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View Poll Results: best 270 under 400
Ruger American 17 26.98%
Weatherby Vanguard 22 34.92%
Savage Axis 11 17.46%
Other - (Leave Comment) 16 25.40%
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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best 270 under 400

Accuracy

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Old January 27, 2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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Not being a gun snob or whatever the pop culture term of the day is...but there is not a $400 new rifle on the market that I would buy. With that said, there are several that for less than $100 more new...would definitely come home with me. And, $400 used wisely can buy one of a variety of nice used rifles. To each his own.JMO

In my opinion, the Vanguard is best rifle you have listed and one that I would absolutely buy, but I am not sure that you can find new one for $400...if you can, buy it.

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Old January 27, 2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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@shootniron Then why comment? There's plenty of rifles under 400 that put down deer, elk, and whatever else just the same as a 2000 dollar rifle. May not be as pretty, or have an expendive feel, but theyll do the job without spending more than what's needed. IMO
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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Buy whatever you like, you are the one that has to be pleased. My suggestion was about value...but that is lost on some folks. Pardon me.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Also, I never said anything about a $2000 dollar rifle, but I did advocate a modest amount of $100 more on the budget.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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All of the above rifles are under 400. Lol and ik, I'm just saying. 'There isn't a 400 dollar rifle on the market I would buy '
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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My bargain rifle buy would be a Zastava M70 from KVAR for $540 but I would save up for a Tikka T3 or CZ 550 if I had patience. I like wood stocks.

Anything under 400? No.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:34 PM   #8
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You can find a savage with accutrigger for under $400, that's where I'd start.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:39 PM   #9
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I would go with a Stevens 200, it is a Savage 10/110 action and is under $400. It is much better than the axis.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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I voted for the Weatherby vanguard, also the Howa is the same gun.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:59 PM   #11
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Ya. Out of the 3 which is most accurate and durable? To me that's what matters, accuracy to hit the target and durability to keep hitting the target.
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Old January 27, 2013, 07:38 PM   #12
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I'm a Savage fan. They are damn accurate and reliable. I'd opt for a 110 over the Axis however.
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Old January 27, 2013, 08:50 PM   #13
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Ruger

My Ruger American in 270 is awesome
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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Walmart used to sell Winchester Model 70's for $350 but that was a few years ago...
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:17 PM   #15
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You can find a Savage for that money if you try, my ole flat top shoots "lights out" with handloads.
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Old January 27, 2013, 11:41 PM   #16
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Ruger American from that group.
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Old January 28, 2013, 12:58 AM   #17
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I had an FN Mauser JC Higgins Model 50 that I really liked, chambered in 30-06. Might try a search for a JC Higgins Model 51 in .270, should be around that price point. You can update the trigger if you like.
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Old January 28, 2013, 01:25 AM   #18
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Ruger American, if you like a thin, skinny stock.

Marlin X7, if you like something that fills your hands a bit more.
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Old January 28, 2013, 12:57 PM   #19
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I'm goin with the 30-06 Ruger American
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Old January 28, 2013, 02:28 PM   #20
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best 270 under 400

Marlin X7. My son picked up a used one with brand new Redfield for less than $300. New I just saw one with scope on Gunbroker for $399. Delivered free.
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Old January 28, 2013, 03:56 PM   #21
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Because you asked for it.

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@shootniron Then why comment?
Because you asked for it. For myself, my 270 Winchester needs to be a model 70 Winchester. At that price-point it will have to be used and if it's a Classic or pre-'64 I'd likely have to look for a long time.
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Old January 28, 2013, 04:59 PM   #22
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I'd start looking on the used racks and online at some places like Buds. You can find used Rem 700's and Savage 110's all over the place well within your budget and you have something better and with a much broader after-market parts availability than a "throw away" gun. I'm not a big fan of plastic parts on the working portions of the gun. Or you could save a little more and buy a new 700 or Savage 110/111 as suggested b adding just $100 or so to the budget.
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Old January 28, 2013, 06:35 PM   #23
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Shootiniron, my notions about rifles is changing rapidly. Out of the box, the cheap rifles are outshooting the expensive rifles. I have plenty of the expensive rifles and to be honest, it really pi..es me off when I go to Walmart and pay $375 each for two Vanguards and then go pay just north of $400 for a Vanguard2 that will outshoot what the expensive rifles would do out of the box. My TC Venture shoots better out of the box than my Sendaro. Paying top dollar for rifles and then having to square actions, lap lugs, re-cut chambers, or at the very least do a pile of bedding work is getting old. I just bought one of Savage's more expensive rifles that I had to bed to get it to hit the broad side of a barn; its pillar was moving. If Savage sells a rifle for $800 and one for $325, common sense would lead one to expect that the $800 one would at least shoot as well as the $325; especially considering the expensive one was in more accurate cartridge. My opinion now is if a $350 rifle will outshoot a BDL, buy the inexpensive rifle. Despite what is posted above, the high end Savages have as much plastic on them as the cheap ones.
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Old January 28, 2013, 07:05 PM   #24
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Out of the box, the cheap rifles are outshooting the expensive rifles.
reynolds357,


If you notice, I advocated $500...that ain't an expensive rifle.
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Old January 28, 2013, 07:21 PM   #25
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Contrary to what some folks on this forum may tell you, there ARE guns worth having for around $400 dollars. T/C Venture and Stevens 200 would probably be my top two picks, but dont overlook the Ruger American, Remington 783, Marlin x7, and for a little over $400, the Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard. The T/C Venture is the cheapest gun I know of to have a sub-MOA guarantee. That puts it number one on my list. The Stevens 200 is right there with it because you can buy it for under $400, then save a little money and drop an Accutrigger or Timney trigger in it, then save a little more and get a better stock for it, and you then have the equivalent of a Savage 110. Its a "pay-as-you-go" 110 for less total investment. I like the Ruger American but the recoil lug is made into the stock, among some other design characteristics that are different from everything else that make it not the best choice if you want something you can upgrade later. Nobody makes much aftermarket stuff for it as far as I know, but that may change. The Remington 783 is new and unproven, but most reviews Ive read on it give it high praise. Personally I believe it is a "new and improved" Marlin X7, seeing as how Remington and Marlin are of the same parent company these days. The X7 is a good rifle but is designed with pressure points in the barrel channel which I do not like, but I suppose some rifles need it. The Howa 1500 is worth the little extra IMO. A barreled action can be bought for about $400 out the door, then figure on $150-$200 for a decent stock (a better one than what comes on most $400 rifles, such as a Bell & Carlson Medalist or Hogue w/ full length bedding block) and you have a nice setup that would cost a good bit more if it were a Weatherby Vanguard (they share the same action). Rifles in the under $400 range to stay away from are the Remington 770, Savage Axis, and the Mossberg ATR isn't that great either. There's my 2 cents for what its worth
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