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Question by Logan123. Uploaded on August 17, 2009
What are you planning to hunt with this rifle, it can help narrow down the possible choices.
How bout the 336C? its under 500 bucks on this site: http://www.outdoorlife.com/node/4324
I mean Marlin 336C.
I got one for $359 @ Dick's Sptg goods with a scope on 30/30 last month.
marlin xl7 good gun or mossberg atr or 4x4
$500 for just the rifle or $500 for rifle ready to go with scope? What kind of rifle?
Savage bolt guns go for around $500, T/C Venture $500, Marlin lever guns for around $500 more or less.
Marlin bolt guns for around $300 + Nikon Buckmasters, Leupold VX-I, or the new Weavers featured on this website all around $200 = $500.
Shane pretty much covered it all. I would take a good look at that new Weaver scope. The Sep issue of F&S picked it as an editors choice best of the best for high quality and low price ($177.00). Also take a look at the new TC Venture bolt gun it is about 500 bucks and Petzal says it is a heck of a nice gun for the money.
My brother-in-law has one of those Savage combo deals in 30-06. He loves it.
I have a Tikka T3 270. The price is a bit lower if you don't mind a synthetic stock and a blued barrel. Very nice rifle. I put a fixed power 4x 33 Leupold on it. Very nice set up. I would not trade it for anything.
I like the rifle David Petzal writes about in the aug issue, custom rifle for hard times. A custom mark VII starting at 650 is a very interesting gun. Had I not just bought a rifle this would be first on my list. A 3000 to 5000 dollar rifle for under 1200, where do I sign?
Savage. You can get one used and put good glass on it for less than $500.
Hit the used rack down at your local Lock-n-Load, (mom and pop gun shop) odds are there is something there you would like for less than what you are expecting to pay. Move fast, hunting season is coming soon and lots of people will be picking up a deer rifle in the next few weeks.
Watch the paper classifieds for guns (some still list them) be the first to call and the first to show up with cash.
There are lots of obsolete but perfectly adequate 308, 270, 30-06 and other guns waiting for good homes. These gun's previous owners have abandoned them for more speed from short-magnum cartridges or AR-15 type rifles that may be un-available soon. There's a glut of ordinary used hunting rifles on the market right now.
At the gun store, look for something with dust on it, the owner is more likely to deal if he's been looking at it for a long time. Look for a rifle that's ugly but otherwise sound (avoid signs of obvious abuse) ask to look down the barrel, you may need help removing the bolt. Often times gun shop owners have a shoebox full of old scopes that are fully functional that they will sell for $10-20.
You may find an ugly but functional rifle with scope, mounts and sling for under $300.
It's hard to wear out a gun, especially a hunting rifle. Most people won't take the time or spend the money to buy enough ammo to wear one out. Guys who would, don't sell guns anyway, their relatives do after they die though, so don't pass up estate sales or farm and ranch auctions either.
If you've got to have something new, hit the Cabela's and Bass Pro websites, (other major sporting goods retailers too.) Check out the sale flyer for the coming weekend (Labor Day is coming)and see what they have to offer at the location nearest you. They may have package guns for around $400 to $500 but usually that's a limited number of items.
Get there before they open the day the sale starts. Don't drink too much coffee and lose your place in line. Have cash or enough room on your credit card to make the purchase.
Figure out what is the shortest distance to the gun counter from where they let you in (if there is more than one entrance wait at the closest one). Get to the counter as fast as you can (don't push anyone), pick a number and wait to be helped. Know what you want and ask for it. If they don't have it ask for a rain-check. If a clerk shoots you down, ask for a manager before you leave empty handed.
Just my two-cents worth.
Agreed with streack and + 1 for you sir!!!
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