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So i have decided that the most price appropriate option for me is a bolt action rifle. I like the .308 and .30-06 for their avilability and performance. I was long considering a Ruger American Rifle, but they are selling faster than ruger can make them. I have been considering the Remington M770 in .30-06 for a few weeks, what does anyone think of it, any good?

Also, i hear alot of conflicted oppinion about savage, not sure what to think.

By the way, my maximum budget is $300, and i plan on using the rifle to hunt game like deer, and for target shooting. Detatchable magazines are a plus, guns that come with scopes, mounting bases, or iron sights are also pluses.

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I own a Mosin-Nagant M1891/30 (im sure someone would have mentioned it)
Also in house Winchester 1400 2.75" 12ga, Mossberg 500 3" 12ga, Colt NM Gold Cup M1911 .45
 

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Save your money and get a used Rem 700 or flop down 600 for a new stainless, you will thank yourself later, bottom line SPS can be had for 400. Never owned a Savage but i hear good things about them
 

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Everything I have heard about the Remington 770 is they are junk.
The Savage 110 is a very good rifle.
That is what i've heard too. Granted that was a year or so ago so maybe new ones right out of factory could be different, however once the name is tarnished, nobody will want em if you decide to sell.

700 seems to be what everyone favors as being one of the top bolt guns on the market.
 

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Save your money and get a used Rem 700 or flop down 600 for a new stainless, you will thank yourself later, bottom line SPS can be had for 400. Never owned a Savage but i hear good things about them
I have been keeping an eye on the stock of used guns in the local area, and the few that come in are overprices and look like sh*t. I mean, missing parts, rusting, pitted barrels, scratches, cracks, and overall really f*cked up.
 

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My son erroneously assumed that since it was a Remington and was a 770, it must be a more affordable version of the 700. Wrong! It was the biggest P.O.S. he'd ever owned and had to be factory repaired twice to get the action to work properly, and he still wasn't satisfied with how it worked.

I agree with the above posts recommending a used 700, and the older the better. I have one from about 1964 in .30-06 and it's a wonderful rifle.
 

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All I can tell you about the 770 is my brother in law got one for his wife last year in 30/06 came with scope. He asked me to zero it, took 3 rounds to do so. She then proceeded to take her first deer at 60 yards with one shot and then the following week got her first bear. She loves hers.

I own a 700 and love it.
 

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The Remington 770 Gets alot of flak for being junk. Its honestly not junk i bought one before deer season this year and they are a fun rifle to shoot. The accuracy is good the recoil is tolerable. The only problem i have with mine is the bolt being a little wobbly. In all honesty i would prefer the 700 also but if you're on a budget go for it.
 

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I bought the Remington 770 30-06 as my first big rifle and I've only put about 100 rounds through it. Most people who say it's junk have never owned one, and a lot who say it's great get flak from others saying they only like it because they bought it. It is far from a great gun, but it is what is is. It is a budget rifle and it is accurate as any other rifle I've shot in my life, which is a lot between growing up with an avid outdoors man and hunter in my father and my military career. The problem I see with it is the bolt, it down right is a pain in the arse and can be frustrating, but if you clean it up real good when you first get it and work it often you can get it working pretty smooth. I've heard to get it jeweled and i've heard to sand out the rough spots but I'm cheap and my intent for this rifle is to hunt and as long as it stays accurate and I can cycle rounds I'm happy with it. I've taken the bolt fully apart and have cleaned it up really good and haven't had to break it down that far since. Again I don't consider this a great gun but at just over 300 bucks for a big game rifle I'm happy I bought it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent rifle specifically for hunting on a budget.

And to caveat what I said at first, there are those who own them that do not like them, I'm not sure if they got a really bad one or there expectations of a $300 rifle were higher. I do agree if you want a great rifle save a little money up and buy a used better model.
 

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The Remington 770 Gets alot of flak for being junk. Its honestly not junk i bought one before deer season this year and they are a fun rifle to shoot. The accuracy is good the recoil is tolerable. The only problem i have with mine is the bolt being a little wobbly. In all honesty i would prefer the 700 also but if you're on a budget go for it.
My son bought a 770 in 30-06 last year. I agree about the wobbly bolt, it isn't fit very well, and even for wobbly, closes a bit stiffer than I think it would with that loose of a fit.

The detachable magazine is plastic, and his feeds "ok" but almost always has a problem with the last round jamming as he is about halfway closed on the bolt.

Accuracy is fine for hunting, but at 100 yards, it's not a sub-moa gun, but that was cheapest wal-mart ammo, not match either.
 

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Got a 700 in .308 almost 2 years ago, for $450-ish.
Was in a pinch for a gun a couple weeks ago for safari and that .308 with a nikon prostaff scope took all the plains game we put it against. It also gave us a one-shot kill at the 320-350 yard range on an eland, which is a very large antelope.

Bargain gun, bargain glass, priceless performance. If you can get something on the rem 700 platform (even used) I'd hold out for it.
 

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I bought the Remington 770 30-06 as my first big rifle and I've only put about 100 rounds through it. Most people who say it's junk have never owned one, and a lot who say it's great get flak from others saying they only like it because they bought it. It is far from a great gun, but it is what is is. It is a budget rifle and it is accurate as any other rifle I've shot in my life, which is a lot between growing up with an avid outdoors man and hunter in my father and my military career. The problem I see with it is the bolt, it down right is a pain in the arse and can be frustrating, but if you clean it up real good when you first get it and work it often you can get it working pretty smooth. I've heard to get it jeweled and i've heard to sand out the rough spots but I'm cheap and my intent for this rifle is to hunt and as long as it stays accurate and I can cycle rounds I'm happy with it. I've taken the bolt fully apart and have cleaned it up really good and haven't had to break it down that far since. Again I don't consider this a great gun but at just over 300 bucks for a big game rifle I'm happy I bought it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent rifle specifically for hunting on a budget.

And to caveat what I said at first, there are those who own them that do not like them, I'm not sure if they got a really bad one or there expectations of a $300 rifle were higher. I do agree if you want a great rifle save a little money up and buy a used better model.
^^^ This ^^^ I polished the bolt with a fine emery board, worked the bolt repeatedly then lightly greased it. It works MUUUCCHH better now then when I brought the rifle home. A little work goes a long ways if you don't have the funds to spend that much. I did replace the scope with a Nikon (the scope on sale cost as much as the rifle did) It gets the job done.
 

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Had I bought my Savage 93 FSS .22WMR with the accu trigger BEFORE getting the 770, I probably would have bought the Savage Edge instead. IMO the Savages are putting out better quality guns in these price ranges than Remington.
 

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I haven't had any experience with the 770, but heard a lot of negative things. Then again I hear negative things about a few guns I really like that are cheaper. Whether the gun is bashed due to low price by gun snobs or poor quality I cannot say.

Savages are great in my opinion. Crazy accurate and good quality, except for the stocks. Guessing the lower price models are fitted with cheap stocks to keep the price low. I grabbed a 308 model 10 from walmart for $396. Sub moa and has the accutrigger. A buddy has the axis in .223 and also is a sub moa.

I have another buddy who grabbed a 308 mossberg atr for hunting season. Wasn't bad. I fired a few rounds. I couldn't get as tight groups as my savage, but still decent. About 1" at 100 yards.

So out of all I'd recommend the savage, but I admit I have no experience on the 770. Just really impressed with the savage accuracy. Stocks can be upgraded later.
 
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