cheap rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by rob1990, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    I'm looking for a cheap but acurate 30-06 I'm thinking of going with the remington 770 because I've heard there very accurate but if anyone has any suggestions please let me here them. I don't want to spend more then $350ish thanks
     
  2. longunner

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  3. kytowboater

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    Entry marlin rifles are popular, ruger American which I own, haven't shot it yet though, savage axis are popular. The 770 is hit or miss it seems. The bolt seems to be the biggest downfall. The mossberg is supposed to be decent but kicks like a mule I've been told.

    The Ruger American will be the top of your range. It was a little over $350 after tax for me in ky. Msrp is $450. Some people are asking that.
     
  4. rob1990

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    I looked at the ruger it seemed to have a less wobbly bolt just wasn't sure of there accuracy
     
  5. Gatoragn

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    Shop for used rifles, I bought a used Ruger M77 18-20 years ago, still puts venison in the freezer.
     
  6. kytowboater

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    Supposed to be very accurate out of the box. Free floated barrel a "power block" receiver. They claim the best in the category b
     
  7. rob1990

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    What exactly is a ''power block'' receiver? Also I have a bushnell trophy 3-9x40mm scope sitting on my shelf brandnew in box would that be good enough for a 30-06?
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the Remington M770 is not an accurate rifle, or at least the one i owned and the others i have shot. there are those who seem pleased with them and some do seem accurate, but these are the exception, not the rule. bolts are sloppy and sometimes stick and will fail at times to pick up the next round, the triggers are gritty and heavy feeling, the stocks are very flimsy and the barrels are press fitted to the reciever. none of which is condusive of an accurate shooting rifle. personally, in the price range of the M770, there are way much better choices.

    the Marlin X7 series of rifles are IMO, one of the best bargains in the entry level field of bolt action rifles. very well made, very accurate and decently priced. they have an adjustable trigger, pillar bedded stock, free floated barrels and an excellent recoil pad. the bad is, the forearm of the stock is a little flimsy, not bad, beings the barrel is free floated. it's an easy fix and i have fixed all three of mine. the other downfall is the limited selection of calibers. i wish they would bring out some more like a 7mm Rem. Mag., a 300 Win. Mag., and some others as well. thes X7's IMO, are one of the best available in the price range and the only thing bargain about them is the price.

    the Mossberg ATR100, another good choice if looking for a hunting rifle. reason i say this is, just as mentioned, they are one hard kicking rifle! i had one in 30-06, and it had to have been the hardest recoiling 30-06 i have ever owned. accurate as hell with my handloads and i shot some very, very small groups with mine. all in all, a very good rifle nonetheless, well made, looked good and was very reliable and accurate. just hard kicking!

    the Savage Axis series is another good choice. not a bad rifle indeed. haven't owned one but have shot several of them. accuracy is very good, they are well made and are very reliable. now my detraction is more from a personal preference and not any disrespect for the Axis by any means, but the rifle just doesn't fit me well when shouldered, and seems, well, delicate or made more for a youth than a full grown man. but i do recommend them as they are a very good rifle at a very good price.

    the Ruger American, i have only seen one so far and held it. i hae read about them and seen the reviews. so far, the consensus seems to be a quality made rifle with decent accuracy at a good price. seems pretty good to me. now i wouldn't buy one personally as again, personal preference, i didn't like the way it shouldered. that's just me though. but with all i have read and what i saw personally, i would recommend at least checking them out and giving them consideration. i also like Ruger rifles and have owned many of the M77's over the years, but the Ruger American just doesn't fit me the way a M77 does. again, just personal preference.

    also check out the Weatherby Vanguard and the Howa 1500. same rifle different names and a different stock. an excellent rifle and very well made and very accurate. little more expensive than the others i listed, but well worth the money.

    then there is always used rifles. i have bought many very nice used rifles over the years. some even less than half in price of what the same rifle was when new. check out your local gun stores and pawn shops. used, check out the Remington M700's, Winchester M70's, Weatherby's, Ruger M77's and many others. sometimes used rifles have only been shot few times and are sometimes in very good condition. many times some will even already have a scope and sling already installed which can make the deal even better.

    hope all this helps you in making a choice and good luck and let us know what you find. if you find something and like it and want more information, just let us know and we will try and help you out.
     
