Best lightweight hunting rifle in 308 / 30-06 for $300 or less?


June 22, 2012, 08:28 PM
So I have a great rifle that puts five bullets through the same hole at 100 yards on a good day, but it's built like a tank and weighs about the same. :uhoh:

Now that hunting season is coming up here in Texas, I've been thinking about getting an inexpensive lightweight hunting rifle. Only thing is, it will be used for feral hogs at some point, so I don't fancy going with a caliber smaller than 308 / 30-06.

I looked at the Ruger American but at $450 I was a bit skeptical as far as bang for your buck goes - is it possible to get a better rifle for a lower price used? Before you say 'Mosin up cowboy!', something that's reasonably accurate at 300 yards or less that you can mount a scope to easily.

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June 22, 2012, 08:34 PM
A used Remmington 760 will fit the bill

June 22, 2012, 09:34 PM
760's are a bit heavy at around 7.5 lbs. Nothing under $300. A few around $350 would be a good choice. If you can still find a Stevens 200 they are a good choice, but are being discontinued. The Axis is replacing it. Not a bad gun, but no where near as good as the Stevens 200.

The Marlin XS-7, XL-7 would be another good choice. The Ruger is getting good reviews. I've handed one, they are no worse than any of the other disposable rifles being made today. Either the Ruger, Savage Axis, Stevens or Marlin are lightweight coming in at just over 6 lbs. All sell for around $350.

June 22, 2012, 09:40 PM
For $300 or less you might find a Remington 700 or 721 beater in 30-06 or .308.
Or a used Marlin 336 30-30 lever-action for less.

Once you go hog hunting in the brush with a 6 pound 30-30 lever-gun, you will wonder why it took you so long to get one.

Personally, I'd rather have one of any or either then the plastic fantastic cheap stuff coming out now.


June 22, 2012, 10:01 PM
I'd probably check used gun racks for that price, though I have a Stevens 200 I bought for 250 at academy in Tyler. You might still be able to find one but they haven't had em at ours for a good while now.

I like my Stevens as a good inexpensive rifle but am just not as impressed with the savage axis though many guys on the savage boards are getting good accuracy but they mostly all complain about the stock just like on the Stevens 200 and savage 110

For 100 more you can get a brand new weatherby or savage but the weatherby is a heavier rifle.
It didn't seem to wear too bad on me on my trips with it last season

June 22, 2012, 10:06 PM
yay a fellow tylerite

June 22, 2012, 10:33 PM
Yessir greyling I still plan on getting ahold of you for a range trip.
I am just super tied up with summer classes at the moment.

June 22, 2012, 10:44 PM
I"m going tomorrow morning. new AR upper to test out and some 9mm loads to try. I'm even taking the chronograph!

June 22, 2012, 10:46 PM
Here you are my fellow'er: Be sure to enter your own zip code, then select the retailer

Its really easy to buy from these people. Just follow the easy steps order and go pick it up.

June 22, 2012, 11:07 PM
I looked at the Ruger American but at $450 I was a bit skeptical as far as bang for your buck goes

The Ruger American can be had for as little as $299.95 from Hoffmans Gun Center, they also have it in 30-06 You would of course have to call them to order and have it shipped to your local FFL for transfer, but that's the best deal I have run across in quite a while for a new rifle, if it is of the same quality as other Ruger rifles I have handled and shot. I don't know if the stated price includes shipping, but I've been seriously considering buying one of these myself.

June 22, 2012, 11:35 PM
I am tired of posts asking whats the best for a cheap price.

June 23, 2012, 12:06 AM
A stolen one.

June 23, 2012, 12:35 AM
I am tired of posts asking whats the best for a cheap price.

Maybe you should stop clicking on such threads then.

A Stevens 200 weighs like 6.5 lbs costs around $300 and is more precise than one needs a hunting rifle to be.

June 23, 2012, 12:50 AM
I saw Savage 110s at Academy on sale for $299 a few months back, probably sold out now but I would keep an eye out for that kind of deal, Savage Synthetics are very light and accurate. I have a cheap Savage 30-06 and I love it. Tuned it to 3/4" before the el-chepo Bushnell it came with gave up the ghost, hope to get it to 1/4" once I get a Redfield on it.

June 23, 2012, 12:51 AM
I have to agree with viper. Even with shipping, taxes (unavoidable in CA), and transfer fee (also unavoidable in CA) my Ruger American is sub $400 OTD. I say my Ruger American loosely as I have yet to receive it, the .308 is scarce. My wait time so far is 5 months, but the .30-06's have been available for months I am just picky.

June 23, 2012, 02:09 PM
Kachok - how much does your Savage 110 weigh w/ scope?

June 23, 2012, 02:15 PM
At the price that you are asking even ordering online might be inconceivable by the time you pay for shipping, insurance and ffl transfers. You might have to consider a used rifle, but I gotta agree with RCMODEL,...lever actions are the way to go in the brush and are a great general rifle for hogs and deer.

June 23, 2012, 02:40 PM
Yeah, I've been thinking about getting a used rifle, don't mind much as long as it's not been worn down to the point of inaccuracy. Not certain what's a good choice for a used lightweight hunting rifle though.

