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Old May 17, 2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Best of the cheap bolt-action hunting rifles?

My dad wants a second 30-06. I think it will be for my nieces and nephews to use since they are coming of age to hunt (but they're dad would never buy them a firearm).

So, what are the best of the cheap bolt action hunting rifles out there? Also, which would you avoid?
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Old May 17, 2009, 05:37 PM   #2
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Stevens 200 should fit that requirement. Chambered in 30-06, cheap and accurate. The stock is hideous to some, but its a good strong Savage action, minus the Accutrigger.

Another possibility would be the Howa 1500, with or without the Houge Stock.
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Old May 17, 2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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+1 on the Stevens.
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Old May 17, 2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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if you want cheap and good go savage. if you want cheap and great go remington.
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Old May 17, 2009, 05:54 PM   #5
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howas are cheap and accurate the stevens are a lil cheaper but but for the money go with howa same actions as the Vanguards or even go with a Vanguard some models are going for about 350 nowadays. i have a Howa and i love it, just as accurate as a rem i dont care i u dont agree with me i'll post some bullet groups compared to my buddys rem 700 iin .30-06 if u dont believe me
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Old May 17, 2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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I've also been hearing great things about the new Marlin.
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Old May 17, 2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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yea theres a great article in Field and Stream this month its Petzals best low budget guns and the five are marlin,stevens, Vanguard and savage along with a winchester .22 if i remeber correctly
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Old May 17, 2009, 06:15 PM   #8
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Vanguard @ $399
Marlin @ 319
Stevens @ 319

I think the Marlin is the best buy and the one I would get. The Stevens and Weatherby Vanguard are good, as is the Howa.
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Old May 17, 2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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been out of the rifle game . when did savage and stevens seperate?
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Old May 17, 2009, 07:24 PM   #10
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Savage especially with the accustock and the accutrigger... Stevens is awesome for the $$$.... Heard good things about the marlin, but haven't shot one yet... I have little faith left in remington.. If they can't make a $1200 model 700 that shoots why should I have any faith that the $700 model will...
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Old May 17, 2009, 07:36 PM   #11
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Check out the Tikka's. Great rifle for the $$$
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Old May 17, 2009, 08:18 PM   #12
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if you dont mind changing the Ammo a bit get a Mosin Nagant, its a .30 and just as good
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Old May 17, 2009, 08:54 PM   #13
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If I were starting someone new to hunting it would be with a savage or other in 243, not 30 cal, but that is me.
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Old May 17, 2009, 08:59 PM   #14
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My recommendation would be the new Marlin, although to be fair I have not shot one yet. Stevens isn't a bad option either.
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Old May 17, 2009, 09:17 PM   #15
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i have the stevens and savage, and howa ... like them all
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Old May 17, 2009, 09:36 PM   #16
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Savage over Stevens because of the Accutrigger. A 6lb trigger is hard for a kid to squeeze off. Might as well start out with good trigger habits instead of having to learn them later. My son shoots my Savage 17HMR now, his first deer rifle will be a Savage, no doubt about that. Not that this was part of the original question, but I agree with the .243 suggestion above.
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Old May 17, 2009, 09:40 PM   #17
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been out of the rifle game . when did savage and stevens seperate?

Same company, same basic rifle. Stevens is the name given to the cheaper Savage rifle. Same basic gun with no accutrigger and a different stock.
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Old May 17, 2009, 10:41 PM   #18
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+1 for Savage
+1 for Tikka

Both make really good rifles these days. Tikka's quality surprised me the first time I saw one.

Also, Savage has grown leaps and bound lately. They're making really good guns these days, especially compared to what they were 7 or 8 years ago
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Old May 17, 2009, 11:02 PM   #19
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Save 111 without the AccuTrigger

Savage 111 withoug the Accutrigger gets our vote. Works great. Super reliable. Comes Scoped. Can be found in the $345 range. Takes the increased abuse from a 12 year old and is still gets the job done.

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Old May 17, 2009, 11:06 PM   #20
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Well if you want something like a 30-06 there's nothing cheaper than a Mosin Nagant (7.62x54R). $200 or less and similar performance to a 30-06... accuracy varies by rifle though, Tulas are supposed to be good but you'll have to check the barrels for wear on all of them.
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Old May 17, 2009, 11:20 PM   #21
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+1 for Stevens/Savage. I do really like the stocks on the Howa 1500s though.. much nicer than the low end Savage stocks. I have yet to fire the new Accustock rifles.
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Old May 17, 2009, 11:38 PM   #22
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It depends on his budget and priorities. My favorite <$500 rifle is the Howa. You get a good solid accurate if slightly heavy (~7.5lbs) rifle with a good adjustable trigger for around $400. One option is their 2N1 Youth model. It's made in 308 not 30-06, comes with a 20" barrel and both a 12.5 LOP youth stock and a 13.5" LOP adult stock. They run about $500 for the 2N1 Youth but it gives a lot of flexibility for growing young hunters of all sizes.

If he's willing to spend just over $500 it's hard to beat a 6.2lb Tikka T3 Lite but the light weight also means more felt recoil.
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Old May 18, 2009, 01:14 AM   #23
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MCO, what is on the stock? Ducttape?
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Old May 18, 2009, 01:25 AM   #24
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I have had very good results from both Savage and Remington rifles. Savages tend to be a little cheaper, but both have good triggers, and are known for good accuracy too.

I have heard good things about the Marlin bolt action rifles, but I have not shot one yet.
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Old May 18, 2009, 01:55 AM   #25
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How about the Lee-Enfield #4?

I've never hunted and don't know anything about scope mounts etc, but many around the world heap praise on them.
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