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Location: williamstown vt
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I'm interested in buying a 338 mag, ive narrowed it down to 4, browning A-bolt med., win model 70, weatherby vangaurd sporter and the weatherby mark v sporter. after reading a post for large game rifle, --which was a big help--towards the caliber itself-- i own brwn a-bolt 7mm mag, very sweet - but was wondering if any of the others above mentioned are any better?.
--weatherby one is priced @ 1300.00 - Mark V , the vanguard 584.00, Win 1064, and last browning comes in at 835.00. any suggestions? thnks Big smile

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Location: Denver, Colorado
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when you get an answer let me know because I am looking for the same. I started the other thread and I still am unsure of which to purchase.

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Location: Alabama
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In my opinion go with the A-bolt. I have one in .270 and I love it. It has put all our other deer rifles in the safe. I purcahsed BAR in .30-06 and six months later purchased the.270 A-bolt. The BAR hasn't seen the deer woods since.

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Location: williamstown vt
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I found the rifle that answers my question. it wasnt even on my list, its Ruger M77R MarkII, a friend of mine just happened to have one ---SWEET---Im in love, hehe, it just fits like a glove.

--Does it make sence that ruger would happen to win out over the rest? -being that i have rem. mod 700 in 308, --then brown medall in 7mm rem mag. or is that just the way things go?--dont get me wrong but wouldnt trade either one in for nothing. They're me 'babies' Big smile

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The most practical purchase is Rem or Win. These are the most that smiths work on and are familar with. Easy to find parts, replacement stocks, easy to work on triggers(A bolts used to really suck on that one), etc.....

If you choose Abolt or others be prepared to hit a brick wall if you want to find easy parts etc.... for them.

Thats from a practical standpoint and the fact that sooner or later they all need work or a new barrel. Its not a slam on the other options at all, other than availability. For value for the buck, Savage.

Here is my opinion and just that on Rugers. Initially they shoot ok. Then they always need bedding. Bedding is a bit trickier on them than on others. And the way Ol'e Bill sold us out year back when the mag bans etc.... came out and how he found a way to damn the AR15 yet keep his mini 14 alive-- well I sold the last POS Ruger I had and won't buy another(though those dang 22 pistols are awful hard to resist)Remember this is simply my opinion.

Jeff

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Location: Southeast Washington State
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I got me a Browning A-Bolt Stainless stalker with the BOSS and couldn't have been happier. The BOSS makes just enough of a difference in recoil that I actually enjoy shooting it. I couldn't think of a better setup myself, but then I've been so happy with Brownings that I don't look at much else anymore. Their customer support seems second to none as well.

That said, I reckon just about any of the big name mfrs these days are making rifles that outshoot me. That Ruger should do fine, given the exceptions posted by others. Presently Winchester Bolt Actions are at the bottom of my list, but that's just me. I've never owned a Remington, mainly because I found Brownings first and never looked back.

Okay, I am laying it on pretty thick, but I have yet to hear anyone complain about their Browning, not even about the price. I can't say the same for any other brand thus far. If there is a complaint about these BOSS A-bolts, it may be that they run a little heavy for field work, or maybe the muzzle blast on the BOSS is a little harsh. Well, there is no such thing as a perfect gun, so for me, I found one I could live with. I am sure it is different for each hunter out there. This is just my opinion.

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Location: Anchorage AK
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jonesy,

Seems you found the sort of rifle I would reccommend. The Ruger and the Winchester are similar mechanically but I have found Ruger's people easier and much more receptive when you have to deal with them.

Also, about every retail outlet here in Alaska carries Ruger, and nearly every smith will work on them, but as things go, some smiths are better than others.

Also, controlled feed is light years better than push feed when dealing with something that might bite back. See what the PHs of Africa have to say about DG hunting on that one.

BUT, and this one bugs me too. The factory Ruger triggers need some work. MidwayUSA.com carries the part kit for trigger and sear replacement. MUCH nicer! Or you can have the work done.

Good luck

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Location: williamstown vt
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.MMichaelAK
Its a real tossup, but i think i'm leaning towards the ruger. some friends of mine are trying to disscurrage me from it. They insist on the Weatherby, price for the 'Weatherby' (actual, not by-product from someone else) is about same, lilttle more but,(200$ +/-) - even with weatherby's guarantee on 1.5" group out of box doesnt seem to make a differance to me. My rem. 308 off the shelf still did better than that . I like the looks and feel of the ruger, even though looks aren't everything. Thnks for input.
p.s - really dont mean to ramble on, just an exciting thing to discuss, as seen/read Big smile i really get in to it. Thnks again.

the other option that might be possible is a brwning, but not sure, there--the ruger fits really sweet, and so doesnt my brwning. gloves-from two differant makers Big smile .

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Location: williamstown vt
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AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats better. just needed to vent thnks.

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jonesy wrote:
.MMichaelAK
Its a real tossup, but i think i'm leaning towards the ruger. some friends of mine are trying to disscurrage me from it. They insist on the Weatherby, price for the 'Weatherby' (actual, not by-product from someone else) is about same, lilttle more but,(200$ +/-) - even with weatherby's guarantee on 1.5" group out of box doesnt seem to make a differance to me. My rem. 308 off the shelf still did better than that . I like the looks and feel of the ruger, even though looks aren't everything. Thnks for input.
p.s - really dont mean to ramble on, just an exciting thing to discuss, as seen/read Big smile i really get in to it. Thnks again.

the other option that might be possible is a brwning, but not sure, there--the ruger fits really sweet, and so doesnt my brwning. gloves-from two differant makers Big smile .

Go with a Savage weather warrior. You will never be sorry. the ACCUTRIGGER is the best on the market. Savage barrels are button rifled. Savage is the most accurate gun out of the box. And they are very reasonable priced. http://www.savagearms.com/centerfire_home.htm

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Shato

Savage are accurate and a great buy. I would not go as far as to say accutrigger is the best trigger on the market though. But a ton better than the old ones.

Whats the point about button rifled? Every factory rifle barrel that I'm aware of (almost every one anyway) is buttoned. Its not what method is used, its the quality of how its used and the barrel steel used. Cut rifling can be as accurate and even more accurate. And they shoot well much longer. Takes longer to burn out a cut barrel.

Another of Savage downfalls is stock design. Its flimsy and poorly designed. They shoot well but kick worse than a similar rifle with a correctly designed stock.

Jeff