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Rockjeep94 06-06-2012 02:22 AM

New to hunting... What caliber should I buy.
 
Ok so iam new to hunting, and I dont know alot about rifle calibers, (always had handguns) going to ne hunting deer, elk, and occasional javelina in AZ what caliber do I want 300? 30 06? 7mm? Thank you for the help. Suggestions on rifle brands or models would be awesome also. Not looking to break the bank either.

Gatoragn 06-06-2012 02:35 AM

I shoot .308, .270, .280 and 7 mm mag., any of these will work for you.

Savage gets a lot of love these days, Ruger American rifles appear to be a good value.

Rem 700, used Browing A bolt, Winchester model 70, Ruger M77, lots of choices out there.

Axxe55 06-06-2012 02:43 AM

any of the calibers you listed would work fine. the 30-06 is probably the best of the three because of the availablity and selection of factory ammo. also the 30-06 is a chambering that just about every maker of rifles offers.

you didn't specify a budget, so there are still many brands to choose from. Remington, Savage, Marlin, Ruger, Browning, Howa, Weatherby, ect., ect.,,,, check out the pawn shops and gun stores for decent used rifles. any upcoming gun shows in your area?

ineverFTF 06-06-2012 05:52 PM

30-06 right off the bat. What kind of ranges will you be shooting?

Rockjeep94 06-06-2012 06:54 PM

I honestly dont know... But from here and talking to local gun shops and some friends, im going with a 30-06 ive got about 500$ can I get a decent rifle for that or do I need to wait and save some more?

ineverFTF 06-06-2012 10:21 PM

You can get a good rifle yes. I have a mossberg 100 in 30-06 that shoots beautifully if you dont mind a lil kick :p. the mossberg was 300 but put a different scope on it or at least get better rings

Axxe55 06-06-2012 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Rockjeep94 (Post 827156)
I honestly dont know... But from here and talking to local gun shops and some friends, im going with a 30-06 ive got about 500$ can I get a decent rifle for that or do I need to wait and save some more?

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Originally Posted by ineverFTF (Post 827304)
You can get a good rifle yes. I have a mossberg 100 in 30-06 that shoots beautifully if you dont mind a lil kick :p. the mossberg was 300 but put a different scope on it or at least get better rings

the Mossberg ATR100 in 30-06 is the hardest recoiling 30-06 i had ever owned. for a hunting rifle i will say it is accurate and well made an would say it's a good option for a hunting rifle if money is tight. i do like my Marlin X7's better, but for the cost of the Mossberg, despite the recoil, it's a very good value. mine would shoot 1/2" groups all day long with handloads, so i will say it's dang accurate rifle for the price. might even check and see if you can find one used. another suggestion on the ATR100, go with a good scope and rings as IneverFTF suggested, as they do need them.

00possum 06-07-2012 03:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Gatoragn
I shoot .308, .270, .280 and 7 mm mag., any of these will work for you.

Savage gets a lot of love these days, Ruger American rifles appear to be a good value.

Rem 700, used Browing A bolt, Winchester model 70, Ruger M77, lots of choices out there.

Yep pretty good, except you forgot howa, ;) but everything else is good

303tom 06-07-2012 03:08 AM

All I can say is get a Thirty Caliber.............

hardluk1 06-07-2012 12:49 PM

Don't over look a 308 cal. But a 257 robertsor 260 rem, 270 or 280 would do. Might be better to have a rifle that does not beat on you to much. That way you will spend more time shooting and getting better with it. Today with the bullets avalible to use most any caliber can work well. Just needs a good shooter.

Depending on your buget for a rifle savage/Stevens 200 or Savage Edge, Howa, T/C Venture, mossberg, and going up in price tika, and cz.

Scope. Sightron , redfield, and price keepd going up. Heck they all work. . Maybe look to buy older used rifle scope combo and get a solid well made fiream.


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