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Re: OT..varmit rifle low cost bolt action

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12-28-2012 07:56:38

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Savage has always had a reputation for a good rifle for the money. personaly i dont like to shoot them,simply because they hurt my shoulder,but they are good rifles. on the used market if you see a old remington 788 dont over look it. everyone i have owned have been excptionally accurate. some folks swear by the NEF rifles, personaly i dont think they are as good as the older HR ones.ive been watching for one of the bakail rifles built in russia and imported by remington as their spartan line. i have one of their shotguns and its a excellent low priced gun. these days a really good single shot,is not what i would consider a budget priced gun, so your sort of limited if your on a tight budget.

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12-28-2012 09:30:10

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 Re: OT..varmit rifle low cost bolt action in reply to jackinok, 12-28-2012 07:56:38  
The Remington 788s were great rifles. The problem is the lugs on their bolts were the weak part of the system (good enough for factory loads) - to many aholes sought out these accurate rifles and put hot handloads through them and set them back on the their lugs giving them excessive head space. After they've ruined the rifle they dump them at gun shows.

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12-29-2012 05:16:10

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 Re: OT..varmit rifle low cost bolt action in reply to dhermesc, 12-28-2012 09:30:10  
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I've been shooting my 22-250 with fairly stout loads since 1980 and have seen no issues as described or ever heard of that before. Is this something you saw yourself?

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12-29-2012 06:56:33

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 Re: OT..varmit rifle low cost bolt action in reply to Bret4207, 12-29-2012 05:16:10  
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The issue I have seen with a 788 is someone hot loads it, gets sticky bolt syndrome, beats bolt open and breaks off the soft soldered handle in the process. It can be repaired if you get to it before some bubba-gumsmith does. Only ever seen it in on a couple .308s. I started hunting with a .243 788 that my dad bought many years back. Not an issue ever, several summers it killed a lot of groundhogs.

For a cheap varminter, I'd be looking at a Savage 110, 10 or Savage-Stevens 200. Walmart has the Savage "Axis" models for $277.

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