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#6075622 - 12/09/15 06:40 PM Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less?
Collin Phillips Offline
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Registered: 12/03/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Princeton, Tx
Looking for the best deer rifle around 400$ or less. Would like to hear y'alls opinion on whats best. Most accurate, durable, etc. Thanks

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#6075624 - 12/09/15 06:42 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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For that price, a savage with accutrigger. For a little more, a used tikka.

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#6075648 - 12/09/15 06:50 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
I really like my Ruger American. You can get them under $300 and my 7mm-08 will shoot .75 MOA at 100 yards with factory Federal Fusion 120gr. It's not an heirloom or anything like that but unless I find a .308 predator to trade for its not going anywhere.
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#6075661 - 12/09/15 06:56 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Those are good and if you find a Remington 788 in 243 or 308 you will have a shooter. Last I looked they are around that price.

TC Venture is another good one in around that range as well
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#6075736 - 12/09/15 07:26 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Registered: 11/26/12
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Loc: Harris County
x2 Ruger American

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#6075751 - 12/09/15 07:35 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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#6075830 - 12/09/15 08:13 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Winchester M70. Bought a .270 with scope for $250. Nothing extra, but its deadly and we eat well.
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#6076010 - 12/09/15 09:43 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
Collin Phillips Offline
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Registered: 12/03/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Princeton, Tx
Thank y'all for the responses. I've been looking at the ruger american and think it's the one I want. I've also looked at the savage axis and the Marlin xs7 too I'm just stumped on which would be best

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#6076077 - 12/09/15 10:17 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Registered: 12/29/10
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I have a Marlin XL 7 in 25/06. I have hunted with it the last 5 years and though I have several rifles much prettier and higher priced, this is the 1 I grab when I walk out the door. I have always loved the 25/06 and wanted one in a short barrel and light weight and this little rifle fills the bill. I have a 3x9 Vortex on it and have never had to adjust the scope since the day I sighted it in. Nice trigger, especially for a cheaper gun. My BIL took my advice (for once...lol) and bought one 2 years ago and loves his as well. Look at them all. Handle them and whichever one feels the best to you, buy it, shoot it, and never look back. Good luck-Eddie

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#6076115 - 12/09/15 10:57 PM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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#6076334 - 12/10/15 07:47 AM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
Barcelona Rick Offline
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Registered: 03/10/13
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Loc: East Texas
Ruger American

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#6076686 - 12/10/15 10:17 AM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Ruger American. I have two in .243 standard version and .308 predator version. Both shoot fantastic, lightweight, easy on the recoil and pocketbook. I've killed 12 pigs in the last 3 weeks or so with the .308. I shoot 168 grain AMax and Winchester Ballistic Tips in the .308 and 100 grain Hornady Whitetail in .243

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#6076692 - 12/10/15 10:21 AM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Loc: Mansfield
Remington 700 ADL. Cabelas has the combo with a cheap scope for around that price. I would much rather get that than the Ruger American or Savage Axis.

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#6076754 - 12/10/15 11:00 AM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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X2 on the Remington 700. I recently picked up a Remington 721 in 30-06 made in 1948 in a pawn shop for $150, after a clean up the gun is awesome, bores perfect and shoots 1 inch groups at 100. You can find a deal if you keep your eye out.
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#6076755 - 12/10/15 11:00 AM Re: Best Bolt Gun For Around 400$ or Less? [Re: Collin Phillips]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Wouldn't do an Axis. Much better deal to get a Savage Model 111 Trophy Hunter. This package at Academy includes a decent Nikon scope for $489. A lot of gun for the $$ IMO.

http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/savage-111-trophy-hunter-xp-270-winchester-bolt-action-rifle
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