Help me select a rifle in .308


September 9, 2008, 12:27 AM
I've read up and and want to buy a rifle chambered in .308. What are my choices? I'll use this rifle for target mainly but possibly deer hunting in the future.

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Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 12:29 AM
Here we go!

Bolt, Semi, Break open, Lever, what do you want?

Price range? $300 or $3000?

September 9, 2008, 12:36 AM
What are my choices?

way to many (about 10,000 rifles) but first tell want a semi or bolt action rifle? because that will narrow to list.

quick list for semi

1. AR-10
2. M1A
3. FAL
4. Saiga

quick list for bolt-action

1. Remington 700 SPS Varmint
2. Savage 11
3. Tikka
4. Howa

September 9, 2008, 12:37 AM
There are many options to go for first we all need to know a few things.
What kind of terrain are you hunting in?
What is your price range?
what kind of ranges will it be used for close,medium,long.
how accurate does it need to be?
bolt action,semi auto,break action,pump action,lever action?

A all around good performer is a basic remington 700 or any remington 700 variant. The browning A-bolts seem to be quite a performer as well.
a good semi auto the Browning BAR maybe a springfield M1a
there are so many 308 hunting rifles around help us help you by giving a little more information on your specific needs.

September 9, 2008, 12:59 AM
don't forget, a lot of great used rifles as well, would never overlook a remmy 788 in 308, nor an old mossberg. Also, if you can afford it , a great target/hunting rifle is the cz, with it's great single set trigger...

September 9, 2008, 02:01 AM
Heard good things about the newer Ruger M77s. I like my bolt guns though. If I were in the market for another 308 for target/hunting, it would be a CZ, Savage, or FN.

Rio Laxas
September 9, 2008, 08:27 AM
For hunting, I think the CZ 550 full stock would serve you well, but if you prefer the American style that works also.

I can also recomend the Ruger #1, if you have any interest in that direction.

September 9, 2008, 08:33 AM
Tikka T3, under $500.00 very accurate. With my 300 WSM and factory ammo, it will put 3 shots inside a penny at 100 yards.

September 9, 2008, 08:37 AM
Remington Model 7. You'll like the light weight, accruacy, simplicity and punch. I purchase mine used at a gun show, and didn't realize what a find it was til I had several months of use.


September 9, 2008, 08:51 AM
I just bought a rifle for a youngster's first deer rifle. I feared .308 would be too much recoil but wanted something to grow into and was torn between a Marlin .30-30 and a bolt .308. I ended up with a Savage 10 scout rifle, 20 in bbl, 6 1/4 lbs, .308 only. My plan is for the kid to use managed recoil ammo which will duplicate .30-30 ballistics for now, and then presto it's a .308 later. Plus he can tell friends he has a .308 now. This was of course intended to have a forward mounted scope but I'm going to add ghost ring sights and leave the possibility of a scope for later. I really like the managed recoil .308 ammo. It's accurate and makes two rifles out of one!

September 9, 2008, 09:38 AM
If you can afford it, an M1A. This can get you right into competitive shooting, plinking and hunting. And it's a REALLY fun rifle to shoot. But spendy for the rifle and mags.

September 9, 2008, 09:45 AM
Browning Abolt or CZ550

September 9, 2008, 10:09 AM
Saiga, FAL, Vepr, Israeli Mauser.

September 9, 2008, 12:40 PM
Got to go wtih the Tikka T3. Those Finns know how to build a good rifle. T3 Varmint in stainless is a great paper puncher and will take deer, too.

September 9, 2008, 12:47 PM
savage or howa best bang for the buck. If you want more of a aftermarket support then go with the savage. Remington 700 are very nice. The model 700 SPS synthetic is a very nice rifle for $550

September 9, 2008, 03:53 PM
id get one of these in .308


Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 9, 2008, 03:56 PM

I like that.:eek:

September 9, 2008, 03:59 PM
Semi auto and CA legal. Amazingly thats what i am going to be saving up for

Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 9, 2008, 04:02 PM
Good for woodchucks.
That is, when there are hundreds of them in the field!:rolleyes:

I could see me at the end of my driveway with THAT!

September 9, 2008, 04:39 PM
What kind of target shooting?

