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CaliRaised 03-30-2013 05:45 AM

Cheap reliable rifle
Hello everyone. I have been on this forum for a very short while. I have seen that it is custom to tell a little about myself. I am active duty Air Force stationed at Barksdale in Louisiana. I am 22 and originally from beautiful California. My supervisor has ruined my life by inviting me out to shoot. Since then I have been hooked. So now for my question. I am wanting to get into hunting (deer). I would love your opinion on a cheap ( $700 is not cheap to me) reliable rifle. Also a good caliber to use. Thanks in advance for the advice.

mtnbadger 03-30-2013 05:49 AM

308 is a great versatile round and can be found very easily and rather cheaply you could get a R700 or a savage axis in 308 relatively cheaply around $500

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 05:51 AM

If you are not excessively recoil shy I recommend a 270 or 308 for deer hunting for the casual hunter/shooter. The best good inexpensive rifle in my book is the Savage, if you can swing it get one of the ones with the Accutrigger it is well worth the little extra $$$ I have owned six of them all shooters. The Ruger American is getting rave reviews and is very affordable as well but I cannot vouch for them from personal experience. What calibers have you shot before? I would like to get a gauge of your recoil tolerance so I could go over your other caliber options.
Avoid the Remington rifles they are having massive QC issues right now.

tCan 03-30-2013 05:57 AM

The Marlin X7VH in .308 is good for the money. Welcome to the forum. For deer I suggest staying in the .30 cal range with at least 2000 foot pounds of energy. You really only need half that, but a deer that's DRT (dead right there) is much more desirable than one you have to chase.

.308 makes one hell of a varmint round too.

We use a Savage 116FSS in .30-06 and a Marlin 336SS. These are $700 guns, but they make models in the same action that are nearly half that price.

mtnbadger 03-30-2013 05:59 AM

And if you're looking for something more long range a 7mm mag is an awesome round but your shoulder may prefer the 308 unless you get a heavy gun

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 05:59 AM

BTW good prices on rifles I would buy right now.
Ruger American $329-$400
Savage 110/111 $386-$440
Weatherby Vanguard $400-$499
Tikka T3 $599

But you never know what you can find on clearance if you keep your eyes open, I recently got a new Winchester 70 for almost half of retail at Bass Pro $900 rifle for $486 I love that gun and would have bought every one they had for that kind of money if I had it.

Garadex 03-30-2013 06:05 AM

I would go with the Marlin X7 or the Savage Axis.

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 06:06 AM

7mm Rem Mag is an awesome caliber, but it is often too intense for new shooters, I have owned three over the years, The first one lacked any sort of recoil pad and left me black and blue for four weeks after shooting it, that gun bruised everyone who ever touched the trigger on it, and lets face it you don't need a magnum to hunt deer my little sissy kicking 6.5x55 puts them down in a hurry.

mtnbadger 03-30-2013 06:09 AM

I've only shot one 7mm mag and that's a R700 sendero which weighs a lot and the recoil never seemed to be too bad

CaliRaised 03-30-2013 06:20 AM

Thanks for your input guys. I have shot a Remington 700 in .308. It was fine as far as recoil. I don't plan on taking any long distance shots. I feel it would be irresponsible of me to do so since I haven't been hunting yet. I have only shot in an indoor range with the .308 and I think I need to get a feel for how the elements would effect me.

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