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Good cheap reliable rifle

Uploaded on August 17, 2009

Who makes a cheap priced but reliable rifle.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

you can get a Rem 700 SPS for $450 in just about any cal.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Ruger makes the best rifle for the best price. I suggest a Ruger M77 if you want a used rifle. If you want it new, but the new M77 Hawkeye

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Weatherby Vanguard $399. Better finish than cheaper Remington 700's. Savage 111's are good too. I'm not saying the Vanguard is a better rifle overall than a Remington, but the cheaper Weatherby Vanguard's have a higher quality finish than the el cheapo SPS. Having owned Remington's with their "matte" finish, I can tell you that they rust very easily due to the rough finish which creates risers for rust to form on. All Weatherby's are shooters, too.

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from bradenator wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I found a weatherby Vanguard for $350 my dad has a weatherby and its deadley accurate

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from shane wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Savage, Marlin, T/C, Tikka...

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from 175rltw wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

savage or weatherby vanguard. Gotta lovem both.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Can't go wrong with Savage, Ruger, Remington or Winchester. Mossberg, Tikka Smith and Wesson, all make good rifles with entry-level price tags. Weatherby is advertising 399 rifles too. These are the Howa action, Vanguard rifles, but all I've ever seen are accurate shooters.
Lots of great used rifles on the market too. Sears used to sell Winchester, Browning, and FN rifles under their own name "J.C. Higgins" as well as Marlin and Winchester lever rifles. K-Mart did the same thing under the name of "Ted" sombody, I can't remember, they put it on lots of re-branded sporting goods. You old guys help me out. (JC Penny, Monkey Wards, Western Auto, lots of big stores did it also)
These won't be the prettiest rifles, but some may be new or nearly new from someone buying it and then putting it in the closet or attic. May have some finish wear but not likely shot too much. These ugly, old, cheap guns will all kill deer (elk, bears, sheep and lemurs) just as good as a new one. Expect it to be chambered in some old, obsolete chambering like 30-06 or 270 winchester or 243 or 308, but don't let that stop you. Unknowing hunters take the woods each fall and kill all sorts of game animals with these old cartridges and never even notice that they're undergunned or that the trajectory isn't flat enough or that their round of choice (or accident) happens to lack "pizzaz", whatever that is.
The dead animals don't know the difference either.
If you can't find a good shooter and a scope for under $400 you are being too picky.
My two cents.
AKX

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Sears, Roebuck 7 Co. (aka "SEARS") sold the "Ted" stuff under their "Ted Williams" brand. Guns, ammo, fishing stuff, and all manner of sporting goods.

Give yourself 40+ ESPN lashes if you don't know who Ted Williams is!

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Never be afraid to save and buy the best you can afford. There are some good value arms on the market in the New rack but don't overlook the used rack either.

If you are committed to the new catagory. Savage has some wickedly accruate centerfires that are very reasonably priced. My two cents would be to not skimp on the optics. You will never shoot better than the sight picture available. Spend the coin on the glass.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Stevens model 200 made by savage arms

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I can't say enough good about my Tikka T3. The composite trigger guard is weird to me but have had no problems from anything on the gun over 3 seasons. I can say good things about Savage stuff too but I don't own one. Both Tikka & Savage cater to lefties. +1 on what keen one said on GLASS. Spend a little extra and get a good recoil pad. Every gunmaker I know of cuts corners there.

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from berky wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

remington makes the 700 models they are cheap and well worth the money from what i have heard. Savage also makes a line of cheap yet good shooting hunting rifles.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Savage makes real good rifles; accurate and dependable. I bought one last fall as sort of a motivator to someday go out west and hunt elk or muleys. I shoot it every once and a while just to remind myself how flawless it shoots. I can shoot MOA groups using Winchester Super-X Power Points out of that gun which isn't bad for a box of ammo that's under $20 and the gun was less than $350. If your just starting off I suggest getting one of there package guns there usually the cheapest and the scopes aren't as bad as some people may think. I bought the model 111 fcxp3 which doesn't have the accutrigger, but it still shoots like a dream. The triggers was little heavy at first, but it will break in after a while and will give you a comfortable trigger pull.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You know, rifles are about the only thing anymore where "good, cheap, and reliable" can be used in the same sentence. Makes you wonder why we paid so much for POS rifles in the past! Modern manufacturing and tooling sure has made for better rifles these days

