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Old 03-06-2011, 07:03 AM   #11
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Lots of good options posted already, I personally am a fan of the 243. Bad back and post shooting pain, helps with that choice to a point. Recently, I wanted something new to play with and carry on the 4 wheeler or in the truck when running around on the farm. Found a Handi Rifle 30-30 at the shop that looked like fun, so far it has proved to be worthy. Can't go wrong with anything that's already been posted above, all good choice depending on your budget.

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sry to butt in just noticed no-one mentioned a leveraction 30-30, cheap, under 400 new, 150-300 used, light recoil, inexpensive ammo, $13 box @ wal-mart drilled and tapped for scope, perfect at the range or in the woods, just my humble opinion, robbbbb

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The rifles above are some good recommendations. If you are cruising the used racks at a shop, sometimes caliber is the key to a better price for the same model of rifle. There are allot of trade ins' in .257 Roberts lately, must be the short mag craze that is hitting up here. By far my favorite caliber and rifle combo is a Husqvarna 1600 in 6.5x55. There are U.S. made bolt guns that can be found in this caliber for much less then there standard caliber brothers, used that is. Cost of shooting is a real big factor to me, so I hand load, but I will buy loaded ammo if it works out cheaper, and sometimes it does. I ordered 2 boxes of 6.5x55 and 2, 8x57 because they were 12.95 shipped per box a couple of months ago. .65 a round purchased compared to .58 to .62 to hand roll. plus I got some new brass out of the deal.

Surplus rifles can be hit or miss as far as real accuracy. A 91/30 is a great rifle, but 4" groups are the norm w/ military light ball ammo (147..150gr). When you jump up to heavy ball(179..182gr) the groups shrink, not so much because of the bullet weight, but because of the design and construction of the bullet. They also have a tendancy to shoot high. Commercail hunting ammo is more accurate, but also more expensive to purchase.
The Swedish M96 or M38 are by far more refined and accurate as is the K31 Swiss. Both rifles will do exactly what you are looking for w/ the K31 being easier to scope w/ a St. Marie side mount. It requires no alterations to the rifle and you can still use iron sights by looking under the scope. I sold the scope and base for mine, the rifle is very accurate w/ irons alone. Power for the 7.5x55 cartridge is just below a .308/ 7.62x51.

These guys have them for $219.00... Classic Arms Inc.
Allan has 1 left for $300.00 Allan's Armory - Switzerland

Allan also has No4MK1 rifles for $200.00+. Great rifles in .303 Brit.
Allan's Armory - Great Britain and Colonial States

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sry to butt in just noticed no-one mentioned a leveraction 30-30, cheap, under 400 new, 150-300 used, light recoil, inexpensive ammo, $13 box @ wal-mart drilled and tapped for scope, perfect at the range or in the woods, just my humble opinion, robbbbb
No need to apologize for offering sound advice. The Marlin 336C in 30-30 is my favorite centerfire rifle for target shooting at the range or out in the woods. I can run through 60-100 rounds in a range visit without realizing it.
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