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ElevenBravO
11-01-2008, 4:10 AM
Any ideas that I might consider. Thanks

jlh95811
11-01-2008, 4:29 AM
Price Range?
Caliber?
Hunting?
Targeting?

Savage .308 approx $300
Tikka T3 Tactical .308 approx $1200 :) < This is why you need to post a price point.
Some rifles are just better in certain calibers as well.
Knowing what you plan on using it for will help narrow it down a bit too.

Fjold
11-01-2008, 9:22 AM
CZ 550 Safari in 458 Lott

mister dize
11-01-2008, 9:25 AM
Mosin Nagant :D

X-NewYawker
11-01-2008, 9:25 AM
Remington or CZ in 223. Lots of less expensive ammo.

Beelzy
11-01-2008, 9:29 AM
+1 with Remington.

Remington anything. ;)

Max-the-Silent
11-01-2008, 10:18 AM
CZ 550 Safari in 458 Lott

I like the way you think.

Greenspartan117
11-01-2008, 12:22 PM
I have a Tikka T3 Lite SS for about $580ish. chambered in .308 it really is smooth and sweet to shoot :-) I put on a Limb Saver to change the LOP and dampen the recoil as well.

thebloodsonthewall
11-01-2008, 12:28 PM
I just bought a Tikka T3 in .308. I paid $500 for it. I have yet to shoot it but from the people I have talked to and the reviews I found online, everyone says it is a great rifle. They have the rifle in many different calibers.

CSACANNONEER
11-01-2008, 12:30 PM
.12 cal or .50 cal? Maybe, something inbetween? a lightwieght mountain hunting rifle or a 150lb railgun? Maybe, something inbetween? You need to provide a lot more information about what you plan to use it for and what you want it to accomplish before you will get ANY advise that you can use.

1859sharps
11-01-2008, 12:48 PM
Any ideas that I might consider. Thanks

for you to get useful advice, you are going to need to post more info. start with how you are thinking you are going to use this rifle. target, hunting, competition. etc.

jlh95811
11-01-2008, 12:53 PM
for you to get useful advice, you are going to need to post more info. start with how you are thinking you are going to use this rifle. target, hunting, competition. etc.

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jlh95811
11-01-2008, 1:00 PM
I have a Tikka T3 Lite SS for about $580ish. chambered in .308 it really is smooth and sweet to shoot :-) I put on a Limb Saver to change the LOP and dampen the recoil as well.



I just bought a Tikka T3 in .308. I paid $500 for it. I have yet to shoot it but from the people I have talked to and the reviews I found online, everyone says it is a great rifle. They have the rifle in many different calibers.


Now I really gotta sell mine. I like being unique. And if thebloodsonthewall has it I might as well shoot myself :) Just kidding buddy. It is an excellent rifle though. Only problem I've ever had with mine is that the factory rings recently started to let the scope shift forward. This was fixed with some Scoth brand double sided outdoor mounting tape placed inside the rings.

xibunkrlilkidsx
11-01-2008, 1:01 PM
.700 Nitro express best varmit gun ever made. 0 clean up for any hit withing 6 inches of target.
otherwise Rem700 is win.

jlh95811
11-01-2008, 1:01 PM
Mosin Nagant :D

Damn right!

rksimple
11-01-2008, 5:08 PM
AI-AWSM. You asked...

Prc329
11-01-2008, 7:05 PM
Any ideas that I might consider. Thanks

Before we can give you a real recommendation you need to answer 1 question.

What do you want to do with it?

What I mean is do you want a hunting rifle, do you plan on plinking, doing some F-Class, practical shooting, etc. You really can't go wrong with a Remington 700. There is a wide variety of 700s to choose from as well as Savages, etc. If you have never shot a bolt rifle and is new to rifle I would stick with 308 as it will give you the most range vs cost per trigger pull.

While you are at it grab a couple of lowers because it is not looking good for Tuesday. That reminds me I need to finish mt Ar pistol.

ohsmily
11-01-2008, 7:49 PM
You should get a 375 H&H magnum bolt gun. Maybe even a 450 Dakota. They will stop a cape buffalo and the 450 is even appropriate for elephant if you are so inclined. The 375 H&H is the BARE minimum for elephant and you should go with bigger if you can handle it.

Have fun.

:rolleyes:

As uclaplinker likes to put it, this thread is the suck (not only because the OP didn't post ANYTHING about what he wants to do with it to guide us in our advice, but also because there are terabytes of information on the internet about bolt action shooting whether it be hunting or precision shooting.

sigsauer887
11-01-2008, 9:42 PM
Remington 700 hands down. Mosin nagant for the cheaper alternative.

mecam
11-01-2008, 9:46 PM
Barrett 98B (http://www.98bravo.com/) :gunsmilie:

jlh95811
11-01-2008, 11:33 PM
Screw a Remy 700
Tikka is more accurate and even guarantees it's accuracy. And the bolt is WAY smoother. Detachable magazine is a huge plus. The remy bolts are too sticky. Just not smooth.

