and what mounts you want to use.
     
  12. bb1

    bb1 New Member

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    I would not even consider the .303. They have the trajectory of a rainbow. Not good for long range work.
    How old are you? Are you done growing? If you are, then a good way to see if your gun fits is to:
    Close your eyes, put the rifle to your shoulder, then open them. If you are looking through the scope, then it is ready for hunting.
    I wouldn't look at the price tag until I had made my choice. You can spend alot of money on a well polished turd.