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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by SCJ429 » 25 Dec 2018, 8:54 pm

Tassie, Feel free to send me $2,000 and let me know what type of rifle you want me to test. I can save you the money on a Tikka 223, I know they can shoot under quarter inch at 100 and under an inch at 300.

Goose, the 300 WSM is a pretty capable case for all sorts of things.
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Post by bigrich » 25 Dec 2018, 9:12 pm

geez goose, sambar ? yeh, well, i should think 30-06 as a starting point. 30 cal, known for it's load flexability and shoots the heavier projectiles better than a 308. load her up with a 180- 200 grain nosler partition and you would be good to go i reckon. load down to a lighter quicker expanding slug for the smaller deer in tassie. maybe some others on here have a different view on it, but the 30-06 would be a great choice

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Post by bigrich » 25 Dec 2018, 9:35 pm

TassieTiger wrote:Yes, I would buy another steyr - but only because of my other 223 steyr that has proven to me that they can make a fine shooting rifle.
If this 06 had have been my first steyr, yes, my confidence would have been slain - I agree. That being said - my complaints with the steyr, match very closely what another member is encountering with his light weight tikka 308...yet - he has chosen to accept that rifles accuracy and not advertise its shortcomings...another colleague of mine is currently trying to get a 270 tikka shooting better than 3 Moa and struggling worse than I ever was...so, should a person consider an alternate brand to both tikka and steyr as a result...
As a returning shooter after many many years away, before knowing anyone within the sport or what was going on in shooting forums or even attending a lgs - the first rifle brand that caught my attention was tikka...full page magazine spreads, huge MOA guarantee posters at gun shops, decals everywhere - got me asking the question about the brand - and yes, I quickly learned that they are held in high regard...it was predominantly reason that I bought one. Chicken or egg?

Would be an interesting poll for the forum...each member is given $2k to go shopping for a new deer rifle package. Vote for 1 of 10 packages ranging from westherby, howa, tikka, Mauser, axis, steyr, Remington, Winchester etc plus scope...would tikka be a clear winner with a $500 scope or would the Mauser m18 be a winner with a $900 scope or would the savage be a winner with a $1400 scope and 2 slabs of cascade draught?....someone smarter than me should set it up ?


interesting idea on the $2k deer rifle package , how would you assess it though ? not being a smart @ss or anything , i wouldn't mind being a gun writer and getting to do stuff like this though :) . i already got my ultimate deer rifle but (ultimate to me anyway :D ) i bought a controlled round feed , madco barreled model 70 winchester second hand in 6.5 swede and topped it off with a leupold vx3 4.5-14x40 scope what it owes me is 2k and it shoots awesome . there's some great stuff out there second hand, and it can be a gamble , but i will never part with this rifle. You can get the sako A7 blued/synthetic for $1565 , so enough change for a reasonable scope out of $2k. i have a stainless one and it's a real shooter ,and the sako have a couple of features that i like over a tikka, easy top loading , steel mag lips , sako 85 trigger and safety ,and drilled for weaver mounts


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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by bigfellascott » 25 Dec 2018, 9:58 pm

Yeah I reckon in the old days "what you paid for you got was probably right" but this day and age things have caught up well and truly in regards to a lot of things. I've spend $1500 + on a Tikka and $1800 on a 2nd hand Sako and I can honestly say it won't ever happen again, I've gotten better results accuracy wise out of my cheap arse Howas FFS! yes they aren't as well finished but FMD seriously who cares if they aren't as flash, the bloody things shoot real well for me compared to they more expensive and fancied and over hyped ones I've purchased these things are a breeze to get to shoot well and for the $$ they have shot amazingly "Out of the Box" and still do - sadly my experience of "What you pay for you get" hasn't come close to what it should have been, far from it infact and quite the opposite (make of that what you will but there seems to be a few others who have had similar experiences regarding what they spend in relation to the results they have achieved so far, not only in relations to rifles but scopes and all manner of firearms related things.

