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My first rifle!

Im about to graduate college so I figured it would be a good time to buy my first hunting rifle. I have always been really into hunting but dont really know much about guns. I was wondering if someone could tell me if I got a good deal or ripped off? I bought a Savage 30-06 model 110. It has a simmons scope on it. It has a cheap strap on it and everything works fine on it except the scope wont adjust, i was told it just needs oiled so the little knobs turn again. I bought it for $150 with a full box of ammo. This seemed like a really good price for a gun that shoots straight, but is Savage model 110 guns very good?

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I'ld say thats a good price, I just actually came from a gun show today, and Ild say thats on the lower end of the price scale. If it shoots good groups, fits your shooting style, then you scored. Thumbs up simmons scopes are fairly cheap to replace if need be.

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Welcome to BGH Mike.

The savage 110 is a good gun. If it's an older one, it probably has the old style trigger. The people they bother the most are people that have shoot better triggers. But even with the old trigger, I've never seen one that didn't shoot well. For the price you got it for, I'd spring for a new scope. You can pick up Leupolds and Nikons for under $200 and they are a giant step forward. There are also mid range Bushnell's that would work well. I would not spend more time on the Simmons that to get it off the rifle.

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Thanks for your advice, I thought it might be a good idea to buy a new scope but I wasnt sure if it was worth it. Since I live in oregon I want to buy one of those scopes that dont fog up, about how much do those run for? Also I noticed the bolt on it has some play in it, is this normal? It seems pretty excessive but maybe thats cause Im used to such precise fitting now that Im a mechanic.

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on ebay, the scope that im looking at is a Leupold 12x40 and avg pricing is around $250. so if you were to buy em in the stores, my guess is around 300 to 325. but a 12x40 is a bigger scope. most people that i talk to use a 3x9 which is a little bit cheaper and smaller.

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That doesn't sound right to me,12 x 40, but regardless it is not a scope for average hunting conditions, more designed for long distant shooting.

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Thats a good deal, I've got a Savage 30-30 and knocked down a few, I dont even use a scope and I never shot over 150yards with it. As for the scope, you can just go to walmart and buy a cheap one, it doesnt even have to be above $100, you can actually get $200 scopes for dirt cheap if you look around online, or go to http://www.sportsmanguide.com , also check out pawn shops. If your starting out, ya' dont need an expenisive scope or need to be shooting that far anyhow. Thats my opinion.

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For a scope, stick to either a 2-7x or 3-9x varable. Of the two, I'd rather the 2-7 for what you have. Many, many good scopes under $200, start at Leupold, Nikon and Bushnell. BTW, my own 30-06 has a fixed 2 3/4x scope on it.

As for a sloppy bolt, not sure what you mean? If your talking with the bolt all the way back, there will be some. If there wasn't, you probably couldn't work the action.

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ya I been looking at scopes but im kind of confused at what all those numbers mean. I guess it really doesnt matter though lol, you guys know more than I do so I will just take your word for it. Ya I was talking about with the bolt all the way back it has like a quarter inch of play in it that just seemed like a bit much to me. Thanks for all your guys help im an idiot when it comes to guns right now so I need some help learning lol

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