Kicking tires for a rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mdThanatos, Dec 17, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    941
    Location:
    NA
    In need of a little expertise from you all here on THR. I am not 100% sure but I would say I am around 95%.

    I am looking for a rifle and have a list of preferred features:

    Bolt action
    7mm-08
    5 round capacity, so it could be a 4+1 configuration
    New

    Based on my searching it looks like the only one I can find that meets my requirements is the Weatherby Vanguard S2. Are there any other rifles that meet my list of requirements?

    Thanks,

    MD
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  2. CarJunkieLS1

    CarJunkieLS1 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,337
    Location:
    N. Alabama
    The Weatherby Vanguard S2 doesn't have a detachable magazine. It has a hinged floor plate. I have one in 7mm-08 and I haven't shot it yet but it has a nice feel of quality to it. If it shoots as good as it feels I will be very happy.
     
  3. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    14,450
    Location:
    Georgia
    The Weatherby is not detachable mag rifle. They offer a kit to convert it to a detachable mag, but it is 3 rounds. Tikka comes with a 3 round detachable magazine in 7-08 with the option to buy 5 round mags. Most bolt rifles with blind magazines or floorplates are 4+1. Other than Vanguard and Howa Winchester is the only manufacturer to have 5+1 capacity.

    I'm not strongly opposed to detachable magazine rifles, but they wouldn't be my first choice. I like the Winchester offerings better. The Weatherby is a nice rifle, but they are the heaviest rifles made. A deal killer for me, but if you want a heavy rifle they are good rifles. Sounds like a Tikka comes closest to meeting your criteria after buying a 5 round mag for it.
     
  4. magnatecman

    magnatecman Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2010
    Messages:
    188
    Take a look at the Browning X-bolt. It has a detachable 4 round mag.
     
  5. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2005
    Messages:
    1,261
    Not sure why some are hung up on detachable mags. It's just one more thing for me to lose and if I need a reload, it's easier for me to stuff em in the top.

    7mm-08 is actually one of my favorite calibers.

    How much are you wanting to spend on the rifle? On optics? What is your primary use? Any secondary uses? Do you reload?
     
  6. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    941
    Location:
    NA
    Well I guess that shows how well my reading comprehension is, thanks for the info on the Weatherby magazine.

    ETA

    Usage will be for shooting at the range so heavy doesn't bother me. Optics aren't a concern. Budget, and this is partially why it is still a kicking tires matter, is unsure but lets say 6-700. Hinged floorplate would probably work just as well for me, mainly don't want to have to repeatedly cycle the bolt to unload.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  7. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,243
    Location:
    Idaho
    there are no guns I'm aware of that fit all of those requirements. the ruger american fits the most closely but those only have 4 round mags. the ruger gunsite has up to 20 round mags but are only available in 308. the ruger vanguard as has been repeatedly pointed out does not have a removable mag. and I'm not completely certain but I believe the savage mags also are only 4 rounds. so either you'll have to drop your 5 round cap requirement or you'll have to drop your bolt action requirement and go with an AR10 in 7-08
     
  8. mdThanatos

    mdThanatos Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    941
    Location:
    NA
    Got it, what if the 5 round includes a 4+1 configuration?
     
  9. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,243
    Location:
    Idaho
    in that case the Ruger american it is. quite affordable as well I might add.
     
  10. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8,785
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Others have mentioned that the Weatherby does not have a detachable magazine, but nonetheless it is an excellent rifle. I love mine and if I had it to do again, I'd get the same one. Very sturdy, and very accurate. Best $390 I've ever spent on a gun.
     
  11. john843

    john843 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2013
    Messages:
    27
    To consider a step up, how about the Ruger Hawkeye. I've got nothing against the American, I've got one in .308 and have been exceptionally pleased with it for it's purposes. But I've also got a Hawkeye All-Weather in 7mm08 and it is a much more refined rifle. Mine was $630 at PSA. (4+1 also).
     
  12. StrawHat

    StrawHat Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,384
    Location:
    NE Ohio
  13. Ks5shooter
    • Contributing Member

    Ks5shooter Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2013
    Messages:
    2,405
    Location:
    Communist state of nj
    T/C Venture weathershield only 3 +1though.:(
     
  14. Corn-Picker

    Corn-Picker Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    491
    Location:
    Morgantown, WV
    What LOP do you prefer? If you prefer a shorter LOP (12.5") you may want to check out the Vanguard S2 youth, the Thompson Center Venture compact, or the Browning x-bolt Micro Midas.

    The Weatherby and TC have an MOA guarantee, and they are significantly less than the Browning. All three rifles weigh in between 6.2 and 6.7 lbs. I own both an S2 and a Thompson Center, both are good shooters and feel great.
     
  15. RPRNY

    RPRNY Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,336
    Location:
    Front Range, CO
    For a range rifle, the best value for money go to Weatherby and Savage. I don't rate M77s but for looks, the American and other $300 rifles are fine Fudd guns but Weatherby and Savage will deliver a lot of accuracy for $600 and both have great customer service.
     
  16. jpwilly

    jpwilly Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2007
    Messages:
    3,892
    Location:
    Phoenix AZ
    One suggestion - Don't eliminate a good bolt rifle due to mag capacity. Shooting at the range I often just hand feed my bolt guns one at a time so a single shot works fine for that.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice