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Top hunting rifles under $370.

6 Responses to “Odd price point”

  1. Gun Blobber Says:

    I think it’s to lock out the traditional Rem 700, which can sometimes be found for $400.

  2. Tango Says:

    Interesting that all of the rifles they listed are .30-06

    Not saying anything about it, just interesting.

  3. Jamie Says:

    All I hunt with anymore is a DPMS .308 so I don’t pay attention to what fudd guns cost.

  4. Robert Says:

    Tango: it seems that when companies design new hunting rifles, they usually chamber them in long action first before making a short action version. For instance, when the Marlin XL7 first came out, it was chambered for only three cartridges: .270 Win., .30-06, and IIRC 7mm mag. They didn’t come out with the Marlin XS7, which is a short action, until some time later (I think it took a year or so).

    I think they do this to test the waters and see how well it will sell; that way they don’t wind up with a bunch of extra, useless tooling should the model flop. If the model starts selling well, such as with the Marlin XL7, they will expand the number of cartridges the gun is offered in, including short-action cartridges.

    I think long actions are picked for the first runs specifically because they are more flexible for hunting than short actions. For example, you can take any North American game animal with .30-06, though it’s a little on the light side for grizzly bear. The same can’t be said for .223 or even .308.

    In other words, the reason they are all .30-06 is 1) they were all available in .30-06, which makes comparisons between the guns easier as the ammunition is the same, and 2) .30-06 is a very flexible and extremely easy to find hunting cartridge (if a mom and pa store in the middle of nowhere has ammunition, it’s most likely going to have .22lr, .30-30, and .30-06).

  5. Kristopher Says:

    I think Gunblobber hit it on the head. These folks are trying to find a way to pimp their advertiser’s guns without looking dishonest, so they set the price limit to make the article sound credible.

  6. Kristopher Says:

    Robert: Factory .30-06 = factory .308 in terms of foot pounds.

    Unless you reload, you can’t reach the .30-06’s full potential.