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Old 08-11-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Buying first hunting rifle....

Looking to get into hunting, need a good all around Alaskan gun that'll take down the Alaskan game we have here. Not going any smaller than 300 win mag, needs to be stainless and synthetic for durability.

I'm very brand loyal and somehow I ended up liking Remington best so it's hard to get past that but I'm looking at three different rifles...

1. Remington 700 300 win mag SS - $598

2. Browning x-bolt 300 win mag SS - $964

3. Tikka t3 lite 300 win mag SS -$599


Obviously price is a bit different depending on the rifle, but if the browning really is worth it, I'm happy to spend the extra. I want this rifle to be the first of many, and to one day get passed down to my kids.
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Link? Always liked lever action, not sure if there's a practicality difference when hunting between the bolt and lever though... Enlighten?
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Link? Always liked lever action, not sure if there's a practicality difference when hunting between the bolt and lever though... Enlighten?
Lever makes you feel like a cowboy.


In reality Ben you'll be plenty happy with that Remington. What's your intended target? Moose, sheep, or bear?
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30/30 lever action

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...rfire/336c.asp

Mine has been in our family for like 40+ years already and it's the only rifle I use. From deer season to spotlighting for hogs.

/thread. Great bush gun, packs a helluva punch and accurate to 150 yards with a good scope
Umm... He said Alaskan game so I'm assuming he's going to be in stuff bigger than deer. 30/30 won't stand a chance against a moose or bear or whatever other crazy ass animals they have up there.
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Link? Always liked lever action, not sure if there's a practicality difference when hunting between the bolt and lever though... Enlighten?
6 shots, don't have to take your eye off the target to reload, quicker reload, and cool factor lol. I'm not a huge gun nut but these are all my personal opinions/experiences
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6 shots, don't have to take your eye off the target to reload, quicker reload, and cool factor lol. I'm not a huge gun nut but these are all my personal opinions/experiences
How many animals have you shot and gotten to take than many shots on?
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Going for moose and caribou on the 11th of next month. First hunt ever. Stoked for sure. This will be for next years purchase, and yeah, I need a one shot kill. One of my hunting buddies is bringing his 416 Taylor just to see what it does. But like I said in the OP, 300 win mag is as small a caliber as I'd go.
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6 shots, don't have to take your eye off the target to reload, quicker reload, and cool factor lol. I'm not a huge gun nut but these are all my personal opinions/experiences
1. There is no cool factor in Alaska - except for trucks.
2. 30/30 is not practical for Alaska.
3. You want one shot, one kill. Reloading means you either missed or wounded the animal, both of which can lead to a very unhappy moose/bear.
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How many animals have you shot and gotten to take than many shots on?
Im a Texan. That should answer your question lol
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If I get a brush gun (and I'd like to) it'll be a marlin 45/70 lever action. Always wanted one of those. Up here they call it the Alaskan copilot, tried and true.
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1. There is no cool factor in Alaska - except for trucks.
2. 30/30 is not practical for Alaska.
3. You want one shot, one kill. Reloading means you either missed or wounded the animal, both of which can lead to a very unhappy moose/bear.
Good point. I've never hunted in Alaska nor hunted Big game

I forgot how big the animals get up there. My apologies. Il shut up and learn now
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For the moose to be legal the rack has to be at least 5 feet wide......that's as SMALL as it can be.....5 feet. So yeah, big critters up here kase haha
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If I get a brush gun (and I'd like to) it'll be a marlin 45/70 lever action. Always wanted one of those. Up here they call it the Alaskan copilot, tried and true.
Despite my too small of a caliber recommendation earlier, I will say that my marlin is a brute. It's been hit against trees, dropped out of deer stands as fallen off trucks a multitude of times and never failed
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For the moose to be legal the rack has to be at least 5 feet wide......that's as SMALL as it can be.....5 feet. So yeah, big critters up here kase haha
Jesus Christ... Rack size here minimum is like 13 inches..

Yep I'm learning tonight lol
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For the moose to be legal the rack has to be at least 5 feet wide......that's as SMALL as it can be.....5 feet. So yeah, big critters up here kase haha
I thought it was 50"?

Either way we're still talking about a 1/2 ton+ animal.
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Going for moose and caribou on the 11th of next month. First hunt ever. Stoked for sure. This will be for next years purchase, and yeah, I need a one shot kill. One of my hunting buddies is bringing his 416 Taylor just to see what it does. But like I said in the OP, 300 win mag is as small a caliber as I'd go.
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For the moose to be legal the rack has to be at least 5 feet wide......that's as SMALL as it can be.....5 feet. So yeah, big critters up here kase haha
I also just realized I still haven't mailed your tumbler. Crap. I'm sorry. I'll do it right after work tomorrow.
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I thought it was 50"?

Either way we're still talking about a 1/2 ton+ animal.
Yep, remembered '5' and then got confused about how many inches were in five feet. Shut up I'm sick okay.


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