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I have read good things about Tikka's being very accurate out of the box. Also Sako's. I could pick up a Sako for maybe within the high end of my budget and the Tikka's go for more the low end of the budget. Still, waht do you all think about used gun buying? I have only bough one used gun before...the 338 win mag which was an excellent buy from an oddly ignorant pawn shop owner I was able to barter down. The gun seemed barely used and proved to be very accurate although the cheap simmons scope that was on it sucked.

Finally, I am sure you have a ll heard of the weatherby Vanguards accuracy guarantee...smoke & mirrors? personally I don't really like buying the bottom end of any manufacturers guns...but I will keep an open mind to any posts that bear witness

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Weatherby Vanguard is a fine gun, I own one in 300 Weatherby Magnum. It has two distinct drawbacks, however. One, it has a 24 inch barrel. With the Weatherby cartridges, you need a 26 inch barrel to realize the optimal ballistics and performance from these cartridges. Secondly, out of the box, they have heavy triggers. Nevertheless, they are good guns, and they are as tough and as accurate as any model 700.

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Savage 110 in 30-06. Very dependable and accurate.
If for some reason you get tired of the '06. You can purchase another barrel for about $180. There are at the least, 20 caliber choices in barrels, as long as the new choice has the same head size (.473) and the round fits into the action. They need to be blued. Otherwise, they are ready to install. The headspacing is done with the lug that comes on the barrel.

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Here are some suggestions that I think offer the most bang for the buck in bolt actions.

1.) CZ 550
2.) Savage (10, 110, 112)
3.) Weatherby Vanguard.

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Tahnks for the suggestions. I think I've got it dialed in to 3 guns.
1. Tikka Laminated stainless $670-750.00
2. Sako 75 Hunter $900.00-1149.00
3. remington 700 BDL Deluxe-used-650.00

Also, saw this sprinfield 06 from WWII with inlays and scroll work on the barrel.
Diamond shaped Ivory inlays plus scrolling-absolutely gorgeous gun of a lifetime-would never get tired of looking at it-and collectable.
The only thing is I looked down the bore, and by no means does it appear shot out. But, I want a real shooter and working gun and I don't think they'd let me try before buy on that one....$900.00 Says Military issue on it. Mustve been a sniper gun. need to research

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If you have heard good things about the tikka you are right. I bought a tikka t3 synthetic stainless this year and it is one of the best and most acurate guns i have ever owned. They come with a lifetime garauntee to shoot 1" or under groups at 100 meters for the life of the gun. Tikka is a slightly cheaper version of it's parent company sako's rifles and is of amazing quality

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$ 650.00 for a USED Rem 700 BDL???
Seems a bit high.
For that price, used, it should come with some mid to high end quality optics I would think.
Around here they run between $ 350.00 and $ 500.00 depending on condition and extras.

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My 700 BDL didn't cost that much new. It was $577 on the nose.

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You can order a new Remington 700 CDL from Walmart or The Sportsman's Warehouse for about $660.

That BDL price sounds pretty high, especially when the BDL Stainless was replaced by the SPS Stainless and it comes with a 24" stainless barrel and Limbsaver pad for only $469 at Sportsman's Warehouse.

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NEW IDEA- Okay, how about if I give the 270 WSM one more year and try some new ammo. Last two years I used the following:
1. Winchester Ballistic Silver tip 130 GR for deer

2. Winchester CXP 3 140 grain Failsafes

Please make a suggestion for:

1. Ammo For Deer to try
2. Ammo for elk to try

Any experiemced 270WSM afficiando's out there? Please help.
I could take my $1,000.00 budget for 2005 and buy a new spotting scope
range finder or both instead of a new 30-06 what dou toy all think?

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