There are economy models and there are economy models. Most people consider the Weather Vanguard an economy rifle. There are three in our family, two S2's and the previous model. In my mind they are not economy rifles but very nice quality rifles. The Remington 700 ADL is also considered economy by many people. I have one I bought new in 2003 for $300.00, paid $25.00 to have the trigger adjusted to 3 lbs and it shoots sub-moa with Remington Core-Lokt ammo. Some big box stores still sell them.
I grew up hunting with two milsurp rifles, a Springfield Model 1903 and a British Lee Enfield - unsporterized. While those two rifles have serious sentimental value I will take a good economy model over them any day for hunting.
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