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Hello everybody, Just wanted to get your opinions.  If you were going to buy a bolt action .30-06 tomorrow, what make and model would you go with and is there a specific reason why?  TIA!
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Browning X-Bolt, Browning A-bolt... Browning is consistently one of the best performers on the market bolt action, semi-auto, pump, lever.  I have several Brownings and they are in my "keep forever" pile...  I may give one to my Marine son-in-law who has taken a particular liking to my 7mmWinMag A-bolt Stalker with BOSS.  It's the only rifle he wants to shoot when he comes to visit... and I have a few to choose from...
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Hard to argue with KB.  The 60 degree bolt throw is also nice.. as well as the palm swell!
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  First off WELCOME to OT.
 
  My suggestion would be a Winchester M70 Classic Featherweight.  
  For someone looking for one firearm to do it all (especially in .30-06!) this with the right scope makes for a well balanced,not too light,simple,dependable,hunting rig.  I like the field strippable w/o tools bolt just in case. It also holds it's resale value VERY WELL. I've got one in .270 Win. w/a 2-7x32 Vortex Viper.
 
 Having said all that,any of the major brand rifles would do you fine.  My suggestion is to handle, and if possible shoot, as many different ones as possible.  You'll know when you've found the right one. 
 
 
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Older Sako 75. Great ergos (for me anyway), great trigger and very accurate. Hippie
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i like brownings as well, but its still hard to beat a ruger or winchester....
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Bolt action hunting rifle, if you take a peek in my safe your gonna see Remington(s), Browning, Rugar.... and one very old Springfield.  Bandito



Lot's of great manufacturers out there, it's more of a personal preference (specs, ergonomics, experience, etc.) and what your budget is.
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I would go with the tikka. but all the ones mentioned so far would do just fine by me. 
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If price matters I would buy a Tikka they are guaranteed sub minute of angle or they do not leave the factory (most SAKO products are very good shooters). Considering the relatively low price it would cost double or more to get any better.
In the thousand dollar or so range if .308 or 300 Win Mag was an option the stainless Remmington R5 Mil Spec would be my first choice, but I tend to like a tactical rifle with heavier barrel profile.  I am also quite fond of Savage rifles they tend to shoot very well.    If money was no object I would custom order a rifle from GA Precision or TAC Ops but that will easily be over three thousand. For hunting guns its hard to not mention the Kimber Montana as one worth considering and it is in a more hunting friendly barrel profile. 
 
 
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I'd have to have one of these. Lightweight, guaranteed sub-moa accuracy, and good looks for a decent price.
 
 
I wouldn't expect to pay the price on the Weatherby site for one. I bought a stainless one for $869
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I would get a Tikka T3 stainless and replace the stock with a BC Medalist. You would have around $800 in it then and the two I have owned have been good shooters. The trigger is very easy to adjust, the action is silky smooth, short bolt throw,and I have had no issues at all with mine. I have other guns, nicer guns, but the Tikka w/ medalist stock is probably my favorite!
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Originally posted by cbm cbm wrote:

I would get a Tikka T3 stainless and replace the stock with a BC Medalist. You would have around $800 in it then and the two I have owned have been good shooters. The trigger is very easy to adjust, the action is silky smooth, short bolt throw,and I have had no issues at all with mine. I have other guns, nicer guns, but the Tikka w/ medalist stock is probably my favorite!


