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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    The Remington 788 is the forgotten gem of Rem bolt guns. I have a 243 & 308. Both are absolutely incredible to carry and are very accurate! Bolts are smooth but in 308 with their light stocks, they have more kick than a 700 does. They are harder to find on the used racks because most hunters know how well they shoot and how strong the actions are.
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Had a Rem 788 in .308 that was a hand-me-down from the FIL. Wouldn't consistently chamber 7.62 and had to send it to a gunsmith to get the bolt handle fixed. Evidently that was a common problem with the 788. Very accurate with anything it would feed, though. Took a couple deer with it and passed it on.
    ... law is often but the tyrant's will...

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Whatever you do, stay away from the scope combo deals. You'll never get a quality scope that way. It doesn't matter what you choose, if you put a $100 piece of crap scope on it it will only shoot like a $100 piece of crap rifle.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    I ended up with a Savage 110 Switchback. I like that it has a box magazine, threaded barrel, Accutrigger and comes with a full pic rail. I went to the store thinking I was going to walk out with a Howa Hogue but to my surprise I hated the Hogue stock, it was way too sticky and it didn't have a removable magazine My second choice was a CVA for a few bucks less but it didn't have a threaded barrel. I loved the way the CVA felt and looked though.
    Anyway, now I start researching rings and scopes.
    The Hostler

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    What no love for Thompson Center Venture? You get an accurate rifle, 5r rifling for easy cleaning and weather shield protection for 470 bucks.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Quote Originally Posted by ray h View Post
    Anyway, now I start researching rings and scopes.
    May I recommend a Vortex Diamond back?
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  7. #17
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrborecrazy View Post
    What no love for Thompson Center Venture? You get an accurate rifle, 5r rifling for easy cleaning and weather shield protection for 470 bucks.
    There are a ton of good rifles in this category, no hate for the T/C, it's just one of many I didn't have a chance to handle.
    The Hostler

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Quote Originally Posted by bigandy1966 View Post
    May I recommend a Vortex Diamond back?
    The Diamondback has come up a couple of times. The guys behind the counter where I bought the rifle recommended it also.
    The Hostler

  9. #19
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    New Castle, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Quote Originally Posted by ray h View Post
    The Diamondback has come up a couple of times. The guys behind the counter where I bought the rifle recommended it also.
    The Vortex has a great warranty.


    You'll probably need it.


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  10. #20
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    Default Re: Looking for basic bolt gun

    Ok, I've got a Vortex Crossfire II, 4-12X50 AO on the way. I went with the Crossfire over the Diamondback because of the better eye relief of the Crossfire.
    The Hostler

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