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#5983920 - 10/19/15 11:58 AM New Deer Rifle
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Hey Guys, would like some opinions: I've always hunted with Grampa's guns, which I have since inherited. They are good guns and I cherish them. The 30-30 is not sighted in correctly and the 30-06, while sighted fine, has a scope which is foggy, so I only trust it under 40 yards. I would like some input on a good new deer rifle that wont break the bank. I am a meat hunter who hunts on 40 acres of river bottom. I take one deer a year, two max. I dont take 200 yard shots. 100 and under. And Im thinking of a smaller caliber than a 30/30, but may still stick with a 30/30, but I would like a versatile gun that can be used for hogs, varmits and other smaller game than a deer. What say ye? Thanks in advance for any input..

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#5983927 - 10/19/15 12:00 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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If you are truly under 100 yards at all times then sight in that .30-30 and you have the best rifle made for your stated purposes. JMHO.

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#5983942 - 10/19/15 12:09 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Buy a quality scope for your '06.
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#5983953 - 10/19/15 12:12 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
Buy a quality scope for your '06.


Exactly.

Load it down if you like. Load it big and heavy if you like.
Practice with the .30-30, they are terrific in the thick woods. You may find it is just right for your purposes.
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#5983954 - 10/19/15 12:13 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Light Foot

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Thnks for your replies. Forgot to mention that with the season starting soon - I wont have time to sight in the 30/30 before I make it out to the place. Was hoping to go buy a gun this week and have it sighted for me. Not a bad idea though to maybe just take one or both of the guns somewhere and get them fitted with new scopes. Any rec's on good new scopes? (again, that wont break my bank)

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#5983956 - 10/19/15 12:16 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Look at the Nikon and Redfeild scopes.
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#5983957 - 10/19/15 12:16 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Depends on your budget. Lots of decent scopes for not much money.

What part of the world are you in? If you're close enough to my range, I'll help you mount the scope and get it zeroed in less than an hour.
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#5983973 - 10/19/15 12:26 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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So you're going to have time to buy a rifle and scope, and then trust someone to get it sighted in correctly?

I'd take the 30-30 and sight it in, and kill deer.
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#5984029 - 10/19/15 01:05 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Originally Posted By: Back 96
Thnks for your replies. Forgot to mention that with the season starting soon - I wont have time to sight in the 30/30 before I make it out to the place. Was hoping to go buy a gun this week and have it sighted for me. Not a bad idea though to maybe just take one or both of the guns somewhere and get them fitted with new scopes. Any rec's on good new scopes? (again, that wont break my bank)


PM booradley on here, he'll help you out choosing and mounting them. He does it everyday.
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#5984067 - 10/19/15 01:37 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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I would get a 1X4 to 1.75x5 variable mounted on the 30/06. Leupold has the VX-Hog 1x4 which has a lifetime warranty which sells for about $229. You really need to spend in the neighborood of $180 plus to get a reliable scope. If you buy the scope at Cabelas, they'll mount and bore sight it, then you should need 30 minutes or less on the range to fine tune it.
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#5984083 - 10/19/15 01:48 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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I know guys who have, but I wouldn't trust a boresighted scope to be on target enough to hunt with. Bore sighting will usually get it on paper, but that could be as much as 8-10" off. By the time you get to a store, buy a rifle, wait for the background check, pick out a scope, have it mounted, have it boresighted, pay, and drive home, you could have gone to a range and sighted in the 30/30. Have spent $500 less dollars, and be ready to go opening morning, plus, have put a few rounds down range to shake the cobwebs off.
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#5984094 - 10/19/15 01:56 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: FiremanJG]
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Light Foot

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I appreciate all of your feedback and welcome any more. The 30/30 is at the ranch and I may not be able to get there until the night before the season. Was planning on purchasing a new gun somewhere close to where I am now. But the consensus is that I should just sight in that 30/30 myself and I may just have to find a way to go and do that before the season. Definitely the cheapest route for sure.

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#5984138 - 10/19/15 02:24 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Originally Posted By: Back 96
Any rec's on good new scopes? (again, that wont break my bank)



I would look at my mounts too...they are just as important as your scope...

I like the DNZ mounts, easy to install and pretty bomb proof, for 90% of the hunting.

Mounts and scope for under $250
..lot to like....



http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-ProStaff-Bla...rds=Nikon+scope

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Reaper-Savage...nz+scope+mounts

Ed

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#5984143 - 10/19/15 02:30 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: 505ed]
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Originally Posted By: 505ed
Originally Posted By: Back 96
Any rec's on good new scopes? (again, that wont break my bank)



I would look at my mounts too...they are just as important as your scope...

I like the DNZ mounts, easy to install and pretty bomb proof, for 90% of the hunting.

Mounts and scope for under $250
..lot to like....



http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-ProStaff-Bla...rds=Nikon+scope

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Reaper-Savage...nz+scope+mounts

Ed


The original poster stated, he hunts a 40 acre bottom land parcel, all shots are less than 100 yds. Why are you recommending a 4x12 in thick cover? you'd just be handicapping him.
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#5984155 - 10/19/15 02:40 PM Re: New Deer Rifle [Re: Back 96]
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Is your 30-30 a Marlin or a Winchester? If a Marlin I would scope it but I have 56 year old eyes. If a Winchester I'd hunt with iron sights.

I sell a lot of scopes and mount them every week. Opinions will vary wildly but my favorite scope that doesn't break the bank is the Burris Fullfield II 2-7x35 for around $170.00 or the 3-9x40 for $200.00. At the stated distance you will be shooting I would get a 2-7.
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