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Recommend a bolt action rifle in 30-06

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by txgolfer45, Nov 17, 2009.

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  1. txgolfer45

    txgolfer45 Member

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    I haven't purchased a bolt action rifle in quite awhile. My current deer rifle is a Remington 700 ADL Synthetic in .270Win. Toying with the idea of getting another hunting rifle in 30-06. It will be used for deer, hogs and very occasional elk trips. I like the looks of wood but wonder if the synthetic will be better for inclement weather. Also, what about a Thompson Center Pro Hunter in 30-06???

    Should I stick with Remington and go with a CDL or BDL or look at something else?

    BTW, I'm in Texas, so we generally don't get that severe of inclement weather.
     
  2. TenDriver

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    I have a Marlin XL-7 in .270. Love the gun, love the trigger.
     
  3. R.W.Dale

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    Since you already have a Blued 30-06 I would opt for something stainless/synthetic for use on those trips where the weather doesn't cooperate.

    I personally like the Ruger 77mkII all weather's above all other long action hunting weight rifles but the savage weather warrior is quite nice too.


    I may get flamed for this but Ive owned this rifle and take it from me. If you actually care how well a rifle shoots you WILL NOT like any break action single shot.
     
  4. Dambugg

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    Savage, Savage, Savage. I am ditching my Rem 700 for a Savage. No disrespect to Remington they make fine guns. That being said the Savage is just more comfortable to me.
     
  5. surjimmy

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    I love my Tikka T3.
     
  6. WesM

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    Savage 116 Weather Warrior

    I took a Savage 116 FCSS out deer hunting last year in a climbing stand and probably got 2" of steady rain on myself and my gun all morning. I wasn't expecting THAT much rain, but I wasn't worried about it b/c the 116 has stainless / synthetic components. If I had had my Remington 700 (blued/wood), I would have given up.

    Oh, and that Accutrigger is SWEEEET.
     
  7. TXHORNS

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    I have savage, remington and winchester rifles and I am happy with them all. That said, my buddy is a browning guy and while they are nice, I have never really been jealous of his collection or seen what the fuss was all about. Until I shot his synthetic X-Bolt in 30-06. Holy cow that thing is a shooter. 1/2" groups at 100 yards my first time to shoot it. Certainly not a requirement for a hunting rifle but that scores points in my book. The synthetic stock is much much better than that of a Remmy or a Savage too. It wont give you any real hunting advantage over the other guys, but its a really nice rifle. It may be my next bolt rifle, probably in 7mm-08 or .308.
     
  8. Arkansas Paul

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    Weatherby Vangaurd. $400 for a 1 1/2" MOA guarantee rifle. Mine is in .30-06 and shoots like a dream. Can't beat it for the money.
     
  9. akolleth

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    A big +1 on that. Savage makes a fantastic gun and straight from the box is often right around 1 moa. This plus the very cool factor of being able to change barrels and thusly calibers very easily make it a champion in my book.
     
  10. bpl

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    What's your budget? Rifle only or rifle + scope?
     
  11. Matrix187

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    CZ 550 American .30-06. It has a mauser action and a single set trigger that is pushed forward to activate (you can also pull the trigger unset for a normal hunting style trigger).
     
  12. EvanWilliams

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    First choice: SIG SHR 970. Good luck.
    Second: Savage, composite. Great gun at great price. Then get a QUALITY scope. Done!!!
    Third: Tikka.
     
  13. Uncle Mike

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  14. txgolfer45

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    Budget is up to $750 for rifle and then probably $300 - 500 for optics.
     
  15. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    First off, there ain't but a scrunthair & a half worth of difference going from .270, so why not move up to something significantly bigger or smaller?

    Secondly, the answer is the T/C Icon Classic. :)

    Life is waaaaaaay to short to hunt with something as ugly as the Pro Hunter or a weather warrior type. 'Sides, you said inclement weather doesn't happen too often.
     
  16. Fremmer

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    Remington 700 CDL. The CDL is a really nice rifle.
    Try a side-by-side comparison of the CDL to the Savage or Tikka, and you'll see what I mean. :cool:
     
  17. WalkAbout

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    Marlin XL-7 and a $800 scope.

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  18. shootr

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    Well... I'd be looking at something used. Some years back, I found an FN 98 Deluxe in 30.06 that had been made in the 50s and hadn't been shot much. Wood, blue and metal were beautiful. Price was $500 and I brought that rifle home.

    Mounted an old "Made in USA" Burris in Warne quick-detach rings and fitted back-up peeps. It's a bit heavier than newer rifles, but a gem. The craftsmanship is a cut above most and it shoots like a laser. I hunt with it in all weather and just take care of the wood.
     
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    CZ 550 American......
     
  20. sleepyone

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    With that budget, give the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight serious consideration. it is one sweet, well-built and accurate rifle. FN/Browning has done an excellent job bringing Winchester back from the grave. I have purchased three of them this month in 243, 270 and 30-06. I have only fired the 270 so far. Had dime groups at 100 yards and took two deer last weekend. I paid between $614 and $735 for them. With Leupold rings/bases and a Buckmasters 3x9 40mm scope, I was right at $1,000 out the door on each one.
     
  21. David Sours

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    T/C Icon, very nice , very accurate!

    Good Luck
     
  22. FSJeeper

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    1. Winchester Mod. 70
    2. CZ 550
    3. Tikka T3

    The CZ is probably the best quality/value for money but the Tikka T3 will do anything the others will do better for less money.

    I have all three, the Tikka T3 is the most accurate but is a push feed and I prefer the controlled round feed system.

    I like the Win. classic sporter mod 70 the best but had to spend money on the trigger and action to get it where I wanted to be. I could have had 3 Tikkas for what I have in it and the Tikka is still more accurate. Handloads in the Mod. 70 get it very close to the Tikka with factory ammo.

    The CZ is excellent right out of the box with the tried and proven Mauser style action.

    For the money, the Tikka is the best bang for the buck.
     
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    I got one of the new Winchester Model 70 featherweights a couple of months back. It's outstanding. Highly recommended.
     
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    Tikka, Savage, Remington, Marlin, TC, Mauser, Sako, Browning, Stevens, Mossberg.........Just put all the names in a hat and draw one.
     
  25. AlabamaEd

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    TIKKA, SAKO A7, Cooper are the only ones to consider.
     
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