Good .30-06 hunting rifle?


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squirrel sniper
October 20, 2008, 08:36 PM
I've been looking for a rifle for hunting whitetail deer. I know i want a .30-06, bolt action rifle with iron sights, so don't worry about ability to mount a scope. I dont care about stock matierial, metal finish, or whether its new or used. The most id like to spend is $400, but i can go to $450. Any suggestions you guys can give would be great, thanks.

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glockman19
October 20, 2008, 08:44 PM
Well for 400 I'd look at a Savage 110 otherwise Get a Remington 700 in .30-06. That alone is a rifle that can take any game in the northern hemisphere.

JWarren
October 20, 2008, 08:46 PM
I'd get a Remington 700 and never look back.

I would hate to count the number of deer I've put in the freezer with a Remington 700 ADL in 30-06 over 30 years of deer hunting.

I have nothing against the Savage, but I'd still go with the 700 if at all possible.


-- John

HB
October 20, 2008, 08:52 PM
Finally, somebody that likes iron sights...
I know that both Savage and Remington make 30-06 with irons, but you might have trouble finding a new one. I know you said bolt action but also check out Remington's pump and autos, really cool guns.

HB

Shawnee
October 20, 2008, 08:56 PM
+1 for a used Remington 700.

:cool:

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 20, 2008, 08:57 PM
Any will work well, just pick one. I'd probably find a nice used Savage - a lot of old Savages had iron sights, but if you can pick up a used Remmy 700 in that budget, so much the better!

I have a Savage 110 in .270 with iron sights, but I don't use them - I use the scope.

HB
October 20, 2008, 09:51 PM
I can shoot 1 MOA easily as long as I do my part

I would love to come watch you shoot a few "MOA" groups with iron sights someday. I know it's very do-able with a match or service rifle, but a stock savage with open sights....

HB

homers
October 20, 2008, 10:27 PM
Savage or how about the new Marlin XL7?

kmrcstintn
October 20, 2008, 11:48 PM
the latest Dick's ad has Savage 111/scope combos for $339; basically a Savage in newer synthetic stock w/ very soft recoil pad, removable mag, and older Savage trigger (pre-AccuTrigger); scope most likeky made by Tasco or Simmons; damned good quality accurate rifle...just needs a trigger job; scope good for a few deer seasons

if you really don't want a scope then look for a Savage 111G...the G designation indicates sights included (eg: I have a Savage 111G w/ wood stock that came with sights)

bang_bang
October 21, 2008, 12:04 AM
I own a Model 700 chambered in .270 Win with factory iron sights. I shot my only deer with open sights with that rifle, from a mere 10 yds....

With a scope mounted on the gun, I cannot get the rifle to group, although my girlfriend can drive tacks with it. Just not my favorite gun in the cabinet.

When my dad and I bought it brand new at Wally World, I think it came out to be around $450 with a leather sling and a box of ammo. Remington Model 700s are excellent guns, although I have lately favored Savages, especially their Steven's line of rifles. The trigger on the Savage might have an edge on the 700, but finding a used Savage is a lot harder to do than to find a used 700. If only the Steven's rifles had iron sights.....:mad:

Go to Wally World, Dicks, Gander Mountain...wherever, and pick up each rifle. Get a feel for it and note how the sights compare to the other model if you're a strictly iron sight guy.

akolleth
October 21, 2008, 08:23 AM
Savage 110 or Stevens 200 (same rifle, just with or without the accutrigger)

Very typically has great accuracy (MOA or sub MOA right from the box) and can be had for really cheap new or used. You can get them new for as little as $250 for a stevens, and used for often times under 2 bills.

And the other really nice thing about savages is they use a barrel nut that is easily taken off with a few tools and allows you to completely switch calibers in as little as 10 minutes. Want to shoot 308 today, 6.5 mauser, 8mm, .338, or .35 wheelen? Not a problem. Your one rifle can become 3, 4, 5 or more.

They really are an amazing value for a high powered rifle.

As an example, I recently got my Savage 110E in 30-06 used with a old Weaver scope for $190 from Gunbroker. Heck the scope was worth $75-100 by itself. Took it to the 100 yard range for the first time and was shooting just over 1 inch with LC ball ammo.

Shes not a looker, but she really can out-shoot me
http://san1.atlanta.gbhinc.com/GB/110715000/110715461/pix752189593.jpg

foghornl
October 21, 2008, 09:56 AM
Here you are

Mossberg 4x4 rifle in several calibres:

ImARugerFan
October 21, 2008, 10:30 AM
Anything will work. Just check the used shelves and find one that fits your budget and fits you well. You're not shooting competition, just need to be able to hit a softball at 100 yards. Basically any bolt gun will do this for you.

achildofthesky
October 21, 2008, 11:09 AM
Have fun with your pleasant "problem" I bet that with judicious looking you can easily get a serviceable '06 for under $300 and quite possibly get some extras tossed in too if you are able to fin one locally. Buying face to face will also save you either shipping and ffl costs or tax if buying new locally.

I bought this recently for a Pa deer rifle, general shooter, loaner and truck gun:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=111429873

I know I can sell it for what I put in it including the shipping and ffl costs if I want to later but likely it will be a rifle to hang on to for a while given the bargain basement price for a pretty much new rifle.

