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Old 08-18-2019, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Sub MOA stock 7mag under $800 Audad/Devils River

Headed back to Devils River on the TPWD draw hunt with my brother. I was lucky enough to take a young ram when I was drawn the first time. Been told weíre pretty lucky for getting drawn twice in 10 years. Missed a ram of a Lifetime on that last hunt and itís stuck with me. I was using a borrowed 7mm rem mag and absolutely loved that rifle. Rem 700. Right now Iím looking at getting a Bergara B-14 Hunter. Shots will likely be under 300 yds. I donít reload, and am pretty set on the caliber. Hunt is in January. I know the savage rifles are accurate, but theyíve always seemed cheap to me. I have a Weatherby Vanguard S2 308 that I like, and they seem good quality. I have an older browning Abolt Varmint Stalker in 22-250 that is an absolute tack driver. My dad has savage 6.5 Creedmoor that he bought from wal-mart for $299 that will clover leaf, so I know accurate rifles can be had with out spending a fortune and going custom. Looking for opinions on makes and models other then the Bergara. Iíve always wanted a 7 mag so pretty set on caliber. Thanks in advance. Have hears about some feed issues and primer cratering on the Bergaras. Donít know if this is just rare isolated stuff; I donít want to have to worry about that kind of thing.
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Old 08-18-2019, 07:39 PM   #2
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Check out Bergara on TSS Warehouse. I donít have one of their 7mags but I have 4 other of their rifles and they work flawlessly!


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Old 08-18-2019, 09:09 PM   #3
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Shots under 300? Just buy some good ammo that your 308 likes and get after it.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:14 PM   #4
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Shots under 300? Just buy some good ammo that your 308 likes and get after it.
I want to be prepared to take a long shot if the situation arises, and a flatter shooting rifle in those mountains makes a big difference.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:21 PM   #5
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Even out to 500 you aren’t going to notice a difference.

I’d spend the money on glass, ammo, an a LR class.

But, it’s your money, not mine.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:24 PM   #6
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Tikka or Browning xbolt
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:26 PM   #7
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I looked at a wood stocked Mossberg Patriot in 7mm mag on the used rack yesterday. It was $350 out the door, wearing the cheap Bushnell package scope.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:47 PM   #8
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I have a b14 ridge. Got it over the hunter because it has a threaded barrel. Barnes blue tips were 1/2 moa at 200 yards so rolled with them. Figured that was minute of anything I could hit at 500. If your not reloading find a shelf ammo it likes and put some good glass on it. Wouldn’t worry about the stock
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:17 AM   #9
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I have a b14 ridge. Got it over the hunter because it has a threaded barrel. Barnes blue tips were 1/2 moa at 200 yards so rolled with them. Figured that was minute of anything I could hit at 500. If your not reloading find a shelf ammo it likes and put some good glass on it. Wouldn’t worry about the stock
What caliber? I was looking hard at this one as it's really not much heavier than the hunter.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:32 AM   #10
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If your on somewhat of a budget I'd look at the nicer Savage rifles, not the axis line. Look at the 110 and 116 line. The couple savage rifles I have I would put against any other rifle in my safe and i have a couple $2K+ rifles in there. Also I would check out Tika.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:37 AM   #11
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I have a few buddys that shoot the TC Compass and really like them.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:42 AM   #12
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If your on somewhat of a budget I'd look at the nicer Savage rifles, not the axis line. Look at the 110 and 116 line. The couple savage rifles I have I would put against any other rifle in my safe and i have a couple $2K+ rifles in there. Also I would check out Tika.
This. Savage 10 and 16 lines or even the 12 line. If not just upgrade scope on a rifle you already have.

*tip: aoudad vitals are further forward than what people realize, behind the shoulder is only going to clip back of lungs
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:48 AM   #13
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No doubt, Savages as a general rule do seem to flat out shoot. Can't seem to find much info on them in a 7 mag as far as accuracy/range performance.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:49 AM   #14
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[quote=diamond10x;14313089]This. Savage 10 and 16 lines or even the 12 line. If not just upgrade scope on a rifle you already have.

*tip: aoudad vitals are further forward than what people realize, behind the shoulder is only going to clip back of lungs[/quote

They have that new stock on the Savages that has all that plastic. I think the 16 comes in a stainless with a synthetic stock. Honestly have know Idea whats the difference between the models.

