Originally Posted by J E Custom
I would have to say in order of consistently accurate Vanguard, Savage, Remington.
If you buy one that doesn't shoot well the Remington is the easiest to accurize and responds
well to bedding, floating and any other truing.
There are lots of other good factory rifles that shoot well sometimes but the price has very little to do with accuracy.
Any rifle that will shoot well is great to me, but one that shoots poorly is a dog, and I have no use for it no matter how much it cost.
I have owned rifles that were very expensive and shot well and bought another only to find myself with a dog.
The all time best shooting factory rifle out of the box that I have owned was a Remington Sendero
with a chrome molly barrel (One of the very first Remington made). I loved this rifle and though I needed a fluted stainless barreled one, But It would only shoot 3/4 MOA no matter what I did to it.
When you buy a factory rifle you buy a pig in a poke, and if you get a good one "Great". so buy what you want and hope for the best. Many people are very happy with 1 MOA rifles. others like 1/2
MOA rifles. Most of the Long Range shooters want and need 1/4 MOA rifles or better.
Just my opinion
J E CUSTOM
I've been called every name in the book for my comments on the Weatherby Vanguard rifle series. They are just over achievers right out of the box. Another that simply amazed me for an out of the box gun was the older Sako with the factory set trigger. I saw a couple in 6mm PPC that shot mid threes out of the box with no load development what so ever. A very impressive feat in my eyes. Had the Vanguards had a better barrel, I sure they would have been sub half inch guns out of the box.
On the otherhand some rifles we buy are known not to be fantastically tight grouping rifles. Something like a Ruger #1, or an 1885 falling block will never shoot with a good bolt gun (or will they?) But we love them just they way they are. I love Savage 99's, and Sako Finnwulfs. These rifles won't shoot with the big dogs any day of the week. But the have a nitch in my heart. I often see posted targets from folks with three shots looking pretty good, but I'm a five shot person on multi targets. You take a six or nine target board with five shots under a half inch and your looking pretty danged good in my book, no matter who built the rifle. But don't waste your time showing me a three shot one up target.