Recommendations for a sub-$500 .30-06?


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Lou McGopher
July 28, 2009, 06:23 PM
Don't need all the bells and whistles, although a suitable scope would be acceptable. Needs to be reliable, durable, and accurate at woodland hunting distances.

Thanks!

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Paradiddle
July 28, 2009, 06:26 PM
Marlin XL7 - $280 from Bass Pro
Nikon Buckmaster 3x9 - $200 or less (ebay, Bass pro, etc.)

Read up on the Marlin - great reviews and very accurate.

bang_bang
July 28, 2009, 06:31 PM
Take a look at the Stevens Model 200 also. Comparable to the Marlin as mentioned above, these are just an older non-accutrigger Savage.

Both rifles brand new are around the $300 mark, leaves a hole in your budget to fill with a nice scope. ;)

JHK94
July 28, 2009, 06:34 PM
the NEF handi rifle in 30-06 is usually in the mid 200s in price

Lou McGopher
July 28, 2009, 06:56 PM
Any brands/models to stay away from?

kansas coyote
July 28, 2009, 07:07 PM
If you ask me you can't buy a better 30-06 power gun than a mosin naget . If you don't know it is a russian battle rifle bolt action . Ammo is cheap . 7.62x54r caliber . And the best part is they are under $100 . But don't let the price fool you these are monsters and you can let it roll around in the floorboard of the truck and who cares its a $100 rifle . Allthough I cring at that thought because I have taken to collecting these ond beauties . Buy one you will see . Mosinites is catching if you have one soon you will have 6 .

FSJeeper
July 28, 2009, 07:14 PM
If you have time to shop for a while, used 30-06's Scoped and sighted in come up for sale fairly regularly. My best deal I got like this was a Tikka T-3 with a Zeiss Divarri 3x9 scope with 12 shots fired through it to sight it in. I paid $600 cash for it. The guy needed cash and posted it on our local Gun Trader site. The box with the 8 remaing shells and the empty brass came with it. I love this rifle!

Many times you'll find scoped rifles in 30-06 for under $400.

Lou McGopher
July 28, 2009, 07:17 PM
If you ask me you can't buy a better 30-06 power gun than a mosin naget . If you don't know it is a russian battle rifle bolt action . Ammo is cheap . 7.62x54r caliber . And the best part is they are under $100 . But don't let the price fool you these are monsters and you can let it roll around in the floorboard of the truck and who cares its a $100 rifle . Allthough I cring at that thought because I have taken to collecting these ond beauties . Buy one you will see . Mosinites is catching if you have one soon you will have 6 .

Yeah, I know about those. I'll have a couple of em eventually, just not now. :)

Dr_2_B
July 28, 2009, 08:51 PM
I like marlins

bad_aim_billy
July 28, 2009, 09:37 PM
My XL7 in 06 with a Nikon Prostaff was about 430 total. Throw in a sling and some ammo and you're still under 500. :)

skoro
July 28, 2009, 09:58 PM
Weatherby Vanguard is less than $500 and a heckuva good rifle. Be sure to mount a good scope on whatever you get, though. Nikon, Weaver, Pentax, Bushnell Elite are all good reasonably priced optics.

surjimmy
July 28, 2009, 10:46 PM
Tikka T3, made by Sako. Mine will put 3 rounds inside a penny at 100 yards using factory ammo.

Arkansas Paul
July 29, 2009, 03:23 PM
I'm with skoro. I bought a Weatherby Vangaurd in .30-06 just a few months ago for $390.
I'm getting one hole groups with a variety of factory ammo. That with a Leupold Rifleman 3x9x40 took the total up to about $650, but you can get a reliable scope for less. For the money, you just can't beat a Vangaurd IMO.

Lou McGopher
July 29, 2009, 03:29 PM
From what I gather, it's a toss-up between the Stevens and the Marlin. How does the Weatherby compare to those two?

Any recommendations for Howa? They seem to be around the top end of my budget though.

I think a Tikka is going to be too much, even used (and I'd prefer new).

The NEF isn't a bolt-action.

