15 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 04/14/2010
Posts: 1
Bolt-action question

Hi all...I'm getting ready to buy my first bolt-action rifle and was wondering if anyone had any pointers on which brands to look at or important features I need to look for? Any insights would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

R. Smith's picture
Offline
Location: Greeley Co
Joined: 04/14/2010
Posts: 92
Re: Bolt-action question

My suggestion is Ruger. I have had a 7mm mag and now have a 300win mag. I have no complaints what so ever. The two are very reliable and for myself are very well worth the cost for myself. I highly recommend Ruger as a suggestion.

Offline
Location: Colorado Springs
Joined: 02/23/2009
Posts: 182
Re: Bolt-action question

I've owned Savage, Winchester, Ruger, and Remington. Love'd all of 'em, hate the fact I sold my Savage. Depends on what you're looking for. Every brand has it's advantages, I think Savage is a great starter rifle. Very accurate and reliable, while relatively inexpensive compared to other brands. If you're looking for a medium game hunting rifle, I would have to recommend a Winchester Featherweight. If you're looking for a target rifle, look at Savage. I own and shoot my Ruger more than any other. The only drawback I experienced with this rifle is that I had to have it bedded and the action trued. Now, it shoots sub-MOA with almost every load. One suggestion, before you buy, see what your friends own and ask to shoot them. You may help you tremendously. Good luck.

WesternHunter's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374
Re: Bolt-action question

I'm pretty much on par with AFHunter. I own Remington, Winchester, Ruger , and Savage also. I like them all. But I most prefere the Winchester and Ruger because of the 3 position safety and the Mauser type action with CRF. Also chose one that fits you well when you bring it up to shoulder. I use my Featherweight in .270 win for all my biggame hunting.

Offline
Location: Alberta
Joined: 08/24/2008
Posts: 94
Re: Bolt-action question

I'm partial to Brownings, but don't know anything about the new x bolts; I think A-bolts are tough to beat. I've heard good things about rugers but have never owned one. Had a plastic stocked savage once, I didn't like it, just not the gun for me, although I've read others say they like them.

R. Smith's picture
Offline
Location: Greeley Co
Joined: 04/14/2010
Posts: 92
Re: Bolt-action question

Iam in total agreement with what the other members have written. I think the best thing to do is ask your friends, co workers and family and listen to their suggestions. Also go to your local sporting good stores and start shouldering the rifles you are thinking of. This will help with the feel and fit for the rifle that will fit you best. Good luck in your quest and may you find what you are looking for. Wacko

Offline
Location: Seattle, WA
Joined: 08/29/2007
Posts: 190
Re: Bolt-action question

For standard production rifles I would choose a Rem Model 700 in whatever caliber you want.

Offline
Joined: 04/03/2010
Posts: 5
Re: Bolt-action question

Ford,Dodge,Chevy!!! Remington,Ruger,Winchester! Stick with one of the name brands in one of the basic calibers ,you won't be wrong.I shoot deer with a Browning A-bolt in 30-06,but then switch to a Rem 600 in .308 for pigs,,,but to tell you the truth I've killed 'em both with with a Rem 799 in 22-250. If your not lucky enuff to have a safe full of guns to choose from,,,then like most guys will say anyone of the common brands in a standard caliber will work just fine.Next you can get into specific game and special calibers and guys will argue till their blue in the face.....

Offline
Location: Misouri
Joined: 11/30/2005
Posts: 365
Re: Bolt-action question

Remington 700 with a 3-9 leupold scope, mounts and rings in a standard caliber and go hunt any deer ya please.

WesternHunter's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374
Re: Bolt-action question
fattappyhorse wrote:
Ford,Dodge,Chevy!!! Remington,Ruger,Winchester! Stick with one of the name brands in one of the basic calibers ,you won't be wrong.I shoot deer with a Browning A-bolt in 30-06,but then switch to a Rem 600 in .308 for pigs,,,but to tell you the truth I've killed 'em both with with a Rem 799 in 22-250. If your not lucky enuff to have a safe full of guns to choose from,,,then like most guys will say anyone of the common brands in a standard caliber will work just fine.Next you can get into specific game and special calibers and guys will argue till their blue in the face.....

Welcome to Biggamehunt forum. You pretty much nailed it with what you said Thumbs up

Don Fischer's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3198
Re: Bolt-action question

Welcome to BGH fattappyhorse. Gotta be an abreviation for that! Big smile

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Break-Action vs Bolt-Action MLmlchris607/08/2011 12:42 pm
What 6 guns?WyoJoe3302/20/2012 00:08 am
lawton 8500 bolt action yes or nobrokenarrow102/13/2010 14:57 pm
Thompson Center Switch Barrel Bolt Action Dimensionbitmasher102/13/2012 07:35 am
new to the hobby, have questions...Sean W511/05/2010 13:47 pm