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Old 12-30-2011, 04:32 AM   #11
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Savage Mark II around 200 bucks & 500 rounds of .22LR for about 35 bucks, so looks like for less than 250 bucks you could be blasting away........
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okay this is my suggestion and reasons. the marlin XS7VH in 308. price about $350 or less with scope base mounted. by a good nikon, swift or bushnell scope for about $300 plus rings, should be able to get all that for about $700 + or - some. you didn't mention reloading, so i will make a guess that you don't at this time or don't plan to. so not reloading and sticking with just the factory ammo offerings, you have many choices and some very good ones for the 308. the marlin is very accurate, decently priced, and very well made. the 308 has lots of long range potential and would be a good caliber for hunting if you choose to, and is very mild in recoil which would be perfect for a step up in a larger caliber without punishing your shoulder in the learning process. another caliber consideration, and one of my favorites is the 7mm-08, in the marlin XS7. very accurate caliber and recoil also is mild. of the larger centerfire calibers, the 308 is your best bang for your buck as far as ammo.

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Edit... I second this ^^^
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If you would be intrerested in a 9mm carbine Hi-Point sells a very good one brand new for about 260-300 depending on what extras you want with it. Very reliable and fun.
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I've been real impressed by the hi point 9mm but I need something with a little more power to take care of a coyote problem so for the time being I will probably go with the .308 or the 7mm
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Im a huge coyote hunter here in Pa. Matter of fact I collect a lot of bounty on yotes and the gun i always use is my mossberg .270 it has a nice kick and dosent give the little bugger a chance. The bullets are around the same price as .308 and if you get into reloading it will save you a lot more money too.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:35 AM   #17
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Why Noone mention 243 win that's another great caliber, and also a 25-06 that a fast flat shooting gun great range gun.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
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You could pick up a decent M98 military Mauser for not too much if you shop around. The old surplus military guns are fun to shoot. And, 8mm Mauser surplus ammo is still available and not too expensive.
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for target range shooting and the occasional pest you may consider a bolt action chambered in .223. (remington, savage, or a marlin, whatever looks good in your area for your budget) that will be big enough for pests and cheap on ammo since you already buy .223 for your AR. just my .02.

also, another caliber in the accurate/economic/varmint category is the aforementioned .243 win. a lot of folks swear by them...
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:54 AM   #20
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How about a lever gun in a pistol caliber? .357 mag. .44mag, .45 all would take care of any pest and the pistol rounds are less expensive then the rifle ones. If you re-load they are really cheap to shoot. I can reload a box of .357 mag (50 rounds) for about $6.50.
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