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Remington 30 56.60%
Browning 9 16.98%
Tikka 6 11.32%
Other 8 15.09%
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:25 PM   #41
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Of those choices i would go with Remington... My favorite out of the box rifle to shoot is a Kimber Montana though.

Just mounted a scope on my new one and need to reload for it now. Its chambered in 280 ackley improved.

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Old 08-11-2013, 11:51 PM   #42
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I have a Browning a-bolt in 300 win mag that I picked up last year and my dad just purchased a savage .338.

Since I haven't taken them out on any hunts yet I can't attest to a whole lot with them buuuuut that's what I have haha
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I have owned one Remington, two brownings and shot a Tikka. All were great shooting guns, but I like the Remington the least. They are great guns, but something about them I never warmed up too. The tikka I shot was very nice, but both brownings I've owned were tack drivers, they were A-bolts though. I prefer the Winchester model 70 though, or high quality sporterized mauser model 98's. Being in Alaska I would take a model 70 in 375 H&H magnum. Load heavy for big stuff like bears, and load lighter like the 260 gr. nosler accubond for deer, moose, and other game. Oh that accubond load shoots as flat as a 180gr 30/06 when handloaded pretty much.
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So far the poll is pretty one sided haha
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:15 AM   #45
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I'd say Savage and spend the money that you saved on the rifle for decent glass.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #46
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Don't know how set you are on the 300 mag but I would recommend the 300 Remington ultra mag. In love with mine ,it's a great caliber.
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I'd say Savage and spend the money that you saved on the rifle for decent glass.
This is what I was going to say. I don't see the point in spending hundreds of dollars more on a rifle than you need to, a savage is going to be just as accurate as the a bolt. Spend your money on a great scope.
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Don't know how set you are on the 300 mag but I would recommend the 300 Remington ultra mag. In love with mine ,it's a great caliber.
You know I looked at them actually, but that round, sweet. As it may be, is ridiculously expensive and really hard to find. In comparison anyhow.


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I own a model 70 in 300 win mag and its a great shooter... I live in FL so i dont shoot it too often. The model 70 is a good gun i own a 270 also but neither of them are my go to guns for a hunt trip... i absolutely love my ruger m77... its 308 but they come in larger calibers... i own a ruger No. 1 in 45/70 which is also a great gun... but out of all the rifles ive shot and owned over the years my favorite and tried and true is my browning high wall... mines 30-06 but they also come in large calibers... its a drop block single shot and the accuracy is dead on.
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Knockdown power is important, but so is range. What ranges do you expect/anticipate to shoot the majority of your game???

Taylor your weapon to the target and the range, then if you can, shoot what you "think" you might like (borrow a friends) at the ranges of your intended target.

You also hit on another point......ammunition availability and cost.

For a basic all around rifle, I like your suggestion of a .45-70 lever action, no scope needed (just something else to get dicked up)
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I love my tikka, cant beat a sako barrel and the lightest rifle for long treks through the woods
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Knockdown power is important, but so is range. What ranges do you expect/anticipate to shoot the majority of your game???

Taylor your weapon to the target and the range, then if you can, shoot what you "think" you might like (borrow a friends) at the ranges of your intended target.

You also hit on another point......ammunition availability and cost.

For a basic all around rifle, I like your suggestion of a .45-70 lever action, no scope needed (just something else to get dicked up)
From what I'm told, for moose we'll be taking our shots within 100 yards. Caribou probably 150-200
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Ruger M77 Hawkeye in stainless, 30-06 cal, doesnt kick the shit out of ya, kill anything in the world, ammo is available at any mom and pop hunting shack across the unitedstates and cheap to shoot. Slap a 2-7 power scope of your choice and you have a all american hunting machine. The reason i say 2-7 power is the lower the power the more steady the cross hairs. To much power and you will be shaking all over the place.

FWIW the Marlin guide gun in 45/70 is a awsome gun, accurate with good peep sights out to 75yds or so. Most people cant shoot it very accurately even that far. Its a beast though and makes a good truck, hiking gun ect.
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IMO Remington quality has gone to shit over the last few years. I have a Browning Xbolt and a Remington 700. The X Bolt looks, feels, and shoots better. The scope holes on my Remington are not lined up, and the action is rough as sand paper. Id buy either a Tika or a Savge for my next hunting rifle. However, older Remingtons were amazing guns and if you were interested in buying used Id consider one.
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Remington for sure. Browning is nice but a little pricy.
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Tikka is a sweet rifle, my father in law has one in .308 and he loves it. I own a savage predator in .223 and its an awsome gun but for big game hunting rifle you cant beat a Ruger. Comes w/rings just needs a scope.
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I will cast a vote for the Tikka (or the Savage others have mentioned), based on all the stories I have heard or read. Reputed accuracy out of the box plus enough budget left for a very good scope to go with it.
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.375 H&H Mag in a rifle with a claw type extractor
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.375 H&H Mag in a rifle with a claw type extractor
Good lord, he's not hunting elephant! I dont know how much experience with rifles the OP has, but most people shoot a smaller caliber much more accurate, especially in a hunting situation, therfore i would choose to be a little under gunned and be dead eye accurate than tote a cannon that your scared of. A lighter rig also if your gonna be carrying it all day.
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A model 10 or 11 Savage accu-trigger in stainless/ synthetic would fit the bill. A Remington model 7 in 300win super short mag would be my other suggestion.

Oh and reload.
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