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pilotimb
08-23-2006, 10:38 AM
I have about 500 bucks to spend on a bolt action plinking setup.

I want something reasonably accurate out to ~200 yards, a decent scope, chambered in a caliber that isn't too expensive to shoot. I don't plan on going dear hunting or anything with the gun, however I would probably be using the gun to pick off ground squirrels and rabbits at a friend's property.

My uncle is recomending a used Remington 700 ADL in .223. What else should I consider and what sort of scopes should I be looking at?

ocabj
08-23-2006, 10:41 AM
The fact that you want a scope really hurts your options.

A Remington 700 or a Savage will cost you $500 minimum, and that's without the optics. You could go with a Savage rimfire in 17HMR for about $250, which would work great as a rodent gun. Then you have $250 for a decent scope.

If you can find a used Remington for cheap enough to leave you $200 for a scope, then that would work.

kilword
08-23-2006, 10:58 AM
if you go with a savage just to let you know most their stocks are kinda cheap feeling.but dont let this sway you away from them. they are great rifles!
i have a savage 10fp in 308 and love it get .5 inch easy groups at 100 yards with good match ammo personally id recommend the savage 12fv which is almost the same as the 10fp. ive seen the 12fv in .223 down in the lower $400s.
only thing id recommnd is get a new stock for the savage 90 bucks for the Bell and Carlson duramaxx stock is well worth it for the quality of the stock, I have one on mine and love it!
Remingtons have more accessories savage you save some money.
both same accuracy wise out of the box id say.
oh and the savage comes with the accutrigger which is a real nice trigger I think

50 Freak
08-23-2006, 11:15 AM
Remington 700 in whatever caliber you chose. The 700 will allow you to add on more assesories and you can always upgrade as you get more money. Sort of like a 10/22 but in a bolt action.

You can make do with a cheap $100 Walmart scope until you get a good scope. Had one on my 700 PSS for the longest time before I finally put on the Zeiss.

People would make fun of my old cheapie scope choice till I showed them the pennies I was using for targets at a 100 yards. All of them had nice little 308 holes cut out of them.:D

five.five-six
08-23-2006, 12:37 PM
super sniper.... good scope for $300 big five mauser $150 gunsmithing to mount scope $50 400 yard rifle :) cheep ammo

chiefcrash
08-23-2006, 12:41 PM
bolt action, cheap calliber, reasonable accurate, might pick off rabbits and ground squirrels...

you want a .22LR bolt action. Try a Remington 504. Or a Remington 581-S

kilword
08-23-2006, 2:36 PM
might want to look into a 22magnum or 17hmr

pilotimb
08-23-2006, 2:43 PM
I don't mind buying a used gun, or starting off with cheap optics.

I have a mosin m44 that I was thinking of mounting a scope on and a cheap synthetic stock, but I think I want something a little more mild.

kilword
08-23-2006, 2:43 PM
best scope for the money is the Super Sniper go with a 10x42

http://www.riflescopes.com/departments/231/rifle_scopes/super_sniper_rifle_scopes.htm

Fjold
08-23-2006, 5:23 PM
Here are the Savages, MSRP is $550 or so. Talk to your local dealers and you should be able to beat that out the door. If that doesn't work, try www.galleryofguns.com and use their "locate a dealer" feature for a kitchen table FFL dealer who can probably get you a deal.

http://www.savagearms.com/11fxp3.htm
Then click on the "Package Series"

HUTCH 7.62
08-23-2006, 5:37 PM
A savage in .223 is a good choice for the price and quality.

Vigilante
08-23-2006, 5:48 PM
If you can find a used Remington for cheap enough to leave you $200 for a scope, then that would work.
I would go used in this situation, not necessarily a Remington though. Who knows, maybe you could find one that already has a scope and save yourself the trouble.

scootergmc
08-24-2006, 8:20 AM
Get yourself a:
Marlin 917V .17 HMR- $250.
Simmons White Tail Classic 6.5-20x50 scope from Midway- $100.
Rifle Basix trigger kit- $70.
Revival Industries thumbhole stock- $130.
Bipod of your choice- $?
Rings of your choice- $?

Ok, so it's a little over $500, but it's pure fun on babbits and squirrels...The gun also works great in stock form, without the revival industries stock, but I would still highly recommend the trigger kit. That Simmons scope has been discontinued, but Midway has the rest, and it's probably the best scope they've made.

ivanimal
08-24-2006, 11:16 AM
Get yourself a:
Marlin 917V .17 HMR- $250.
Simmons White Tail Classic 6.5-20x50 scope from Midway- $100.
Rifle Basix trigger kit- $70.
Revival Industries thumbhole stock- $130.
Bipod of your choice- $?
Rings of your choice- $?

Ok, so it's a little over $500, but it's pure fun on babbits and squirrels...The gun also works great in stock form, without the revival industries stock, but I would still highly recommend the trigger kit. That Simmons scope has been discontinued, but Midway has the rest, and it's probably the best scope they've made.


+1 with a bushnell Dawn and Dusk scope
http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000A0AGV.01-

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000A0AGV