Troble picking a rifle from internet. No gun stores around!

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by pluto, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. pluto

    pluto Member

    Sep 23, 2010

    I live in Nova Scotia, and there are no gun stores with much selection within 1000kms of where I live in Canada, and I don't want to spend $1000 on a gun and not like it when I get it. There are distributors of good rifles that don't carry much if anything in stock, so I'd have to order a gun before even holding it.

    I'm looking for a rifle for hunting and target shooting that handles well and doesn't feel like a toy. I'm not worried about sacrificing a little in the weight department to get a gun that feels good.


    Sub-moa rifle in .308.
    Open to either composite or wood stock.
    I want a pretty rifle (gotta be brutally honest)
    Want something with a cheekpiece.
    Will reload my own ammo.
    Will spend around $1000
    Like varmint style rifles with heavy barrels.

    So far, I've considered Weatherby Sub Moa varmint and Tikka T3 varmint stainless, but I'm looking for suggestions from people with experience as to what I should buy considering what I wrote above.

  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    While I haven't personally handled one a Tikka T3 varmint would be a good buy. I have heard good reports of them.


  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
  4. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    "in .308". I'm thinking you mean .308 Winchester and not .308 caliber.? If this is the case I would look at any of the Savage 12 Target Rifle Series (BR, F/TR, Palma). Not sure of the price in your country but here they would meet the price criteria listed or be close.
    Other models from Savage would be the 12BVSS and VLP. I have two of the BVSS's but long actions and they are incredibly accurate for factory rifles.
    Other rifles to consider are the Remington 700 VS SF II (basically a short action Sendero) and the 700 VLS. The first being an H S Precision stock and the second being laminate.
    All of these would fit the bill of a "pretty rifle" to me and are probably the most accurate that these two manufactorers produce in .308Win. JohnnyK.
  5. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I would go with a savage. They have a huge selection, and are some of the most accurate rifles out of the box you can buy. Aftermarket support is
    good and you can do a lot of the upgrades yourself.
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    I would second the idea of looking at a Savage model 12 of some kind, I also really like the Sub-MOA Weatherby but I know some guys who can not shoot the Weatherby stock the way it is, for me I would suggest if at all possible to find a Weatherby to see if it fits you, some are like a glove!!
  7. Ranger Jim

    Ranger Jim Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Savage 12 BVSS Wood Stock Accu Trigger MSRP $925
    Savage 11 BTH (thumbhole) Wood Stock Accu Trigger $811
    Savage 11 Long Ranger Hunter Syn. Accu Trigger/Accu Stock $934

    Howa/Hogue Syn. (Grn/Blk/Tan) Stock 22" barrel $625
    Howa Varminteer Wood Thumbhole Stock Heavy Stainless 24" Barrel $825

    Google these rifles, see if they are what your looking for. They are all Sub Moa Rifles and will do what you want them to do. All have aftermarket parts available for future upgrades if needed or wanted. my 02. Good Luck and Good Shooting

    Ranger Jim
  8. sliceman

    sliceman Member

    Apr 12, 2010
    You might want to check out the website for new and used weapons. I can recommend Clay at Prophet River Firearms as an excellent person to deal with.( and as he is in Alberta, only 5% GST to pay on new purchases)
  9. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    i would get a remington 700 5-r or a 700 vssf . if it HAS to be a .308
  10. 4LClover

    4LClover Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    I have a couple Tikka T3's in SS lite. I would recommend them to anybody who likes a well machined, accurate rifle. The workmanship is pretty amazing. I like the removable mags too. The Finn's make great stuff and it all shoots sub-moa for me.
    The only "limitations" of these rifles is that the mags limit C.O.L. which can be a pain with some cartridges. This has been an irritation with my Sako A7 in 300WSM. However, my T3's in .243 and 30-06 do not have this problem and I really doubt the .308 would since it is a bigger version of .243. I also wish the barrels were 24" instead of 22 3/8".

    I could never recommend a Sub-moa to anybody in good faith due to a bad experience I had with one. They are all made in Japan by Howa and I thought the workmanship was pretty shabby and the bolt quite sticky.

    I think a T3 varmint in .308 would be hard to beat, but if you have a 1000$ to spend, why not wait a little longer and just buy a Cooper for 1200$? That is a choice you would never regret.
  11. 4LClover

    4LClover Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    I have shot a few of these that a buddy of mine owns. If you buy one you will kick your wife out of bed and sleep with the rifle. A slam dunk.

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