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griffy1280
01-29-2010, 2:12 PM
Afternoon all. I live in O.C.. I'm looking for good deal on a bolt action .308, out of the box. Gun dealers or private party owner, doesn't matter. I have looked at Rem. 700, Savage Model 10, FN and Weatherby. My price range is in the $500 to $800 range. Would prefer a package deal, ie scope. Primary use will be Targets and future hunting. Not overly concerned about weight. Open to suggestions where to look or product line to research.

Thanks

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 2:33 PM
$800 with a scope is going to limit you to a very low cost setup.
You know the saying "you get what you pay for" applies here as well...

sevensix2x51
01-29-2010, 2:40 PM
if i were looking for a bolt gun for under $800, i would go get the best remington 700/savage 10 (im totally convinced that it's a ford/chevy debate... i own both, and theyre awesome.)that $700 can buy, and throw a $70 barska on it, while i save more money for good glass. i actually have a $750 remmy 700 with a $70 barska on it right now, so i know what im talking about. gets you shooting with a good rifle, and the glass upgrade is easy. and for as bad a name as they get, barska scopes have clear glass and hold zero. plenty good for a few hundred yards, at least.

X-NewYawker
01-29-2010, 3:05 PM
if i were looking for a bolt gun for under $800, i would go get the best remington 700/savage 10 (im totally convinced that it's a ford/chevy debate... i own both, and theyre awesome.)that $700 can buy, and throw a $70 barska on it, while i save more money for good glass. i actually have a $750 remmy 700 with a $70 barska on it right now, so i know what im talking about. gets you shooting with a good rifle, and the glass upgrade is easy. and for as bad a name as they get, barska scopes have clear glass and hold zero. plenty good for a few hundred yards, at least.

This seems like a recipe for disappointment as the scope probably won't hold zero, and the shooter will get a bad impression of the gun. Get a used rem 700 and at least a $250 Leupold scope, or a howa gun/scope combo. Howa same as Weatherby Vanguard.

Sumo99
01-29-2010, 3:14 PM
How about a Reminton 700 SPS with a Busnell 3200 10x mil dot scope.

IsaacGlass
01-29-2010, 3:20 PM
Sportman's Warehouse was selling Dessert Recon VTR .308 for $599

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/

http://www.remington.com/%7E/media/Images/Firearms/Centerfire/Model-700/Model-700-VTR-Desert-Recon/700vtrdr-prod.ashx?w=570&bc=ffffff

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire/model-700/model-700-vtr-desert-recon.aspx

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 3:26 PM
How about a Reminton 700 SPS with a Busnell 3200 10x mil dot scope.

That would be an ok start.
It's the only "Cheap" scope I would recommend.

turbochris
01-29-2010, 3:29 PM
How about a Reminton 700 SPS with a Busnell 3200 10x mil dot scope.

+1 probably one of the best ways to go with your budget

sevensix2x51
01-29-2010, 3:30 PM
This seems like a recipe for disappointment as the scope probably won't hold zero, and the shooter will get a bad impression of the gun. Get a used rem 700 and at least a $250 Leupold scope, or a howa gun/scope combo. Howa same as Weatherby Vanguard.

dont knock it til youve tried it! ive run a couple hundred rounds of .22-250 under a barska so far, and it holds 1/2" groups dead poa at 100yd. hasnt moved a bit. a couple hundred rounds is a long time for a bolt gun, at least 6-8 paychecks for me. i just think good rifle/cheap scope is superior to mediocre gun/scope in the long run, money wise. i wish my barska would screw up, then i could justify another optic. so far, it just shoots too well to replace. :shrug:

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 3:46 PM
ive run a couple hundred rounds of .22-250 under a barska so far, and it holds 1/2" groups dead poa at 100yd. hasnt moved a bit. a couple hundred rounds is a long time for a bolt gun

A couple hundred rounds is NOT a real test.
That's only 3-4 days of shooting for me.
I built a new rifle mid november and I have reached 600 rounds through it already.
I have only missed about 3-4 weekends where I did not take it out once.
Most weekends I shoot it not just one day, but often both days...

sevensix2x51
01-29-2010, 3:55 PM
A couple hundred rounds is NOT a real test.
That's only 3-4 days of shooting for me.
I built a new rifle mid november and I have reached 600 rounds through it already.
I have only missed about 3-4 weekends where I did not take it out once.
Most weekends I shoot it not just one day, but often both days...

its like 3 months for me. but i got mine to shoot animals, so i run a few groups when im at the range. plus im house poor. so my shooting is more about the outdoors and not being at work these days, than being a super expert precision marksman.
this is just my personal opinion, but i would rather buy the rifle once, and the scope twice, rather than buying both twice. ymmv.

