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what brand makes the best rifles

Question by phconk. Uploaded on March 22, 2010

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Tough call. I am partial to Weatherby rifles in the production rifle category. Sako who makes fine Sako and Tikka rifles also makes excellent rifles. Montana Rifle, Kimber, and Cooper make extremely nice rifles, but are closer to custom than regular production.

For Savage, Ruger, Winchester, and Remington, it's a Ford - Chevy -Toyota - Dodge style argument to me. It's all about preference to me. I don't go around talking down a man's pickup or his dog, so I don't like to criticize his rifle either! I just find Weatherby rifles to my satisfaction.

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from me wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I personally think savage because thats the only brand i use and all my guns have no rust after close to five years

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

that all depends on preference and what type of rifle. If I want a lever action rifle I would have to go Winchester, Henry, or Marlin. Bolt action will give you different answers.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I use Winchester, Remington, Ruger, Mauser, Kimber, Thompson-Center and Savage. My preference depends on what I'm hunting. If held at gunpoint and made to name a favorite for all big and medium game, I'd have to go with a Remington in .30-'06.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter, once again the voice of wisdom, +1 for you

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter: get Toyota out of that list!!!

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I would say Remington although there are a lot of good companies and good guns out there.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Such a question is only a prelude to controversy. The best two I ever owned were A Weatherby Mark V Stainless Magnum and a Ruger #1. Mebbe the The Mc Millan/Fisher .50 BMG was better, from the standpoint of accuracy and long-range lethality. But I would no longer be able to pack it in to a hunting area and oversee great distances. Besides, every time I fired it, it would blow my hat off and cover me with dirt.McMillan makes excellent custom rifles. There is some argument that Jarrett may be best. I don't know. They're claiming extreme accuracy/ lethality out to 5oo yards. I do not doubt this. There are probably 100 custom shops that can match their work.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

My personal opinion,I think Remington is the best gun made in America, but you can pay two to three times as much for a rifle that might be a little more designer and have the same quality as the Remington..I have to say for medium to big game the best caliber is 30-06, but if you want to varmit hunt and deer hunt I would lean to the 243!!!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I like rifles from all the manufacturers WAM mentioned but must say that my Weatherby Mark V Ultralight has been the most difficult rifle I have ever tried to make accurate. After a year's experimenting with dozens of different loads, bullets, depth settings, etc. I have finally gotten it to a 3/4 inch or so but my previous three custom rifles in the same caliber shot under .2 with almost any load. It is a nice LOOKING rifle and is certainly OK for hunting big fat critters. I think the inconsistent accuracy in all the big manufacturers has opened the door for the litle guys to sell rifles in the $1500-$3500 range that are great accurate rifles. I think we will see improvements in barrel manufacture over the next decade that will make all them much better. I was recently pleasantly surprised by the accuracy of my Bushmaster Varminter in .223 and by a CZ550 Safari rifle in .375. The CZ is solid, smooth, accurate and extremely reliable with a GREAT trigger but it doesn't have a $2000 finish. I really like the CZ and I would be happy to get another of theirs in any cartridge.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Most of my rifle hunting is done w/ a pre-84 Model 70, so I'm definitely no 'authority' on what's out there now, but from what I've heard and read, pretty much every 'brand' is putting out some good guns. If I were buying a new one today, I'd probably go w/ a Savage.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

pre-64, man I'm goin to bed;)

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

pre-64, man I'm goin to bed;)

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I'm going to have to go with Ruger. Always consistent and high quality, and sharp looking. Still quality made too...while some others have gotten a little more chinsy over the years.

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

i like browning rifles personally but it really is personal preference

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Dakota Man

The Weatherby lightweights have some of the same issues as other rifles with soda straw barrels. The barrel harmonics and the effect of bedding/pressure are more noticeable until you find the right load. If it did not shoot to 1.5 MOA, you should have sent it back! Mine shoots cloverleafs with Federal Premium Barnes 165 gr TSX or Remington Express 180 gr Core-Lokt's. Go figure. Champagne and canned beer!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Let's see...brands I own..all real shooters BTW

Weatherby
Savage
Remington
Ruger
Mauser
Bushmaster

Like 'cas0905' said: personal preference

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Although i don't own any, Kimber makes a pretty nice production rifle for the money. If i had the cash to spend, i'd have a Kimber or two, and a Sako probably. Add a Blazer or Sauer whiler you're at it.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Rifle- Winchester
Shotgun- Benelli
Pistol- Kimber, Glock, Beretta

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from Treestand wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

To start, how mutch money do you have to spend? for a rifle, same for a scope, ring,s and mount. if money is no OBJ, go custum, action-barrel,and stock. if not out of the box-gun savage rifle would be my preference.

