Question on new budget rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by xxbrooksxx, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. xxbrooksxx

    xxbrooksxx New Member

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    I'm new to the forums so let me first say hi.

    I'm looking to buy a new budget rifle this year and have narrowed it down to 2 different ones. My budget is about 350 I'm not opposed into buying a good used rifle I just haven't found any yet.

    The savage-stevens 200
    or the Rugar American Rifle

    I want it to be in a .308 cal. any advice on which to get would be appreciated.

    thanks,
     
  2. BRAD313

    BRAD313 New Member

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    Both are good guns I like my Ruger tho go to the store pick them up and see Wich one u like the feel of in your hands more.
     

  3. huffmanite

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    While I Have only handled a a few Ruger Americans at stores selliing them, I do own a couple of Stevens 200s. My opinion, buy the Ruger. Another budget type rifle I do own a couple of and I'd also recommend over the Stevens or the Savage Axis would be a Marlin XL/XS rifle.
     
  4. xxbrooksxx

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    I've had a few people tell to look at the Marlins but everyone says stay away from the Axis. However I know the Stevens 200 is a good gun every review I've read on the gun has been positive. I've heard that the Ruger's stock feels extremely plastic and flimsy. I intend to go this weekend and checkout the ruger.

    Is it possible to change out the stock on the American? Have any 3rd party companies started making them?


    Thanks guys
     
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  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I don't have any first hand info on the others, but I have a new Marlin 7X in .25-06 and right out of the box it is one of the most accurate rifles I have. It may just be the best bang for the buck out there right now. The .308 version should be great also.
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  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 308 is very accurate! i have the XS7VH model in 308. has the 26" heavy varmint barrel. only downside to the rifle is the weight. makes a goodbench gun though, but not the 308 for walking alot and hunting. if this is what the OP wnats, then he needs the sporter barrel 308. i have three of the X7 rifles right now with plans for a few more!
     
  7. xxbrooksxx

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    Is the Ruger's trigger system much like that of the "Accutrigger" on a savage? It looks like the same concept. Also is it possible to change out the stock on the American? Have any 3rd party companies started making them?

    thanks,


     
  8. kytowboater

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    I held the marlin, and savage, for me the savage felt the best. I'm a bigger guy though with long arms, I'm 6'2 about 230.
     
  9. ineverFTF

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    I have personally never shot or even handled the stevens, but on principle i would suggest the ruger. I have handled the 308. Model and it feels great. One of the few synthetic stocks i like as much as a good wood stock. Never shot it, but i have shot alot of rugers (handguns only) and they were all flawless, beautiful, and accurate as all hell. Get the ruger and a good scope you have fun!
     
  10. xxbrooksxx

    xxbrooksxx New Member

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    I really like the ruger but the stock is the only thing that turns me off about it. Are there 3rd party stocks for it yet?
     
  11. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Not that i know of. I could easily be wrong. Since you're on a low budget im assuming you wouldnt be able to have a custom stock done for the rifle? If you dont like the stock, look for a different rifle. Your comfort and compatibility with the rifle is the most important part of buying a new one. The savage axis is close to your budget have you looked at those?
     
  12. xxbrooksxx

    xxbrooksxx New Member

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    Yea from what I've read and seen of the Axis..it's sub-par to the Ruger & Stevens 200. My budget is about 350 or so well at least that's what i'm shooting for.
     
  13. rocshaman

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    I don't know if you've actually handled any of the Americans yourself or not but I handled several last weekend at a gun shop close to me. I didn't think the stocks were bad at all, real nice recoil pad on them and really felt pretty solid overall. The gun itself is just a nice piece, a really fine gun. I don't think you could go wrong with one of them.
     
  14. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    If you really want to stay at 350 or so, look for a used rifle. You will never find a good NEW rifle for 350 and have room for a scope. Look for a used remmy 700 if it already has a scope on it you can get from 250-450 depending on the seller and condition.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    more than likely not any aftermarket stocks for the Ruger American yet as new as it is to the market.