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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 14:32
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Buying a new rifle for open plain hunting. Shots ranges between 110yrds to 400yrds.
Here are my choises:
  • Steyer Mannlichter 30-06
  • Win M70 30-06(springfield) Sportster - Would love some feedback on this rifle
  • Tikka T3 6x74
  • Mauser 30-06
  • Remington 30-06 700 xcr li rifle
  • Might look at a Savage but no idea how good they are??
Mostly concerned with the barrel, accuracy and the trigger???
 
 
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 14:34
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Choices Loco sorry
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you live in south africa, im gonna tell you best of luck.

Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 14:47
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Why? Smile
Yes the paperwork takes ages, months to be exact... wait is about 3months now
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Depends if you want a traditional look or a sythetic stock.  To me a model 70 in nice wood is hard to beat as far as looks, but I'd never hunt with one because I'd be scared to mess up the nice wood,  The Tikka is a very well liked huning rifle as well.   I'd say any you listed would be good options.  I look at the chamberings availible and pick based on that. 
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 14:50
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Thats why i need the feedback want to make the right choice here! 3 months is a long wait!
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 16:37
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A stock T-3 will likely be the most accurate rifle you'll ever shoot.  They aren't the least bit finnicky with ammo either.  I have a tikka 695 and 2 T-3's.  They're all sub MOA with factory ammo.  
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 16:44
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I have a Tikka M695 in 280Rem and it is superbly accurate.

Every T3 I have run into has been good as well.  

That having been said, I have had pretty good luck with Savages as well.

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The CZ/BRNO rifles have been very accurate, they are controlled round feed and can ordered with a synthetic stock.
I am almost embarrassed by our incredible selection of firearms here in the USA.
Sometimes people go overboard when it comes to accuracy..as one famous gunsmith told a client who wanted a super accurate elephant gun, "how small is the elephant you plan to shoot".
Dependability, ruggedness, handling characteristics and durability count for more than tack driving accuracy.
Being able to strip a rifle in the field without tools is important, gunsmiths are a long way off.
I would look for the most dependable and best handling gun of the bunch, then check the accuracy.
All the best in your search.
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Another vote for the Tikka, great guns, butter smooth action, great accuracy, not picky about ammo.
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   Winchester Model 70 Featherweight
 
 
 
 
Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 19:14
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The Tikka T3 is very nice yes, but I might just aswell buy a Steyer for $300 more?
The thing is the Winchester M70 is allot cheaper (but has a longer barrel and a beautiful stock), next to it, the Browning x-bolt, Remington, all in the same price bracket and Savage by far the cheapest; Tikka sits right in the middle, with the Steyer just a bit more than the Tikka.
 
So do I stay in the bracket or do i go up?
 
The thing is I have never shot any of these rifles before, been hunting all my life with a MUSGRAVE .308 with one of those great TASCO's you use to get, the one's that was still made in Japan.. (what ever happend to them? TASCO??).
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

 
   Winchester Model 70 Featherweight
 
 
 
 
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Should keep my yap shut in light of all the esteemed membership who humps Tikka leg, but I don't like them. 
The mags are cheap and the dog gone rifle just doesn't shoulder well FOR ME. Accuracy, price and smooth bolts be dammed, I hate the way they feel and they remind me that I'm holding a Sako knock off.  Sorry  

Love Earl's Win M70 recommendation though. 

Carry on, people....  
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Of the ones you listed I love the Winchester and I mostly hunt with Remingtons if that means anything. You mentioned the Browning x-bolt on another post, that's a great choice as well.

I'm with Mark on the Tikka. I've heard great things about them but every time I handle a Tikka T3 in the gun store it reinforces my decision not to buy one, mostly for the same reasons Mark listed. I'm not a big fan of the looks of the Savage either but they are shooters.


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Tikka? Good example... Buying a Porsche Boxter, Its just not a 911... Will always sit in the back of my mind.
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So I can narrow it to REMINGTON 30-06, WINCHESTER M70 30-06springfield, BROWNING X-BOLT 30-06. Which is the better long rifle? 300yrds+
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YOU, like some other respected members here, may love the Tikka. I'd just suggest you pick one up and check it out before you buy, if possible. 

They are every good thing the guys here have mentioned, but they just are not for me. I'd get another Sako before I'd get a Tikka. 

If your got to to be a bear, be a grizzly. Wink 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

YOU, like some other respected members here, may love the Tikka. I'd just suggest you pick one up and check it out before you buy, if possible. 

They are every good thing the guys here have mentioned, but they just are not for me. I'd get another Sako before I'd get a Tikka. 

If your got to to be a bear, be a grizzly. Wink 


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I've always been a Remington guy so you already know my pick. With that said, the new FN made mod 70's have been getting great reviews as far as build quality and accuracy.
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Originally posted by nevlotz nevlotz wrote:

Tikka? Good example... Buying a Porsche Boxter, Its just not a 911... Will always sit in the back of my mind.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2012 at 21:22
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I'm a Remington fan and the particular one you are looking at should work out real well. I own several from 22-250 to .375 H&H. They have never had a problem and they are all accurate.
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I'm a Savage fan through and through.  Although my next choice is the CZ550.  (It might be more suitable for you) I would also strongly recommend the .375 H&H.  I'm not sure what kind of bullet selection is available to you, but the .375 H&H has been fast evolving in the ballistics world.  It has almost always been considered a shorter range weapon, but with the improvements in bullets and powders it can now reliably be used out to 600 yds. (If the shooter can do their part)
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

YOU, like some other respected members here, may love the Tikka. I'd just suggest you pick one up and check it out before you buy, if possible. 

They are every good thing the guys here have mentioned, but they just are not for me. I'd get another Sako before I'd get a Tikka. 

If your got to to be a bear, be a grizzly. Wink 

That is a very important point.  Make sure the gun fits you.

Besides, we all have our prejudices that are not always objective (for example, I am not aware of a rifle that Remington makes that I would be willing to buy.  I just do not like the bloody things).

ILya
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I bought a M70 in 7 Rem Mag a few months ago in the Ultimate Shadow version. I didn't want a pretty gun, this one goes with my SBE I. Anyway, I held and looked at a lot of differant rifles, Howa, Remingtion, Winchester, Browning, Ruger, Savage, and the Tikka.
 
Like others the Tikka didn't fit me worth a crap, I didn't like the palm swell in the Browings, and I didn't like the hogue stock of the Howa (although I was told Howa made actions for Weatherby). I would have gone with either the Savage or the Winchester but I liked the the M70 better. It just felt right, kind of like my old ruger M77, make any sense? If you can't actually hold any of these it is a serious disadvantage, but I would be doing the same thing your doing by trying to base your purchase of off research.
 
Unfortunately I haven't been able to shoot the 7 mag yet, I didn't get a scope until this week. If you haven't decided yet, I let you know how mine shoots for what it's worth.
 
Good luck, happy hunting.
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