Thread: Help me buy a bolt action rifle
2/19/2009 2:39pm, #11
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Go with your first inclination.
2/19/2009 2:45pm, #12
2/19/2009 3:33pm, #13
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- Jun 2005
What's your budget? If you can afford a Remington 700, that's what I'd recommend.
It's one of the most popular, if not the most popular, bolt action rifle, and its capable of giving you incredible accuracy, with the right optics and tuning. It also comes in many of the popular calibers, including the .30-06 and the .308 Winchester.
2/19/2009 3:51pm, #14
Technically speaking the 9mm of rifles would be the 5.56mm NATO caliber (ie. .223). That would make the .308 the .45 of rifles.Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
2/19/2009 4:01pm, #15
Why do you want a bolt action rifle? Are you hunting? Is it for historical purposes? Are you into target shooting, and if so, what distances are you looking at firing on?
I have a hard on for the Remington 700 platform.
I'd suggest the Rem 700 SS R5 MilSpec. The website offers them for as low as $900 sometimes. I know you can call Cabela's or Gander Mountain and they'll look through their national inventory for consignments or used rifles. I'd suggest that before you jump into a brand new bang stick. This particular model comes in a variety of flavors (.223, .308, .300) for all your marksmanship needs.
I hunt with a Rem 700 .270. It's a necked down 30-06. It's loud, but its got a flat trajectory and kills deer dead. It's also good for cats.
After the rifle, you'll need to consider optics. I've been raised on the the idea that you should spend as much on your optics as you do on your rifle. That can be expensive. I know there are cheaper scopes that you can put on a rifle, but I wouldn't put a $150 scope on a $1500 rifle.
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2/19/2009 4:17pm, #16
I wasn't planning on spending more than $500 dollars and I'm not afraid of used. I want this gun for paranoid Libertarian reasons. So I figured deer hunting with a scope would be about right and I've heard that bolt action is the most accurate in the cheaper ranges.
2/19/2009 4:28pm, #17
Why not just by an M1 from the CMP? That's your price range and they're accurate for your given distance assuming you can shoot without a scope.
2/19/2009 4:45pm, #18
So what are you going to use this for?
(if you're going hunting in GA, PM my ass if you want a stalking buddy because I haven't had a chance to hunt here yet)
My standard rifles are:
.243 winchester for small game (deer and below)
.308 win for standard game (deer, antelope, etc.)
.338 for large game (elk, bear, moose)
the .338 makes the nicest holes but sadly you can destroy a lot of meat
I currently use a lever-action .243 with open sights, my .308 and .338 are both bolt-action and you can never go wrong with leupolds on themIn summation your argument denotes a lack of intellectual honesty on your part. It is my contention that this matter would best be solved with fisticuffs. I believe I will be victorious in this regard.
2/19/2009 5:32pm, #19
We have three Nagants (And I still can't spell it right) My dad restored the woodwork on them and they are beautiful now. They are also accurate at 400 yards. It's been really easy to get ammo for them, we've got probably 3-4 thousand rounds for them right now and get more pretty regularly so we can go through a hundred rounds at a time when we're target shooting.
The things are almost invincible as well, you can club someone down with them and then shoot the guy behind him. They are sturdy.
2/19/2009 5:36pm, #20
-Lets call it deer hunting.
-Commonly available/cheap ammo
-I'd like to eventually get a scope