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Old 03-29-2013, 8:48 AM
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Default 308 recommendations. Sub 800 bucks

Opinions please... The more the merrier. In the market an want to do it right. And you folks know what's up.

Thanks in advance. Will be a hunting rifle.
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does that include the budget for a scope?

I'd go with a low end rifle and some nicer glass, even if it stretches the budget.
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Turner's has a nice Savage with a Nikon scope on sale right now for less then $600.
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Old 03-29-2013, 9:14 AM
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Doesn't include budget for optics. I want quality in the weapon, and know that the optics are another beast.

My father in law is a marksman. I thought I was till I met him few months ago. Doing an elk hunt with him in Oct in Colorado. So I need to be dialed by summer. I'm a leftie also. Really appreciate the responses fellas.
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Here's a couple.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...c+308+Lefthand

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ft+Hand+22%22+

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...+Barrel+%26+Bl

I'm sure someone will be along with a concern about using a .308 on Elk in Colorado.
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I think hunters should boycott Colorado.

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Savage, Remington, Ruger American, Tikka T3 Lite, Howa....

Plenty of basic options in that price range without optics.
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Opinions please... The more the merrier. In the market an want to do it right. And you folks know what's up.

Thanks in advance. Will be a hunting rifle.
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Ruger American, you will have money left over for a scope and some ammo.

If it's 800 or so for just the gun, I would say a Ruger(yes, I'm a fan of Ruger) Scout rifle.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:17 AM
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Saw that Ruger Scout.... Looked legit.. Anyone shoot it?

Thanks again for the info fellas..I'm gonna be shooting this rifle for the next 40 years (hopefully) and pass it on to my nephew...wanna get it right.


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Old 03-29-2013, 10:21 AM
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I think hunters should boycott Colorado.

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I see that mess. My father in law is a wildlife biologist for the blm there. He is just the coolest dude and is non political, although he wanted Romney to win(in laws are Mormons) but other than that is just a hunter true and true.. Hunted his entire life. Vietnam Vet and just a great guy.

So I'm gonna go there and harvest an elk. And will post up pics when we do.





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Savage recently came out with a new rifle they call their Hog Hunter. It's more compact and may be considered more of a brush gun but the reviews I've read on the accuracy were pretty good. It has an MSRP of $535.

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/11HOGHUNTER
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Mosin. 7.62x54R is about the same as .308. It's under $800 and can take any game in NA. ^^
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Doesn't include budget for optics. I want quality in the weapon, and know that the optics are another beast.

My father in law is a marksman. I thought I was till I met him few months ago. Doing an elk hunt with him in Oct in Colorado. So I need to be dialed by summer. I'm a leftie also. Really appreciate the responses fellas.

Ruger Scout comes in left hand also .
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Try different rifles and buy the one you like and feels best to you.
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Can't go wrong with a Rem. 700. Accurate and ready to go out of the box.
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Thanks guys for the responses.
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Ruger American .308, just picked up one last month and its a great rifle.
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Ruger american + nicer glass.

Or if you want to modify/tweak, an R700 variant.
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My vote would be for a controlled-feed action.

If buying new:
Winchester 70 Featherweight Classic
Ruger 77 Hawkeye

Edit: I didn't see the left-hand comment. I guess the Winchester's out.
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I've heard savage is dead accurate out of the box. Haven't shot one and I bought a Remington 700 so...
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Out of the box the savage will outshoot most other common brands. They have to shoot 1.5" or better to leave the factory. I have one and it is excellent as have the others I have shot.
Tikka is garr to shoot 1" or better. The 2 I have do much better than that.
T/C bolt action rifles are garr to shoot 1" or better and the 2 that I have shot dis so.
Weatherby Vanguard (& MK-V) are garr to shoot 1.5" or better and the one I own does as well as a friends.
No garr on win/ruger/rem/browning.
Some Rem 700 are great shooter and some are not QC is spotty at times. I have a friend with several and his shoot very well another friend sold his as no matter what it would not shoot at all good. The Rem I own all shoot well except my 223 Varmit rifle which I have shot out the barrel after 43 years.
The Rugers I own(6+) all shoot well except the 257Roberts. It shoots very well now that I had it rebarreled with a Douglas air-gage SS barrel.
Have shot win70 and it shot well. Same with Browning and Mossberg.
Have not shot a Stevens yet.

