Re: budget .308
I recently traded off my Remington .308 so I am also in the market for a .308 myself. I have read good things about the Ruger and also did a little research on the Savage. I am leaning toward the Ruger.
I bought a Mossberg ATR .308 a couple of years ago and will never buy another one of those. I reload and I do not reload anything hot, and when I went out to the range with my new ATR, the bolt came apart on the 5th shot. The rifle was sent back to Mossberg and they replaced the bolt. On the next trip to the range, it made it to the 7th round and came apart again. After I got it back from its second trip to the factory, the owner of my local gun shop gave me full credit toward the Remington that I traded last week.
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