The "Hype and salesmanship doesn't always add up to a great out come despite what does are outlayed. :drinks: And that is a fact backed up by a friend who also works in a well known gunshop wo has worked there many years - make of that what you will! :drinks:
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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by Goose#24 » 26 Dec 2018, 5:38 am

bigrich wrote:geez goose, sambar ? yeh, well, i should think 30-06 as a starting point. 30 cal, known for it's load flexability and shoots the heavier projectiles better than a 308. load her up with a 180- 200 grain nosler partition and you would be good to go i reckon. load down to a lighter quicker expanding slug for the smaller deer in tassie. maybe some others on here have a different view on it, but the 30-06 would be a great choice

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Yeah that's what I was thinking, think I may just have to get a second job and just buy one of everything suggested to settle it easily! Think that may be a problem solver. :D :D :drinks:
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Post by Oldbloke » 26 Dec 2018, 6:46 am

30-06. 270. 308.. All of them will do the job but I'd try and go 30-06.

Used Marlin XL7.. paid $575 & $520 new. Got 2 both shoot just under moa with hand loads..
You should pick one up for under $500
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Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 6:51 am

bigfellascott wrote:Yeah I reckon in the old days "what you paid for you got was probably right" but this day and age things have caught up well and truly in regards to a lot of things. I've spend $1500 + on a Tikka and $1800 on a 2nd hand Sako and I can honestly say it won't ever happen again, I've gotten better results accuracy wise out of my cheap arse Howas FFS! yes they aren't as well finished but FMD seriously who cares if they aren't as flash, the bloody things shoot real well for me compared to they more expensive and fancied and over hyped ones I've purchased these things are a breeze to get to shoot well and for the $$ they have shot amazingly "Out of the Box" and still do - sadly my experience of "What you pay for you get" hasn't come close to what it should have been, far from it infact and quite the opposite (make of that what you will but there seems to be a few others who have had similar experiences regarding what they spend in relation to the results they have achieved so far, not only in relations to rifles but scopes and all manner of firearms related things.

The "Hype and salesmanship doesn't always add up to a great out come despite what does are outlayed. :drinks: And that is a fact backed up by a friend who also works in a well known gunshop wo has worked there many years - make of that what you will! :drinks:


sorry to hear you haven't had a good run with some stuff scott, i had a second hand lemon myself, i bought a brno 465 22 hornet. a proper early one not a fox. it had been rebarreled and shot like crap. i was gutted , wasn't going to throw any more money at it and moved it on. i mostly buy second hand stuff like my model 70 winchesters, cause stuff made in the 70's and early 80's was better made IMHO. get my local smith to freshen them if they need it and i'm good to go. i've only bought one new rifle, a weihrauch 22lr. beutifully finished qaulity gun, awesome trigger. accuracy wise, average for what it cost. i traded it on a second hand cz 452 american that was lighter and more accurate. the second hand sako i have is the most accurate rifle i have, i got real lucky. if the howa's are doing it for ya that's all that matters hey ? corporate globalism, returns for the company share holders are more important than a good product for the customer these days it would seem . these are some of my experiences, ya gotta sort the good from the bad whether it's new or secondhand . one thing i will spend good dollars on are leupold scopes. never had a complaint about any, great lense clarity, and a lifetime garuntee, even if your not the original purchaser FFS !

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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by TassieTiger » 26 Dec 2018, 7:03 am

bigrich wrote:interesting idea on the $2k deer rifle package , how would you assess it though ?


The parameters for the polling would be a realistic budget for rifle and scope - the budget would have to be capped at an amount that precludes someone from say buying a high end rifle and $100 scope...so maybe $1500 is a better number to preclude sako, etc.

