Just starting to hunt

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by gearhead396, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Ok guys I've been in to guns my whole life ,and since I was 18 years old I've been buying handguns and a few rifles here and there but I don't have a hunting rifle just a 22 and a 12g and 16g shotgun my question is what's a good deer and pig rifle I'm gonna use it for both any suggestions?
     
  2. ryanusmc24

    ryanusmc24 New Member

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    I've been hunting 4 years and I'm 16 now. I know you might think I'm ignorant because I'm young and play call of duty but I do know a lot about guns. In the four years I've hunted I've killed three deer all with the same gun which is a .243. It's only taken one shot each deer and the most they ran was about 40 yards. A .243 is about the lowest you want to go, but if you don't want to ruin all of the meat then you don't want to go much higher. A 308 is the highest I would go for deer but still that's going to blow the arms of a deer but it will surely do the job. You can get a .243 at a good price. My dad has had the one I hunt with since he was 13 and it still is as good as the day he got it.
     

  3. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    The only time you really loose meat is when you get in to the magnums i love hunting with a 30-06 but your 12 ga with slugs will be just fine out to 50 yrds or so
     
  4. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Doesn't matter what you shoot em w you ruin meat if you hit the shoulders. Only place you can hit a deer and not ruin anything is the head or ribs. 243 is good but you have to be really careful of shot placement. 308 is good as well.
     
  5. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I'm looking at the mossberg 308 100atr with a scope for 370 plus tax any experience or thoughts with this weapon?
     
  6. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Good gun. Marlin x7s in 308 is a great gun....better IMO. Only thing is they dont come brand new w a scope.
     
  7. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    .308 is great for deer and as mentioned by ryanusmc24 so is the .243. I think a 7mm-08 would be worth serious consideration as well? Any of those would fill the freezer with no problem. :)
     
  8. AsSeenOnTV

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  9. brasskicker

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    30-06 is always a good choice in case you get the opportunity to hunt something else later. That way you won't have to buy a new gun unless you go to Africa or something. I have never hunted hogs but 30-06 might be overkill. .257 30-30win or .35rem would be other calibers to consider. All of these are around the middle of the firepower spectrum of the calibers for deer. I was once told that .35 Remington is the perfect amount of power for deer and is the best whitetail caliber ever made. Dont ask me why that's just what he told me.
     
  10. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I live in texas my friend just acquired a 1000 acre ranch with game fences. I'm pretty sure I can shoot whatever I want he uses a 308 as well. He actually suggested the mossberg to me. I'm going to buy one on Black Friday hoping ill get a better deal. So I guess now I need to decide 30-06 or 308?
     
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  11. WhaleNoises

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    30-06 will kill anything you want to hunt. Personally I'm sensitive to recoil so I went with .308. Exact same bullet as the 30-06, just a shorter brass. I've taken bull elk with it, but you have to use the heaviest bullet you can get and watch shot placement.
     
  12. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    30-06 it is then I'm a big guy recoil isn't an issue for me thanks for all the info guys ill post when I find something to let everyone know what I wind up with.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    Your jumping the gun, no pun intended. I'm 6'3" and 240 pounds. The .30-06 and .308 both can be abusive in certain platforms. Look at the Howa/ Hogue scoped rifles. They are outstanding. Being a big guy I use my heavy barrel to hunt w/ now. I changed the scope from a 6-24x40mm to a 3-12x42mm to make it more hunting friendly. Mine has a 22" barrel, the new ones have a 20". I can swing it all day long using a Browning sling. Your not going to find a nicer action. It is a modified Mauser, push feed. Find a rifle that fits, shoot one 1st if you can. Then decide on the caliber.
     
  14. kalboy26

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    Look at the 25 06. Great power, mild recoil, and will kill most anything in the US. I'm currently in Colorado and have met quite a few people who use them on elk. You can also shoot a good distance if needs be as well.
     
  15. CrackbottomLouis

    CrackbottomLouis New Member

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    Both are great rounds. Ive killed lots of deer and hog with both. Personal preference at this point. Wide open in TX. Id probably shoot the 30-06. Have a blast and post a pic of your first critter :)
     
  16. fmj

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    First off...the .22, 12 and sweet 16 ARE hunting guns!!

    Secondly .308 and 30-06 have the same ballistics @ 100 yards. Where the 30.06 starts to shine is when you want to ramp up range and/or heavy bullets.

    The .35 Rem is an AWESOME deer cartridge. My dad and both grandpas carried .35s for deer. Great brush guns!
     
  17. jcd390

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    I would have to agree with some of the others, a 30-06 is going to be the most versatile of all calibers. You can shot deer at 150grain then change to 180-200 grain for elk or moose. The kick is going to be moderate depending on grain size.

    If you not interested in the 30-06 then stick with the classic .270. Either one of these calibers will do you good and the ammo can be found almost anywhere at an average cost.
     
  18. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Will do thanks everyone
     
  19. GaCory

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    Also take a look at the Ruger American rifle. Comes in both 308 and 30-06. I picked up a 30-06 for $300 new. And put a Redfield scope on it. Love it for a cheap (price only) gun. I have about $500 in the package.

    I also have a Marlin 336 in 35 Remington. I really love this gun also. I've carried it out in the woods more this past year. Picked it up in a pawn shop for about 325 with a scope. Don't discount buying a used gun usually get more for less
     
  20. Txhillbilly

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    While the 308 and 30/06 are great calibers,and I shoot both of them.
    I'd suggest the 7mm-08 or 25/06 calibers if you just want to shoot deer and hogs.Both are flatter shooting,and will put down any hog or deer you aim at.