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Need to get a .308! Need advice! Need Money!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by danweasel, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. danweasel

    danweasel Member

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    I need help. I do not own a hunting rifle. I would like one that is of minimal length (not youth though) about 40" tops and obviously as light as possible. I am set on .308 as a caliber because I like to shoot and I have no money so at least I can get Milsurp for practice/plinking. Also as stated abouve I am pore folk so the cheaper the better. I would like 1.5MOA and under though if at all possible.

    Help?

    Also, can someone reccomend a cheaper scope that would work with this rifle?

    Thanks in advance guys,

    Dan
     
  2. Funderb

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    i recommend the iron sights.
    pick up a milsurp in 7.62x54r,
    which is for all intents and purposes a cheap .308

    and go shoot stuff.

    It can be made light by spending a couple bucks on a synthetic stock
    and 300 is about right for a finnish m39, which are quite accurate.


    don't put a scope on it, you don't need one.
     
  3. jaholder1971

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    Stevens 200. It's a pre-Acutrigger Savage with a lower price tag. Good shooter.

    Avoid like the plague the Remington 710 and similar line of economy rifles unless you like plastic bolt and trigger parts.
     
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    H&R Ultra Hunter Rifle. It's 38" long and weighs about 7 pounds. Goes for about $300.

    You probably could do better weight-wise, but for the price, quality, and accuracy, it's a good gun.
     
  5. WardenWolf

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    Ruger M77 Hawkeye in .308 can be had for $550. They're supposed to be very good guns.
     
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    h&r single shot eldon hit it right on the money! as far as a good CHEAP scope a swift would work nice
     
  8. Sinixstar

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    Depending on what "cheap" is - you have a few options.

    First and formost - i'd start looking around at local shops for a decent used rifle. Really check it over with a fine-tooth comb, make sure it's in good shape - and with a bit of luck, you might be able to get a complete package (rifle, rings, scope, maybe even a soft case if they're feeling generous) for a good price.

    If you're dead set on a .308 - Savage and Weatherby both have some package rifles for a reasonable price. Buds has the Savage 10FXP3 packaged with a scope for $568, both in blued and stainless.
    They have the weatherby vanguard Synthetic package in .308 with a 24" barrel for $547. (Rifle, Scope, Sling, and hardcase)

    If you're not dead set on the .308 - are willing to go with a .270 (you can get bulk ammo at Cabellas for a halfway reasonable price, although not as common as .308 bulk ammo) - again looking at bud's they have a Savage package (111FXP3) with a scope (no accu-trigger) for $368, and another variation for $379
    They also have the weatherby package with the hard case for $476.

    I lot of people don't much care for the packages - since the scopes tend to be a little less than stellar. If you're on a budget and need/want to get something quick and fairly accurate though - they can't be beat. Provided the action is solid and the barrels are accurate (which both the savage and the Wby are) - you can upgrade some of the other things like stock, rings, and scope later on as finances allow.

    Definately start with local shops and check out the used selections though. Some real gems can be found if you take your time and have some patience.
     
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  9. zombienerd

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    For under $100, (not including shipping or FFL fee) check out http://www.tickbitesupply.com/firearms.html

    There's several Mosin's in 7.62x54r (.308) for under a hundred bucks. That's about as "po folk" as you can get. And from what I've read, they make decent guns once they're really well cleaned.
     
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    How much lighter would an M39 be in a synthetic stock? Are there synthetic stocks for the m24/47 mausers?
     
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    I'm absolutely with Sinixtar, look in the pawn shops. There are plenty of old Remington 700/760s, actually ALL mfrs of bolt rifles, 1-50 years old, near perfect to a little beat up in .308. I personally don't mind a rifle that's a little bit beat up, because it means I don't have to try to keep it pretty.

    And yes, absolutely look at Nagants. They are everywhere, and you actually CAN still get milsurp ammo for it. I have no idea if there is still any milsurp ammo in .308 left that's any kind of deal.
     
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    A used Savage 110 in 30.06 is your best bang for the buck. 308 and a 30.06 are ballistic twins in bullet 150grn and 165grn weights. You can still find them use under $200. Sometimes with a scope.
     
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    Stevens 200, leupold rifleman scope. If you miss a deer at <300 yards, it will be your fault.
     
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    danweasel, you really did not give us any info as to price range that you're talking.
    You can get a NEF handi rifle pretty cheap. Light and durable, easy to scope. Gunbroker.com has got a couple used and some new. A near new 30-06 is at $130 or so with a couple hours left to bid.

    NCsmitty
     
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    My money would be on a Stevens 200, mounts, rings and a halfway decent scope. Could do the whole thing for under 500, probably. A lot less if you found one used.
     
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    Saiga in 308?
     
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    How cheap? Would you mind chiming back in.
     
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    With the run on EBR's prices have jumped a bit.

    Going rate now is about $350 depending on where you live.

    The Saiga is based on the AK47 . . . .
     
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    Kimber Longmaster.
     
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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the feedback so far. By cheap I was thinking around 5-600 bucks. Cheaper is always good though. I want a good rifle but I want a semi decent scope too. What I really want is iron sights so that I can shoot it right away without having to wait to save up for a scope.

    The only one I have seen that looks like it fits this bill though, is the savage scout.
     
  21. Mannlicher

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    cut out beer and smokes
    get a second job
    cancel the cable TV connection

    and save, save, save. In a much shorter time than you might think, you can afford a decent rifle and scope.
     
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    I DID quit smoking and cable sucks so I don't have that but I am keeping my beer and the army is a fairly time consuming job. Ha!
     
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    about 2 pounds lighter, give or take.

    and

    I have been looking around for a synthetic stock for my 24/47 mauser too. no luck so far. ugh.
     
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    Saiga 308
     
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