At $525, it’s one of the least expensive guns on this list, but the Venture II neither looks nor shoots like a “cheap” gun. The Venture II’s muzzle is threaded, and overall weight is at or just below 7.5 pounds, depending on chambering. Discussion Starter • #1 • Dec 11, 2011. The Tikka T3X Arctic is the rifle chosen by the Canadian Rangers, who operate in some pretty tough conditions — it was created specifically as a wilderness gun. Another one that you can throw into the mix is the Weatherby Vanguard. Both rifles come with an accuracy guarantee. bladed trigger and a Picatinny rail for easy optics installation. Photo courtesy of Weatherby. Weatherby VANGUARD MODULAR CHASSIS. These guns are loaded with all sorts of clever engineering, including the groundbreaking AccuTrigger, Savage’s floating bolt head and a barrel nut that allows for very precise headspacing. The Tikka's trigger is sweeet. No scope base or rings are supplied. Here are the Top 5 Browning X Bolt Rifles: Browning X-Bolt Pro, Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Long Range, Browning X-Bolt Medallion, Browning X-Bolt Eclipse, Browning X-Bolt Hunter, Browning X-Bolt Stalker with a list of major features to compare them against one another. 3. Looking for a good all-around hunting riffle. Magnum and 9.3x62mm. Not surprisingly, accuracy is excellent. 2) Tikka T3 Camo SS (I heard the magazine is plastic so longevity/durability is a question, I can't see a plastic mag lasting for 20+yrs), but I like the reviews and accuracy. I have two T3s, and sauer 100 and while the 100 is a great rile, tikka has the after market parts if you ever want to tinker with with your rifle. Mine shoots, and by all acounts others do as well. The fit and finish, cycling and two-stage trigger feel like they were lifted from a more expensive gun, and most Vanguards will—with the right ammo—exceed their sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. FLUTED BOLT BODY. Tikka. Tika is an excellent platform which has been based on the sako which is replicated by many; including nosler 48, howa m1500, s&w 1500, weatherby vanguard along with several others. tikka t3x SS SL. 5,287 Posts . Savage Model 110 Tactical With AccuFit There are left-handed versions available, too. The Vanguard/Howa is by far the best all things considered, they do however have a shorter barrel. 1. Longitudinal flutes reduce weight and bearing surface area, while eliminating binding for smooth action. Big fan of Weatherby/Howa. The barrel on the Tikka is free floated, while the Weatherby's barrel is firmly bedded. The full diameter three-lug bolt promises a short bolt lift and smooth cycling, and the crisp Marksman Adjustable Trigger can be set between 3 and 5 pounds. The weight has been trimmed, but the Hunter is a feature-rich rifle with a match-grade chamber, durable synthetic stock, three-position wing safety and a factory trigger set between 3.5 and 4 pounds. The T3x family has many models and variants, including tactical guns and classic wood-stocked versions, but the Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops exclusive T3x Superlite Camo version (shown above) is a versatile hunting rifle that’s lightweight—around 6 pounds—accurate and affordable. E-mail your comments/questions about this site to: EmediaHunter@nrahq.org, For questions/comments about American Hunter magazine, please e-mail:Publications@nrahq.org, You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on American Hunter, visit nramediakit.com for more information. Buy the Tikka, save the money you would've spend on the SAKO on a scope. Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. MSRP: $549-1,099; weatherby.com. As for accuracy my Vanguard in .25-06 shot a moa group right out of the box with the first 5 shots that I fired out of it. The Weatherby is drilled and tapped for conventional scope bases and will accept rings of any height, but they must be purchased separately. Introduced in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor rifle cartridge was made to ensure incredible precision for shooting accurately at long-range targets. So swapping from hunting to rest platform very easy. I think you mean Tikka. Lucky for you, there are lots of great hunting rifles that cost less than $1,000, all of which are capable of churning out groups under an inch with the right shooter and the right load. MSRPs hover around $1,000, but that’s a superb value for a buttoned-up hunting rifle like this one. The Bergara is available in a wide array of chamberings, including popular new rounds like the 6.5 and .300 PRCs and 28 Nosler. The actions are a bit different if that matters to you. It is a lot of fun as well, there’s no denying that. Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting. Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Bolt-Action Rifle ($499.99) Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Bolt-Action Rifle (Photo courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors) This Wyoming gun maker has cranked out great bolt-action rifles for years and this version of the popular Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 is no exception.. With a cold hammer-forged barrel, a drilled and tapped steel receiver, three … 2. There are lots of chambering options, including the 350 Legend, so this gun is an ideal deer rifle for those who live in straight-wall-only states. For sub $600 rifles, I don't think you will go wrong with either, so it maybe just be a matter of personal preference. Weatherby Vanguard The Weatherby Vanguard is a dual-lug, push-feed bolt-action that sets a very high standard in the $1,000 and under class. That vanguard is nice too and I like that it has the 2 stage trigger but the Tikka is nicer imo. The Monte Carlo-style stock features a polymer exterior surface with grip-enhancing texturing, and the forearm is flat like a benchrest rifle and comes with dual sling studs. Hell now a days just the actions are worth $400.00, This post was edited on 10/14 at 10:20 am. Ruger has a nice bolt and barrel but I don’t like trigger as much as tikka so I dropped a timney trigger in it and it was an improvement. I purchased a Vanguard 2 in 308 around 3 years ago for $350. MSRP: $949; marlinfirearms.com. I've never shot the S2 but if I were to buy a new rifle and shoot it without modifications I'd go with the Tikka. Kimber promises sub-MOA accuracy from this gun, and it delivers. Marlin’s Dark Series rifles are a great choice for hunters, and because these guns offer a long top rail for mounting an optic you can easily attach an extended eye relief scope or reflex sight to the rifle. Thompson/Center Venture IIThe original Venture was a good gun with a glaring flaw: it needed a better trigger. Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Everyone overlooks these. All three are good, would put the Tikka ahead of the Ruger. Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD. The venerable X-Bolt is also one of the lightest guns on this list: the Composite Stalker weighs between 6 and 7 pounds, depending upon caliber. I don't believe a Howa 1500 is currently available in walnut, but last I saw it wasn't nearly as nice. MSRP: $525; tcarms.com. The Patriot LR Hunter I personally tested, chambered in 6.5 PRC, shot three bullets under an inch at 100 yards, making this affordable rifle worthy of a spot on our list. for the win and it is what will most likely be my next purchase and maybe even that caliber. Privacy Policy   •   Contact Us   •   Warnings   •   FAQs   •  © 2020 National Rifle Association of America, Remington Model 700 American Hunter Rifle Project, Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Volunteer At The Great American Outdoor Show, Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award, Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells, National Youth Shooting Sports Cooperative Program, Head to Head: .308 Winchester vs. .30-06 Springfield, #SundayGunday: Kimber Classic Select Grade, 2020 National Rifle Association of America. Left-handed models are available, and there are also compact versions for shorter-statured hunters. They even have a 14 day satisfaction guarantee. Member Joined Mar 2001; Posts 16720; EE 100% (27) USA. You can’t go wrong by purchasing any member of the 110 family, though. 