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Old September 18, 2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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whats a good low-end bolt rifle

There's standard rifles that companies make, like the rem 700 win 70 etc, but is there any low price versions that they sell whom ever they be? I'm lookin fer a 7mm rem mag in a cheaper rifle than normal not those 800 dollar ones.
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Old September 18, 2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Savage makes great low-cost bolt rifles. I have a 110 in 7mm Rem Mag that's a great rifle, very accurate and I don't worry at all about taking it out in the woods.
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Old September 18, 2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have a savage 116 in 30-06 with a one-piece base, they make em so far apart couldnt find a scope long enuff for it lol. I might get a used ruger m77 in 7mm dont know if I shud get that or a new savage 110 as u suggested.
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Old September 18, 2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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You got Wal Mart where you live?
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Old September 18, 2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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Try the Savage 200, it's a pretty good base model.
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Old September 18, 2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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Yeah we got a wal-mart
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Old September 18, 2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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I own a Weatherby vanguard in 7mm mag that I bought new for $500 and a buddy of mine bought a vanguard 300 wby mag used for $450. Just last weekend I put three shots in one hole at 100yds measuring .3" and have done this from time to time with good reloads. As for the 300wby mag I never shot it but expect only the best. The weatherby vanguard is the same rifle as the Howard 1500 and are very good rifles for the dollar.
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Old September 18, 2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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Gunny means Howa, not Howard. Never heard a bad thing about them, and priced well.

Wal-Mart around here carries Remington and Savage, both under $500 if I remember correctly. Either would be a fine starter rifle.
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Old September 18, 2012, 08:56 PM   #9
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Haha, yes Howa... Thank you emcon5, apparently my phone thinks it knows what I'm trying to type.
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Old September 18, 2012, 09:27 PM   #10
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Check out a T/C Venture. Great price and has 5R rifling.
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Old September 18, 2012, 09:44 PM   #11
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Savage ain't cheap anymore. I'd be buying the TC Venture. About the same price as Savage, but proving to be a much better gun. There is a $50 rebate on them right now which makes them even more appealing. Scope bases are also included in the package.

They don't offer 7 mag, but the Ruger American in 30-06 is pretty close and they sell for $350
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Old September 18, 2012, 11:44 PM   #12
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weatherby vanguard
T/C Venture
savage
marlin
All have alittle something in that line,Pretty fair rifles also.
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Old September 19, 2012, 03:47 AM   #13
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Out of all those mentioned, the TC Venture has as many problems as the Rem.
The Savage and the Weatherby do not at this time. For the money these two is what I'd be looking at for sure.
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Old September 19, 2012, 04:11 AM   #14
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Walmarts around me have been selling the Ruger American rifle for under $300. They have some Savage bolt actions too, not sure on the price of those but they are usually reasonable.
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Old September 19, 2012, 05:52 AM   #15
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As others have said. Savage is the route you want to go
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:45 AM   #16
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Gun Makers Doing Well

I have a friend who has a really well stocked sporting goods store and an amazing rifle and handgun section. I visited him yesterday and he was saying all the US gun makers are so far behind orders he's got guns ordered back from last September! He sells them as soon as they come in. He's very smart as to what he orders btw. No K-Mart or Walmart type of stuff. Only the good stuff.

The new Ruger Americans are impossible to get along with many Savage, Remingtons, Winchesters and others. I did go to Sheel's Sport Center in the Appleton mall and they had a bunch of Ruger Americans. Nice rifles.

This is a good thing for our manufacturers.

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Old September 19, 2012, 03:19 PM   #17
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The Stevens 200 made my Savage is a great rifle for the money.
Put a decent trigger in them and you will be surprised at the groups they will shoot.
That being said I'm not sure they offer them in 7mag.

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Old September 19, 2012, 06:17 PM   #18
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Another vote for Weatherby Vanguard S2. I love mine, but then I am partial to two stage triggers.
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Old September 19, 2012, 09:15 PM   #19
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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!!
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Old September 19, 2012, 09:46 PM   #20
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"Out of all those mentioned, the TC Venture has as many problems as the Rem."

I'm familiar with last year's recall involving the trigger/sear, but that's the only problem with the Venture of which I am aware. Are there others?

Mine shoots much better than I can, but I will admit I don't think much of that flimsy plastic stock. However, it must be shaped exactly right for me, as recoil for a .270 Win is well attenuated.
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Old September 19, 2012, 10:13 PM   #23
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The new Ruger American has been getting rave reviews. I'll also throw out the Mossberg 100ATR though I don't believe it's offered in 7mm mag.

One gun mag did a comparison of all the budget rifles and I believe the marlin x7 topped their list with the Mossberg being second or third. The Ruger American was not out at th time of the writing.
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Old September 19, 2012, 10:21 PM   #24
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I'd buy a Ruger American if I was in the market today. A couple years ago I bought a Tikka T3 lite and have no complaints.
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Old September 20, 2012, 08:40 PM   #25
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Tikka T3's are not really a low cost rifle and probably shouldn't be compared to these. I had forgotten about the Marlin. It even has a Remington bolt handle!
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