Ok, I know most people dont go to a deer camp in most states anymore. I kinda wish that more people did camp to hunt the way they do here in the south. One of the things I enjoy the most about hunting is the social aspect of it. That being said, I think that a budget rifle has its place in hunting, and that place is growing more and more in the Wildlife management style of hunting that most people do in the Northeast and to some extent in the space and time crunched areas of the California hunting scene. I know California is not exactly what most people think of when they think about hunting. The thing about most hunters as a group is the fact that we are a very determined and resourceful group. We will hunt anywhere and we will always find some excuse to get out to the woods and spend time with one another. That being said, that was one of the reason that some “Budget” Rifles did not do well in the past.
The title budget Rifle is a very subjective title, it all hinges on a number of factors. These could include money in relation not only your tax bracket but also how concerned your spouse is about your purchases, what your career situation is like, how many children you have and the little thought of, how much you plan on shooting. Before you start your shopping, research the caliber you want and your needs. I say that because one of the things you give up when you buy a budget rifle is the availability of calibers. This is less of an issue today than it used to be. After the Savage Edge was released, every manufacturer came out with their own budget, even Browning came out with one of own this year, 15 years ago Browning would have scoffed at the thought of them offering a budget rifle. I think that the stigma of cheaper rifles was dissolved by Savage because of their barrel nut system and the relocation of the recoil lug to the stock. I have shot the Ruger, The Savage, the Mossberg and the Howa, all of them are very accurate, very pleasant to shoot and all suffer from the same thing (except the Howa) they all have bad stocks. The Mossberg stock is bad for an odd reason, its not comfortable and its heavy. The Savage, Remington and Ruger are all very flimsy and beg for a good stock. The good thing is: Companies like Boyds stocks are answering the call. I was an early adopter of the Savage Edge and Axis, I bought 3 before there was a replacement trigger or stock available for it. In fact I was one of the first people who wrote emails to Boyds asking for an aftermarket stock to be made. The odd thing being, every single one of mine are still nestled in those flimsy Tupperware stocks that I still complain about. I have been buying more rifles and optics and less products from the accessory column. I think that every budget rifle in the mainstream is a great rifle but, I think they have their place, I do reserve the judgement on the Remington 783 because I have yet to shoot it. If Remington were to send me one, I’d review it and let you know but as of now, i’m not endorsing it. The reason for that is the fact that they did not do well with their first budget rifle; The 770. Any company that wants to get a review out there, i am available to get a few reviews a month out. I do notate in the review that I was provided with product for the review. One thing I should commit to is to say I will never glad hand a review just to get product. I am in a position to buy things if I want them, I am not restricted by my Spouse like some people are nor am I extremely strapped for money, I am retired and dont need to compromise my integrity to get products like some bloggers. I am very fair and I do have a very complete knowledge of the process of bringing a product to market so I make allowances for that in my reviews.