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Suggestions for a .308 bolt action 300-yd coyote gun

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by evan price, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    A friend has coyote problems and has offered to let me set up to help him. Always looking for an excuse, I said, sure.
    I've been using my 6.5x55 Swede M38 carbine. It works.

    I was wanting something else. I'd like to be under $500, not including tax or optics, for the basic rifle.

    I am wanting a .308 caliber bolt action rifle, something that will shot about MOA without needing any work out of the box. I intend to be in the 100-300 yard range. I have a .223 but that runs out of gas at around 300 yards. I already load for .308 for my FALs so this is just a different load and bullet.

    My short list so far includes the Tikka T3 lightweight stainless. The Mossberg ATR100. The Savage Model-10. Plus, whatever I can find a good deal for on the used racks of the gunstores.

    I have heard some things negative about the Mossberg ATR. I hear great things about the Tikka however unfortunately nobody around here carries them except one used 22-250 I fondled for $399 and wished were .308 cal.

    There's an FN Mauser for $450 or so I saw in the used rack.

    Suggestions appreciated. Thanks, in advance.
  2. litman252

    litman252 Well-Known Member

    Tikka= God of rifles in it's $$ range
    Savage= good enough to do what you want easily
    Mosberg= ok, poor trigger is the only problem, 2 above have great triggers.

  3. TCB in TN

    TCB in TN Well-Known Member

    I have shot a couple of the Mossbergs, triggers were not great but not bad either, they were fine deer hunting rifles. Have owned and shot several savages and they are very good for the money. Have shot the Tikka and they are pretty decent all around. But cost a bit more than the other two. IMHO all will do what you are needing.
  4. mulyhuntr

    mulyhuntr Well-Known Member

    tikkas are awesome i reload for my stainless .243 and it is easily a sub moa gun, plus the bolt is so buttery smooth.
  5. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    I would go the savage route thus far, also a howa, and i believe you can get a Weatherby sub moa, for 500. These are special, pulled off the line, and marked sub moa, right on the rifle.
  6. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Well-Known Member

    If you want a coyota gun on the cheap. Marlin XL7 is a great gun for under $300. Though not chambered in 308 it is chambered for 25-06 which is an outstand Coyota round.
    Other wise get a Savage.


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