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Most accurate brand out of the box

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ArtP, Aug 8, 2010.


Most accurate brand out of the box

Poll closed Sep 7, 2010.
  1. Winchester

  2. Ruger

  3. Sako

  4. Tikka

  5. Savage

  6. Weatherby (no Mark V)

  7. Browning

  8. Remington

  9. CZ

  10. Other

  1. ArtP

    ArtP Well-Known Member

    I goofed and cannot edit the opening poll.

    What's the most accurate bolt action rifle brand out of the box? I understand it's an "odds" game. Which brand gives the best odds?
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Brand of what?
    Rifles, scopes, bullets, primers, powder, scales, loaded ammo?

    I'm not seeing any Poll.

  3. ArtP

    ArtP Well-Known Member

    Fixed... Sorry.
  4. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Mechanically speaking the Savage platform has more design elements that lend themselves to shooting tiny groups than any of your other choices
  5. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    In theory.

    In practice its a crap shoot.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam


    I doubt any one of use has owned each of the rifle brands in the poll in statistically significant numbers of each to give you an answer that means anything at all.

    But, of the brands I have owned over the years, a CZ-527 American .223, and an old secondhand Remington 722 .222 Rem come to mind as being uncommonly accurate rifles that were exceptionally easy to work up accurate loads for.

    Your mileage may vary however.

  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Sako's are generally very accurate, but pricey to go with it. CZ's have a great rep. I must get one someday.
  8. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member


    It's Savage, but, (a) Sako, Tikka, and CZ all have excellent reputations, and, (b) it's possible to get a lemon from any manufacturer.

    But, given my budgetary limitations, if I were going to buy an brand-new, out-of-the-box "accurate rifle," I'd start with a Savage.

    And, of course, we're not talking, here about dedicated target rifles like the Anschutz or the Tubb 2000.
  9. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    This poll may be just a bit biased in as much as the best rifle is the one you own. I own both Winchester and Browning and because everyone is tired of hearing about my "Ol' Jack Handle" I voted Browning.

    Did I win Walkalong??
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Sure, Brownings have a great rep too. I tried to buy one (High Wall copy) off a fellow once. I sighted it in for him and man could it shoot. :D
  11. Randy1911

    Randy1911 Well-Known Member

    I bought a Remmington 700 in 30-06 an I am getting 3/4" groups with no modifications to the rifle if I do my part.
  12. Robert Wilson

    Robert Wilson Well-Known Member

    I had a Remington 700 in .308 that shot an honest-to-goodness 7 MOA. Sample of one...

    Like the man said, it's a crap shoot. If you have to have an accurate rifle, buy one of the common ones as cheaply as possible (the Remington probably being the best candidate, just because so many smiths can work on them) and spend some money to get the action trued, a good barrel screwed in straight, and the whole thing properly bedded into a good synthetic stock. That will essentially guarantee a sub MOA rifle.

    OTOH, you can probably get the same results by buying three rifles of whatever brand you like, shooting them all for groups, and selling off the worst two.
  13. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    My experience is with old mausers & new marlins. They all shoot better than me.
  14. vaupet

    vaupet Well-Known Member

    I would say Anschutz. My 1770 (in 223 rem) is a dream to shoot
  15. dogngun

    dogngun Well-Known Member

    Savage, no question about it to me...I have owned a lot of rifles

    over the last 45 years, and have never had anything come close to the Savage 110 series no matter how much more I paid for it.

    They just shoot, period...and from what I hear, the new ones are even better.

  16. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    for midpriced bolt guns id say its a toss up between rem and savage for first win for third and ruger for forth.
  17. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    These fellas know a whole lot more about rifles than I do: http://www.snipercentral.com/rifles.htm

    For my part, the difficulty in your question is that I have owned only about half of those brand rifles. I like Savage, but have not owned one of their centerfires, same with the Tikka, and others. Remingtons have served me well, as have Winchester, Weatheby, Sako, Vanguard|Howa. Oh, and CZ too.

    The other part that makes it difficult is that some companies send their rifle from the factory with a dandy stock and trigger already mounted. That would lead one to believe it to be a better rifle, when in fact it may simply be that it left with more features that lend themselves to accuracy.

    Last weekend when I went to the farm to shoot, I thought about this type of thread, and came up with the idea of which rifle shoots most accurately. While I have upgraded some of the rifles' stocks, triggers, etc, the barreled actions are bone stock. Here is the link:

    4 Varmint Rifles’ Accuracy at 300 Yards - THR

    Remember, I shoot center-of-woodchuck.

  18. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Many are good, but IMO the new Savages have set the bar very high for a production rifle. CZ is nearly if not just as good, but I have to give extra marks to Savage for putting together a lesser priced (on average) rifle with excellent accuracy. Keep in mind that all of the production rifles will turn out a dud from time to time, they will also turn out an exceptional rifle every once in a while...you have to take the average. Also note that Savage has very good CS, so if something is awry, they are more than likely going to take care of your problem. The same cannot be said for some other competitors.

    Has been my experience with mine as well. It shoots much better than most folks believe a big bore can (especially when outfitted with good aperture sights).


    HGUNHNTR Well-Known Member

    Sako/Tikka in my experience, followed by CZ, Savage..
  20. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Only have a Savage and a Remmy, and both are very accurate for factory barrels. My 10FP .308 never fails to amaze me, or people I let shoot it!:)

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