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Best Bolt-action Deer Rifles Under $400

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SHusky57, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. SHusky57

    SHusky57 Well-Known Member

    At the top of my price range, Weatherby Vanguard.
    Interested in a Tikka T3, but I think it tops my price range.

    Mossberg 100 ATR.
    Marlin XL7.
    Remington 710/770 (not a fan of most Remmy products nowadays, they seem sub-par whether it's the 870's or UMC ammo).

    Just curious if you were on a $400 budget, what you would get? I'm thinking Mossberg 100 ATR + Better Scope FTW.... although I've heard the Marlin XL7 is a much better gun.

    I've already got a 30-30.... I've got some cash lying around and I was thinking "I could get an AR-15" or.... "I could get a rifle, a shotugn, and some ammo for the same price" and I'm leaning towards something more like the latter.
  2. Arkel23

    Arkel23 Well-Known Member

    I'd get the Weatherby Vanguard.
  3. unlearned69

    unlearned69 Well-Known Member

    I had a Stevens 200 that was an excellent rifle. It's not on your list, but they are very nice for the money. I've handled a couple XL-7's, and they seem very nice for the money. I'd go with either one of those or the Vanguard. Any of the three should be a great rifle.

    Edited to add: I have handled a couple of the Mossbergs, and I was not impressed. Same for the Rem 710/770.
  4. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    old remington 700
  5. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Well-Known Member

    Save a little and get the Tikka. You'll be glad you did. By the way, Remington makes excellent products. Don't judge them by the 710/770.
  6. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys Well-Known Member

    Savage makes a good bolt action, shop around.
  7. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    I have the Mossberg ATR but in the under $300 category today the Marlin XL7 would get my $ but for $400 I think that Weatherby Vanguard is a lot of rifle. The other would be the new T/C Venture with a 1" 100yrd garantee!


    Check out the discontinued Rem 700 ADLs at Wallyworld. I picked up my current 243 Win for a closeout price of 300.00. Also the Weatherby Vanguard (300 Win Mag) I bought at Joes is also a very good rifle for the price. But the best for the price if you really hunt around is Tikka T3 Lite Hunter. My T3 in 270 winchester is by far the most accurate, smoothest bolt and lightest trigger out of the box I have. You may have to pay 450.00 or a bit more but it is definitely worth it.
  9. thetoad45

    thetoad45 Well-Known Member

    I own two Marlin XL7's. Very nice
  10. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    The Vanguard is a good rifle, but I'd go with the Marlin XL / XS 7 and put the money saved towards a Leupold scope.

    Quality on the Mossberg is not up to these other two and the Remington 710 family is junk.
  11. jester_s1

    jester_s1 Well-Known Member

    At that price point it really doesn't matter. You're going to get a decent barrel and a flimsy injection molded stock with every maker. Stay away from the Remington 710. If you don't care what you have and only plan to go through a box of ammo every 3-4 years, it's ok and super cheap used. Otherwise, get something better.

    Does the $400 budget include glass? If so, then it's time to start browsing the used racks at your local gun shop.
  12. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    In with the poster above, you can still get Rem 700 ADLs new. I got my .30-06 ADL with iron sights for $325 last year.
  13. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    It does matter. Even at the $400 and under price range there are big differences in features and quality.

    Remington 770 package w/scope: Molded swivel studs, Detachable magazine, button-rifled, w/scope $350 otherwise very inexpensive metal reciever the bolt lugs engage in a specially made barrel extension so the reciever doen'st take the stress of fireing...is really just a bolt guide (much like an AR-15). Pretty accurate but a throw away rifle.

    Mossberg ATR: LBA adjustable trigger, internal mag, molded swivel studs, Barrel nut, target crown muzzle, the stock feels decent. It appears to be 1.5 MOA with most ammo at 100yrds. $250

    Marlin XL7 an adjustable trigger, internal mag, steel swivels studs (not plastic), barrel nut, fluted bolt, enclosed bolt shroud, target crown muzzle, the stock feels decent too. Better overall quality that the Mossy and Rem. It appears to be 1.5 MOA with most ammo at 100yrds $300ish

    Savage 111FCXP3 Package w/scope: Detachable box magazine, NON AccuTrigger, NON AccuStock, berrel nut, flimsy stock, free-floating, button-rifled, and swivel studs. $380

    Weatherby Vanguard: Adjustable trigger, Internal mag (hinged floorplate?), hammer-forged barrel, steel swivel studs and probably the smoothest bolt in this price range. Good quality made by Howa. 1.5MOA or better. $399

    T/C Venture: Detachable box magazine, Adjustable Trigger, free-floating, 5R-rifled, (barrel nut?) and swivel studs. 1MOA Guarantee! $420

    I currently own the Mossberg ATR and a Savage 10.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  14. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    don't forget howa, ... and really , any of the new ones are good, the crappiest of them all would be anything remington lately... God only knows what they
    been thinking. I would proly look for a tikka, howa, wetherby, mossy, marlin, or if you can find it , a smith/wesson i bolt.
  15. Dookie

    Dookie Well-Known Member

    Savage, Steven, Howa, Weatherby Vangaurd, and 700. Savage and stevens are the same rifle except the stevens does not have the accutrigger. I have one in 300 win and was able to adjust the trigger down to 2.5 pounds and is very crisp, will hold 2 inch groups at 200 yards with me shooting and the factory synthetic stock.

    Marlin and Mossberg will not be as nice as any of these.

    I would suggest getting the Stevens 200 as it will run you under 300 and you get the Savage barrel and action. If you want to swap stock or trigger out later it will be no problem whatsoever. Then top it with a Leupold 3-9 and you are out the door for less than $700 and ready to roll.
  16. CZ223

    CZ223 Well-Known Member

    We live in good times

    when it comes to good, quality, inexpensive rifles. I have not shot the Mossberg and the Marlin but they seem very well made and the only reason I haven't bought either of them is that the cartidges they are available in, have not appealed to me. I decided to wait for the XS7 to come out in 223 or 308 before I buy. They may be out but I am broke right now.:( My list would be as follows:

    Savage in 243 or 270 available at Wal-mart, with 3-9 simmons scope for $349.

    Stevens (Savage without the accu-trigger) shop gunbroker.

    Mossberg Under $300 at Wal-Mart

    Marlin right around 300 I think at Cabelas. The Marlin has a factory authorized coy of the Accu-trigger as well as a "barrel nut" that makes it very similar to the Savage. I can't wait to see if people start swapping barrel egulary as they do with the Savage.
  17. wickedsprint

    wickedsprint Well-Known Member

    Remington model 700 ADL/SPS when they go on sale. I've purchased an ADL Synthetic clean barrel for $299 at Walmart when they went on sale to make room for the SPS version.
  18. altez

    altez Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Stevens 200 ... Wish I found THR before my first rifle purchase. I originally bought a Rem 710. :|
  19. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Stevens 200.
  20. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Well-Known Member

    i have a savage 111 .243 its super accurate ive hit the same bullet hole at 100 yards with remington and winchester cheap ammo.the stock is pretty flimsy but my main problem is it always has problems feeding from the mag the spring will get stuck not matter how much oil but anywways its a good cheap real accurate rifle

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