Advice on an Eastern US deer rifle.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by kusterleXD, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. kusterleXD

    kusterleXD New Member

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    Despite having a few firerams in my collection, I don't have a good bolt-action deer rifle. Thus, a well-performing .270 bolt-action rifle is high on my weapons wish list. I haven't decided on a certain brand so if anyone has any recommendations or input about their own .270 rifle I would greatly appreciate it. Also, I don't have a lot of disposable income so I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck so to speak. Right now I'm liking the Marlin XL7C but I'm not sure if I want a composite stock or a walnut stock. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. For now I just have to stick with the iron sights on my antique .30-.30 Winchester lever-action with iron sights.
     
  2. Dillinger

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    Howa 1500

    It's a CNC machined piece of Japanese steel, but it's a hell of a good action.

    For the money, it will treat you right.

    I built my grandfather one, a .25-06, for hunting deer in Michigan. He loved it.

    JD
     

  3. cpttango30

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    The marlin is a decent choice.

    Me I would go with a savage (Mainly because it ain't jap it is MADE IN THE USA).

    Just ask JD I am not a Howa fan at all. If you want synthetic go with a Remmy 700 SPS.
     
  4. stalkingbear

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    I have a Marlin XL-7 in .270 in my safe that I bought for a buddy (Patrick Sperry) and quite frankly-it's performance suprised the hell out of me. It groups averaged about 1 inch for 3 shots at 100 yards from a rest, with the smallest group being 5/8" to the largest group being about 1.5". This is with the cheapest ammo I could find-federal blue box 130 gr. I did perform a trigger job, lapped it in, and broke it in properly-that's it. Do I recommend the Marlin bolt rifles-hell yeah! I'm going to get the same in 7mm08 for use as a beater rifle. I firmly believe they're the best choice available in the 300$ price range.
     
  5. CaseyChadwell

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    I don't have any experience with the Marlin, but it is hard to beat the accuracy of a Savage. I am not a fan of anything chambered in .270, but I think that Savage is a good choice. I do think that if you have to buy something made in Japan to be in the woods more, go for it. The Howa's are real nice rifles and are a great value for what you get. I would look into the 25-06 though. I think that it is hard to beat a 25-06 for deer hunting.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've got a Mossberg ATR in 30-06 I bought in college. The trigger sucks but it will hold 1.5" groups at 100 yards. I have been thinking about getting something else or working on the trigger. I've been eyeing the Marlin as well, the trigger is nice, from what I've read/heard they are accurate and they are well priced. I've had great sucess with all the Marlins I've used. In my mind they are good rifles.

    I have no experience with the Howa but JD won't steer your wrong. I'm actually going to look into them a little more.
     
  7. kusterleXD

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    After reading the Hornady handloading manual I think I'm going to get a 30-06 simply for more terminal energy than the 270 has. Now I just need to save up for one.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You can't really go wrong with either a 270 or 30-06 but the 30-06 can do everything a 270 can do and then some. If you start handloading you can make a 30-06 really work for you from 110gr up to 250gr and with a Lee hand loader, some bullets, powder and primers you can start hand loading for less then $75 if you shop around. You may need some other tools such as a caliper but I can help you out there.

    Still looking at the Marlin?
     
  9. kusterleXD

    kusterleXD New Member

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    Sure am. I just need to find some junk around the house to sell so I can "trade" it for a rifle.
     
  10. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I can personally vouch for the marlins. I had 1 and it exceeded my expectations. Much more accurate than I expected and a great trigger. They even come with the scope bases for Weaver type rings.
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Sounds like our wives have us in the same boat. I'm limited to moderate spending or trading for the time being. She's wearing me out about a house!
    Are you looking for a rifle/scope package or do you want to mount your own optics?
     
  12. kusterleXD

    kusterleXD New Member

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    Either one suits me just fine. The package deal may be more ecinomical though.
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'll keep an out for you.
     
  14. dteed4094

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    2x Tango.
    Look at Stevens 200 and consider .308 but 30.06 to me is where it's at.
     
  15. kusterleXD

    kusterleXD New Member

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    Anybody ever shoot a Weatherby Vanguard rifle? I just came across them on Cabela's and they have excellent reviews there.
     
  16. stalkingbear

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    The Weatherby Vanguard is a Howa 1500 with a different stock. Good rifles.
     
  17. waxman895

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    first deer rifle i got and still use is a lee enfield .303 my grand daddy had and gave to me to fix up, it shoots really well ammo is kinda expensive though, 30$ a box of 20 or reloads for about half the price but here in wv ive dropped a couple of deer with it and it worked quite well.
     
  18. Steelersfan

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    I got a barely used HOWA 1500 in .270 Win a few years ago with the Simmons Aetec 2.8X10 scope and two boxes of Ammo for $400.00

    I have not yet used it for hunting but did work up a load for it the other day. Shooting a 130 Gr. Sierra Pro Hunter with 53.2 Gr of IMR 4350. I am happy with this group.
     

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  19. Steelersfan

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    Here is 150 Gr. Remington Core Lokt White Tail Pro Hunter factory Ammo out of the Howa 1500 in .270

    This gun has about a 4.5 lbs. trigger pull.
     

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  20. howquig

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    I'm not that up to date on bolt guns but I bought a Rem. 700 in .270 win and I am very happy with my purchase its a nice light weight gun for when you have to hike up and down the pa mountains and as far as the shooting I kept a 1.5 group of 5 at 100 yards and I am not that good of shot lol so in my opinion you can't go wrong with the rem 700