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Sturnovik
09-19-2011, 1:50 PM
After getting a bonus from work I'm planning on buying a new bolt thats as step up from my .22 marlin bolt. I have been wanting a synthetic stock and dont mind on stainless/black barrel. I dont mind whether or not its internal magazine or a detachable. I was looking around and didn't know where to start. I'm hoping at max for it to be 550 or less. I'm not a far range shooter, my range is huge but I only shoot 200 yards max. I plan on putting a scope on it.

What are my options?

the_t0ny
09-19-2011, 1:55 PM
Savage axis, less than $350 for the gun and spend the rest on optics, or get the axis xp that comes with a 3-9x40 scope for a lil more. It comes with an detachable box magazine but doesn't have the accutrigger.

Depending on your budget you posted, you can spend a little bit more and get a Remington 700 or savage 10/110 series rifle, and I think the 110 comes in a package deal with a scope and does have an accutrigger.

clay32
09-19-2011, 2:03 PM
You could get a Tikka T3 (no scope) for around $550, which is a great bolt action rifle. Or, you could go for a Savage (which have the reputation of being the most accurate out-of-the-box bolt actions) AND scope for around $550. Howa also makes a nice rifle/scope combo for under $600 IIRC. All three are great options, I'm more of a fan of the Tikka personally.

Sturnovik
09-19-2011, 2:07 PM
I have heard of tikka. I haven't tried one though. Is it foreign or domestically made? I am using galleryofguns as my search engine since my FFL uses them.

DirtRacer151
09-19-2011, 2:21 PM
Tikka 1:8 Twist barrel is the ticket. You can run 69smk-75Amax/77smk with excelent results. Most factory 223 twist barrels are too slow. I've shot my 223 up to 1000yds with 75 Amaxs and they shoot great at 100yds as well. I think the Tikkas are as good as it gets for factory 223 bolt guns.

Remington is a 1:9 or 1:12 which is WAY to slow.
Savage is 1:9 which is still too slow for me
Howa is 1:12 i believe

I had a Tikka Tactical in 223 a few years ago that was an absolute tack driver. That's one of those rifles i wish i had never sold.

This time i built a custom 223 on a Remington action. This enabled me to choose my twist rate. A little outside your budget but this is the ultimate way to have an awesome shooting 223.

7 shots from my old Tikka 223


http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/dirtracer151/l_43104480ee9a142d75170a031780f95f.jpg

20 shots from my Tikka


http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/dirtracer151/l_2ca21c499a0926ec6fb1e7fbe5c9853c.jpg

gun toting monkeyboy
09-19-2011, 2:27 PM
Savage also makes their Stevens Model 200 in .223, which can be had on sale for under $300. It comes with a synthetic stock. And all of the Savage 10/110 aftermarket goodies will fit it.

Skunk2Racer
09-19-2011, 3:04 PM
Not to tread jack but I'm interested in a "Hunter" in either .308 or 30-06. I'm interested in Savage also.

DirtRacer151
09-19-2011, 3:09 PM
Not to tread jack but I'm interested in a "Hunter" in either .308 or 30-06. I'm interested in Savage also.

I have a Hunter in 30-06 currently. It's super light and VERY accurate. It's my primary hunting rifle. I don't think you can beat a Tikka hunter for a nice traditional wood stocked hunting rifle.

Sturnovik
09-20-2011, 11:31 AM
So where are the Beretta rifles you guys speak of usually available?

IPSICK
09-20-2011, 12:14 PM
Anyone know of a good source for Tikka in the Bay Area? I'm looking for a stainless varmint model either the Varmint or Super Varmint.

clay32
09-21-2011, 12:31 PM
I have heard of tikka. I haven't tried one though. Is it foreign or domestically made? I am using galleryofguns as my search engine since my FFL uses them.

Tikka (as well as Sako, much more $, also great rifles) is made in Finland, and imported by Beretta. You won't be disappointed.

1969glasspar
09-21-2011, 1:07 PM
wow, until this thread I have never heard a good thing about tikka. I have read many bad reviews of thier rifles but nothing good. Of course, I haven't done any research on them lately, this was a couple years ago i think. I really like both the savage and the remington rifles. Of course, I have read many poor articles on remington rifles. I couldn't say I have ever had poor experiences with them. Have you looked at the ruger hawkeye's. They are pretty expensive if you get a new one but the one that I have held I really liked the fit n finish, and the action. It was a friend of mine's and he put some really tight groups together with it. Good luck with your decision. Bill

RugerNo1
09-21-2011, 1:12 PM
wow, until this thread I have never heard a good thing about tikka. I have read many bad reviews of thier rifles but nothing good. Of course, I haven't done any research on them lately, this was a couple years ago i think.

99% of the people I have heard bad mouth Tikka have either never fired one or their gripes were with the factory rings that they come with.

ZX-10R
09-21-2011, 2:16 PM
Remy XR-100...I sold mine to a guy here...That was one of the most accurate rifles I ever shot.

OutlawStar
09-21-2011, 3:09 PM
I have a savage 10 in .223 and its a great rifle. After using the accutriger, I hate every other trigger on a rifle. Its a super cheap 2 stage trigger and an added (yet unobtrusive!) safety mechanism.

send it_hit
09-21-2011, 4:45 PM
i shoot tikka t3 in .223 and the accuracy blows my mind... i sold a savage to get it :) if that means anything. the accutrigger is a love/hate thing. I used to love it, shot the tikka, now i hate it.

Anyone know of a good source for Tikka in the Bay Area? I'm looking for a stainless varmint model either the Varmint or Super Varmint.

J&R in livermore tracked one down for me. They were super helpful. I believe they said there are some varmint in .223 floating around, but none in .308. I could be wrong. I believe they said there were some super varmint to be had as well, i don't remember the caliber.

IPSICK
09-21-2011, 8:10 PM
Thanks. I'm gonna call them and Doms.

Mail Clerk
09-22-2011, 9:08 AM
I love my Winchester "Varmint" with a nice heavy barrel in stainless steel. I admit I haven't shot it a long time cuz I'm into AR's right now. Consider that version.

Mail Clerk

someR1
09-22-2011, 9:14 AM
screw that, get a mosin nagant from Big 5 .... $99 + tax and DROS....440 rounds for $80....cheap scope.....and you will have a HOOT! Kicks like a mule!:43:

Flouncer
09-22-2011, 5:07 PM
I would consider the Thompson Center Venture

http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/venture.php

http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/images/silo-detail-745-venture.jpg