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Your opinion, best "battle rifle", hunting, etc for under $1k

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by clearconscience, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    So I've been wanting to buy a new rifle this year to use for hunting, fun target shooting, and maybe a "battle rifle".

    I want a bolt action, with detachable magazine. Probably won't be shooting any longer than maybe 700-800yds.
    A couple rifles I was looking at
    Ruger Scout
    Remington 700 tactical, adding box mag be over $1k?
    Howa pkg
    Savage scout
    AR10? I'm a big fan of ARs anyway.

    What are your opinions.
    Keep in mind I want to be able to find and buy several mags without bending over.
     
  2. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Good luck finding an ar ten for close to $1k. Adding a box mag to a rem700 will bring you over that mark as well. I would personally go savage as I have had a great experience with their guns. Maybe a used rem700 that has what you are looking for might be in the $1k range, but it would take a while to find. How about a FAL or a CETME/G3 clone? Sometimes you can find those for around your budget.
     
  3. del_and_bones

    del_and_bones Anchorage, AK Physics Pirate

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    Semi-auto and under $1k: DPMS 308 (or similar which uses 308 pmags) or M1 Garand from the CMP (up to special grade) and a Garand Gear ported gas plug (for hunting loads)

    Bolt-action and under $1k: I'm not versed enough to formulate an informed opinion.
     
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  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I am partial to Remingtons. My daughter's name is Remington.

    I do really like the Rem 700 Tactical and the VTR.
     
  6. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I like the Remington 700 and you can get a tactical rifle for around $600 and $400 for the conversion, but mags are waaaaaaaaay stupid expensive
     
  7. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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  8. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I Was going to get the Dpms LR-308B just before Newtown....then the availability and price went Stupid. so I have settled on an AR build and keeping my long action Model 700 06.

    Brutus Out
     
  9. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    For your budget, the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle would be a good choice. I can borrow one from pops and you can try before you buy.
     
  10. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    For your budget I would say a M1 Garand.
     
  11. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    +1 on the Garand...just make sure to use surplus or hand load the rounds.
     
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  12. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    For the budget, I agree with what others are saying: A Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle would be a good fit. I've seen 'em around town with decent enough regularity, too.

    If you want semi-auto, a reliable 308 AR at that price point is going to be rough. Really rough.

    Might be able to find an FAL for that price or definitely a CETME (but then you run the risk of Century monkeys).
     
  13. jjackffrost

    jjackffrost central oregon Active Member

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    Need a little more info? What are you hunting?
    All around “for me” is 30-06 150gr for deer 180gr for elk size 308 if you like NATO rounds. They are close, 308 however has less recoil, use less powder, is cheaper and easier to find surplus
    class 4 body armor can withstand 308, not so with 30-06.
    Just got a 30-06 WEATHERBY VANGUARD and I am working on loads for it. Good gun out of box around $500 had to put a detachable mag on it cost $100 from Weatherby
    My REMINGTON 700 BDL 30-06 is my normal hunting rifle in the high desert had it for years harvested everything from antelope to black bear with it.
    My Model 1903, Springfield '03 in 30-06 is my beater/loner rifle it has taken deer at 500+ yards with no problem
    You do not have to spend a lot on a good rifle to reach out to 600 to 700yrds the determining factors are going to be your bullet load and your scope
    As for An AR platform I like the 6.5 grindle one of my hunting friends got an antelope at 700yrds with it I was much imprested
     
  14. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    My 2 cents - lay back a little more cash and get one of these: AP4 .308/7.62 NATO
    Better yet, save a wee bit more and get this: 308 RECON
    FN-FAL very good, too. Slightly less accurate, a bit heavier, rock solid reliable.
     
  15. uban77

    uban77 Maui, HI. Luck favors the prepared.

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    Saiga .308. If it is Converted with a pistol grip. It would fit your criteria. I have a nice one all in and wood. My question is with it now. Is should I converted. It has a classic look about it right now. Would it be worth more converted? I already have an SKS bull pup convert. And for the practical shoot Competition, my eyesight, and hunting I do. It works great.
     
  16. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    My do everything from hunting to bugging out is a Browning A Bolt in 338 win mag I figure if I need a military rifle/caliber, I can "harvest" all I need from a far with that. It does nave a detachable mag as well.
     
  17. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    After reading the article on the newer model 700 being tacticoo led out in the latest American rifleman I am thinking about doing that to my 30.06. It'll be after the EBR is done.

    Brutus out
     
  18. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    You can't go wrong with Howa .30-06. They are tops in accuracy and it's the same action and barrel as the Weatherby Vanguard for less money. Battle rifle? M1 Garand hands down.
     
  19. uban77

    uban77 Maui, HI. Luck favors the prepared.

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    SAIGA .308.
     
  20. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    For under $500 you can have a Savage Hog Hunter in .308 or .338 Win. Mag. The Ruger Gunsite Scout is wonderful. An M1 Garand is a fine option. The Remington semi-auto or pumps are fine, but I personally prefer a bolt gun. The Remington 660 is one of my favorite guns ever made. My personal favorite is a .308 with a 4x Weaver scope.

    As far as some of the OP's suggestion's, the Howa packages are some of the most underrated in the business. Along those lines I would also look at the Savage/Nikon packages. They can be had in many calibers for $500+,-, are bore-sighted and represent an incredible value. You mention converting a 700 to a detachable box magazine. I would strongly suggest looking at the Savage DBM(Detachable Box Magazine). It again can be had in many calibers for a much lower price(and in my opinion, a much higher quality rifle) than the 700. I am bias toward Savage on quality, price and their endless options.

    If you are uncertain about the caliber, it is hard to beat .308 or .30-06 as an all around cartridge. I am very fond of the 7mm-08. I believe it to be superior to the .308, but that is arguable. Everybody has an opinion. That is mine. Good luck.