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  • #16
    Another vote for the tried and true Remington 700!

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    • #17
      The Ruger American Rifle's have a very nice reputation, and accuracy. They'll get the job done for around 300 bucks street price, and if you throw maybe a vortex crossfire on there you'll have reached around your cap. I don't personally have experience with the crossfire, but I have liked the Viper and Diamondback models of the same company. Try to make it to a gun show or hit up a few gun shops to see what's out there right now, and do what you can to handle it before you buy it. Good luck!

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      • #18
        Howa 1500... same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard for even less money... highly accurate and highly reliable. Most come with a cheap Tupperware stock but it works, especially if you glass bed it and float the barrel. The Rem 700 is OK too but generally not as accurate and you usually end up spending more than $500.

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        • #19
          Njb123,
          The Howa 1500 wears a green Hogue textured stock, and it does not bear on the barrel. There's a photo of it in my profile (click on my name). The rifle wears a Bushnell 10X Mil-Dot scope and the combination performs very well with sub-MOA groups at 100 yards and great performance on small game. Rifle plus scope cost me about $560.
          My primary varminter is a Rem 700 BDL"V" in .22-250, and I use them a bit differently because the Howa is a bit more portable, but both deliver accurately.

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          • #20
            If you buy new, you're going to have too look at the bargain end of the spectrum. If you look at used rifles, you can pick more towards the middle to upper-middle end of the spectrum. Chances are,if you buy something in a 30-06 or similar, the rifle was not shot all that much. Learn to check important things for a used bolt and you'll come out way ahead.

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            • #21
              No question Weatherby Vanguard 2 is the way to go.

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