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Recommendations for a sub-$500 .30-06?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lou McGopher, Jul 28, 2009.

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  1. Lou McGopher

    Lou McGopher Member

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    Don't need all the bells and whistles, although a suitable scope would be acceptable. Needs to be reliable, durable, and accurate at woodland hunting distances.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Paradiddle

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    Marlin XL7 - $280 from Bass Pro
    Nikon Buckmaster 3x9 - $200 or less (ebay, Bass pro, etc.)

    Read up on the Marlin - great reviews and very accurate.
     
  3. bang_bang

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    Take a look at the Stevens Model 200 also. Comparable to the Marlin as mentioned above, these are just an older non-accutrigger Savage.

    Both rifles brand new are around the $300 mark, leaves a hole in your budget to fill with a nice scope. ;)
     
  4. JHK94

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    the NEF handi rifle in 30-06 is usually in the mid 200s in price
     
  5. Lou McGopher

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    Any brands/models to stay away from?
     
  6. kansas coyote

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    If you ask me you can't buy a better 30-06 power gun than a mosin naget . If you don't know it is a russian battle rifle bolt action . Ammo is cheap . 7.62x54r caliber . And the best part is they are under $100 . But don't let the price fool you these are monsters and you can let it roll around in the floorboard of the truck and who cares its a $100 rifle . Allthough I cring at that thought because I have taken to collecting these ond beauties . Buy one you will see . Mosinites is catching if you have one soon you will have 6 .
     
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    If you have time to shop for a while, used 30-06's Scoped and sighted in come up for sale fairly regularly. My best deal I got like this was a Tikka T-3 with a Zeiss Divarri 3x9 scope with 12 shots fired through it to sight it in. I paid $600 cash for it. The guy needed cash and posted it on our local Gun Trader site. The box with the 8 remaing shells and the empty brass came with it. I love this rifle!

    Many times you'll find scoped rifles in 30-06 for under $400.
     
  8. Lou McGopher

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    Yeah, I know about those. I'll have a couple of em eventually, just not now. :)
     
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    I like marlins
     
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    My XL7 in 06 with a Nikon Prostaff was about 430 total. Throw in a sling and some ammo and you're still under 500. :)
     
  11. skoro

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    Weatherby Vanguard is less than $500 and a heckuva good rifle. Be sure to mount a good scope on whatever you get, though. Nikon, Weaver, Pentax, Bushnell Elite are all good reasonably priced optics.
     
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    Tikka T3, made by Sako. Mine will put 3 rounds inside a penny at 100 yards using factory ammo.
     
  13. Arkansas Paul

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    I'm with skoro. I bought a Weatherby Vangaurd in .30-06 just a few months ago for $390.
    I'm getting one hole groups with a variety of factory ammo. That with a Leupold Rifleman 3x9x40 took the total up to about $650, but you can get a reliable scope for less. For the money, you just can't beat a Vangaurd IMO.
     
  14. Lou McGopher

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    From what I gather, it's a toss-up between the Stevens and the Marlin. How does the Weatherby compare to those two?

    Any recommendations for Howa? They seem to be around the top end of my budget though.

    I think a Tikka is going to be too much, even used (and I'd prefer new).

    The NEF isn't a bolt-action.
     
  15. Arkel23

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    Weatherby Vanguard, guaranteed accuracy and very reliable. You can't beat it.
     
  16. Lou McGopher

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    Maybe I'll make this into a poll.:D
     
  17. BullitHolz

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    Hit the pawnshops and look for a Savage 110, these can be found around my neck of the woos all day long for $200-275, often with scopes attatched. Most are very lightly used too.
     
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    Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard.

    A friend has a Howa 1500 in 7mm Mag and it is very reliable and accurate. Very ugly, but just a nice stock away from being a beauty.
     
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    Wal-mart here has NIB Weatherby Vanguard 30-06's for $350. If I didn't already have a few .30 caliber rifles I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
     
  20. Lou McGopher

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    How is the trigger compared to the Stevens or Marlin?
     
  21. shaggy430

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    I'm pretty sure the Weatherby's have fully adjustable triggers. Check the Weatherby website to be sure.
     
  22. Arkel23

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    My trigger is the most crisp trigger ever the LIGHTEST squeeze, and it's fully adjustable.
     
  23. Offfhand

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    At a price of around $400. the Weatherby Vanguard is the best value of currently manufactured rifles in the sub-$500. range. I've tested them all and for quality and accuracy the Vanguard is heads above the others. But always keep in mind that no rifle is better than it's scope, so buy the best you can afford.
    Shoot well, often, and safely...
    Offfhand
     
  24. Lou McGopher

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    I appreciate everyone's input.

    Haven't made up my mind just yet, but so far the Weatherby is leading the pack.
     
  25. Arkel23

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    Yes, do that.
     
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