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Need help picking out a 7mm

I'm trying to get a 7mm rifle for xmas for under $400
I don't like the synthetic guns.
I want one that comes with a scope.
Anyone have any suggestions?

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
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Need help picking out a 7mm

I'm not sure if any new rifles in 7mm can be had for under $400 that has a wood stock and a scope.

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Your best deal would be to find a used one. Almost any rifle out there with a wood stock is going to wind up costing you closer to 500 atleast and thats without a scope. A savage would be my choice, but since I assume you're looking for a 7mm magnum then the mosseberg 4x4 may be to your liking. If you live in the good ole USA forget everything I said since everything is cheaper down there.
A little heads up though in regards to rifle and scope combos, generaly the scope that comes with the rifle won't last more then a few seasons.

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Need help picking out a 7mm
jim muir wrote:
A little heads up though in regards to rifle and scope combos, generaly the scope that comes with the rifle won't last more then a few seasons.

yup their crap

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As to their advice it's good. My very first deer hunt I bought a great rifle and as I had nearly busted my budget I cheaped out on the scope. The very first morning of my hunt in Oregon I woke up and was amazed to discover my brand new scope was completely fogged and was impossibly useless. As I live in California the temperature and humidity had never reached the point where the scope was fogged and in testing it at the range it worked well. I didnt discover the flaw until I was in the deer camp on the first morning we hunted. It turns out the seals inside the scope were cracked. I had never dropped it or abused it in anyway. I can only surmise they cracked during my range time under recoil. Luckily I had brought a spare rifle. Had I not an expensive hunt would have been trashed or at best precious hunting time wasted in repairs or sighting in a loaner. To add insult to injury the company (who shall be nameless as they advertise here) refused to fix or replace it. Never again will I buy a nice rifle and top it with a cheap scope. I learned my lesson the hard way. In the field your rifle is only as good as your glass. Great glass can actually add time to your hunt as they gather light better than the less expensive models. Don't cheap out. Save if you have too but top your rifle with the good stuff. In my opinion weaver, leupold, nikon are all good staring points for a gun like your talking about. A friend of mine one told me he allways plans on spending the same amount on teh scope that he does on his rifle and its not a bad rule. Just my two cents worth.

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Need help picking out a 7mm

Thanks for your help guys.. I will start looking in to buying the rifle and the scope separatley.

I kindof have to go cheap because I'm only 15 and I'm asking for it for xmas.

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I have always favored Remington rifles, probably because most of my bolt-actions are. A few years ago, I wanted a 7mm, also, and lots of folks were telling me how accurate and reliable the Savage 110's were. I went to a local hardware/sporting goods store, and they negotiated the price on a wooden-stock 110 combo. They gave me a heckuva deal. I have never seen scope rings as "cheaply" made in my life, so I put Burris base/rings on it and kept the cheap Simmons scope(I know,....that probably wasn't smart). But I really like the gun, and so far, the scope is holding zero. Nice trigger-pull, and it will group shots very well. It's a great 'field gun", but now, I'm more into woods and swamps......

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Hello remwingmaster870,

I think also that you must buy rifle and optic separately. I have from few years a Leupold VX-I 3-9x40, which was mount on a Zastava M70 chambered in 7x64, then on a Baikal IJ 18 chambered in .222 Remington, and there's no problem with this scope cool I have also two Leupold VX-III, I think Leupold is a good choice to buy good scopes at good price.

For the rifle, why not a Stevens 200 ? OK, it's a synthetic stock, but it costs 350 dollars.

With 400 dollars, you have two options :
- choose used rifle and scope,
- or choose a new rifle like a Stevens 200 or a low cost rifle based on Mauser action like a Zastava rifle, with a chinese scope (Tasco, for example) which will be change letter for a good scope; If you choose a 7 mm caliber like 7-08 Remington, a chinese scope can be mount few years I think, but with a 7x64 caliber (unknown in USA but frequent in Europe) a chinese scope will have problems because recoil is more important Brick Wall,)

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Just one opinion here, but you can get a good brand name fixed power scope for a reasonable price that will last you forever. There are so many variable power scopes out there that we tend to forget a good fixed power scope does just as much with fewer moving parts. In other words, don't get sucked into believing that fancy is better and the best money is always spent on good basic equipment. I hunt all over the states from swamps to open country and do it all with a fixed power. So if you are on a budget you are not losing anything by getting a plain jane all american 4x or 6x leupold, etc.

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Would the 7mm be a good rifle for hunting in the woods?

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Need help picking out a 7mm

+1 with Highflyer about fixed power scope, they are less expansive than variable power scope and for hunting x4 or x6 power is sufficent. I had a Walther 4x32 on my Baikal IJ 18 .222 Remington before the Leupold VX-I 3-9x40, Walter scope is not high quality product but for a small caliber like .222 Remington the scope didn't fears the recoil .... However, for a mighty 7 mm like 7 Remington Magnum or 7x64 a Walther scope is not adapted Shame on You!

About the choice of a 7 mm caliber, can you specify which caliber exactly ? It exists lot of 7 mm ... I have a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in 7-08 Remington (with a Leupold VX-III 8,5-25x50 and Badger Ordnance mount) and the 7-08 caliber is very competitive Thumbs up It's a .308 W case with a 7 mm bullet. In your situation you coud choose a 7,62x51 caliber, it's less expansive because it's a military caliber (.308 W is forbidden in France for hunting because it's a military caliber, that's why I have bought a 7-08 Remington rifle) Think The cost of ammunitions is important, especially if you don't reload ammunitions eye roll A nice rifle, it's good, but go with it to the rifle range is better, so you need low expansive ammunitions cool

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