Thread: First Deer Rifle!
#1 First Deer Rifle!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?
Last edited by marinejcksn; 08-01-2010 at 06:13 AM."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
07-31-2010, 03:22 PM
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Savage 10FP. Weatherby MarK V. FN Patrol .308
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?"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
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."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
07-31-2010, 04:03 PM
ANY HUNTERS WITH SERIOUS ADVICE....PLEASE MESSAGE ME! I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A BAD DECISION.:o"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
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 $200 on the price tag.
AR-10A2. Just as it looks, but uses a .308 caliber round instead a .223.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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07-31-2010, 04:14 PM
Hey bud are you married to any particular action type? You could do a helluva lot worse than picking up a surplus bolt gun.
The Mosin Nagant '39 is an inelegant looking pice but once the sights are tuned it's fairly accurate out about as far as you would care to shoot. 7.62x45 caliber. The scope mounts are usually offset.
The Lee Enfield #4 MK1 is also a superb weapon. .303 British, 10 round detachable magazine and the slickest bolt action throw you could ask for.
Or a M98 Mauser from Mitchels Mausers. 8mm, 5 round.
The ballistics on all of those are about the same as a 30-06 round. IIRC the Russian Nagant has a slightly flatter trajectory then the rest.
All of those are available for around 250$. I own one of each and have been well served by 'em.
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"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
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