A Tikka T3 is the best gun under $600 hands down.

Spyder
11-02-2008, 8:24 AM
He wants to buy a bolt action rifle and wants our advice?

Do it. Do it now.

Doesn't matter which one, just buy it. If its not what you like, but another. And another. And another. And another. And another.




And another...

You get the idea. :)

nobs11
11-02-2008, 8:45 AM
Screw a Remy 700
Tikka is more accurate and even guarantees it's accuracy. And the bolt is WAY smoother. Detachable magazine is a huge plus. The remy bolts are too sticky. Just not smooth.

A Tikka T3 is the best gun under $600 hands down.

The 700 has an advantage that it can be upgraded to a custom gun over time. Every decent gunsmith out there will work on a 700 and the number of parts available for it is staggering.

ohsmily
11-02-2008, 8:58 AM
The 700 has an advantage that it can be upgraded to a custom gun over time. Every decent gunsmith out there will work on a 700 and the number of parts available for it is staggering.

What if it turns out he wants a bolt action 22 for plinking? Then your Remington 700 recommendation is moot. All these recommendations aren't based on any information from the OP other than "I want a bolt action rifle."

nobs11
11-02-2008, 8:59 AM
What if it turns out he wants a bolt action 22 for plinking? Then your Remington 700 recommendation is moot. All these recommendations aren't based on any information from the OP other than "I want a bolt action rifle."

That is true. I think the thread so far is pretty pointless without additional input from the OP. I was just countering the claim that 700s are not good guns.

ElevenBravO
11-02-2008, 9:30 AM
Great replies. I'm going to use it for targets and/hunting. .308 sounds nice.

rksimple
11-02-2008, 9:32 AM
Great replies. I'm going to use it for targets and/hunting. .308 sounds nice.

What kind of targets? What kind of hunting? How far away? Budget?

Prc329
11-02-2008, 9:41 AM
What kind of targets? What kind of hunting? How far away? Budget?

+15

There are a few ways to go depending on budget from a basic Savage 10fp to an AI AW. SO $500 to $5000.

pistolero805
11-02-2008, 11:02 AM
The standard seems to be the 700. You can't go wrong and the aftermarket and gunsmithing support is unmatched. OTOH if you'd like to go the inexpensive route, try the howa 1500. Great reviews and barreled actions can be found in the low $300 range.

jcaoloveshine
11-02-2008, 12:59 PM
For hunting/target use the Remington 700 SPS Tactical 20" would work well. Accurate enough for target shooting, light enough and handy enough to carry in the field. Uses the same barrel and action as the 700P. You can get one for probably 600 bucks.

Prc329
11-02-2008, 1:38 PM
For hunting/target use the Remington 700 SPS Tactical 20" would work well. Accurate enough for target shooting, light enough and handy enough to carry in the field. Uses the same barrel and action as the 700P. You can get one for probably 600 bucks.

That's a good starting point. My rifle started life as a 700 SPS Varmint. The stock on the tactical is nice, the one on the varmint is garbage but I was planning on switching it anyway.

dfletcher
11-02-2008, 5:38 PM
CZ 550 Safari in 458 Lott


Only if the 505 Gibbs is out of stock. ;)

jcaoloveshine
11-02-2008, 5:46 PM
That's a good starting point. My rifle started life as a 700 SPS Varmint. The stock on the tactical is nice, the one on the varmint is garbage but I was planning on switching it anyway.

Yep, I wanted the Tactical or Varmint but then considered the price of stock change and went the 700P way instead.

ElevenBravO
11-02-2008, 6:50 PM
AI-AWSM. Is that a legal? And if so, how would I get my hands on one?

rksimple
11-02-2008, 6:59 PM
AI-AWSM. Is that a legal? And if so, how would I get my hands on one?

Yes. Call an AI dealer. Check Tac-Pro. Get your credit card ready.

Prc329
11-02-2008, 7:57 PM
Yes. Call an AI dealer. Check Tac-Pro. Get your credit card ready.

4 credit cards ready

CSACANNONEER
11-02-2008, 7:59 PM
4 credit cards ready

and, be ready to give up your first born.

dchang0
11-02-2008, 10:23 PM
Great replies. I'm going to use it for targets and/hunting. .308 sounds nice.

.308's pretty expensive for target shooting...

jlh95811
11-02-2008, 10:29 PM
The 700 has an advantage that it can be upgraded to a custom gun over time. Every decent gunsmith out there will work on a 700 and the number of parts available for it is staggering.

Agreed. I'm not saying it's a crap gun. I just figure as someone new to bolts he may prefer something smooth and super accurate right out of the box. It takes a bit of work to smooth out the 700 bolt. But it is pretty darn accurate. But my buddy is a 3 tour Marine and perfers my Tikka T3 Lite .308 to his Remington 700 SPS. Plus the Tikka is cheaper.