Which way to spend $500-600?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by shaman, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. shaman

    shaman New Member

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    I got an email saying that I needed to participate more, so I pose this question that I am currently pondering. I have $500-600 to spend on a Christmas present to myself.

    1. Buy a Savage FV-SR. I have always wanted a short rimfire that would take a suppressor if I get one, and with a EVO SS stock, and bottom metal, will come out to about $450-500. Scope is already laying around. I have a few 10/22s, but only a "benchrest" MK2, and 2 other Savage Mk2 in 17hm2, so the magazines are not an issue. I priced out bolt handle, barrel cut and thread, and I can sell or partout and come out ahead.

    2. I don't currently have a "deer rifle". I sold a 20" 7.62x39 upper because it was too long for stand hunting, and for walking. I have been looking at used uppers, but they are few and far between, and can't beat a SOTA Arms upper in price or features. The bolt issues that flared up seem to have been taken care of. If not, they will send another or a refund. Without that even, the bolt is $100, and comes out cheaper than buying a Model 1 Sales, Delton etc. Upper is $400-510, and mags are $60ish from MidwayUSA, and I already have a leftover 10 rd from the last sale.

    3. I don't need it, but want a bullpup 10/22. RJF ZK-22 or a HTA 90/22 bullpup ($300)stock, plus barrel ($80-infinity), and trigger work ($70-140). I would honestly like to see an AUG or Tavor, but i dont' know if it will ever happen. I don't like the look of the JBunting bullpup.
     
  2. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    Get yourself a deer rifle! There is plenty of good ones to be had for $600.
     

  3. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    .22 suppressor gets my vote I know you didn't put it in the running but you did mention it. Put the extra into getting your 10/22 threaded.
     
  4. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    I suggest you get a threaded barrel for your 10/22 and a suppressor for it. Silencer Co. Sparrow gets good reviews.
     
  5. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Check out huntertown arms 10/22 barrel.
     
  6. shaman

    shaman New Member

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    The paperwork will have to wait guys. Just looking at firearms right now.
     
  7. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Texas with no deer rifle??

    Ok, with your budget, there's really only one way to go...
    Marlin X7-VH in .22-250 Remington or .308!!

    Its a heavy barrel version of the famed X7 series...adjustable target trigger, fluted bolt, factory bedding & recoil pad...
    BUT it only runs around $360 at the best gun shops (like Bud's)...
    which leaves you a nice chunk of change in the budget for a good scope :)

    The VH is also danged light for a HB rifle...7&3/4 pounds
    and you can get Boyd's Laminate stocks for around $99 later if you don't like the Synthetic...

    The X7 series, straight out of the box tends to be Sub-MOA if the shooter is capable of it, they start at $299...
    the VH version just adds 500 yard+ long-range capability for those Texas Pronghorns...;)
     
  8. AsSeenOnTV

    AsSeenOnTV New Member

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    I have a bunch of guns of all kinds, AK, AR, Galil, Shotgun, Revolvers, Bolt actions, Semi auto pistols, and my favorite 'only one' gun is my Sako Bolt Action 25.06. It reaches out and touches someone flatter than all my others, and is a blast to turn rocks into sand with. It also would be my go to gun if shtf and i was on my own out in the wilderness.
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have an FVSR and it is a nice little rifle. Why not a 16" 6.8 SPC upper? The 7.62x39 uppers seem to have a lot of problems. Or you could just buy a 30-30.
     
  10. hareebrownbeest

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    Here's my FV SR. Took it out today matter of fact. Great gun, smooth and flawless, accurate too. Then I shot my 30.06 at 700 yards and that was way more satisfying:)
     
  11. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    20" too long for stand hunting??
    Sounds like improper stand prep...
    treat your stand like a bowhunter would...
    cut branches where needed in the shooting lanes and replace them on the backside of your stand...
    prevents exposing yourself to the deer by having cover behind you...

    I usually stalk with a rifle...favorite for small critters is an old Marlin 37 w/ 24" barrel, which is great for squirrel/rabbit/etc...
    being 6'3 tall, I have to scramble a bit in the brush anyway...so a long barrel is no big deal...
    the Big Critter favorite is a Marlin 336RC w/ a 20" barrel...no issues there either :)
     
  12. shaman

    shaman New Member

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    Big Shrek, it wasn't my stand.

    JTJ, I don't see a reason to get the 6.8. I understand that ballistically it's better than the x39, but for 1-150 yards, I don't see the difference being enough to take or lose an animal. If I need to go bigger, then a Grendel, 243 or 260 will be next in line, but currently no where to "stretch it's legs".
     
  13. Old_Crow

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    I would look for something larger than a 7.62x39 for deer hunting. I hunted for two seasons with an SKS I never had to get a dog to find deer I had shot so many times in my life. I made good shots that if I had been shooting a 30/06 or a shotgun slug the deer would have been right there. One deer I shot managed to run 150 yards after being hit four times in the heart with an SKS. I had to get a friends oldest beagles that would lick blood off the ground to stay on the trail to find the deer. A lesser dog would not have found the deer because I had destroyed the scent trail with my initial efforts to find the deer.
     
  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I was considering a reliable cartridge available in a 16" barrel for an AR. I use the 7.62x39 in a Mini 30.
     
  15. shaman

    shaman New Member

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    Old crow my other choice is a bolt or ar10 in 243 or 260. Maybe a grendel. But it seems that I can get an ar10 for just a little more than a Grendel upper alone.