6. I think I have it down to these three. The new CVA bolt gun is super impressive too. I used to sight rifles for a bunch of folks for hunting season. The design of this cartridge was influenced and modified from the 6.5 Carcano and the .30 TC. Accuracy has more to do with the shooter and ammo than the rifle anymore. Shoulder a Weatherby ® Vanguard ... All Vanguard® rifles feature a specially-fit, low density recoil pad. Weatherby Vanguard 2, Tikka T3x or Ruger American- .308's, Watch: Justin Jefferson Surprises His Mom With Brand New Car For Christmas, It Looks Like LSU Center Liam Shanahan Is Coming Back Next Season After His Latest Tweet, LSU Fans Will Like This Tweet From 5-Star OT Target Tristan Leigh, Watch: LSU Releases Tribute Video For Steve Ensminger. I dont know much about the Vanguard 2s but the Vanguards are good as well. This technologically superior material significantly reduces felt recoil. If you don’t know what all that means understand this: Savage’s bolt guns continue to produce accuracy results that challenges rival rifles costing much, much more. 4. The new B-14 Wilderness Ridge offers tons of great features like a Bergara barrel with Sniper Grey Cerakote finish, an Omni muzzle brake and a hand-painted SoftTouch camo stock. The latter system allows tighter inletting, but the former is cheaper to produce. TIKKA T3, T3X, T1X, 595, 695, Whitetail Hunter (fits long and short actions): Mounts fit flat top receivers that are drilled and tapped. This post was edited on 10/14 at 10:01 am. Tikkas use a different lead and throat system to enhance accuracy but loose substantial velocity in doing so. Base screws are 6-48 X 1/4″ long. Outdoor Life’s gun test is serious business. Tikka T3xTikka’s sleek bolt-action rifles set the standard for the modern budget bolt gun, and they continue to rank among the best bargains in the sub-$1,000 class, thanks to a long list of standard features and excellent accuracy. Tikka T3X Arctic. Copyright @2020 TigerDroppings.com. But that thing is … However, at Weatherby you can order it in 30-06, 270 Win and others as a custom rifle (along with other options) for an additional $700.That's a total of $1700. MSRP: $975-$1,055; bergararifles.com. Looks good, comes with a 1 MOA guarantee and a two-stage match trigger. Browning X-BoltBrowning’s flagship X-Bolt rifles feature an action that is bedded front and rear, and these guns come with some of the best barrels in this price category. Weatherby VanguardThe Weatherby Vanguard is a dual-lug, push-feed bolt-action that sets a very high standard in the $1,000 and under class. We can all agree it’s been a trying year, and as we approach the end of 2020, we think it’s high time to treat yourself to a new hunting rifle. Don’t know about the vanguard, I have a tikka and ruger American. It was to good of a deal to pass up, and I liked the action, but the price is what sold me. I just ordered the Tikka T3X Lite stainless in 300 WM for Alaska hunting. by Brad Fitzpatrick - 9. I’ve been going through the same process and narrowed it down to the Vanguard and Tikka as well. MSRP: $489-$789; ruger.com. The Weather Shield coating and polymer stock offer all-weather protection, and the Hogue panels on the stock ensure a solid hold and complete control, even when the gun is wet. up to .30-06 Springfield, and weigh between 5½ and 6 pounds, depending on chambering. #2 Monstrum Tactical G2 6-24×50 FFP Rifle Scope . If you are looking at the Weatherby, might as well look at the HOWA rifles too. I'll preface this by saying all 3 will shoot great and if all you care about is a reliable rifle that shoots good, all 3 will easily accomplish that and you should get whichever one tickles your fancy. I have heard good things about both of these rifles, I think the Tikka's run a bit more. Really strange for such a cheap rifle. Until recently, all Kimber rifles cost north of a $1,000, but the entry-level Hunter offers all that CRF goodness at a three-figure price-point. The other rifles tested were a Weatherby Vanguard Back Country, Winchester XPR, Mossberg Patriot, Nosler Model 48 Liberty, Savage Model 11/111 Lightweight Hunter, Tikka T3X Hunter, Ruger American All-Weather, Thompson/Center Compass and the Remington 783 Like so many others on the list, the Tikka promises sub-MOA accuracy and it delivers. A review of the Tikka T3 Lite can be found on the Product Reviews page. Several models are also available in left-handed versions, too. It’s available in a wide range of calibers from .243 Win. The Vanguard will be heavier than the T3. The Badlands version, shown above, is one of the Vanguard rifles that’s recently been made available in 6.5 PRC, too. Don't like the heavy rifles (think Weatherby Vanguard) and not fond of the ultra-lights - they're just too hard to shoot straight