You’d have to offer up a decent amount of “rifle/scope packages” for ppl to choose from and calibre would be irrelevant.
If you could get 20-30 voters then you’d start to see a trend of favoured rifle combinations for a given discipline.
Your not going to please everyone and some ppl will want various weird scopes / set ups but if you match mainstream rifles to mainstream scopes you capture the majority of peeps opinions.
I don’t think it would be as clear cut as ppl might think eg ppl would have to choose only their fav combo out of...howa with a Leopold 6-18 vs a tikka with a Bushnell 3/9 vs a steyr with a red field 4/18 vs a savage with a vortex 4/12 and so on...total value new has to be 1500 or under.
On other forums you could set up a poll but I’m on a phone whilst pc gets sorted so not sure if it’s an option here at present.
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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 7:06 am

Goose#24 wrote:Yeah that's what I was thinking, think I may just have to get a second job and just buy one of everything suggested to settle it easily! Think that may be a problem solver. :D :D :drinks:


:lol: :lol: :lol: i've thought about that. buy one of everything, shoot them all and keep the one that "fits" :D i don't think i've heard of any rifle makers that haven't had a lemon sneak through now and then. even sako . when i was a young fella 30 years ago, there were less choices which made it easier . scopes ,rifles , reloading gear, so much choice these days . so many opinions . shame there aren't gunshops where you can go "test drive" a rifle at a range before you buy it. find yourself a older shooters sorted out 30-06 '98 mauser ,wichester or rem 700 maybe . i know a fella who bought a 303 recently second hand for a good price of a old fella and it's a great shooter. just a thought, good luck , let us know how ya go .

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Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 7:11 am

TassieTiger wrote:The parameters for the polling would be a realistic budget for rifle and scope - the budget would have to be capped at an amount that precludes someone from say buying a high end rifle and $100 scope...so maybe $1500 is a better number to preclude sako, etc.

You’d have to offer up a decent amount of “rifle/scope packages” for ppl to choose from and calibre would be irrelevant.
If you could get 20-30 voters then you’d start to see a trend of favoured rifle combinations for a given discipline.
Your not going to please everyone and some ppl will want various weird scopes / set ups but if you match mainstream rifles to mainstream scopes you capture the majority of peeps opinions.
I don’t think it would be as clear cut as ppl might think eg ppl would have to choose only their fav combo out of...howa with a Leopold 6-18 vs a tikka with a Bushnell 3/9 vs a steyr with a red field 4/18 vs a savage with a vortex 4/12 and so on...total value new has to be 1500 or under.
On other forums you could set up a poll but I’m on a phone whilst pc gets sorted so not sure if it’s an option here at present.


intersting tas, if someone wants to set it up i'll play :D i want a 300 win mag with a red dot , and a 45-70 marlin with a 6-20x50 :lol: :lol: :lol:
nah, seriously i think it would be fun

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Post by bigfellascott » 26 Dec 2018, 7:20 am

bigrich wrote:sorry to hear you haven't had a good run with some stuff scott


Yeah she's a lottery at times when it comes to firearms whether they be new or 2nd hand. I think the reason I like the Howa's so much is I've always got good results from them, they just seem to shoot real well compared to the more fancied and highly thought of brands I own and have left me wondering why the hell did I pay so much and go so little in return (accuracy wise) I loved the feel of that little Sako it was beautiful to shoulder etc, but it was ordinary in the accuracy department and honestly I just could not be bothered stuffing around with trying to get it too shoot in the end, nothing I tried seemed to make bugger all difference and I just lost interest in stuffing around with it so sold it and used that money to buy the Tikka which is a nice rifle to handle etc (lite) but again nothing special in the accuracy department but good enough for it's intended use and I'm sure with some reloads it will improve in the accuracy department too (so long as the first shots on the money it really doesn't matter much, to be honest).

