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Old 03-14-2013, 06:09 PM
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Hello , i am looking to buy my first deer rifle and was seeking some advice. I currently have my eye on a remington 30-06 700 since thats what ive hunted with before. But since it doesnt come with a scope i was looking around nikon's website as well as leupold redfield and zeiss. O have around 600$ saved up already and since i have enough for the gun, i was seeing if a) the 30-06 is a good buy and b) if someone knew of a good scope for cheap.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:16 PM
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You can get a Savage Trophy Hunter XP package in 30'06 as well as other popular chamberings with a Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40 BDC for around $500 for the package.

Everyone has their favorite makers...I personally think the Savage offers better out of the box accuracy than Remington.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:02 PM
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Wooly B has a solid option there in the Savage, here is another with the Weatherby S2 package in 30-06, these are sub-moa guaranteed and with a great match quality trigger. Having said that the AccuTrigger on the Savage is very good too as is the out of the box accuracy they produce. Welcome to the forum, it's a great place if you like guns and shooting and the outdoors. Best to ya !
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:30 PM
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That is a good deal like the Savage. The scope, rings, and bases are worth over $200





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Old 03-15-2013, 01:01 AM
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I think you'll be able to get both to shoot the same as each other, if you handload. The Remington 700 is a fine rifle. The 30-06 is considered one of the best all-around calibers, so that's a good choice there.

How much is your budget for a good scope for "cheap"? I have Leupold, Nikkon, Burris, Weaver, and Bushnell. All of them are in the $200 to $450 range. For the 30-06, mine has a cheap scope that came with it, in 3-9x40. It has no name brand anywhere on it, yet it performs so well I've never replaced it. If I was doing it like you and needed a scope, I'd definitely go with a 3-9x40 (or 4-12x40), and maybe a Leupold VX-I, maybe, which will cost you a little over $300 I think. But just about any scope brand out there is good quality. Except for maybe (Barska) (???) and I couldn;t even say for sure that they're not good quality, because I've never shot with one. I did see their spotting scopes though, and they look cheap to me.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:10 AM
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The Remington 700 in 30-06 is a perfect deer rifle. Reliable and accurate it is perfection. Your scope choice is a good one but also remember millions of deer are killed each year with lesser quality or cheaper scopes. There are scopes that can be had for around $100 that will be adequate until your main choice can be afforded.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:42 AM
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I like high end leupolds but their lower end like the vx1 and rifleman have a lot to be desired. There are better choices out there. The VX1 and rifleman both have 1/2 minute adjustment instead of 1/4 and they don't click. $150 really is the lower end for a good quality scope. Sure the $100 or less scopes will work in optimum conditions but in low light and cloudy ugly weather they can possibly fail at the worst time.

It also amazes me how everyone worships at the alter of big green. Remington has played second fiddle to Ruger and Savage , Tikka, Weatherby and others for a few years now in terms of quality and innovation. When Savage is bringing out new models and designs, Remington is scaling back and cutting quality but everyone seems to love them because that is what dad or granddad used. Buy the Remington, change the trigger, bed the barrel then you will have a rifle that will shoot as good as a Savage or WBY out of the box.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:37 AM
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It might help if you let us know exactly what M700 version you are looking at and if the rifle is NIB. Although I am not a huge fan of the M700, I have owned (still own) several and they are, for the most part, well made and accurate rifles. My tastes run to rifles with CRF, not because they are inherently "better" but simply because I prefer them. Two other rifles in the price range I'm figuring your M700 to fall into that I'd, for sure look at would be the already mentioned Weatherby Vanguard and Howa 1500, rifles that are for the most part clones of each other and quality made.

