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buddernutt 07-23-2011 04:22 AM

New hunter: question
Hi and I am new to hunting and looking at my 1st gun. I don't want to go higher than 400, and was looking at the Remington 742 woodsmaster in 308. However, I was also looking at the 770, which is bolt, in 30.06. Any advice would be great (and if you have another gun in mind, by all means, let me know!)

SmithKid308 07-23-2011 04:27 AM

Marlin has some nice 30/30's and i own two and love them and is actually selling one

Shihan 07-23-2011 04:41 AM

What are you looking to hunt with it? 30-06 is probably the best for all around, might think about .270
Something like a Tikka T3 in .270, may cost you a bit more.

wmille01 07-23-2011 04:43 AM

My first hunting rifle was a model 700 in 30-06, I still have it and it still shoots very accurately. It also depends on where you live and what your going to be hunting, here we kill everything from deer to hogs.

SmithKid308 07-23-2011 04:49 AM

It does depend where you live i live in ky and only hunt dear

Jake15 07-23-2011 05:32 AM

Personally I wouldn't get either rifle, I've always heard the 742 had magazine and bolt problems, and the 770 is the cheap plastic version of the 700, I'd try to find a 700 or maybe a lever action 30-30, but that's just me

robocop10mm 07-23-2011 01:29 PM

Hunting what? Where? Expected range? You do not provide nearly enough information to give any reasonable opinion.

The gun needed for hunting deer in dense forest is far different from the gun needed to hunt the long Senderos of south Texas.

fapprez 07-23-2011 01:56 PM


Originally Posted by SmithKid308 (Post 548193)
Marlin has some nice 30/30's and i own two and love them and is actually selling one

I was going to say the same thing. Get yourself a 30/30. I like the marlins and the winchesters, personally. I never go hunting without it..........well, unless I'm hunting squirrel, then that would just be silly.:p

buddernutt 07-24-2011 03:34 AM

I would be hunting deer in the peidmont region of nc. Expect range of 100 to 250 yds, and idk how dense the woods, if any are

JonM 07-24-2011 04:35 AM

Personally if i was looking for a traditional bolt gun for deer and that classic look i would heavily consider the savage rifles in 30-06 or 270.

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