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Thread: First Bolt Gun recommendation.308

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankW View Post
    Why? The model 7 is shorter and 1.5 lbs lighter. And come factory threaded.


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    Just my opinion, but I think you would enjoy the quality of the Tikka over the rem.

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    I had a Model 7 in 30-06. It was great but kicked too much for me. I currently have a SS Tikka T3 lite in 7-08. It shoots under 3/4" at 100 yards with factory ammo and a clean barrel. It opens to 1 1/2 when dirty. Mine was threaded and has a brake on it. I highly recommend it. It is my favorite deer rifle and have made great shots with it. But I have heard good things about the TC. All the rifles on this list will do the job in my opinion.
    I like rifles to carry, especially if I have lots of walking to do. I also had a really accurate Remington 700 SS in 7MM that I loved until a shoulder injury made me not love it anymore. In my opinion 7 lbs. is good for a general purpose rifle. Not too heavy and not too much recoil and more steady offhand. But that depends on the individual and if you are climbing mountains or not.
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    Excellent. Iím leaning toward the rem model 7. Threaded.


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    Recommend a .308 Rifle

    I would definitely look at the Howa's barreled actions on Brownells site.

    You can order a #1 or #2 contour barrel, then add your stock and be under $1,000.

    Otherwise, out of the box I would consider Tikka, Browning, for the higher end. At the lower end of the spectrum, Savage Axis, TC Compass, and the Ruger American.

    The TC Compass is a great little rifle for the price. Though, I still prefer Howa.

    Brownells: https://www.brownells.com/rifle-part...8%2bWinchester

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    I really like the first gen Remington 700 5r and am really intrigued by the Bergara HMR as well. Would probably look to switch out the factory stocks with a Grayboe Renegade or maybe a Ridgeback. Probably not the best for long hikes but will shoot the lights out if you don't mind packing it. The military twisted my perception of what heavy is. Ha Ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzman View Post
    Here's a listing of the rifles mentioned so far that offer a factory threaded barrel.

    Tikka T3X CTR - 20" & 7.5 pounds
    Savage 110 Hog Hunter - 20" & 7.3 pounds
    Bergara B14 Ridge - 22" & 7.9 pounds
    Thompson Center Compass - 22" & 7.25 pounds
    Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed - 22" & 6.3 pounds
    Ruger American Predator - 18" & 6.2 pounds
    Remington Model 7 - 16.5" & 6 pounds
    Remington 700 SPS Threaded - 20" & 7 pounds
    Remington 700 Tactical AAC-SD - 20" & 7.5 pounds
    Barrett Fieldcraft - 18" & 5.1 pounds (over $$ budget)


    Barrett is new to the hunting rifle game, but they've been making other rifle types for a long time and are well regarded.

    If weight matters as much as it seems, then any rifle that's much over 7 pounds before an optic, sling, and ammo may not satisfy you.
    Lightweight isn't all it's cracked up to be. I had a Kimber 7mm08 that weighed in at 6lbs before a scope and it wasn't much fun to shoot. However, when looking at this list of rifles the Browning Hell's Canyon would be my choice. Yes the Rem Model 7 is a small very light rifle and it's going to be a breeze to carry but the Browning is a better rifle overall. When considering price, quality and overall accuracy the Tikka T3X would be at the top of my list. At this point I'm hunting with a Rem 700 5R 20" .308 and love it. I also have a Nightforce NXS on it. It's not a lightweight rifle by any means but it shoots like a dream.
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