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    ....another point for keeping the weight down. I like the Leupold 2-7x scopes on hunting rifles to be used inside of 350 yds.

    8.2 Oz. and all the scope I need for deer or even coyote size game inside 350 yds. Why add another 1/2-1 lb. for glass capabilities that you will never use.

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    That is a good point about the scope, as long as the one you pick has enough light gathering for dusk or dawn hunting. I used 3x or 4x fixed power back when I hunted.

    I would second a Savage. My next heavy barrel will be a Savage 10.

    I would also consider the TC. Have a hard time beating the price/performance on those two.

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    I bought two bolt guns late last year.
    Either would fit your needs nicely, and both are offered in .308Winchester.
    First was a Thompson center Compass. Mine is in .243Winchester and is as accurate as I am out to at least 300 yards. That's all the farther I've taken it.
    Next was Mossberg Patriot. Mine is in .30-06, and it too is a tack-driver with decent ammunition.

    Price point on both is under $500. As a matter of fact, I believe I paid just less than $200 for the Compass, and right at $400 for the Patriot.

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    I recently bought a Mossberg 308 Patrol rifle with the threaded 16" barrel. It is quite accurate with jacketed and it also likes heavier CB's (180-200's). By taking off the flash hider and putting on the thread protector then using faster burning powders, I have quieted down the blast of the short barrel while retaining the hunting capabilities with those heavy boolits. It is a handy little rifle.

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    Tikka or savage both I'll work well ,trigger and bolt on the tikka are super slick .

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    I like the look of the old 788s, I'd like to find one in any caliber, but think i'd like the 7mm-08

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    I had one in 7mm-08. Tack driver. Never used cast with it, mostly Sierra Gameking or Matchking bullets. My first ugly but accurate rifle.

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    Kimber has a few in your specs. Tikka is another on that does a fine job. The Browning Line up includes a lighter weight premium rifle in the hells canyon line.

    I think consistent 1” groups with 5 shots is doable but will take development with any of the chosen rifles.

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    I'm a big fan of Rem 700 and Ruger M77 & #1

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    If you pick up some factory match ammo then it should group less than 1" in the rifle of your choice.

    When I bought my Savage Axis I was shocked at the 3" groups with batch ammo (.223). Then I got some Federal match (69gn Sierra Matchking) ammo. First 5 rounds went into 3/4 inch. I don't know if they will do better because I can't shoot any better than that, even off a bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HangFireW8 View Post
    Kimber 84M Montana, and beat your weight requirement by almost a full pound.
    I'm in complete agreement. I have a leupold 1.5-6X 3i scope on mine in talley lightweight mounts. It weighs 6 lbs 2oz with a sling. It's a tack driver. I was torn between the 7-08 and .308 both of which I already have and greatly respect. The nod went to the .308

    What I really wanted was a .338 federal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43PU View Post
    You canít go wrong with the TC compass in .308 this is a 15. FIFTEEN round group with the lee 312-155 sized to .310 with mixed brass and CCI 200 with 13 grn of 800x 50 yards

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    I've got 4 T/C Compass rifles. 270, 308, 30-06 and 6.5 Creedmor. All will shoot MOA with factory ammo and all cost under $250 with rebate. 2 of them cost me $170
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    I bought a Ruger American All Weather in .308Win. Even with the cheapest 150gr FMJ surplus ammo I found it was putting 5 round groups into .75". With the Federal Match 168 SMK ammo I could shoot several .5" groups. This little rifle has impressed the heck out of me. It's not a great looking gun but it's an accurate rifle that i'm not afraid to drag through the rain and snow and scrub brush here in NV.

    I also have a Tikka T3 in 7mm RM and it's another light weight tack driving machine. The Tikka has one of the smoothest actions I've ever cycled.

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    The T3 Hunters are light, accurate , AND pretty. The recoil pads are like boot heels is my only complaint.

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    I am leaning towards a Tikka. The Kimbers have had mixed reviews that give me pause.

    I am a sucker for a pretty gun that will shoot.

    I looked at the Ruger No 1 but the only new ones in .308 are anniversary editions that do not move me. I know it is not a bolt gun but a single shot would serve well for my hunting needs.
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    My .308 Tikka Varmint with a bull barrel is my most accurate weapon

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    My 1st brand new HP rifle was a Win 70fw/ .308. I really didn't pick it out it was one of several
    guns I got from a business going out of business when I-70 went through. It so happens this is
    a pre 64, even though that's the year I got it. I put a 6x scope on it and as many rifles as I've
    owned it is still my go to serious hunting rifle. I've had several other 308s,Sako- Rems in several
    models and Brn BAR. The Sako was as good as my old m70 and they all shot well. The only one
    that was a disappointment was Rem 742. My name for it was a Insult Rifle. I have shot a lot of
    deer with my m70, my farthest shot was about 250yds which is a long shot for were I hunt. I
    shot 150gr bullets for years then tried Speer 130 HPs which were listed as a accuracy load for
    the M1a. The rifle really likes them and that's the load I took my 250yd deer, the longest shot
    I've ever made on a deer. I load the 130hp Speer with 47.0 gr of IMR-4895 at apx 3000fps. I
    also shot a lot of ground hogs with this load, many in 300yd range with gun bagged. Some
    don't like the 308, but I think it's a versatile cartridge.

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    I used the .308 a lot in a Ithaca LSA55, a Sako, and a 788 and that 130 hp flat out works. A man could be a one gun guy with a .308 Win. Like DRM50, my 742 was a lemon but I had a 760 that was great.

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    I would recommend the Ruger American rifle.

    Mag fed, light, mine is very accurate, and easy on the wallet.
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    If I was to buy another hunting rifle, haha... I mean.. WHEN I buy another hunting rifle it will be a tika t3 lite stainless in .308 or 30-06. Have one in 300 win mag and it will shoot repeatable .33 inch groups at 100y. Awesome rifles, you will not regret buying one.

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