View Full Version : I want to add a 30-06, $600 budget...

August 11, 2012, 07:52 AM
I'm looking to purchase a 30-06 for the purposes of: adding to my collection, range shooting, potentially deer hunting. While at my gun dealer, I gravitated right over to the used firearms section feeling this was where I should be looking. They have a used Remington 700 ADL for $429 at it looked/felt good to me, but before I buy this, I thought I should also be looking at new rifles, and get the experts opinions. ;)

My preferences are for bolt, synthetic stock, not a "package" with scope (I want the Nikon Prostaff BDC 4-12), accurate, decent value.

So, if your budget was $600 including tax for the rifle only, what would be your first choice?

August 11, 2012, 08:01 AM
That Remington 700 might be just what you're looking for. I've got one, in .308, that left the factory in 1983. I picked it up two years ago and it's a dandly little rifle, accurate, dependable, just a solid little package. Also, it's got lots of aftermarket support. It's hard to go wrong with a Remington 700.

Also, look at the Stevens 200 (http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/stevens200). It's made on the same action as the Savage 10/110 series, and like the Remington 700 ADL, it is the entry-level Savage rifle. No frills, cheap stock, but it's got that good, solid dependable action. Lots of aftermarket support, the Stevens 200 is a sleeper. As time goes on, you can upgrade as needed, maybe a better trigger, better stock, you can make the basic action anything you want it to be. On the other hand, you might find that the base model has everything you want in a rifle.

August 11, 2012, 08:54 AM
Pawn shops are the first place I look when shopping for guns. Why pay more?

August 11, 2012, 08:57 AM
Take a look at the newly-released Ruger American.


The street price should be around $400, new.


Here's a review: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/05/foghorn/gun-review-ruger-american-rifle/


August 11, 2012, 09:09 AM
The Mossberg 4x4 is a great value. As well as a great shooter. Even the 100 ATR. you can pick one up for under $300+tax and have enough left over to get an awesome scope....

August 11, 2012, 09:22 AM
Most WalMart stores around here carry the ADL package with scope for $420, so that rifle isn't a deal unless price is negotiable. I wouldn't be happy unless I got it for around 75% of the cost of a new one. Like mentioned there are a ton of new rifles that will get you under $600 with optics.

IMO a 4-12 power scope is more magnification than you'll need for a .30-06. The main reason I say this is because if I buy a scope over 10 power I want parallax adjustment, and you won't get that in the Pro Staff 4-12 power scope. You'll only get it if you step up to the Buckmaster scope in a 4.5-14 scope. With a good quality 3-9 scope you shouldn't have any problems hitting a target at the range the size of a deer kill zone to 600 yards once you develop the ability. Plus it would be harder to keep you on budget if you step up to a Buckmaster scope.

August 11, 2012, 12:26 PM
I was browsing rifles the other day, and played with the Vanguard Series 2... I REEEEEEALLY like a good trigger, and the VS2 has one. I am thoroughly impressed, and with it being pretty unanimously claimed and guaranteed to be a very good shooter, I think I have been sold on my next purchase. The only thing it doesn't have that I like is CRF, mauser style. That, however, is doable in my book.

I would check it out if you're looking for a new rifle, definitely worth a look!

August 11, 2012, 12:31 PM
T/C Venture. Has 5R rifling and a great price.


Check out their Dimension also, caliber changeability in a Bolt action.

August 11, 2012, 12:54 PM
The TC is the best buy in that price range. It is a bit more expensive than the others, but is several notches up in quality and accuracy. They run $450-$500, but are well worth the difference.

There is nothing close that meets your criteria in that price range. The others are not bad guns, and if you had a max budget of $350 or so I'd make different recommendations. But if you have a $600 budget, buy the TC

August 11, 2012, 02:33 PM
I got my Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow for only slightly more $$$ than your budget...it was $680 out the door...alot more quality for only a little more money.

EDIT: I just noticed your location under your name, LOL...I'm at the Pilot just down the road (Franksville)


August 11, 2012, 04:50 PM
CZ 550..at least you'll get what you pay for..good rifles.

August 12, 2012, 01:12 AM
Used Savage 110s in 30.06 are plentiful. The money you save by buying used can be put toward Optics or glass bedding and a trigger job.

Savage Pre-ACCU triggers are simple to adjust. Glass-bedding the action and free-floating the barrel are almost always a good things. ( I do the stock and trigger work myself)


August 12, 2012, 09:25 AM
I would look into the new ruger American rifle.

August 12, 2012, 01:58 PM
I had this .30-06 (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=497132)for sale but had to put it back in the safe and leave town to avoid a furlough. Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet as it is my 5th .30-06 in the safe. If you look around I'm sure you'll find the right deal for you.

August 12, 2012, 02:06 PM
I highly suggest a Weatherby Vanguard. Best shooting $400 rifle I have ever seen. I own one and have hunted with a couple others who used them. All shot under 1" groups with cheap factory ammo. All were 30-06.

