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Old 10-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #11
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Ok. . . Thought I just said bolt guns are great.

I am fully aware of the cost of an Armalite AR chambered in .308 or something of the like.

Also mentioned this will be my first longer ranged rifle so my knowledge base on this subject is limited otherwise I wouldn't have asked for opinions.

How about this:

Good, economical, beginning hunting rifle.

Is that easier?

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Old 10-08-2009, 08:27 PM   #12
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Ok CA357 you're speaking my language. Used is also acceptable. Thanks for the feedback.

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Sure.

Get a .30-06 from Howa like this one here.

It's right at the top of your price range, but you are getting a lot of gun with it.

I would plan on getting a glass bed job done on the action, that should improve accuracy on an already good factory action. That would be less than $100.

Get the trigger tuned down to around 3.5# or so. That should be about $40. Any lighter and you won't be able to shoot well when it's cold and you have gloves on. Any heavier and it won't make a good shooting target rifle.

You are going to need good rings, but you don't need super premium rings since you won't be shooting dimes.

Glass? You are probably going to want something in the 3x9 variable range if this is a hunting gun first and a target gun second. Too high of a power narrows your field of view and makes shooting game next to impossible.

Get yourself a real good quality leather sling, you wil thank me for that later when you are humping to your stand or dragging your animal to the road.

How's that?

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There we go! That whole on the same page thing does wonders for a conversation. Much appreciated! Will update after purchase.

Thanks fellas.

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i picked up my rem 700 sps in .30-06 cal. at a pawn shop for 400 that had a 6-24x 50 mm simmons scope already on it. nothing too spectacular, but it could handle what you're talking about, and not a bad gun for the price. i bet you could find something like that near where you live.

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There are numerous LE #4s with bright bores for about $300-350. Some guys use a pad for a scope, not wanting to drill and mess-up a classic rifle. You can find plenty of sporterized LEs also.

These have taken all North American game, and even larger African beasts-not just Axis troops in two world wars etc.

It is not easy to find lower-cost, surplus ammo with which to plink, but Rem. and especially Prvi Partizan ($.60/round retail) produce plenty of ammo which is easy to reload a few times or more.

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There's a Remington 700 in the paper with scope for $325. I'm trying to talk to the wife about it.

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Two words come to mind.


GET REAL.

GO get an air soft and play with your friends when they come over to your moms house.

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Ha Ha!

I hope that was a joke. . . But ease up on that stupid. . . it does burn. . .

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Savages are extremely accurate as long as you do your part.....243 or.308 might just fit your needs.

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