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Old February 22, 2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Best bang for the buck!

This question was posted on another forum and since I like gun stuff I thought I’d bring it over here. So what was your best “bang for the buck” rifle that you bought?

I’m going to rank my top buys!

#5 Pre 64 FWT custom rifle that I found in a pawn shop chambered in .280 Rem with a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5-8X36 scope all bedded in a Brown Precision stock. I didn’t own this one but for a few days, as I passed the deal on to my Buddy by selling it to him for his youngest boy’s (in picture) first elk rifle. $625 out the door and sold it to my buddy for $325 minus the scope.

#4 Savage Anschutz .22 LR with Leupold Vari-X III 4.5-14X40 AO scope, price $560 out the door. Another pawn shop find, it pays to keep in good standing with the local pawn brokers. Awesome little shooter even with bulk pack ammunition.

#3 Universal M1 Carbine purchased FTF but found right here on TFL for $200. I have about $340 invested in it so far with the drive to Pueblo to pick it up and a few magazines I bought for it, plus I had to fix the rear sight and have the barrel recrowned. Took it out the other day and it functions flawlessly easily ringing a 8" gong at 100 yards off hand. Minor repairs don’t bother me and the price was right to get a rifle on the ban list.

#2 Back to the pawn shop again a sporterized 1896 Springfield Krag. Just something real cool about these old rifles, and the $300 I got it for wasn’t a bad price either. Smoothest functioning rifle I own, and pretty accurate as well.

#1 1917 Enfield made by Winchester converted to .300 H&H. I paid $99 plus tax to get this rifle from a LGS at $99 I didn’t even bother to haggle. The scope wasn't on it when I bought it, just didn't take a pic before I had it mounted.

After I spent about $800 more it finished out looking like this. I never shot it until I finished the sporter job on it but it holds MOA on most days if I do my part and it is a cool old cartridge to play with.

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Old February 22, 2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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I've not only seen the other post like this here @ TFL I posted in it . So I'll do it again .

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Old February 23, 2013, 11:10 AM   #3
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Nice EBR!
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Old February 23, 2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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If we're talking best bang for buck, I'd have to say my Ruger American...hands down.
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Old February 24, 2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Old February 24, 2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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Long story. About 10 years ago I bought a Commander length Colt 1911 off a guy who needed money for $250. Three years ago I ran across a used Winchester 70 EW in 308 for $700 OTD in a gunshop about an hour from home. I gave the guy $100 to hold it for a week.

I had several better 1911's so I took my $250 gun to a LGS to be put on consignment. I didn't get home before the gusnhop called me to come pick up my $600 which I used to pay off the Winchester. So far I have $350 in a $1,000 gun.

I had $200 in Cabelas bucks which I combined with a $75 off coupon to pay $125 for a $400 Leupold scope.

I hunted with it in the factory stock for 1 year until I ran across a used McMillan Edge stock in the classifieds of another gun forum for $400. I bought the stock, then sold the factory stock for $200. A McMillan Edge is just under $600 new.

I have $350 in the rifle, $165 in the scope and mounts and $200 in the stock. Just over $700 out of pocket for the package. It weighs just over 7 1/4 lbs as it sets and shoots great.

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Old February 24, 2013, 09:12 PM   #7
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Best bang for the buck

Thompson Encore! Muzzle loader, centerfire rifle, or shotgun (slug or bird barrel) it does it all. I have a SS 280 Rem and a SS 50 cal muzzle loader barrel so far. Once you have the stock and action, it's about $300.00 per barrel and the scope would be a wash. I am looking at a 12 or 20 guage rifled slug barrel and/or a 44 Rem mag to round out my collection
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Old February 25, 2013, 12:41 AM   #8
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Back in the early 80"s, the local Sunset Sports (now Big 5) had a "Moonlight Madness Sale". All green tag clearance items 50% off lowest price. They had a brand new Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine with a nice walnut stock chambered for 30-06 Springfield marked with a green tag for $289.95. I asked them if it qualified for the 50% Moonlight Madness sale and they said yes. Oh, and there was also a $40 mail in rebate available. So although the 30-06 was not my first choice of cartridge, I couldn't pass up a brand new Model 70 Winchester Lightweight carbine for $115 after rebate. Still the best bang for the buck deal I have ever come across.
Added a Leupold vari-Xii 2-7 scope in Weaver rings and bases for about $140, IIRC. Made a very nice, light hunting rig.
I did take my first ever buck with the rifle, but still never warmed to the 30-06, and sold it a few years down the road for $400, I believe.
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