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Recommendations for a sub-$500 .30-06?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lou McGopher, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    Don't need all the bells and whistles, although a suitable scope would be acceptable. Needs to be reliable, durable, and accurate at woodland hunting distances.

  2. Paradiddle

    Paradiddle Well-Known Member

    Marlin XL7 - $280 from Bass Pro
    Nikon Buckmaster 3x9 - $200 or less (ebay, Bass pro, etc.)

    Read up on the Marlin - great reviews and very accurate.
  3. bang_bang

    bang_bang Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the Stevens Model 200 also. Comparable to the Marlin as mentioned above, these are just an older non-accutrigger Savage.

    Both rifles brand new are around the $300 mark, leaves a hole in your budget to fill with a nice scope. ;)
  4. JHK94

    JHK94 Well-Known Member

    the NEF handi rifle in 30-06 is usually in the mid 200s in price
  5. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    Any brands/models to stay away from?
  6. kansas coyote

    kansas coyote Well-Known Member

    If you ask me you can't buy a better 30-06 power gun than a mosin naget . If you don't know it is a russian battle rifle bolt action . Ammo is cheap . 7.62x54r caliber . And the best part is they are under $100 . But don't let the price fool you these are monsters and you can let it roll around in the floorboard of the truck and who cares its a $100 rifle . Allthough I cring at that thought because I have taken to collecting these ond beauties . Buy one you will see . Mosinites is catching if you have one soon you will have 6 .
  7. FSJeeper

    FSJeeper Well-Known Member

    If you have time to shop for a while, used 30-06's Scoped and sighted in come up for sale fairly regularly. My best deal I got like this was a Tikka T-3 with a Zeiss Divarri 3x9 scope with 12 shots fired through it to sight it in. I paid $600 cash for it. The guy needed cash and posted it on our local Gun Trader site. The box with the 8 remaing shells and the empty brass came with it. I love this rifle!

    Many times you'll find scoped rifles in 30-06 for under $400.
  8. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I know about those. I'll have a couple of em eventually, just not now. :)
  9. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Well-Known Member

    I like marlins
  10. bad_aim_billy

    bad_aim_billy Well-Known Member

    My XL7 in 06 with a Nikon Prostaff was about 430 total. Throw in a sling and some ammo and you're still under 500. :)
  11. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    Weatherby Vanguard is less than $500 and a heckuva good rifle. Be sure to mount a good scope on whatever you get, though. Nikon, Weaver, Pentax, Bushnell Elite are all good reasonably priced optics.
  12. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    Tikka T3, made by Sako. Mine will put 3 rounds inside a penny at 100 yards using factory ammo.
  13. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    I'm with skoro. I bought a Weatherby Vangaurd in .30-06 just a few months ago for $390.
    I'm getting one hole groups with a variety of factory ammo. That with a Leupold Rifleman 3x9x40 took the total up to about $650, but you can get a reliable scope for less. For the money, you just can't beat a Vangaurd IMO.
  14. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    From what I gather, it's a toss-up between the Stevens and the Marlin. How does the Weatherby compare to those two?

    Any recommendations for Howa? They seem to be around the top end of my budget though.

    I think a Tikka is going to be too much, even used (and I'd prefer new).

    The NEF isn't a bolt-action.
  15. Arkel23

    Arkel23 Well-Known Member

    Weatherby Vanguard, guaranteed accuracy and very reliable. You can't beat it.
  16. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'll make this into a poll.:D
  17. BullitHolz

    BullitHolz Well-Known Member

    Hit the pawnshops and look for a Savage 110, these can be found around my neck of the woos all day long for $200-275, often with scopes attatched. Most are very lightly used too.
  18. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard.

    A friend has a Howa 1500 in 7mm Mag and it is very reliable and accurate. Very ugly, but just a nice stock away from being a beauty.
  19. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Well-Known Member

    Wal-mart here has NIB Weatherby Vanguard 30-06's for $350. If I didn't already have a few .30 caliber rifles I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
  20. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Well-Known Member

    How is the trigger compared to the Stevens or Marlin?

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