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Rusty Luck
July 31, 2012, 07:57 PM
I'm looking for a new hunting rifle, I already know what caliber I want, 270WIN. Just looking for suggestions for good reliable rifles under $600. I want something I can use for the rest of my life. Any insight would be appreciated.

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meanmrmustard
July 31, 2012, 08:11 PM
Tikka T3 Lite stainless

hardluk1
July 31, 2012, 08:11 PM
Try a search first. These new rifle treads get covered atleast once a week. Not many bad rifles today no matter if the rifle cost 275 dollars.

TonyAngel
July 31, 2012, 08:12 PM
You really should just get out and start looking around for something that catches your eye and then do some research on it. These days, all of the larger manufacturers have lesser expensive versions of their rifles and apparently, they all shoot well.

Since I'm in south Louisiana, we don't really need a rifle capable of precision long range accuracy, so almost anything that goes boom will do. If I were you, I'd just look for a model with a stock and trigger that I like.

For starters, I'd look at models from Remington, Savage and Tikka and concentrate on the ones in stainless, if possible. You may also do well to take a look at the Stevens models, if you can find one. I think they were discontinued.

meanmrmustard
July 31, 2012, 08:15 PM
Not much of a forum if all we ever say is "search". Personally, I like talking about rifles, even if it's repetitive.:)

Abel
July 31, 2012, 09:05 PM
I think that for a smidge over $600, its tough to beat a Ruger Hawkeye M77. Under $600 would force me to buy a Savage 110 with the birch stock.

Abel
July 31, 2012, 09:11 PM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=298373606

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=298696089

Rusty Luck
July 31, 2012, 09:38 PM
I agree MMM!! And I've looked around quite a bit just looking to see what others said about their rifles or ones they have used. What's so good about the ruger hawkeye? I'd also like one with a detachable magizine.

meanmrmustard
July 31, 2012, 09:48 PM
I agree MMM!! And I've looked around quite a bit just looking to see what others said about their rifles or ones they have used. What's so good about the ruger hawkeye? I'd also like one with a detachable magizine.
If detachable box is your thing, Savage and Tikka may warrant a gander.
IDK if there's anything special about the Hawkeye.

Robtattoo
July 31, 2012, 10:26 PM
I don't have the experience with centerfire rifls that most of the guys here have, I've been a died in the wool black powder shooter for years, but I can say that I just picked up a Weatherby Vanguard in .270win & for the price, I can't imagine I could've got anything much better. I had the same budget of $600 & after a lot of looking around the Weatherby seemed to be the best rifle for the money. It also left me enough cash to buy a decent used scope, new mount, sling & enough ammo to get it sighted in

Coltdriver
July 31, 2012, 10:28 PM
Cruise the Pawn Shops with cash in hand. 270's are about the most common hunting rifle out there and you can get a good one for a reasonable price.

To get an idea go to gunsamerica.com and just search .270

You will be surprised at how many affordable ones there are out there.

firesky101
July 31, 2012, 10:37 PM
Does $600 include the scope? You can get the new Ruger American in .270 and a decent scope for that money.

Rusty Luck
August 1, 2012, 12:02 AM
$600 does not include the scope. I already have quite a bit of ammo, and proper accessories. So just looking around +/- $600 for the rifle. How's the Thompson center?

Rusty Luck
August 1, 2012, 12:07 AM
Another question, any guns with a fluted barrel?

303tom
August 1, 2012, 12:09 AM
Savage..........

Rusty Luck
August 1, 2012, 12:34 AM
What savage exactly?

snake284
August 1, 2012, 12:46 AM
I'm looking for a new hunting rifle, I already know what caliber I want, 270WIN. Just looking for suggestions for good reliable rifles under $600. I want something I can use for the rest of my life. Any insight would be appreciated.

