Best Bolt Action Rifle

Discussion in 'Bolt Action' started by phideaux_2003, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. 98 Mauser

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  2. Browning A-bolt

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  3. Remington 700

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Winchester 70

    4 vote(s)
    22.2%
  5. Savage 110

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  6. Lee-Enfield

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  7. MoisNagant

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Springfield A3O3

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. phideaux_2003

    phideaux_2003 Active Member

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    I have to cast my vote in the Winchester 70. I have had many and all were absolutely great. I've had many of the others, but I really like the 70.

    Nick
     
  2. gwp4ever

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    I prefer the A-Bolt but Weatherby and Ruger should probably be added.
     

  3. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    I never thought much about remingtons rifles till i handled a CDL at the gun shop VERY NICE so nice in fact that it followed me home but u neglected put my 2nd place rifle in the poll the Ruger mod. 77 (its a very close 2nd place if not a tie w/ the 700) I have 3 of them all are awesome guns

    Aaron
     
  4. Irish Setter

    Irish Setter Well-Known Member

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    I'll go with the Win 70.
     
  5. sappyg

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    I'll pick the Winchester. Smoooooth action. Controled feed. The Ruger 77 feels like a hunk of clunky metal. Never owned a Remington (gotta fix that one day), but they are not controled feed.
    Who am I kidding? Mauser 98 had it right in the first place. Too heavey? maybe.
    By the way...are we talking hunting, targets, Bean field customs or work a day old reliable and ugly?
     
  6. 8pointduck

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    I see Remington has gained the #1 spot.Oh if Winchester didn't give themselves a bad rap back in '64.Those guys need to venture out and try something else.
     
  7. mountainview

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    The Mauser action is indeed a fine mechanism. If I am not mistaken, a lot of the commercial bolt actions were originally based to a large extent on Peter Paul Mauser's original design. The US military copied the design for the 03 Springfield and wound up paying Mr. Mauser in the end when he took offense.
     
  8. cowpoke

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    I actually like the 700 best of current offerings and like old 70's equally as well as the 700.

    I have worked the bolts on a couple of 77's and don't care for them. They reminded me of pulling a rusty nail through sheet metal.
     
  9. 8pointduck

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    Oh friends,The Winchester 70 classics are great! Trust me , give them a try. YOU WILL SEE
     
  10. Drop-Shot

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    8pointduck.I had a chance to look at one of the prettyest black composit stock and was stainless steel,if winchester wants me to own one all the have to do is put one in my hands and if every thing is alright and they say law-a-way thats itThey are making fine fire arms.Drop-Shot
     
  11. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    :D I understand fully about that..............
     
  12. Anonymous

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    I'll cast a vote for the CZ 550 "American Classic", which, in my view, is the best bolt-action hunting rifle on the market today.

    These rifles are traditional bolt action sporters, made from blued ordinance-grade steel and Circasian walnut. They feature controlled-feed actions with a field strippable bolt, single-set triggers, and very well-made hammer-forged barrels. Scope mounting is similar to the SAKO line, with milled dovetails on the reciever that accomidate the supplied Millet ring mounts. The rifles are packed with a test target, so you have at least some semblence of an idea as to the accuracy potential of the arm before you commit to it.

    I've been hunting with mine, which is chambered to .30-'06, since 1999 and couldn't be more pleased. It is a very well made, reliable, and accurate arm crafted out of quality materials. I plan on buying another CZ 550, chambered to Holland's .375. before the year is out.

    My CZ 550 replaced a 1927-vintage Griffin and Howe built on a M1903 Springfield action when the later was destroyed by fire.

    I am an aesthete at heart, with a definite prefernece for sporting arms made from blued steel and walnut. The current trend toward non-ferrous metals and plastic in sporting armament leaves me cold. My old Griffin and Howe Springfield took game every season for the last 77 years, in spite of the fact that it was decidedly "old school", and I expect that my CZ 550 will still be going strong, long after I've departed from the Mortal Coil.

    If your taste in rifles leans toward the traditional, as mine does, then I think you'll find the CZ 550 to be a piece that is worthy of serious consideration.

    Blessings,

    -JP
     
  13. j870sm

    j870sm Well-Known Member

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    I can't really decide. I like the Winchesters, Remingtons, Brownings and Sako's or at least those are the brands I have the most of. I think the Brownings with the BOSS are the most accurate but requires tweaking. The Rems seem to be smoother and can be really accurate if you shoot enough rounds to find the one the gun really likes. The same can be said for the WInchesters.
    I will say right now, the best bolt action I have is the one I gave the least for but shoot the most. It is a model 70 in 7mmMag. It seems to shoot a variety of ammo with very little change in POI as long as the bullet weights are close. I really like that gun.
     
  14. claycrusher

    claycrusher Well-Known Member

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    I like the Remington 700.

    Jonathan
     
  15. grimel

    grimel Well-Known Member

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    Savage. Why? Because the offer the best variety for lefties. Followed by the M70. I still kick myself for not buying the LH 270 Featherweight. I should have sold a couple of pistols to buy it, but I prefer the tang safety.
     
  16. 8pointduck

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    One of these days I'm going to have to give Savage a try. I just can't get over how cheap they look,and I don't like there bolt design .There detachable mag. is horrible but I guess functional and the stocks leave ...................well you get the picture.
     
  17. Jonny 9mm

    Jonny 9mm New Member

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    i own a Mauser,a Nagant,and a Enfield but i love the mauser
     
  18. luv2safari

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    No question about it...a good commercial made FN Mauser 98 style action! :D :D
     
  19. Jrboltaction

    Jrboltaction Active Member

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    1903 is best

    i'm young but however i say that the 1903 Springfield and it's later models are some of the best rifles ever made.
     
  20. Anonymous

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    Jrboltaction,

    As one who spent many seasons afield with a 1927-vintage Griffin and Howe built on an '03 Springfield barreled action, I admire your taste in rifles!

    If it hadn't have burned up in a fire, I'd still be shooting and hunting with it now.

    That said, there are sme things about the '03 Springfield action that aren't so hot when translated to a sporting rifle.

    One is lock time. 'O3's, with their heavy two-piece firing pin and cocking knob, have pretty slow lock times compared to other rifles out there.

    The other is gas management in the unlikely event of a pierced primer. Combustion gas can enter through the firing pin hole in the bolt face, then travel through the interior of the bolt body and exit out in your face at the cocking piece.

    They also utilize a "coned breech", which is great for insuring that they'll feed if you drop them in the mud or something while fighting the enemy from a flooded trench, but not so slick from the standpoint of offering support to the case head.

    The lock time issue can be improved upon. The other two things really can't be, to my knowledge.

    They are great old rifles, and I loved mine, mostly for nebuilous reasons that have little to do with performance. It was a work of art, yet also a serious tool. It had class and a colorful history. I planned on replacing it with another at some point. The CZ 550 American Classic that I bought after the loss of my G&H Springfield was a "stop gap" measure initially -something to keep me hunting and shooting while I searched for another G&H Springfield.

    After five seasons of use, though, I've come to love my CZ 550 every bit as much as I loved my old G&H Springfield, so I am no longer looking for another.

    But yeah, those old Springfields do have a way of "getting under your skin" and even though I'm not currently looking to buy another one, I probably would if the right one found me.

    -JP