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Question by hunterkid94. Uploaded on June 20, 2009
I like the 3 position safty on the Winchester's. I also have a Browning with a "top tang" safty that I also like.
I DO NOT like the safty's on the 700's(Great Gun, don't get me wrong).
I have a fondness for the Remington 700. I have one in a gun called the classic and this rifle is an excellent shooter. A lot of the bench rest rifles that I've put together have been built on the Rem. short action and they are all quality shooting tools. I don't believe that you could ever go wrong with a Rem. 700.
I'm a Browning fan myself. I have an A-bolt in .270 that shoots dead on year after year with a variety of factory ammo. The X-bolt is supposed to be an improvement over the A-bolt.
These are all quality rifles and they will all give you a lifetime of service as a hunting rifle. I suggest that you visit a sporting goods store and take some time to look over and "feel" each of them. As you do so, I suspect that you will fall in love with one and want that for yourself. If you intend to do any target shooting or work on supreme accuracy in your rifle, you might give a preference to the Rem 700. Because of its dominance in the market, there are MANY stocks, triggers, barrels, bolts, safeties, etc. available for customization and accurizing. Most hunters however just want something to hunt big game with periodically and I think in that case, it is good you have a rifle you love so you can really enjoy the time you spend with it. The particular look of the rifle, the feel of the action or the quality of the stock may be a deciding factor for you. Since I do long range hunting, accuracy is the biggest issue for me and I have seen great accuracy in all these rifles... for VERY accurate prairie dog hunting/target shooting, you could even put a premium barrel and trigger on a Rem 700 and drive tacks at 200 yds.
It's hard to go wrong these days on a BG rifle. Take a look at Kimber especially the Mdl 8400 classic. The Savage model 14 is nice and so is the E. R. Shaw rifles Dave has been plugging as of late. Looks like Dave's gun made the front cover of F&S this month.
I have been using the remington model 700 for years in a .270. It is rugged reliable and dependable. I still hunt a lot so I have to crawl through mud water grass all sorts of stuff. It never rusts, jams or anything else I could complain about. You can not go wrong with a 700.
Just choose one that fits you. All are different, just go pick a few up and test the weight, balance and grip. For me it is Browning. You may like ones safety better, trigger and so on.
I would personally go with the Ruger. Both are extremely reliable and accurate, so it wouldn't really make much difference.
i have a Remington 700 30-06 and a Ruger m77 270. i would go with the Ruger m77 over the Remington any day of the week.
Don't forget Sako, Tikka, and Marlin.
Out of the two you listed I'd go with the Remington, as the others said there are several others worth looking at, but the Remington usually has excellent accuracy and has more after market products than probably any other ((except the Rifleman's Rifle (win model 70))anyway get one you'll like it.. Personally I'd move up to a 30-06 or a 300 depending on how recoil sensitive you are.
What about savage? from what i hear they are pretty accurate, are low in price, and have good triggers.
Love my Winchester M70 .270. Good luck, and good choice in caliber. By the way, Rem. 700's are hard to beat, as are Ruger's, and Savage's. All are made right here in the good ol' US of A too.
I have the Ruger M77. It is a very nice gun, the only thing that I dislike about it is that it does't feed the ammo from a clip, you have to put each shell in one at a time.
270s are great long distance zappers. Jack o'connor swore by them. Get a winchester model 70 or a tikka t3 model and you will never need another rifle. I promise.
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