and generally cost a bundle more than I'm willing to spend. (yes it will kick like a mule) My budget was similar to yours on this rifle. They will outshoot anything in and above their price range. I you plan on modifying with a new stock I'd go with the S2, it seems easier to get accessories for it than the Tikka. They're cheaper SAKOs. Left-hand versions are available, and all come with a Picatinny rail for easy mounting of optics. We got one in at Bowie and I thought it would be super mediocre but it's phenomenal for the price. Cant go wrong with a Remington 700 .308. There is so many after market parts out there that its too easy for you dress it up after a couple of years and have an almost like new rifle again. I have a Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 CM for precision shooting and just general range stuff. Tikka all the way But I believe the Vanguard can be had for less money now (Tikkas have gone up for good reason). I typically lean more towards tikka bc it’s lighter and stock is nicer. Regardless of which American rifle you choose, you won’t be disappointed. EVERY Axis I shot was a true tack driver. In fact, the Ruger carries a starting MSRP less than half that, but as more and more hunters are learning, these rifles produce stellar accuracy. Sabatti Urban Sniper. Savage 110The Savage 110 has an excellent reputation for superb accuracy at a price-point most hunters can afford. Both use a 7/64 Allen wrench. The Model 336 Dark Series in .30-30 is the archetypal woods rifle, but hunters in straight wall-only states should check out the Model 1895 Dark Series in .45-70. Kimber HunterThe Kimber 84 action utilizes a full-length claw extractor similar to the one found in Mauser’s 98 and Winchester’s Model 70 for absolute reliability. But shockingly it's not available standard in 30-06 (or even 270 Win)! The entry-level model offers everything you need, but the recently introduced Hunter model (shown above) with adjustable Magpul stock is a very cool rifle for those who like hybrid hunting/target rifles. The three-position safety is a nice addition, allowing you to cycle the action with the safety engaged. The rifles tested by Scoutlookweather were: Winchester XPR, Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed, Weatherby Vanguard Back Country, Mossberg Patriot, Nosler Model 48 Liberty, Savage Model 11/111 Lightweight Hunter, Tikka T3X Hunter, Ruger American All-Weather, Thompson/Center Compass and the Remington 783 and .300 Win. Leaning towards a Tikka … The light, crisp Feather Trigger makes accurate shooting easy, and Browning’s clever rotary magazine works extremely well. Georgia Star LB Jermaine Johnson Announces He's Transferring To... Of Course Tim Tebow & His Wife Demi-Leigh Wore Matching Christmas Pajamas, This Young Texans Fan Got A Bill O'Brien Autograph For Christmas And It Set Him Off, Nothing Better Than Watching This Toddler Play With His New Bull Riding Gift, Sean Payton Celebrated The Saints NFC South Title Win With A Locker Room Dance. These are Japanese rifles. Savage Model 10 GRS. Mag. I'd also give a very serious look at the Weatherby Vanguard-II's. Ring screws are 6-40 X 5/8″ long. Trumpet. I do plan on buying an S2 in .257 weatherby but it will get a new stock and possibly trigger. MSRP: $891; kimberamerica.com. All 4 make good rifles. That is, to gather fair and objective data about which of 2016’s new guns are worth you spending your money on. The MSRP is $675 ($725 for WSM calibers), making the T3 Lite the most expensive of our budget rifles. Lots of nice $500 rifles out there right now. We also talk about the changes in the Tikka T3 vs T3x. Nothing wrong with the Ruger but I wouldn't group it with those two. 5. This rifle is 6.5 lbs without the scope. MSRP: $909-$999; browning.com. Here’s a look at 10 of the best guns under a $1,000. The fit and finish, cycling and two-stage trigger feel like they were lifted from a more expensive gun, and most Vanguards will—with the right ammo—exceed their sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. The dual-lug bolt is equipped with a sliding plate extractor and coned bolt nose which helps ensure smooth cycling. The Howa 1500 is the exact same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard, because Howa makes them for Weatherby. As the name implies these rifles have a black finish on the stock and