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.

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Which bolt action

Poll closed Apr 4, 2012.
  1. Winchester

    5 vote(s)
    17.2%
  2. Savage

    9 vote(s)
    31.0%
  3. Remington

    7 vote(s)
    24.1%
  4. Other (please explain answer with a post)

    8 vote(s)
    27.6%
  1. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

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    I just spent 30 minute on their website oogling guns I will never be able to afford *insert drooling smiley here*
  2. jack404

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    come on over, i've 2 you can try out
  3. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

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    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.
  4. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

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    Yeah I own a CZ 452 that I love, but I've never had (or shot) a center fire CZ
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  5. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

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    God that McMillan Tactical Hunter is nice. I might just not buy a gun for the next 12 years and get that :)
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    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
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    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?
  9. Twicepop

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    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.


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    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.
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    Remington 700
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    Bolts are Bolts I have shot old Ruger 77s and old Redfield widefields for more years than I care to remember. If there is a better combination take the I out of it the rifle and scope are as good as it gets. Gutpile
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    First of all, I'll be the first to welcome you here.

    But I haven't got a clue on what you are trying to say in your second sentence.
    "If there is a better combination take the I out of it the rifle and scope are as good as it gets".

    "Take the I out of it the rifle" What does that mean?
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    Remington M700, then Browning A-bolt.
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    That's why there's an edit feature.;) :)


    Three things come to mind.
    1) I haven't owned/used nearly enough different manufacturer's bolt action rifles to be able to say who has the best one. There are so many beautiful BA rifles out there today that I'd just love to own if money were no object.
    2) Of the bolts I do own(ed) and have experience with, I don't necessarily have a favorite that I feel is the best. BA's I currently have include Remington, Savage, Ruger, Mauser, Krag, SMLE and Berthier. (Past owned would include Winchester.)
    3) I can say that I like them all, even if for different reasons and that my most often go to BA is a Remington and the least favorite "actions" (not rifles) are the SMLE and Berthier.
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    I have a old Tikka 695 that I really like
  18. Hammerslagger

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    Savage has long made good accurate rifles that in years past performed as well and cost less than the products of many competitors. The Remington 700 is often regarded as the strongest mass produced commercial bolt action, and as accurate as the Savage. Mauser designs are controlled feed and adequately strong. Their accuracy depends on barrel and bedding, as is true of all rifles.
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    Cooper model 38.......My favorite...hands down, then Remington 700 BDL varmint...then Browning A-bolt, then .....Savage. :D
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