For that price I recommend either a Remington 700 SPS or ADL Synthetic. Or if you want to go real cheap a Stevens Model 200. You can get the 200, plus have a trigger job and a scope for close to $600. As for a good scope that's bargain priced I recommend a Nikon Prostaff either 3-9x40 or maybe a 4-12x40. You can get either one for under $200, the 3-9x40 around $150-$160 and the 4-12X40 for about $180-$200. Midway has it on sale for $179.99 right now with a mil dot reticle. You can get a rail and Weaver style rings for under $40 I think or Leupold dove tail front with windage rear screws, base and rings for $45-$50. I put a Rifle Basix trigger on mine and love it. The trigger cost me about $85.

snake284
August 1, 2012, 12:56 AM
$600 does not include the scope. I already have quite a bit of ammo, and proper accessories. So just looking around +/- $600 for the rifle. How's the Thompson center?

Hey, if $600 doesn't include the scope, you can get a lot of rifle for that kind of money. If that's the case, I would go for a Stainless Steel SPS Remington or maybe a Weatherby Vangard. I have a Howa action on a custom build that I love. The Howa 1500 action is what a Vangard is. They are some smooth, accurate actions.

The Howa I have is barreled with a Krieger 26 inch Stainless barrel in .250 Savage. I left it in the Howa stock because it is a good bit sturdier than a Remington or Savage Synthetic stock. In fact, I have another rifle in a Bell & Carlson synthetic stock and the Howa stock is about as rigid. I put Redfield style Leupold brand rings and bases on it and I have a 4.5-14x40 Nikon Buckmaster scope on it. This is a true half minute rifle if I do my part. In other words, the Howa is good to go.

sixgunner455
August 1, 2012, 01:23 AM
Savage, Howa, Tikka, Weatherby, Remington. You pick. I like Savage for its accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and floating bolt head.

H2oPumper
August 1, 2012, 08:23 AM
Don't overlook the Marlin X7 rifle.

mdauben
August 1, 2012, 10:45 AM
I'm looking for a new hunting rifle, I already know what caliber I want, 270WIN. Just looking for suggestions for good reliable rifles under $600. I want something I can use for the rest of my life. Any insight would be appreciated.

If you could streatch your budget just a bit, you can find the Savage 114 American Classic for around $660. If you limit is firm, you might look at one of the Savage 111 models with synthetic stocks. Still nice guns and should be available under $600 retail.

Of course if you are willing to look at used guns, with a bit of shopping the Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70 can both probably be found in your price range, and are both excellent choices.

MtnCreek
August 1, 2012, 10:50 AM
How's the Thompson center?
I have one in .270win and it shoots like a freakin lazer. Very impressive for a hunting rifle. On a budget, I would save a couple hundred on the rifle purchase and apply that to the glass. I have hunting style Savages and Remingtons that cost more than the TC Venture, but they will not out shoot it.

Edit: I think the Savages cost about the same as the Venture, I think. Regardless, the Venture is the most accurate sporter weight rifle I own.

snakeman
August 1, 2012, 10:57 AM
Howa m1500, weatherby vanguard s2, savage 11, tc venture or dimension, mossberg 100atr, marlin xl7, stevens 200. The choice is yours, personally I like the howas and weatherbys as they have been the most accurate for me.

Gtscotty
August 1, 2012, 11:16 AM
I personally think you would have a hard time doing better than a Tikka in that price range, I have two and love them. I do think, in that price range, you should also take a look at the new Vanguard S2s, they are getting great reviews, and there is a box mag model available. If you were looking more i the $350 range, the Ruger American looks like an excellent deal.

I'd go hit the gun store, and play with some of these rifles to see which ones fit you best and have the best action/trigger.

303tom
August 1, 2012, 02:16 PM
What savage exactly?
How about a Axis XP Camo...................MSRP $464.00, order it from Wal-Mart & you can probably get it for around $400 + tax, leaves you some money for Ammo.............

Rusty Luck
August 1, 2012, 02:39 PM
I had a Marlin XL7 and it was OK, I'm looking to get something a little better.

wyohome
August 1, 2012, 10:50 PM
Of course if you are willing to look at used guns, with a bit of shopping the Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70 can both probably be found in your price range, and are both excellent choices.
I would buy a nice pre-owned one.

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 09:19 PM
So I looked at the Howa 1500 and the comperable tikka. I loved the stock on the Howa, the one on the tikka was only OK. Which one is better? Is there a website that you can get aftermarket stocks from without breaking the bank? Does anyone know any specific model models that have a removable magizine?

