New guy, long thread, cliff's notes at end

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JQualls90, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. JQualls90

    JQualls90 New Member

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    Hey all, sorry if this is in the wrong section, I didn't see anywhere else to put it.
    My name is Jimmy, and I stumbled upon this forum whilst looking for info on my Marlin model 60 (squirrel on stock). I read through a couple threads and liked what I saw.
    A bit of background on me first: I'm stationed in Norfolk, in the US Navy as a GSM; Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical). I work on jet engines used for electrical and main propulsion of ships. Not a bad line of work, and I'm very proud to be a Navy engineer, seems like we get the most respect, next to SpecWar of course, from other sailors.

    My first firearm was the 60 mentioned above. I got it from my dad for x-mas when I was 10. That thing's older than I am! (I'm 21) But I do need to go home on leave and get it fixed, as it won't eject spent casings, and it double feeds :( My next was a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12ga. Got that on x-mas when I was 14 (hmm, seems to be a pattern there). My only complaint with the 870 is the finish, as the metal rusts wherever the oils from the skin touch it. I plan on getting a coating of some sort, maybe some camo-form or something. Both are fun to shoot and the .22 is as accurate as they come.

    I am currently looking for a bolt action rifle, and leaning towards the
    Marlin XL7, Winchester 70, or Remington 700, in order of preference. That will be a later purchase though. Unless someone wants to take over payments on an '04 mustang gt w/ some performance mods and a $1500 racing seat, harness, and bar interior? lol

    Cliff's Notes: aged 21; own Marlin model 60, Rem 870 mag; in the Navy; want a centerfire bolt action rifle.
  2. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

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    Welcome to the site, don't be afraid to ask questions. don't forget about the savage axis/edge series of rifles, they're designed to be an entry level rifle.
  3. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

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    If you weren't set on a bolt action, I'd make you a deal on a semi .30-06.
  4. hunter29180

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    Welcome to the forum! good to see another Navy guy here! post pic of you guns, we all are addicted to them! some one will be along shortly to post a better reply than I can. for a bolt action you looking for a newer rifle or would a older style military type be something you would be interested in?
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

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    G'day and welcome to the forum !!
  6. HunterAlpha1

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    hello and welcome! i'm assuming by Norfolk you mean Virginia? i'm up in Yorktown, maybe someday we'll be shooting buddies:)
  7. jbmid1

    jbmid1 Active Member

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    I might be interested in something like this. Is it listed on the buy/sell/trade section? If not pm me.
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    jbmid1 Active Member

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    Welcome, and I'm a big fan of the Remington 700.
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    Welcome
    On the bolt actions the Remington 700 is great. Don't overlook the Savages though. They make one of the most accurate out of the box rifles available
  10. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the Forum, Jimmy. There is a wealth of information to be found here.

    Thanks for your service, from an old Army retiree.
  11. okiefired

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    Welcome and thanks for your service. Of the three bolts you listed the Marlin would be waaay down on my list. Remmy, Win, Savage, FN, Tikka, Sako just depends on what you want to spend. After market is much more available for the Remmy but Savage and Win are pretty good there too. Gunsmiths are probably more familiar with the remmy 700than any other rifle on the planet so thier easy to get worked on and accurized. Good luck.

    okie
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    welcome aboard! & THANK YOU for your service! :)
  15. hogger129

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    hey welcome to the forum. my father owns the marlin model 60 as well. good rifle.
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    Welcome to TFF JQualls, what do you have left to pay on your stang? ;)
  17. popgun

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    the marlin is just OK, as for a M70 winchester, get a pre 64 if you can. The new M70 Winchesters made by FNH here in the US are also good. The are made at the same factory as the Mini. Most Remington 700 are good. ADL are entry level has a blind magazine, BDL has a floor plate, CDL is best with the removable magazine. If you buy a used 700 check the trigger adjustment screws for the factory epoxy to make sure it has'nt been messed with. Enjoy
  18. Millwright

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    JQuals,

    I'd opt for anything wearing the Savage brand these days ! Long been among the most accurate barrels in the industry, now sporting their "accu-trigger" that's a real gem, and - depending upon the model you buy - offer "convertibility" permitting you to change caliber/cartridge for yourself with simple/cheap tools !

    For a long time the "knock" on Savage has been their rather "plain jane" appearance and styling. That's changing and do you buy a gun to look at or shoot ? Always been one hell of a value as well ! >MW
  19. JQualls90

    JQualls90 New Member

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    Thanks for all the warm welcomes.
    -I'm not interested in getting a semi just yet, since I want to get the SKS my dad sold to a friend back asap. Man, I miss that thing.
    -I'm looking for a decent new rifle probably .270 or something similar. It's too bad I can't find a new 7.62x(51?) bolt action, that's what I really want, but there doesn't seem to be too much.
    -Marlin has a bottom of the bucket bolt? I read a few reviews and they say it's not too bad, especially for the price vs performance on a starter rifle.
    -I still owe a bit over 13k on the stang, it's an 04 GT. I honestly wouldn't let someone take over payments on it just yet. The previous owner either didn't use loc-tite or a torque wrench when they put new gears in it and I sheared off all the ring gear bolts, so it's getting a 31 spline upgrade.
    - I've never even heard of Tikka or Sako, I'll have to look into those.
  20. watsisname

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    Welcome, One of the best values in bolt action rifles is the Stevens 200 series. They are 100% Savage and are very accurate. I have two now and might buy a third just because I love them so much. Prices are very reasonable too.
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