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from oldboot wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I bought a Savage rifle a few years back and if grouped sub MOA. I kick myself for selling it. It was made before the accutrigger came out and had the flat receiver on top. It wasn't as pretty as some of the other rifles, but it sure could shoot. From what I hear there are making the same flat top receiver rifles under the Stevens name. I wish I still had that rifle.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I BOUGHT A SAVAGE MODEL 16 SS IN 250 SAVAGE (I HANDLOAD ALL MY HUNTING AND SHOOTING ROUNDS) AND IT SHOOTS REALLY GOOD, LITTLE OR NO RECOIL, CHRONOS 40.5 GRAINS OF H4350 EXT WITH A HORNADY SST 117 GRAIN AT 3080 FPS, AND 90 GRAIN SIERA HP AT 3,240 FPS OUT OF THE 22 INCH BARREL, WEIGHS 6 LBS.I SCOPED WITH A LEUPOLD EUROPEAN 2-7X36 WITH LEUPOLD QR BASE SYSTEM AND BUSHNELL ELITE 3-9X40 AS BACKUP SCOPE. WHOLE OUTFIT LESS THAN $1,000 AND WITH THE NEW TRIGGER AND ACCUSTOCK THIS RIFLE SHOOTS TIGHTER THAN ALMOST ANYOTHER I OWN (INC WEATHERBY SUB-MOA IN 300WSM AND BROWNING A BOLT IN 338WMAG. THAT WAS ACCURIZED BY HILL COUNTRY RIFLE (A FINE GUNSMITH OUTFIT IN TX.) SO I AM OFF TO AZ TO HUNT SPEED GOATS NEAR CONCHO AND SNOWFLAKE.

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from stefaniak36 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Rossi and H&R have single shot's that can be had for cheap. Some even come as a combo deal with a shotgun tube too. If your short on cash this would be the way to go. Oh, you can break these down and stuff em in a backpack too.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I am partial to my Savage 110 as a good cheap reliable and accurrate rifle, though i believe these days there are several that fit that bill.

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from hunting080189 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I think for the money Savage make a good accurate gun.

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from dgmartin wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I wonder if Savage will offer a rifle in .338 Federal? I can't think of a better caliber for wild hogs as well as deer and elk at the reasonable ranges (300yds and under)that 98 percent of most game is taken at.

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from jwgillette wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

There is a Remington 700 SPS Tactical which you can get in a .308. It is a Premier Dealer Exclusive that Remington offers and your can get for around $550...

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from huntsnhvt wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I own a Stevens Model 200 in 30:06. This thing drives tacks at 100 yds with factory Remington 165gr core lokt bullets. Are you sitting down? I bought it at a Dick's Sporting Goods store for $229 on sale. Put an inexpensive Simmons scope on it; with scope and mounts the whole thing came to a little less than $300. In these times, don't spend more than you have to. Call the store, ask them if they are running specials on rifles - the Dick's store was that weekend. Then - get into the woods!

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from DRSNINER wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I Bought a Marlin XS7 in .308 just befor deer season here in Oklahoma. I took it to the range and sighted in 1 inch high at 100yds. My largest group was 1.34 in. with factory ammo. A buddy cooked up some mild handloads and my groups shrank to an average of .82 in. Not bad for a rifle that cost me 314.28 out the door from Academy Sports.

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from wlewisiii wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Old military surplus Mauser in 8x57 or 7x57. Look around a bit & you can get a good one for >$150. Bubba'd with a cutdown stock & maybe drilled & tapped for a scope already will keep the cost down even more. It'll still drop deer for your great-grandkids 100 years from now too.

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from mosinman123 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

surplus mausers are great. and mosins are the cheapest centerfire but ya gotta be carefull wich one you pick cause there all different.

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from bberg7794 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The Weatherby Vanguard is a very nice for the price. Also, take a look at the new Mossberg bolt actions. They have been receiving some good press lately.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Right now the Weatherby Vanguard with synthetic stock is probable the best buy on the market. Most people I know that have them say they shoot well.

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from keen one wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Never be afraid to save and buy the best you can afford. There are some good value arms on the market in the New rack but don't overlook the used rack either.

If you are committed to the new catagory. Savage has some wickedly accruate centerfires that are very reasonably priced. My two cents would be to not skimp on the optics. You will never shoot better than the sight picture available. Spend the coin on the glass.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Sears, Roebuck 7 Co. (aka "SEARS") sold the "Ted" stuff under their "Ted Williams" brand. Guns, ammo, fishing stuff, and all manner of sporting goods.

Give yourself 40+ ESPN lashes if you don't know who Ted Williams is!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

You know, rifles are about the only thing anymore where "good, cheap, and reliable" can be used in the same sentence. Makes you wonder why we paid so much for POS rifles in the past! Modern manufacturing and tooling sure has made for better rifles these days

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from huntsnhvt wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I own a Stevens Model 200 in 30:06. This thing drives tacks at 100 yds with factory Remington 165gr core lokt bullets. Are you sitting down? I bought it at a Dick's Sporting Goods store for $229 on sale. Put an inexpensive Simmons scope on it; with scope and mounts the whole thing came to a little less than $300. In these times, don't spend more than you have to. Call the store, ask them if they are running specials on rifles - the Dick's store was that weekend. Then - get into the woods!

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from shane wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Savage, Marlin, T/C, Tikka...

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from 175rltw wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

savage or weatherby vanguard. Gotta lovem both.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Stevens model 200 made by savage arms

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from berky wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

remington makes the 700 models they are cheap and well worth the money from what i have heard. Savage also makes a line of cheap yet good shooting hunting rifles.

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Savage makes real good rifles; accurate and dependable. I bought one last fall as sort of a motivator to someday go out west and hunt elk or muleys. I shoot it every once and a while just to remind myself how flawless it shoots. I can shoot MOA groups using Winchester Super-X Power Points out of that gun which isn't bad for a box of ammo that's under $20 and the gun was less than $350. If your just starting off I suggest getting one of there package guns there usually the cheapest and the scopes aren't as bad as some people may think. I bought the model 111 fcxp3 which doesn't have the accutrigger, but it still shoots like a dream. The triggers was little heavy at first, but it will break in after a while and will give you a comfortable trigger pull.

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from oldboot wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I bought a Savage rifle a few years back and if grouped sub MOA. I kick myself for selling it. It was made before the accutrigger came out and had the flat receiver on top. It wasn't as pretty as some of the other rifles, but it sure could shoot. From what I hear there are making the same flat top receiver rifles under the Stevens name. I wish I still had that rifle.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I BOUGHT A SAVAGE MODEL 16 SS IN 250 SAVAGE (I HANDLOAD ALL MY HUNTING AND SHOOTING ROUNDS) AND IT SHOOTS REALLY GOOD, LITTLE OR NO RECOIL, CHRONOS 40.5 GRAINS OF H4350 EXT WITH A HORNADY SST 117 GRAIN AT 3080 FPS, AND 90 GRAIN SIERA HP AT 3,240 FPS OUT OF THE 22 INCH BARREL, WEIGHS 6 LBS.I SCOPED WITH A LEUPOLD EUROPEAN 2-7X36 WITH LEUPOLD QR BASE SYSTEM AND BUSHNELL ELITE 3-9X40 AS BACKUP SCOPE. WHOLE OUTFIT LESS THAN $1,000 AND WITH THE NEW TRIGGER AND ACCUSTOCK THIS RIFLE SHOOTS TIGHTER THAN ALMOST ANYOTHER I OWN (INC WEATHERBY SUB-MOA IN 300WSM AND BROWNING A BOLT IN 338WMAG. THAT WAS ACCURIZED BY HILL COUNTRY RIFLE (A FINE GUNSMITH OUTFIT IN TX.) SO I AM OFF TO AZ TO HUNT SPEED GOATS NEAR CONCHO AND SNOWFLAKE.

