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    Question Suggested new budget/"factory" bolt action vs used?

    I'm looking for a loaner/backup bolt action rifle. Maybe something for my kids when they get old enough, but primary usage is as a backup for hunting here out west, or a loaner for visiting relatives. Ignoring the cartridge for now (I think I've got it figured out), what kind of factory/kit setup would you buy new these days? Budget is around $500 or so. I'm looking for something that's a bolt action, but I really don't have any experience with anything new, and I currently don't own any.

    Also, if you're of the opinion that everything new at that level is just junk, what models would you be looking for a local pawn shops, gun shows, etc?

    Again: bolt action, for hunting mostly, $500 max or so, preferably new but used OK as long as it's something common and likely to be found. A three position safety would be nice but not required.

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    Ruger American. or Savage Axis. my daughters Ruger 308 cal is very accurate, she picked it up on sale for 299.00

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    Savage 110....has the Accu Trigger...I picked one up a few years ago for Hight Power Silh. in 308...about the most accurate out of the box rifle you can get...never had to try and adjust the trigger either... Shrps74

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    I agree...the Ruger American is a nice little rifle for the money. I saw them on G-Broker for $299 just recently.

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    I have seen several used Savage bolts with the accutrigger and cheaper scopes for just over $200.

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    IMHO I feel that the new manufactured rifles are good accuracy wise and very cost effective if you are wanting a hunting rifle that will see some abuse but they are cheaper because they have found ways to cut corners in manufacturing and by using cheaper synthetic stocks and some stamped steel parts as well as plastic parts. If you really want a good solid old school rifle crafted out of a walnut stock and all machined 4140 steel then I would prefer to go with an older used rifle.

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    Well DougG, That sounds like the description of a good old Savage 340 (Also built as a Stevens 325 & Springfield 820?).
    Look in pawn shops for apx. $250-300. Chambered in 30-30 & has decent iron sights & would make a rugged accurate loaner, youth rifle. At most hunting sho ranges of 50-100Y, it will do the job just fine.

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    I've had good luck with Savage Axis (22-250, 243, 30. Ruger is always a good choice. As far as used, most of what I have seen is beat up and way overpriced for what it is. There are, of course, good deals that come along every now and again.
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    I do like the Ruger American and also the Winchester XPR.
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    Ruger American
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