As far as a scope for your rifle, I'd recommend you to buy just as much quality as you can, right off the bat. Buying another scope in a few years because you are dissatisfied or the initial choice proved to be less than desireble is not the preferred route to go, IMO. Of the many scopes I own, I believe a "good" scope starts with the Nikon Prostaff and Redfield Revolution line-ups (or similar). To my eyes, the Rifleman and VX1 are a move up as are the Burris FFII and Nikon Buckmasters. The new VX1 model is 1/4" and click adjustable, BTW, unlike the older version VXI. (difference is the use of the number 1, rather than a capital I) and sells for $229 +/- in 2-7x33 or 3-9x40. The VX2 is a step up and the one I recently bought in 3-9x40 to package with a Ruger M77 in 30/06 was a very nice scope for the $$. I paid $299. for it, delivered.

I'd also suggest you, perhaps, look to buying a 2-7 or similar power range in addition to the typical 3-9x40 many think they want. For my hunting, the range of 2-7 is more compatible than the higher magnification version. The use of 9X vs 7X for typical hunting is vastly overrated, again IMO. I can shoot groups at 100 yards as well with a 7X scope as with a 9; matter of fact I rarely use the 9X setting at any 100 yard range when available. The lower magnification will also many times be less $$ than the higher, as well. If you search several online vendors, I'd bet you could find an ongoing sale on at least one of the several scopes I've mentioned which could make your investment a very good bargain for your hard-earned $$.

Choosing a rifle & scope among the myriad of choices out there can become confusing, for sure. But keep an open mind, perhaps even look at resale value of what you like. Leupold scopes can bring 100% of your initial investment 5 years hence if you decide to upgrade further and also carry an excellent warranty, just as an example. And looking at online gun sales may give you an idea of which used brands of rifles seem to hold value better than others.

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I don't know if you are close to a Cabelas, but on their web site they are advertising a Remington 700 ADL combo with a scope for $439. I'm sure it's a no name scope, but that can be swapped out at a later date.

Also, in my opinion the M700 is a good rifle and the .30-06 is one of the most popular and versatile calibers.
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Sir,

I like your thinking. I would say go for it. The appeal of your choice lies in its balance, and I can't think of any better suited option for nearly everything.

I dont think you will be sorry that you went this route.

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Remington 700 in .30-06

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Hello , i am looking to buy my first deer rifle and was seeking some advice. I currently have my eye on a remington 30-06 700 since thats what ive hunted with before. But since it doesnt come with a scope i was looking around nikon's website as well as leupold redfield and zeiss. O have around 600$ saved up already and since i have enough for the gun, i was seeing if a) the 30-06 is a good buy and b) if someone knew of a good scope for cheap.
Can't go wrong with that rifle and cartridge combination - most have addressed why but you will certainly enjoy years of accurate shooting with a .30-06 chambered Reminton 700! If you can manage your finances to do so, buy a good Leupold 3-9x40 for that fine rifle. You can find them for under $300 on ebay and gunbroker. They're lifetime warranteed and you'll be happy you didn't buy a new, lesser brand scope for years to come. If you're like me, you'll find that the only money you'll ever spend on THAT rifle is for what you feed it! Good luck!
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:28 PM
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I have a M700 stainless in 30-06 with a Leupold scope on it that is a fantastic rifle. I also have a few Savage rifles. The Savage rifles do have very good accuracy with a bunch of loads. I think generally speaking the Remington 06 is a little more picky but I can still shoot about an inch or just over with regular green box Core-Lokts. I'm essentially a 300 yard shooter so it is fine for anything I want to hunt.
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I would stay away from the rifle / scope package deals. Usually the scope and or bases/rings leave something to be desired. Let some steel Leupold bases and rings for you Remmy and have someone qualified install them if you are not experienced with the process. Burris Fullfield scopes have always served me well and they can be had for under $200. My two Burris 3x9s perform as well as the more expensive Leupold VX2 and Nikon Monarch I own.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:55 AM
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I'd go for the Remington '06.
Best deal on a scope that I know of is the closeout Nitrex TR1 at Natchezss.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:08 PM
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Midway USA has blemished Burris Fullfield II scopes on sale this week, and they come with full factory warranty. It would be hard to beat the price for the quality you get with a Burris scope.
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+1. Burris FFII is a great scope for the $$$, especially on sale.
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