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Old 01-12-2019, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Best Factory Hunting Rifle

Well, deer season is about wrapped up. What (in your esteemed opinion) is the best factory hunting rifle?

I’ll admit, my hunting guns are pretty much stock. My favorite ones that I have/had are:

TC venture 30-06. This one is very new but has great accuracy potential; a rigid free floated stock; and a somewhat user adjustable trigger.

700 ADL .223 Walmart special. A little sandpaper to the barrel channel, poor boy bedding job, and my handloads delivered 3/4” groups at the most. The trigger is kind of heavy for my liking.

So, what’s the “best” factory hunting rifle?
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:40 AM   #2
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"Best" is subjective. My humble opinion is Sako but that's just my opinion based on having and using one for 25 years.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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Ruger American Predator.....308
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:49 AM   #4
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I have a savage 25-06 that is a tack driver
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:31 AM   #5
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Hard to beat a Tikka
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:31 AM   #6
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I have a ADL for a truck gun, will the stock with epoxy, toss some pillars in it and it will shoot under an inch.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:32 AM   #7
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I like Weatherby.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:37 AM   #8
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I like the older Ruger 77's. I have a TC Encore Pro Hunter that I'm starting to use quite a bit these days too.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:54 AM   #9
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Best is very subjective. But if we are talking about straight out of the box no modifications, best value, most accurate, and dependable I would say it would be hard to beat a savage.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:05 AM   #10
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Lots out there..That are good/great.and a few not so good..Its kind of like picking a Wife..its a personal thing..or a new Truck...
some good ones named..Savage is a reasonable priced great one..
I like T/C and Ruger single shots.all my bows and crossbows are ..but thats just me I grew up with single shots and I will grow older with them (I hope)..
If I cant hit what Aim and kill in one shot He deserves to live and I need to PRACTICE..

If it looks and feels great and will shoot accurately and consistently 1 to 2 " group at 100y and is a reasonable Caliber for game you shoot. you will be Happy..
Enjoy your Quest
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:07 AM   #11
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Hard to beat a Tikka
My experience also, sold a .270 T3 on here cause i needed cash 😞
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:24 AM   #12
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After about 5 years of sneaking my wife's Sako 6.5X55 out of the house I bought a Bavarian. Will be my last deer rifle...........
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:25 AM   #13
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Killed both deer and a coyote with a $200 T/C compass. Imo the “best” is what you shoot well and know how it will perform.

This rifle shoots dang good is light and handle well.


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Old 01-12-2019, 08:42 AM   #14
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I like Weatherby.
I do too. I have both Vanguard and a Mark V. I love my Mark V but those Vanguard rifles are a pretty good value. Especially now since the Magnum calibers come with a 26” barrel. Makes my .257 with a 24” barrel kinda a .257 carbine.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:03 AM   #15
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Another Tikka fan. I have an older T3 .243 and a newer T3x in .308 both are great shooters. I recently bought a Ruger American in 6.5 creedmoore it’s a good shooter as well but not near the quality as my Tikka’s.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:13 AM   #16
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Winchester 70 featherweight, or maybe a 700 CDL, in 3006 cause it is the best hunting caliber
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:23 AM   #17
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I love my Sako’s (6.5x55 and 308). Might buy something different as I am having a hard time getting myself to thread them.


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Old 01-12-2019, 11:30 AM   #18
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Budget Tikka

Higher end Sako


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Old 01-12-2019, 11:41 AM   #19
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Browning hells canyon, tikka, weatherby, bergara, senderos
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:13 PM   #20
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a 1970's marlin 45-70,
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:35 PM   #21
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Hells canyons are nice. Tikka makes a good rifle. However with what you’ll spend on a higher end factory rifle save a few extra $100 and build a semi custom off a Remington 700 thru a competent gunsmith.


