In your opinion, what gun maker makes the best bolt action centerfire rifle?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Trevor1837, Mar 31, 2012.

Which bolt action

Poll closed Apr 4, 2012.
  1. Winchester

    5 vote(s)
  2. Savage

    9 vote(s)
  3. Remington

    7 vote(s)
  4. Other (please explain answer with a post)

    8 vote(s)
  1. Albtraum

    Albtraum Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hard to say which manufacturer is "best", but I think McMillan would be at the top.
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    mac for my vote , great rifles and rifle makers ...

  3. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    I have Winchesters, Weatherby's and Sako's, but, my go to is my Remington 700 Sendero in .308.
  4. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Yeah I should've specified reasonably priced, like under $1500
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    never shot a mac then eh ? thats ok

    it will redo what you call reasonable
  6. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    I just spent 30 minute on their website oogling guns I will never be able to afford *insert drooling smiley here*
  7. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    come on over, i've 2 you can try out
  8. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    If you're talking "production" guns, then you ought to take a really hard look at CZ.

    But nothing production is going to match up to a good custom gun.
  9. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Yeah I own a CZ 452 that I love, but I've never had (or shot) a center fire CZ
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
  10. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    God that McMillan Tactical Hunter is nice. I might just not buy a gun for the next 12 years and get that :)
  11. H-D

    H-D Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    Browning (I clicked other) I love my A-Bolt, I like Remington 700's too! I hear great things about all of them but I have never owned a savage I had a pre 64 win mod 70, I liked it a lot too shoulda kept it but that;s the story of my life, first range trip after a co-worker sold my buddy the A-bolt (he said it wouldnt shoot good) I shot 2 times and he shot once from 135 yds, you could get a dime to cover all 3 holes, that's with a cheapo 30 dollar tasco scope, I told him if he got rid of it I had dibs, few months later he said he had too many rifles I told him I'd give him 500 for the Browning, he took it, has offered to buy it back from me too
  12. CJ_56

    CJ_56 New Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    SE Ohio
    Of the 3 you listed the current best is obviously Savage. But that wasn't always the case. Winchester is just a brand name now. The Winchester rifle company we all think of when we say "Winchester" really doesn't exist anymore. Several plants make rifles that are called by that name but none are the original by any means. Remington has had problems in recent years with their buyout too. I nearly bought a Sendero about 3 years ago. But I suspected it needed a new barrel and they wanted top prices for it so no thanks. I bought a Savage 12 LRPV instead. If there's a better rifle around it's a very good one. But people who own both generally say that Sako's are better. I've never shot a Sako so I can't say for sure. I do know they are high priced and Savages aren't. I can shoot a 2" group at a quarter mile with my .223 Savage LRPV with the target action and that's using off the shelf ammo. It's good ammo but it's off the shelf. I use Black Hills remanufactured, HP ammo in the 69-75 gr. range. If a rifle shoots better than this one I can't really get much advantage from it. How good is good enough anyway?
  13. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    My vote is for a Model 98 Mauser. A controlled feed, battle proven, safari proven commercial or military action Model 98 Mauser. This is the action the the infamous Springfield 03 was copied from, and Winchester bolt actions, both Model 54 and 70 designed from the Springfield guns. The one, the only, the original Model 98 Mauser, a design that no one has been able to improve upon since its inception.

    those who beat their guns into plowshares, will plow for those who didn't
  14. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    I think most gun companies have at least one or two models that shine, caliber is important too IMO. I like the Ruger M77s, have a 22-250 and a 220 Swift that just rock. I have a Thompson Centerfire Icon Precision in Ruger .204 that I enjoy, but haven't put a ton of rounds through yet. Seems to be a very accurate and reliable rifle so far. Dad has some Winchesters, Savages, and Remingtons that are great too. If I had the ching I believe the DTA SRS is the rifle to get.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
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