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 09:26 PM
Accidental post

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 09:27 PM
The reason I'm not looking too much into used is cause I can get %20 off a new gun. And people think their guns are worth WAY to much.

One_Jackal
August 3, 2012, 09:33 PM
I would look for a Savage 110 or a Howa with the Houge stock. Howa makes Weatherby rifles. You are going to have to choose the model with a Howa...

One_Jackal
August 3, 2012, 09:44 PM
If the OP was flexible in caliber an awesome 308 can be had cheap. $400 for a Howa Lightning. The 270 doesn't look to be as readily available in as many models.

fanchisimo
August 3, 2012, 09:53 PM
Bass Pro, as part of their hunting sale, has Savages in various calibers with a 3x9 Bushnell BDC scope for $400, or with accu-trigger for $500. I know the OP said 600 for rifle alone, but this seems like a great deal, especially since if you sign up for the credit card you get 10% off. My .270 was one of the non-accutrigger versions, but has served me well.

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 10:06 PM
Would the 308 have the same stopping power for bigger game?

meanmrmustard
August 3, 2012, 10:07 PM
Would the 308 have the same stopping power for bigger game?
Yes, can be loaded with heavy bullets. But, not as flat shooting.

savanahsdad
August 3, 2012, 10:10 PM
my first bolt gun was a Savage 110 in 270 win . still have it and it has takeing a lot of deer , still holds 1MOA , I got it used and it was beat up bad,, A lot of pickup miles on it but the inside looked like new it has been refinshed looks like new again , with a Nikon BuckMaster 3-9X40 on top ,I now hunt most Of the time with a Savage mod.11 7mmWSM high gloss with a Nikon BDC 3-9X40 and in bad weather my Savage 16FCSS weather warrior in 7mm/08 and a few years back I picked up a Savage mod 111 in 270win(at the bar) and put another Nikon on that too, one of my sons has been hunting with it for the last two years and he got his first deer with that 270 last year so it will be his some day I got about $690.00 in it. and the scope is about half of it, I got the gun for $390.00 (blueBook at the time ) so I guess I would go with a Savage oh and a mod 111 has nice wood and is checkerd and mine alsol has a clip ,

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 10:30 PM
I really enjoy how flat the 270 shoots that why I got it in the first place.

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 10:35 PM
Is there a place that makes or sells aftermarket stocks for good prices?

MikePaiN
August 3, 2012, 10:44 PM
One of my favorite shops is Rugers dealer of the year....and they have some great prices. I recently picked up a Ruger American .308 for $299. Sporting decent glass (Weaver 3.8-12x44 AO) the setup is amazing. Can't beat this bolter right now for features and value....the American is also available in 30-06, 243win and 270win
http://www.ruger.com/products/americanRifle/models.html

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x298/Mikepain_pics/The%20New/DSC04766.jpg

meanmrmustard
August 3, 2012, 10:51 PM
One of my favorite shops is Rugers dealer of the year....and they have some great prices. I recently picked up a Ruger American .308 for $299. Sporting decent glass (Weaver 3.8-12x44 AO) the setup is amazing. Can't beat this bolter right now for features and value....the American is also available in 30-06, 243win and 270win
http://www.ruger.com/products/americanRifle/models.html

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x298/Mikepain_pics/The%20New/DSC04766.jpg
Jerk. I want one too.

firesky101
August 3, 2012, 11:11 PM
ahhh the elusive .308 American. I believe you are the first person I have seen to actually have one. Must have been one of the dealer bulk buy specials. I have had mine on order since 2 days after they were announced.

Rusty Luck
August 3, 2012, 11:14 PM
Nice Ruger! I'd thought about that one! How'd you get it for $300?

savanahsdad
August 4, 2012, 01:50 AM
Is there a place that makes or sells aftermarket stocks for good prices?
for what , Im guessing your asking me ?? for savage , if so yes, check with midwayusa or just do a web serch I see ads in Rifle mag, for them to

Centurian22
August 4, 2012, 02:37 AM
Boyd's make great stocks for good prices from what I have heard and researched. No personal experience with them yet.

http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/mobile/default.aspx

I will add my vote for Savage. I have the Savage Axis XP in .308 with the included 3-9x40 Bushnell scope that I bought at cabela's for $329 on sale. It shoots great, the trigger improvement was very easy and I couldn't be happier with it.

