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    Bolt action for ****

    while I own other rifles, I was considering picking up a basic 308 bolt gun as a stash rifle. it needs to be rugged, reliable and accurate.


    Any thoughts of what is currently available?

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    Remington 700s are pretty popular for various reasons.

    Or a Savage. Their price is good. They won't win too many beauty contests,
    but the hole in the pipe is very accurate, and they're as reliable as anything else.

    If you're options/preferances aren't limited to a .308 or bolt action-
    I gently used lever action .30-30 has almost the horsepower of a .308.
    They're easy to find, cost effective, certainly fit the bill for rugged & reliable, and their accuracy ain't bad.

    Another one ya don't hear much about that could be a good choice is a lever action in .44Mag. or .45 Colt.
    They're sort of like a short range .45-70, and not too expensive to feed.
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    id have a hard time picking something besides savage for cheap and accurate

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    I don't like the feel of the 700s I prefer the m70s. At any rate I was thinking of something along the lines of getting a Ruger scout awhile back because of the shorter length seems pretty rugged too

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    Savage offers a scout rifle that might suit your needs .

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    Thompson Center Compass

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    Well...i'd say i'm good on leverguns..as ive picked up a few the last few years, mostly 30-30, but a few other calibers too.
    But I'd be lying..if i see a 30-30 thats at a decent price i will snag it. The 30-30 is a great round.

    The 308 is my favorite rifle round, as I have a couple of 308's, and load for them. They are FAL rifles, so since I already load for them I though it would be a good idea to have 1-2 bolts in 308 in various alternate sites, like I do with other guns.

    The savage in 308 or 3006 was on my mind, because I have heard good things, and a relative has one and it seems like a great rifle for the price.
    I'll look into the Compass as well. If I can find a good used Remington OR Winchester..OR a mosberg in the right caliber at the right price, i'll probably snap it up.

    sadly, we are approaching a time on history that ANY solid rifle, with squared away logistics is going to be a valuable asset.

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    TC Compass best choice. Wait for next rebate and you can buy it for around $275.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maine1 View Post
    while I own other rifles, I was considering picking up a basic 308 bolt gun as a stash rifle. it needs to be rugged, reliable and accurate.


    Any thoughts of what is currently available?
    I asked a similar question last Fall. Here are the results, if you want to take the time to look:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...308-Win-Please

    While I have not yet found the .308 I want, I am always looking. Seems that since I want iron sights, I will have to likely go with a used/older one. Scoped ones, or ones that are for scope only, seem to be all over, new & used.

    { I may even try to find a "barrel band" front sight for one of the ones set up for a scope, & then see what I can do for a rear sight too, but I am looking for the whole iron sight package at the moment...}

    Anyway, G'Luck! in your search!
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    +1 for savage.

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    Several people around here have bought the Ruger American Rifles in various calibers. They do a little accurizing on them, like bedding the actions, and are very happy with the accuracy and feel of the rifles. Most people here put low end Leupold or Simmons or Bushnell scope on them and are very pleased with the outcome, especially for the price. They use them mainly for truck guns so their good guns don't get beat up.
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    For a **** rifle do not go cheap on the scope. Missing a deer is frustrating but will not get you killed. BTW, missed a deer with a Nikon scope that I had dropped...using Vortex scopes now. The scope on my hunting rifle is twice the price of the rifle....
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    looking harder at the savage line, and liking what I am hearing.

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    Don't let me be the reason you don't buy whatever you want because it's fun.....

    That said - honestly, what is the **** scenario you are planning for? Most of the stuff I have read about people getting stuck in wars was that guns weren't as useful as a stuff like a case of iodine tablets, a jug of betadine, a big case of gauze, tape, and medical stuff, a factory sealed case of disposable lighters, or home distillation equipment.

    That said.....

    If I am going to hide a rifle + a small stash of ammo up somewhere.... Cheap is near the top of my list.... I know they aren't cheap anymore - but when they were - my choice would have been a Russian Mosin Nagant and a spam can of ammo. Fill the bore and action with axle grease, pack it in a waterproof box, and bury it somewhere you will remember...

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    You are right, in my neck of the woods, tire chains on a plow truck and a good generator are better in they types of "emergencies" we get.

    But, contingencies are good to have in place. Don't like to have all my eggs in one basket.

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    Look at the Mossberg MVP. i know this is an OLD post, but i have a mossberg MVP Patriot and it takes M1A mags and Ar-10 mags, and it has ironsighs, so the best of everything and it shoots 1 MOA

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    rugged reliable and accurate? I'll just take my Mauser
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    rugged reliable and accurate? I'll just take my Mauser
    This!

    I don't understand the idea that your **** rifle needs to be cheap. I want the best, most solid, long term reliable rig I can get my hands on. Injection molded plastic and PM parts can make an inexpensive rifle that may shoot very well, but I don't see them holding up to any extended hard use in rough conditions. I have Mausers that are approaching or are over the century mark and will still be working long after many of these modern marvels of cheapness are long gone.

    Finding a 98 in 308 or having one built will give you something worth having. There are plenty of good Czech and Yugo actions out there to build one on.

    Have a couple Mauser carbines, they are my favorites - handy, tough and powerful.

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    Savage for cheap and accurate.

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