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lorax3
04-18-2009, 12:11 PM
So far I live in the world of semi-automatic. Looking to find some bolt action rifle recommendations. Only specifications are bolt action and centerfire. I have yet to decide on a caliber, looking to shoot accurately at a minimum of 100 yards.

So far it seems the top contenders are Rem. 700, Tikka or a Savage model.

Price Range $500-700 for the rifle itself. More obviously for a nice scope.

Any suggestions or insight?

-lorax

skscj
04-18-2009, 5:27 PM
Stevens model 200. Might be under 500 bucks, but will shoot just as good as more expensive guns.

wooger
04-18-2009, 5:52 PM
Tikka.

Amacias805
04-18-2009, 6:05 PM
my question to you is what are you gonna be using it for?

hunting deer or other game
shooting paper Groups
or just for fun at the range

i picked up a Rem 700 in 270 win for about 550 not to long ago. as soon as i get some money to invest in a nice scope ill be happy:thumbsup:

RobG
04-18-2009, 6:09 PM
hunting dear or other game


Hope you meant deer and not a significant other:43:

All you list are good choices. Intended use may be a deciding factor. Go and feel some up before you decide.

dgc357
04-18-2009, 6:25 PM
Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .308, definitely in the $500-$700 price range. I am very pleased with mine, I was able to hit out to 900 yards at sac valley shooting center. Would have been able to hit 1000 if I didn't run out of adjustment on my scope.

GartenZwerge
04-18-2009, 7:10 PM
remington if you plan to re-barrel, savage if you want to plan to stay stock.

bowfin
04-18-2009, 8:20 PM
At 100 yards, you can take your pick. Even though Savages are the rage, and I own several, some of the best longer range shooting I have seen in the field has been done with 700 BDLs in .270 Winchester. (I own some Remingtons, too)

If you are thinking about deer hunting, then something .243 or bigger.

rabagley
04-18-2009, 8:32 PM
Given the three choices you've listed, my only statement is:

It will be hard to go wrong.

All three of the brands you listed (Remington, Tikka, Savage) include highly accurate stock models or enough aftermarket support to get you to accurate without breaking the bank.

rg_1111@yahoo.com
04-18-2009, 8:36 PM
Paper puncher Remington 700P.

Bongos
04-18-2009, 10:56 PM
Remington

Amacias805
04-18-2009, 11:35 PM
Hope you meant deer and not a significant other:43:

All you list are good choices. Intended use may be a deciding factor. Go and feel some up before you decide.

:kest: yeah i messed that one up! im a product of the public education system:thumbsup:

RHT447
04-18-2009, 11:54 PM
Howa--basically a Rem 700 with M-16 style exrtactor.

Savage--Excellent Accu-trigger and you can change barrels/caliber yourself. Just need a padded vise and the wrench for the barrel nut.

swerv512
04-19-2009, 12:07 AM
i say- find the opportunty to shoot as many different types and calibers of rifles before you buy. Comfort should be your number one concern.

lorax3
04-19-2009, 11:34 AM
my question to you is what are you gonna be using it for?

hunting deer or other game
shooting paper Groups
or just for fun at the range


It will be mostly for range and outdoor long distance target practice. I am still a bit hung up on the caliber. Will ammo prices the way they are, would would be the best general not too expensive caliber?
-lorax

DocSkinner
04-19-2009, 11:37 AM
Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .308, definitely in the $500-$700 price range. I am very pleased with mine, I was able to hit out to 900 yards at sac valley shooting center. Would have been able to hit 1000 if I didn't run out of adjustment on my scope.

If you learn to hold, you don't need the adjustments on your scope...

DocSkinner
04-19-2009, 11:56 AM
It will be mostly for range and outdoor long distance target practice. I am still a bit hung up on the caliber. Will ammo prices the way they are, would would be the best general not too expensive caliber? I was think along the lines of 223, but not sure what kind of range those will put out.

-lorax


you will get in trouble saying "long distance" that lightly in this group! is long for 500 yards? or a 1000yds?

If you want to go over 800yards, just stick with a magnum caliber, and then you don't have to worry so much about loosing stability out to 1000+ yards.

If you are staying under that, save yourself money and get a "regular" cartridge


if you stick to common rounds, you can usually find decent priced ammo. 270win, 308win, 30-06, 7mm Rem magnum, 300win mag. are all readily available almost anywhere you can hunt in the world, and there are usually inexpensive loads readily available. 308 and 30-06 has mil surp available as well.

If you are just looking to get your feet wet, and plan on mostly casual range time, 100-200yards, most any of the rifles out there will do - you can get the Savage package (scope and rifle) in 30-06 or 7mm for under $500 at Big 5. Good serviceable rifle, either cartridge good for most any game you are likely to hunt if you decide to go that way.


No, it isn't a match rifle, but it isn't a POS either, so you can play some and see what you think.

If you are just doing paper punching, know you'll never hunt game, other than maybe some varminting, go with the .223. Almost no recoil, uses same ammo you already buy/have.

Modern metallurgy and machining is producing some of the most accurate rifles ever, and at mass produced prices, so any of the suggestion others have posted are all good rifles. Find a shop, play with some a few times, and see what ones feel better to you. Like everything, all the different makers models feel a bit different, and all have things people like, and things people don't like. Until you get one and shoot a while, you won't know what your particulars are - hence the inexpensive savage combo suggestion. Figure out what you like & don't like, and worse case you will always have a good solid basic hunting rifle in the safe.

dgc357
04-20-2009, 2:24 PM
If you learn to hold, you don't need the adjustments on your scope...

I did hold, but after 3 misses they pulled me off the line. Never had another chance.

buffybuster
04-20-2009, 2:48 PM
Howa--basically a Rem 700 with M-16 style exrtactor.

Savage--Excellent Accu-trigger and you can change barrels/caliber yourself. Just need a padded vise and the wrench for the barrel nut.

Howa is NOT a Rem M700 with M-16 style extractor. The Howa action is an evolution of the old L61 Sako action.

dfxjedi
04-20-2009, 5:18 PM
I'd go with a Rem 700:thumbsup:.

xtalpimp
04-20-2009, 5:31 PM
Recoil and price per round gets to be an issue as you go up in calibers. Rem700p has my vote

24_minutes_to_1000
04-20-2009, 5:37 PM
Learn to reload(it's easy and inexpensive with Lee equipment), get a Stevens 200 in .243 Winchester, buy a factory varmint barrel from Northland shooter's supply at the savage shooters.com website, change the barrel in 9 minutes, load up a bunch of 105 Amax bullets on top of 48.4 grains of Retumbo powder and go shoot sub MOA out to 1400 yards with hardly any recoil.

Jpach
04-20-2009, 5:41 PM
Howa 1500. Comes with scope and Axiom stock with minimal recoil. Very acurate! http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=172830

geofgibson
04-20-2009, 5:47 PM
I got an M48 Mauser from Mitchell's Mauser and is one of the finest bolt action rifles I've ever fired.:rockon:

Mason McDuffie
04-20-2009, 5:50 PM
My roomie has a Tikka and I have a Remi 700. His is a 270 WSM mine is a 7mm. I love em both to be honest. Cant go wrong with either.