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Old December 6, 2023, 11:40 PM   #26
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They're not my favorites, yet, but two economy centerfire rifles, I plan to add after the first of the year are: a CZ 600 Alpha, and a CVA Cascade. No one has mentioned them and I think they're close to the 600$ limit. The reviews give them high marks on performance and build quality.
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Old December 7, 2023, 07:23 AM   #27
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Remington … Nylon 6 .
The ( CBC) Brazilian clone called a GR 8 … might be shoddy on some models .
The knockoffs were made from the old machines & Tooling that REM. had sold to the Brazilians.
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Old December 7, 2023, 09:45 AM   #28
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I would say it worked as a hunting rifle should . 12 shots fired and 12 game animals down . The last girl is still using the first box of hunting ammo .
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Old December 7, 2023, 02:55 PM   #29
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My experience with the Mossberg Patriot was a poor one. Granted, I've only had the one, but that was enough to keep me from picking up another one. I purchased mine about 5 years ago. It was in 243 Win. I couldn't get it to group well at all (probably only 4-6 MOA at best) with two or three different scopes and at least 3 or 4 brands of factory hunting ammo. It's still sitting in my safe. I can't bring myself, in good conscience, to sell it without a disclaimer that it appears to be a lemon. I took it out again before hunting season this year and results were the same as the previous times I shot it.
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Old December 7, 2023, 03:25 PM   #30
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It's not that the Patriot can't shoot well--as long as the barrel is fairly good--which it is--and you can get the trigger releasing the pin you stand a good chance of getting a bullet near/on target. But if you take one apart, see how the action is held to the stock with the plastic mag provided key contact point--and have the misfortune of the trigger seizing up and you need to take a closer look at how they are made--they are truly preposterous in execution IMO.
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Old December 15, 2023, 11:00 AM   #31
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My personal favorite was a NIB Tikka Lite 223 for under $500 from the local (at the time) gun shop. About seven years ago so don't know if this is anywhere near what they are going for now.
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Old December 17, 2023, 11:38 AM   #32
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75% of what I own are cheap.

Currently I am tinkering with an AR-15 and an AR-10. AR-15 in A2 configuration cost $400 to put together, optics extra. It shoots 1-1.5moa. AR-10 is in .243 win., costing about $500 to put together, optics extra. It was consistently sub moa. Gradually it degraded to 2moa. Turned out barrel extension came loose. Just gotten a new barrel from the upper manufacturer. Will see how it goes.

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Old December 17, 2023, 05:35 PM   #33
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My favorite cheap needs to be gotten back to. Ronnie's old Mossberg bolt action 30-30. A very cheap rifle when new, war surplus .30 cal. machine gun barrels were used to make them. It needs to be prettied up.
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Old December 17, 2023, 07:18 PM   #34
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CVA Scout. Only have on so far but I like it.
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Old December 18, 2023, 07:44 AM   #35
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I have 2--they are addictive--but not so much since the big price jump.
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Old December 20, 2023, 08:55 AM   #36
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Stevens 334? Cva Cascade?.. Ive owned neither.
Ive seen plenty of YouTube videos on the Cascade to know they are decent.. Ruger American is decent..
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Old December 20, 2023, 01:29 PM   #37
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I've been watching this thread and thinking about...cheap. How about real cheap: Remington 783. Yes, I bought one in .223, with a wretched scope, for I think $260. Why, in the name of all that's holy, you ask. Well, I got tired of chasing brass from my one and only AR, so why not. It's heavy. It's a one size fits all action, so there's a big space in the mag well. But, it shoots inside an inch with Sierra 55 HPBT and 65 SGK. I put a vintage Weaver K8 (also heavy, also cheap) on it. Even heavier. But hey, it's all fun.
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Old December 22, 2023, 08:20 AM   #38
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Remington 783. Yes, I bought one in .223, with a wretched scope, for I think $260
I bought my first Stevens 200 in .223 for $195 out the door. However, those days are long gone. I looked at a few 783 rifles back in the day and almost bought one on .308. I found a used 700 for $500 vs. almost $400 for the 783.
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Old December 23, 2023, 11:30 AM   #39
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The only inexpensive rifle that interests me at all is the Howa mini action. I have one and it's nice, now that I've replaced the stock with a nice chassis system.

