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Old 08-11-2011, 09:56 PM   #11
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A lot of very good advice in here. It seems like lever action 30-30 is the way to go! My only concern is that I have been shooting bolt action my entire life, and am only slightly concerned that the lever action would feel so foreign to me.

Are they easy to adjust to?

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Another vote here for the 30-30, I have a marlin that was a gift, and have taken it many times, a lever gun is a bit heavy but it's nice and short for going in thick woods, and with a sling I find it easy to walk around with.

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[QUOTE=CA357;560892]Pick up either a Marlin or Winchester 30-30 lever gun. It will do everything you have stated you want. Just buy a carbine length and you're good to go.

+1 this would be my choice.

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A lot of very good advice in here. It seems like lever action 30-30 is the way to go! My only concern is that I have been shooting bolt action my entire life, and am only slightly concerned that the lever action would feel so foreign to me.

Are they easy to adjust to?
They're easy to adjust to. It's like using a bolt action, but the only difference is the location of the bolt if you think of it that way.
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You might look at Rossi single shot rifles also

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Another vote for the Winchester Carbine (16" barrel) in 44 mag-45 Colt or 30-30

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All of the rifles mentioned will do. My suggestion, if money is an issue, is a Mosin Nagant M-44 for around $150.00. It is very rugged, reliable and has the power to stop any American critter. Just take off the bayonet and put on the sling and you are ready to go. These guns are also inexpensive to shoot for a high-power rifle with 440 rounds costing around $110.00 to your door. With a M-44 you won't have to worry about scracthing the finish or dinging the stock; it was already done for you.

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All of the rifles mentioned will do. My suggestion, if money is an issue, is a Mosin Nagant M-44 for around $150.00. It is very rugged, reliable and has the power to stop any American critter. Just take off the bayonet and put on the sling and you are ready to go. These guns are also inexpensive to shoot for a high-power rifle with 440 rounds costing around $110.00 to your door. With a M-44 you won't have to worry about scracthing the finish or dinging the stock; it was already done for you.
Unfortunately, you would have recoil like a 30.06, but you

could probably shed a lot of weight with a synthetic stock.

Rifle, stock, and 440 rounds would probably put you out

@425$ total.
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You may want to consider one of the carbine length bolt actions - Remington Model 7, Ruger M77 Compact, or Savage's new M11 Lightweight Hunter.

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I recomend a cz vz(czec verzion) 24 rifle, its an 8mm mauser bolt action rifle, and it doesnt kick like a mule( mosin nagant). 8mm mauser ballisticaly is pretty durned similar to the .308. All in all with 500 rounds of ammo, the gun, and a sling, thats about 300 to 400 depending on how pretty you want it to look when you buy it. only problem is if you want a scope, most of these rifles arent drilled and tapped so that would be another couple hundred dollars. oh yeah and they were made for war so they are obviously durable.

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