Im looking to buy a new deer rifle. I've picked the caliber: a 30-06. But i can't decide on the rifle. I have narrowed down my list to a T/C Venture Weather Shield composite for $500, a Weatherby Vanguard S2 synthetic with blued barrel for $550, and a Mossberg 4X4 Grey laminate stock and stainless finish for $526. I'll be shooting Whitetail deer from 50 to 300 yds on field edges and thin timber. I have no experience with any of these rifles so any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
T/C and Weatherby both have a good reputation for building a solid rifle for the money, I don't own either but I can vouch for Winchester, Savage and Tikka and would advise you to avoid Remington and Browning due to some bad experiences with them.
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all of those you listed are good choices and very good rifles. the Mossberg will have some more felt recoil in that caliber than the other two! but it's still a solid rifle and very accurate.
another suggestion would be the Marlin XL7 in 30-06 or the Savage Axis in 30-06. both of these are very nice rifles, very well made and decently priced an pretty danged accurate. MSRP on the Marlin XL7 is $391 and for the Savage Axis, $375.
another one to check out is the Weatherby Vanguard. same rifle as the Howa 1500 but with a different stock. a very good rifle. well made and an excellent reputation for quality and accuracy.
I just bought the T/C Venture 30-06. Mine isn't the weather shield and I paid $399+tax for it. Its my 2nd 30-06 and I bought it so I could put up and quit abusing my Remington made 1903 Springfield. I liked the Weatherby, Savage Axis, Ruger American, but bought the Venture. I have a Mossberg ATR 270 and its a decent rifle but I think the T/C or Weatherby is better than the Mossberg 4x4. Another one I looked at was a Howa 1500. Its not a bad rifle either.
I would go with the Vanguard. I have an old Weatherby chambered in 416 rigby. It is so pretty that I hate to take it out of the case. Right now 416 ammo is expensive. The cartridge shoots about like a 45/70 on steroids. Every weatherby I have ever shot was sweet shooting. Right now Buds has a Howa 1500 with a Nikon scope for about the same price as a Vanguard. The only difference I can see between a howa 1500 and a Weatherby Vanguard is the Weatherby accuracy guarantee. The Vanguard S2 is guaranteed to shoot under a 1" group at 100 yards.
I get 1/4" moa groups out of my 30-06, 24" blued TC venture at 700 yards. Of course I reload my **** and have a sub-par Redfield revolution scope on it but, some how it performs.....even with all of it's financial and metric disabilities.