Mid range rifles?


April 24, 2012, 11:09 PM
I am looking at getting a Bolt gun. Grew up on remingtons and rugers but my "grown up pay" makes these these guns somthing that will take a yr or so to save for. As I spend countless hours surfing the net I see how Savage, and Marlin and Mossberg have good reveiwed rifles for 1/2 the price.

Could I buy a marlin 4x4 and have it compete with an 700 dollar ruger? IF SO NO BRAINDER but if not I pray my internet buddies will let me know to stick with what I know.

AlsoI have an encore would it be better than the Mossberg or Ruger American rifle? I am lost and dont have the cash to play with every rifle out there Just looking for solid advice.

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April 24, 2012, 11:31 PM
I know its a bit more, but look at the new Winchester 70's, their worth the money.

Cal-gun Fan
April 24, 2012, 11:39 PM
I'd go for the savage over the Mossberg any day. Savages are generally considered more accurate than rugers from my research.

April 25, 2012, 02:02 AM
Ive handled the ATR, never the 4x4, but they seem better now then they were a year or two ago.
I like both the Savage line, and the Marlin X7s, mostly because both have decent factory stocks.
Honestly id say go play with rifles and pick the one that feels best in your price range.
I have yet to see a off the shelf rifle that wouldnt shoot 1-1.5moa with little or no work. That isnt to say that it dosent happen, but modern rifles and ammo tend to be quite accurate, if a bit homely and some times sloppy.

April 25, 2012, 02:12 AM
I'm with P.B.Walsh, the new model 70's are hands down my favorite rifle. You'll end up spending $800 for one but I cant express enough how nice and well built they are. But for a rifle thats a little cheaper its hard to beat the savage lineup.

April 25, 2012, 02:22 AM
We have sold a lot of the Savage rifles as well as some of the Marlin and Mossberg guns. I have yet to have a return on them, or had someone indicate they were dissatisfied with there accuracy.

They may not be quite as smooth or refined, but they generaly shoot well and give good service. For most folks they work out just fine.

April 25, 2012, 02:32 AM
I've talked several guys that are getting some really impressive groups out of the Marlin X7.

April 25, 2012, 02:58 AM
If you are into Rugers, they just released their American rifle. Out the door price should be sub $400. Good luck finding it in anything but 30'06, my .308 has been on order for months. I have been told my LGS is at the top of the list for one of Rugers biggest distributors, and I am at the top of my LGS list. But I take those promises for what I paid for them. Early to mid May is what most gun shops have told me to expect calibers other than 30'06.

Edit: just saw you mentioned it in your OP, fwiw reviews have been stellar.

April 25, 2012, 07:27 AM
Savage bolt rifles ahve usually given good accuracy from the box. The newer models, with the AccuTrigger should be even better.

April 25, 2012, 08:22 AM
If you're looking for a standard bolt gun, also check out the TC Venture. Nice weight, ballance and very accurate for a good price.

Lloyd Smale
April 25, 2012, 03:01 PM
you can go to walmart and buy a rem 700 adl camo or black for under 450 bucks. even comes with a cheap 3x9 scope mounted and bore sighted.

April 25, 2012, 03:41 PM
+1 on the Savages, the Mossbergs just feel too darn cheap to me, then again The Savages feel cheep too, but they are perfectly reliable, and remarkably accurate, I have owned five of them and all have been A+ shooters. Tikka makes a fine rifle if you want a budget gun that feels like a million bucks and shoots good too.

April 25, 2012, 08:17 PM
Vanguard, Venture, Savage, X7, all better than the other entry rifles. Handle them all if you can and pick the one that feels right.

April 25, 2012, 09:02 PM
If money is an issue, I'd really look for something used. You'll get a hundred different opinions on a hundred different rifles. Few people here are exposed to a big enough sample size to make a valid judgment.

If you're set on new, I've bought two CZ's in the past year. Both have single set triggers. I've got a Savage, couple of Brownings, several Remingtons. I'd go with CZ again.

April 26, 2012, 06:10 AM
@redneck2....+1000!...the cz 550 american is the best bolt rifle for the money you can buy...i'm not saying that because i own it either,thats WHY i own it.

April 26, 2012, 09:18 AM
I have a pre accu-trigger Savage 110, it shoots like a dream. While I love my two 700's, the Savage is a good choice.

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