metal, and the paracord sling and lever wrap add to this gun’s sleek aesthetic. T/C fixed that on this model, and the new Venture II outcompetes guns costing four figures. The 110 Classic, shown here, barely squeaks under the bar with an MSRP of $999, but it comes with a walnut stock that is adjustable for comb height and LOP and it blends traditional styling with modern amenities. Mossberg Patriot LR HunterMossberg’s new Patriot LR Hunter is one of the popular new breed of hybrid target/hunting rifles, and it comes with a fluted barrel with a threaded muzzle, aluminum pillar bedding, an LBA adjustable (2-7 lbs.) For a long range rifle I would only consider a tikka with the heavier varmint barrel which would also take care of some weight issues you might have with mitigating some recoil. Over time, the Vanguard family has grown to include several models (including the new Synthetic Green version), and this is the least expensive way to harness the power of the various Weatherby magnum rounds. Browning doesn’t promise sub-MOA accuracy, but the X-Bolts I’ve reviewed all managed to do better than that and, with loads they like, I’ve had X-Bolts churn out three-shot groups around .75 inches at 100 yards. MSRP: $599-$999; savagearms.com. This seems like a nice rifle. Right now, I've narrowed it down to two: the Kimber Hunter and the Tikka T3x stainless. They're both pretty much the same price ($699 - &750). 3) Weatherby Vanguard Sporter (I heard it's a Howa action and it's close to 8lbs), accuracy is guaranteed like the Tikka. The modular synthetic stock of this gun has interchangeable pistol grips that let you modify the grip angle to allow for multiple shooting positions. Biggest difference I’ve seen is the Vanguard stock is a bit heavier which I love the solid feel of, but if you’re planning to do hunting out west or anything like that, it could get heavy. Bergara B-14 Wilderness RidgeBergara has been making barrels for some time, but today the company is best-known for their excellent bolt action hunting and target rifles. MSRP: $899-$949; tikka.fi. :wave: 8. Hole spacing dimensions on front mount and … Posted: 8/28/2015 7:19:45 PM EST Weatherby Vanguard is Howa 07AMF. Marlin is now in Ruger’s hands, which means its lever-action rifles will likely live on, with some technical and machining upgrades. These guns come with a two-position tang-mounted safety which is easy to reach and manipulate, but they’re also equipped with a manual bolt unlock button that allows the shooter to cycle the action with the safety engaged. All rights reserved. If you’re in the market for a new hunting rifle, now’s the time to strike. 7. I find these actions easily bedded with a simple butt drop. Ruger American RifleRuger’s American Rifle deserves a top spot on any list of the best hunting rifles under $1,000. But beyond the smell of powder, the piles of hot brass, the sore shoulders, the ringing of steel, and the smiles on the faces of the shooters lurks a solemn task. Marlin Dark SeriesWho doesn’t love a lever gun? Among the rifles tested by Scoutlookweather was the Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed. The other day with my 270 I shot three back to back 5 shot groups all easily under 1" at 150 yards with three different loads. The Vanguard Sporter has a walnut stock. Tikka, Weatherby close second. Other stock-oriented rifles to consider: Bergara HMR. Detailed side by side comparison of the Browning X-Bolt vs Tikka T3. Having handled and shot both, I will buy more Tikkas. re: Weatherby Vanguard 2, Tikka T3x or Ruger American- .308's Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt on 10/14/20 at 9:21 am to Cash I'll preface this by saying all 3 will shoot great and if all you care about is a reliable rifle that shoots good, all 3 will easily accomplish … Weatherby Vanguard is a decent gun, no major issues with it, I just like the feel of the Tikka more. Thank you, Sean Tikka T3X CTR / Tactical / Varmint. The Vanguard as already stated is made by Howa of ***an to Weatherby specifications. The company’s T3x rifles offer interchangeable grip modules, a steel recoil lug, a fully enclosed bolt shroud, and a light, clean trigger. Howa 1500 and Weatherby Vanguard are essentially the same rifle (by Howa), maybe that's your confusion. Tikka Weatherby Vanguard S2. 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