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30.06 is a good choice for large game. Remington 7400 is a good semi-auto or Model 74 has been popular for years. Down south I hunt deer, wild hogs, and the occasional coyote with a Ruger 270.

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A 250 gr. bullet in a .308? In Utah a 25-06 would serve you well for desert and Mtn game. You can use it for Prairie dogs and coyote during the off season.

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If 30-06 is a good start (and it is), why not the standard Remington 700? I don't see the need for semi-auto 7400 for a first deer rifle.

30-30's my choice, though. To 200 yards, it will take almost anything. I even use aperture sights instead of a scope, but limit my shots to about 100 yards.

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What about a weather by 257 or a 270 short mag? Anyone have any experience with either of these?

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What about a weather by 257 or a 270 short mag? Anyone have any experience with either of these?
both are excellent calibers, but unless you reload, factory ammo is a bit pricy. which means, using factory loaded ammo only, every shot taken is going to be expensive. there are just some calibers that are more suited to people who reload, and these two happen to fall into that catagory.
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30.06 is a good choice for large game. Remington 7400 is a good semi-auto or Model 74 has been popular for years. Down south I hunt deer, wild hogs, and the occasional coyote with a Ruger 270.
I hear the Ruger 270 American is a good gun. One of those "underrated little gems".
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It's all about what you like to shoot. All of the guns will take a deer. That being said I personally like my 338 for hunting areas where I might shoot over 200 yards. Never want to say I wish I had more gun

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running fool, of cartridges mentioned, go with a .308 Win. Ammo availability is good and it will pretty much do anything a 30-06 will do with less recoil. If you find a 7mm-08 rifle for a decent price, this cartridge would do just fine too for hunting, but its ammo is not as commonly stocked in stores like .308 or 30-06.

As to a particular brand/type rifle to buy....Most of what I've read on this and other gun websites has been positive about the Ruger American, so would probably be a good choice for your first rifle. I've only handled the Ruger American in a few local gun stores and if it was available in a cartridge I wanted/needed, I'd probably buy one just to try it out.

Another brand bolt rifle to consider is the Marlin. Do own a couple of them and consider it a better rifle than other entry type rifles such as a Stevens 200 or Savage Axis. I own a couple of Stevens and one Axis too.

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running fool, of cartridges mentioned, go with a .308 Win. Ammo availability is good and it will pretty much do anything a 30-06 will do with less recoil. If you find a 7mm-08 rifle for a decent price, this cartridge would do just fine too for hunting, but its ammo is not as commonly stocked in stores like .308 or 30-06.

As to a particular brand/type rifle to buy....Most of what I've read on this and other gun websites has been positive about the Ruger American, so would probably be a good choice for your first rifle. I've only handled the Ruger American in a few local gun stores and if it was available in a cartridge I wanted/needed, I'd probably buy one just to try it out.

Another brand bolt rifle to consider is the Marlin. Do own a couple of them and consider it a better rifle than other entry type rifles such as a Stevens 200 or Savage Axis. I own a couple of Stevens and one Axis too.
actually the 7mm-08 ammo is becoming a little more popular and ammo selection is getting better. but compared to the 308, it's still a bit pricy. excellent caliber and very good ballistics as well. it's also a good centerfire caliber for younger shooter to graduate to due to the mild recoil. the 7mm-08 is one of my favorites.

i have to agree with the Marlins! excellent rifles. very accurate and very well made. for the amount of quality and features, the Marlin X7's are bargain.
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I love the 7mm-08, it's usually the rifle I grab when I'm after deer. Being that this is a new hunter though I would have to recommend the '06, It works so well on deer that its almost boring lol. Ammo is usually found in many different brands and bullet weights at most big box stores too.

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