Most rifles today will outshoot most shooters unless you get a bad rifle which can happen.
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Thanks for the responses.
Will b doing some research!
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I'm a lefty as well. Whatever you do, don't let anybody try to tell you to just buy a right hand bolt gun and "adapt".
Might have to extend your budget by a hundred or so. if you go NIB
Savage, for hunting, I would look at the 16 FLHSS.
Or a lightly used Remington 700 BDL... classic blued steel and wood in left hand. they show up here from time to time.
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Howa 1500 all day with bull barrel and hogue overmold stock...
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Will be a hunting rifle.
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Are we talking about specific Savage rifles being good, accurate shooters out of the box, or is it most/all of them?
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Mosin. 7.62x54R is about the same as .308. It's under $800 and can take any game in NA. ^^
He wants a Hunting rifle, not a piece of pipe connected to a 2x4......
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I've been hearing the Ruger American a lot.

Really appreciate the responses..this is a very important purchase for me. Will rechecking out all recommendations.

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Are we talking about specific Savage rifles being good, accurate shooters out of the box, or is it most/all of them?
You would want to get a Savage with at least the Accu-Trigger and the Accu-Stock as well if you can.

The Savage without either of those is called the Axis and you don't want that one unless it is all you can afford.


As I stated previously Turner's has a nice Savage with a Nikon 3x9 scope on sale for less then $600 right now.
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There are a lot of good hunting rifles in your price range. I recommend Tikka T3 Lite (they make a left handed model) and put a limbsaver recoil pad on it.
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Add the Weatherby Vanguard 2 into your list of rifles to check out. It's a Howa 1500 action.
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Mr. Matt - If you're open to going used I will be posting a Savage Model 99 E and also a Winchester model 88 with a bushnell scope on it soon in the B/S/T forum. Both are .308. The model 88 is in great condition with a like new action (aka very few rounds).

The model 99 has scrathes on the stock but nothing that a sand and restain couldn't make look pretty. Pm me if you want photos and more info.
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You would want to get a Savage with at least the Accu-Trigger and the Accu-Stock as well if you can.

The Savage without either of those is called the Axis and you don't want that one unless it is all you can afford.
Actually, that would be a Stevens rifle.
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Actually, that would be a Stevens rifle.
Maybe someone should inform Savage then.

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Not to thread jack, but...

The Stevens 200 is a comparable design to the model 11/111. Of course, the Stevens 200 does not have an accu-trigger or -stock.

The Axis is a different design. As the baboon said to Simba: "Look harder."

I believe Savage is aware.
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As I stated previously Turner's has a nice Savage with a Nikon 3x9 scope on sale for less then $600 right now.
That's the Hunter's Trophy, or whatever it's called I think. Tell me about the Accu-trigger; it's a tuneable trigger or something? Why is that important?
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Accuttigger issuer adjustable from about 1.5lbs up to around 6lbs of pull. Pretty much the best out of the box trigger for a 5-7 hundred dollar rifle.
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How about something completely different? It's an ugly beast, but I'm considering the Thompson/Center Dimension switch-barrel bolt-action rifle. Word is there will be new components coming that will make the thing less ugly.
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How about something completely different? It's an ugly beast, but I'm considering the Thompson/Center Dimension switch-barrel bolt-action rifle. Word is there will be new components coming that will make the thing less ugly.
A friend of mine liked that T/C until he checked the pricing of the parts needed to switch calibers. You can buy a whole rifle for what T/C asks for a new bolt/barrel combo.
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