August 12, 2012, 08:06 PM
OP here - thanks to everyone that replied. Your help & insight is appreciated. You've given me a a lot to consider before I make my purchase. Hopefully it will be this week...

I'll let 'y'all know what I bought!

August 13, 2012, 12:16 AM
I just finished scoping a Savage 116 Weather Warrior, Accustock, Accutrigger, and a Redfield 3x9 on a Picatinny.
With Federal 150 gr 'blue box' (VitalShok?) from Wally-world. I shot a 0.400" group at 100yds. This is out of the box accuracy, which is why I got the Savage initially.
Now for the punchline.... I got my first of 2 cataract surgeries a week later! Definitely shooting with the 'Force'.
Got the second eye done last Wednesday. Going to the range Tuesday to tighten the group a bit.
I agree with the Stevens 200 recommendation. Find a used one for a hunsky, drop a Timney trigger in it, and go from there. Even if you need a barrel and stock work, you could have a great tack driver on the cheap. The action is the same as in the Savage, I believe.

August 13, 2012, 08:00 AM
Ruger American for the money.

Tikka T3 for the accuracy and quality.

Remington could be good but I'd buy new.

Excellent choice of scope btw. I have new Nikon Prostaff 3-9 X 40's with the BDC reticle on both my rifles.

August 13, 2012, 09:28 AM
Another vote for the Weatherby Vanguard S2. May even be able to get one in stainless steel for $600 if you look around.

August 14, 2012, 12:17 AM
Weatherby Vanguard series 1 or 2, both excellent rifles and beautiful, to boot.

August 14, 2012, 06:26 AM
Savage 110
Excellant gun and used they are around $300. Recently heard of one being sold at $150 and that was with a scope.

Jack O'Conner
August 14, 2012, 07:14 AM
This local shop has several Remington slide action rifles in 30-06 for sale. They're excellent for the deer and bear woods. The photo shows mine in .308 with 2X-7X scope.

Mussers Outdoors 717 738 4800



August 14, 2012, 10:42 AM
Savage 110
Remington 700

August 15, 2012, 10:19 AM
There is a package that might appeal to you.
Savage makes a "trophy hunter XP" that comes with the new nikon BDC scope, synthetic stock, and is bolt action. has the accutrigger too. I got mine for $475. While I'm not exactly a firearms expert - I thought it was a heck of a deal.

I can't report on how it shoots though, as it's still in the box.

August 16, 2012, 09:55 AM
Not exactly a package but it could be right up your alley. The fellow is interested in moving the gun.


August 16, 2012, 07:00 PM

August 17, 2012, 04:20 PM
Savage or the ruger American rifle

August 18, 2012, 02:03 PM
OP here -

After looking and handling a number of 30-06's at the dealer, and taking into account the suggestions here, I ended up purchasing a Weatherby Vanguard. I also bought a bipod and the Nikon 4-12 x 40 scope. Once again I was put on "delay", so I didn't get to bring it home yet. (I'm following up with the FBI to find out why the "delays" for my last several firearms purchases. Must be some goon out there that shares my name...)

Will post up some photos when I bring it home. It's a beautiful set up, and I'm impressed with the feel of the Weatherby. Can't wait to take it to the range and sight it in. :)

August 20, 2012, 04:32 PM
Delays on the background checks, huh?
You must be a Republican... (J/K...no politics here...)

I think you'll be very happy with that choice. Don't own one, but I've heard nothing but positive feedback on them.

It is the exact same action used on the Howa 1500, and while aftermarket "goodies" aren't as prevalent as for the Rem 700 and Savage, it's gotten a lot better should you decide to upgrade to a better stock or trigger.

Please let us know how she shoots...

August 20, 2012, 04:43 PM
my new browning is amazing go look for a A bolt, promise you won't ever be disappointed crafted with perfection in japan

August 20, 2012, 06:22 PM
Looking at these what should I buy threads lately, really reinforces the idea that it's hard to buy a bad bolt action rifle these days outside of a couple "ultra-budget" choices. Since I have been looking recently I have liked the Vanguard, the T/C Icon, Tikka T3 hunter or lite, most of the Savages, The Ruger Hawkeye and American, the Model 70 is the best it's been in a long time, and Remington might be slandered here and there but seems to me they're still a solid choice.

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August 20, 2012, 07:19 PM
Store just called - delay was cleared. I plan to pick it up tomorrow. :D

Went to the cop shop today and was fingerprinted by a very polite officer. Sending in my prints along with a form to the FBI to look into these delays, and learn the root cause, and ultimately be issued a UPIN. I'm told then there will be no more delays.

August 20, 2012, 07:26 PM
Savage 110
Excellant gun and used they are around $300. Recently heard of one being sold at $150 and that was with a scope.