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marinejcksn
07-31-2010, 03:17 PM
Thankfully by the grace of Almighty God...your's truly has saved enough green to stimulate the economy by repaying the charity of dad's Remington 760 30.06 (killed my only buck, 13 years ago) and buying my very first deer rifle!

Long story short....I need some ideas. I've bagged a doe with dad's browning lever action .308, my only buck with the 760 and missed plenty of PA whitetails with it. I'm looking for an accurate out-of-the-box deerslayer capable of nailing my first PA buck since 98.

For the record: I need a rifle with good knockdown power, a 3x9 scope and the ability to come in under $850. Suggestions?

Jfor
07-31-2010, 03:22 PM
Savage 10FP. Weatherby MarK V. FN Patrol .308

marinejcksn
07-31-2010, 03:47 PM
OR: Should I save my cash for the Winchester lever action .32 that our cook tries selling every year?

marinejcksn
07-31-2010, 03:50 PM
SATAN: Please don't take attention away from what I feel is a worthwhile post a hole. I need some serious advice.

marinejcksn
07-31-2010, 04:03 PM
ANY HUNTERS WITH SERIOUS ADVICE....PLEASE MESSAGE ME! I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A BAD DECISION.:o

Constitutionally Speaking
07-31-2010, 04:07 PM
Thankfully by the grace of Almighty God...your's truly has saved enough green to stimulate the economy by repaying the charity of dad's Remington 760 30.06 (killed my onlybuck, 13 years ago) and buying Bmy very first deer rifle!

Long story short....I need some ideas. I've bagged a doe with dad's browning lever action .308, my only buck with the 760 and missed plenty of PA whitetails with it. I'm looking for an accurate out-of-the-box deerslayer capable of nailing my first PA buck since 98.

For the record: I need a rifle with good knockdown power, a 3x9 scope and the ability to come in under $850. Suggestions?


I have always loved my Remington 30-06. I have made some very good shots with it.

djones520
07-31-2010, 04:08 PM
My first deer rifle was a 30.30 Winchester. Brush buster, short barrel lever action. Worked wonders though. Took an 8 point white tail, and a good 200lb doe with it when I was in high school.

Anything in the .30 caliber range will be plenty heavy enough to drop a white tail. I'd say just look for your anything in your price range. In PA I doubt you'll be making any shots over a couple hundred yards so you don't need anything super accurate.

This is what I use today, but it might be a bit pricey for you. Cost me $1100, and I saved $200 on the price tag.

http://www.thegunsource.com/DisplayPic.aspx?PIC=272265

AR-10A2. Just as it looks, but uses a .308 caliber round instead a .223.

Jfor
07-31-2010, 04:12 PM
ANY HUNTERS WITH SERIOUS ADVICE....PLEASE MESSAGE ME! I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A BAD DECISION.:o

Seriously, if I was looking to buy a new bolt gun, I would be buying a Savage in .308. Great value out of the box and I guarantee it will be more accurate than you are.

asdf2231
07-31-2010, 04:14 PM
Strange how people find joy in killing animals.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l307/asdf2231/Pathetic_Logo.jpg


Hey bud are you married to any particular action type? You could do a helluva lot worse than picking up a surplus bolt gun.

The Mosin Nagant '39 is an inelegant looking pice but once the sights are tuned it's fairly accurate out about as far as you would care to shoot. 7.62x45 caliber. The scope mounts are usually offset.

The Lee Enfield #4 MK1 is also a superb weapon. .303 British, 10 round detachable magazine and the slickest bolt action throw you could ask for.

Or a M98 Mauser from Mitchels Mausers. 8mm, 5 round.

The ballistics on all of those are about the same as a 30-06 round. IIRC the Russian Nagant has a slightly flatter trajectory then the rest.

All of those are available for around 250$. I own one of each and have been well served by 'em.

marinejcksn
07-31-2010, 04:19 PM
I'm leaning towards a bolt action rifle....which caliber and make is the best? I'll always have a spot in my heart for the 30-06. :D

asdf2231
07-31-2010, 04:21 PM
I just split the anti hunting crap off intop a whiny zone thread for vaginacus. ANY other posts in this thread that are not serious to the topic will be deleted. If the original offender keeps chiming in here he will be timed out for a week and have to go back to playing with himself since he cant play well with others.

Sorry Mar!

djones520
07-31-2010, 04:22 PM
I'm leaning towards a bolt action rifle....which caliber and make is the best? I'll always have a spot in my heart for the 30-06. :D

30-06 will do the job. Plenty powerful rifle. But like I said above anything in the .30 caliber range will have all the power that you need.