The other cheap rifles I've handled all feel... cheap.
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Old December 24, 2023, 08:39 AM   #40
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Between a Marlin model 60 or their kid version Lil Buckaroo, I have not fired a >22lr that was more accurate until you get into either the Anschutz stuff or a totally customized 10/22 (where the only original piece is the aluminum receiver shell). The 60 cost me $89 and the Buckaroo $69 - my kids learned to shoot with that Buckaroo
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Old December 24, 2023, 09:38 AM   #41
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It's not that the Patriot can't shoot well--as long as the barrel is fairly good--which it is--and you can get the trigger releasing the pin you stand a good chance of getting a bullet near/on target. But if you take one apart, see how the action is held to the stock with the plastic mag provided key contact point--and have the misfortune of the trigger seizing up and you need to take a closer look at how they are made--they are truly preposterous in execution IMO.
Triggered!

Yeah, me too. The problem with you & me is that we take things apart, which can render the simplest of implements into the Wiley Coyote Death Star.

Mark- one must never, ever tighten the action screws on a Patriot above 35 inch pounds.
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Old December 24, 2023, 11:03 PM   #42
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Military Surplus rifles

Once upon a time military surplus rifles were cheap and the most accurate of these were my favorite. The cheaper the better so the cheapest was a M69 Romania .22lr. When they first came out, Shotgun News was advertising them for $65 each.
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Old December 25, 2023, 03:11 AM   #43
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I don't really have much rifles, IDK what is considered cheap, so I'd have to say the Mossberg .22 that I got on this very day 20 years ago.

Miss those days.
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Old December 25, 2023, 07:01 AM   #44
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Savage Axis 223 & 6.5 Creedmoor for me.
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Old December 25, 2023, 09:18 AM   #45
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I like the concept of these for an all weather utility rifle. I rattle can all exposed steel to seal out moisture and treat the fire control mechanism with this-
https://www.wd40.com/products/corrosion-inhibitor/

I'm in the market for a 20" 308 but I insist it have irons. This limits my choices a bit.
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Old December 26, 2023, 03:39 PM   #46
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Mine is a used Savage 12 FLVSS in 223 that I bought 20+ years ago. A friend owned a local gun shop, and anytime he got a LH rifle in, he'd call me and ask if I wanted it.
The gun looked new, hardly fired. I paid $350 for it. I didn't care for the plastic stock, so I ordered a LH thumbhole stock from Stocky's for it. When I took the action out of the factory stock, it had a SSS competition trigger on it - Nice freebee!
Other than the stock, trigger, and me threading the barrel for a suppressor, the rifle is factory. It loves my 77gr BTHP hand loads, and will consistently shoot them in the .3"-.4" range.
It shoots so good that it is pretty boring!

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Old December 26, 2023, 04:00 PM   #47
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Once upon a time military surplus rifles were cheap and the most accurate of these were my favorite. The cheaper the better so the cheapest was a M69 Romania .22lr. When they first came out, Shotgun News was advertising them for $65 each.
Thanks for the reminder - I forgot about my 6.5xss 1907-made Swede someone had "sporterized" - 18" barrel, Williams peep sight and a 200 round battle pack of Norma ammo for $55 at a ND gun show; had a smith redo the bolt for a scope and drill and tap the receiver - 3031 or 4064 and Sierra 120s or 140s put three shots into less than 1.5" @ 100 yards - not too bad for that old girl
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Old December 27, 2023, 05:44 AM   #48
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Old December 27, 2023, 12:13 PM   #49
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I have a savage axis in 243 win. that functions perfectly. I have taken several coyotes and crows out to 350 yards with it. The trigger isn't very good but for the price I can't complain. I also have a t/c compass in 300 win. mag. That shoots great unfortunately it's very picky as to what brand of shells it will fully extract but I haven't heard of anyone else having this problem. If I had to pick I would go with the axis as I have had several and not had any problems.
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Old December 27, 2023, 12:38 PM   #50
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P flados I would stay away from the bear creek uppers. I purchased one in 6.5 grendel a couple years ago and it wouldn't work. It would short stroke every time and it didn't matter the brand of ammo. I contacted them many times without any response. Now I have heard of them working great but I would never buy anything from BC again.
I am not sure what upper you were looking at but for that price I assumed it was a good chance it could be from BC.
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