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can you post pics even if you dont get it shooting nice?
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Hi Big;
For the price, a very nice rifle;
 
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I did get to shoot it last week.... I have to adjust the trigger!  I haven't had a chance to put it on the pull guage, but it seems kind of heavy.  I think it's got some potential.  But I'm no expert.... it's probably better than I am.  We'll see.
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well somebody throw up a target and take some photos of the way it groups.
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how's this for ressurecting an old thread with style?


the target was shot in the first 50 rounds this rifle ever fired.  It has since been thru about 200+ rounds, cleaned rarely, and the groups are only improving.  I have enough brass to begin hand loads now, but I need to get the hardware.  I'm going to get a Lee Hand Press (not the hammer and block of wood Lee Loader) and a set of neck size only dies, a tub of (hopefully) Varget and a variety of bullets to see what it likes.  Probably going to stay in the 150 or 165 range, and after this summer my barrel will be cut to ~20 inches, maybe a bit less.  Something about a carbine length .308 and the accuracy increase to be seen with a shorter barrel...I can't wait!  But first...a new scope, and a CHEAP one too...looking for input on a mildot that can be had under 100 bucks.
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Looks like it/you shoot well.
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Why would you cut the barrel?  It's already a short rifle, and it's already an accurate rifle.  Cutting the barrel will just make it louder, increase the muzzle jump, and cost you velocity.  Plus, you'll have to re-crown it and hope that you do a good job.
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Originally posted by jason miller jason miller wrote:

Why would you cut the barrel?  It's already a short rifle, and it's already an accurate rifle.  Cutting the barrel will just make it louder, increase the muzzle jump, and cost you velocity.  Plus, you'll have to re-crown it and hope that you do a good job.
 
If only Squeezer was here, his ears must be burning as we speak.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

If only Squeezer was here, his ears must be burning as we speak.


I'm sorry, I don't follow.  Enlighten me?
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He was a big proponent on short barrels and we all had alot of heated discussions regarding such.

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Heavy Recoil<--------- Bigsqueeze and his Ruger compact
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I just ordered one of these rifles in 270 Winchester (sorry Pyro!) for my grandson, to be his first real hunting rifle of his own. He will be 10 in March and really has a want on for his own "deer rifle," and he is a big boy so the full-sized LOP should work for him ok. I got a black stocked one for 279.99 + 15 shipping. Do any of y'all know what scope mount base is shipping with the long actions? I intend to mount up an old Vari-X III 3.5-10x40 I have in the safe, but I may need rings. I also have been trying to discern if the bolt shroud is metal or plastic? I know the trigger guard is plastic, but can be replaced with a metal guard from Marlin that is a part for their rimfires, it is pretty much a drop in.
 
What else do we need to look out for on this rifle?


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my grand dad had bought an early 80's m70 30-06 xtr with full intention to give it to me when i turned 14 ( in wyoming at that point in time legal hunting age was 14 that has since changed to 12yrs of age) he died before my 14th birthday, so i used his pre 64 m70 .257 roberts my first year. after my dad and my grandmother figured out what the 30-06 was for they gave it to me. as far as caliber goes your grandson wont care, he will be totally blown away by the fact that grandpa bought him a deer rifle. put a decent scope on it and he will have something to remember you by for a long time.
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I hope it works out that way. Gage hunted with me for his first ever deer hunt January 9 this year. I got to help him take an 8-point buck for his first deer ever that Saturday, and I let him use one of my rifles. Hopefully he will always remember that day and how proud he made his Grandpa. I hope he keeps this rifle from now on, too!
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Dont stop there now hes going to need a coyote gun too (.22mag, 17hmr, .223, 22-250).  Devil and then there is camo and calls and a good bow like a Hoyt Protec and some hunting DVD's so he builds his skills especially preditor hunting which can be done all year around.  Keeping him totally involved in hunting will keep him out of drugs and keep him busy - he's at that critical age, once he finds cars and girls your opportunity to shape his interests are over. 
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Great advise.  Get him started now and he will have something to do for a lifetime.
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My Grandpa bought me a shotgun.... Remington 1100..... and I will never forget!  God bless Grandpa's.
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Ok... I got the new rifle home last night. Out of the box, it seems put together well. It came with a one-piece weaver style scope mount rail already screwed to the action with slot-head screws. The rail has a cutout over the loading-ejection port for easier access loading and ejection. The bolt shroud is metal, it appears only the stock, trigger guard and magazine follower are made of injection molded plastic.
 
Took the barreled action out of the stock to wipe it all down good with EezOx. Action screws are Allen-head, with the front screw shorter than the rear screw. There were no real surprises obscured by the stock, the design appears very similar to a Rem 700 action. but borrows from all the popular action types in use today. . .  the action doesn't seem quite as robust as a 700, but that may just be a perception. The stock is typical injection molded with a bit of a hollow sound if the buttstock is rapped. When the rifle is assembled it all feels rigid enough though. It is quite light in feel to me, LOP feels on the short side (but I am rather giraffe-like, long arms and neck), and the pistol grip is a nice compromise in size, not too small or fat. There is no palm swell, and the molded checkering is well done and feels nice and grippy.
 
I think the full-size rifle will work quite well for a big pre-teen or teenage youngster ergonomically, but a grown man may feel the set-up is a little too compact. It feels much more compact to me when shouldered than an A-Bolt Stalker or a 700 SPS/XCR.
 
I have been kicking the scope plan around in my head all week. I have been rethinking using the 3.5-10x40 Vari-X III, as I have a Denver Redfield 4-12x42AO that would work well also. Do any of y'all have ideas on this? The only caveat with mounting the Redfield scope is that it is quite long and it might look kind of big on this rifle. I have to order rings anyway, so there is time to ponder the choice. I intend to put whichever scope on with Warne Maxima PA rings. I'll put up a picture when it is all put together, and I'll give a shooter's report after I get it to the range to zero the scope.
 
All things considered, I think my grandson is going to be smiling big on his birthday next month!


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I vote the VXIII for the reason you mentioned. It will fit the rifle better and the added benefit is he will have a good lasting match for the rifle. He won't have to quit early on an evening hunt because of low light and it should help him appreciate quality optics. Also, if you haven't already get him a pair of binoculars or suggest another family member to do so.
And Preferably something of med to high range quality. The cheap Tasco, Bushnell, Simmons and off brand stuff will not hold up and cause him to stop useing them. I hate to see a new hunter learn the terrible habbit of identifying a object or animal with their scope. Check the sample list for Nikon, Burris or some of the high end Bushnell and other brands bino's that are available. And then stress the importance of carrying them everytime he goes to the field. That way they become second nature and not a burdon. Plus he will pass on the benefit and wisdom to his friends and his kids down the road.
To add, I have been lookin at these rifles also. I am working a deal with a local shop to sell a shotgun that is still new in the box and I have determined I probably will never use and let the sell cover one of the Marlins in 30-06 camo. That will be my daughters own hunting rifle.
Ain't it great having a loved one enjoy the same things we do?
Happy Huntin!
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Is this rifle any good???
 
I held the camo version in a shop last week and it seems pretty good for the price. The rifles looks one part Savage, one part Weatherby and one part Remington.
 
Definitely better quality than a Stevens 200.
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