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Question by Big-Buk. Uploaded on September 20, 2010
If I were buying a new rifle in .308 Win, I would look at a Remington Model 700, Weatherby Vanguard, Savage 11 series, Tikka T-3, Sako A-7, etc. I would stay away from the bargain combo guns like the Remington 710 and 770 and Savage Edge. I would buy the one of those that fit me best and that I liked the look and feel of it. All my rifles "fit me" and I like the way they look and handle. To me, that is important to the way I can have confidence in shooting it.
For that rifle and elk country, I would buy the best 3-9x or 2-7x I could afford from Nikon, Bushnell Elite (only), Redfield, Leupold, or Burris. It should MSRP for more than $300 or you're looking at a marginal scope.
There are others out there as good, but I did not feel up to writing a book.
weatherby vangaurd, savage, or tikka. don't tuch the combo models or packages with a ten foot pole. For scopes, nikon, leaupold or a Bushnell elite. 3-9
Nothing wrong with the new Winchesters, Brownings, or T/C either...
DITTO THAT!! WA Mthunter.
If I were to buy a .308 elk rifle right now it would be this -
The new M70s are the best yet. I love them, even though I have never been huge M70 fan.
That's just me, though. WAM's advice is about all you need. Just depends on your tastes and price range.
My ultimate elk rifle is a Weatherby Mark V chambered in 7mm Weatherby Magnum or .300 Weatherby Magnum (or the 7mm Rem Mag or .300 Win Mag for the more traditional caliber folks) topped with a big bright Leupold or Burris Signature scope between a 3-9x to 3-12x variable. But with all that brand new you are in the $1,800 to $2,000 range in a hurry.
A 3-9x would be pretty versatile for elk hunting. On a .308, a 2-7x will work well too. Get the best scope you can afford. You will leave these on the low power setting for hunting so you can see a big field of view in the trees and still be able to aim well at ranges out to 300 yards. Lots of nice rifles if you can just pick one in your price range. The Rem 700 is a very reliable rifle and an easy one to add after market parts such as mounts, triggers, stocks, barrels, etc. for a lifetime of enjoyment. A short action .308 lets you get a light weight rifle that is easy to carry. Get one you love and you will be happy.
Wow! $1800-$2000?!...i was hoping for a little like $1000 or under for a scope and the rifle....any suggestions for a specific 308. and scope for around this price....Thanks!
I have a savage (pre-accutrigger) and it is very accurate, but if i was going to get a new one it would be a Tikka T3.
You should be able to get anyone of the first rifles I listed and a good Redfield or Nikon 2-7x scope for less than $800 out the door. There are $399 Vanguards and $399 Zeiss Conquest scopes out there aplenty.
Thanks WAM yours and everyone elses help lately has been very much appreciated
Best of luck to you. Don't skimp on the scope $$$. get a good quality scope and you can move it to your next fancy rifle. Tough to put an el cheapo on that Sako 85 or Kimber.
I have a Tikka T3 Lite in .308 and it is a real shooter. I have a Nikon Buckmaster 3X9X50 on it. You can get this setup for around a $1000.00
If it's your first .308, I'm gonna be bias for a change. I gotta give it to the Remington 700. If you can't find what you want in a 700, it doesn't exist. The Winchester Model 70 is a decent platform these days again, but it's a lot more expensive. You can snag a decent 700 in .308 for half the price of a model 70.
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