I'd say you could save some money and pick up one in .270 or if you want to get just a little better then one of the other savages 10, 11, 12, 110, 111, 112 I really don't know what is different in the different models.

Good luck.

savanahsdad
August 4, 2012, 02:55 AM
you forgot the 116/16's I love my 16FCCS :)

Centurian22
August 4, 2012, 04:18 AM
Ok apparently 10 vs 110 (and 11 vs 111 ect) the two digit is short action calibers and the three digit is long action calibers. As for the difference between 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 it all just seems to be different assemblages of features.

MikePaiN
August 4, 2012, 06:47 AM
Jerk. I want one too.
Nice Ruger! I'd thought about that one! How'd you get it for $300?
ahhh the elusive .308 American. I believe you are the first person I have seen to actually have one. Must have been one of the dealer bulk buy specials. I have had mine on order since 2 days after they were announced.
The shop only had the 30-06 for awhile.....when I got back from vaca. they got a shipment in of 26 .308's to the store..... Score! :D
Who's know ...they might ship
http://hoffgun.com/ruger/american308.htm

Eb1
August 4, 2012, 11:01 AM
Personally I'd take a .30-06 over a .308.

savanahsdad
August 4, 2012, 12:57 PM
Personally I'd take a .30-06 over a .308.
with the new powers out now ,and ammo that is loaded the way is should be ,the .308 is = to the 30-o6 and in some cases the 308 is better (ie. Hornady Superfromance is running about 100FPS faster) something us hand loaders knew a long time ago . anyway I'd go with the 270win and thats what he is looking for , right ?

meanmrmustard
August 4, 2012, 01:03 PM
Personally I'd take a .30-06 over a .308.
Not this guy. Short action, with the ability to be loaded in such a way to exceed 06 performance? Im in.

savanahsdad
August 4, 2012, 01:39 PM
Not this guy. Short action, with the ability to be loaded in such a way to exceed 06 performance? Im in.
you don't even have to load your own there factory stuff out there that dose it

One_Jackal
August 4, 2012, 09:13 PM
I found a stainless steel Weatherby Vanguard for $577 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/136/products_id/73945/Rifles/Weatherby+Rifles/Weatherby%20VANGUARD%20Stainless%20S2%20270WIN/). It is a 270 as requested.

off topic
The 30/06 is much more versatile than a 308. The 30/06 can handle anything from 150gr boat tail bullets to 230gr round nose brush buster loads. You don't need to reload with a 30/06. You can go to any well stocked sporting goods store and find the exact load you need. I seldom carry ammo for my 30/06 when I travel. I buy ammo locally. The local gun guru will almost always put you on the best factory load for that area.

Ridgerunner665
August 4, 2012, 09:15 PM
I've really liked the 308 for a loooong time...I've hand loaded for it the whole time...and as much as I like the 308, it does not exceed (or even match) the velocity of the 30-06 no matter how you load it (all other factors such as barrel length being equal)

Hornady makes Superformance loads for the 30-06 too...150's at 3,080 fps...165's at 2,940 fps, etc...my own hand loads can push 168 grain Nolser Ballistic Tips at 2,960 fps or Berger 175's at almost 2,900 fps...the 308 is plenty good enough, but equal to the 30-06 it is not...not when you're looking at velocity.

No matter how you slice it or load it...the 308 will be 100-300 fps behind the 30-06...It took me a while to accept that too (the proof is here on THR in some of my older posts), but chronographs and rounds downrange don't lie (at least not if used properly)...ammo boxes and gun rags on the other hand are often not very dependable sources of ballistics information. Quoted numbers are, more often than not, overly optimistic...

Yes...the newer powders have helped the 308 creep up on the 30-06 a little bit but it has a ways to go before it surpasses what the 30-06 can do with plain old 4350 powder (either variety)...and before long, there will be new powders for the 30-06 too...I have no doubts that with a powder engineered just for it...the 30-06 could very nearly match the 300 Win Mag or WSM with bullets up to 190 grains or so....the market is there, its only a matter of time.

And so goes the ballistics debate...on and on and on and on.

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