The Workin' Man's Rifle.


March 2, 2009, 06:14 PM
I own a Browning A-Bolt White Gold Medallion; and I realized it is way to nice to hunt with. So What gun should I get now? I want a stainless/synthetic and I am Planning on painting it camo.

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March 2, 2009, 06:23 PM
I've been real happy with the Savages with Accutriggers.

You can get these in short or long actions.

March 2, 2009, 07:03 PM
my dads rem mohawk 600 5.56 its a great walking carbine. they say its to small to take dear with. i have 3 mounts that would tell you different if they could talk. one was at 250yrds with a 65grain hollow piont. it was dead before it hit the ground

March 2, 2009, 08:25 PM
marlin xl/xs-7 great guns and great price only problem in no stainless yet

March 2, 2009, 09:17 PM
Ya know, I was like that with my Remington 700 BDL (I know, I know; it's not really in the same league as your White Gold Medallion), but after a few scratches and such, I'm completely past that. I actually like a bit of honest wear, as I think it adds individual character to the rifle.

March 2, 2009, 09:40 PM
What about a Marlin .308 Express?

Comes in stainless/laminate.

March 2, 2009, 09:51 PM
I have two Browning Abolts, .308 and .270wsm , both are synthetic.
I would seriously get a CZ550 American in walnut.

March 2, 2009, 09:51 PM
Buy a new or used beater stock for hunting and the pretty one for special bragging and gloating. :D

March 2, 2009, 11:00 PM
Tikka T3 Accurate, lightweight, reasonably priced and did I say accurate.

March 3, 2009, 12:05 AM
i vote Other!

Remington 700 SPS Varmint

Deer Hunter
March 3, 2009, 12:10 AM
A "working man's" rifle?

Depends on the trade....

March 3, 2009, 02:05 AM
Savage. Anyone with go/no go gauges, a barrel nut wrench and a vice can change barrels, and calibers. Sweet deal. Accutrigger is GREAT for a factory trigger. I dont own one or anything, but like them and will probably get a savage in .308 some day. Top it with a Bushnell elite 3200/4200 scope and I would be set (had a 3200 5-15x40, GREAT scope).

Remington 700 wouldnt be a bad gun, either. Most of the other bolt actions out look just plain stupid to me.

CZ makes nice guns, too...but Im keeping as much of my money here in the states...

Coal Dragger
March 3, 2009, 02:46 AM
Within a $1000 budget I would recommend the Kimber or Sako in no particular order. The Kimber has a great action, and a nice synthetic stock that is very rigid. The Sako is also a really nice action, and the Sako trigger is good and crisp and is easily end user adjusted.

I can also say some really good things about the Steyr SBS Prohunter. Very strong action, good trigger, and excellent barrel. I've shot several of them and all have been accurate. I don't care for the stocks though.

The others I am not as impressed with but would go for the Weatherby or the Winchester other than those mentioned above.

March 3, 2009, 03:04 AM
Without checking current prices, I'm pretty sure you haven't even touched the price point of a working man's rifle. Not even close! Everything you list is quite near or over $1,000 as a production rifle even without putting glass on it or some 'dura coating' in camo.

Stepping out on a limb here... Your post is sort of stupid. If you'd paint a Kimber 8400 why not ruin.. er uh, paint a Browning A Bolt White Gold Medallion?

OK, your choice, but the others you list are no less in quality or price than your Browning. The Browning A Bolt is a fine rifle, painted camo or not.

Keep it. Customize it to what you feel you need it to be.

Otherwise, the working man's rifle is well less than $1,000, has a composite stock and is most likely not stainless. If stainless, it's closer in value to a Ruger77mkII, Tikka T3, Savage, or Remington 700.

The working man's rifle is also probably purchased as a used rifle.


Coal Dragger
March 3, 2009, 03:06 AM
Yeah I forgot to add for the OP: skip the paint.

March 3, 2009, 03:16 AM
Being that I am an '06 fan I would say anything in '06-lol. For a decent deer rifle try a Ruger 77 synthetic. Very accurate, good trigger, smooth action. What more can you ask from a "working man's rifle"??? For a reliable auto loader try a tried and true 7400 or an older 742. wc

March 3, 2009, 07:54 AM
336 Marlin

March 3, 2009, 09:27 AM
savage and a barrel nut wrench

March 3, 2009, 09:30 AM
Don't fall for the 700 coolaid drinkers.

savage or weatherby

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 3, 2009, 09:40 AM
Depends on the budget, but if the budget will do it, get the Steyr or Sako. May as well get the best. Maybe the Browning A-Bolt Stalker.

March 3, 2009, 09:47 AM
Savage 10 FP...under $600 and it does just fine out to 1,000 yards with decent glass.

March 3, 2009, 09:51 AM
Check out those Savages. You get your dollars worth...

March 3, 2009, 10:08 AM
I hunt with my Browning A-Bolt White Gold Medallion......

March 3, 2009, 10:39 AM
I prefer the Browning above most. If I had to choose a second favorite for field use, it'd be a Ruger 77MkII.

