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Recommend me a good bolt action

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by harlenm, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    Don't hunt, but would like to have one in my collection.

    Don't want to spend much, and would like a caliber that is easy to find and not too expensive as well.

    Thanks.

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  2. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Remington 700 in .308 or .30-06 would be my choice.


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  3. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    I came across a 700 in 270 win on gun broker for $579. Is that a good one?

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  4. +1.
    I purchased a Remington 700 30-06 myself. Then I thought, "Damn the Tikka T3, Winchester 70, Savage, etc. etc. seem so much better"
    But the 700 is reliable, robust, has a very known and sought-after action and very modifiable.
    :)
     
  5. klt1986

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    I'm really found of the FN made Winchester M70's. The TC Icon is a very impressive bolt rifle as well.
     
  6. rednoved

    rednoved NRA Member

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    This.
     
  7. dougader

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    Ditto. Love mine. Had a Ruger M77 before that and the Remington is a big step up in my view. Recoils less and seems easier to shoot tight groups.

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  8. The Pirate

    The Pirate HARRRRR!!!

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    I've got two 700's. A .308 tactical and a .22-250 VTR. You can't go wrong with a Remington.


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  9. countrygun

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    call me crazy, but IMO if you don't have a specific purpose, just want one for the collection, I'm going to suggest finding a Lee Enfield #4. It is a unique and iconic bolt gun, that is a heck of a lot more interesting than 99% of the currently made bolt actions.
     
  10. TexasVine

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    I have always been fond of Remington 700 models in 308. I hunt with the Mil-Spec 5R version which offers extreme accuracy at very long ranges.
     
  11. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    I actually have a SMLE, but it's not in the best shape. I've had it checked and it can be fired, just not really something I'd trust. It's also been sporterized, so it's not worth anything.

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  12. Redstate

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    Mosin Nagant. A little over $100.00. Ammo is about 160.00 for 880 rounds. What more can you ask for for the purpose stated.
     
  13. countrygun

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    I turned one into a scout rifle and I love it.


    In the "modern' bolts for some reason I wish I'd picked up one of the "Mini" Mausers in 7.62x X39
     
  14. jame

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    I'm going to be restocking an old Enfield Ishapore .308 next week. One of those projects that just lingered, I guess. Next week, finally done. (I should refinish it, however!)

    Just some Mojo sights and an ATI stock set, and I'll have a heckuva rifle for $200.
     
  15. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I would suggest getting your rifle in 223 or 308 or 30-06.

    There are many good bolt action rifles out there. It is fairly hard to screw up.

    Assuming you just want to punch paper, there is no reason not to go heavy barrel. I have not done HB because I didn't want to carry them over hill and dale while hunting.

    The M700 is good. I have 2.
    The Winchester M70 is good. Grandfather had 1.
    There is my Steyr. It is GREAT.

    I am thinking my next set will be Savage. I have been told they are good for the money.
     
  16. wirenut

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    Ruger American is getting good reviews and I've found browning a bolts to be quality guns also. Remington and savage have a lot of after market support. Good luck.
     
  17. Among the modern bolt actions that are built for hunting purposes, I consider Sako and Tikka excellent choices in the mid-price segment. The Remington 700 has been built in large numbers and is the standard that most other bolt guns are judged by in America.

    I am fond of military bolt actions and for me the calibre and availability of quality ammo, or components, are important.


    I have a K98k in .308 Winchester that was made in Brünn in 1945 and saw servicee in Israel after WWII. With its barrel in pristine condition, it is a very nice rifle.

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  18. Pawn shops after deer season.

    I am paying on a Savage Hog Hunter in .308. I don't hunt either, but I wanted a bolt gun. I like shooting them. This Savage is somewhat of a "scout" rifle, with a threaded short free floating barrel with irons, accutrigger, fixed magazine, and under $400.

    Hell of a deal if you ask me.
     
  19. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    Most hunting in ct is done with shotguns, as it's the only thing allowed on public land.


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  20. Samned2003

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    I would look at the CZ 527 in .223 or the CZ 550 in .308. I have an american in .223 and it shoots well under 1 inch groups at 100 yards. The rifles are reasonably priced and are very well made.