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#5451947 - 12/01/14 02:57 PM **308 options**
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Im wanting to get a 308 bolt action for deer hunting. So far this year Ive used my AR15 223 and it has worked fine. Im just wanting a bigger caliber and a bolt action would be cheaper to get into then a 308 AR10. What do yall think are the best options in the $800 range, that is including glass. Im thinking Tikka, Remington, or the ever so evil Savage. Im definitely wanting a true SA not an Axis or Stevens 200 with the long SA. What do ya think? The reason Im saying 308 is the ammo availability of that caliber. Would probably get ammo from Chad on here. Shots from 50 to 300 max. What ya got??
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#5451956 - 12/01/14 03:00 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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savage and Redfield scope. Just because I like them.

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#5451966 - 12/01/14 03:03 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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Tikka or Savage, Rem 700 but plan on a $100 Timney trigger.

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#5451980 - 12/01/14 03:10 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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I do like the Tikkas over all of them. I just want something accurate and dependable. I know the Tikkas come with a good guarantee.
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#5451999 - 12/01/14 03:15 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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If you like the tikka, buy the tikka. For the most part its all preference. Give it time and you'll have a good argument going on which is best. Then someone will suggest a 270 or 7mm-08 and its on.

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#5452029 - 12/01/14 03:25 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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The Tikka is also a long action with a short action caliber. But a Tikka T3 is hard to beat.

A good Rem 700 is fine. I prefer to spend money on good glass and custom ammo. Getting a 308 Win to shoot is not hard. 2 weeks ago I won my first Rifles Only match shooting a 308 with 175 Bergers. It will do it!
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#5452042 - 12/01/14 03:29 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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Personally I don't think you would notice much difference if you took a Tikka, Remington, wby vanguard, savage, ruger 77, win model 70, or browning abolt etc. out and shot them for groups. I have shot several and never been disappointed in any of them.
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#5452085 - 12/01/14 03:49 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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I bought the Mossberg MVP 308, 10 shot clip, heavy barrel 18 1/2", synthetic stock, so far it shoots great (40 rounds) it looks alot like the Ruger Gunsite just less monies $503.00(Bud's Gun Shop com.) Probably start some bad vibes over Mossberg.

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#5452086 - 12/01/14 03:50 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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Savage 11/111 up
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#5452203 - 12/01/14 04:28 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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buddy of mine bought a savage last yr. with shelf ammo (4 different brands) no break in, the last four shots were rem cor-loct 150, group was .256, have not seen any of the above do that.
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#5452246 - 12/01/14 04:43 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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As stated above all tikkas are long action. But with that said none of the others come close to it. For your hunting purposes the savage will do what you want all day. I have went the tikka/sako only route. But not because they are better to hunting inside 300. Mostly it's because of the bolt and trigger. Savage and Remington can't touch it. On paper I say, tikka, savage, then remington. But all should give you nice sub MOA groups.

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#5452280 - 12/01/14 04:58 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
The Tikka is also a long action with a short action caliber. But a Tikka T3 is hard to beat.

A good Rem 700 is fine. I prefer to spend money on good glass and custom ammo. Getting a 308 Win to shoot is not hard. 2 weeks ago I won my first Rifles Only match shooting a 308 with 175 Bergers. It will do it!


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#5452289 - 12/01/14 05:00 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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^^ No problem! I'm all for a good Sako TRG in 308. But we might go over the $800 budget by just a little.
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#5452413 - 12/01/14 05:45 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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why 308...if you are going to buy ammo you could go other calibers...

personally i would go with 270 or 260/6.5 family

to answer your original question
Remington 700 and look for a vortex viper or used pst

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#5452424 - 12/01/14 05:51 PM Re: **308 options** [Re: DeerSlayer31]
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Yes all Tikkas are long actions, but if you buy a short action chambering, you get a short action bolt stop.

The reason I went over to Tikka is because of the 60 degree bolt throw, smooth cycling, awesome factory trigger, better extractor design than anyone else, beefy ejector. I built two customs off of Tikka actions, bit I've seen many a factory barrel shoot very well.

And Chad is spot on saying it will be easy to get it to shoot. I learned to shoot distance with a 308 and learned to hand load on a 308. They are not hard to make shoot.
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