March 3, 2009, 11:41 AM
Yep, Ruger MKll 30-06 for me also .

Brian Williams
March 3, 2009, 11:47 AM
Marlin 336 in 30-30, between it and a Win 94 probably have killed most animals in the contiguous 48. Maybe a 35 rem would be better but 30-30 has done it all.
Put a good receiver sight and a nice gold bead front and you are good to go.

March 3, 2009, 02:17 PM
+1 to JackofAllTrades: I'm pretty sure you haven't even touched the price point of a working man's rifle. Not even close!

If you want a working man's rifle, go for a Marlin XL7 or 336. Or both, and you'll still have plenty left for glass.

March 3, 2009, 02:29 PM
If you love the Browning you have- I agree with the poster who said to just buy a synthetic stock for it. I have a Bell and Carlson that transformed my Stalker into a very soft shooting, most accurate rifle. I love that thing and hunting with that thing. You could get a McMillan stock for half what you want to spend on a new rifle. For something even more custom get it with a swirly paint job. They look great. I did my own camo job and it turned out pretty dang good and actually works well.

March 3, 2009, 03:27 PM
For a "working rifle", ie in the weather and subject to rough handling, best I found was to take a few beat up old 98K's, rebarrel to 270, 308, 30-06 or leave in 8mm if the barrel is decent. Rework the original stock a bit and you have a great working rifle for very little cash out.

March 3, 2009, 03:50 PM
For a working rifle I think one of the Ruger Hawkeye or model 77s with a synthetic stock would do just fine. Then you can paint away. You could also buy the more common blued steel and weather proof it with paint.

March 3, 2009, 04:14 PM
I voted other because none of the rifles you listed would fall under my definition of a "Working Man's" Rifle.

I would buy a Stevens with a blued barrel and go from there.

That's just my opinion, to me that is a working man's rifle. If a working man saved for a few extra months then I would think he would get a Savage with the accu-trigger!

Ed Ames
March 3, 2009, 05:08 PM
Get yourself an H&R handi-rifle - a true working man's rifle.

Deer Hunter
March 3, 2009, 05:11 PM
I'm with Ed. Make it cheap and durable.

My M44 is more of a workin' man's rifle than any of the rifles listed.

March 3, 2009, 05:21 PM
Forget the bolts! Get a semi. Browning BAR in .308 :cool:

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 3, 2009, 05:49 PM
Voted Browning in this one, Sako in the other one. Any of those will serve well - gotta love the short bolt throw of the Browning.

But I should add my voice to those who say this ain't a workin man's rifle - anything that costs $1K is a middle-class / white collar man's rifle. Workin man's rifle would be a Rossi SS, NEF Handi, Mossberg 100, Stevens 200, Marlin XL7, Marlin 336, or mil-surp. :p :)

March 3, 2009, 08:28 PM
marlin 336.

March 3, 2009, 08:41 PM
"06" is talkin true to you. Older 742 in 30-06 will take anything in north America. A GOOD 742 will run you $300 +/-. I bought mine new in 1964. It did not shoot accurate at first. To fix that, put 20 rounds thru it as rapidly as possible. Gets hot & Seats the bolt. You just have to keep it clean & you will have one fine "Workin Man's Gun".

My first choice in the north Georgia woods.

March 4, 2009, 03:44 AM
For $1000 get a Handi rifle in 308 ($275), have it barreled in 357 & 12 Guage ($150), buy a 38spl hand gun used ($200) spend $300 on ammo Knock over any game in the lower 48 states, or stand and defed your home and person.


oh yeah, PRACTICE

Bob Spangler
March 5, 2009, 12:35 AM
I agree with the Savage recommendation. It's a 15 minute job to change the barrel.

Mine's in 7mm08 with a fast twist to stabilize 162 grain amaxes. If I run out of my them, and can't get more, it's a breeze to put on my old 308 barrel.

Also, I don't mind duracoating it, getting it muddy, tinkering with it, etc. If I had my dad's Model 70 I'd be nervous all of the time.

My buddy just bought one used for $450, and it had a nice (walnut) stock and adjustable trigger on it.


March 5, 2009, 01:38 AM
Try the Browning, Kimber, or Sako if you can stretch for the $$, Weathery Mark V if you really wanna stretch it.

March 5, 2009, 07:28 AM
Savage 111. Cheap, light, detachable magazine (REALLY nice) and dead accurate.

March 5, 2009, 09:48 AM
Seems almost by definition, the older Remington 760 or newer 7600 pump in .30-06 is the classic "working man's rifle." If not that, it has to be a Winchester 94 or a Marlin 336 in .30-30. But I wouldn't trade the Gold Medallion for either!

March 5, 2009, 09:54 AM
I really wouldn't consider any of the ones in your poll "working man's rifles". You want a working man's rifle, get a Marlin.

If you mean a good accurate rifle at a good price that you are not going to worry about getting dinged up, get a Tikka T3.

March 5, 2009, 12:31 PM
Ruger, Savage, Handi-Rifle, Marlin, K98. All good choices. Now make up your mind already and post some pics!:p

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