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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Georgiahunter, Aug 10, 2011.
price range $350-$650 looking for a bolt action
Savage 110 hands down.
Really depends on what you want one for
I like carbines myself so I'd vote for the Savage Model 10FCM Scout Hunter
To avoid confusion the original 110 was available in a .308(short action) the new Savages with a 3-number model code are long action, and the short action are 2-number.
As Hossfly said, it depends on what you want to do.
In brand new, regardless of the model, i.e. 10, 11, 12, 14 or 16, the actions are the same. The model variants come with different barrel tapers or stock options or finish.
The best value in .308 is the Stevens 200, is uses the same action as a standard Savage. The Axis series uses a different action but is priced accordingly, both at the lower end of you budget.
At the upper end of your budget a Savage 11FCNS (F= synthetic stock, c= detachable magazine, ns= no sights) should work well for most activities.
Some of the big box stores (like Dicks) have a package deal with rifle and scope (but beware that the model number don't usually match the standard Savage codes).
The 110 is a long action. Did you mean a model 10?
You can get a heavy barreled Savage 10FP for around $600,or a model 12 FLV for about the same.Either will shoot lights out with good handloads.
I have modified versions of both rifles.
Certainly nothing wrong with a Savage in .308 for what you budgeted. If a Savage interests you, then you might want to consider one of the Marlin XS7 rifles too, since it is so similiar to a Savage. Its gained a pretty good reputation for being accurate out of the box and has a decent adjustable trigger. Recently I bought one of Marlin's newest versions of their XS7, the model X7VH in .308. It has a 26" heavy varmit barrel and price was $329. I have a Marlin XL7 in 25-06 too that I've owned for 2 or so years now...have been very pleased with it. This is main reason I bought the .308 when I found it in a local store.
Got to say that savage makes a mean budget rifle in the axis group. The xp comes with a factory installed bore sighted bushnell scope that fits budget shooters that still want a quality rifle. Love my 30-06.
the rifles are good, but the scopes most of them put on them in a packaged deal are somee of the cheapest, bottom drawer optics there is. my suggestion, is buy the bare rifle, and put a good scope on it. i have several of the Marlin X7 series of rifles, 308 heavy barrel, 25-06, and a 7mm-08. i like them all. but i bought good scopes and mounted them. you will like them better with a good scope on them.
Absolutely, but for now, the scope is fine for hunting in the woods making 100-150 yard shots.
if it's just to get out and hunt, sure they are fine. but i bought a couple of rifles in the past that were package deals. i won't do it anymore. just money wasted IMO. now i just buy the bare rifle, and order the scope i want. this is just what i have learned from past experiance. buy enough of those packaged deal rifles, you will end up with a drawer full of 3-9x40 scopes!
The scope that came on my .223 Axis was a Bushnell. I'm sure bottom of their lineup but adequate for what I do with the gun. I got the package deal for $279 so a bare rifle would have cost the same. Even if I upgrade the scope down the road, I basically have a free 3x9-40 to throw on a rimfire.