Which Bolt Rifle


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I have been considering a new bolt rifle.
I have a Remington 700 that does not impress me.
I am torn between a Browning A-Bolt and a Tika.
These are at about the top of my price range.
I want the best possible trigger I can get and a smooth operating bolt.
I am thinking I want 7mm-08.

What kind of rifle would you recommend?


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AL: I just sold you a great Mosin Negant.....How could you want anything else????? LOL

I have a friend that has a 375H&H Mag. for sale, but, really don't know what it is...I know the scope on it sold new for about $600.00...

Or, I have a nice Russian SKS that I would loan you, but, couldn't sell it...



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Yea the moisen should be all I need right? :lol:

It did not have the newer trigger and it sucked mud.
Very heavy, I put a Timney in and that improved it greatly.
The bolt was rough, I cycled it a few hundred times and it smoothed out some.

I just don't think they are as nice as they once were.


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Ok... so I tried to figure it on my own before hand, but I just can't do it.

What the heck is the difference between all these bolt actions?

a-bolt, b-bolt, x-bolt, etc....


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http://www.browning.com/products/catalo ... catalog_=B

X-BOLT BOLT ACTION RIFLE. Four new models were introduced for the first time last year and for 2009 an additional 22 new specs are available. No other model of rifle will satisfy the needs of a bolt-action fan like the Browning X-Bolt?. First item of interest? Accuracy! The adjustable three-level Feather Trigger system offers the best feel on any Browning rifle ever. Browning is already famous for centerfire accuracy. The X-Bolt notches performance up again. A bolt unlock button works offers a way to open the bolt with the tang safety in the on safe position. Ergonomically styled scope bases offer rock solid scope mounting. They are more compact for a smaller, quicker, sleeker look and feel, that also trims weight. To ensure that your scope stays solid, scope bases are attached to the receiver using four screws per base.

A-BOLT. The Browning A-Bolt? is designed to deliver the consistent, pinpoint accuracy to meet the stringent standards you want. It has a 60? bolt-throw, a free-floating barrel with recessed muzzle crown and a screw-adjustable trigger. The tunable BOSS System is available as an option on many A-Bolt models. New for 2009 is the A-Bolt Target and A-Bolt Target Stainless. No Browning centerfire is more proven than the A-Bolt.

BLR. Two takedown versions of the versatile BLR are available: one with a pistol grip stock and the other with a fast-handling straight-grip stock. The simple takedown mechanism quickly and easily separates the rifle into two compact pieces for travel or easy storage. A scout-type scope base is available as an option. From antelope to deer, from hogs to elk, the BLR remains the first choice of those who favor the dependable lever-action.

BAR. Still the number one autoloading rifle on the market is the legendary Browning BAR?, the ultimate autoloader. The ShortTrac? and LongTrac? models in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo, with the Dura-Touch Armor Coating are proven performers. You can own a lightweight BAR featuring a high-strength alloy receiver, composite trigger guard, hammer-forged barrel and proven seven-lug rotary bolt system in the latest camo color. You lefties out there will be happy to know there are 11 calibers in left-hand in both the ShortTrac and LongTrac. Get one with a deluxe, oil finish Grade II walnut stock.

RIMFIRES. For a fine shooting 22 rifle, select from the ultra-modern Buck Mark? Rifle, the lever-action BL-22?, the straight-pull T-Bolt or the ageless SA-22? autoloader. For 2009, the T-Bolt Sporter and Target/Varmint models will be offered in left-hand models. We have heard your cries! It?s no fun to be left out!


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so they just call it "a-bolt" even though it's essentially just the standard bolt action?

add new features and add a different letter?


The TIKKA T3 has excellant reviews. When accuracy is talked about in forums it seems TIKKA and SAKO are always mentioned favorably. My next bolt gun will be a TIKKA T3 30-06. Thats my .02 cents.

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I would suggest looking at Thompson Center ICON..I sold about 26 of the 250 made.They did a special 250 gun run in the 7mm-08 caliber. You can still find an occasional one or two on gunbroker but the price is up there now adays since most have been sold. I shot one and loved it and got nothing but good feedback on the ones I sold.


I too was in the bolt action rifle market last year. I was really close to getting a Tikka T3 Hunter in 7mm-08. But it seemed that the price kept climbing. When I started researching they were about $495 for the wood grain. When I was ready to buy, they were over $600 and the synthetic was around $525.

I ended up going with a Marlin XL-7 in .270. It is fantastically accurate and inexpensive. I bought mine at Dicks for $279. At the time, the XS-7 wasn't offered, but it is now. The XS comes in .243, .7mm-08, and .308. I would've liked the shorter cartridge, but I can't argue with the .270 as a tried and true round that will be all I need for North American game.

The Marlin features a user adjustable trigger (between 2.5 and 7lbs pull, i think). Factory setup is 3.5lbs and is crisp. The bolt is fluted and smooth. It was featured as an instant classic in a recent Field and Stream catalog for its combined accuracy and bargain price.

I hand load Hornady interbonds with Federal brass and can get near MOA at 100 yds WITHOUT a proper rest other than my range bag. I'm glad I saved $200-300.