View Full Version : Does This Rifle Exist?

April 13, 2005, 11:22 PM
I'm looking for a rifle that has the following.

1. Bolt action
2. Rugged enough to stand up to LOTS of rounds
3. Shoots a light load(.22, .223 etc) something the ladies can enjoy shooting
4. 1" MOA or below at 100 yards(with surplus if possible)
5. Around $300
6. Cheap ammo(surplus etc.)

The rifle will only be used for punching holes in paper no further than 100 yds. Does this rifle exist?

Death from Afar
April 14, 2005, 01:50 AM
You dont say if you have to have a centrefire, but if you want a cheap shooter centrefire I think you will have to get a military surplus bolt action. I would try and find a 6.5mm swedish mauser- cheap- and you should be able to track down ex surplus ammo. Much as I hate them, an SKS might be the way to go- they are a bit heftier, but they certainly arnt hard kickers, and the ammo is as cheap as you can get.

April 14, 2005, 02:27 AM
I think CZ makes a bolt action that shoots 7.62x39.The SKS was a good idea. :p

April 14, 2005, 02:31 AM
Well you could get a yugo 59/66, turn off the gas system, and use it as a bolt action.

Although 1" MOA @ 100 yards might be pushing it a bit ;)

April 14, 2005, 05:37 AM
Another option might be a NEF Handi-Rifle in .223. It's a single shot, not bolt, but the cheap ammo is out there for it.

April 14, 2005, 08:07 AM
New Weatheryby Vanguards or Savages in 223 would be pushing $400, but used ones would be right around $300. either would be a good choice, IMO.

April 14, 2005, 10:01 AM
I would vote for the Savage, typically the most accurate out of the box rifle made. I have a couple and all are VERY accurate

Tom Matiska
April 14, 2005, 12:39 PM
The new Stevens line offered by Savage would be my first pick.


April 14, 2005, 01:35 PM
I agree that Stevens line fits the bill for your criteria if you're talking new rifle prices. I'll bet that's one heck of a value rifle - may have to get one.

April 14, 2005, 01:43 PM
i to would go with a savage, i recently bought a model 10 in 308 winchester. excellent value, especially that stevens model.

Jim Watson
April 14, 2005, 02:33 PM
Do you need to impress the ladies with the blast and kick of a centerfire?

If not, look at the CZ452 .22LR and as good a scope as the budget allows, maybe a little better. It will take .22 match ammo or some luck with the ordinary stuff to shoot 1 MOA. I am not a .17HMR fan but I am assured they are more accurate than other rimfire sporters.

The only surplus ammo/rifle I have seen to even approach 1 MOA is 6.5 Swede, although I have read some legends about the better Slobbovian surplus 7.62x51. Which will kick a lot in a rifle light enough for a novice lady.

April 14, 2005, 10:06 PM
ill throw in my 2 cents for savage. they are relatively cheap, very accurate and did i mention cheap. if i get to the city tomorrow ill be trying to buy one in .243. they make quite a few in .223 and if you dont like the cost of the savage you can get a stevens (savage-accutrigger=stevens)

April 15, 2005, 08:20 AM
If money is no problem check out a Weatheryby MOA custom rifle. I think it fits the bill except for the price.

April 16, 2005, 08:54 PM
Savage has a new .22 Hornet rifle that is a great buy. It would be perfect for varmints out to 175 yards and the ladies will love it.


gn luver
April 16, 2005, 10:01 PM
I just bought a cz 527 in 7.62x39 light,handy,low recoil,versatile and very cheap ammo. It was just the little rifle I've been looking for. The only drawback they go for about $500.00 N.I.B. if you are trying to stay around $300.00. I seen a used one sell on G.B. in 95% condition bring $440.00. Good luck I'm sure any of the guns mentioned would be good choices Max W.

April 17, 2005, 12:00 AM
I've got agree on the Swedish Mauser.

They are available now in great condition at low cost.

The M38 is shorter and lighter than the M96 and is easier to handle, but gives little away in performance. The M38 is also more commonly found with a bent bolt handle, which makes it easier to mount a scope.

The 6.5x55 cartridge is amazingly accurate and has light recoil. Its sectional density gives it phenominal range and terminal ballistics. (Ask any 6.5 Grendel fan!)

Ammo is cheap and getting cheaper as more rifles make their way here. It is also an easy round to reload.

Try a Swede and you'll be hooked!