The Ultimate Big Game Rifle...


February 28, 2009, 01:19 PM
Well I was thinking about buying a Browning A-Bolt White Gold Medallion about a year ago; and I didn't heed the words of many THR members so I ended up buying it anyway. It was just way to pretty of a gun to use! So I'm planning on selling it so I can get a little uglier rifle (about the same performance though) for around $1,000. So my question for y'all is what shall the gun be? I'm going to give it a custom paint job, it needs to be a bolt action, stainless steel, synthetic stock. And I was thinking a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker, Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS, or a Remington 700 XCR. The gun I will get is a .300 WSM but the caliber doesn't matter as long as it is offered in .300 WSM. If it helps make that sentence and [insert here your favorite caliber].

!!!Please state your reasons for the rifle(s) you chose!!!!

What is the accuracy of the rifles/ the white gold medallion?

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February 28, 2009, 02:38 PM
i didnt vote, because i think that synthetic stocks are a disgrace to any good or even adequite rifle. but given the choice i would go with a winchester.

Coal Dragger
February 28, 2009, 02:50 PM
None of the above would qualify as the ultimate big game rifle. Giving up a wood stock for an injection molded plastic stock is your choice, but personally next time I go synthetic it will be for a good fiberglass stock like a McMillan. Much stronger, and provides a much better bedding surface than plastic or wood.

Maybe spend a little more and buy yourself a Kimber Montana in .300WSM. Stainless steel bbl and action, controlled round feed (not that it makes a real difference), nice fiberglass composite stock, light weight.

Art Eatman
February 28, 2009, 02:56 PM
The best rifle I ever worked up was a Weatherby Mark V with a "#2 profile" 26" barrel. '06, with a Canjar trigger and a bit of tweaking of the forearm.

Sub-MOA at 100 and 500 yards.

My father and I have both proven that the old '06 will kill a whitetail deer to 450 and 500 yards. That pretty much ends my worries about cartridges. Justin killed an elk with it, so I guess that sorta covers the capability.

Lotsa other rifle packages will do just as good, though. A lot depends on the shooter.

:), Art

February 28, 2009, 03:05 PM
Weatherby Vanguard 30-06 Sub MOA. Your choice of optic.

February 28, 2009, 03:09 PM
I third Arts and jpwilly's opinions, the weatherby vanguards are really nice rifles.

February 28, 2009, 03:36 PM

I did not vote.

I don't consider the jap made a bolt acceptable and the Rem has poor features such as that extractor and only a two position safety.

If the Kimber was on your list I would have voted for it.

Big Bill
February 28, 2009, 03:41 PM
I also vote for the Weatherby. One can buy a Vanguard for as low as $399. Why? Because of the price and quality. Why buy a Stevens 200 when one could buy a Weatherby Vanguard?

jim in Anchorage
February 28, 2009, 03:50 PM
Pre war M 70

February 28, 2009, 03:53 PM
Buy a Ruger in 30-06 and replace the stock with a McMillan. Or buy a Kimber in 300 WSM and go hunting.

February 28, 2009, 04:33 PM
I don't consider the jap made a bolt acceptable

Some times I am reminded why gun owners get stereotyped as ignorant racist red necks. Good job perpetuating that image.

February 28, 2009, 05:48 PM
I like the rifle I have made by Styer, take a look at this one.

February 28, 2009, 05:56 PM
black powder rifle in 50 cal Thompson Encore.:)

February 28, 2009, 06:10 PM
Remington 700 XCR offers the venerable .375H&H Mag and the .375RAUM. And all of this in a custom synthetic stock.

Obviously this is brand new for 2008 so not many have seen them. But for the money it is the best big game rifle I can think of.


February 28, 2009, 06:13 PM
Sako Synthetic Stainless (

I'd say in 308, 30'06, 300WSM or whatever floats your boat. Very nice gun. Sako uses heavy barrels for their regular barrels, not just varmint ones. I've found them to be very accurate, and they hold 5 in the mag +1 in the chamber for most calibers.

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