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Old 03-06-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a new rifle. I would like something that shoots well, and is cheap. Size/weight and looks aren't important to me. Hopefully something that could be used to hunt deer, but would mostly be used at the range. And preferably something I could slap a scope on if I decided it would be worth it, but if it just has iron sights, thats fine too. Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:45 AM   #2
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Mosin Nagant M91 or M91/30 or some variant.
Can be am inexpensive rifle to purchase, Ammo is cheap as well, But a lot can be corrosive.
A scope may be your only issue here, But there some aftermarket stocks, scope mounts and the like.
I'm certain there are plenty of rifles available in what you are looking for.
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Well, there is a mountain of rifles out there. IMHO, the .223 is too light for deer sized game. Several state game commissions agree with me.

If you are looking at Milsurp, the Moisin/ Nagant is cheap, plentiful, cheap ammo, and MORE than enough power to plant a deer. It CAN be scoped, with some degree of effort and cost. There are a number of 8mm Mausers, many of them Yugos going for inder $200. Same elements apply to the Mauser.

A Swiss K-31 is not as cheap as it once was. Milsurp ammo is around, getting scarcer. These can be scoped quite easily, and while they look a touch weird, shoot great.

However, you may want to think about another rifle- very light recoil, very accurate, and IMHO under appreciated- the 6.5 mm Swedish Mauser.

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depends on your definition of cheap. i saw a real nice lever action at the gunshow this weekend in 45/70 for about 500$. but im biased towards 45cal rifles.

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I'm getting more and more of the opinion that when someone is struggling to decide on a rifle, pick the caliber first. Then pick the price range, and finally (and probably the hardest) select the type of rifle and brand.

For example, If your only interested in 200 yds and less, you'll eliminate a lot of selections and save a lot of money.

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I would recommend a New England Firearms Handi Rifle. They are inexpensive and American made. You could get one with iron sights and if later you wanted to add a scope, they are already drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

I have two of the NEF's. One is a .30-06. I have fired it six times at animals. With those six shots I have killed five deer and a coyote. Before this past season I took the Tasco scope off of it and put a Nikon Buckmasters on it.


I have two barrels for my other Handi Rifle. One is a .50 caliber muzzleloader and the other is a .357 magnum. I have killed two deer with the muzzleloader.

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Good choices there Cane!!!

If you like Remington...

Remington 770 SPT BOLT 3006 W/SCOPE $300.00 SHIPS FREE

Remington 770 SPT BOLT 243 W/SCOPE $301.00 SHIPS FREE

Remington 770 SPT BOLT 308 W/SCOPE $300.00 SHIPS FREE

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No offense Panda but the Remington model 770 is simply a redesigned model 710. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone-especially with the Savage Axis, the Marlin X-7, and the Remington model 700 SPS on the market for the same or just a touch more money. You wouldn't believe all the 710s & 770s I got in over the years since their introduction for repair/send back to factory.

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No offense taken Bear, EVER!! I thank you for the info, as I have been considering a Rem. If the Savage is that much better a rifle, especially in the opinion of a very experienced Smith, then I will definitely heed your advice. Thank You.

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