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Buying a used rifle

Could someone give me some tips on buying a used rifle, probably a 30-06. It will be a lower end rifle like a remington 700. It will be my first centrefire rifle.
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I would look into the Savage Stevens 200. I don't have one but have heard good things about them. Thats just my 2 cents. YH12

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" It will be a lower end rifle like a remington 700 "

The Remington 700 can compete with any firearm on the market, but to answer your question.
Check all functions for loose bolt,loose safety, loose clip , metal firmly attached to stock etc.
Open action or remove bolt and look down barrel in bright light. Bore must be clean and you should see grooves.
For a scope mounted rifle, I always take a Bore Sighter with me. With a bore sighter you can instantly check to see if the scope adjustments are working.
All scopes"look the Same". Some are junk and others are very high quality
The scope mounts should not show signs like being modified,shimmed,screws forced or broken etc.
Having a friend along that knows rifles and possibly owns a bore sighter if rifled scoped, would be a great asset.
My son has a Remington 700 BDL in 30.06 and it is extremely accurate, right out of the box.
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I wouldn't consider that Rem. 700 lower end. You'll have a real nice gun if you find a good clean one.

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Check the bore and the area in front of the chamber. Look for signifigant errosion. Inspect the locking lugs on the bolt, the should have even wear on both lugs, if not then bad accuracy could result. Bring along a headspace checker and see if you could close the bolt with it installed, if so the headspace is excessive.

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I just bought a 700 BDL 7 mag last year and its an incredible rifle. I don't consider the 700 bdl as bottom of the line at all.

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My apologies for calling the 700 a bottom of the line. Let me reword that to say more what I was thinking. I'm looking for a simple rifle not looking for fancy engraving or a really nice stock, something that will shoot reliably and most importantly is an affordable price. I was also looking at at remington 710, but new.
Thanks for the advice, now if I could ask the same question but about shotguns, also advice about choke selection for duck and some upland game.

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My choice is the Rem. 870 Express 3" magnum. I don't think you will want to use the same choke for duck and upland birds though. I'd get the Mod., Imp., and Full chokes so you can vary depending on what you want to hunt, but I'm no expert that's for sure. So I may learn something from this post also

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Shotgun choke tube selection can depend on a few things like game, weather, distances, shot type, caliber, etc. but if you want the multi-purpose tube I'd have to go with the modified. It is the jack of all trades for tubes and works well with the steel shots used in waterfowl today. If you are turkey hunting you will want full choke and cylinder choke for doves.

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