As for the glass, I would have thought there would have been a big difference between the cheaper stuff I own and some of the top euro glass I'd compared them too and honestly I was very surprised to see SFA in reality, I would have thought there were glaring obvious differences but there really wasn't, maybe a light improvement in clarity etc but I just honestly couldn't see the difference in the massive $$ diff to really see what all the fuss was about, to be honest. :drinks:
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Re: Wanting Budget rifle info - Savage, Ruger, Howa?

Post by straightshooter » 26 Dec 2018, 7:20 am

bigfellascott wrote:Yeah sometimes I wonder about that statement, I've got a $1400 Ruger Hawkeye and honestly the Howa's s**t all over it for smoothness and most importantly accuracy, and I got 2 Howas for the price of the Ruger! :unknown: Sometimes I think marketing is what makes some things seem like they are somehow worth more than they perhaps should be, not always but sometimes. :drinks:


What seems to elude peoples general consciousness is that it's not just the budget for actual production of the physical product. It's also the share of the sale price that goes to the margins for each of the middlemen in the supply chain. As well as the size of the advertising budget, there is the largesse extended to reviewers and influencers and the on the quiet retainers to internet and forum spruikers.
This is all an additional cost that makes no physical contribution to quality of any attribute that the firearm may have and I will give you one guess who actually pays for it.

Now please allow me to rearrange your last statement:
Marketing is what makes some things seem like they are somehow worth more than they perhaps should be, not always but generally so.
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Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 7:41 am

yeah , this is a real minefeild of opinions on "ya get what ya pay for" ,marketing , ect . bottom line, we are all individuals, with different wants, needs and uses for firearms. i've got a couple of older rifles that i've had gunsmithed for very good results. that's a throwback to my years of restoring and modifing old v8 holdens and hot rods etc . that's just how my mind works, rebuild old qaulity stuff. i've had to wear glasses for the last few years, and spending the extra on the best qaulity scope i can afford gives me some peace of mind that i'm giving myself the best chance to hit what i'm aiming at . that's just me. all these different views and opinions make for interesting discussion, be bloody boring all talking about the same brand of rifle

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Post by bigfellascott » 26 Dec 2018, 7:56 am

straightshooter wrote:Marketing is what makes some things seem like they are somehow worth more than they perhaps should be, not always but generally so.


Yeah spot on mate, I also think our $$ compared to other countries tends to make things more expensive and again we equate that if it costs more it should be better, sometimes that is true and sometimes it's not and marketing really is what drives people to believe that something is better all because they keep telling ya so, a good example is Toyota! Oh yeah what a feeling :drinks:
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Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 8:02 am

but BFS, all the hot chicks in the tv adds tell me toyota's and ford rangers are great :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:
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Post by bigfellascott » 26 Dec 2018, 9:02 am

bigrich wrote:but BFS, all the hot chicks in the tv adds tell me toyota's and ford rangers are great :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:


IGZACHARY :lol:

Seriously though it's that ol trick which pollies and media etc use, keep repeating the same message and eventually it becomes the truth. :unknown:

Stihl and Husky are good at it too, big budgets etc to keep telling the world they have the best saws etc, the truth is there are as good a saws out there but they don't have the marketing $$$ to push the message as it were. :drinks:
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Post by bigrich » 26 Dec 2018, 9:48 am

another point of view is if we don't pay extra for some products just on principle, the only winner in the long run is china :unknown: our politicians sold us out with free trade agreements a long time ago .......we were a self sufficient country that made t.v's , radios, washing machines , cars , buses and trucks (anyone old enough to remember "leader" ? ). now we seem to trade on mining, tourism and farming. there have been a lot of great ideas and business that have gone overseas because of too much red tape and lack of support from our government . :twisted: back to topic, how does lithgow crossover compare to our budget rifle selection ? :unknown:

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Post by JimTom » 26 Dec 2018, 10:40 am

I think Lithgow are in another league compared to Howa, Savage, and Ruger.
Would own another Lithgow in a heartbeat. Keen to see what caliber they release next once this rubbish with the barrels is sorted out.
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