I won a new rifle or shotgun!

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by amoroque, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    So.........I guess that Friday the 13th turned out to be pretty lucky!
    last night I was notified that I am the winner of a local raffle and now I get the choice of a new rifle or shotgun.

    I can either choose a:
    Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 (hunting rifle)
    or
    Weatherby SA-08


    If I choose the rifle I can pick a caliber. The ones I can choose from are:
    .223, .22-250, .240, .243, .25-06, .270, 7mm-08, .30-06, .257, .270, 7mm, .300, .338

    If I choose the shotgun, I can either choose a 20 gauge or 12 gauge.

    What do you think I should choose??
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I would take the 7mm:08, but it is up to you. Can't go wrong with any really.
     

  3. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    For some reason that just ruined my day? It's like hearing about the person that won the lottery right after you bought your tickets.:confused:

    Seriously though, congratulations. And pick the rifle. I would also suggest you get one of the odd calibers (unless you just happen to need one of the standard calibers). Its a once in a life time free rifle. The standard calibers are all practical but this is free so there's no need to be practical. Try something you wouldn't ever buy if you had to put your own money down.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Congratulations!

    What, no .308? ;) Of course, you won't need to scope the shotty.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What kind of use with this firearm see? Are you a hunter? What do you hunt? Are you in need of an elk rifle .338 It depends on what you want to do with it. Kind of like asking " I won a Ford, I can choose between a Taurus and an F-150, what engine and trim package should I get? Depends on what you want to do with it.
     
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Congratulation!

    Simple, do you bird hunt?
    If not get a rifle.
    Do you hunt the mountians or the plains/ foothills?
    Do you reload?

    I would think about the .257 Roberts.
     
  7. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    Man, I couldn't win something like that if I had a million bucks!! Congrats on the win and get what ya want!
     
  8. BudW

    BudW New Member

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    338 would be nice
     
  9. Triumphman

    Triumphman Active Member

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    What a lucky man. As to choosing, it depends on what you're really into as to hunting, target, or both. For hunting birds I would pick the 20ga over the 12 as the new 20 gauges are just as potent with the new ammo being put out, and you don't have as much recoil. I use a Rem 20ga Xpress for my turkey and other bird hunts, and it puts meat on table just as well as a 12ga.
    DOES EITHER SHOTGUN, come in a 3-1/2" magnum chamber? This would be my choice in selection(for keeping or resale value) in being able to use any ammo made. As to a rifle, you have a great choice, for target I would choose the 223, 22-250 or 243. For hunting you need to select what you mostly hunt, as to small game(groundhogs,P-dogs, small deer) you have the 223, 22-250, 243. For big game up to Moose, you have the trusty ole 30-06, 270, and 300mag. I chose these calibers because of ease in finding ammo on any shelf. Nothing wrong with 7-08, 338, 7mm but in some areas of country, you won't find these rounds as readily available. Also some parts of Country, State or County, require a minimum of caliber size for whatever game you're going after. The 240 and 257 is a Weatherby priority caliber ammo and is expensive on the pocketbook, BUT a lot of people really like these calibers and they will put a deer or bear down quickly, and some people use the 257 on Elk or mountain sheep with good results and at great distances. However a 7mm, 270, 300mag, and 30-06 will/can reach out too, when properly set up with the right scope, and the ammo is much cheaper. As to a 25-06 or a 7-08 I don't know these rounds, so have no experience with them, but lots of hunters use these calibers for deer hunts and have been very effective. I'm surprised they didn't also offer a 308 in this lot to choose from. I understand a lot of these rounds people like is just for the muzzle velocity or trajectory of round, but it takes more than speed or trajectory of round to be effective on game. You also need shock energy which the 338 will certainly give you, but it will also put a hurt on the pocketbook, but lots of folks like a big round like this in Bear, Moose, Mule deer Country and it has capability of reaching out long distance. The 300mag does also, at a cheaper ammo cost. Also lots of folks use a 22-250, 243, and 223 on Whitetail Deer, which have been effective, but you need to be more precise on your shots due their small projectiles and will destroy internals and not give exit wounds that bleed out, so larger animals will run for cover and distance. They have the velocity, but just not a lot of shock energy if bullet isn't placed in right spot on bigger game like Deer, but Deer are a funny creature, in that I've seem them killed DRT with a 22LR, and I've seem them shot with a 30-06 and run for 100yds with their lungs and heart destroyed. Start flipping a coin, and choose what rifle caliber you think you would be happy with, as you know better than us, as to what you would use it mostly for, and I've only given ya ideas. Of course if you choose a rifle, you're gonna need a good scope!!! Have Fun----I wish I had this problem.
    Del
     
  10. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Do what my dad does lol. We're mostly a shotgun family but he won a Browning A-Bolt Titanium in .300 WSM....he just sold it at MSRP price which was ~$1,500 at the time....bought a New In Box Browning 525
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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  12. ChicagoJoe

    ChicagoJoe New Member

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    What do you like to do, and what do you need? Choose the firearm that best fills the hole in your armory. I recently bought a Series 2 and was impressed with the build quality and two stage trigger.
     
  13. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Thank you for all of the replies!!!!

    Ok, so I decided to get the rifle. I have a bunch of shotguns already and I enjoy shooting a rifle a little bit more.

    I am a hunter, living in CO I hunt deer, elk and black bear (also coyotes and p-dogs). I already own a 30-06, a 325 WSM, a 22-250 and a 223.

    With that being said, I have a new girl in my life that would like to start hunting a little bit.

    That 30.06 and the 325 WSM really kick, so I was thinking the 270 or the 270 WSM.

    I really like the ballistics of the WSM rounds, but, the 270 is plentiful at stores around me aka Wall World.

    What are your thoughts between those two rounds? Any females out there like to hunt big game? what is your caliber of choice for deer/elk.

    THank you also for the congrats, I literally jumped all around when I heard I won it!.....very happy day!
     
  14. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    For Elk the 270... if just deer the .243 would have been great. Enjoy! Nice surprise for you.