View Full Version : What are your "bolt arsenal" must haves?

Rustle in the Bushes
July 25, 2012, 08:43 PM
I was thinking about arsenal management the other day as I am currently shedding a gun to trim down the fat. I came up with this list as what Id want to have to cover the gamut of bolt rifle shooting. Not near to owning all of it yet.

Posting it of course cause Im curious to know what other folks have going on

CZ 452/savage- An accurate bolt .22 for training. Cheap scope and sights as well.

Win Model 70/CZ 550- A heavier .308/30-06/270 for enjoyable scoped shooting that wont knock you down like a light gun. develops proficiency under recoil.

Browning X bolt/Tikka T3, etc...etc.. - A really light, possibly synthetic/stainless, dedicated hunting rifle. Shot at the range to sight in, then shot 1x at a beast for dinnermaking. Too light to be a fun shooter. .308/30-06/270.

1 decent military surplus bolt (mauser,mosin, enfield, k31) Because theyre awesome. open sights + bayonet in case of zombies

Willie Lowman
July 25, 2012, 11:02 PM
I have a Remington 700 .308, a .22-250 that I had built on a K98 receiver, and a M48 8mm Mauser (No bayonet).

I'd like a nice 03-A3 but I'm not willing to pay what people are asking for them around here.

Also I'd like a nice .22 magnum or a .17hmr.

July 26, 2012, 12:03 AM
let's see. well the collection thus far is as follows:
ruger 10/22(archangel AR style stock) for cheap plinking
remington 700 ADL 243, first centerfire rifle inherited from my dad and is never leaving
weatherby vanguard 300 WBY mag, for moose, elk, grizzly or any other large game
mossberg 535 12 gauge real woods dipped tactical stock, for turkeys and possibly HD some day
DPMS AR15, 223 deer and coyote rifle
9mm AR15 custom build, cheaper to practice with than 223
mosin nagant sporter, about half worthless, only keep it because I can't get anything out of it
mosin nagant 91/30 for my rusky gun
savage enfield no4 for my british persuasion
Springfield 1903 for when I feel like sergeant york(please no 1917 comments)
remington 1903A4 because the 1903 is politically incorrect to shoot and, well it's a real sniper rifle.
enfield no4 in 45ACP(under construction) because...well why not?

July 26, 2012, 05:39 AM
the 1903 isnt incorrect to shoot it just sometime u have to watch firing hot loads. i think serial..not positive num 0..... 300xxx they took the reciever under ultra violet light heated them up ( extreme tempeture ,hotter than u can load a round) and hit the reciever with a ball pin hammer.. under the ultra violet light on some of them,,, not all.....u could see a so fine less than hair thin crack

July 26, 2012, 05:54 AM
and the springfields are 800xxx and the rock island are 300xxx

July 26, 2012, 01:10 PM
and the springfields are 800xxx and the rock island are 300xxx
I was under the impression that the rock islands were safe to fire after 200xxx. either way I still fire my pre 800xxx springfield, just not very often. I'm of the group of people that thinks that all of the unsafe to fire recievers were destroyed long before they started ending up in pawn shops and that many of the failures coincided with casing failures so will the quality of ammo being a little better than WWI standards I think that many of the low serial springfields are still safe to fire.

July 26, 2012, 05:24 PM
i know guys tht say there fine with ball ammo but would use commercial rounds

July 26, 2012, 05:34 PM
The Rock Island safe receiver numbers ar believed to start at 285000.

July 26, 2012, 05:56 PM
In terms of quality....I think there are four that would rank as the finest bolt actions of all time.

- Winchester Model 52 (finest rimfire bolt ever made)
- Colt Sauer (Smooth as ball bearings)
- Mauser (classic design)
- Pre-64 Winchester model 70 (legendary design that others try to imitate)

July 26, 2012, 07:29 PM
I am thinking about adding a .338 Federal to the arsenal

July 27, 2012, 08:31 AM
yea i would say 285xxx is a good one to shoot

August 10, 2012, 10:23 PM
I have what I need to do most any job.

Ruger 77/22
Ruger Hawkeye Compact .223
Ruger 77 RSI International .308
All rifles are scoped with Leupold scopes and all shoot very well.

I am thinking about adding a Ruger Gunsite Scout. Can't imagine needing anything additional in a bolt gun. I have no need for larger calibers since elk is the biggest thing I hunt and the .308 has taken several over the last 40+ years. Obviously I am very partial to Rugers. Never had a bad one and they have never let me down.

August 10, 2012, 10:38 PM
What are your "bolt arsenal" must haves?

Got to be a Win Model 70 target rifle in 308.

Might just have it too, I'm the high bidder on an auction for one with perfect bore.

I can use it in Across the Course HP, or Palma Matches. Even 300 Meter ISU Positon Shooting, if I so choose.

