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Old September 20, 2012, 10:53 PM   #26
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I paid a little over $500 for my T3 lite (.25-06). A Ruger American will run about $450.

http://www.ruger.com/products/americanRifle/models.html
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Old September 20, 2012, 11:04 PM   #27
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Ruger tends to Pay Cash for good magazine reviews...so I've got a few issues with that practice...
Check the repair forums on rifles if you want to see how they are acting up, or not acting up, as the case may be.
The problems that owners report tend to be the most telling.
Its also nice when they post pics of their shot targets! Lets you see what kind of groups a particular rifle/load shot!

Along with having to return three Ruger products for QC issues over the years...I look at Ruger with "Prove It" eyes...
Two Vaquero's & a 1022T...shoulda been made better...

Video's are the best!! Gotta love it when folks put up shooting vids!!
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Old September 20, 2012, 11:10 PM   #28
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I bought a Ruger American .308 . I paid just about $400 out the door . I have put about 200 rounds though it and have had no problems . It is accurate right out of the box with ammo I bought off the self . Its light so you can carry it all day on a hunt . The stock is a little cheep feeling but the recoil pad works great . The bolt has a little wiggle but not much and it never binds up . All-n-all I'm very happy with it .

This is my unpaid review of the American http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492169

Ruger American rifle at 100 yards 3/4 MOA , using Federal gold metal match 168 gr


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Old September 21, 2012, 02:05 PM   #29
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+1 for a savage. I picked up a 111 Trophy Hunter XP this summer for $475 to my door.
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Old September 21, 2012, 03:28 PM   #30
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Last weekend I bought a NIB CZ 527 in 7.62x39mm for $375.00 at a gun auction in Indianapolis.

Here is a stock photo. The optics did not come with the rifle.
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Old September 21, 2012, 06:14 PM   #31
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My vote would be for HOWA. My 30-06 will shoot one hole at 100 yards
from a bench with a bi-pod. No tooling marks at all. I measured groups at 5/8" X 5/8" OUTSIDE using 5 shot groups.
And no its not for sale at any price
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Old September 22, 2012, 08:25 AM   #32
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Old September 22, 2012, 11:45 AM   #33
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Basically none of the fine rifles mentioned here are "low end", although they are low cost. You have don't have to spend a fortune to get a very nice bolt gun.
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Old September 22, 2012, 07:48 PM   #34
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I had a Savage Steven rifle in .25-06 it performed very well for what I paid for it.
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Old September 22, 2012, 07:57 PM   #35
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Rifle

I have a Steven 7 mm Rem Mag it shoots 5/8" groups at 150 yards with Wolf Gold line ammo. In fact I have 6 more Savages from a .223 to a 338 Win Mag all are dead nuts on.
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Old September 23, 2012, 08:06 AM   #36
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Just yesterday me and the boy's went to the range where I shot my two Savage rifles on a "trigger stick" tri-pod, and I shot pretty decent for 50 yds and then the 100 yd target, the 100 yd target my group was about three inches for the 30-06, and 2 and one half inche for the .270 win. (standing with tripod) which is alot better than I'd hoped for. I'm very happy with this target!!! And I'm very happy with these two $300.00 rifles!
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Old September 23, 2012, 04:28 PM   #37
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Best low-end is Savage. Step up to CZ or Tikka above that, and Winchester above that. Sorry, not a Remington fan.
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Old September 23, 2012, 05:19 PM   #38
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Hmmm I was thinkin of a .270, sounds good to me I don't have a need for a magnum, though a .300 magnum would be nice I guess.
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Old September 23, 2012, 10:52 PM   #39
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Most of the low cost rifles everybody has recommended arent chambered in 7mm magnum. After a quick search I see that the weatherby VG2 does come in 7mm rem. mag. And so does the stevens 200. My son has a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08 that is a very sweet shooting rifle. Of course his is a pre-remington rifle. Basically, for a low cost rifle you need to change calibers or your choices get a lot smaller.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:27 AM   #40
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I would go with the weatherby, savage, or remington 700 adl not the 770 all can be bought for less than $500. I had a venture from tc it is very accurate but they do have problems. If they have their rifle fixed where they won't go off with out pulling the trigger you can get a very accurate rifle. Mine would not eject spent cartridges half the time. Or would jam due to the magazine. But when it shot it was accurate.
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Old September 24, 2012, 08:36 AM   #41
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i didn't see the Marlin XLR series an i don't know if someone said the Savage Axis?
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Old September 24, 2012, 09:12 AM   #42
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MAYOR... I really want a CZ in 7.62 X 39... but they are a couple 100 more around here...
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Old September 24, 2012, 02:04 PM   #43
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Watch the local auction lists. Thats how I found this one. I was looking at a bunch of Garands they had, but when the CZ started slow...I jumped on it. I did not find the Garand I wanted to bid on...so the CZ was my buy of the day (with a Taurus 44CP and an S&W 909 9mm.)
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Old September 24, 2012, 02:10 PM   #44
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I am not sure if the OP has decided on a rifle yet, but I just handled a Marlin XS7 a couple days ago and although I think the fit/finish is a little rough it seems to be the bees-knees for an ultra-low budget rifle. This one was $359 for stainless/synthetic and even though it had a flimsy tupperware stock, I think the pillar bedding might make up for it. I didnt necessarily like the pencil-thin barrel, but it sure was light. It looks like it has a similar barrel nut to the Savage so I imagine a new tube is easy to do. This may be the platform for my next rifle. I know the OP wanted a 7mm rem. mag, but I am commenting more for those looking for a super-cheap gun in the class of the Stevens 200.
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Old September 24, 2012, 04:35 PM   #45
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I think I'm positive im getting a Savage 200 in 300 win mag or .270 win.
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Old September 25, 2012, 10:09 AM   #46
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All other things being equal, I would choose the Marlin XL-7 over the Stevens 200 simply because of the vastly better trigger on the Marlin. I hunted for years with a pair of Savages I bought in 2000. Both of them have Timney triggers because I just couldn't live with the gritty, hard pulls of the factory units.

The Stevens 200 rifles have the same bad trigger. The Marlin has a very functional ripoff of the Accutrigger.
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:27 PM   #47
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If people wouldn't buy a rifle because of the trigger, hell nobody would buy winchesters, remingtons, weatherby's...etc...... The Stevens 200 has a workable trigger, and there are aftermarket triggers for such a cause.
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:36 PM   #48
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I'm amazed nobody mentioned the Darling of the Gun Writers...the Marlin X-7!

Even during all the trouble Marlin's had switching the plants over, the X-7's have maintained their quality...

Sub-MOA starting at $299...Adjustable target trigger (Profire), pillar bedded at the factory, factory recoil pad, fluted bolt, button-rifled barrel...
the list goes on...
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...on/default.asp

Even on the Marlin forums, issues are Rare...usually owner-stupidity & bad reloads...

Bottom line, it'll shoot better for less cost, which leaves you room to hook up a really nice scope!!

My next purchase will be an X-7VH in .308!! Heavy Barrel Goodness for $350!!
BINGO! I have one in .270 and it is amazing. Would put it up against anything on this list.

Here is a good link: http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...tAction/x7.asp

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Old September 25, 2012, 05:42 PM   #49
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Savage is the best value. Hunting guns take a licking. I've never lost a day with a Savage. You don't get the trim, but they deliver solid accuracy.
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:44 PM   #50
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baddarryl - Boy would i love to take you up on that offer, Im always up for a challange. We play tic tac toe with 9MM cases at 100 yards for fun
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