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Old 01-09-2019, 12:29 PM   #1
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I have searched on here for several months and finally narrowed down a few choices for my sons rifle. He really wants a suppressor ready 6.5 Creedmoor that's not super heavy. I have narrowed it down to the choices below and was wanting to get some input from those that have one. What the actions are like, accuracy, overall fit and finish, etc. I will ultimately put my hands on one before buying but I wanted to get some first hand experience from others.

Savage 110 Tactical
Remington 700 SPS Tactical
Mossberg MVP Predator
Ruger American Predator - would get a Boyds stock for it
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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Boyd's stocks look nice but they're heavy, adding a couple of pounds to the rifle. A Ruger American is the best of that list in my opinion, but for what you describe (mentioning weight) I'd look at a Magpul stock instead. I use an MDT LSS but it's not for everyone.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:51 PM   #3
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Savage
Over the rest of the list
but if you add to the list see below

APR rifle done and done .
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:52 PM   #4
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The only rifle that comes close that we own is the Mossberg atr 100. The action is the same as the Mossberg on your list. Have 2, a 270 and a 243. My son has taken quite a few deer with the 243. This year 1 deer taken with the 270. Accuracy is decent, bolt is comparable to my 700 adl rem. as far as smoothness goes. The synthetic stock is nothing to talk about, a Boyd's aftermarket stock would do better. As far as, the Mossberg goes, we have never had any issues with them. They function flawlessly and shoot straight. The only thing I have noticed is when the barrel gets hot from extended shooting, the shot group starts to spread out. I blame this on the synthetic stock. Other than that it is a good hunting rifle. I have owned all 4 of those brands of rifles at one time or another. Good luck.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:38 PM   #5
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The Ruger American I picked up for my daughter shoots really well. At 100 yards (with factory ammunition) it is a 3/4" moa rifle.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:19 PM   #6
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Savage
Over the rest of the list
but if you add to the list see below

APR rifle done and done .
For myself sure, but for my sons birthday not so much haha. I have been leaning toward the Savage but wanted to see of others thoughts on those 4.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:44 PM   #7
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hands down the savage is the way to go
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:48 PM   #8
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Savage then Ruger on that list in my opinion. One advantage the Ruger does have over the Savage is Magpul is making stocks for them, but that is about it. I think he will be happy with either of them though.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:49 PM   #9
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no question fro me....Savage every time. Savage is one the most, if not the most, accurate "off the shelf/out of the box" rifles out there
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:19 PM   #10
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Got my son the Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmoor for Christmas. We put the Magpul hunter stock on it. A little on the heavy side for him, but he isnít going to be packing it. Itís a shooter. He broke it in this past weekend and got a deer with it.
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:36 PM   #11
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Savage for sure. I agree they are the most accurate production rifle made!
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:58 PM   #12
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I'm a Remington man but that predator will outshoot it out of the box. If you don't mind adding and aftermarket trigger. Go Remington. If you want to scream "Attention Walmart Shoppers" go with the Savage!
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:02 PM   #13
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Ruger
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:09 PM   #14
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I have the TC Compass in 6.5 Creedmoor I know you didn’t have it listed. They are inexpensive and barrels come threaded.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:44 PM   #15
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if you want to scream "attention walmart shoppers" go with the savage!
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:50 PM   #16
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Do the Ruger and go Magpul on the stock. Of course I have four Savage rifles.....��
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:36 PM   #17
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If I had to do it over again, I'd still go with the RAR (Compact or Predator) in 6.5CM, but I'd go with the lighter Bell & Carlson stock over the Boyd's laminate that I put on it. The B&C would be a drop (or bolt) in and the Boyd's needed glass bedding. The B&C stock, however, only fits the rotary mag models at this point. Not an issue for me as I don't like a magazine hanging out below the rifle.

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Old 01-10-2019, 10:50 PM   #18
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If I had to do it over again, I'd still go with the RAR (Compact or Predator) in 6.5CM, but I'd go with the lighter Bell & Carlson stock over the Boyd's laminate that I put on it. The B&C would be a drop (or bolt) in and the Boyd's needed glass bedding. The B&C stock, however, only fits the rotary mag models at this point. Not an issue for me as I don't like a magazine hanging out below the rifle.

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I have been leaning this way as well the more i think about it. Whatís the action like on this guns? Smooth? Gritty?
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:55 AM   #19
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I have been leaning this way as well the more i think about it. Whatís the action like on this guns? Smooth? Gritty?
It feels more like a "zip tie" due to the (I think) machining on the bolt. It does smooth out with time and repeated operation. Aftermarket bolt handles are easy to add, which provides a little more leverage if you like.

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:47 AM   #20
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For myself sure, but for my sons birthday not so much haha. I have been leaning toward the Savage but wanted to see of others thoughts on those 4.

I picked up a savage package gun with the 3-9 weaver on it in 6.5 for My GF son for christmas .. We did a hydo dip on the stock and painter the rest in desert tan came out great low budget .. This weekend it will get shot for the first time
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:10 AM   #21
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If weight is an issue...don't all the tactical and predator models have heavy barrels? Something with a sporter type, thinner barrel may be the way to go. I have both the Savage and Remington SPS tactical rifles and most of the weight is from the fat barrels. Even at a short 20 inches. I'm not sure about the Mossberg and Ruger Predator models.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:17 AM   #22
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How old is your son?

If he is younger, I would not shy away from heavy. A heavy rifle means less kick. I have seen many "youth" rifles promote bad shooting because of too much recoil.

Of the rifles you listed, I think all are good except the Mossberg. I have no experience with Mossberg.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:29 PM   #23
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From that list, ruger or savage


If you want a Boyd's, look at a barreled action from Howa
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:48 PM   #24
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look for a bergara b-14 hmr rifle. by the time you buy the rifle and boyds stock, you can likely buy the bergara for comparable money.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:50 PM   #25
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If weight is an issue...don't all the tactical and predator models have heavy barrels? Something with a sporter type, thinner barrel may be the way to go. I have both the Savage and Remington SPS tactical rifles and most of the weight is from the fat barrels. Even at a short 20 inches. I'm not sure about the Mossberg and Ruger Predator models.
Weight isn't really a huge just trying to stay under 10 lbs. for a bare rifle. Also want a threaded barrel which a lot of times are the heavier barrel.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:10 PM   #26
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I meant shy away from light.


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How old is your son?

If he is younger, I would not shy away from heavy. A heavy rifle means less kick. I have seen many "youth" rifles promote bad shooting because of too much recoil.

Of the rifles you listed, I think all are good except the Mossberg. I have no experience with Mossberg.
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