Check this out.

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire/model-700/model-700-sps.aspx

warpig
07-31-2010, 05:03 PM
I recently bought a beautiful Winchester Mod 70 in 30.06. That is a most excellent rifle. Used to be the armed forces choice for sniper rifles. The action is classic and as good as they get. 499.99 used.

I also have all of the military surplus rifles named above. Mauser in 8mm is just as good but you will have to have any of the bolts altered to mount a scope, so you may want to go for a rifle ready made for scope mounting.
30.06 is a good all round cal. .243, and .270 will also get the job done. It also depends on where your hunting. 30.06 will allow you to reach out a little further in areas where you need it. The brush country here in Texas will allow you to get by with a 30.30, you don't have to shoot so far.

BadCat
07-31-2010, 05:10 PM
Here's another plug for the Savage.

Great value for the dollar, they come in just about any calibre you want, and they are accurate enough to put out the Key West faggots eye from 800 yards.

Jfor
07-31-2010, 05:21 PM
Here's another plug for the Savage.

Great value for the dollar, they come in just about any calibre you want, and they are accurate enough to put out the Key West faggots eye from 800 yards.

This from one of my favorite CU posters LMAO

MountainMan
07-31-2010, 07:06 PM
Dude, this is one of those posts that bring back the memories....

All of the suggestions are great except for the fact no one has mentioned the greatest deer rifle of ALL TIME. That would be the Model 70 Winchester, pre or post 64 in the .270 cal range.

You can easily go to any gun show, pick yourself up a used Model 70 and place a mid priced scope on it and never look back. Ahhh, the memories. :)

marinejcksn
08-01-2010, 06:18 AM
I'm thinkin' the 700 sps in 30.06.

Long as it busts through the rhododendron and mountain laurel, I'm all good. :cool:

djones520
08-01-2010, 06:20 AM
I'm thinkin' the 700 sps in 30.06.

Long as it busts through the rhododendron and mountain laurel, I'm all good. :cool:

Woot! I win! :D

Sonnabend
08-01-2010, 07:35 AM
This

http://www.nighthawkpublications.com/images/432/08.jpg


5) Savage Model 99 - First introduced in 1899, the Savage Model 99 is a relatively-inexpensive, attractive collector's rifle. The three most-popular calibers for the Savage Model 99 include the .308, the .300 Savage and the .250-.300. On a standard shelf-stocked gun in the .300 Savage caliber, this rifle will sell for $1,200 to $1,500. The rifles produced from 1899 until the end of World War II seem to have that same value. Rifles in mint condition made after the war until about 1960 will sell from $800 to $1,000. Not only is the Savage Model 99 a quality deer rifle, but it's also an excellent gun to invest in that seems to grow in value the longer you hold it.

marinejcksn
08-01-2010, 07:44 AM
Sorry, already got a .300 Savage 99 when my father passes it on. Grandpop bought it in the '50s. :D

BTW, holy ish....it's worth 12-1500 dollars? Good thing dad kept it when he and my uncle split pop pop's gun collection.

Sonnabend
08-01-2010, 07:45 AM
Then what else do you need? The 99 is the cream of the crop.

marinejcksn
08-01-2010, 07:52 AM
Can't hunt with that! My grandpop harvested his 10 point with it, dad hasn't shot it since he died in '96. He only takes it out once a year to treat it with some Hoppes number 9.

Then again, I might just say screw it and ask dad if I can buy his Browning BLR. :cool:

Molon Labe
08-01-2010, 03:23 PM
Here's another plug for the Savage.

Great value for the dollar, they come in just about any calibre you want, and they are accurate enough to put out the Key West faggots eye from 800 yards.

This^

several years back I bought a Savage 30-06 from a co worker. Now 10 years later and he has asked me like 4 times to buy it back..

Great affordable rifle.

namvet
08-01-2010, 06:27 PM
my first one was a Buffalo Bill 30-30 lever action winchester. short barrel. i bought it in Nam. it hangs on the wall now. I got tired of hunting 4 legged and went to 2 :D

marinejcksn
08-06-2010, 03:49 PM
THINK I'VE MADE A DECISION!

Savage Model 111 GNS in 30.06.

Molon Labe
08-06-2010, 04:14 PM
THINK I'VE MADE A DECISION!

Savage Model 111 GNS in 30.06.

I've got a 110

111 is a good choice.

marinejcksn
08-06-2010, 04:44 PM
I've got a 110

111 is a good choice.

Dad's 7mm mag is a 110....i love that rifle. :cool: