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Old 03-09-2010, 12:55 AM
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entry level rifles

If I was looking for a 243 or 25-06, which of the entry level rifles would you look at? I don't have a lot of cash but need something that still performs for the price range. My dad has a Marlin XL7. What about Vanguards, Savage 111's, Remington 770's, Mossberg 4x4. Up here in Canada a Vanguard is a bit more but seems a lot nicer.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:41 AM
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Re: entry level rifles

As far as entry level rifle I'd probably look at Savage. Haven't heard any negative feedback on them however IMHO I'd stay away from Remy as my personal experience hasn't been good and for the most part it is generally accepted by a number of folks here that getting an accurate one is a roll of the dice. If it were me and I know your funds are limited but I would consider the Savage model 12 VLP DBM.

Just curious, what will you be shooting and at what distances?
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:05 AM
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Re: entry level rifles

For the money the MOA vanguard is the best buy @ $400.00.if you can get them in

All of the 700 Remington's are good except the 770 (It cant be re barreled if you ever
decide you want to customize it.

Savage also makes good entry level rifles.

If you want a short action rifle I would recomend the 260 rem or the 7/08 both are
very manageable (Light recoil) and big enough for all but the biggest game in Canada.

In the long action rifles there is an infinite selection of mid range cartriges 25/06. 270,
280 rem that will work well and not have to much recoil.

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Old 03-09-2010, 08:27 AM
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Re: entry level rifles


If you can find a Vanguard MOA for $400, then that would be a good buy. I haven't ever seen a new one for under $700. My experience, as well as many others here, has been that a Savage factory rifle in the 110 family (or Stevens Model 200 rifles) will give you accuracy very close to if not equal with the Vanguard MOA. Now the ability to switch barrels yourself, with the proper tools, makes it the logical choice for me. Savage is a DIY rifle. All that said, If I could get a Vanguard MOA for $400, I would.

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Old 03-09-2010, 08:51 AM
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Re: entry level rifles

I am sure you can guess what I am gonna say by looking at my name haha.
I am quite fond of Tikkas. You can pick up a T3 lite for 450 to 550 and they shoot great and ade nice and light. They only have a 21.5 inch barrel BUT I have a rapid Z 800 in mine and 800 yard shots are pretty easy, and its a super smooth action. I dont think you can beat it honestly.

Anything less than overkill is underachievement!

" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - My Dad
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:44 AM
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Re: entry level rifles

I agree with mike. The tikka T3 Lite was my first one and has been an awesome gun out of the box. I paid 575 for my and put the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 on it for another 500. If you buy that same scope now they're 100 less. So for around 1000 you could have a pretty nice setup.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:14 PM
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Re: entry level rifles

Well, you could buy the Savage 110 Accutrigger from Wal-Mart for just under $400 and a Bushnell Elite 3-9x40 for $200. Add an EGW base with Buris Posi-align rings to round out to just over $700. You could use the savings to purchase a Shilen barrel and make it a tack driver.
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