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Browning vs. Savage
Posted: 19 January 2012 11:23 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I would like to buy a .243 bolt this year.  Have been looking at several.  2 that got my attention are the Browning A-Bolt Stalker and that Savage Edge—for different reasons.  I like the feel of the Browning, but don’t hate the Savage.  The Browning costs $600 and the Savage $300.  Is the Browning worth twice as much?  What am I getting for the extra money?  (I own a couple of Savages but never have owned anything from Browning other than a couple pairs of socks, so I really can’t compare the 2 myself).

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Posted: 19 January 2012 11:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I too have been running the Browning vs. Savage comparison thru my head…I am just going to sit back and enjoy the feedback…

Come on Abolt lovers, sell us on the browning…

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Posted: 20 January 2012 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Murdy, STOP COMPARING!!!!!You need too go out today and get the Browning!!!!You only live one time buddy….This would be a gun too pass down too grandkids also!!!!!!

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Posted: 20 January 2012 02:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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“You only live one time buddy….This would be a gun too pass down too grandkids also!!!!!!”
That’s a great point, WTF, and something I’ve thought about too.  If money were no object, I’d have already done it.  But, on the other side, I could find countless other things to spend or put $300 toward (220F, better gps, spotting scope, gas powered ice auger, flasher, to name just a few).  Unfortunately, there’s always a trade off.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Murdy, Does the savage have the accu-trigger?Buddy has a 22-250 with the trigger and its a frickin tack-driver!!!!Savage has came ALONG ways since the early 80s…Either way i dont think your be disappointed….Is it gonna be your yote rifle???

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Posted: 20 January 2012 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If you like Savage, then you can save a little more money and look at the Stevens.  Its a Savage gun without the accutrig.  Very good shooters.

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Posted: 21 January 2012 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Murdy, You buy that browning yet???

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Posted: 21 January 2012 10:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Was gonna leave the caliber I am looking at out ot the thread but oh well… 12 gauge slug gun for me…The price point is quite abit different on the slug guns….The new A-bolt retail for around $1200…Where is the jaw drop smiley?...

I am 99.9% positive I am gonna buy the savage 212…Sounds like they have the ejector issue corrected and with the correct ammo they are mighty deadly at 200 yards…

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Posted: 21 January 2012 11:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Have not bought the Browning yet.  Either way, I’ll be looking for a sale over the next few months.  And, yes, for ‘yotes, but also would like to head out west antelope hunting in the future.
The Savage slug guns interest me too, but I’m more inclined toward the 20 guage.

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Posted: 04 February 2012 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Murdy, we opted for the Browning X-Bolt Varmint Special in .223 for my son.  It is a sweet shooting rifle.

P.S.  For slug guns I just don’t think you can beat the H&R USH.  JMO smile

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Posted: 07 February 2012 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I just bought a Savage Axis (formerly Edge) in .223.  I am pleased with it so far, no flaws or trouble cycling ammo, and it’s pretty accurate.  If you decide on the Savage, I would recommend getting it w/o the scope package.  The Bushnell scope is alright, but a better scope would probably help show the accuracy that Savage is known for.  From all the reviews I had read, most people replaced the scope.  I just bought the scoped package because I got a good deal.  Will probably put the Bushnell on my .22

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Posted: 08 February 2012 02:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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“Does the savage have the accu-trigger”
I don’t think the Axis line does, Freak. 
(kind of lost track of this thread somehow—those fish and deer icons confused me for a while, lol)

I’ve contemplated the varmint special as well, that’s the one with the heavier barrel, if I remeber right

I agree on avoiding scope packages generally, and I’m not a Bushnell fan anyway.  I had 2 of them break down on me

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Posted: 08 February 2012 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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The Axis line does not have the Accu-trigger.  The pull is right around 7 lbs on mine.  There is an aftermarket trigger available, which you can adjust down to about 3 lbs.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 10:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Well, 6 months later, finally got around to making a decision.  Savage, but not the Axis or .243.  Ended up with a Model 11 in 7-08.  I know, it’s a long way from where I started, and the thought process was pretty long and convoluted, but I thank everyone for their input.

” I would recommend getting it w/o the scope package.”
Backwooods, I agree with that completely.  The 11 series came with a Nikon, unsure of the quality, but I’ve never had a problem with a Nikon (I would assume it was Prostaff line, but maybe an older bottom end Nikon that was being clearanced), but, as far as I could tell, the rifles in the packages came with the older stock (not accustock), so by getting one thing, you gave up another.  I had 2 Bushnells fail on me (dusk-to-dawn line), so not really a fan of those either.

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