Arkel23
July 29, 2009, 03:34 PM
Weatherby Vanguard, guaranteed accuracy and very reliable. You can't beat it.

Lou McGopher
July 29, 2009, 03:35 PM
Maybe I'll make this into a poll.:D

BullitHolz
July 29, 2009, 03:46 PM
Hit the pawnshops and look for a Savage 110, these can be found around my neck of the woos all day long for $200-275, often with scopes attatched. Most are very lightly used too.

ForneyRider
July 29, 2009, 04:03 PM
Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard.

A friend has a Howa 1500 in 7mm Mag and it is very reliable and accurate. Very ugly, but just a nice stock away from being a beauty.

shaggy430
July 29, 2009, 04:05 PM
Wal-mart here has NIB Weatherby Vanguard 30-06's for $350. If I didn't already have a few .30 caliber rifles I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

Lou McGopher
July 29, 2009, 04:12 PM
Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard.

How is the trigger compared to the Stevens or Marlin?

shaggy430
July 29, 2009, 04:23 PM
I'm pretty sure the Weatherby's have fully adjustable triggers. Check the Weatherby website to be sure.

Arkel23
July 29, 2009, 04:32 PM
Quote:
Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard.
How is the trigger compared to the Stevens or Marlin? My trigger is the most crisp trigger ever the LIGHTEST squeeze, and it's fully adjustable.

Offfhand
July 29, 2009, 04:52 PM
At a price of around $400. the Weatherby Vanguard is the best value of currently manufactured rifles in the sub-$500. range. I've tested them all and for quality and accuracy the Vanguard is heads above the others. But always keep in mind that no rifle is better than it's scope, so buy the best you can afford.
Shoot well, often, and safely...
Offfhand

Lou McGopher
July 29, 2009, 07:40 PM
I appreciate everyone's input.

Haven't made up my mind just yet, but so far the Weatherby is leading the pack.

Arkel23
July 29, 2009, 08:26 PM
Maybe I'll make this into a poll Yes, do that.

Arkansas Paul
July 29, 2009, 08:29 PM
Yes, the Vangaurd trigger is fully adjustable and as you know, new weatherbys come with a target in the box. It's a three shot group from 100 yds and is guaranteed to be an inch or less. They had two in stock and I asked to see both. The one I bought was a one hole group. I have bought several used guns and will again, but there's a lot to be said for not having to wonder what you're getting.

warnerwh
July 29, 2009, 09:18 PM
You need to read up on the Marlin XL7. Very very accurate. My big groups are 3/4" groups. Yup sounds like some guy full of dung. At the Marlin owners forum and there are pics of various targets with different hand loads with group size and loadings. For 280.00 bucks with a Nikon Prostaff at 150 you have a rifle that will shoot on par and most likely better than the main stream rifles costing two or three times as much.
My guns get trigger jobs when I get them and I'm picky about triggers. The trigger stock is excellent. It's light and crisp. I lightened mine to minimum so I can't say how it feels at 3.5lbs but at 2.5 it breaks almost perfectly. For less than 300 dollars I think it's an incredible deal. Check out the targets here: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/board,78.0.html Be sure to do a Google also. Just my .02

BullitHolz
July 29, 2009, 09:20 PM
I forgot to mention earlier that the Savage 110's have an adjustable trigger that can be tweaked to your liking. The newer Stevens rifles do not have this capability AFAIK but a lot of guys that buy them replace the triggers in them with the old 110 trigger to get the adjustable cpability back. I'm NOT talking about the accutrigger models BTW as these are a different animal and the rifles cost a bit more.

Don't judge a Savage on the trigger pull if you do happen to find one at a good price, mine breaks at 2.75 and the rifle shoots 1" groups at 100 yards with factory ammo.

Uncle Mike
July 29, 2009, 09:51 PM
Savage 110... none other.

Lou McGopher
July 29, 2009, 10:56 PM
Maybe I'll make this into a poll
Yes, do that.

Alrighty then, lemme make sure I have the list right...