August 10, 2012, 11:29 PM
22Mag ruger,17hmr marlin
T-3 22-250
Ruger 25-06,Rem 7600-270
Rem 700-3ooMag
Win 7MM STW :D

big al hunter
August 11, 2012, 01:25 AM
In the bolt arsenal
Savage markII 22lr good practice/small game
win 70 in 243 win. Heavy barrel targets/range
rem 700 in 243 win. Light barrel medium game/deer, black bear
ruger 77 in 338 win mag. Elk, griz, moose, and fun long range target
I do have the requisite 30-06 but it is not a bolt action (but I will have one eventually)
And I hope to have a bolt 223 someday soon, but that will have to wait til the budget doesn't include diapers

August 11, 2012, 06:53 AM
Must haves for actual use, not from my past collection?
Browning, A-bolt, 308, 260, 223.
Marlin 35 Remington, 44 magnum, 357magnum.
Maybe one controlled action 30-06.

August 11, 2012, 08:15 AM
Not one mention of Sako yet? Sako is a must have, pick your caliber.

August 11, 2012, 08:35 AM
My centerfire range rifle is a .223 Rem, Tikka 595 that is almost boringly accurate, but lots of fun to play with. Recoil is light, components cheap, and the barrel doesn't heat up as much as heavier calibers. It will also kill many varmints out to 250 yards or more.

My hunting rifle is a .270 Win, Rem 700 Stainless with two stocks, one for "purty" (Stocky's Ultra-Walnut) and the other for hunting (Sendero HS Precision takeoff). They both shoot to the same POI and accuracy level.

The "go-to" rifle for eastern coyotes and other stuff out to 450 yards is a 1980's wood-stocked, customized Rem 700 ADL. It shoots as well as the first two and fits the niche between the calibers.

As far as rimfire goes, nobody can have too many, but you can have too few. Mine are specialized for different activities, with some overlap. I've got several bolts, one lever, and one semi-auto. All are darned accurate and fun to shoot. I probably burn ten thousand rounds through my rimfires yearly.

August 11, 2012, 05:27 PM
Marlin 891TS. If I had to this would be the one rifle I owned. It is inexpensive enough I hardly worry about it, in my hands or another's. More accurate than any of my centerfires; so, fine for practice.

MN 91/30, b/c you shouldn't pass up a rifle suitable for expressing your Second Amendment rights at that price.

Swiss K31, b/c you can't find any other centerfire target rifle at close to that price and you can't find target quality ammo at the price of GP11.

IFF you have a little left over, an SKS, AR, mini, AK, PTR91, Tavor, or any of their variants or anything similar. Pick according to your personal taste.

August 11, 2012, 09:00 PM
CZ 550 Urban Counter Sniper Rifle in 308.
CZ 527 American in .223.
Enfield No4Mk1*, again. Miss that old warhorse.

August 11, 2012, 11:33 PM
I'm not to hung up on particular rifles but I will always own bolt action rifles in the following cartridges.

.223 Rem
6x47 Rem (wildcat)
.270 Win
.30-06 Springfield
.338-06 A-Square

August 12, 2012, 01:24 AM
Savage 10 tactical 223
Remington 721 (Guise Custom) 25/06
Savage 110J 7-08m
Savage 110 300 Win-mag/...building
Savage 116 stainless 338 Win mag

Remington 700 long action, 26" bull barrel 308, M24 Clone
V24, 98 Mauser Custom in 308
GW1898 Mauser 7X57 building....

Never thin the herd, get a bigger pasture:D

August 12, 2012, 11:21 PM
1) .22 LR - I have my grandfather's Remington Targetmaster, only a single shot, but that's usually enough. :D

2) High quality workhorse/hunter such as a Weatherby Vanguard .308

3) Depending on your interests, one "flagship" gun, a real beauty that is specialized and/or rare or exceptional. This can be either varmit such as heavy barreled .257 or big game caliber such as .270 Wby Mag (shot in a Weatherby MkV of course!) or perhaps .300 Mag if you go after the big ones. Really no point to go beyond that for most in North America... :o

4) Vintage WWII era iron sight bolt gun complete with heavy wood stock (those of you who are relatively young that complain about a couple pounds of weight......go the gym...), my choice is either a K98, M48 or 24/47 8mm Mauser.

5) Vintage Bonus Round: Swiss K31 straight bolt, because it rocks. :D And life is short. Another option would be a vintage sniper of some kind, which will only increase in value. So great fun, plus it's an investment and future family heirloom.

Ignition Override
August 13, 2012, 12:21 AM
As a relative beginner, my Enfield #4/Mk. 1s, #5s, and now the Romanian M-69 .22 Trainer. A .22 rifle is a must have.

Was the Rom. a military or mostly a civilian trainer?

August 13, 2012, 07:01 PM
I have two bolt action 22-250 and one bolt action .308.

I would really like a Winchester Model 52 and some sort of bolt .223.

August 14, 2012, 02:34 AM
the 1903 isnt incorrect to shoot it just sometime u have to watch firing hot loads. i think serial..not positive num 0..... 300xxx they took the reciever under ultra violet light heated them up ( extreme tempeture ,hotter than u can load a round) and hit the reciever with a ball pin hammer.. under the ultra violet light on some of them,,, not all.....u could see a so fine less than hair thin crack
:D LOL oh my goodness

I have never read anything so funny nor so ignorant of any manufacturing process. That Sir is a great fairy tale. I am glad I was not sitting up drinking anything when I read it.

