Hunting Rifle newbie

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by juststartin5272, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. juststartin5272

    juststartin5272 New Member

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    So me and my wife have decided we are moving to a much more rural area in the next few months. Her family owns some land out there and I've been told deer are present. Never been much of a deer hunter but mostly because of location and cost of leases and such. So now I'm in the market for a good starter setup for a deer rifle. Not really sure what to get or what caliber? Any suggestions?
     
  2. firemonkey150

    firemonkey150 New Member

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    I know people that use .243, I prefer a .270 or .30 cal
     

  3. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

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    Get a good bolt action in 7mm-08 with at least a 3x9x40 scope. Brand is personal preference. All the standard manufactures are putting out pretty good rifles. That is based on the assumption that you will be in area where your shots will be average distance of 100 to 200 yards.

    And if you can afford it don't get the lowest price rifle from any of the manufactures. All of the higher end models are built better. Get a good one and it will last a life time so don't be afraid to spend that little extra to get a good one.

    Good hunting!:)
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    terrain, and size and species of deer can make a difference. I like the handiness of leverguns for thick woods where shots are likely to be close.

    I Like bolt actions and more powerful cartridges for longer reach if hunting clearings, draws, or open spaces.

    I'm a .30 cal fan. I have a marlin 336 in .30-30 that I consider my swampy woods/brush rifle. I've got a Sako in .30-06 that is my "reach out and touch it" rifle.
    I also have an old Mauser '95 that was sporterized by my grandfather and belonged to my grandmother. It makes a good general purpose hunting rifle and loaner for friends who want to hunt. It's chambered in 7x57mm Mauser, and has put many a deer on the table (especially if they were stupid enough to eat out of my grandmothers garden in deer season).
     
  5. juststartin5272

    juststartin5272 New Member

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    I know for a fact I don't want a 7mm-08, I would prefer something a little bigger and the ammo tends to be a bit harder to find in my area. .308 is definitely out of the question because I don't wanna be stuck struggling for ammo in a time of crisis. I've been looking at the Ruger American or the Remington 770 any thoughts on these
     
  6. godale

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    remington model 7 in 243. accuracy with the bolt action. small and handy kike a lever. last if one is new to high powered rifles i recommend a 243
     

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  7. godale

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    also unless the 770 is 200 out the door, for the cost of new the savage axis and ruger american are close to the price and are better rifles. i hear the marlins are good too.heck heard soewhere that at wallmart the mossbergs are 199.00 still better than a 770. i dont think 770s are that awfull just for the price you can do alot better good luck
     
  8. nitestalker

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    When you move out to your new place check around. The hunters who have resided in that area will give you better advise. The responders on the forum have no idea of the restriction or topography you will in counter.:)
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you should look into the Marlin X7 series, the Savage Axis series and the Mossberg ATR100 series. IMO, i wouldnt even give consideration to the M770 with too many others beng price at or close to the M770 that are vastly superior in construction and accuracy.

    and without know the layout of the area, it would be difficult to suggest a particular caliber, except for the 30-06!
     
  10. NOVA

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    Best advice yet!

    Absolutey agree with this advice. Wait till you get out there and meet some of the locals - There are parts of the country that have restrictions on types (or caliber) of ammo - or shotguns only. The terrain will definitely be a factor and of course the species of deer. Will you stalk or use a stand?
     
  11. Apex-Predator

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    +1 skip the 770, I recommend the Savage I have owned several of them and have had exceptional service from all of them.
    If you think the 7mm-08 is too small you need a 30 caliber and since you won't consider the 308 that leaves you exactly one choice as far as common chamberings go, the highly versatile 30-06.
    Me personally I highly recommend the 260 Rem, 7mm-08 and their Mauser ballistic twins (7x57 and 6.5x55) to new hunters and those who are new to high powered rifles, recoil is light enough that nearly anyone can shoot them well. I own some larger magnum calibers, but still mostly hunt with my 6.5x55 it is all you will ever need for deer inside 500yd. I have a 30-06 but never deer hunt with it anymore, makes a mess of these smallish southern whitetail, took a 9 1/2" chunk out of the far side of the last one, there is no need for that.
     
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  12. juststartin5272

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    I live in north Texas, the hunting, where we will be moving is about an hour and a half west and is mostly flatlands. Will most likely be stalking and stand hunting.
     
  13. juststartin5272

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    And its not that I feel its too small, it just doesn't seem to be as readily available locally for me. After further research leaning heavily toward a .270 win. Now just gotta do more research on what gun or looking on the used market for a steal of a deal
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out the ones i listed for new ones. the Marlin X7, the Savage Axis and the Mossberg ATR100. all of them are available in 270.

    Marlin XL7 MSRP of $396
    Savage Axis MSRP of $375
    Mossberg ATR100 MSRP of $366
     
  15. juststartin5272

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    I really like the features of the atr and x7 both of which don't seem to have hardly any bad reviews. I like the weight of the X-ray if I'm going to be carrying it long distances as well. Should I opt for a scoped package or would getting something after the fact be a better bet and would it be any less cost effective?
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my advice, i wouldn't buy a scoped combo. i like picking and choosing my own and usually most of them use some really cheap scopes.

    i have three of the Marlin X7's and found them to be the best of the bunch in terms of cost to value, based on accuracy, build quality and features.

    the ATR100 is a dang accurate rifle, but just doens't absorb recoil as well as the others. for a hunting rifle, it's a very good option.

    the Axis is also a very accurate rifle, but it just doesn't shoulder to me as well as the others do. still a good rifle though an one i do suggest.
     
  17. juststartin5272

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    Then that would be my next question, don't know much about Scopes any suggestions of ones to look out for or what would do well with the x7
     
  18. SSGN_Doc

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    A .270 would be great in your area.

    I really like the scopes from Nikon and Redfield. Very good quality for the price. Not ultra cheap, but not ridiculous in price either.
     
  19. lonyaeger

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    Now that we've determined that you have Whitetail deer where you live, I would recommend a .243. Shoots flat to long distances and the recoil is very manageable. But, if you're going to hunt bigger game some day, you might go with something in 7mm or .30 caliber. I disagree with your statement that .308 ammo will be harder to find than the others.
     
  20. RedneckRazkal

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    I live in alberta and most of my hunts are flat land open farmer fields. I would highly suggest a 270. I recently bought a brand new Remington model 700 in a 270. I am shooting a coin sized grouping at 250 yards.