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whats the best 300 dollar rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wolverine_173, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. wolverine_173

    wolverine_173 Member

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    Looking for a 30 06 for hunting deer/elk. I only have 300 bucks. From what i have seen my choices at that price are the marlin xl7, savage axis, or ruger american.

    Anyone own these? Which is the best quality gun? Or do you have other options at 300 bucks.

    thanks
     
  2. Halal Pork

    Halal Pork Member

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    I'd go used personally. Of the models you mentioned, I would lean toward the Savage due to their barrels. You might also consider Howa.
     
  3. stan rose

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    If I were you I would scour the used gun racks. You can find some truly excellent rifles with character at a fraction of their original cost.
     
  4. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Senior Member

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    yup the best 300 dollar rifle is a used 500 dollar rifle
     
  5. petrey10

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    stevens 200... its a savage action with a junk stock... you can always throw on a different stock later
     
  6. armedwalleye

    armedwalleye Member

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    Lloyd nails it!

    As proof, 2 weeks ago picked up a barely shot Rem 742 Woodsmaster (precursor to the 7400) made in 1977 with a Weaver k-4 scope for $325. On a test fire ar 50 yds with a poor rest, all 3 holes touched. From the bench at 100, this could be a one ragged hole semiauto.

    They're out there. Check the gunshops, check the internet, and google the gun plus the word "problems" and you'll quickly find the problem spots and things to avoid.
     
  7. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Senior Member

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    Wolverine, is $300 your budget for just the rifle? Are you budgeting for glass and mounting hardware too?
     
  8. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Senior Member

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    Look for a sporterized Mauser in .30-06. ~$200 at gun shows around here. ~$150 if you get it in the original 7.92x57. Put a decent fixed power scope on it and your set.
     
  9. wnycollector

    wnycollector Senior Member

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    Happy Marlin X7 owner here. I have a X7VH in 223 and it shoots almost as well as my Savage 10FP for 40% less. Here is a scoped 30-06 X7 for ~$360.
     
  10. Jackal

    Jackal Senior Member

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    You will not beat the Marlin X7 at that price point. It simply is the best sub $400 bolt rifle made.
     
  11. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Senior Member

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    Early this year field and stream magazine ran an article on this exact question testing lots of new budget rifles. Look for the article.
     
  12. natman

    natman Senior Member

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    +1

    It's amazing how nice a rifle you can get for so little money, but the Marlin is the pick of the litter in this class.
     
  13. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Senior Member

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    I have a ruger M77MKII in .264 winmag I bought used for $350. So I'm going to agree with everyone who says to buy a used rifle.
     
  14. Ar180shooter

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    This. I bought a Stevens 200 in .308 for my hunt last year, and it's great. Threw in a Timney trigger and replaced the cheap scope it came with. It's fantastically accurate for what it is.
     
  15. wolverine_173

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    just the rifle. I have a nikon prostaff scope already from my dads old gun
     
  16. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Senior Member

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    I found a good condition sporterized 8mm Mauser last week that I almost bought. It was $199. I'd take that over any of the ones you mentioned just about any day of the year. They also had a Swede for, I think, $299, though it might not be as powerful as you'd want for Elk. It would be good enough for me, but seeing as you're looking at .30-06, probably not for you.

    On top of that, I've seen far better modern used rifles between $300-$400 quite often. Savage 10s, 11s, 14s, Remington 700s, Vanguards, etc. If the $300 is THAT strict, and you don't want to go old-school like a sporterized Mauser, than any of the three you mentioned are OK. Don't prefer any of them over the others.
     
  17. jmr40

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    I'd save a bit more, or look used if $300 is a firm limit. The Savage Axis is the only one you listed that is actually going to be slightly under $300. The others will be a bit more. I could recommend the Savage 10/110 series or Stevens 200, not the Axis.

    The Marlin is the best rifle of the ones listed.
     
  18. josiewales

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    Savage 111
     
  19. Captcurt

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    I keep hearing this but both of mine have had bad extractors. I won't have another one. Of the three listed the Ruger would be my pick. The stock sucks but the guns function and shoot well.
     
  20. TexasPatriot.308

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    Stevens 200....1/2" groups....ugly rifle, beautiful results.
     
  21. Captcurt

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    Tex is right on here. With a little trigger work these guns rock. You might look at the Mossberg ATR too. They are a sleeper.
     
  22. wolverine_173

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    ive been looking used for 3 months and cant find anything. besides the guns i have listed. All the other guns like the savages everyone is asking 450.
     
  23. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Senior Member

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    Look on Buds Gun shop online for this: Savage-Stevens 17751 200 30-06 - just copy and paste that into the search engine on the website.

    ~$350.00 shipped to your dealer. You will probably need to pay a small transfer fee to your dealer.

    I bought two guns from Buds in the past couple of years, including a Savage 11. Couldn't be happier - good deal from Buds, very good hunting rifle.

    Or get this one: Savage 111 HUNTER XP 3006 BUSHNELL

    It's ~$400, comes with scope and rings on it, and has a detachable box magazine (very important to me, may not be to others). Pull the Bushnell off it and sell it for $40 or so to make up the difference between that one and the Savage-Stevens, put your Nikon on it, and you're gold.

    You have months to save up a bit more cash before hunting season, or borrow the difference from your dad and pay him back in a couple of months while you practice with your new rifle.

    Good luck!
     
  24. Elkins45

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    Buy a couple of Savage extractors and file them narrower until they fit. I broke two Marlin extractors on mine until I thought to see if a Savage would fit. The Savage extractor is wider but a few minutes with a diamond whetstone will fix that.

    The Marlin extractors appear to be MIM parts and I think the Savage might be forged. It's the only flaw I've seen in what is otherwise a great inexpensive rifle.
     
  25. xfyrfiter

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    I have two Howa 1500s that are darn good for the money. Both were 400 with glass. >.308and .223. Poor mans Weatherby.
     

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