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#5843465 - 07/22/15 05:16 PM Big game hunting rifle and cartrige
Obrien Offline
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Hi everyone,

I do not want to start any flame I'm just curious what is your choice for hunting deers, hogs etc.?

I was recommended Weatherby Vanguard in 30-06 as a reliable budget rifle and scope at least 4-12x40mm. What is your opinion?

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#5843475 - 07/22/15 05:21 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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Sounds like a good recommendation. For the money, that's a heck of a rifle. .30-06 is a good all-around cartridge and can be bought almost anywhere.
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#5843488 - 07/22/15 05:31 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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There are a lot of good rifles and cartridges available for deer and hogs.

In my opinion, you should go to a bunch of gun stores, and handle as many rifles as you can to decide what you like.

Anything from .243 - 30-06 would suit your purpose very well.

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#5843493 - 07/22/15 05:36 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
Obrien Offline
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Thanks! What do you guys use?

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#5843524 - 07/22/15 05:51 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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The Weatherby Vanguard in .30-06 is an excellent choice, and a decent 4-12x40mm scope is a reasonable selection. If you haven't shot big game rifles very much, a sporter .30-06 can kick a little more than some find comfortable. It's nothing that experience won't cure, and a .30-06 is always an excellent choice, but there are lower recoil options. I agree with the others that there are many good rifles available. My only suggestion is that you buy something that shoots fairly inexpensive ammunition, as you'll want to practice regularly, and it's hard to practice much if you're counting the cost of every shot.

In terms of budget rifles, many feel the Vanguard, the Tikka and the Savage rifles offer the most for the least, although the Ruger American is finding favor with some. I agree with the previous suggestion that you should handle as many rifles as possible, because they don't all feel the same, and the ergonomics is very important: a rifle that fits you well will be easier for you to shoot well.

In terms of caliber, the most common non-magnum big game cartridges for bolt action rifles are, in order of descending power and recoil, the .30-06, .308, .270 and .243. There are other excellent cartridges, that I've omitted, the superb .25-06 for one, but these are the most common.

If I were buying for a friend and I knew he was willing to practice, I would probably get either the Vanguard or the Tikka in .270 or .25-06. If I didn't think he would practice much, I'd probably recommend the .243, as it's got the lowest recoil and is easiest to shoot. The .308 will have the cheapest practice ammo, so that's something to consider.

A final thought: don't cheap out on the scope. As painful as it may be, you're almost always better off with a mediocre rifle and a good scope than the reverse.

Anyway, don't let Internet experts make your decision and don't believe too much of what the guy at the gun counter says. Handle real rifles, and don't get sold something that you don't want.
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#5843533 - 07/22/15 05:53 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus

Anyway, don't let Internet experts make your decision and don't believe too much of what the guy at the gun counter says. Handle real rifles, and don't get sold something that you don't want.


Extremely important^

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#5843574 - 07/22/15 06:16 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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+1 on what syncerus said! Almost any rifle shoots perfectly fine out of the box for deer/hog hunting. Pick what feels best for you. If finances are tight, the Ruger American or the newer Remington (forgot the model number) are less expensive, allowing you to put more into a scope, yet still shoot very well. Also agree 100% on the recoil.
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#5843591 - 07/22/15 06:24 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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I would look into a 308,7-08 way before a 3006

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#5843601 - 07/22/15 06:26 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
I would look into a 308,7-08 way before a 3006


Why? And I'm a huge .308 and 7-08 fan.
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#5843610 - 07/22/15 06:32 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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Originally Posted By: Obrien
Hi everyone,

I do not want to start any flame I'm just curious what is your choice for hunting deers, hogs etc.?

I was recommended Weatherby Vanguard in 30-06 as a reliable budget rifle and scope at least 4-12x40mm. What is your opinion?


Who ever you talked to gave you solid advice. Just make sure that 4x12x40 is a quality scope and you should be ready to roll for a long time to come.
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#5843652 - 07/22/15 06:58 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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For a big game rifle a .30/06 is a good choice

For a all purpose deer rifle, a .270,.280 or ,308 would get the nod for standard calibers
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#5843657 - 07/22/15 07:00 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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The rec is solid, but as a couple pointed out, if you aren't familiar with the recoil of a .30-06 or are already recoil-shy, that could be a less than perfect choice for you. A.243 is plenty for most of Texas but you might want something with more down-range punch, particularly if mule deer or other large critters might be in the menu. .260, 7mm-08, .308, 25-06, 6.5 Creedmoor, lots of good options out there.
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#5843727 - 07/22/15 07:35 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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A 30-06 is probably the best one-rifle selection for North America. As said before, buy a quality scope/Talley mounts and you will be set for just about anything you will hunt. Although I have others, my go to is a 25-06.

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#5843745 - 07/22/15 07:47 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Obrien]
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30-06 is a great round for North America game. My suggestion for rifle and caliber, for a beginner, would be the Savage Axis II in 308. They come as a package with a 3-9x40 scope for around $399
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#5843780 - 07/22/15 08:11 PM Re: Big game hunting rifle and cartrige [Re: Slow Drifter]
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Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
I would look into a 308,7-08 way before a 3006


Why? And I'm a huge .308 and 7-08 fan.


Recoil and shootability. 3006 May contend for best all around but in my opinion it is not the best for a new rig. I have one and it collects dust because it's far from fun to shoot. It is also the most thrown out caliber by the gun counter guy

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