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Tax return/Tulsa Gunshow selecta-rifle thread of DOOM

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by R.W.Dale, Feb 21, 2010.

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  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    OK it's that time O year again here's what I'm thinking bout adding to my collection. I'm thinking about adding a bolt action rifle to my collection to serve as a 300m group shootin fun gun in a little bit more of a sporter weight format as I'm patient enough to allow a bbl to cool. Since I already have a GREAT shooting 30-06 I'm looking for a cartridge a little less powder hungry and that's a bit smoother off the bench. I'm thinking a non06 based round somewhere between 257roberts and 7mm08

    Here's what I kinda have in mind in terms of criteria

    1. a nicely finished firearm (not really looking for entry level guns)
    2. a medium sporter contour bbl (or at least not featherweight)
    3. a well deserved and established reputation for accuracy
    4. easy on brass (some rifles aren't, in my experience claw extractor guns are the worst offenders)
    5. Needs to weigh in at less than 8lbs (shouldn't be an issue)
    6. Must fit inside a budget of around $600 for the gun bare (sans optics & mounts)
    7. Can't be a rem 700 (I just don't like em)
    8. Can be used or new but must be fairly easy to find.
    9. 24+" bbl greatly perferd
    10. NO cartridges with a bore smaller than .25 cal or larger than 7mm
    11. no 30-06 based cartridges

    I handled a used Tikka T3 lite in 6.5x55 and almost bought it but I'd really prefer a bit thicker bbl for this gun

    Essentially I'm looking to fill a caliber and performance hole in my collection between a .30HRT ar15 and a 30-06 Ruger M77MkII

    GO
     
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  2. atlanticfire

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    How do you feel about Weatherby?
    http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/vanguard/sporter
    Here is one in 257 Weatherby. I know the rounds might be more expensive. But it a beautiful rifle that meets most of your requirements. It dose come in more standard calibers if you would choose. I have several and they have always served me well. Oh yeah, NEW in your price range.
     
  3. R.W.Dale

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    The only problem is a weatherby vanguard IS for all practical purposes a rem 700 which I already mention my aversion of. In the past I've owned multiple vanguard-howa's and at this point I don't really care to own another. I'm also looking for less powder consumption and recoil than my 30/06 currently does.
     
  4. atlanticfire

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    OK, I can respect that. I also collect Paul Jaeger rifles. My grandfather was the head gunsmith there for over 30 years. In my opinion the best made rifles on the planet. They are however a bit more expensive. I've purchased some sub 1k and others plus 4K (shhh, don't tell my wife). There is one on GB now that’s in 243. I can find rifles that meet your criteria all day long problem is the 600 price cap.....
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=158022825
    I'd buy this one in a heart beat except I just spend all my allowance on the new John deere :)
     
  5. mshootnit

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    Ruger M77V 6mm, or 243, 22-250

    TC Precision Hunter 243

    Savage 110FP 25-06 accu trigger no brake

    Rem 788

    Winchester Coyote 243
     
  6. C-grunt

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    A nice Savage in .243?
     
  7. R.W.Dale

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    Sorry guys but I do not like nor will another .243 grace the inside of my safe EVER!!!!!

    Hence my "in between 257roberts and 7mm08" comment which of course 243 IS NOT
     
  8. C-grunt

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    .260 Rem?
     
  9. R.W.Dale

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    It's on my short list of chamberings for sure. Although offerings seem to be infuriatingly limited to compact or super lightweight rifles mostly.
     
  10. C-grunt

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    How many decently common short action rounds are out there that fall into your category?
     
  11. R.W.Dale

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    Not neccacilarly "short action" only. Just not 30/06 based.

    In addition to the usual 308 bases suspects A couple Mauser cartridges are on the table, a 250 sav would be nice but not gonna happen.

    Esentally anything between .257 and .284" without a belt or the name "magnum" attached to it that isn't 25/06, 280 or 270 is stIll on the table
     
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    6.5x55

    If you say no to that, your just being a pain:neener:
     
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    Whittakers has ( had? ) Steyr SBS ss 20" 6.5x55 for $560 - I got 2 from them last week.
    I know it is a little short in the pants per you criteria.
    But it is a respectable setup.
    A ruger in 7-08 would be nice, but the claw isn't a favorite of yours.
     
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    The claw thang isn't a dealbreaker for me. The thing that prevents me from just getting another ruger by default is the very thin bbl profile on most sporter models.
     
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    Geesh, sounds like a decision you need to make on your own.....
     
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    Come on guys! I say I don't want a 243 and don't like the rem 700 and y'all act like I've ruled out every rifle in existence.

    I want to hear folks chime in on the Tikka T3 Hunter models (I handled a LITE), the new Winchester M70's possible a blurb or two about TC's new bolt gun, accu stocked savages or any other number of new models
     
  17. rangerruck

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    I would look into everything made, in 257, 6.5, and 270, and 280, and 7.08.
    the 260 ammo, factory is just too darn expensive. I really like the idea of a 6.5 swede here, and see if ruger does one.

    I do like the idea of the steyr, tikka,and wetherby's though...
     
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    Just to be clear ammo price is NOT a consideration provided brass is available or can be made. I wouldn't be surprised if whatever I buy never has a single round of factory ammo fired through it for the duration of my ownership
     
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    Well, how about a Sako in .264 Win. Mag.? It's a long flat shooter. If you have an interest, I'll bring it to Tulsa with me.
     
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    You know, you could go supergutsy, and look for something boltish in 6.5 grendel, or I wonder; to me I have allways loved the 6.5 arisaka round, and the carcano for that matter. but I hate carcano's, and I don't remember how the arisaka is loaded. I wonder if there is a more modern take on the arisaka?
     
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    I am liking the idea of the above dudes, in 264 winmag, heck of a cartridge, gets along with the 7mag all the way out there... and as I am sure you know, tons of bullets in the 6.5 class.
     
  22. R.W.Dale

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    I like the way you think!

    Ive actually thought about this and would definitely take a HARD look at a nicely sporterized Type38 were I to run across one. IME these early war guns had excellent barrels on em and can be astoundingly good shooters with that somewhat heavier bbl I'm looking for. The downside is they tend to be chambered loosely and are thus kinda hard on brass.

    I'm dead set against anything "magnum" strictly on the basis of burning 2.5x as much powder as is needed to shoot great groups at 300m which is the longest range I have access to.

    I
     
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    What about a Savage Model 14 (wood/blued) or 16 (SS/synthetic) in a 250Savage? Seems to have all the features you want, save for the 24in. bbl (both are 22"). Not exactly a great looking gun, but nobody tends to complain about how they shoot. ;)
     
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    OOOOOOOHHHHHHH!

    I didn't know savage had reintroduced a few 250 sav offerings!

    I am really liking that 16FHSS accustocked weather warrior
     
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    So you can be satisfied. :neener: Glad to be of service.

    :)
     
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