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New Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kyarcher, Oct 20, 2013.

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  1. kyarcher

    kyarcher Member

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    Ok it's been several years since I've purchased a new centerfire rifle and I'm looking for opinions on quality, accuracy and dependability of a few brands. I've read some info on each of these rifles but would like to know your thoughts with those who actually owned them. I'm looking for a .308 in a Tikka T3, Rem 700, Browning X-Bolt, Winchester Model 70, Ruger Hawkeye. I've pretty much have ruled out the Weatherby Vanguard but do want one with a synthetic stock. I know I will get several opinions so what would you go with? I'll be using it to deer hunt and for paper punching.
     
  2. TBH

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    I would handle each one. Which one feels the most natural when you through up to your shoulder? Looks like you are looking at quality rifles. The light weight savage is the one I have been looking at. It keeps saying "take me home".
     
  3. Robert

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    I bought a new Win M70 last year and cannot be happier. For the money they are tough to beat. See how many you can paw at your lgs and go from there.
     
  4. kyarcher

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    Well my main problem is that my local gun stores don't carry all of those I have on my list so I'd have to drive to 3-4 different stores. I did own a Ruger M77 Varmint in .220 Swift but that was 25 years ago and it was a tack driver. I know nothing about any of the newer brands. Something I do want is a rifle with a free float barrel. Not sure if thats possible with a synthetic stock.

    Does anyone know what the warranty is on a Tikka T3? I can't find any info on their website.
     
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    I like the M700, except for the extractor. Good thing they're easy to repair, because I broke several, including while hunting. I also ran into a couple of incidents of the ejection plunger failing, due to the bolt shaving brass off the cartridge. Also happened as I fired the first shot on a deer. Fortunately, that round hit, and dropped the deer. That is all I ever will have to do with the M700! No more for me.

    My five (5) M70s are fantastic rifles, and I like the controlled round feed, and blade extractor.

    My only Ruger, is the Gunsite Scout...nice rifle.

    Good luck, and I agree, handle them to see what "feels" right.

    Geno
     
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    Tikkas are nice but they don't make a true short action. In .308 you have a long action with a bolt stop.
     
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    I recently bought a new Super Grade M70 in .30-06 and a new Kimber Select Classic stainless in .308.

    Although both are very nice, accurate rifles, for my money the Winchester is the better rifle, though heavier, and it's considerably less expensive than the Kimber.
     
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    I found myself looking at most of the rifles you listed, myself, earlier this year. Here's my impressions at the time:

    Following that, I tracked down a mid seventies vintage Rem 700 BDL, and promptly had all sorts of troubles with it. Eventually, I added up everything it would cost to tweak it to my liking, and found that it would be cheaper to buy a Tikka, that already had it all. So that's what I did.

    Now I've got a Tikka T3 Hunter in .30-06. The Hunter is the wood stock version, and the wood seems a lot friendlier than the synthetic did that day in the shop.

    Also, I see that above, I said the Tikka had its safety on the tang. I don't know if that's a production change, or if I was just mistaken, but mine has it on the side of the action, Remington style.

    I've got about 300 rounds through it so far, with no failures at all. The single column detachable box mag makes it a sort of hybrid controlled push feed, in that the feed lips don't release the case until its well started into the chamber. Thus, it's never left flopping around loose in the action, Remington style.

    Other advantages to the Tikka vs the Remington are that the free floated barrel means that pressure from the shooting sling on the forearm doesn't cause a major shift in point of impact, the bolt handle is easier to grasp, it doesn't throw live rounds on the ground mid cycle, and it's more accurate on average. (I wouldn't put much stock n my claim for the latter, though, as I don't do much bench shooting with it. It may just be that I shoot it better.)
     
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    The new Winchesters are one the best rifles being made right now. Sako might be a a better gun. If you can afford a Kimber, and want a 5 lb rifle, they would rank right with the Winchester. The Tikka will be the lightest of your choices, possbly the most accurate, and a little less expensive than the Winchester. The long action vs short action is a non-issue with this rifle.

    The Ruger has all the features of the Winchester, CRF,classic styling, all steel construction etc. but is a little less expensive than Winchester. A little less refined and probably less accurate, but more than accurate enough for hunting.

    I have used all of the options you have listed and wouldn't be interested in the Browning or Remington. All of the other choices are solid. It just depends on the features most important to you, and how much you are willing to pay.
     
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    JMO. But I love my M70 CSLT. It is not the synthetic stock though. I find it likes almost every round I feed it. The action is like butter. The trigger is crisp and breaks cleanly with almost no creep. I will gladly and proudly own that rifle till the day I die.

    Maybe I got lucky with my rifle. If that's the case, it's fine with me. I know I got a great rifle.
     
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    Did the lgs have a BDL or CDL? That's what I'd look for.
     
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