June 23, 2012, 07:08 PM
Stevens 200 or Ruger American. I like them both. I have a Steven's 200 in .223 and it is a good rifle. I am going to get a .243 American in the next month or so. They are one sale here for $ 350. That seems like more than a fair price for what you are getting.

June 23, 2012, 07:18 PM
I would get an marlin 30-30, they can be bought at 300 bucks at lots of pawn shops, or you could get an sportized mauser. I bough an sportized masuser for 250 today at the fort worth gun show, so there can be deals to be found.

June 23, 2012, 07:22 PM
I saw a Ruger American for $350. If you can't afford that, I would suggest picking up a second job.

June 23, 2012, 09:36 PM
Abel - Before you make unintelligent comments, try thinking first.

If you weren't familiar with what was available for used lightweight hunting rifles, nor what they cost and wished to avoid spending more money than necessary, you might have asked the same question.

June 23, 2012, 09:46 PM
Why not just look for rifles in the $100 and less range? I'm sure something will turn up eventually. Check Craig's List for yard sales. Eventually you'll cross paths with a used CVA muzzle loader in an acceptable weight....perfect for what you're looking for.

June 23, 2012, 09:49 PM
Able, if you think such a thing does not exist at the $300 mark, say so. Otherwise, be quiet.

June 23, 2012, 09:49 PM
marlin X7

June 23, 2012, 09:52 PM
Well... $300 is pretty slim margins for finding any kind of decent conventional hunting rifle.

The fact that you are insisting on 308 or 30-06 is only hamstringing you further - Most cheap rifles in that power class are milsurps that shoot foreign cartridges.

I personally would look for a well done sporterized surplus rifle - you can occasionally find sporter jobs that were done right, by legitimate gunsmiths, if you look on gunbroker or at shows.

$300 will buy you a well done Enfield sporter that actually looks good. You could also build yourself a very nice rifle on a Mosin action for that. Why you would choose a beat-up, worn out , bottom shelf Remington over either of those is beyond me.

June 23, 2012, 10:15 PM
What would be the best bang for your buck lightweight hunting rifle then?

June 23, 2012, 10:17 PM

June 23, 2012, 10:26 PM
Was going to say a NEF Handy rifle, above post beat me to it.

June 23, 2012, 10:27 PM
Savage AXIS SR 308 TB $284 ?

June 24, 2012, 01:11 AM
Kachok - how much does your Savage 110 weigh w/ scope?
My Nikon weighs 12oz so with rings I should be just under 7.5lbs loaded total weight, I have not put it on a poatal scale to verify but it is pretty darn light by any standard, my old 22LR weighs more :D

June 24, 2012, 06:30 AM
I think that the Stevens 200 and the Ruger American are the only two that I would consider. Many might throw in the Marlin X7 or the Savage Axis. All are in the $390 class when you consider sales tax/transfer fees.

The Stevens 200 is your basic Savage that you can easily upgrade the stock on and replace the barrel if need be. Not so with the Axis.

So you can go ahead and schedule that extra paper route. :D

June 24, 2012, 07:09 AM
I think you are asking for a lot with those parameters quality/cheap, light &fast handeling/ scoped to 300 yds. at that price range you are looking used. for anyhing 1/2 decent. a good scope will be close to 300$ as will a used rifle. maybe with a lot of searching you could find a lt wt carbine length bolt in 308 with a low power/variable scope that is ok. maybe savage or ruger that has been used hard and a little beat up but still works good. realisticly I think youre looking at 2 guns 1- a shotgun or lever with open sights for hogs and another a scoped bolt. get the shotgun/ lever used first, easy enough for 300$ or under. then save app twice that much for a good used bolt/scope.

June 24, 2012, 01:00 PM
I have owned several rifles in the $300 range, none could compare to the Savages I have owned, now if you step it up to the $400 range it is IMPOSSABLE to top a Tikka for the complete package. Absolutely the best action, and trigger of any production rifle I have ever shot, better then MOA accuracy even with cheap factory ammo and the best synthetic stock this side of a high dollar Kimber. I found my T3 Stainless for $408, to date I consider this the best firearms purchase I have ever made.

June 24, 2012, 04:53 PM
We've had a lot of excited shooters buying the new "American Rifles" from Ruger. We've sold a bunch of .308's and 30-06's. They're entry level rifles but well made and look great. You might take a look there if you're stuck in that $300+/- range.


June 24, 2012, 08:00 PM
Stopped by the local big box gun store today, took a look at the Ruger American and the Savage Axis, and they were almost identical, except the trigger on the Savage Axis sucked.

Bud's has the Ruger American for $340:

Wasn't counting on that extra $40, so like Abel said, I'm probably going to have to get that extra paper route to cover that and the FFL transfer fee. (j/k)

June 24, 2012, 09:06 PM
Never owned a Ruger (sad I know) so I cannot vouch for their rifles, but they look good and are supposed to be pretty darn good, but matching the Savage 110 action is a tall order.

June 25, 2012, 11:10 AM
[QUOTE]I found my T3 Stainless for $408[QUOTE]
Whoa for 400 dollars you got an tikka, thats what I dream of at night. mossberg 30-06 with scope, you could get it cheap maybe.

Savage 110 .30-06 with accutrigger-
with an face to face to deal, you dont have to pay tax, hopes this helps

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