Hunting rifle recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Snake, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Snake

    Snake New Member

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    I'm something of a noob to hunting rifles. Clearly bolt action is the way to go for accuracy. Could somebody recommend a few great bolt actions for me (medium/ large game) , and what kind of range I can expect from them.

    Thanks.
     
  2. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Dang Snake what's your price range? Winchester, Browning, Savage, Remington all make fine bolt action firearms in assorted price ranges.

    What game are you planning on pursuing and in what part of the country? Are you hunting in wooded forest or open terrain? Your standard 30.06 or .308 caliber should do well out to 200 plus yards.
     

  3. R-BOLT

    R-BOLT New Member

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    The posted stickies above are a good read. I would start there. My favorite hunting rifles are Ruger all weather bolt actions in a 7mm-08 & 7mm Rem. Mag. I have about $1000.00 nin each with rifle,scope, slip on stock ammo pouch, and sling. Also have a Harris bi-pod I can move back and forth. Matching rifles no confusion in the heat of the hunt.
     
  4. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    For the best value affordable ones, check these:

    Savage Edge
    Marlin XS7 or XL7
    Weatherby Vanguard

    I bought a .308 Weatherby Vanguard and very happy with it.
     
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  5. nate270

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    have mulitple guns but i shoot compatition with only two my Nate 270 and my savage 308 both shoot the 1000 the 308s moa (minute of angle) at 1000 is 3.75 wich is a kill shot on even a prarie dog and the 270 shoots a moa of 4.25 still good but you have to look at the guns in each class the 270 starts with 243s and goes to 7mm and the 308 is any thing with a 30 in the name 30-30, 30-06, 300 win mag,up to 338 lapua.

    find what works for you and as my grand daddy use to say beware of the man that only has one gun couse he probably shoots it very well.
     
  6. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I picked up my Mossberg 100 ATR chambered in .308 Winchester for a little under $300. The scope I put on it only cost me about $60 and it's as accurate as I am. I would definitely recommend it. It even has an adjustable trigger pull.
     
  7. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    I personally think the 30.06 is a great all around hunting rifle cartridge. But.....I'm not exactly sure what you mean by medium sized game. Coyotes?? maybe a 270 is in order. I have a really good buddy that has laid down 19 Bull Elk over the years with his 270.

    As far as mabufacturers: I really like Browning, Winchester, Ruger, remington.........and after being here a little while I'm starting to become intrigued with checking out a savage......heard some good things here about them.
     
  8. Recon 173

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    I keep a .308 Remington VTR rifle around in case I need to go hunting. For general shooting needs I also use a 3 by 9 variable power scope mounted on it. A good .308 will do just about anything you need done pretty much anywhere in North America. One well placed shot with a .308 gets it done.
     
  9. Catfish

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    There are alot of good guns and good rounds on the market, and they over lap alot in what they can do. To start what are you most interested in hunting? and what all do you want to hunt with it? The good old 30-06 is probly the best alround round on the market, but is deer is the largest thing you will hunt and your want to shoot coyotes and PD`s or groundhogs a .243 would serve you better. Personaly I think you need a couple of guns for everything your going to hunt.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    Medium to large game is a broad area when you toss in distance and what distance? What would be a normal shot for some, would be out of the question for most. With my BLR in .308 and a 3-9x40mm scope 200 yards is my comfort level offhand. I need more trigger time with it. I have a Howa in .308 that 400 yards is an easy shot. Savage 110 7mm Rem mag is also a great distance shooter, again 400 yards is not an issue. 9.3x57 is one of my favorite cartridges. The downside is effective range w/ open sights for me is 120 yards, still my go to whitetail rifle. 6.5x55 is hands down my favorite. This cartridge uses a bullet w/ a high BC and SD. It is very light as far as recoil. You will hear guys say they don't care about heavy recoil. The problem is you shoot less w/ your hunting "tool" than you might if it were fun. When you deciding on a round there are a few things that come into play. Game, Distance are some, but there is also performance, i.e.: ammo or components available. SD or sectional density will tell you the penetration at a specific velocity, the higher the SD the better the penetration and energy transfer. BC or ballistic coefficient tells you the stability at a specific velocity. BC effects accuracy. Why do I shoot a 6.5x55 over a .30-06? If you put the 2 cartridges side by side, a 120gr 6.5 equals a 165gr .30-06, a 140gr equals a 180gr .30-06 and a 160gr equals a 220gr .30-06. The 6.5x55 has much less felt recoil, maybe 1/2. That makes me more accurate and faster w/ a follow up if needed, I have never needed one.
    .308, .30-06, .280, 7x57, 8x57, 6.5x55, 7mm rem mag, 9.3x57, .270, .35 Whelan, .358 will all fit the bill, but some will reach out further.
    So you need to decide what you want to do and go from there.
    As far as a good manufacturer, I like old classic Swedish rifles. There are many vg new rifles. I have a buddy in Pa that only buys Stevens 200's. He replaces the trigger and heads out. Savage, CZ, Mauser, Blaser, and Browning come to mind.
     