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Old 08-19-2019, 08:52 AM   #15
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Tikka. Will do everything you need it to
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:24 AM   #16
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Tikka seems pretty light for a 7mag, but would be great to carry in that terrain. Never shot one, but I know a lot of people swear by them. Need to go put my hands on a few of these and just see how they feel. Last time I looked at Tikka, I remember thinking the stock felt cheap and lite.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:29 AM   #17
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Just bought a weatherby Vanguard badlands 7mm rem mag. Feels great in the hands and is light. Not sure how it shoots yet as waiting on scope to get in. It was $650 new.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:35 AM   #18
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Go with the wood stock on the Tikka and a limbsaver recoil pad. I would not want a plastic stock on a rifle. Im sure some are good but I'm a little old school when it comes to such things.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:37 AM   #19
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[quote=Lone_Wolf;14313110]
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This. Savage 10 and 16 lines or even the 12 line. If not just upgrade scope on a rifle you already have.

*tip: aoudad vitals are further forward than what people realize, behind the shoulder is only going to clip back of lungs[/quote

They have that new stock on the Savages that has all that plastic. I think the 16 comes in a stainless with a synthetic stock. Honestly have know Idea whats the difference between the models.
I have a 114 classic stainless in 7 mag and I love it. If I was going to buy another I would buy the 116. The new 10ís have customizable stocks to fit you as a shooter better. Most the new models are going to come already bedded with their accustock.
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Old 08-19-2019, 12:24 PM   #20
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I have an extra rifle, Remington 700 SPS in 7Mag that I can swear has been shot 8 times. (7 sighting in and 1 on an elk)

Was in Colo in 2013 and invited on a elk hunt. I didn't have a rifle and bought this in Colo Springs. Serial # is S6694449. Zero issues and been in the case since. (I already have a 7Mag, which is why I knew what I wanted to use on the hunt). Located in Sugar Land.

$625 w/rings

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Old 08-19-2019, 01:04 PM   #21
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I have an extra rifle, Remington 700 SPS in 7Mag that I can swear has been shot 8 times. (7 sighting in and 1 on an elk)

Was in Colo in 2013 and invited on a elk hunt. I didn't have a rifle and bought this in Colo Springs. Serial # is S6694449. Zero issues and been in the case since. (I already have a 7Mag, which is why I knew what I wanted to use on the hunt). Located in Sugar Land.

$625 w/rings

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Thanks but I'll pass.
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:13 PM   #22
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Check out the Remington Long Range. I acquired one in 300 RUM in a trade a few years ago. Will flat out shoot and not to pricey. All i did was replace the trigger.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:14 PM   #23
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TC Encore with the Bergara barrel.

I have one in 300wm and it fits the bill.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:47 PM   #24
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Headed back to Devils River on the TPWD draw hunt with my brother. I was lucky enough to take a young ram when I was drawn the first time. Been told weíre pretty lucky for getting drawn twice in 10 years. Missed a ram of a Lifetime on that last hunt and itís stuck with me. I was using a borrowed 7mm rem mag and absolutely loved that rifle. Rem 700. Right now Iím looking at getting a Bergara B-14 Hunter. Shots will likely be under 300 yds. I donít reload, and am pretty set on the caliber. Hunt is in January. I know the savage rifles are accurate, but theyíve always seemed cheap to me. I have a Weatherby Vanguard S2 308 that I like, and they seem good quality. I have an older browning Abolt Varmint Stalker in 22-250 that is an absolute tack driver. My dad has savage 6.5 Creedmoor that he bought from wal-mart for $299 that will clover leaf, so I know accurate rifles can be had with out spending a fortune and going custom. Looking for opinions on makes and models other then the Bergara. Iíve always wanted a 7 mag so pretty set on caliber. Thanks in advance. Have hears about some feed issues and primer cratering on the Bergaras. Donít know if this is just rare isolated stuff; I donít want to have to worry about that kind of thing.
Congrats on the draw. I don't have anything to add except light weight is your friend on that hunt. How many pref points did you have in the exotic category? I have 5 and that Devils River exotic hunt I the one I want the most. No luck this year for me.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:48 PM   #25
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We had 9.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:12 PM   #26
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Go with the wood stock on the Tikka and a limbsaver recoil pad. I would not want a plastic stock on a rifle. Im sure some are good but I'm a little old school when it comes to such things.
Looked at some today at lunch. I really liked the Bergara B14 Hunter, the Savage 110 they had with the new accustock was actually pretty nice and shouldered really well. The Tikka just has a cheap feeling synthetic stock that I couldnít get past, really liked the action. Would like to get my hands on a Tikka T3x Forest, coming right in at 7 lbs Iím betting it would would be a lot closer to what Iím looking for. Honestly prefer a synthetic stock, not sure why they put such a crummy stock on the Tikkas, guess there trying to hit a price point.
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