I'm looking for a lightweight, reliable bolt action .308
A general budget would probably help.
I hear many good things about the Howa 1500/Weatherby Vanguard series, and have been planning on picking one up at some point. It's reliable, light, and cheap.
CZ 550 FS
Mine was in 30-06 and not .308 and it was still a super light rifle, almost to the point where shooting was kind of unpleasant, but it was really wonderful lugging it around while hunting because I often forgot I had it over my shoulder due to how light it was.
The only reason why I wanted the 550FS is because I have a 452 Ultra Lux that I love. I'm not too big on CZ's handguns but I love their rifles. If I didn't already have another 30-06 that I preferred to the 550FS I would have kept the 550FS but I didn't really need or want two.
My Mossberg MVP has been treating me pretty well. I'm yet to really bolt it down and handload shit to see what kinda accuracy I can squeeze out of it, but it feeds real great from all kinds of mags and extracts well. Would buy again.
>implying they can only make shotguns
The ability to use pretty much any of the usual 7.62X51 mags is nice, and the fit and finish was good quality too.
It's a heavy motherfucker but I can shoot mag after mag without getting a sore shoulder or exceptionaly wider groups.
inb4 Mossberg shill
These are fucking garbage, look up videos on them to see how shit they are
Best bang for buck is the Savage Axis, step it up a bit to the Howa 1500/Weatherby vanguard, step that up a bit again to the lovely tikka T3
Looking for my first rifle here. Stuck between these two.
Note that these are local prices (Strayan Dollardoos ._.)
I have a Savage 11 trophy hunter xp. Retarded name but its a savage 11 and its nice. Also cheap and light.
I went with the youth version because the barrel is 20" as opposed to 22", it comes with a coupon to get the adult sized stock if you want it but the youth stock is almost the same size.
My budget for the whole shebang (storage, accessories, optics, ammo/reloading kit etc.) is $7,500.
Can you recommend anything similar with the budget in mind?
I want to stick with .308 and a bolt action rifle.
Howas seem pretty heavy to me.
Shit tier advice and rifles any savage above 700 should be alright.
These guys know whats up, need more convincing? Tikka is Sak'os entry level rifle company and also owned by Beretta.
I own a Tikka T3 Lite in 30-06 but held the .308 theyre both really great. They have more of an European bolt though instead of American, what I mean by that is if you're hiking around the bush and you tend to hit your bolt with your leg or anything it can open, but with a round in the chamber the saftey also locks the action. Browning or Sako will literally last your family generations so you cant go wrong with one of those either. Brownings are a little bit heavier but they're really nice. I'd recomend a 10gun safe to start with aswell, and as for reloading you can get a good start with 3 presses and powder loader along with a media tumbler. That would probably put you around 3000, and vortex has really nice optics with a awesome lifetime warrenty.
Well the bigger question is what kind of bolt face do you want? Do you want controlled round feed or push feed?
Seems like a nice compromise of ballistics, ammo availability and reload equipment availability.
I will be paper punching of the most part, but eventually joining my uncle in farm patrols and vermin/pest control (foxes, rabbits, goat, deer, kangaroos and emu)
Makes sense, if you do decide you want something bigger/better you can always fo 25-06 but the ammo will be slightly more expensive. But 25-06 will put a .308 to shame. .308 and 30-06 are on the same field for targets at 300M with the 30-06 dropping a little more but careies more force.
you'd be better off buying an F35 fighter jet. Its got much more firepower, able to maintain air superiority and you can brag to all you friends about your advanced, affordable fighter. its only about 100 mil more than that shitty bolt-action shit
PT&G action, barrel from whomever you want, either a fiberglass stock or a chassis system, and a 3-15 power scope. In terms of reloading you will spend 1-2k to start out depending on how much you want to budget for it.
Thatd be pretty good too, just not sure on prices, I bought a vortex 4-12x 30mm for 220 and ive seem them cheaper, but there are better options like this anon says if youre not trying to chump out.
Leupold is another brand I was interested in, but I would be going over slightly my budget for a decent scope from them.
I want to stick with a bigger manufacturer with a complete system for my first rifle, nothing too complex for now.
>able to maintain air superiority
swing and a miss
I got a 5-25x56 with a MSR reticle for 1900 shipped to my door from someone on the snipershide, it works very well.
Leupold is shit.
PT&G makes great actions and bolts, you just need to find a gunsmith to barrel it and you can put whatever trigger you want on it. It would be cheaper than other folks whom make complete rifles as well as more accurate.
For that magnification range try to stick to first focal plane optics as they will be more effective and easier to use over second focal plane choices.
It's actually a few hundred dollarydoos cheaper here in Straya, strange considering everything else here is about 25~50% more expensive.
>military contracts mean good things!
This meme needs to die, the military only gets the cheapest option that meets the minimum requirements, it isnt a good measurement metric for quality.