Dakota or Empire Rifle

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  1. TexasBlueDevil

    TexasBlueDevil New Member

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    I am looking at a couple slightly used 416's rifles made by Empire and Dakota. They are configured in a very similar manner, LOP, weight, barrel length, wood quality...

    Which makes a better rifle, Empire or Dakota?

    Thanks for your feedback.
  2. Skyline

    Skyline AH Fanatic

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    That is a tough question. I would have to say that I do not think you could go wrong with either..........probably should go with which ever one appeals the most to you personally.
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    I'm with Kelly, they are both very, very good rifles and will each hold their value.
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    Nothing bad to say about either, but I have seen two Dakotas that developed cracks in the stock. Gunsmith repairs to the area of the reinforcing cross bolts fixed the problem, and Dakota paid for the repairs. The Empires are a truly sweet rifle. I know of one hunter that has invested in one, a remarkable rifle in every aspect.

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