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Best value bolt action .308 for under $600?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dodging230grainers, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. dodging230grainers

    dodging230grainers Member

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    As the title says...

    Looking to pick up a new bolt action .308, any suggestions on brand and model that would run 600 or under before tax/shipping?

    Note: Wood finish is highly preferred to black synthetic.

    thanks!
     
  2. kcmarine

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    Not sure, but Savage and CZ are names you should look at.
     
  3. Davo

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    What do you want to use it for? Savage pretty much dominates under 1k, IMO.
     
  4. dodging230grainers

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    long range target shooting. Though the less weight the better I guess, I don't want it excessively heavy.

    22"-24" bbl seems right.
     
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    Ruger looks decent.

    How is the Savage 11G Hunter compared with a Remington 700?
     
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    Stevens 200.
     
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    Mossberg has a couple models that MSRP below $600. Seems like they're well reviewed, but I have no personal experience with them.
     
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    Remington 700 SPS Tactical has been a sweet shooter in .223 for a co-worker. There are a few accurizing tricks for them that require only a little time & labor too. With a heavy barrel Remington 700 you also have a great foundation to build on. However, I've seen the slightly more expensive Savage 10FP in .308 shoot great groups out of the box as well. Those are the two big candidates I'd be looking at.
     
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    Tikka T3, just laying it over a sleeping bag I put 3 shots inside a penny with factory ammo at 100 yards. The T3 sales for about $460.00
     
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    I will third the tikka t3, I have it in .243, the bolt is buttery smooth and it will shoot dime sized groups.
     
  13. Sir Aardvark

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    Check out page 26 of CDNN's most recent catalog.

    http://www.cdnninvestments.com/

    You can get a .308 FN Patrol Rifle in 20" or 24" Fluted Heavy Barrel with scope rings and a Hogue Pillar Bedded Stock for just over $500.00.

    This is a $1,000.00 rifle!

    This is about the best deal out there that I know of currently - the only catch is that they might already be sold out.
     
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    Good luck buying anything from Impact guns.
     
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    You want light, and for long range target shooting. Those concepts are sort of mutually exclusive. Oh crap, I broke my rule about responding to any topic that has "best" in the title.
     
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    These are very nice rifles. I've transferred a few to California (CDNN won't ship there but refers customers to me). Have two of them in my place right now going to California.

    As of last week, they still had stock left.
     
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    the best of the new, and cheap;
    smith/wesson
    marlin
    stevens. all of these can be had for under 300 bucks, that smith/wesson, is the best deal. was about twice that, but they need to move. Lots of steel, lots of solid billet or forged parts, bbls made by t/c, triggers are timney.

    have to throw in Mossberg, lots of innovative stuff on their new bolties...
     
  19. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Depends - New or used?

    If new, for under $600, I'd look at an upper end Savage (like the 14 Classic), or upper end Howa. A wood-stocked Rem 700 or CZ550 or Tikka T3, new, even a basic one, will probably not sneak in under $600.
     
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    You're going to have a limited selection on a wood stocked rifle for under $600. If I were me (which I am) I'd tell you to look at the FN PBR or a 700. A Tikka T3 wouldn't be a bad idea either. Savages are great, if they're your thing. I hear claims that Howa rifles are good, but I'm not sure if I believe them.

    For me, I suppose it comes down to this: it seems like guys that shoot competition are shooting AI, Rem 700 or a custom action on their rifles as opposed to a Savage, Howa or Stevens. This would seem strange if all the "sub moa" claims are true and the Savage really is the best out of the box rifle available. Now, I don't regularly attend long range shooting competitions or anything or know a bunch of people that compete, that's just my observation as an armchair commando, so don't quote me.
     
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    Well, from what I can tell the stock is different, which could be the bulk of the difference. For the best specs on a rifle, you should check the manufacturers website. Their MSRP won't be street price, but it will give you an idea of the price difference.

    Edit: Read this and this.
     
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    Ha! Quoted you! That should read AI, highly gunsmithed Rem 700s, or customs. And if you attend any F Class matches, you'll see a lot of factory Savage F Class rifles winning. In fact, 3 out of the top 5 at last years F T/R Nationals. So they're pretty competitive out of the box, if you have skills. Damn! I missed by that much..........
     
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