View Full Version : Smith & Wesson I-Bolt as first bolt?

08-28-2013, 4:42 PM
So I have been looking at adding my first bolt rifle ( 30-06 or .308) to my collection. Planning on an Elk Hunt, Pig and maybe deer someday. I am the guy to research the subject to death.

I know I want:
30.06 or .308
Hinged floor plate for internal magazine - not external
3 position safety
Prefer Walnut, but not positive
I like Stainless barrels, but that is 100% aesthetic for me. :o

Rem 700 - IMO Maybe someday - just not today (Seems WAY over hyped for my liking...)
Win 70 - See above...

I do like the Ruger Hawkeye 30.06 -
Tikka T3 is also a contender.
CZ 550 or 557 are strong possibilities also

No Mossberg or Savage sub $500 have the features I want

Here is my biggest quandry!
I am liking the Smith & Wesson I-Bolt -
While the bolt had a recall, easily fixed by the MFG., other than that there is not allot of info on it.
Here is what I like:
Timeny trigger ( adjustable 3-6lbs EXTERNALLY)
3 position safety
Thompson Centerfire Match Grade Barrel
Oversized triger guard
Internal Magazine - Hinged Floor Plate
60 degree bolt pull back vs. 90 degree
S & W wouldn't put there name on garbage!

Oh... BTW - I can get one NEW for under $350, which means more $$ for optics.

Looking for honest feedback:Thanks!

08-28-2013, 5:59 PM
For that price I think you should buy it. Then write a review on it. I don't think S&W would have bought Thompson Center if they were garbage or put their name on it either.

08-28-2013, 6:15 PM
Chrome? As in the exterior? I think you mean stainless.

No idea about a S&W ibolt, just make sure it's been fixed(there was a recall and a mark on the bolt handle shows that the problem has been resolved http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757983_-1_757978_757978_image )

08-28-2013, 7:18 PM
I dunno if I'd spend money on it. (http://www.chuckhawks.com/smith-wesson_dark.htm)

If you don't like the fanfare of the 700 or 70 the CZ or Tikka T3 should be perfect for you. I've always fancied both, and own a CZ 452 rimfire which is very well built and accurate. A recent trip to the gunsuperstore left me feeling that the action on the T3 was very nice.