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7mm08 what bolt action rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by colbysdad, Nov 23, 2012.

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  1. colbysdad

    colbysdad Member

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    We have been looking to buy a new rifle in 7mm08. Looked at so many can't make up my mind. I would like a American made rifle. I like the Kimber but it goes a little past my budget. Right now it's between a Winchester and a Remington. I like wood on a rifle, I own composite stocks ,works great but cold. Thanks for all your opinions, they always help.:banghead:
     
  2. Pacsd

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    I can't help you with American made. However, I love my Wxby Vanguard carbine (20 inch barrel) in 7mm-08. 120 &140 grain bullets are tack drivers.
     
  3. jimmyraythomason

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    I've had two 7mm/08s. One was a Remington Model 7(early model with 18" barrel) GREAT little rifle,loved it. The other was a Remington Model 700 BDL-DM,a beautiful piece of crap,hated it.
     
  4. Robert

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    Love my Winchester. I'd say handle both and see which you like better.
     
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    your gonna here about everyones fav ! I went with a REM CDL. Its got the original American rifle feel all over it!!!
     
  6. RPRNY

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    As per above advice, what a sweet little rifle : Weatherby Vanguard 2 carbine. I shot a friend's just a few weeks ago and I am on the lookout. Great rifle. Great customer service from Weatherby.
     
  7. Kachok

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    For American made I would opt for Savage 11 or Winchester 70, both great guns I can speak from experience. The other American made rifles that hold a good reputation are the Ruger 77, Kimber 84, and the T/C Icon.
    For rifles made overseas I like the Weatherby/Howa and the Tikka/Sako.
    The Savage is the most customizable, the Winchester feels the best, the Tikka or the Weatherby is probably the best value and if I were a betting man I would say if you shot one of each the Sako would be the best shooter of the bunch.
    The 7mm-08 is a fantastic hunting cartrage, nearly matching the 270 win for trajectory with similar bullet weights (with handloads) and it does it all in a short action super efficient package.
    I cannot bring myself to recommend a Remington, their QC is $#!^ I won't be wasting another cent on any firearm they make.
     
  8. matt 7mm

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    you mite want to consider consider a savage 14. I have afew freinds that speak highly of there marlins either s7 or x7 im not if i got the letter right
     
  9. PedalBiker

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    The new Winchesters are pretty nice. Ruger is American made and has a similar action to the Winchester.

    Remington is probably the lightest American made rifle in a given action length. Savages are usually very accurate, but tend to be a bit heavy in the metal, though lighter stocks usually make up the difference.
     
  10. blarby

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    Wife swears by her ruger mark II in 7-08.

    Its handy, very light, and is incredibly accurate in her hands.
     
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    In your case, Winchester. Kimber would be in the running if you want to spend that much. Ruger would be a serious contender as well.
     
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    se fla i love claymores 01/sot
    howa/weatherby
     
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    Winchester and Ruger
     
  14. jimmyraythomason

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    If you choose a Savage short action such as the Model 10,11 etc. you will have the option to change to other similar calibers with very little effort.
     
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    Get a Ruger IMO.
     
  16. WardenWolf

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    I'd get a Savage. That's just me. They tend to be better out of the box.
     
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    Been happy with our Remington Model 7 with the laminated wood stock for the 10 years or so that we've had it.
     
  18. FiveInADime

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    If there is a new Winchester 70 variant available in 7mm-08 and wood, then that would be my choice if I were going to spend that kind of money. I have only seen one guy (on here in the past few days) complain about the quality of an FN made 70. Every one I have handled has been excellent in fit/finish and IMHO the classic 70 action can't be beat.
     
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    Back in about 2001 Remington chambered their "classic" 700 in this caliber. They only did one caliber per year in that model. I had one and it was very nice.
     
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    Good Advise here. I have a left handed Savage 22-250 w/a burned out barrel,I'm converting it over to a 7mm-08 for my daughter in January.
     
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    I have 2 Savage's in 7mm-08 (Model 14 & 16) and they are great rifles.
     
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    I would have suggested the Kimber as i currently own 3 and they're by far my favorite rifles but if its a little pricey i totally understand that! Another awesome rifle would be the new Model 70. There is a M70 Extreme Weather 7-08 on gunbroker right now that I've been drooling over but don't have the funds for. Its not much cheaper than the Kimbers (about $150-$200 less) but if you can afford it, it's a rifle im sure you'd fall in love with! They're really nice, stainless, CRF, fluted barrel, free floating and a nice pillar bedded B&c stock. Definitely worth checking out.

    Cory
     
  23. dubya450

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    @ PedalBiker - the Remington's might be lighter than the Winchester and Ruger (heavier CRF actions) but im pretty sure the Savage is lighter. And i know Kimber is by far the lightest American made rifle for ny given action size. I have a short action Kimber that weighs 5lb 1oz bare and a long action one that's 5lb 10oz, hard to find another American production rifle that comes close!
     
  24. BigN

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    I've got a Savage 11 in 7mm-08. Smooth as silk, great caliber.
     
  25. eastbank

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    my rem 700 SA in 708 is scary accuret,43grs varget and 120gr noslers will shoot under 2 inchs at 200yds. eastbank.
     
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