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from d1996 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

In my opinion Remington makes the best rifle for hunting but Barrett is prbably the best rifle period just expensive but you get what you pay for.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Tough call. I am partial to Weatherby rifles in the production rifle category. Sako who makes fine Sako and Tikka rifles also makes excellent rifles. Montana Rifle, Kimber, and Cooper make extremely nice rifles, but are closer to custom than regular production.

For Savage, Ruger, Winchester, and Remington, it's a Ford - Chevy -Toyota - Dodge style argument to me. It's all about preference to me. I don't go around talking down a man's pickup or his dog, so I don't like to criticize his rifle either! I just find Weatherby rifles to my satisfaction.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I would say Remington although there are a lot of good companies and good guns out there.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Such a question is only a prelude to controversy. The best two I ever owned were A Weatherby Mark V Stainless Magnum and a Ruger #1. Mebbe the The Mc Millan/Fisher .50 BMG was better, from the standpoint of accuracy and long-range lethality. But I would no longer be able to pack it in to a hunting area and oversee great distances. Besides, every time I fired it, it would blow my hat off and cover me with dirt.McMillan makes excellent custom rifles. There is some argument that Jarrett may be best. I don't know. They're claiming extreme accuracy/ lethality out to 5oo yards. I do not doubt this. There are probably 100 custom shops that can match their work.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I use Winchester, Remington, Ruger, Mauser, Kimber, Thompson-Center and Savage. My preference depends on what I'm hunting. If held at gunpoint and made to name a favorite for all big and medium game, I'd have to go with a Remington in .30-'06.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter, once again the voice of wisdom, +1 for you

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter: get Toyota out of that list!!!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

My personal opinion,I think Remington is the best gun made in America, but you can pay two to three times as much for a rifle that might be a little more designer and have the same quality as the Remington..I have to say for medium to big game the best caliber is 30-06, but if you want to varmit hunt and deer hunt I would lean to the 243!!!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I like rifles from all the manufacturers WAM mentioned but must say that my Weatherby Mark V Ultralight has been the most difficult rifle I have ever tried to make accurate. After a year's experimenting with dozens of different loads, bullets, depth settings, etc. I have finally gotten it to a 3/4 inch or so but my previous three custom rifles in the same caliber shot under .2 with almost any load. It is a nice LOOKING rifle and is certainly OK for hunting big fat critters. I think the inconsistent accuracy in all the big manufacturers has opened the door for the litle guys to sell rifles in the $1500-$3500 range that are great accurate rifles. I think we will see improvements in barrel manufacture over the next decade that will make all them much better. I was recently pleasantly surprised by the accuracy of my Bushmaster Varminter in .223 and by a CZ550 Safari rifle in .375. The CZ is solid, smooth, accurate and extremely reliable with a GREAT trigger but it doesn't have a $2000 finish. I really like the CZ and I would be happy to get another of theirs in any cartridge.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Most of my rifle hunting is done w/ a pre-84 Model 70, so I'm definitely no 'authority' on what's out there now, but from what I've heard and read, pretty much every 'brand' is putting out some good guns. If I were buying a new one today, I'd probably go w/ a Savage.

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

i like browning rifles personally but it really is personal preference

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

that all depends on preference and what type of rifle. If I want a lever action rifle I would have to go Winchester, Henry, or Marlin. Bolt action will give you different answers.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

pre-64, man I'm goin to bed;)

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from jbird wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

pre-64, man I'm goin to bed;)

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I'm going to have to go with Ruger. Always consistent and high quality, and sharp looking. Still quality made too...while some others have gotten a little more chinsy over the years.

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from Treestand wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

To start, how mutch money do you have to spend? for a rifle, same for a scope, ring,s and mount. if money is no OBJ, go custum, action-barrel,and stock. if not out of the box-gun savage rifle would be my preference.

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from me wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I personally think savage because thats the only brand i use and all my guns have no rust after close to five years

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Dakota Man

The Weatherby lightweights have some of the same issues as other rifles with soda straw barrels. The barrel harmonics and the effect of bedding/pressure are more noticeable until you find the right load. If it did not shoot to 1.5 MOA, you should have sent it back! Mine shoots cloverleafs with Federal Premium Barnes 165 gr TSX or Remington Express 180 gr Core-Lokt's. Go figure. Champagne and canned beer!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Let's see...brands I own..all real shooters BTW

Weatherby
Savage
Remington
Ruger
Mauser
Bushmaster

Like 'cas0905' said: personal preference

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Although i don't own any, Kimber makes a pretty nice production rifle for the money. If i had the cash to spend, i'd have a Kimber or two, and a Sako probably. Add a Blazer or Sauer whiler you're at it.

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from d1996 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

In my opinion Remington makes the best rifle for hunting but Barrett is prbably the best rifle period just expensive but you get what you pay for.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Rifle- Winchester
Shotgun- Benelli
Pistol- Kimber, Glock, Beretta

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