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Old 07-22-2014, 02:12 AM   #611
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For hunting, I want something rugged. I'm typically not going to walk any further than I would be willing to drag a dead dear. 6 vs 8 lbs. won't make a difference for the distances I travel, especially slung over the shoulder. No need for a bull barrel because I am not going to take 10-20 shots in the field. One is usually enough for medium to large game.

While some of the newer rifle designs are very accurate, I like a beefy action (Remington 700 or the like). Last year I did about 15 summersaults down a ridge while carrying my rifle. When I tested it later it was 100% on target at 200 yds. Why I'd ever need another hunting rifle, I don't know.

Lots of tree stand hunting in these parts, I am not a big fan of this but if you do hunt from a tree stand why not get the best shooting rifle you can find regardless of weight?
i too like a rugged built rifle. a solid action is always a good foundation for any type of rifle. if the action is the heart of the rifle, the barrel is the soul!

IMO, most of a rifles accuracy is determined by the barrel and it's quality. but i have to think that it's probably a combination of many factors that make a rifle accurate or no so much.
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Sounds like a tuned military Mauser is what you want - I know a guy in Mesa who specializes in sporterized Mausers.
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I know several guys sporting out the mosin nagant 7.62x54 and these things will knock the bump off a frogs ass at 200 yards easy.
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IMO, most of a rifles accuracy is determined by the barrel and it's quality. but i have to think that it's probably a combination of many factors that make a rifle accurate or no so much.
And then there's the shooter .......
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I know several guys sporting out the mosin nagant 7.62x54R and these things will knock the bump off a frog at 200 yards easy.
If I went hunting, I'd use my Mosin. They did the Russians well in WW2 and still work.
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While some of the newer rifle designs are very accurate, I like a beefy action (Remington 700 or the like). Last year I did about 15 summersaults down a ridge while carrying my rifle. When I tested it later it was 100% on target at 200 yds. Why I'd ever need another hunting rifle, I don't know.
You should try to avoid gymnastics while out hunting, the two don't go together well at all. I learned this one time when I fell out of a tree stand. My partner heard me holler on the way down, and soon showed up to help me limp back to camp. All the way back, he lectured me about climbing down being a much better idea than jumping down like that. My gun was OK, but I came out of it a little bit worse for wear. The tree barked me in a few places on the way down, and I was awfully sore the next morning.

I was careful thereafter to follow my partners advice.
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The action might be the heart of the rifle, the barrel might be the soul, but I think of the cartridge as being the rifle's motor. When I'm considering a new rifle, I study over the cartridge choice as least as much if not more than anything else.

That's the first thing that I decide upon. All of the rest follows after.
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The action might be the heart of the rifle, the barrel might be the soul, but I think of the cartridge as being the rifle's motor. When I'm considering a new rifle, I study over the cartridge choice as least as much if not more than anything else.

That's the first thing that I decide upon. All of the rest follows after.
many years ago, my father and i were discussing different cartridges and one he suggested i check out was the 280 Remington, since i like cartridges based off the 30-06. well after about ten or eleven years of searching for one at reasonable price i found one at the LGS i shop at fairly often. an older Ruger M77V, (circa 1978) with a 24" heavy barrel.

as i was after a bolt action in that cartridge, i really didn't care whether it was a Ruger, a Remington or a Winchester. just that it was a bolt action in 280 Rem. i'll have to say it's probably one of my favorite rifles in my collection.
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many years ago, my father and i were discussing different cartridges and one he suggested i check out was the 280 Remington, since i like cartridges based off the 30-06. well after about ten or eleven years of searching for one at reasonable price i found one at the LGS i shop at fairly often. an older Ruger M77V, (circa 1978) with a 24" heavy barrel.

as i was after a bolt action in that cartridge, i really didn't care whether it was a Ruger, a Remington or a Winchester. just that it was a bolt action in 280 Rem. i'll have to say it's probably one of my favorite rifles in my collection.
I took one like that deer hunting (out of a stand) one year. A great rifle.
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