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bombadillo
03-16-2012, 9:26 PM
First things first, weather resistance, easy to clean, and HAS to be a .308 caliber. No other calibers are going to be in the running so please don't ask. I want to spend no more than $400 on the rifle itself. Optics, rings, etc I don't mind dropping extra, but I've been looking at the mossberg 4x4's, Savage Edge, and Stevens 200 rifles. I could go either way with any of them, but am leaning toward the mossberg for various reasons. Just wanted to get your take on a super budget .308 centerfire rifle. Thanks in advance.

thegrayham
03-16-2012, 9:40 PM
I have been looking into the Savage Edge as well for the occasional hunting rifle etc. Haven't had the opportunity to fire one (or any of the rifles you mentioned) but seems to do ok on the reviews I read. What does he plan on using said rifle for?

I am curious to see peoples feedback as I would like to have an inexpensive .308 as well for hunting and plinking. I use my .22 and AR for the high volume shooting so I dont need or want the worlds most expensive .308 setup.

llamatrnr
03-16-2012, 9:45 PM
Howa gets great reviews . . .

alfred1222
03-16-2012, 9:49 PM
Howa's are around $560, and they are pretty good. speaking from experience, i had the Howa 1500 and have a Marlin XS7, both in .308, and i love them both. they are both less that $600, so a bit over budget, but its guns. where in norcal are u??

h0use
03-16-2012, 10:30 PM
ruger american rifle is somthing to look at.

cwin
03-16-2012, 11:24 PM
The Savage Edge is a good choice.

bombadillo
03-17-2012, 8:11 AM
good stuff, any more?

pacifico23
03-17-2012, 8:18 AM
Howa, fantastic rifle. Got it for 399 on sale I think.

DannyInSoCal
03-17-2012, 8:24 AM
Plenty of C&R Mausers around chambered in 7.62x51 NATO -

And if you're lucky you'll find an FR8 chambered in .308 WIN...

Divernhunter
03-17-2012, 9:36 AM
First choice would be a Tikka T3 Lite but cost alittle more. Your selection is all good. I have also seen T/C bolt action rifles for the price point you state. They are excellent. Howa is good. Weatherby Vanguard is another. It is built on a Howa berrel/action.

Best thing to do is go to shops and try the different rifles for fit. Buy the one you find fits him best and he likes the looks of it. Fit is more important than price.

bombadillo
03-17-2012, 10:35 AM
I've owned the weatherby vanguard, but I think its a bit out of the price point. At this point, I think the Howa m1500 with optics is gonna be the ticket for $500 plus DROS.

X231
03-17-2012, 10:39 AM
Take a look at Dick's sporting goods .. they usually have a Remington 700 on sale for $499 and there is a $50 rebate from Remington making final cost $450. Comes with a cheapy scope in various calibers including .308

Divernhunter
03-17-2012, 3:40 PM
Sorry my Vanguard was $399 so I thought you would be able to find one for that price.

Rob454
03-17-2012, 3:51 PM
IMO take the savage. if he decides later to go to a .223 or short action all he needs to change is the barrel and the bolt face and presto you have a different gun. i went from a 30-06 to a 308 using a 110 long action originally for a 30-06.
I did it because I wanted to consolidate the vastly different calibers I had and the 308 is just a bit easier on my shoulders

mlevans66
03-17-2012, 4:29 PM
What about a Ruger Scout?

newglockster
03-17-2012, 4:33 PM
I've seen the Weatherby Vanguard $399 at Bass pro shops...

bombadillo
03-17-2012, 5:09 PM
What about a Ruger Scout?

WAY out of the price range!

mlevans66
03-17-2012, 5:12 PM
WAY out of the price range!

Very well I tried. :p

1lostinspace
03-17-2012, 5:17 PM
Siaga .308

bombadillo
03-17-2012, 5:57 PM
Actually, the saiga is one I didn't think of but I am pretty sure he wants a 3-9x40 scope on it. I was gonna do leupold rings and a Redfield 3-9 scope on it. I guess that could be done. Rifle was to come first, then the scope for a b-day present or christmas or something.

Intent on the rifle is hunting, defense, (in a long term situation) and generally just having a larger bore gun than a .223/5.56.

sd joe
03-17-2012, 9:44 PM
Look for something used. So many people buy guns because they think they will start hunting, put only a few rounds through the gun and then move on to something else.

chead
03-17-2012, 9:48 PM
Actually, the saiga is one I didn't think of but I am pretty sure he wants a 3-9x40 scope on it. I was gonna do leupold rings and a Redfield 3-9 scope on it. I guess that could be done. Rifle was to come first, then the scope for a b-day present or christmas or something.

Intent on the rifle is hunting, defense, (in a long term situation) and generally just having a larger bore gun than a .223/5.56.

You can get tons of Russian/Belarusian variable optics that will mount to the side quick-release on the Saiga.

1lostinspace
03-18-2012, 3:32 PM
Siaga with quick release UTG mount low profile rigs and what ever scope u want.

bombadillo
03-18-2012, 7:26 PM
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/70986/Savage+AXIS+XP+308StainlessWSCP
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/70/70982.jpg

Stainless .308 with scope for $374 REALLY fits the bill, but is it worth a crap...

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_974/products_id/78193/Savage+10+TH+XP+308+NIKON
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/78/78190.jpg
This one I'm really liking a LOT with a Nikon Prostaff scope, walnut stock, Accutrigger, and all for $513. It would cost me $563 OTD with transfer and dros. This looks like the ticket so far. I'm liking this over the howa for $590 with a Nikko Stirling scope setup. I've fired both brands and like the accutrigger MUCH better, and the scope a bit better as well.

pyromensch
03-18-2012, 7:58 PM
Take a look at sporting Dick's goods ..

:eek:

bombadillo
03-18-2012, 8:01 PM
No major retailers near me.

Divernhunter
03-19-2012, 9:21 AM
The SS one is good but I think the one with the accra-trigger and even a Nikon(not my first choice) scope is better. Your choice. Maybe you can get the a accra-trigger Savage with a syn stock for less?

ECVMatt
03-19-2012, 10:08 AM
I would have to say that the Savage you have there from Bud's looks like a good deal to me. They are a sound, proven action and are typically very accurate. As others have stated, they are also easy to work on and change caliber is you want to down the line.

I would suggest looking at the Stevens 200. They are great rifles and have more aftermarket support than the Axis. Something like this:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/14607

It does not have all the fancy of the wood model, but will work just as well. Looks like you are on the right track.

OldSchoolRanger
03-19-2012, 6:41 PM
Get the Savage 10. Quality gun, at a reasonable price, accutrigger, Nikon Pro-Staff scope in 3-9x. Everything you wanted, and the bonus of it being American made. Need I say more.

bombadillo
03-19-2012, 6:47 PM
Well, that was the ticket till I just picked up a Mossberg MVP for myself. This one is gonna go on hold, but It will be the Savage package with the Nikon scope for sure. That is the one I decided on.