August 14, 2012, 07:25 AM
Must haves? A 22, varmint rifle, big game rifle

For me, those are...

CZ452, 22lr
Savage model 12, 22-250
Savage 110, 30-06

Just because...

Spanish Mauser 7mm


CZ 527, 222 Fireball
Not sure yet, 260 Remington
Custom 338 Lapua
CZ550, 458 Lott

Then of course, are the levers and autos.

Colonel Custer
August 18, 2012, 08:23 PM
1938 Mosin Nagant 91/30 7.62x54
1939 MN 91/30 7.62x54
1944 MN 44 7.62x54
1891 Modelo Argentine Mauser -7.65x53
1924/47 Yugoslavian Mauser -8mm

I enjoy my Bolt action Surplus rifles!!!!

August 19, 2012, 08:31 AM
OP: I believe there is a lot between a .22LR and a .308.

If not in diameter, maybe function? I think one supersonic varmint hunter would be a necessity, like a .22-250 or even a .223.

August 19, 2012, 01:33 PM
All of the rifles I shoot are bolt, not a single semi-auto.
Rem 5R .308
Rem 5R .300 Win Mag
Rem 5R .223
And a few more, those are the ones that get shot

August 19, 2012, 02:28 PM
Browning x bolt! I have one in 300 win mag and it will run 1/2 inch 5 shot groups at 150 yards in stock form. With carefully and meticulously reloaded rounds of course. Triggers are also fantastic from the factory.
Attached is a 5 shot group at 150 yds next to a dime from a bench rest.

Sent from my SCH-I500 using Tapatalk 2

August 19, 2012, 03:32 PM
Current bolt actions :
Savage MarkII TR .22
Savage 93 .17 HMR
Remington 700 BDL .222 Remington
Savage 10 FP Choate .223
Remington SPS Varmint .308
Next rifle is going to be a Savage 10 Predator Hunter in .260 Remington.

August 19, 2012, 09:40 PM
rem 788 in 222

win 70 in 243
marlin 25 22lr
win 70 458
weatherby vanguard 308

anything I want to do with a bolt gun... done

August 20, 2012, 09:45 AM
Being that I'm a civilian I don't have an arsenal, neither do you. But as for must haves the answer could vary between 0 to 3 depending on location and hobbies. Personally I find bolt action rimfires boring as heck and don't/won't own one. Now if I was in Pennsylvania where you can't use semi's to hunt it would be a different matter. As for centerfires it's completely dependent on what and where you hunt. If you don't hunt the answer is zero. Only hunt big game the answer is one. Big game, varmints and predators might require 2 centerfires. Like I said, 0 to 3 if you're in Pennsylvania, 0-2 just about every where else.

Me? I live in Iowa and hunt small game (use 10/22's), predators and deer (some out of state) so my bolt action collection consist of one .243. It's all I need, all I want.

Centerfire rifles in general come in a distant 3rd (way, way, way back) behind rimfire rifle and shotgun on the must have list.

August 20, 2012, 10:10 AM
Let's see here....

.22 LR - Marlin Model 25 for those critters inside 100 yards
.223 Rem - Rem 700 ADL Varmint - for critters up to 400 yards
.270 Win - Browning X-bolt - for bigger game
.308 Win - Browning X-bolt (wife's rifle) and Tikka T3 Lite (my all around)
30-06 - wish I still had my Weatherby Vanguard Sporter

Big Shrek
August 20, 2012, 12:16 PM
Bolt must-haves??

Marlin 880SQ or 2000L in .22LR (Heavy Target barrels)

Marlin XT22-MVSR in .22WMR (Heavy Target Barrel)

Marlin X7VH (Varmint heavy barrel) in .308 to complement the X-7 in .30-06 with pencil barrel.
That one will receive a Boyd's Stock for sure ;)

I've done my time with thin & medium barrels, its time to rock on with the HB's!!

Besides, I'm a gorilla...an extra pound of weight makes absolutely zero difference to me,
and if it ever does, time to double up at the gym ;)

August 21, 2012, 11:26 AM
I loved my Enfield's but sold them (2). Crap, but what the hell I got a couple of Mosin Nagant 91/30's to hold me over and the ammo is cheaper.

I love my two 1903A3's they shoot any .30-06 and are accurate as heck, especially my 2 groove Smith-Corona (Remington barrel). This gun may have been a drill rifle as there is very small weld marks by the magazine cut-off, yet it shoots just fine. The previous owner even bedded the stock. We're talking a little over 1" groups at 100 yards.

I would like a nice .22 lr as I don't own one. The CZ's I looked over appear great.

August 21, 2012, 11:47 AM
So far my only bolt gun is my Savage Mod 10 in .308. Another Savage is on my short list in 17HMR with the Accutrigger.

August 21, 2012, 06:07 PM
Tikka T 3 Sporter 22 250 (made)
T 3 Sporter 308 (Sold TRG 308)
T 3 Varmint 243 win

Cooey 22

Tikka 300 win mag coming soon :eek: