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    Very good .30-06 bolt action

    I want to add to my group. I’ll not list what I have, in order to not influence a recommendation.

    Requirements are:
    Bolt action, obviously.
    Magazine fed.
    Iron sights.
    Not picky on ammo.
    Works even if dirty.
    Reasonably accurate, no need to drive nails at 1,000 yards.
    Can be field stripped enough to be cleaned.
    No history of the model having unsafe malfunctions.

    No interest in anything but 30-06.

    Essentially an all around go-to gun.

    Edit: External Magazine required.
    In response to questions if okay.

    Edit again: What I want to know (yeah, should have said so in the beginning) is not what is out there, I know of many and have some and can Google for a listing, but what do you have experience with, or know of, that is a very good bolt action, 30-06 with external magazine. I'm looking for opinions and respect the opinions in this forum and that's why I'm asking the question here.
    Your recommendation?
    Last edited by ClayInTx; June 15th, 2011 at 01:06 PM. Reason: Explained more.

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    That magazine: internal, detachable, or either?

    Both my Winchester Model 70 (1953) and my Husqvarna (≈1967) fit the criteria if an internal mag is OK.
    Gee, I'd love to see your data!

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    I have been looking at bolt action rifles for my son, who is planning a purchase a year or two down the road.

    I have been intrigued by the Savages and the Howas....
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    rebarrel a Mauser

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    1903 Springfield. Get the last modification M1903A3 best sights worked in war conditions, won't get any dirtier than that. Really nice ones can be had around $750.

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    I'm certain there are more affordable solutions but the Steyr Model M Professional is out there somewhere. I had one for a while during the late '80s. Great gun! .30-'06, wonderful accuracy, moderate weight, iron sights, 60-degree bolt lift, detachable 5-round rotary magazine (A 10-round mag was also available at that time.) but not the most inexpensive rifle out there.
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    External magazine & 30-06... That will cost EXTRA!

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    Thanks, everyone. Still monitoring the thread.

    Clay

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    Any rifle can be modified to use detachable box magazines. I prefer the internal but... I believe that there were some Lee Enfield rifles made for the Army that were chambered for 30-06. One of these would have your box magazine as well as one of the smoothest bolt cycles made.

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    either a M1903 series Sprinfield or a M1917.

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    Afghanistan: 09,10',11' & 14'

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    Got to agree with Combat Diver, with my choices being:

    1. M1917 (possibly modified with a BAR sight for windage)

    2. M1903A3 not polished quite as well, so not as slick, but MUCH better sights.

    3. M1903, very slick, but almost need to have young eyes for the iron sights.

    Unless you are really glued to a bolt action for some reason, give the M1 Garand a fair look too, it will do most anything the bolt guns will except heavy bullets or slow powders.

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    I have a Garand M1.

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    SMLE is an Ishapoe variant that fires .308 Winchester or 7.62NATO. I think the action would be too short to ream the chamber out to .30'06.

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    Steyr M fits the bill very well and comes with the mag you want.

    Not sure about the mag on a Tikka but I would also look at them and Sako.
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    there are also plenty of military and commerical mauser 98 actions in 30-06
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    Added more explanation in the OP.

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    .30'06 Experience

    I now own a Remington made 1903A3 most all original from Sept '43. Not the smoothest bolt action, no removable box magazine. Great sights and very accurate with most all bullet weights.
    I had a Mauser Short Rifle from the Moroccan Police Force. Made in Germany, 16 inch barrel. What a beast! Lousy shooter. No matter what the ammo groups looked like a shotgun blast of OO at about 35 yards. Yeah it was chambered in .30'06 and as all Mausers the magazine dropped open but not removable box.
    I am a cruffler and all my long guns are MilSurps. Except a .22lr and 870.

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    civilian good gun

    The Browning BBR has the detachable magazine; though not with an "assault" count of round capacity.
    It is a "sporting" design, but a "good one" that you are looking for.

    No history of unsafe malfunctions, works when not cleaned, but iron sights must be purchased and installed.

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    By my understanding of bolt actions rifle magazines, there are four types:

    None.
    Blind box.
    Box with floorplate.
    Detachable box.

    Is it the detachable box you are referring to when you say "external"?

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    Reply to keep up with second edit.

    So, find a bubbed (but not too badly, I would want the ability to put the iron sight back on, so it would need to at least have the ears left) M1917 and have some work done.

    Adapt it to take surplus BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle, M1918A2, not that sporting thing) 20 round mags. Maybe do the BAR rear sight mod and whatever front sight you like and stock as you like it.

    Get the mag thing worked out, update the ejector to a coil spring ejector, cock on closing doesn't bother me but have it switched if it does bother you.

    Buckshot

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    Well, someone has to say it.

    Savage 114 American Classic, or Savage 111 FCNS. Have your smith add a Williams ramp and rear receiver sight. Under $1000. Done.

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    CZ meets your criteria, including the detachable magazine.
    Gee, I'd love to see your data!

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    Thanks to all of you for your responses.

    Now looking for what’s available in what I want.

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