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#5494011 - 12/22/14 07:55 PM newbie here
CRader Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/22/14
Posts: 3
Loc: denton, tx
Hey guys I'm pretty new to Texas and new to hunting. Can anyone recommend any kinda all purpose rifle? I'm mainly interested in hunting deer and hogs at least at first. Also any kind of gear in general I'll need. I'm also looking for so excited groups or people to kinda take me under their wing, teach me the ropes kinda thing, seeing as I really don't know anyone here.. thanks in advance

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#5494176 - 12/22/14 09:01 PM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
300j Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 1217
Loc: D/FW
welcome
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#5494188 - 12/22/14 09:05 PM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
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#5494215 - 12/22/14 09:15 PM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
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Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/25/11
Posts: 2263
Loc: granger,tx
welcomeWhere you come from, if may ask?

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#5494514 - 12/22/14 11:28 PM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
CRader Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/22/14
Posts: 3
Loc: denton, tx
Well don't hold it against me lol but originally from Los Angeles

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#5494540 - 12/23/14 12:12 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
welcome ta THF, for deer & hogs, .243 great rifle. Merry Christmas ta all their flag
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#5494549 - 12/23/14 12:38 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
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THF Celebrity

Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 77304
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
welcome
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#5494554 - 12/23/14 12:47 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
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T-Rex Arms

Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33682
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Ah geez, we have been infiltrated by a Californian...I am out bolt


Grab a chair and get some mud boots because the bs gets deep. A lot of good folks and a lot of good information here. welcome

Gun: get one that you can shoot well. .243 will get the job done, but if I only had one (if the government ask, I only have a pellet gun), I would go with a .270 or 30-06. Both very versatile and you can hunt pretty much any animal in Texas with one.

As far as gear, get what you want. Part of the fun is realize that you can do without 99% of it. Texas hunting varies, so get a T-shirt, some thermals and a jacket.

Stick around bud, you can probably find a few folks that can help you along. Advice is free, but worth what you paid.

Might consider a few guided hunts to get your feet wet too cheers
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#5494576 - 12/23/14 01:43 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
Gusval Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/12/12
Posts: 137
Welcome to THF. As far a an overall rifle to use if you could only purchase one would be a 30.06. Overkill on a white tail but never an overkill on a hog or if you decided to hunt bigger games. You can always down size on the caliber at a later date.

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#5494818 - 12/23/14 08:37 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 322
Loc: Azle,TX
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#5494851 - 12/23/14 08:52 AM Re: newbie here [Re: Gusval]
Western Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23574
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: Gusval
Welcome to THF. As far a an overall rifle to use if you could only purchase one would be a 30.06. Overkill on a white tail but never an overkill on a hog or if you decided to hunt bigger games. You can always down size on the caliber at a later date.

You can downsize the bullet size as well as far as grains. 30.06 may not be the "new kid on the block", but probably has the widest range of available ammo.

Welcome to THF and Texas
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#5495127 - 12/23/14 10:31 AM Re: newbie here [Re: Western]
landsurveyor Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 4572
Loc: Annetta TX
Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Gusval
Welcome to THF. As far a an overall rifle to use if you could only purchase one would be a 30.06. Overkill on a white tail but never an overkill on a hog or if you decided to hunt bigger games. You can always down size on the caliber at a later date.

You can downsize the bullet size as well as far as grains. 30.06 may not be the "new kid on the block", but probably has the widest range of available ammo.

Welcome to THF and Texas

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#5495204 - 12/23/14 11:12 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
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Pro Tracker

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 1608
Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
I use both a 270 and a 30/06 on hogs and whitetail. I am very happy with both. Either one you will be happy with.
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#5495287 - 12/23/14 11:47 AM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
KG68 Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/14/09
Posts: 6052
Loc: Goldthwaite,Tx
welcome

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#5495384 - 12/23/14 12:19 PM Re: newbie here [Re: CRader]
oldoak2000 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2041
Loc: Denton, TX
Welcome.
Rifle? - anything you can shoot straight (centerfire). Buy the correct ammo for the right game.
You'll need hunters ed if you're born after 1971 (and license, of course).
Good pair of binoculars and a gutting-knife are recommended gear. most everything else is luxury.

Be sure to get an OutDoor Annual (TPWD free publication) - anywhere they sell licenses (Walmart, Academy, etc); read from cover to cover!!

Do you got somewhere (land / acres) to hunt? Most Texas land is private, but there is some public land.


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