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Old 11-25-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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well after getting my first gun, remington 870, and now picking up a springfield xd 40 i feel i need a rifle. i am unsure what size to get and would like a little help. i want to be able to hunt deer at the largest but i dont want all the power like a 30-06 has. is their any happy medium

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Get a boltaction .308 20" bull barrel. Get the action bedded and a trigger job. Get a Decelerator pad for the stock and/or a muzzle break.

Good for any 2 legged critter out to well past 500 yards. Good on game. Ammo everywhere in a SHTF situation.

You can put meat on the table and you can put a d!ck in the dirt.

Everyone should have a good boltgun in their arsenal.

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.270 is a good flat shooting round. But, I'm a .30-06 guy myself.

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Get a boltaction .308 20" bull barrel. Get the action bedded and a trigger job. Get a Decelerator pad for the stock and/or a muzzle break.

Everyone should have a good boltgun in their arsenal.

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Not bad recommendations. Just ditch the bull barrel idea for a sporter if you're going to be doing alot of walking.
Do not get a muzzle brake on a hunting rifle. Especially unnecessary on something as small as a 308. Ask me how I know brakes are a bad idea...just ask really LOUDLY.
308 family of cartridges will do a fine job on deer size game. With low recoil, muzzle blast, and plenty of power and accuracy.
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All fine deer cartridges. I personally like Remington bolt actions. A Model7 Mt rifle makes a fine lightweight woods rifle IMO----Gate
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Blasphemy!

Our muzzle breaks are at 23 degrees. They don't make you deaf and they work like a champ. Cut recoil.

But, they are not for everyone. That is why I said "and/OR" in my post.

And a bull barrel on a .308 at 20" is the perfect rifle size, length & weight.

How do I know, because that is EXACTLY what I am getting my .308 rebarreled for.

Then again, maybe I am bit bigger than some of you folks, but for ME, that is not a load to carry at all.

I find that to come in about 14-14.5# pounds with my set up in my sig line. And a good sling works wonders.

I am just saying....

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But. An good AR is NEVER a bad choice. But it's going to cost you more than the .308 and the bedding/trigger job...

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Our muzzle breaks are at 23 degrees. They don't make you deaf and they work like a champ. Cut recoil.

But, they are not for everyone. ....

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What? HUH? WHAT DID YOU SAY???
Yeah they are not for everyone...especially if you are the poor SOB to either side of the shooter.
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Sorry JD, have to disagree.
For deer hunting, a brake on a rifle in a caliber as small as a .308 is questionable at best. A brake on a 14.5lb .308 is redonkulous.
Is the OP going to sit in a blind all day? If so 14lb hunting rifle is fine for a beanfield rifle(sitting on stand all day).
If the OP does any hunting that involves much walking even a 10Lb rifle will get too heavy. You'll never shoot enough while deer hunting to worry about heating up a barrel enough to justify a Hvy barrel and the extra weight is dead weight--not needed.
Im not a small guy either and work keeps me in decent shape, but the last two days I bear hunted 5miles on monday and 8miles on tuesday in boulder & laurel covered mountains. Doesnt sound like very far, but the terrain makes it feel like much, much more.
The last five years I had a 10Lb rifle, this year I used a 8lb'er, much better but I would like to trim even more. That little extra weight makes a huge difference in staying alert and comfortable throughout a long hunt.
If you want to hunt with a heavy rifle thats fine.
This is JMO based on over 20 years of hunting experience.---Gate

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If I were you I'd buy either a 270 win in marlin xl7, or a 280 rem

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Take a look at the OP's arsenal and then recommend a pencil thin barreled rifle.

He has a Remington 870. That is a light gun that can shoot slugs and drop a deer.

And he has a Springfield XD. A very good pistol.

A .308 is a great next choice. But a pencil thin barrel?

Fine. Get the thin barrel and add a Decelerator pad.

But in a rifle that will do EVERYTHING for you, a heavy barreled .308 is a great urban work rifle and a great hunting stick if you get a good sling.

You guys are concentrating too damn much on the need for a 5 mile a day/hike hunting stick when the guy owns TWO weapons.

Get a Ruger 10/22 then. It's a great light weight weapon, with a ton of versatility, that will teach you a ton about shooting, for cheap.

And you can still hunt deer in North America with a shotgun and some slugs.

Hunters. They mess up every rifle discussion, I swear to Ape...

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