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Old 04-14-2012, 07:32 AM   #11
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The Remington 770 in 30-06 is a good shooter, I can't give it much else. Dad hunts with a Camo/Stainless one every year. He says the same thing. Accurate and budget minded, but a 700 it aint.

I'd also recommend a Marlin 30-30 if the ranges were reasonable.
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I bought a remington 710 7mm magnum for 100 dollars. Its been a good rifle it even has a user adjustable trigger
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you need to determine what game you want to hunt and what you are considering long range. this will be pretty much the defining factor in choosing a caliber and a type of rifle to hunt with. some calibers are more versatile than others, because of a wide range of different bullet weights. another consideration in caliber choice, are you going to hunt game animals like deer? because some states have a minimum caliber restriction to adhere to. if considering a larger caliber, are you use to shooting larger calibers? some can be somewhat brutal in recoil and really pound your shoulder. are you more interested in a bolt action? lever action? semi auto? many different choices and calibers.
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Axxe brings up some great points. Firearms for "long range" are like Baskins and Robbins, tons of variety and choices. Between platforms and calibers the choices are endless, almost. I know what my favorite platforms and calibers are, but that comes from years of trying different firearms.
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Axxe brings up some great points. Firearms for "long range" are like Baskins and Robbins, tons of variety and choices. Between platforms and calibers the choices are endless, almost. I know what my favorite platforms and calibers are, but that comes from years of trying different firearms.
thanks, JP. everyone has caliber choices that they like better than others. one of my all time favorites is the 25-06, reason is, loaded with lighter weight bullets it makes a good varmint caliber for smaller animal like woodchucks, foxes, and coyotes. loaded with heavier bullets, work great on medium sized deer and similiar sized animals. easy as far as recoil, easy to reload for and very accurate caliber. another one of my recent calibers that is becoming one of my favorites, the 7mm-08. very good caliber and very accurate. the 30-06 will always be one of my favorites, and anything based off the 30-06 is usually pretty much liked by me. one i haven't tried yet based off the 30-06, that i want is the 35 Whelen. there are so many different choices, kind of like JP mentioned, like going to Baskin & Robbins!
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Axxe, you were clear and to the point. Axxe likes U.S. calibers or standard calibers. I like old Metric calibers. Both do the same thing, but have slightly different personalities. One of my favorites is a 6.5x55. I can load 100gr for vermin and 160gr for Elk. That is pretty versitile. Similar to the .25-06 that axxe uses. I shoot 7mm's, but not a 7mm-08 which is a great caliber. I still will load up my 7mm Rem Mag for vermin, just for fun. I'm not a .30-06 guy, but 8x57 which is so close and the .30-06's dad. I like .308, even .223 in the right platform that fits me and my style. Odd part is I like firearms that are made for people that were 5'8" max and extend the butt. I love old firearms. If you bought a .257 Roberts and became good w/ it, you would be very happy. I really like 9.3x57, not long range, but a serious thumper that is on the low end of calibers like the .35 Whelen and 9.3x62. Can't say what is best, that is your call.
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JP, i am coming around to the metric calibers. one i shot last year for a friend zeroeing the scope for him was a Winchester M70 in 6.5x55. i absolutely have this one on my to find list. i really do like it a lot. very accurate and mild recoil. i would also like to add an 8mm of some sort to the mix also. maybe a newer bolt action chambered in 8x57. just recently i added a 280 Rem. to the collection in an older Ruger M77v, which is a 30-06 necked down to a 7mm. absolutely love it's accuracy. so i am starting to lean towards the metric calibers too. but we all have our favorites. kind of like if we all liked the same things, it sure would be a boring world.
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A good hunting rifle is whatever you like that will take down what your hunting. I have killed most my deer with a model 94 lever action 30 30. But have also killed some with my 7.62 r moslin naget and my 50 cal black power cva hawkin
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I got my marlin 30-30 for $500 you could find it cheaper if you look around. Its a accurate reliable gun

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=RCxAiQKYYzQ

perfect for deer, hog, and it can even get bear
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