Best factory Rifle???

Buzzsaw

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Budget is $1,000 (rifle only), what is the best factory rifle available? Long rang capable (600yds), Weigh in around 7.5#, short action caliber re 7mm-08. Mild recoil, my daughter will shoot it. Whitetail deer primary game. I'm in Texas so I can stretch the shots out. ACCURACY is paramount. Anybody tried my top choices: Sako A-7, TC Icon, Browning X-Bolt, I love Remington but their accuracy has fallen off except on their premium tactical rifles.

I'm spoiled as I shoot the LSR rifle below in 7WSM. It is great once I get to my blind but is a little heavy. The tan rifle is my daughters .243. It's a 700ADL bedded in an H&S stock with a trigger job. The thing shoots 1.5-2.0 inches at 100yds, definately not accurate. I could rebarrell but... and I can't afford another full blown custom. Thanks for your suggestions.

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woods

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Hey buzzsaw

She must have gotten her looks from her mother! :D

You need to also look at Steyr. Never shot one that wasn't a tack driver.
 
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Jim Oliver

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Not what you asked, but if that .243 isn't shoothing any better than what you say, there is a lot being left on the table!!

Cheers,
Jim
 

britz

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I know that you guys have had excelent luck w/ the savages, but ever since I got my 22-250 I cringe at the sight of savages! Not gunna buy another one.
 

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I have 3 Tikkas, made by Sako, and all shoot .5 to .25 with factory ammo. My nephew has one that'll shoot .25 - triggers are great and the actions are buttery smooth. That's my vote for the best factory gun. Sako's are supposed to be a even better but I've never shot one.


Paul
 

rtv900

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I am a huge Remington fan. That aside I have been buying several Tikka T3's lately. I love them. They are accurate, light and smooth. What a wonderful gun.
 

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My vote is for the Tikka T3 - I own 4 Tikka's .243, .270WSM, 30-06, 300WSM - all are great shooters and with some load development are in the .5 MOA range if not better. I also have a Weatherby Vangaurd that I just picked up for under $350.00 new in .270WSM that is a shooting aprox. .25 MOA with very little load development at this time. The Tikka's barrels heat up a little faster and require a little more cooling time on the range (my opinion) but are all excellent gun's for under $600.00. Norsky
 

hvy barrel

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Buzzsaw,
With the budget you have, I would pickup a good used Remington & see how it shoots. If it did not meet my expectations you should be able to have a good smith blue print the action & adjust trigger on it & come in below budget.
I have two Rem. 700's in 7mm08, one is a VLS & the other a mountain rifle. They are both shooters, with the right hand loads the mountain rifle is capable of sub .5" 3 shot groups at 100 yards. The only mod was a trigger job on the VLS. I have not done anything to the MTN rifle.

The 243 that your daughter is shooting now should shoot alot better than it does. I believe that there may be more accuracy left in that rifle.
 

trebark

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Buzzsaw:
What will you do with the .243? Just put it away and not shoot it? Rather than roll the dice on a new rifle for $1k, how about spending $650 and rebarrel the .243 in 7-08. That way you get the caliber you want, without another rifle and the odds of it being a shooter are much better with a custom barrel and action job than you would with a new rifle.

Hart does a great work. Hart Rifle Barrels

They handled the work on my deer rifle: http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-280-a-32771/
 
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