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 4:04 PM
i would rather buy the rifle once, and the scope twice, rather than buying both twice. ymmv.

While I agree with that, your 22-250 does not put nearly the stress on a scope that a 308 does. ;)

wildcard
01-29-2010, 4:08 PM
A couple hundred rounds is NOT a real test.
That's only 3-4 days of shooting for me.
I built a new rifle mid november and I have reached 600 rounds through it already.
I have only missed about 3-4 weekends where I did not take it out once.
Most weekends I shoot it not just one day, but often both days...

No wonder I can barely keep up.. I only shoot my comp rifle about once every month :( No money.. no time..

IsaacGlass
01-29-2010, 4:14 PM
I had to send back my Barska twice at $20 each time when it couldnt zero after two range sessions on my AR. Im now on my 3rd replacement and its going to be mounted onto a .22lr rifle.

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 4:29 PM
No wonder I can barely keep up.. I only shoot my comp rifle about once every month :( No money.. no time..

I have shot my new 243 almost every weekend day since I built it.
I have only missed 6-7 days.

Sumo99
01-29-2010, 4:41 PM
That would be an ok start.
It's the only "Cheap" scope I would recommend.

I bought my 700 LTR with the Bushnell used from another calgunner. I can hit out to 600 yards no problem and can keep my groups under .75 MOA at 100 yards (never had a chance to paper past that, yet.). Maybe one day, I'll upgrade, but for my 1st precision rifle the 700 and Bushnell work great.

xibunkrlilkidsx
01-29-2010, 5:00 PM
That would be an ok start.
It's the only "Cheap" scope I would recommend.

why not a Nikon Buckmaster? reading through your post all the low end budgets all had the bushnell 4200/3200. whats makes them better than Nikon?

No wonder I can barely keep up.. I only shoot my comp rifle about once every month :( No money.. no time..

lol im lucky to get it out very couple months.

ar15barrels
01-29-2010, 5:19 PM
why not a Nikon Buckmaster? reading through your post all the low end budgets all had the bushnell 4200/3200. whats makes them better than Nikon?

Knobs.
The reticle is always accurate on the fixed 10x, but only accurate on the nikon at 12x which screws people up.

IrishPirate
01-29-2010, 5:22 PM
cant and wont go wrong with a remington 700. Any of them made in .308 (which is plenty) will work perfect for you. Also try looking at Savage if you want to save a little more money. Both great rifles. I'm going with a Remington 700 LTR as soon as i have $1k laying around.

pyro3k2
01-29-2010, 5:33 PM
I had a barska on my .450bm and it could not hold zero to save it's life. It was a cheapo scope I put on there until I saved up enough money for a better one. Now I have a bushnell 3200 fixed 10 power on it. Which holds zero very well, no adjustments since purchase (6 months ago). The barska was banished to my .22-250 where it seems to be doing ok, an adjustment here and there but not enough to merit replacing it just yet. I fully agree with ar-15barrels a $70 barska will not hold up to that kind of stress and if it does it wont CONSISTANTLY take it. The bushnell has my vote, or another good company in that range is millett, but even at that range you could get the cheapest leupold, if you are willing the wal-mart in fresno has 3-9x44 leupy for $199.99 .

drrwd40
03-20-2010, 1:19 PM
Save your money...buy the right rifle...at an appropriate amount 750-1000 and get a rag tag scope...until you save up and buy a quality scope...nikon monarch or Leupold...any version.

Establish your minimum criteria...2moa, 1.5 moa, 1moa or sub moa...that will tell you how much you need to spend. The remington ltr .308 out of the box is a sub moa gun for less than 1000....I'm selling mine now....I have a daughter and twins on the way...no time for shooting anymore.

scr83jp
03-20-2010, 1:38 PM
Afternoon all. I live in O.C.. I'm looking for good deal on a bolt action .308, out of the box. Gun dealers or private party owner, doesn't matter. I have looked at Rem. 700, Savage Model 10, FN and Weatherby. My price range is in the $500 to $800 range. Would prefer a package deal, ie scope. Primary use will be Targets and future hunting. Not overly concerned about weight. Open to suggestions where to look or product line to research.

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