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What kind of .270 should I be looking at?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SonOfRoost, Feb 5, 2011.

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  1. SonOfRoost

    SonOfRoost Member

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    I have recently decided that I want a deer hunting rifle that could also function as a sort of "survival" rifle. I decided that the .270 caliber suits my needs nicely, but I don't know the first thing about bolt action rifle shopping. My price ideal price is anything around $250, but I am open to suggestions if there's a nice rifle to be had. If you know any models I should look at, your help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. txgolfer45

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    Stevens 200. But, you will need to have money for a scope too.
     
  3. murf

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    nothing in a new bolt rifle for that price. closest is a handirifle, but this is a single shot breakopen action. good rifle for the money.

    murf
     
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    They do seem a little more expensive than I expected, but that's not a big deal. Last year I saved enough for a gun that costs considerably more ($460). So the $300-$400 price range shouldn't be an issue, but I still prefer something less expensive. However I always shoot for quality before price. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far!
     
  6. txhoghunter

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    Look into a Savage Axis, a little over $250, but the best bang for your buck in its price range
     
  7. hirundo82

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    The only decent rifle you'll find aroung that price new is the Stevens 200. I picked one up for $180 last year, but that was a special at Academy. For $50 to $100 more you could also look at the Marlin XL7 or Savage Axis.

    As has been mentioned, you also need to factor in the cost of a scope as virtually no bolt actions come with iron sights any more. Figure $150 minimum for a quality scope--look at the Bushnell Elite line for starters for a new one at a decent price. It would likely be worth your while to search the auction sites for a used scope--I'd look for a used Leupold VX-II as Leupold warranties are good forever, even if you're not the original owner.
     
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    I also recommend a Stevens 200.
     
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    I know the Remington 710 has gotten a lot well deserved number critics, but for about $250 they are available. I have one I bought new when they were first introduced and it is a nail drive 7mm rem. mag.. I also have a 700 CDL and the 710 groups every bit as tight. The 3 lug action is strong as they get, and also locks inot the barrel, not the reciever as with other bolt actions. They also have a 3 stage jewel trigger that is real clean and adjustable to any degree desired. Barrel are button lapped and button crowned. The only bad feature is the plastic reciever insert, as it creates a very stiff action when it get any dirt even near it. I've learned to carry some oil with me to lube while hunting, and haven't had any problem by taking that step. If Remington would make a metalic replacement insert for that the problem would go away. I also like the bolt shroud because it is made of plastic and improves lock time. The bolt body is separate of the bolt head too which makes for easy replacement of firing pin and spring.
     
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    no offense to you or your rifle, but with the Stevens, howa, and xl7 out there, no one has any reason to buy a 710/770 ever again.
     
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    Stevens 200 thumbs up, just cant see the .270 as a "survival rifle" look around...better calibers than that. look for realistic ammo availability...thats a good indicator.
     
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    Another vote for the Marlin xl7, My buddy has one in '06, and its a great shooting rifle. Xl7s can be had right around the $300 mark (below if you catch them on sale) and have a fairly unanimous reputation for superb accuracy. If you are trying to stay below the $300 mark, I don't think you could go wrong with the Savage edge or Stevens (Savage) 200. Top whichever you chose with a Vortex Crossfire for a little over $100 and you should be all set for next deer season.
     
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    The Marlin and the Savage/Stevens are both good choices.

    Sell a kidney if you have to, but don't buy a Remington 770. You have been warned. :uhoh:
     
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    I don't understand your comment. With the exception of military ammo and the .22 rimfires, the .270 WIN has to be one of the top 2 or 3 most readily available cartridges in North America.
     
  15. SonOfRoost

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    I chose the .270 because it has enough power for hunting, but won't destroy my shoulder if it's fired frequently. It is also popular enough that I don't have to worry about availability.
     
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    I would cruise the pawn shops.
     
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