First hunting rifle - boar and deer

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  1. cptslick

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    I just ordered a Ruger American Compact in .308 from Davidsons Gallery of Guns. I also ordered an extra mag with it. I like the fact there is a lifetime warranty from Davidsons, The total price to my FFL was $404.00. That includes everything.
     
  2. Jack Ryan

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    If you've got people to go hunting with and you plan to hunt with them, why wouldn't you just see what they use? What ever the guy who's killing the most is using, that would be a pretty frigging good guess as to what you need.

    A lot better guess than any random bunch of guys on an internet forum are going to make.
     
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  3. Arnold Kuhl

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    The favorite hunting rifle in my meager collection is my '06. It's a home-made job, given to me for Xmas in 1987. Made pretty much from scratch by my wife's step-dad, now deceased, who was a steel worker in Pittsburgh for 40 years, and made rifles in his cellar as a hobby.

    The stocks are PA walnut; nothing fancy, but he did manage to checker the pistol grip and fore-end (before he became afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis). The action is a DWM Nazi German 1940 1898 Mauser, large ring, and is a damn fine one. The bbl. is a standard grade one he picked up locally in The Burgh, for maybe $70 or so.

    The gun is a tack-driver, and even though I don't hunt anymore due to several issues, I will never, ever part with this rifle. I had a Timney trigger installed some years ago; about 2-3 lbs, with no creep. Great shooting gun, and, as you pointed out, doesn't tear up your body to shoot it. I also had the bbl. and action refinished earlier this year. The .30-06 is extremely versatile, as you mentioned. If I could only have one long gun, it would be the '06, for sure.

    Regards,
    AK
     
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  4. mac66

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    A bolt action 308 is pretty versatile. I've used mine on varmints to white tail, to mule, antelopes, black bear, and caribou out to 450 yards. Mine is an old Win Mod 70 w/20" bbl.and Leopold scope.

    Depending on where you want to hunt however, a 30-30 works well. I've killed a lot of deer with my old Win 94. I've also used Mini 30 and a SKS in 7.62x39 on deer. Not as good as a 30-30 but pretty decent. Also used a Marlin lever action in 375 Win to slam deer.

    If I was just starting out I would jump on the Ruger American in 308.
     
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  5. southernshooter

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    I can vouch for the CZ 550 American. Beautiful wood and a set trigger in '06. There is not really a huge difference between a .308, '06, 270 or even a 7mm mag.
     
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    270win in the open and 30-30 for heavy brush cover.
     
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    Words of wisdom right there.

    The only thing I would add, is to check out the Benelli R1.

    Its a 5 or 10 round semi-auto, which gives you back up for when you are hunting hogs.
     
  9. redrick

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    My choice would be a 7mm-08 .
     
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    Ruger American in 7mm-08 is the ****s
     
  11. SargeMO

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    Anything from 30-30/7.62x39 on up will work fine. We have killed a chitload of deer with those over the years.
     
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    I have killed literally hundreds of deer and pigs with a 243. It remains my favorite. My daughters use the 556 with either 69gr-77gr TMK's or 62gr Fusions.

    Esse quam videri
     
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    Don't overlook the 25-06. Savage trophy hunter in 25-06 or a Weatherby vanguard makes a nice rig. 100grn TTSX at 3200 or an 80grn at 3600 is a lot of whollop. 270 and 30-06 are never bad choices. You can get all three of those calibers in an axis but with the trophy hunter at 509........just get that. If you get an Axis, get the hardwood.
     
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    Some will tell you 25.06 is light for pigs.
    I've killed dozens with one so I'm on board with bmoore.
     
  15. Kentucky Shooter

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    Lots of good choices have been mentioned already.

    .243Win
    .270Win
    30-30
    .308
    .30-06
    .45-70

    These are all great choices you can’t go wrong with.
     
  16. Tony Rumore

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    I would pass on the Ruger American and get a Howa 1500 instead.
    As soon as you pick up the American, you'll know you have a cheap cheesy rifle in your hands.
    About the only thing cheaper feeling than an American, is the Remington 710.
     
  17. ilpirata

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    Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic in any caliber .243 or larger. I like mine in .270, it shoots well and it looks good.

    Before the next post points it out:it's made by Howa.
     
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    What kind of rifle is good for killing zombie threads?
     
  19. Mr Wasabi

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    Me too.
     
  20. Syclone0538

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    Man, that was I long time ago, I don't remember posting that. I think now I'd say 6.5 Creedmoor.