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Old June 10, 2011, 06:22 PM   #26
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That really limits what you can do with it as far as customization.
I think any customization would take the OP right out of their price range of this thread. But, exactly what customization does the recoil lug preclude?

For information, the recoil lug is a "plastic block" between the action and the stock, which hold it in position.
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Old June 10, 2011, 07:01 PM   #27
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I vote Howa 1500...yep. I love mine.
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Old June 11, 2011, 04:35 PM   #28
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Saiga .308

2.5MOA should be easy. Some are posting 1MOA targets. With all the reciprocating parts, the semiauto Saiga might be a little tougher to shoot accurately than a .308 bolt gun, but obviously some can do it.

Just got mine and haven't shot it yet. They're a little hard to find right now.

If you convert, you can make them as tacticool as you want.
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Old June 11, 2011, 05:16 PM   #29
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The savage axis and remington 770 are the fine rifles I guess, but if his budget is $500 I wouldnt go for the bottom rung rifles.

I have no experiance with the remington, but the savage will be accurate, but the trigger is really bad, stock is really flimsy.

Sure if you just want a gun that goes bang buy one of those 2, but the other models I listed I think are a significant step up.

just my opinion.
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Old June 11, 2011, 05:19 PM   #30
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But, exactly what customization does the recoil lug preclude?
Any of the high-quality aftermarket stocks for one. Also probably out would be any kind of bedding job, although somebody may figure out a way to do that with their stock configuration.
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Old June 12, 2011, 02:00 AM   #31
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Stevens 200! I just bought my second! One in .223 and the newest in .30-06. I have shot the .223 alot and is a very comfortable system to me. The trigger on that one is heavy but crisp. The .30-06 doesn't have a whole box through it yet, so some things haven't smoothed out. The trigger feels a bit sloppier on the '06, but I'm thinking that will smooth out a bit. Plenty accurate for anything I'll ever need them for.
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Old March 22, 2013, 11:37 PM   #32
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under 500

I know this is an old thread but for what its worth - I had the exact same question and this thread and forum helped me decide. I got the Venture in 308 weather shield with a Bushnell scope, extra mag and sling for 468. Just picked it up the other day and will be shooting it this weekend. I'll be posting the shooting results on the thread I posted about venture 308.

What did you end up getting? Thanks all for the input.

My apologies for bumping an old thread.
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Old March 23, 2013, 12:18 AM   #33
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Zombie thread!!!!!!!
ignore my complete lack of capitalization. I still have no problem correcting your grammar.
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Old March 23, 2013, 12:32 AM   #34
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I'm in the market too. Lots of options now.
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Old March 23, 2013, 09:09 AM   #35
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This is a zombie thread, so some of the information is ~2 years old. I recognize that the basic question ("What kind of .308 rifle can I get for <$500?") is still a valid question, but I'm going to ask that folks who still have questions about this start a new thread. Given the recent climate in firearms sales, I suspect lots of the old price information needs to be updated, anyway.

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