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Old 03-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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I am in the market for either a Rifle or a Shotgun. I am not sure which I really want to go with. My main use would be target shooting (or skeet shooting if I went with the shotgun). However, I am thinking of taking up hunting turkey and/or deer.

The main calibers I have been looking at are 30-30, 30.06, .270 and 12 Gauge. I am not sure which I can get the cheapest ammo for, for when I go target shooting. Also I am - this might sound crazy, but probably not - anti scope, so I must have nice Iron sights. I am looking at a price range of $270-$400.

I have also been looking at .308, but I worry the recoil may be a little too much for me, however I could pick up Russian Bear ammo for the .308 fairly cheap.

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I am in the market for either a Rifle or a Shotgun. I am not sure which I really want to go with. My main use would be target shooting (or skeet shooting if I went with the shotgun). However, I am thinking of taking up hunting turkey and/or deer.

The main calibers I have been looking at are 30-30, 30.06, .270 and 12 Gauge. I am not sure which I can get the cheapest ammo for, for when I go target shooting. Also I am - this might sound crazy, but probably not - anti scope, so I must have nice Iron sights. I am looking at a price range of $270-$400.

I have also been looking at .308, but I worry the recoil may be a little too much for me, however I could pick up Russian Bear ammo for the .308 fairly cheap.

If you want to hunt Turkey, and Deer with the same gun I would go with a shotgun. 12 ga is fine. Although personally I would divide it into 2 different purchases and get a hunting rifle, and a shotgun. This might take some time and money saving, but I think it would be worth it for you in the end.

A remington 870 is a perfectly decent shotgun in a not so high price range. You can usually get one from 3-4 hundred dollars.

.308 caliber does not have that terrible of recoil. Definitely not as much recoil as you are going to get from your 12 ga shotgun. Keep in mind though, that the heavier the gun is the less felt recoil you are going to have. There are also recoil pads that can be fitted to the stock itself.
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Is there a decent priced .308 out there?

The Remington 870 is the shotgun I've had my eye on for awhile.

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Is there a decent priced .308 out there?

The Remington 870 is the shotgun I've had my eye on for awhile.

The Savage 110 is a decently priced, and good .308. It's going to run a little more than I think you would like to spend, but if you save for it you are good. A used savage goes for about 300-350, but for new one you are looking at 5-6 hundred. It comes equipped with the accutrigger, and is a very nice little gun. I would try going to a local gun shop and ask to look at some used ones. So long as you aren't looking for something that will stretch out 1000 yards, almost any .308 will make a decent little hunting rifle and target rifle. If you are looking to take it long range you are definitely going to be spending WAY more than 400 dollars.
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If you're concerned about the recoil of the 308, the 30-06 and 270 will recoil harder. All can be tamed with a Limb-Saver recoil pad though. If target shooting/deer hunting is your goal, the 30-30 lever action rifles are excellent, fun to shoot, the ammo is relatively cheap and the recoil is very mild. If you check your local Wal-Mart you should be able to get a new Marlin 336 in 30-30 or the Marlin bolt action in 308 for under $400.

Savage and Marlin both have 308, 30-06 and 270 bolt action rifles, but I'm not sure how many of them have iron sights.

Bud's has a Marlin bolt action in 308 for $324.

Marlin 4 + 1 308 Win./22" Blue Barrel/Realtree All Purpose G $324.00 SHIPS FREE

Bud's also lists the 336A in 30-30 for $339, but it's not in stock right now

Marlin 336A .30-30 20" Birch Stock $339.00 SHIPS FREE

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If you're concerned about the recoil of the 308, the 30-06 and 270 will recoil harder. All can be tamed with a Limb-Saver recoil pad though. If target shooting/deer hunting is your goal, the 30-30 lever action rifles are excellent, fun to shoot, the ammo is relatively cheap and the recoil is very mild. If you check your local Wal-Mart you should be able to get a new Marlin 336 in 30-30 or the Marlin bolt action in 308 for under $400.

Savage and Marlin both have 308, 30-06 and 270 bolt action rifles, but I'm not sure how many of them have iron sights.

Bud's has a Marlin bolt action in 308 for $324.

Marlin 4 + 1 308 Win./22" Blue Barrel/Realtree All Purpose G $324.00 SHIPS FREE

Bud's also lists the 336A in 30-30 for $339, but it's not in stock right now

Marlin 336A .30-30 20" Birch Stock $339.00 SHIPS FREE
Don't buy from walmart. The quality is very low. 30-06 and 270 do NOT kick harder than a .308. I have shot them all side by side.
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A guy I work with keeps telling me to get to wal-mart and pick up the Remington 870 for about $270, when it's about 400 something. He and another guy keep talking about how you can pick up a shotgun for about $187. I just don't trust buying a gun under $300, feels like it could give problems in the future.

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Check big 5 sports or Dicks. I bought a Mossberg 500 persuader, holds 7+1 2 3/4. Got it for $279.

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Check big 5 sports or Dicks. I bought a Mossberg 500 persuader, holds 7+1 2 3/4. Got it for $279.
I was probably going to end up at Academy Sports and end up getting a credit card so I can pay it off overtime. Also never heard of Big 5 sports.

Is there a specific version or anything I'm going to need specifically for the Remington 870 to go hunting then change it to go skeet shooting? I was looking at the Express version since thats the one that is easiest to find.

I also hear the Mossburg 500 is a great shotgun too.
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A guy I work with keeps telling me to get to wal-mart and pick up the Remington 870 for about $270, when it's about 400 something. He and another guy keep talking about how you can pick up a shotgun for about $187. I just don't trust buying a gun under $300, feels like it could give problems in the future.
Your coworker may be remembering some old prices, it wasn't too long ago you could get the 336 for just a little over $300 here, now it's just under $400. Not a huge jump in price, but some of the other brands may have jumped higher in the last year or so.
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