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Ok, I'm looking for a good cheap synthetic hunting rifle for around $300 or $400. Which would be better, the ruger american or the savage axis?
 

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See if you can find a Stevens 200 usually run around $325-360, they are based on the pre-accutrigger Savages so there is a lot of aftermarket support for them.
 

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Ok, I'm looking for a good cheap synthetic hunting rifle for around $300 or $400. Which would be better, the ruger american or the savage axis?
the Savage is definately a good choice. the Ruger American, haven't shot one yet, but have handled one and from what i saw and have heard, i think it could be a viable option as well

also check out the Marlin X7 series of rifles. i do actually prefer the Marlins over the Savage Axis, but that's a personal preference. another good one to check out is the Mossberg ATR100. very accurate, but does have some healthy recoil. very solid and dependable rifle.

the Marlin X7's are very good rifle and i now have three of them, a XS7 in 7mm-08, a XL7 in 25-06 and the XS7VH in 308. the Marlin X7's are very accurate, well made, have an adjustable trigger, pillar beddedstock and one fantastic recoil pad. IMO, one of the best rifles for the price.
 

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the Savage is definately a good choice. the Ruger American, haven't shot one yet, but have handled one and from what i saw and have heard, i think it could be a viable option as well

also check out the Marlin X7 series of rifles. i do actually prefer the Marlins over the Savage Axis, but that's a personal preference. another good one to check out is the Mossberg ATR100. very accurate, but does have some healthy recoil. very solid and dependable rifle.

the Marlin X7's are very good rifle and i now have three of them, a XS7 in 7mm-08, a XL7 in 25-06 and the XS7VH in 308. the Marlin X7's are very accurate, well made, have an adjustable trigger, pillar beddedstock and one fantastic recoil pad. IMO, one of the best rifles for the price.
I had also considered the marlin, I guess I need to handle them.
 

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So the accu trigger isn't good?
The accu trigger is great the Stevens 200 is a cheaper version of the savage 110 and most aftermarket stocks,trigger,barrels and other part for the 110 works on the Stevens 200 I have a savage edge/axis and I love it the trigger can be a little lighter but its a great cheap hunting rifle bad thang is there is no aftermarket support for it I hear a lot of good review about the ruger american but I have not used one yet
 

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I have never shot a savage or marlin bolt action that was intolerable. I would buy the gun that fit me. I haven't been whacked by a scope since I started buying rifles that fit me. All the newer rifles are pretty accurate.
 

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I had also considered the marlin, I guess I need to handle them.
please do. they are really a very good option for you. worthy of consideration. decently priced in most places.

i have shot all the rifles i have suggested and some of those by others as well, with the exception of the Ruger American. the first one i bought after seeing it at my LGS a few years ago, and shooting it, i knew it wouldn't be the last one i owned! the second and third Marlins did nothing but reinforce that decision.

of all the rifles listed, i really don't think any of them would be a bad choice, just that i am partial to the Marlin X7's. but that's strictly my personal preference.
 

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please do. they are really a very good option for you. worthy of consideration. decently priced in most places.

i have shot all the rifles i have suggested and some of those by others as well, with the exception of the Ruger American. the first one i bought after seeing it at my LGS a few years ago, and shooting it, i knew it wouldn't be the last one i owned! the second and third Marlins did nothing but reinforce that decision.

of all the rifles listed, i really don't think any of them would be a bad choice, just that i am partial to the Marlin X7's. but that's strictly my personal preference.
I like the looks of the marlin x7s, whats your opinion on the stainless steel? What about the pro fire trigger?
 

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I like the looks of the marlin x7s, whats your opinion on the stainless steel? What about the pro fire trigger?
the stainless steel X7's? very nice indeed! my LGS has a XS7 in 243 that's stainless steel, that just keeps begging me to take it home and take up that missing spot for a 243 i have!

the adjustable trigger on the X7'sis great. two of mide are adjust down to under 3 lbs. ( the 7mm-08 and the 25-06) my XS7VH in 308 after doing a little polishing and adjusting is just under 2 lbs.. i am very pleased with the triggers on the X7's. very smooth and breaks clean.
 

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the stainless steel X7's? very nice indeed! my LGS has a XS7 in 243 that's stainless steel, that just keeps begging me to take it home and take up that missing spot for a 243 i have!

the adjustable trigger on the X7'sis great. two of mide are adjust down to under 3 lbs. ( the 7mm-08 and the 25-06) my XS7VH in 308 after doing a little polishing and adjusting is just under 2 lbs.. i am very pleased with the triggers on the X7's. very smooth and breaks clean.
Ok, I am looking into a .308 but I can't find any of the stainless steels online. Do they still make them?
 

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Ok, I am looking into a .308 but I can't find any of the stainless steels online. Do they still make them?
as far as i know they do. shows to be made in the S/S, the regular blst stock and blued finish and the camo version with blued finish.

mine is the XS7VH which has the heavy 26" varmint barrel. here are some pictures of mine.
 

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as far as i know they do. shows to be made in the S/S, the regular blst stock and blued finish and the camo version with blued finish.

mine is the XS7VH which has the heavy 26" varmint barrel. here are some pictures of mine.
I like that, is that barrel aftermarket?
 

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I like that, is that barrel aftermarket?
No it isn't sniper. That's one of three chamberimgs for the x7 varmint hunter. Marlin, as axxe said and as my avatar says, is imo the best rifle out there in your price range. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have ALL of the x7 line including FOUR no one else has yet;)
 

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No it isn't sniper. That's one of three chamberimgs for the x7 varmint hunter. Marlin, as axxe said and as my avatar says, is imo the best rifle out there in your price range. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have ALL of the x7 line including FOUR no one else has yet;)
Wow, you do like the x7.
 

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I had a Ruger M77 in 220 Swift, it was a awesome gun but I don't think you'll find one in your price range. The Savage Axis is getting awesome reviews and is in your price range as is the Marlin. The Savage holds 3+1 rounds and the Marlin is 4+1 round. Probably doesn't matter much in a hunting situation but in a SHTF situation that extra round might come in handy.
I'm going to probably go with a 25-06 ctg. when time comes, here's a short list from Bud's Gun Shop with prices.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...ubcat=1&manufacturers_id=&pfrom=&pto=&x=0&y=0
 
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