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Looking for the "right" rifle.

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Old 07-13-2008, 12:37 PM
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After looking through some rifles, I found a few that I would probaly pick from. Either a remingotn 770 sporter 308, a browning BAR short track 308 semi-auto (although with the chances of jaming mabey a an A or X bolt 308 rifle). Im just a fan of those brands, but I would like something with a good trigger. THe Weight dosent bother me to much because Im used to my shotgun, but accuracy is very important to me, espically at 500 to mabey even 600 yards.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:01 PM
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I would look at the Rem 700 sporter, the Bar is a good rifle, but almost all serious long range shooters will use a bolt rifle unless they are going to use an expensive automatic. The standard 700 trigger is adjustable by a smith for about 35 dollars down to 2-3 pounds. They usually come factory at about 6-9 pounds. Not familiar w/ browning triggers.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:31 PM
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If you are buying a Remington I would buy a 700, not a 710/715/770. In the <$300 class of rifles I would buy a Stevens 200 not a 710/715/770.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:10 PM
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ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, I just looked at the site, and I thought you said 770 meaning a 700. THERE IS NO COMPARISON between the cheap remingtons and the classic 700!!! No offense to anyone out there who is shooting the 710 or any of the upgrades (two of my family members do, but they aren't into accuracy like me;) ) but they are not upgradeable and are designed to be fairly good out of the box Cheap rifles. Go with a savage 110, Tikka T3, Browning Abolt, Win 70, Rem 700, if you want a decent rifle for the money.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:50 PM
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Well now it looks like I have narrowed it down to either a remington 700, sps or varmint, or a browning x bolt composite stalker. (i couldnt find a 308 in an a bolt). I think Im leaning more towards the browning.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:09 PM
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Either one

Both are great rifles. I prefer the Remington, great trigger but the Brownings are great too both very accurate for factory guns. 308 is a wonderfull cartridge. Very accurate and fairly inexpensive to shoot.

What we haven't discussed is your optics. Please don't skimp here!! Get the best you can afford. In my opinion, in the $600 range would be Leupold or Nikon. You will get what you pay for.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:51 AM
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I think you should take another look at the Tikka. A few folks mentioned them. Doesn't sound like you've seen one. They offer a couple of advantages over similarly priced Rem 700. First and foremost is the stock. The Tikka stock is rigid and will not flex. Just grab the barrell and forend in your hand and squeeze. The synthetic stocks on other brands flex easily. First this puts pressure on the action. Next, you'll get some muzzle jump, occasional barrell contact and fliers from the flimsy stocks. Tikka realy shines here. The Tika also has a great adjustable trigger. Finally the Tikas come with a 1moa accuracy guarantee. This is before you bed the action and tune the trigger! These rifles shoot! I'm not knocking the rem 700. But, Tikka is the new kid on the block. And they are offering a lot for the money to get your business.

If you want to go with a rem, savage, or browning, I suggest looking at models with a laminated stock, or one of the serious synthetics like HS. An aftermarket stock will run 250-450. Better to spend an extra 150 up front and not have to replace it. Another great rifle is the CZ 550. These are exceptionally accurate and they come with a set trigger. Use the regular trigger for still hunting and the set trigger for long range. These triggers are also easily adjusted. I have one in 243. It is the most accurate factory rig I own.

The xbolt looks great. I haven't handled one in synthetic. So, don't know if it's a good stock or not.
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