Bolt Rifle with Iron Sights


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SullyVols
March 9, 2013, 01:25 AM
Howdy,

Looking to purchase a rifle in the not-so-distant future. I would like something not to far off from a WWI or WWII combat rifle. Something with wood and steel, bolt action, can be current production or used - stainless steel would be a plus if it is a current production piece.

Not much experience with rifle so I really don't even know what brands to be looking at. Open to any suggestions even if they stray from what I'm looking for.

This is largely just for target shooting and fun. I own a few magnum handguns - I like things that go BOOM.

Thanks

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BemidjiDweller
March 9, 2013, 01:57 AM
Sounds like you'd love a Mosin Nagant. Only part of your list it doesn't tick is the stainless.

Slyy
March 9, 2013, 02:00 AM
91/30 seems to agree with most of your criteria. If you can find it, one of the carbine versions is even more "bang" for your buck as it were. I know every time I take my Russian M44 to the range and fire surplus out of it, all the heads turn my way for the first couple of shots!!

dak0ta
March 9, 2013, 02:17 AM
M38 Swedish Mauser would be my recommendation or a Mauser 98 variant.

Welding Rod
March 9, 2013, 02:19 AM
CZ makes some nice iron sighted bolt guns.

MountainBear
March 9, 2013, 02:54 AM
03a3 Springfield. Lots of good .30-06 to be found...

sta500rdr
March 9, 2013, 11:15 AM
03-A3 for sure. I love the old Mosin's but 30-06 is tough to beat out of an old 03-A3. And before everything went crazy, you could find 30-06 anywhere.

snakeman
March 9, 2013, 11:38 AM
enfield, springfield, mosin, k31, or swedish mauser

Blakenzy
March 9, 2013, 02:26 PM
I am currently looking for pretty much the same thing as you are. I would suggest checking out the CZ 550 Lux. It has a Mauser type action, walnut and steel, adjustable iron sights and a very nice trigger mechanism. I started another thread on it asking about the price on this.

Anyway, good luck on your gun hunting!

Steel Horse Rider
March 9, 2013, 11:08 PM
I would say either a No 4 Enfield or a K-31 depending on whether you reload, if you don't reload probably something in 30-06.

ROAshooter
March 9, 2013, 11:18 PM
I rather have CZ.....but to meet the stainless steel criteria....look at the Rugers....that is if old tired surplus does not get your attention

Cosmoline
March 9, 2013, 11:21 PM
"CZ 550" was the first thing that sprang to my mind as well. They're old-school Mauser action hunting rifles. The "American" version has no irons, but don't get that one. Get the one with iron sights and you'll never regret it.

If you're wanting an actual surplus firearm, that's another matter.

Morrell
March 10, 2013, 12:21 AM
While not stainless look at the k31, shiny bolt...

Welding Rod
March 10, 2013, 12:45 AM
The Winchester M70 Alaskans look pretty nice, available in SS too if you like 30-06.

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=001C&mid=535134

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=001C&mid=535142

Smith357
March 10, 2013, 01:02 AM
What is your budget for the rifle, and at what ranges were planning on placing your targets?

I like the 03 Springfield or a 1950's FN made Colombian Mauser as a mil-surp choice, both are in easy to find .30-06. The Swede 96 Mauser would be a very close second.

wally247
March 10, 2013, 01:11 AM
Ruger Gunsite Scout, I believe it's based off of the Mauser action.

Paper_Zombie
March 10, 2013, 01:56 AM
Go for a mosin if your LGS stocks them and will let you hand-pick. Take a bore-light with you.

Find a good one, and you're set. Cheap(ish) gun, cheap ammo, and...when the archangel stock becomes available for sale later this year, will no longer have the 5-round limitation, although it gets rid of all the wood.

Cheap milsurp guns are also a good way to improve your hobby skills. You'll be forking money over to Home Depot and Lowes before you know, just to pamper your new acquisition. :D

As for the ppl suggesting 30-06...in the current climate, it's almost unavailable. I -just- bought a Garand, and love shooting it, but I haven't been able to find ammo for it. :banghead:

MountainBear
March 10, 2013, 03:57 AM
I have to reload for my Garand, but I can find all kinds of standard ammo to run through my other four or five .30-06's

Best part is then I have more brass to reload for my Garand...

Jonny V
March 10, 2013, 04:50 AM
Easy, look for a k98K....there are plenty of nice steel Redfield and Lyman sights on ebay...or you can just go with the "factory" irons.....

Gunner11
March 10, 2013, 05:28 AM
No 4 .303, good battle aperture, 10 round mag, not stainless

SullyVols
March 10, 2013, 09:57 AM
What is your budget for the rifle, and at what ranges were planning on placing your targets?

I like the 03 Springfield or a 1950's FN made Colombian Mauser as a mil-surp choice, both are in easy to find .30-06. The Swede 96 Mauser would be a very close second.
Budget? I would say anything under $1500.

Ranges would be 25-100 yards. I'm not an avid hunter but I would like it to be able to serve that purpose if called upon.

bluekouki86
March 10, 2013, 10:02 AM
My favorite military bolt guns are the Finnish M39 variety of Mosin Nagants. They are a bit more expensive (300-400 dollars) but are well worth the extra investment. The barrel is free floated, sights are improved, stock is more comfortable, and the trigger is miles ahead of a 91/30.

rskent
March 10, 2013, 10:10 AM
If you pick an 03a3 you are probably going to need a taller front sight to get a good 100 yard zero. Great sights though.

Just saying.

Smith357
March 10, 2013, 03:14 PM
I would invest in a 98%+ A3-03 with all the serialized accoutrements with a $1500 budget.

SullyVols
March 10, 2013, 03:14 PM
How about pistol-magnum bolt rifles? I already own a good bit of .357 and .44? I see ruger does make some rifles in those calibers.

I'm referring to the Ruger 77/44 and 77/357

But I do like the look of the rifles recommended.

makkitty
March 10, 2013, 03:51 PM
I just got one, Mk 1/2. Great little gun, dead accurate with iron sights, very little recoil, and .303 isn't horrible to get a hold of, and you can pick one up for a very reasonable price.

(Blurg. Tried to quote Gunner11 and messed up. Talking about .303 Lee Enfield)

Welding Rod
March 10, 2013, 06:11 PM
You may want to check with Creedmore Sports - they are selling 03s in the $900 range.

USAF_Vet
March 10, 2013, 06:15 PM
How about a modern Mauser rifle. Same action as the classic WWI and WWII rifles, probabaly better sights, better stock, and most likel a ailable in stainless.

It'll cost much more than a milsurp, however, it'll last your great grandkids their lifetimes.

I6turbo
March 10, 2013, 06:29 PM
You should also give a lot of thought to the caliber. IMO, that can be a bigger consideration than the actual gun. YMMV, but I would probably get a .223 for a first centerfire rifle. I have several rifles, but the CZ 527 in .223 is my favorite to shoot, especially in the type of scenario that you described.
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