I bet it looks and feels great!!!  Thunbs Up  If I owned a T3, replacing the black OEM stock would be a priority for me.
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I agree with others T-3 lite stainless no downside... even with the stock STOCK.
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what you should draw from this is that there are as many different LIKEs as there are rifles...  I happen to prefer Browning, Winchester, and Remington... pretty much in that order (Weatherby is in there somewhere and others)... for bolt action rifles... Single shot, Ruger #1, Winchester High Wall.  I don't particularly care for Tikka.  Not because they don't shoot well, they do, I just "don't believe the hype... it's a sequel".  Nothing wrong with Tikka, not as great as the press... it shoots fine and if you want one, get one.  Try out Kimber, Sako, anything you can get your hands on.  If you like lever guns, Marlin and Henry are great...  There's nothing like a good lever action rifle... 
Go pick a bunch of rifles up at a gun store, hold them, bring them to your shoulder, sight down the barrel if they don't have iron sights, get the feel.  When you find one that FEELS RIGHT, feels good... get it.  You won't be wrong...
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A Tikka T-3 lite stainless may not be the best looking(not bad though). The appeal is one of the lighter rifles out there with being above average accurate and won't break the bank.
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Hard to go wrong with any of the above choices (the Browning bolt lift helps with mounting some scopes), but I would just get a Savage 116.  It would be reasonably priced, shoot like a custom, and be ugly enough to abuse in the field.
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Thanks for the replies guys!  I currently own a Rem 700 30-06, two ruger M77"s (35 whelen, 280 rem),and a Marlin 336 35 rem.  Im just debating what my next purchase should be.  My wife probably wont allow me to spend more than $800- 900 on a rifle.
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I am a big fan of Savage rifles.  I own several of them.  While I can afford more expensive rifles, I'm drawn to the quality:price ratio of almost everything I purchase and Savage rifles easily fit that bill.  They are more than acceptable in the accuracy department and they just WORK like they should....every time.  Good options would be the Savage 114 American Classic (stainless or blued) or the Savage 116 Weather Warrior.  The rifle alone would run you about $700.

If your $800 budget includes the cost of glass, then you might consider a Marlin.  I once owned a Marlin XS7Y in 7mm-08 and that thing was a dead-on shooter.  I literally hit everything I aimed at with that gun.  It was far better than I expected.  (The Marlin XL7 would be the comparable model in .30-06.)  I think I paid around $300 for the rifle new at Academy Sporting Goods, so if you put some respectable glass on top of it you'd definitely stay within the $800 price range and you'd have a great shooting rifle.

There are plenty of good options out there.  You just have to find the ones that suit your needs and budget.  Let us know what you decide, and be sure to post a short review of it!
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Originally posted by kaptainQ kaptainQ wrote:

Thanks for the replies guys!  I currently own a Rem 700 30-06, two ruger M77"s (35 whelen, 280 rem),and a Marlin 336 35 rem.  Im just debating what my next purchase should be.  My wife probably wont allow me to spend more than $800- 900 on a rifle.

Well, you've already got some right fine one's! I especially like the 336 in 35 rem.  one of mine is a 1960 that accompanies me on my hunts quite often.... if there is anything prowling these Ga. woods and swamps that it won't drop, I sure as heck ain't come across it yet!
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     CZ anyone?

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  VERY GOOD firearms.
  I had actually thought about a CZ 550FS when I decided on aquiring a 9.3x62.  Although I never handled one the drop comb on their stocks are like the one on my S&W(Husqvarna).  It's just too much drop FOR ME to get a decent sight picture through a scope. GREAT with open sights though.
I find that for me get the most out of my shooting,especially in field positions,the LOP and comb height of the stock have to be right.   


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Originally posted by kaptainQ kaptainQ wrote:

.  My wife probably wont allow me to spend more than $800- 900 on a rifle.


I'll pass along the best advice I ever got....   Build your wife a big closet for all here shoes, even encourage her to buy more... and you'll never have to worry about buying guns!

It has served me well!
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

Originally posted by kaptainQ kaptainQ wrote:

.  My wife probably wont allow me to spend more than $800- 900 on a rifle.


I'll pass along the best advice I ever got....   Build your wife a big closet for all here shoes, even encourage her to buy more... and you'll never have to worry about buying guns!

It has served me well!


LOL. I took a different approach. I got my wife into shooting / hunting many years ago. Now, I buy what I want, when I want (for both of us)!
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Q....  what caliber you thinking about?
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Remington 700 can be infinitely modified and altered/upgraded, and they usually shoot pretty good. Some of the new Remington stocks are as bad or worse than Tikka's synthetic stock.

Tikka T3 is a very well made rifle, great accuracy, smooth action, and can be altered/upgraded too, just not as many after-market parts as Remington.  T3 stock sucks, but there are now options.

I don't own Savage or Browning.  


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