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budget white tail rifles

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by toyodajeff, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Feb 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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    sportsterchop200

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    I have a 7600 in 30-06 and dropped deer in their tracks about 150yds with 180gr corlokt. On mine the magazine spring sometimes seems week and if I try to work the action slowly sometimes I can create a malfunction. Other than that it gets the job done.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2013 at 6:04 AM
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    Am I blind or has nobody suggested the Weatherby Vanguard?

    Starting with the caliber... no brainer in my opinion - .30-06

    Ammunition is readily available anywhere
    There is a HUGE variety of different types for finding the right load
    Easy to obtain reloading gear and supplies for DIY'ers
    Proven round that has stood the test of time

    I would try to stay away from oddball calibers and I am personally not a fan of the .270 considering the recoil vs. effectiveness ratio. Don't get me wrong, recoil doesnt bother me at all but I just dont see the smaller bullet being worth putting up with more recoil especially when trying to break-in or sight-in.

    As for the rifle...

    You can't go wrong with a Remington 700 considering everybody has one and parts are everywhere, but after having owned one and dropping about $1000 into it, then swapping it for a weatherby vanguard (same price range) and dropping money into that, I found the weatherby to be more accurate and I am definitely a fan of the bullet-proof mauser style action.

    Here is a pic of my Weatherby Vanguard after putting a custom stock on it

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    And a pic of my Rem 700 before I sold it:
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  3. Mar 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM
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    I agree, 30-06 is a great caliber for a first deer rifle. Plenty of ammunition available and powerful enough to take on larger game if you so choose. I use an old M1917 that was sporterized a long time ago that I picked up for $250. Guy who owned it previously took a couple moose with it. I bagged my first deer with it last year and will take another this year. If I ever decide to go try my hand at elk, I won't have any doubts about taking my old war rifle with me.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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    I would suggest 762x54r. I went that round because its cheap to practice shooting with. Once I learn the fundamentals ill eventuall move into a nicer rifle
     
  5. Mar 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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    Mossberg ATR 100 in 30-06. Super accurate & cheap. Even during this ammo crisis 30-06 is in stock everywhere I go :D. And it has an adjustable trigger similar to the savage accu trigger. Its adj all the way down to 2 pounds. I got my ATR for 266.00 brand new. And I've had no problem shooting sub moa at 100yds.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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    I bought a nice savage axis 270 last summer for just under 400 with a box of ammo and tax and whatnot. Love it. Ammo isn't too expensive and not a lot of people are fighting for it like with .223 .22 and handgun ammo.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM
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    Savage Axis in 243. Around $300. Add a Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40 scope and you have a great deer gun. Nikon runs rebates a few times a year. The scope will run about $130 - $140 after rebate. Good Luck
     
  8. Apr 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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    You can occasionally get a Remington 700 in 30-06 at Walmart for around $480
     
  9. Apr 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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    Just picked up a Savage Axis in .270 from cabelas for $329 on sale. Cammo stock. I think its actually and Axis XP. Cheap bushnell scope. Took 6 rounds to get it sighted in. So far i love it.
     
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    savage axis or ruger american rifle
    either is available in 308.
     
  11. Apr 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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    Either .270 or .30-06. Both versatile. .243 if you plan on coyote hunting as well. .30-06 is the "more" popular cartridge, but .270 is my choice. .308 is gaining in popularity too, but pricey.
     
  12. Apr 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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    Savage is a good choice. Great out-of-the-box accuracy. I looked at the Axis a couple of years ago and decided against it because the retention spring on the magazine is plastic. Seems to me like a failure waiting to happen. The model 111 is a reasonable choice. The Remington 700, Ruger American and the Mossberg mentioned are probably good choices, too. It all depends on what you find, especially if you are looking at used rifles. As for caliber, my preference is 30-06, but the ballistics of the .308 are nearly as good.
     
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    T/C Muzzleloader That's my choice :)
     
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    Hope u never get married , it get WORSE :)
     
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