I know three guys that have 'em and everyone is a good shooter.Does anyone have an opinion on a Vanguard? I've never shot or handled one, so was wondering if they're worth looking at. Thanks in advance.
The Vanguards are running right at $400. The Remington 700 SPS, Browning Stainless Stalker and Tikka T3 at $600-$625, and a Remington 700 ADL runs about $550 with a cheaper scope. These are all with synthetic stocks. I don't think I can go wrong with any of them, but to me, the Browning makes the most sense for the price. I do like having something that allows me to open the bolt while the safety is on, but it's not deal breaker.What's the difference in price like? The Browning and Tikka are both better quality rifles than the vanguard, if the price was similar, I'd be getting one of them.
Out here you could get a vanguard for $800 and it was about $1200 for the Tikka, now the prices are getting closer between the two.
If you can drop in to the gunshop a couple of times a week, it's obviously close, so the Vanguard won't be a problem anyway. My gunshop is 600km away and it's difficult to return a gun under warranty under those circumstances!
Are the Marlin bolt guns made in the US where the levers are? Or are they an outsourced deal?