Begginers Deer Rifle?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by huckleberry, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. huckleberry

    huckleberry New Member

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    My dad is looking to buy his stepson a deer rifle for christmas. the kid only has a .22, and is not experienced with a high powered rifle. (he has taken safety courses of course). he is 16 and a big fella so he can handle it but i just wanted some more opinions from yall. what would you buy a kid if your where in my dads situation?:confused:
     
  2. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

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    SInce he is 16, .270 at the low end and probably 308 on the high end since he has no experience in recoil. Plus these would still be viable calibers as he gets older. The old standby platform, Rem 700, can't go wrong.

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  3. huckleberry

    huckleberry New Member

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    yea i was thinking the 700. also they're on a bit of a tight budget. thanks for your input.:)
     
  4. Bidah

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    Get a Savage, and in .270 or .308. Either buy or make reduced power loads and work up. Both of these will take you through Elk and into Moose as well with the right loads.

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  5. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Remington 700 or Savage 14 in .270 Win. Either rifle will take down most American large game and should last him for life.
     
  6. cpttango30

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    I would go with a Savage in 25-06 270. even a 7x57. all good rounds the 25-06 would be good on the recoil end because you can load it with lighter bullets to get him going and work him up on the bullet weight and power scale.
     
  7. 223WSSM

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    Weatherby Vanguard

    is another reasonably priced rifle. I just bought one in 257 Weatherby Magnum for $450. The only downside I have found is the lousy trigger, I can't get it adjusted to go below 4 lbs. But the rifle is very accurate and I have a Timney trigger on the way from Midway. Gary
     
  8. 1984cj

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    For a cheap rifle with a light recoil he might look at a milsurp Mauser in 7X57 (7mm Mauser). He could hunt with it as is or he could do a light sporterize job on it and put a scope on it.
     
  9. pioneer461

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    Nuth'n wrong with a .30-30 lever gun. Light recoil, with new Hornady ammo, you can reach out to 300 yards, affordable Marlin models are very reliable.

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  10. crossfire

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    just my 2 cents

    Depends on how he hunts. If he's going to be shooting from a tree stand at distances over 150 yards, a good bolt action in .270 or .308; but if he is on the ground, I think a lever action in .30-30 or .44 Magnum would be better. The guy could look around and maybe find a .44 Magnum Ruger semi-auto carbine that would double as a good home defense/survival gun.
     
  11. greenjeans

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    If on a tight budget, look at the Stevens 200 or Mossberg ATR. The Stevens is a Savage without the Acc-Trigger. I have the Mossberg in .270 and it is a good, no frills rifle. Plenty accurate for hunting. I have a Savage in .308, also, and either one will do the job. I wouldn't hesitate to buy either one again. Either the Stevens or Mossberg can be had for $300. or less.

    I also have 7 single shot H&R/NEF rifles in various calibers and I hunt with them more than my bolt actions. These can be bought for around $220.-$240.
    Since they are single shot, they are considerably shorter than bolt action for the same barrel length. Really nice in brush or tree stands.