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Deer rifle choice #4566109
11/06/17 05:27 PM
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I sold my Savage .308 recently (was a great target rifle, not a great hunting rifle) and am now looking at picking up a more "traditional" rifle in .308 for the purposes of going out next year for deer season (my wife has finally caved on that).

So, I'm looking specifically at something stainless with a synthetic stock. My present choices, which are roughly the same price, are:

1. Remington 700 5R Milspec Stainless
2. Tikka T3X Lite Stainless

I believe the Tikka is the lighter of the two, but the Remington has significantly better aftermarket support.

Thoughts, opinions, all welcome!


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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566118
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Of the two choices, Id say Remington due to aftermarket accessories.


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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566130
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Go for the Remington and toss the factory trigger. Install a Jewell and set it at 3 or 4 pounds. They break like glass with no creep.

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REMINGTON!!!


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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: 2015_PSD] #4566136
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Originally Posted By: 2015_PSD
Go for the Remington and toss the factory trigger. Install a Jewell and set it at 3 or 4 pounds. They break like glass with no creep.


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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566138
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Remington all the way.

Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566202
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I've been under the assumption that the new Remingtons are garbage. If it was me. I would look for a vintage Remington or Winchester model 70 if you want a bolt. New Remington definitely would not be on my list of rifles.



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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: Panzerman] #4566205
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Originally Posted By: Panzerman
I've been under the assumption that the new Remingtons are garbage. If it was me. I would look for a vintage Remington or Winchester model 70 if you want a bolt. New Remington definitely would not be on my list of rifles.
Remington 5R barrels are pretty good for factory rifles and once the trigger is replaced, they are top notch. All of my custom rifles are built on Remington actions.

Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566239
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Alot of guys I know that hunt alot have been complaining about the new Remington bolts binding up. Enough they took new rifles back and traded them. Also you shouldn't have to replace a trigger on a new rifle. Remington has given in to selling cheap rifles and selling in the name they are quickly ruining. Even their shotguns are cheaper.
Remington isn't even Remington anymore it's Freedom group.
Not that Winchester is much better but I believe their quality control is better.
Still like I said alot of Vintage rifles out there that are better than anything new.



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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566248
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In case you haven't heard, there was a MAJOR problem with the original Remington 700 trigger system. They can and do go off without anyone touching them. If you do get an older Remington 700 be darn sure to replace the trigger assembly with something more reliable and safer.


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Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566249
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I agree with Panzerman. I'd prefer an old Winchester 70 or Remington 700 over any modern offering in that same price range. My Remington 700 has been a great hunting companion for me for the last 25 years or so!

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Originally Posted By: Panzerman
Alot of guys I know that hunt alot have been complaining about the new Remington bolts binding up. Enough they took new rifles back and traded them. Also you shouldn't have to replace a trigger on a new rifle. Remington has given in to selling cheap rifles and selling in the name they are quickly ruining. Even their shotguns are cheaper.
Remington isn't even Remington anymore it's Freedom group.
Not that Winchester is much better but I believe their quality control is better.
Still like I said alot of Vintage rifles out there that are better than anything new.
I can only speak to my experience. All of mine are 700 series including my last one in 300WM bought a short while ago and I have not experienced any issues. You are correct that you should not have to replace a trigger and I am not saying you HAVE to, but no one on the planet makes a better trigger than Jewell and I know Overkill likes the good stuff.

Re: Deer rifle choice [Re: OVERKILL] #4566264
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Buy the one that fits best, and points most naturally for you.


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Originally Posted By: HangFire
Buy the one that fits best, and points most naturally for you.


^ This smile

For me, it's the Tikka every time. Great rifle. Smooth action. Good shooter smile

I own some Remmy's. Just would not buy another for hunting ...

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Winchester M70. New ones are quiet nice. I have one in 30-06.


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