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Old 01-12-2019, 02:13 PM   #22
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Vote for Tikka. I had a .243 I turned into a 6.5 Creedmoor. I had a 300 WM I sold. Now I have another stainless .243 that is fixing to get a barrel swap and become a 16” 308 that’ll wear a suppressor.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:57 PM   #23
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Tikka is a good rifle for the price range, but not the best box gun. Currently and in my opinion (only); Ruger Precision is one of the only 1,000 yard guns of the box. Weatherby, Sakko, and some Remington models are also very good. The caliber talk is pointless.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:12 PM   #24
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I just bought a Browning XBolt Hells canyon speed. It’s a great gun!
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:21 PM   #25
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Can’t complain with 700 senderos. Have a few of them and they all shoot.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:16 PM   #26
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For quality and beauty, Sako is hard to beat. Browning would be my second choice. Kimber and Bergara make nice rifles as well
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:25 PM   #27
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I like Weatherby.


I have never had a Weatherby that didn’t shoot at least under an inch. Most of the time they are half MOA. That’s my vote.


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:56 PM   #28
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I’ll take a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker, composite stock with palm swell. I prefer WSM rounds, .270, 7mm, .300


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Old 01-12-2019, 09:31 PM   #29
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Remington 700 BDL .270 is my favorite, the one I hunt with was manufactured sometime in the 70’s and still shoots great. For a new gun nowadays Weatherby would be my choice.


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Old 01-13-2019, 01:22 PM   #30
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I vote for a 270 Weatherby from the factory for regular hunting most game and Browning x-bolt 300 win mag Medallion for larger game.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:37 PM   #31
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No one rifle is good for all situations but as much as I hate to say it the Ruger American may be perfect. They shoot fantastic which is what really counts and they are cheap so you can then put extra money into top notch glass which also helps in many situations. Oh and the trigger is good without having to replace it.

For me the older I get I don't care about how pretty a gun is or how expensive. I want accuracy
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:00 PM   #32
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You've got to give some sort of budget limitations. Best under $600 or best under $1500 etc.

But in general, I'm going to go with a tikka. It's the only factory rifle that has a decent trigger imo.

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Old 01-13-2019, 03:31 PM   #33
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Depends on the price point.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:41 PM   #34
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You've got to give some sort of budget limitations. Best under $600 or best under $1500 etc.

But in general, I'm going to go with a tikka. It's the only factory rifle that has a decent trigger imo.

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Nope. This is purely subjective.

By factory, I mean something without a waiting period. Something a person could order from a distributor and have in your hands within a week. Or walk into your LGS and have today.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:55 PM   #35
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:56 PM   #36
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Sako it is then.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:14 PM   #37
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My Dad had a standard Marlin 336 that he and I both killed many deer with, would consider that our 'best' hunting rifle.
Myself, I've had Rugers, Marlins, Weatherbys, Savage ... my personal go-to-rifle is the Savage 110 in .270. Sometimes I will doubt it, don't know why, and start wanting something else but take it to the range and it still surprises me how accurate that gun is.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:50 PM   #38
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Weatherby Mark V, Sako
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:29 PM   #39
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I love my Remington 7mm Rem. Mag. Sendero Special. It's not something to tote around mountains.But for blind shooting, it's greatness.

Lots of fine firearms to choose from.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:39 PM   #40
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Browning A-Bolt 3006. Also like my daughters savage 243, love the accused trigger. Want to get a 25 06 savage.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:40 PM   #41
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I will tell you, I have a Parker-Hale .243 that for some reason is an absolute tack driver with the right loads. I mean it will stack rounds and if doesn't its my fault.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:08 PM   #42
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Tikka is you are looking for under $600
Sako for higher price.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:12 PM   #43
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:05 PM   #44
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Savage 110. I've owned just about all of the other brands too. I also prefer the older Winchester 70 featherweights as well as older Marlin levers.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:43 PM   #45
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My "best” factory hunting rifle... is a weatherby! Mine shoots lights out and the wood grain in the stock is very nice.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:47 PM   #46
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Nope. This is purely subjective.

By factory, I mean something without a waiting period. Something a person could order from a distributor and have in your hands within a week. Or walk into your LGS and have today.
Sako 85 Carbon wolf $3,300

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Weatherby Mark V carbonmark $4,100
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