Savage 110, used (can a new one be had for under $500?)
Stevens 200
Weatherby Vanguard
Marlin XL7
Tikka T3, used

Not looking for the best, but the best for the money, under $500. If I can get gun and scope for under $600, that would be sweet. If I can get them for under $500, that would be extra sweet.

I don't have a broad experience with rifles, but I do have a 7mm M77, if anyone can compare that to any of these listed.

kmrcstintn
July 29, 2009, 11:01 PM
a used Remington 760 or 7600 (pump action rifle w/ 5 shot capacity -- 1 in the chamber + 4 in the mag) in very good to excellent shape; accuracy is very good to excellent up to 100 yards which is more than most deer blasters shoot in the woods of PA; I believe that most of the 760's/7600's are chambered in .30-06 and that helps keep the 'over-the-top' asking prices down and alot of the used ones already have good sturdy scopes on top when you find them in shops

KzoneAL
July 30, 2009, 04:30 PM
Tikka T3 lite/blued $480 through wallyworld. T3 lite/stainless $579 ordered from Dicks sporting goods. With the T3 u will get a shooter with a great user friendly adjustable trigger that breaks like glass its money well spent.

LoneStarWings
July 30, 2009, 06:43 PM
You need to read up on the Marlin XL7. Very very accurate. My big groups are 3/4" groups. Yup sounds like some guy full of dung. At the Marlin owners forum and there are pics of various targets with different hand loads with group size and loadings. For 280.00 bucks with a Nikon Prostaff at 150 you have a rifle that will shoot on par and most likely better than the main stream rifles costing two or three times as much.
My guns get trigger jobs when I get them and I'm picky about triggers. The trigger stock is excellent. It's light and crisp. I lightened mine to minimum so I can't say how it feels at 3.5lbs but at 2.5 it breaks almost perfectly. For less than 300 dollars I think it's an incredible deal. Check out the targets here: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...oard,78.0.html Be sure to do a Google also. Just my .02

You really make the XL7 sound appealing. I've been contemplating an XS7 in .308 myself but can't decide between it or a Rem. 700P. Good to hear that yours shoots sub MOA!

chevyforlife21
July 30, 2009, 06:56 PM
with my savage 111 in 243 i can hit the same bullet hole a few times at 100 yards its very acurrate thats with cheap winchester ammmo too

Ash
July 30, 2009, 08:04 PM
I would get a used Savage, because they are cheap, and spend the balance on good glass. A $450 rifle might be nice, but it leaves you with enough money to buy crap for glass. A $250 used Savage will shoot wonderfully, which leaves $250 for glass, which will be all you need to get great, solid, glass.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 30, 2009, 08:19 PM
First of all, you must answer this questions before I could try to help you:

1. Are you willing to buy used, or new only?

2. What all does/does not this budget include: Rifle? Scope? Rings? Mount? Sling? Tax? Shipping? FFL fees? Everything? Everything except ____? If it includes scope, then that changes the answer dramatically - you generally want to spend anywhere from 60% to 110% or more of the rifle price on good glass. Some rifles I've spent several hundred percent of the rifle price on a scope. I usually spend 80-90% of a centerfire rifle's price on a scope. If you're buying NEW only, and this budget must include scope, and you can live without a wood stock, then I'd be going Marlin XL-7 all the way, with a Stevens 200 in close 2nd place.

3. Is a wood stock a "bell" or "whistle"? I.e. Do you WANT a wood stock? Personally I wouldn't buy a plastic stocked gun (unless I got some fantastic deal on it, with an eye toward swapping it out for wood the way God intended - or fiberglass :p ).

cavman
July 30, 2009, 08:50 PM
How about a Garand in 30-'06? CMP has them for under $500.

Tim the student
July 30, 2009, 09:36 PM
If I were you, I would talk to this guy: http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=75071

He has a thread open questioning if he needs his Savage .30-06. Maybe you could convince him to part with it, and make both of you happy.

Here is his thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=465692

Lou McGopher
July 31, 2009, 01:22 AM
I think I've got it narrowed down to the XL7 and the Vanguard, and I'm leaning toward the Vanguard.

Anyone know how good is the Bushnell Banner 3-9X40 that comes with the Vanguard package deal?

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