Most accurate hunting rifle out of the box

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  1. halfmoanut

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    Would like to hear opinions on which out of the box rifle is the most accurate for hunting western game? Mule deer & Elk. Will hand load,also will accurize by bedding action and floating barrel.
     
  2. dsandfort

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    Store-bought ammunition or hand loads? Big box store or semi-custom (Cooper, Dakota, etc.) Price range? Hard to answer this one.
    For my money, I like Coopers with hand loads.
     
  3. ShootDots

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    ^^^^The questions dsandfort asked are very pertinent.. With that in mind, for me, I have a Kimber LongMaster in .308. I do not shoot factory ammo. However, with handloads, it rivals the accuracy of my competition rifles.. Let me preface this with the idea that this is the FIRST and ONLY Kimber I have ever purchased. It is beautifully made, flawless in function and accurate.

    Additionally, it has a "match-grade" chamber (I do not know what that means>>>but it comes with it) it has a hand -lapped button rifled barrel, a COMPLETELY adjustable trigger and it is hand / glass bedded.. Does it get better than that out of the box?
     
  4. joshb

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    German made Weatherby 300 Weatherby mag. Mark V, second is 308 Remington 5r 10th anniversary. The Weatherby might be for sale if you have tons of cash.😇 Well, maybe half a ton.
     
  5. CaptainMal

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    Don't laugh.

    i have put together two different 270 Ruger Americans for two ordinary hunters. With just a little bit of fiddling and one I had to grind out a bit of a touching forend, they both easily shot sub-MOA groups for me. I did use my handholds to break in both rifles for the guys but they also shot two different factory ammo types into MOA groups.

    Sure the rifle is not the quality most of us want. Sure also is they shoot right out of the box.

    Now don't laugh.
     
  6. joshb

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    Pooh! Wait. I'll modify that. "I'm sorry, I think I thought I heard you say Ruger?"
     
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    Poo my foot. I broke both of those things in, set the triggers, did that one forend, removed both actions, studied out that bedding and then started break-in. Both stopped copper fouling in under 10 rounds. Both shot and shot well.

    I also selected the scopes (Burris) and did the mounting for the guys.

    Poo on you.
     
  8. joshb

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    Now, cmon Capt. He said "out of the box". I have read about how you tweak guns, and good for you for your skills, but he said out of the box. PS I have a Browning I want to send you. It won't shoot! Josh.😀😀😜
     
  9. mac86951

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    I've been happy with my vanguard series 2 in 30-06. Three shot groups are excellent, and if I take my time to counter barrel heat it'll print 10 in a 3/4" @ 100y with 180/SMK and 54.0 gr h4350. Can't beat the price either. I got if for an action to build on and can't find a reason to take it apart.
     
  10. bheadboy

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    ok fellows, I am ready for the bufaaaa

    Rem 700. I have at 222, 6mm,270, 7-08, 30-06, 300mn and all shot within .5-.875 from the start then better with a little tweeking,


    Bob
     
  11. CaptainMal

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    Seriously. I never touched barrels or actions. With scopes and mounts, both cost right around $550 total. It's almost a joke how well those two shot.

    Now others might not do as well. I only have experience with those two. Neither is of a construction quality that is "satisfying" to those wanting a quality rifle. One examination of just the bolt will send you looking for a barf bag. But for the general hunter wanting a workable tool, those things showed me they work well. They are not only "good for the money", they were flat out good.

    Lightly tweaked - right out of the box.
     
  12. stacy

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    I WOULD SHOOT A SAVAGE LONG RANGE HUNTER SHOT FOR SHOT AGAINST ANY RIFLE MENTIONED HERE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND SMILE EVERY SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    It depends on what you are willing to spend. Coopers are very accurate normally, but a bit pricey. The Sako A7 & Tikka T3's both perform very well right out of the box and are more reasonably priced. As others have noted, group size will change depending on how warm the barrel gets when shooting groups with most sporter barrel versions. Good Luck, there are a lot of good choices in today's market to choose from.

    Terry
     
  14. jr600yd

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    Everybody has a favorite. I bought a Remington 700 BDL in 30/06, mounted a Leupold 4X12 on it and away we go. That was 40 years ago and it still my go to deer rifle. It will still print 3/4-1 in 3 shot groups when I do my part with my hand loads. Yeah, it's a little banged up, some of the bluing is worn off and it's got some scratches and dings but D#% it still puts meat in the freezer.
     
  15. people

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    Savage just shoot out of the box.

    This is also very subjective and what you need truly depends on how you hunt or want to.
     
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    I'll add. I bought my first Savage a couple years ago. An old 110V in 223, out of an old guy's collection. Never fired till I bought it. That gun printed 1/2 in. Groups at 100 with a good load from another gun. I was impressed. So there ya go. Josh.
     
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    Cooper has been my most accurate, if you call that an out of the box rifle. It did come in a factory box, so I think it qualifies.

    Probably a better way to ask the question would be based on cost. My most accurate big game rifle I ever bought under $1,000 is a Weatherby Vanguard. Most accurate varmint rifle and most accurate period at the same price point is a Remington 700. I don't have anything in the $1500 range, but in the $2000 range the Cooper is King. At the $500 and below range it was luck of the draw, but my best experience came from a Ruger of all things.
     
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    Tikka
     
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    Savage 10FP H-S .308 ...Right out of the box, it just shoots one hole, 6 shots...........155 Berger, varget, win cases, win primers.
     

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