Lots, tons probably of lower cost used rifles on gunbroker and the like for very fair prices. I would say, that for your $450 top price you could EASILY find a nice rifle in '06 in sevral different makes. I too like the M700 BDL in '06 with iron sights but would also put a lower power scope on it as my eyes aren't what they used to be. The Savage 110's of the past sell for very nice prices and will certainly get the job done and you have the benefit of a relatively inexpensive barrel swap should you want a change in the future. Mauser sporters are yet another choice and are hell for stout reliable as well. Lot's of Ruger M77's are out there for well under 400 if you look a bit more. You mention metal finish, stock material aren't important and there are a lot of cosmetically challenged but great shooting rifles out there that can be had for about 1/2 of your lower price point.

Be safe and have fun in your quest

Patty

Water-Man
October 21, 2008, 12:42 PM
For that price check out a Howa.

BayouBocephus
October 21, 2008, 01:58 PM
Marlin XL7 for less that $300...sweeet deal...or of course the legend Remington 700

Ratshooter
October 21, 2008, 02:21 PM
There are 4 pages of Savage rifles on GB. On page 3 there is a nice 30-06 with rings but no open sights for $315 on the "but it now" button.

I really like Remington rifles but I have shot several Savage bolt guns and those dudes shoot very well. Also you don't need an Accu-Trigger to have a light pull. The old style trigger can be adjusted down to be a much lighter pull. You do have to readjust he safety when you do this or you can't put it on safe.

Shawnee
October 21, 2008, 02:28 PM
Here is an economical option...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=113837026


This rifle is also available with a wood stock for about $50 more.

Good Luck

:cool:

atblis
October 21, 2008, 02:32 PM
Anybody try one of these yet? I remember looking at the one in a store (only one I've ever seen), and it had an oddly nice trigger.

http://www.raacfirearms.com/Los_9-1.htm

maineac
October 21, 2008, 03:41 PM
I like the 700.Had a nice one but had to give it up,now have savage 308 lever.Took 1100 pound moose at 135 yds with 1 shot 240 gr with the 700.

maineac
October 21, 2008, 03:48 PM
Another note on store bought savage combos,all the ones we carried where I work were scope onle,NO iron sight,thats why I stayed away from them,bang scope in woods and out of luck,no iron to fall back on.

Mossberg88
October 21, 2008, 04:09 PM
I vote M 1903 Springfield. :D

bfhcards
October 21, 2008, 04:12 PM
Check cableas sales they sometimes have good deals on 30-06 this time of year. I got a model 700 sps from them during a sale.

Frog48
October 21, 2008, 05:54 PM
I have a .30-06 Savage. Its a great rifle, and I love the Accutrigger. However, mine doesnt have iron sights, it has a 3-9x40 Nikon ProStaff.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/SigEpGrant/Outdoors/Firearms/SavageNikon1.jpg

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 21, 2008, 06:35 PM
Here is an economical option...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=113837026


This rifle is also available with a wood stock for about $50 more.

Good Luck

Have you lost it, Shawnee? - here you are helping the man get a .30-'06! :p

Shawnee
October 21, 2008, 07:28 PM
"Have you lost it, Shawnee? - here you are helping the man get a .30-'06"


LOLOLOL ! :D:D:D

Hey, the fellow said "...I know I want a 30/06". That sounds pretty decisive to me.

So as long as he remembers I'm not the trigger jerk who talked him into a 30/06 he's welcome to his own decision, Good, Bad or Ugly.

:cool:

ml30-06
November 12, 2008, 09:18 PM
Nice looking rifle "Grant48". I have a savage 110e. I was wondering what scope mount/ring set-up You have on that rifle because my action seems too long to accomodate standard 3x9 scopes like Your Nikon. Thanks for any advice.

killzone
November 12, 2008, 10:27 PM
Wheatherby Vanguard is the way to go. All is well but this guy shoots awsome.

pbrktrt
November 12, 2008, 10:47 PM
i'm not gonna put anyone down for wanting iron sights, but i have to wonder why? with the quality optics we have today i just don't know why someone would not want to take advantage of them. they make accurate shots on game & targets so much more reliable. they eliminate aligning three points into one point. if nothing else i think we owe the animal that much in making a clean, humane kill. besides, my eyes are not what they were & a quality scope evens that out. jmo

Barker45
November 12, 2008, 10:57 PM
I too like iron sights. For a rifle that you might have to bet your life on, irons are a must. Iron sights are there as a back-up to keep you in the fight (or hunt). My genreal purpose rifle is a Remmington 660 in .308 with a light weight HS Precision stock, burris 2-7 compact scope, and Back-up iron sights. It's older than me but shoots .75 MOA and handles/carries like a dream.

kb2zya
November 12, 2008, 11:11 PM
One word Walmart! atr-100 mossberg 30-06 $259.
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc240/kb2zya/Picture022-1.jpg

Clipper
November 13, 2008, 08:31 AM
The cheapest 30-06 I can think of would be a 7.62X54R, knowwhatimean?

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