which rifle brand?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by iahunter87, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. iahunter87

    iahunter87 New Member

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    Am looking to purchase a rifle in 25-06 caliber for deer hunting and coyote Control and was looKing at the rem 700 sps stainless but also had ppl tell me savage. What brand should I choose I've shot rem shotguns for years deer hunting and never had problems just need opinions from more informational poeple thanks.
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Either brand will serve you well.
    The 25/06 is one of my favorite calibers,and is an excellent deer/varmint hunting caliber. I shoot a heavy barreled Savage 25/06,I prefer the heavy barrel in this caliber,a sporter barrel will be too hot to shoot after a couple rapid shots.
    You can also look at Tikka,Howa/Weatherby Vanguard,Ruger,Marlin,Browning,Winchester,Thompson Center,they all produce rifles in 25/06,but some only come with a 22" barrel,and a 24" -26" barrel performs better with this caliber.
     

  3. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    You left out Sako, TX:rolleyes:

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  4. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    If to are not opposed to spending a little more, look at the Tikka T3. Well worth the extra cash.
     
  5. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    No,I was just listing rifles under $1k,and since the Tikka is just an economy Sako,I think that will work for him.
    There are many other premium brand rifles that will surely work,but they also carry a premium price tag.:D
     
  6. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    Savage...Champagne accuracy on a beer budget:) 25-06 is my favorite deer caliber.... It can be a bit prissy when your working up a good handload, but when the moon and stars align it's a awe inspiring zip code killer.
     
  7. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Best description of a Savage I've ever herd. I would choose a Savage 10 over a 700 any day.
     
  8. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Then I won't cut you out of my will just yet :D
     
  9. iahunter87

    iahunter87 New Member

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    Txhillbilly what model is ur savage I was wanting a heavy barrel for my 25-06 and Remington was goin make a rifle with a heavy barrel but stopped and could u send a pic of ur rifle
     
  10. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I called Effie Sullivan at Savage,and had the Savage Custom shop build the one I have a few years ago.
    For about the same money you could just buy a Savage long action rifle,and swap barrels with an aftermarket heavy barrel. The only reason I went with the factory barrel is one of the shooting matches I shoot in only allows factory rifles in the class I shoot in.
    Whether you buy a Savage or the Remington SPS,you'll probably want/need to get an aftermarket stock for the rifle. The factory stocks SUCK!
    Ruger does offer the M77 in a heavy barreled 25-06,and there are some as well as the Remington 700 for sale on gunbroker.

    This is mine in a Choate tactical stock-

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  11. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Nice shootin TX!!! :D (you see what i did there?)

    how do you like that Choate stock?
     
  12. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    For the price,the Choate stock is well worth it.
    They aren't the prettiest girl at the dance,but they do a fine job supporting the action.
    I love Manners stocks,but you can buy 3 Choates for the price of 1 Manners.
     
  13. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    I agree with Tx.. the factory synthetic Savage stocks are not rigid enough for good Bi-pod supported shooting. ( too much flex for my liking)

    Another after market stock to consider for the Savage 110FB 111's 112's is the Bell and Carlson Dura Max. (my go to) They are excellent heavy stocks and for a Benjamin +/- they are a good buy. key search is LONG ACTION the are made for heavy barrels.

    I should add these stocks are discontinued, but can still be found ebay, and other type auctions etc.
     
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  14. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    I'll let Sam know you like it.
     
  15. Apex-Predator

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    I have owned plenty of rifles so I have a pretty good sample size, speaking purely in terms of accuracy/utility/value here is how I rank them.
    1st Tikka T3 sub 1/4 MOA accuracy with handloads, only 6lbs in weight, perfectly reliable, hella fine trigger and the smoothest action in the universe. Found my SS model for only $408 NIB best buy I have ever come across. Only gripe I can dream up is the lackluster recoil pad, though that is not an issue at all on my 6.5x55.
    2nd Savage 110. Owned half a dozen Savages all have been fantastic. If I wanted to nit pick I could complain about Savages being bullet picky but at the end of the day they all shoot easily sub-MOA with a variety of good hunting bullets. My $300 Savage 30-06 has one of the best triggers of any rifle and the recoil pad is the best of any rifle I have ever used in any price range.
    3rd Winchester 70 Featherweight. If style and feel top your criteria list bump this one to 1st place it just oozes class. Action is fantastic, trigger is great, and the walnut stock is to die for, it simply does not get any better, looks and feels like a much more expensive rifle.
    4th Marlin XS7 REALLY good for a cheap gun, almost makes you forget you got it for under $300 when you start shooting holes in holes at the range. Alot like the Savage except the finish is a little cheaper/gritter.
    5th Browning A-Bolt. Shoots as tight as anything.....but it took ALOT more work getting it to shoot tight. I love the fit of my A-Bolt and the flip down magazine is my favorite feature. While the action/trigger are good they are nowhere near Tikka good, the Finnish rifle is just in a completely different class in terms of fine tuning.
    6th Remington 700 Yep I gatta give Remington last place, I have owned several 700s and the last two were a huge letdown, piss poor does not cover it, one would not shoot at all, and the other was rusting like it just came out of a salt bath despite regular oiling and cleaning. I won't waste my money on another.
     
  16. iahunter87

    iahunter87 New Member

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    I personally called savage and they don't make a heavy barrel 25-06. What's ur opinion on a 243 caliber they do have heavy barrel options for that?
     
  17. Salvo

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    I ordered a "magnum weight" 24" barreled .243 from Savage in stainless with a thumb-hole stock.

    It worked out to be the most accurate rifle I've ever owned, and will put five rounds into 1/2" with my favorite load.

    That's 47 grns of H4350 pushing a Nosler 70 grain ballistic-tip bullet at 3450 fps.

    All I ever do with it is punch paper - but it would do the job as a long-range varmint rifle.

    In a pinch, I could use 100 grain factory loads and shoot a deer, etc..

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    Weighs ten pounds with the Nikon Monarch 4-16x42 side-focus BDC scope.

    No kick to speak of. - I'm thinking of getting a drop-in single-shot adapter, as that is how I use it.

    Note that custom-ordered guns are a bit pricey.
     
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  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    but you can rebarrel a Savage at home with a few tools, and some basic skills.
     
  19. Apex-Predator

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    Savage does make the 111 Long Range Hunter in 25-06, 26" medium/heavy barrel. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that thing will drive tacks.
     
  20. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Did you ask to speak with Effie Sullivan?
    If not,call her and ask if they still have any 24" 25/06 heavy barrels left in stock,if they still have any of those barrels you can get them to build you a 110 FP,or any other style depending on the stocks they have that will work with the barrel.
    The 111 Long Range Hunter is a great rifle,and even has a decent stock on it.
    It would be a great choice in 25/06 also.