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Best Buy .308 rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rogerjames, Mar 13, 2009.

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  1. rogerjames

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    OK. I am not a hunter. Mostly a handgunner, but becomming a gun fanatic and want to have one of each. I plan on joining skeet/trap club in the near future. In the mean time... I have added AK for SHTF. Would like to add reliable/cost efficient .308 to the arsenal. Any recommendations?
     
  2. MaterDei

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    What do you intend to do with the rifle? Scope it and hunt? Kill paper? Other?
     
  3. browningguy

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    Best buy for a bolt action is probably a Savage with Accutrigger. Also decent are Howa and Tikka for a mid-priced gun. The Mossberg has had surprisingly good revies for a very inexpensive rifle.
     
  4. rogerjames

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    Scope it! Would appreciate recommendation on scope also. I anticipate this to serve several purposes. I hope this to be a long range SHTF rifle, but also a hunting rifle as I expand my horizons. That being said... it will not be an active weapon that needs to withstand frequent abuse.
     
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    Savage 12fv or 10fp, everyone has opinions about scopes, get the best scope you can afford from the major mfg of your choice.
     
  6. c5_nc

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    I have a Remington 700P which is always an excellent choice. You can get 700 Varmints that have the same barrelled action for $525-550 on sale, add a nice stock later, or get a takeoff stock to make your own 700P. The best buy is probalby the Savage 10FP... $550. The stock is not perfect. They have a new version for $150 more that includes a Accustock and muzzle brake. I have not really seen a review of it yet, but if they made inprovements to the feel of the stock, and madeit firmer (the 10fp stock would touch barrell some) it is probably an excellent buy. On the entry level side a Mossberg ATA I think is a little under $300 (?), the Stevens is probably the best budget buy, with a cost in the low $300s.
     
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    Saiga .308 is a good buy for a semi auto.
     
  8. FSJeeper

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    Best buy in a bolt action .308, Tikka T3

    Best buy in a semi .308 and ability to buy spares and magazines cheap, FN FAL

    Best buy in semi .308 disregarding magazine and parts costs, Saiga .308.

    Best overall moderately priced .308, M1A.
     
  9. Redneck with a 40

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    I like my Remington 700 SPS Tactical, of course I got one hell of a deal, $500 with Nikon Pro-Staff scope mounted and zero'd.:D I bought it used, but you can't tell its used, i.e its immaculate.:)
     
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    I have to agree with FSJEEPER that the TIKKA T3 is a best buy in 308 or any other caliber made.
     
  11. rogerjames

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    I was thinking more along the lines of bolt action... but what is the capacity on a semi-auto? I don't want to sacrifice accuracy. I am not looking for the cheapest rifle either. I am looking for a rifle that has longevity, accuracy, and value. Has to be reputable, and reliable, not the best of the best.
    I would say best value under $700. BTW, I am right handed, but "left-eyed" so I shoot rifles left handed.
     
  12. benzy2

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    I love CZ 550 rifles. The Tikka is decent as well. Savage is easy to find and has a lot of really good shooters. I never got into Remington. You listen to enough Savage guys and you would think today's Remingtons couldn't hit a barn. I'm not so sure how much of this is true and I'm sure a ton of people will jump in on how great the current 700 line is. I think from an accuracy point the Savage has the best odds of a current rifle at punching tiny groups. The CZ certainly has the best factory trigger I have ever tried short of an Anschutz top of the line 2 stage.
     
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    Howa with a synthetic hogue stock - about $430 (buds guns online). Good quality, accurate, and affordable. Made in Japan. Howa only makes right hand bolts though. CZ is a good value. Just bought a CZ youth .22 bolt for my daughter...great quality as well at a very good price. CZs are made in the Czech Republic. I plan to add a few more CZs to the safe. The good thing about a CZ is they have left hand bolt models. Remington 700s are great though...prefer their laminate or walnut stock varieties which cost a little more than the SPS models which have some type of plastic/composite stock. Remington 700s are typically very accurate out of the box and have left hand models too...never met a sniper who bad mouthed a Remington 700.
     
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    How does the Tikka T3 compare to the Remingtom SPS? Thanks for all the opinions fellas!
     
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    I like the hogue stock on my Remmy 700, its got a rubbery, grippy feel to it. It has a really nice, cushy recoil pad on it as well.
     
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    cost effective? plenty to choose from really, right now, the marlins are really looking to be the tops of the overall low end rifles. xl7 is the long actions, and the xs7's will be the short actions; 243, 308, and 7.08's. Then you have the tried and true Savage or Stevens, then a Howa, then proly a mossberg, would do just fine. I am not big on the newest low end remmy's though for a hunting rig, they are plenty accurate. I actually like the models before , the 710's , a perfectly bland, yet grippy/lumpy stock, tailor made for painting to taste...
     
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    steave 200
     
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    I'd check out a savage 10fp. One of the best bang for your buck rifle for what you are looking to do. I love mine
     
  20. FSJeeper

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    OK, if it is a bolt action you want, lots of choices.

    Last year I wanted the best value .308 bolt rifle to back up my M1A's. I did a lot of research and shopping. I own many other rifles including custom winchester mod. 70's and CZ's.

    The Tikka T-3 performs just as well right out of the box as my $4000+ custom rifles. Excellent trigger, stock is perfect, buttermilk smooth action, very accurate with factory ammo. 1 moa. I have no need to work up a load for it or do anything else to it.

    I suggest you handle the various rifles in the $500 price range and pick the one that feels "right" for you.
     
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    I think the best buy, though not the cheapest buy, is the CZ.

    they are half the price of top quality rifles, and I can not tell the differencde between them and a Sako, for instance. They are awesome guns, and have a set trigger which is a fan-freakin'-tastic trigger.
     
  22. KzoneAL

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    Tikka T3 Lite syn/blue 479.00 .Has an adj 2-4lb trigger that breaks like glass
    and these guns are super accurate.There isnt a better gun in that price range.
     
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    How cheap? Middle of the road budget = Savage w/ accutrigger. Dirt cheap = NEF handi-rifle scoped combo. Both are far more accurate than thier prices suggest.
     
  24. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    It's an often asked question in all calibers, but the best buy for turnbolts usually turn into this list (roughly in order):

    1. Savage
    2. Howa
    3. Tikka (tie)
    3. CZ (tie)
    3. Vanguard (tie)


    Yes, I know Howa and Vanguard are the same, but their value is not, since the Vanguards cost more. The CZ 550 is the nicest of that lot, but a tad more too. There are many many flavors of Savage in .308 win, including several great-value "police" models - are you wanting a heavy benchrese rifle, a mid-weight 'tactical' rifle, lightweight hunting rifle, what?

    Then, you have the lower ends, so probably equally good values, but less nice guns:

    1. Stevens 200
    2. Mossberg 100ATR (tie)
    2. Marlin XL7 (tie)

    Then, super economy:
    1. NEF (tie)
    1. Rossi (tie)
     
  25. Water-Man

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    TIKKA T3. IMO the best value on the market.
     
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