Rem 700 or xbolt. 6.5

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  1. NorthWoodsHunter

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    Had my mind set on a 700 for a new 6.5 but then came across a deal on a clean x-bolt. Not too familiar with that rifle but it felt good in the hand. Any first hand experience comparisons.
     
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    Of those two I would easily choose the X-Bolt. I just wouldn’t want a real long barrel that a few of the Brownings may have, 22” or so is plenty.
     

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    What’s your planned primary use? Target or hunting.
     
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    If it’s for primarily target use check out the Savage LRH before you make a decision.
     
  5. NorthWoodsHunter

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    The one i was looking at had a 22" barrel - as did the Remington. This would be primarily a hunting rifle. Deer to coyotes for Michigan for now and possible future out west hunts. I know this is overkill for coyotes but some added range would be nice for the call shy dogs that hang up further than i'd push my AR. 90% of what i shoot is out of prime fur season anyways so DRT is more important than fur friendly.
     
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    Living in MI I’d imagine the vast majority of use would be for deer hunting. Don’t overlook the used market on Armslist and other sources.
     
  7. Pinefarm2015

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    Keep in mind the new 700’s have the lawyers trigger, after the lawsuits. A gunsmith won’t work on them. You’d have to replace it with a Timney.

    Older 700’s are fine, but won’t be in that
    cartridge.
     
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    Like PF said, triggers in the new Remington 700's suck. I picked up a new Rem 700 about 2 years ago and the stock trigger was horrendous in it. My trigger pull gauge showed it broke at over 8# (not kidding). The stock trigger is supposedly adjustable, but evenso I couldn't get it to reduce much.

    Contrast that to a new Howa I acquired at about the same time. The stock trigger in that rifle breaks at 3#.

    If you go with the 700, plan on installing an aftermarket trigger.


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    Yup, Howa’s shoot nice. I heard the Mossberg Patriot is good for a more budget minded rifle.
    http://www.mossberg.com/product/mossberg-patriot-rifle-28026/
     
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    I bought my X-bolt in .308 Win back on 11-27-08 and its still my favorite rifle. It is more accurate than all five savage rifles I used to own, even beating my Weatherby Vanguard SUB MOA.
    Needless to say I vote for the X-bolt over the Remington.
     
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    Good to hear. The rifle this will be "replacing" is a weatherby vanguard and has been a reliable -deer rifle for years.
     
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    I just got a tikka t3x 6.5, for the same money as a remington 700 sps I felt the tikka was a far higher quality rifle. Fit/finish and options wise. 1 Moa guaranteed with quality ammo. Can't speak to the browning..
     
  14. Pinefarm2015

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    Tikka is basically the lower end of Sako. Sako’s are very well for great accuracy.

    I love my old M700’s, but I’m not fond of much new Remington, other than custom shop stuff.

    Tikka is a much better option. And, Tikka also comes in a 6.5x55.
     
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    Never seen an A-bolt or X-bolt that wasn’t a shooter. The plus of an X-bolt is that the bolt locks when you put on the safety. With e the m700 your bolt will open with your safety on, can be a pain when don’t notice the bolt has moved or opens when catches on something. For the same price browning all the way.