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Old 04-19-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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Im in south mississippi ( picayune) and plan on buying a rifle. I figure most of what i will do hunt deer and practice.

I want a bolt action rifle, likely a .308 cal. I am not sure, however, so is that a good caliber? Also what would be a good option forvthe gun?

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Old 04-19-2010, 03:52 AM   #2
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You can't go wrong with a bolt action .308. Just match it to your physical stature. Remington model 7's are nice, and Ruger makes a small light version too, can't think of the model designation right now, but I LIKE Rugers. Have trusted my life to them several times in the past, will do so several more times I'm sure. My bear rifle is a Ruger M 77 Mk II .338 and I intend to use it for the rest of my life.

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Old 04-19-2010, 04:01 AM   #3
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While looking recently...I considered .270 and .308.

You might find my poll and the discussion in it useful.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f50/deer-rifle-270-vs-308-a-25394/

Due to budget, the rifles I considered are:

Howa 1500
Weatherby Vanguard
Remington 700 SPS
Winchester 10FP

Other that was mentioned later on that I should have considered is Marlin XL-7

In the end, I went with a .308 Weatherby Vanguard (for what it's worth)

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Don't overlook the offerings from Savage Arms.

If you're more interested in accuracy over looks, money in your pocket over bragging rights, a Savage may be for you.

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Default Savage or Marlin 308

are both fine rifles, and what you save on the rifle you can get some good optics.

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If I only had one rifle, lived in the south and I did not plan to hunt anywhere else I would look hard at the Savage in 30-06 due to off the shelf wide bullet weight in ammo as well and put more money in a higher end scope. If I planned to hunt other areas especially areas like AK I would go with the Ruger M77/Hawkeye 338WM for vesatility.

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Didn't MS just open hunting with a 45-70 during black powder season? That would also work during center-fire season. Just my $.02.

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Congrats on getting your first gun! I remember my first gun was a .380 semi auto and several years and weapons later i now own an online gun store! so BE CAREFUL! buying guns is ADDICTING!!! lol Look at some Remmington 700 R5 .308 rifles they are the CREAM of the Sniping Crop!

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Default Remington Mohawk 600

I got a Remington Mohawk 600 in .243 Winchester I like it.

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Thought I would update this, I had decided on a weatherby vanguard in .308, due to price and comfort, but work got slow and I couldn't afford a gun anymore.

Recently I purchased a mosin nagant m91/30 at a gun show as my first gun. I love it and can't wait to go hunting this season with it.

Thank you for all the responses and I'm sorry about not responding sooner.

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