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GlockRenegade 07-22-2013 11:34 PM

First Hunting Rifle Suggestions
So my GF is going to get me a gun for Xmas. I want to start hunting. My focus will be deer. What would be a good all around hunting rifle that could take down larger game if needed?

cswann1 07-23-2013 12:26 AM

I hunted for many years very successfully with a .243. Its a great deer round thats relatively cheap to shoot and has very polite recoil.
If you think you may be be taking shots out past 200 yards I'd look at a .270.

Anna_Purna 07-23-2013 12:33 AM

Are you talking deer at the largest, or someday Wapiti and Moose? Do you have plans on having many rifles for hunting, or mostly just the one? A 30.06 is a great gun to have if you plan on only having one rifle for hunting in North America. It's very versatile. If you plan on having several calibers, there are better cartridges for a specific use. Do you like to hunt? Do you like the taste of venison? What are your thoughts.

eatmydust 07-23-2013 12:44 AM

There are lots of options, my choice would be a Savage 11/111 Trophy Hunter XP in .270 Win.

My reasoning:

1) High quality, reasonable price.
2) Detachable box magazine.
3) Accu-trigger.
4) .270 Win. one of the few mid level power/price rounds I find regularly.

(Normally, I would recommend .308 Win.)

Gatoragn 07-23-2013 12:58 AM

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Gatoragn 07-23-2013 01:00 AM


Originally Posted by GlockRenegade (Post 1312117)
So my GF is going to get me a gun for Xmas. I want to start hunting. My focus will be deer. What would be a good all around hunting rifle that could take down larger game if needed?

Tell your GF Christmas is in September so you can start hunting this fall. :D

readygirl 07-23-2013 01:17 AM

Dont overlook the 30-30 lever guns. They can easily take deer at 150yrds, simple, reliable, accurate, lightweight and maneuverable in brush and climbing stands. I deal for scope mount, and just plain fun to shoot.....:)

Axxe55 07-23-2013 01:26 AM

lot's of good suggestions so far. my all time favorite would be something in 30-06. very versatile caliber with lots of factory ammo options available, just about everybody that makes rifles, offers a 30-06 and some in different types of platforms, such as bolt, pump, semi-auto, ect..... it also can harvest most any game in North America with the proper ammo and shot placement. it's really hard to go wrong with a 30-06, and it's been around for well over 100 years.

now there are other good options and i am sure you will hear from others about them. some thati like and would give suggestion of considering are, the 25-06, the 7mm-08, the 308, the 30-30, the 270, the 6.5x55, the 7mm RM.

GlockRenegade 07-23-2013 03:09 AM

I've never hunted yet, so this will be a learning experience. 30.06 is the overwhelming answer so far

Anna_Purna 07-23-2013 03:58 AM

What type of hunting are you planning on, just deer? What area of the country are you going to hunt in? Do you want to hunt larger game, (Usually requires a network of friends or family to help in getting the meat out of the back country, or having horses, or 4 wheelers).

If your answer is just deer and smaller, a 270 is great. I hunt anything that walks the planet that is the size of a spike elk or less with my 25.06. Less recoil than a 270. Just as flat shooting, and can take deer and antelope easily if you can do your part.

What kind of terrain are you going to be hunting in? (Thick forests, wide open plains, back east where they have laws about what caliber you can shoot due to close living spaces, etc). That is also a big factor to me on what type of gun will perform best.

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