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  11. Snake

    Snake New Member

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    Well back in the military I was a pretty good shot right out to 300 meters, so it would be nice to own a rifle that was capable of accurately striking at those distances... whether I needed to shoot that far in the field is another question.

    I'm thinking of taking up deer hunting. Maybe some elk, moose. The wife and I are hoping to move to Alaska sometime soon, though we're waiting on a job offer right now.

    I'd probably be doing a good amount of wooded mid-range shooting at large game.

    Sorry that my original question was so lame. Hope these details help.
     
  12. jpattersonnh

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    You have a number of things going on. If I were in your shoes, maybe a couple rifles would be the ticket long term. For now a simple .308 will work just fine. Even for the largest game getting into a shooting position is critical.
    I'm not trying to be a smart ***, but that is hunting. I'd much rather take a 100 yard shot than a 400. Much easier. There is a huge difference in punching paper at 400 and hitting live game. A .308 is great for Moose and Elk at 200 yards, whitetail at 300 yards. I prefer 6.5x55, the problem is you need to reload to get the full potential out of the cartridge. If you really are serious about a vg all around cartridge, I would suggest a 7mm Rem Mag. The MV numbers don't tell it all. Remember SD and BC? I have a line on a G series Savage 110 (Mid '90's model) That has iron sights and is new without box. $300.00. They retail for up to 1500.00 now. It is pre accu-trigger. I have an F series. It is an awesome rifle. A simple Weaver V10 scope makes it a 400 yard killer on the toughest game. PM me if you are interested in the rifle. JP
     
  13. huffmanite

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    Pretty much agree with Poink88.

    Edge is a newer version of Stevens 200 with detachable magazine and a better stock, slight difference in trigger design too. But like Stevens, Edge trigger pull still too heavy and non-adjustable. Should be able to buy the Stevens for a lower price than Edge. I own both...prefer looks of Edge more. Both are accurate rifles. But had to do trigger jobs on both to reduce trigger pull to a weight acceptable to me.

    Marlin XS or XL are very accurate rifles and similiar in design to the Edge/Stevens 200, but comes with an adjustable trigger. Consider the Marlin a better rifle for the money due to the adjustable trigger. Priced similiar to Edge/Stevens 200. I own a XL7 in 25-06 and have found it to be a very accurate rifle.

    As to the Weatherby Vanguard, don't own one, but a good rifle and have a reputation for accuracy....costs more than Edge/Marlins. May want to consider the Howa 1500 rifles too.....Howa makes barreled actions used in the Weatherby Vanguards so basically the same rifle with different stocks.
     
  14. nate270

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    I went to the range yesterday

    I went to the range yesterday and the 270's both mine and my wifes out shot the 308 the grouping was good but my waifes remington model 700 bdl 270 is a real nice shooter we had less than a 1/2 inch at 100 yards and that was as far as we shot with hers with mine we put a new scope on it a barska 6x24-44mm swat info red (ir) that cost me about 450. with the 5inch shde on the front at 25 yards could put one through the next but aat 100 pouldnt hit a 4'x4' target so im remounting it and gona try again. the swift that i had on my nate is now on her remi and i cant take it back but the 270 is all that our family will shoot so if someone wants a savage model 12 f/tr in 308 let me know.