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from DRSNINER wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I Bought a Marlin XS7 in .308 just befor deer season here in Oklahoma. I took it to the range and sighted in 1 inch high at 100yds. My largest group was 1.34 in. with factory ammo. A buddy cooked up some mild handloads and my groups shrank to an average of .82 in. Not bad for a rifle that cost me 314.28 out the door from Academy Sports.

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from bberg7794 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The Weatherby Vanguard is a very nice for the price. Also, take a look at the new Mossberg bolt actions. They have been receiving some good press lately.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Right now the Weatherby Vanguard with synthetic stock is probable the best buy on the market. Most people I know that have them say they shoot well.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

you can get a Rem 700 SPS for $450 in just about any cal.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Ruger makes the best rifle for the best price. I suggest a Ruger M77 if you want a used rifle. If you want it new, but the new M77 Hawkeye

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Weatherby Vanguard $399. Better finish than cheaper Remington 700's. Savage 111's are good too. I'm not saying the Vanguard is a better rifle overall than a Remington, but the cheaper Weatherby Vanguard's have a higher quality finish than the el cheapo SPS. Having owned Remington's with their "matte" finish, I can tell you that they rust very easily due to the rough finish which creates risers for rust to form on. All Weatherby's are shooters, too.

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from bradenator wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I found a weatherby Vanguard for $350 my dad has a weatherby and its deadley accurate

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Can't go wrong with Savage, Ruger, Remington or Winchester. Mossberg, Tikka Smith and Wesson, all make good rifles with entry-level price tags. Weatherby is advertising 399 rifles too. These are the Howa action, Vanguard rifles, but all I've ever seen are accurate shooters.
Lots of great used rifles on the market too. Sears used to sell Winchester, Browning, and FN rifles under their own name "J.C. Higgins" as well as Marlin and Winchester lever rifles. K-Mart did the same thing under the name of "Ted" sombody, I can't remember, they put it on lots of re-branded sporting goods. You old guys help me out. (JC Penny, Monkey Wards, Western Auto, lots of big stores did it also)
These won't be the prettiest rifles, but some may be new or nearly new from someone buying it and then putting it in the closet or attic. May have some finish wear but not likely shot too much. These ugly, old, cheap guns will all kill deer (elk, bears, sheep and lemurs) just as good as a new one. Expect it to be chambered in some old, obsolete chambering like 30-06 or 270 winchester or 243 or 308, but don't let that stop you. Unknowing hunters take the woods each fall and kill all sorts of game animals with these old cartridges and never even notice that they're undergunned or that the trajectory isn't flat enough or that their round of choice (or accident) happens to lack "pizzaz", whatever that is.
The dead animals don't know the difference either.
If you can't find a good shooter and a scope for under $400 you are being too picky.
My two cents.
AKX

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I can't say enough good about my Tikka T3. The composite trigger guard is weird to me but have had no problems from anything on the gun over 3 seasons. I can say good things about Savage stuff too but I don't own one. Both Tikka & Savage cater to lefties. +1 on what keen one said on GLASS. Spend a little extra and get a good recoil pad. Every gunmaker I know of cuts corners there.

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from stefaniak36 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Rossi and H&R have single shot's that can be had for cheap. Some even come as a combo deal with a shotgun tube too. If your short on cash this would be the way to go. Oh, you can break these down and stuff em in a backpack too.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I am partial to my Savage 110 as a good cheap reliable and accurrate rifle, though i believe these days there are several that fit that bill.

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from hunting080189 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I think for the money Savage make a good accurate gun.

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from dgmartin wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I wonder if Savage will offer a rifle in .338 Federal? I can't think of a better caliber for wild hogs as well as deer and elk at the reasonable ranges (300yds and under)that 98 percent of most game is taken at.

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from jwgillette wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

There is a Remington 700 SPS Tactical which you can get in a .308. It is a Premier Dealer Exclusive that Remington offers and your can get for around $550...

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from wlewisiii wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Old military surplus Mauser in 8x57 or 7x57. Look around a bit & you can get a good one for >$150. Bubba'd with a cutdown stock & maybe drilled & tapped for a scope already will keep the cost down even more. It'll still drop deer for your great-grandkids 100 years from now too.

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from mosinman123 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

surplus mausers are great. and mosins are the cheapest centerfire but ya gotta be carefull wich one you pick cause there all different.

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