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Best budget 30-06.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jsg81, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Jsg81

    Jsg81 Well-Known Member

    What is the best value for a 30-06? I want to spend no more than $500ish for rifle and scope.

    I have a 30-30 for most short to medium range shooting and want something that will hit harder a little further out. What should I be looking at?
  2. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    While the newer "budget" rifles seem to be pretty decent from what people say I just can't get over how they feel to me. They just feel cheap. For 500 bucks you could probably find a nice used Remington/Winchester/Savage/Ruger.
  3. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    I like the Ruger best of the budget guns, but you can get several non-budget models for $500.
  4. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    I'd go with Marlin or Stevens, then put a $150 Redfield on it, or a $200 Burris on sale.
  5. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    Savage or a low end Weatherby, still a great firearm.
  6. Jlr2267

    Jlr2267 Well-Known Member

    Marlin makes a nice bolt-06...I think they call the newest version the XS7.
  7. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    You can get Remington 700's for under $500.
    If you can sniff out good from bad used rifles the world is your oyster.
  8. Steel Horse Rider

    Steel Horse Rider Well-Known Member

    Before the mad rush I looked at a CZ American in 30-06 with a scope for just over $500 so if you are patient there were good ones out there, the trick is to be in the right place at the right time.
  9. ceetee

    ceetee Well-Known Member

    I own a pre-Remington Marlin XL-7, and I've got about your budget in it. The rifle itself was just over $300. The scope is a discontinued Bushnell 4200 Elite that cost me just under $200. I almost felt bad buying expensive Leupold rings to set it in. :p

    I have zero complaints. I've only had it to the range once, but just fooling around getting it somewhat sighted in I was easily getting 2" groups at 100 yards. I don't handload, so I'll have to experiment to find out what ammunition it likes best. I have no doubts that the rifle can shoot a heckuva lot better than 2 moa.

    Sure it ain't fancy, and there are plenty prettier, but I think it's well worth what it cost.


  10. Onward Allusion

    Onward Allusion Well-Known Member

    I went through the same quandary a while back. The new budget entry level 30-06's like the Savage Axis, Remington 770, or Mossberg ATR all look and feel cheap. Don't get me wrong, everything I'd read about them was pretty good, especially the Axis, but when I actually handled one in the stores, it showed why they were all below $350 out the door.

    I went with a lightly used Savage 110 in 30-06.
  11. MountainBear

    MountainBear Well-Known Member

    Howa 1500.
  12. cal30_sniper

    cal30_sniper Well-Known Member

    I bought a used Savage 110 in .30-06 when I was in your shoes. Looking back, I really wish that I'd spent that same $300 on an old Interarms Mark X Mauser in .30-06. The Savage just feels cheap, no matter what you do to it.

    One of my favorite $300 guns that I've picked up was an old Husqvarna Model 640 in .270, built off an FN Commercial 98 Mauser receiver. The rifle speaks pure class. It's topped off with a $75-100 vintage steel tube Weaver K6 scope. That's way more rifle and optics combo than you will ever get with $500 buying new budget stuff, IMO.
  13. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot Well-Known Member

    2nd on Howa 1500
  14. T.R.

    T.R. Well-Known Member

    You can certainly buy a new Savage complete with cheap plastic stock, plastic trigger guard, streamlined manufacturing processes, and stellular accurasy. But if it were me, I'd search for a lightly used Remington slide action 7600 or 760. They're very accurate and fast handling for a quick second shot. I really like the way they point quickly, too.

  15. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Weatherby Vanguard or Howa 1500 are essentially the same gun priced new under $500 with synthetic stocks. I wouldn't even consider them budget guns, but first quality rifles, put a nice stock on them and you have pretty good quality. The downside is that they are the heaviest rifles made. I've had a few over the years. Great rifles, but overweight for my needs.

    You can find Remington 700 ADL's new for under $500. I think the Vanguard/Howa is a slightly better rifle, but I'd rank the 700 above it just to get a lighter rifle.

    I cannot suggest the Savage Axis, Ruger American or Mossberg rifles. Nothing wrong with them, but for the cost of 2-3 boxes of ammo difference there are just much better choices.

    Your best bet is a first quality Ruger,Remington, or Winchester bought used. I've bought/sold/traded hundreds of guns in my lifetime and have had more problems buying new than used. Very few centerfire big game rifles are shot enough to come close to wearing them out. At least 80% of the guns I've owned in my life were bought used.
  16. wjt

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  17. Jsg81

    Jsg81 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all of the replies. I guess now I need to start shopping.
  18. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    99-150 dollar Mosin Nagant. just say'n great ballistics on the cheap. Just an idea if your not totally set on 30-06
  19. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I like the Savage offerings and my Savage Edge in .30-'06 is a great example.
    I mounted a 2X -7X Nikon and 1& 1/4" groups with reloads are common.
  20. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    When shopping, give the TC Venture a look too. IMHO, I'd take a venture over a 110 or 700 any day.

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