September 9, 2008, 04:58 PM
Affordable: Stevens Model 200. I'm thinking about one myself.

September 9, 2008, 07:23 PM
Come on now, you know questions like this only have one answer!

And that is: "Get the rifle I MYSELF have!"

And by default, that rifle is the best and the one you should get.

September 9, 2008, 07:29 PM
1. Remington 700 SPS Varmint
+1 .

And that is: "Get the rifle I MYSELF have!"
Asking what someone else thinks or suggests is basically asking for their opinion which is based on their experiences, so yes, that is what he is asking. What's wrong with that? Would you rather have him buy what you suggest, or are you implying we should cite our sources and back up our suggestions with empirical data?

September 9, 2008, 07:40 PM
RUGER HAWKEYE! beat the price with a finer rifle? Impossible. cliffy

September 9, 2008, 07:50 PM
Asking what someone else thinks or suggests is basically asking for their opinion which is based on their experiences, so yes, that is what he is asking. What's wrong with that? Would you rather have him buy what you suggest, or are you implying we should cite our sources and back up our suggestions with empirical data?

The problem occurs when you start taking information from people that don't have much to offer. For instance, the people that have only shot one rifle "hey that is the best" Or worse yet people that NEVER shot a type of rifle saying "I dont own but... Is the best!"

Of course this is the internet and anyone can say anything they want. You just need to be aware of this type of "information" floating arround.

September 9, 2008, 07:54 PM
you made is head explode with all the choices you gave him.

Coal Dragger
September 9, 2008, 09:20 PM
The OP should buy a Steyr SSG 69 PII, and then top it with a 3.5-15X50 Nightforce. That should do it. At least I like mine really well.

If you don't want that much tied up in rifle and optics it's hard to beat a Remington 700.

September 9, 2008, 10:25 PM
Sorry but for a first time buyer the Savage will get the most bang for the buck both puns totally intended. The Savage Bolts in .308 are not so exorbitantly priced that the OP will be out too many paychecks to get one and will deliver enough performance to keep them interested in continuing the sport of shooting.
I know my opinion is like all others it stinks like a you know what and we all have one of those too.
But I would go with the Savage. Stevens 200's and Mossberg 100's have too many knocks against them IMHO.

Coal Dragger
September 9, 2008, 10:30 PM
Maybe my idea of affordable is a little different than most other people's ideas of affordable.

The Savage isn't a bad choice either.

September 9, 2008, 10:45 PM
To put Vicdotcom's mind at ease, I love to buy and trade guns sooooo here's my list so you know it's not based on one gun. Browning A-Bolt from the White Gold Medallion down to the regular A-Bolt cal's 30/06, 308, and 300 Winn Mag. I think their great guns just over priced, Remington nice gun fair price. Ruger another nice gun just a bit over priced. Savage nice gun nice price. Tikka a whole lot of gun for under $500.00 Sorry Tikka's my pick, laying it over a sleeping bag for my rest I put 3 Winchester Power Point 150gr bullets inside a penny at 100 yards. Not saying the other's won't do that, but I think for the money you can't hardly the Tikka T3 thats only about $100.00 more then the Savage.

September 10, 2008, 11:39 PM
Wow!! what great response to my original question...

for those of you who posted - thank you, this is exactly what i wanted when i asked the question - now i have a bunch of rifles that i can research.

to answer some of the other questions:

I want a bolt action rifle
I really will be using this rifle almost exclusively for plinking and learning to shoot long range. ( i currently have a bunch of handguns and an ar15 that i haven't ever shot at the rifle range, only the outdoor handgun range)
I would like to keep the cost of the rifle less than $700 and then spend around the same on the scope.

Please keep the opinions coming!

September 11, 2008, 11:15 PM
Well if thats what your wanting to do i would try to find a remington 700 sps varmint or a police if you can find one under 700 "a remington 700 police that is" and put one of the bushinell elite series scopes on it, Or even a SWFA super sniper great scope for the price you wont have a problem with the fixed power since you will be at a range. You also get great out of the box accuracy with the remington 700 series and if you go with the police you get a good shooter,heavy barrel, and a decent stock. Spend the rest on ammo to practice practice and practice!!!

September 11, 2008, 11:50 PM
Savage makes a couple of nice tactical models for around 700 bucks.

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