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Budget Bolt Action
« on: February 15, 2009, 02:20:14 AM »
I am wanting to put together a low cost, rugged,  bolt action rifle for a teenager.  He's a great kid and loves to hunt but is saddled by borrowing rifles from family members and unfortunately most of those rifles are junk or simply not suited for him.  The boy needs his own rifle.

It will be used for deer and probably chambered in .308, .270 or maybe 30/06.   I want something accurate, with a decent trigger, good quality and rugged enough to stand up to being hauled around on an ATV, dragged through the brush and used in rain and snow.  Something that will not turn into a ball of rust after dragging around the timber in crappy weather.  I don't want something terribly heavy but heavy enough that it isn't extraordinarily difficult to shoot accurately.  A good quality rifle for the field at an affordable price.

I was thinking of maybe a Savage.  The ones I've had a chance to shoot are shockingly accurate and they're fairly reasonably priced.  I've also considered a Remington 700 SPS but I don't want to have to search for a gunsmith to do a trigger job on it.  The last few Remingtons I've handled have had atrocious triggers.  The trigger on one stainless 700 .300 RUM was incredibly heavy, creepy and gravelly it was simply appalling.  Between the trigger and his wal-mart Tasco scope and rings no wonder the poor fellow couldn't hit deer at 150 yards.

As for scopes I was thinking of a simple 3-9 x 40.  Something quality but reasonably priced.  A Leupold VX-I or VX-II.  Something under around or under the 300 buck mark.  I'd kind of like an illuminated reticle scope simply because they're terribly useful due to the nature of deer hunting in my area but I don't think I could find a quality one for 300 bucks.

I'm pretty well decided on caliber.  I want a caliber that is common so that ammo prices are more reasonable and he can afford to shoot more.  I've pretty much decided on a .308, .270 or maybe 30/06.  I open to suggestion on rifles and scopes though.  I'm wanting to put something together by late summer so he can get some time behind the trigger before hunting season starts. 

I think I'm more excited about getting this rifle for him than I would be about getting one for myself.
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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 09:57:41 AM »
Turk/FN/Germ. Mauser:  80 to 150
Take off Remington barrel from gunbroker: 20-80
Bold/TImney Trigger: 60-80
Scope mounts: 20
SKaggs gunsmithing in Oregon: ~200

Total:  380-530  for  custom tack driving bolt action.  I had him build a .243 for me using the above items (No trigger yet) and the thing is an absolute tackdriver.  He may be a bit on the slow side, but he does great work, the turn around was like 3 months I think.
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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 11:11:09 AM »
  Buy a Savage for $400 and be done with it.  Recommend a Pride Fowler scope.  We had this exct combo drive tacks alongside the Remingtons all the way out to 1K yards at LRI.

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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 04:44:40 AM »
I don't know what it is about Savage rifles but they're doing something right.  Last fall I had mounted a new scope on a beat up plain jane Savage in .308 for a friend and I had it on the bench out behind the house zeroing it in.  Amazingly accurate.  Especially for a rifle that receives very little in the way of maintenance and rides around behind the seat of a farm truck all the time.  It was printing a tighter group than my .308 Kimber 84M Montana.  I wasn't  exactly sure how to feel about that  ;)

Wasn't as pretty or nearly as light but it was shooting ragged one hole groups.

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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009, 03:20:05 PM »
Stevens rifle. No accutrigger, though. Cheaper version of the Savage. Ugly stock, but it works.

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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009, 07:10:02 PM »
399 brand new off the shelf in any caliber you want - Weatherby Vanguard and it will outshoot or shoot just as good as most anything else out there... right out of the box.  No need to tinker. 
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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 07:35:34 PM »
Most of the milsurp bolts are still around $300 or less, most under $250.  Many can or have been rebarreled for .308, you might be able to find something in .270.  These were built back when a rifle was expected to reach out 4-500 yards and touch someone, but they each have a personality, I'm not sure how mine's going to be doing.  You should take a look at them though.
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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009, 10:12:23 AM »
On a budget go with the Stevens
I have 2 Savages rifles  I have a 30-06, 243 package model with Simmons scope and both will shoot 1" groups at 100 yards.

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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009, 11:09:38 AM »
For the money, the Stevens 200 is pretty much unbeatable.   The stock is less than perfect, but is sufficient.  Invest in some decent glass to go with it and you should serve well for a young man's first rifle. 


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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009, 01:25:22 PM »
I like the Weatherby Vanguards, great guns.  I also love the Mossberg 4x4's and ATI's under 300 bucks and great guns.  Besides, why customize it for him, that's part of the fun, help him get the base gun and let him build it up isn't it?
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Re: Budget Bolt Action
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2009, 04:56:41 AM »
price check on the stevens 200?

I hear of this weatherby 399, but I never see them in stores.  I was just playing with the gun genie, and the lowest price I saw was 499...is that the new price of the 399?


p.s.  I did find the scoped version of the savage on gun genie (davidson's) and just how bad is that version?  The reason I ask is because I found an unscoped version in stock at  'the gun source' for 318 + S&H (estimate 15 + 20 transfer fee = 353)  but scoped version would be 380, so $20 for the scope and rings and base...well I'd have to buy the base and rings, so that's 20 right there, unless the base and rings are junk too...
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