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#6270673 - 04/21/16 08:32 PM Gonna be in the market soon
jhenderson Offline
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With all these budget friendly guns hitting the market are any worth a dang? I'd say in the sub 500 category. Not wanting a super expensive gun as I'm trying to save for a custom but do need a new bolt action rifle.

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#6270682 - 04/21/16 08:38 PM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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my $$ would go for a Ruger American, VERY accurate, great trigger, great calibers, re; 7mm-08 and 6.5 Creedmoor.

If you will customize, I would get a Remington 700 short action (Academy) or Tikka for using the actions for your custom build.
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#6270685 - 04/21/16 08:39 PM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
my $$ would go for a Ruger American, VERY accurate, great trigger, great calibers, re; 7mm-08 and 6.5 Creedmoor.

If you will customize, I would get a Remington 700 short action (Academy) or Tikka for using the actions for your custom build.


This! I dont think there is a better sub $500 gun on the market.
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#6270760 - 04/21/16 09:43 PM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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Not going to customize this going to have someone build me one at some point.

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#6270863 - 04/22/16 12:31 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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If I were going for a sub $500 rifle, it would likely be a Ruger American.
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#6270981 - 04/22/16 07:33 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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Or the cheap Savage. Either one shoots lights out.
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#6271096 - 04/22/16 08:55 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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How long has the Ruger American been out? I'm starting to see alot of guns having success with this. I was holding out for a Tikka T3X in laminate but I may have to try out the Ruger.

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#6271133 - 04/22/16 09:17 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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Boyds makes a nice laminate stock for Ruger Americans. The stick RA stick isnt much in my opinion.

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#6271172 - 04/22/16 09:35 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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We were playing with one of the cheap $250 Savage rifles in 308 Win with some of the 168 and 185 VLD bullets. Seated out long, we were drilling steel plates out to 800 yards, and it was shooting good. The trigger was very rough, but it shot good.
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#6271179 - 04/22/16 09:38 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
jhenderson Offline
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Trigger is an easy fix. Just gonna be a hunting gun nothing special. Ruger American seems to be worth a look.

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#6271181 - 04/22/16 09:39 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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I'd probably vote for a Thompson Venture if you are looking for just a hunting rig that you don't plan to do any customizations for. They are super accurate and very affordable. In my opinion probably the most underrated and best value in an out of the box rifle on the market today.
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#6271210 - 04/22/16 09:53 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
jhenderson Offline
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As far as what I've owned in the past I've had the following

Thompson venture and yes very accurate
Had a ruger American when they first came out but wasn't all that impressed
Several savages and all would shoot

Not against anything just a lot of new guns hitting the market just need to scratch the itch til I can fully afford the custom route.

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#6271357 - 04/22/16 11:47 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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The Howa 1500 is just over $500. Very good rifle for the price.
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#6271363 - 04/22/16 11:50 AM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
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I bought a new Tikka T3 light yesterday at Gebos in Breckinridge for $450.

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#6271432 - 04/22/16 12:35 PM Re: Gonna be in the market soon [Re: jhenderson]
jhenderson Offline
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If I could find that deal I'd be all over that.

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