Son attending college wants a bolt action, he's on a limited budget. We checked out the LGS; what we want is input from owners of the Stevens 200, caliber is not important, just what does and does not impress you for a gun in this pice range.
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February 1, 2011, 12:08 AM
in my opinion it is the best value in new firearms. To answer your specific questions:
Accuracy and quality of manufacture impressed me. Available aftermarket options impressed me. The finish on the metal is better than my remington 700, so after i got the 700 (2 years after the stevens) that now impresses me. The stock is NOT impressive, and now it wears a bell and carlson which has nothing to do with the stevens 200 but in case you are wondering it impresses me too. For a budget gun, the thing is impressive. It's what everyone always wants to borrow, and i have much more expensive guns. When those who borrow it find out what it really is, (underneath what I've done to it) they think I'm a liar. You don't HAVE to do anything to it for it to be a good gun, and quite useful/accurate, but that's just what I do to most of my guns.
February 1, 2011, 01:54 AM
I have 3 of them in 223, 243 and 308 and am happy with all for the price. The stock is the worst part of them. I think they are as accurate as any skinny barrel rifle and better than some that cost more money
February 1, 2011, 02:13 AM
I own some nice rifles but my Stevens 200 in 7mm-08 comes out of the safe often, dog ugly tack driving SOB, with a Nikon 3x9x50, dime groups, hog kills at 400 yards plus. stock is dog uugly, either gonna paint it or replace it, bought it for a truck gun, still is, but is special to me, I LOVE it. friends laugh at it till I outshoot their high dollar rifles. you will like it.
February 1, 2011, 02:52 AM
It's accurate, reliable, lightweight, and affordable. Now for the bad news...the trigger sucks. If you can adjust it yourself it will be fine but if not have a gunsmith do it. Took me 10 minutes on mine. You might also look into Howa/Hogue scoped combo. Where I am from they include everything you need to get started except ammo and a sling for 499 and are darn nice rifles too. Might post some pics tomorrow of the one I pieced together from a barreled action so look for it if you are interested.
February 1, 2011, 08:09 AM
The Stevens 200, Marlin XL-7, XS-7, as well as the Weatherby Vanguard are the best of the budget rifles. All are more than acceptable. The Weatherby is a little more expensive, but still a very good vaue. I think you get a better out of the box rifle with the Marlin. A few more aftermarket options with the Stevens.
February 1, 2011, 12:20 PM
great gun. love my 223. get one from budsguns.com for about 250
February 1, 2011, 06:57 PM
Love my Stevens 200 in 223. You can use the below link to adjust the trigger.