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    Default Best budget rifle

    Savage Axis XP

    Savage Axis II XP

    Mossberg Patriot

    Remington 783

    Which do you think is the best budget rifle? Why?

    I'm planning to get one soon as my first rifle with a mounted scope.

    Also, Savage Axis XP vs Savage Axis II XP, Which is the best budget option out of the two. I know Savage Axis is less expensive. I want to know which is worth the money AND benefit at the same time. Three questions.

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    I truly think you should decide what you will use rifle for, hunting or target, what optics you can afford, any caliber preferences if affected, and get what you want. Dont mean to sound tart, but for a one time poster, for me to do market, caliber, warranty, popularity, etc. research on four rifles does'nt trip my trigger. Any "chest beater" owner of just one or two of these, will have to do those things, or do you a disservice.
    Am quite sure "someone" here will come along who either owns all four or knows each from unprecedented experience. Whatever is decided for you, good luck and safe shooting.
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    What is the purpose of the rifle? Some rifles are great for some things and lousy for others.

    In general, of the ones you mentioned, I like the Savage Axis II. Be sure to get the Axis II though. The original Axis is known for having a poor trigger.
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    Well, I plan to use it on plinking the most and hunting on rare occasions. I already selected my caliber for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroedIn View Post
    Well, I plan to use it on plinking the most and hunting on rare occasions. I already selected my caliber for it.
    Based on that I like the Savage Axis II best. I have one in .223/5.56, .308 and just today bought one in 22-250. What caliber were you looking at? How much gun experience do you have? A beginner will never go wrong with a Ruger 10/22. Low price, easy to shoot, fun and cheap ammo.
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    Believed it or not lol, I plan to use .223 for it. I know, not the ideal caliber for hunting. It will be my first rifle If I plan to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroedIn View Post
    Believed it or not lol, I plan to use .223 for it. I know, not the ideal caliber for hunting. It will be my first rifle If I plan to get one.
    A .223 is a very good beginner round. You can hunt small game with it all day long and even some medium game with good shot placement. Check the hunting regulations in your area. A lot of places require a minimum 30 caliber bullet for a lot of game.

    Fun little plinking round too.
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    Yes, indeed lol. The 223 is a varmint type caliber. I would need to have an accurate placement to hit the vital organs dead on.

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    Don't discount it too much. I've heard rumors some have even headed into a war with it !.....
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    IMO, you're going to have to do your own research, kid.

    "Budget rifles" are budget rifles because they generally make sacrifices,

    either on fit and finish, weight, barrel quality, bolt dynamics, etc.

    I will recommend you get a .223 that chambers .556, either a Wylde

    chamber, or a .556 barrel, in order for you to have the versatility to fire both

    rounds. But, if you have narrowed it down this far, start asking yourself questions.

    Like which rifle has a Hammer Forged barrel? What rifle has the lowest weight?

    Which one has a safety action which you like? Which one has the nicer bolt mechanism?

    Because, at the end of the day, WE won't have to live with this rifle. YOU will.

    And don't get all stingy about the optics. For a rifle in your price range, take the

    overall cost, delivered, with taxes, fees etc. Multiply it by 45%. THAT's where your

    scope cost should live. Find the best one you can, on sale. IF you don't want to

    personally experience why you should avoid cheap scopes.

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