  9. kytowboater

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    Is their version of pillar bedding? I guess. Bolts everything together tight, and makes for better accuracy. Google it. Has videos.

    My friends all use the scope you listed. Puts deer in the freezer year after year. I opted for a Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40, not to much more expensive. I can't wait to be home from work and try to shoot it.

    Wife is preggo again so who knows when I get to shoot again. :(

    The ruger also has an adjustable trigger.

    For me it was between the marlin and the ruger, the ruger fit me better, and the fact it had scope bases factory installed was a plus.

    Good luck.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    has a V-shaped aluminum block made into the stock, that makes for a rigid platform when bolt together and enhances the accuracy.

    yes for the most part it would just fine for a 30-06 for hunting.
     
  11. cottontop

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    What axxe55 said about the Marlin X7 series. Most accurate rifle out of the box I have ever owned.
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  12. rob1990

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    Sounds like ill be looking into the ruger I liked it better then the remington anyway. I've seen the savage,remington,ruger at walmart and my lgs but havnt soon the x7 at all
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you owe to yourself to check out the Marlin X7. i have three of them and they are probably one of the best bargains in bolt action rifles there is, IMO.

    i have a XS7 in 7mm-08, that i restocked with a Boyd's grey laminate stock and is one very accurate and very enjoyable rifle to shoot. i have a XL7C in 25-06 that is quite accurate as well, that i did some minor stock work on. that one is also very enjoyable to shoot and the factory camo stock is very nice looking. my truly favorite of all of them is my XS7VH in 308. heavy 26" varmint barrel. this one i have done quite a bit of work to it. have glass bedded the stock, reinforced the forearm of the stock with a steel rod, added quite a bit of weight to the buttstock and have this up to about 13.5 lbs. have done sone minor trigger work to it and have the trigger to just under 2 lbs. mounted a Swift Premier 8-32x50 scope on a modified scope base. this one with my handloads is very accurate.

    please check out the Marlins. everyone i have recommended them to and those i know that have bought them, and several others here on the forum as well, have been simply impressed with these rifles. i doubt you would regret buying one.
     
  14. rob1990

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    Anychance a dicks sporting goods or a gandermoutain would have the marlin x7? I havnt checked them yet. Basicly what I'm trying to get is a sniper style rifle for as little money as possible that would be fun to shoot when I'm in the mood for long range shooting.
     
  15. kytowboater

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    I've not seen marlins at any of the big box stores here. All the ones I saw were at my lgs. Selection of calibers was meager. .
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Rob, just a word of caution, most of here on the forum really detest the term, "sniper rifle" just like we detest the term, "assault rifle" or "assault weapon". those are liberal media and gun haters defintions of what rifles some of us own. semi-auto rifle or sport utility rifle, or a target rifle would be much more accurate and usefule terms to use.

    now it would be best you check out the Marlin XS7VH in 308, or 223 or even 22-250 if you are wanting a a nice accurate and inexspensive target rifle. of all the entry level rifles, they are the only ones available thay i know of with longer, heavy barrels. which is much better suited for long sessions of target shooting. i paid $370 for my XS7VH in 308 NIB before taxes. even with all the work i have done to it, i still have less than a $1000 in the rifle and scope and parts.
     
  17. rob1990

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    Oh ok I was between the 308,7mmmag and the 30-06 my main reason for wanting to go with the 30-06 was because I already have a few hundred rounds for it got ahold of it when my uncle passed away and figured id save money by already having ammo that and if I ever decide to hunt with it it'll pretty much take down anything I need it to.
     
  18. rob1990

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    Ive ruled out the 770 im between the ruger american and the marlin x7 if i can find one
     
  19. Axxe55

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    check out Buds. they usually seem to have them. i ordered one from my LGS, the XS7VH, the others he keeps in stock usually.

    here's a few pictures of my XS7VH in 308.
     

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  20. longunner

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    Nice lookin gun...is there alot of aftermarket stocks for it?