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#6023407 - 11/11/15 11:48 AM Rifle and caliber for my fiancée
ETexas Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/14/13
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Loc: Austin
She has been deer hunting with my AR10 .308 for the past few years. I am looking to get her a bolt action rifle of her own. Not looking to break the bank either. I have handled the ruger American and was not impressed. The savage Axis seemed to be of better quality. Also really like the Tikka T3.

Also not positive what caliber. I am thinking of sticking with the .308 as we mostly just hunt whitetail and hogs, but I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks ahead of time

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#6023415 - 11/11/15 11:51 AM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
6.5 CM, 7-06, 260, 257 Roberts, 257wby, 25-06

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#6023422 - 11/11/15 11:55 AM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 365
Loc: Fort Worth/Kent County
7-08

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#6023432 - 11/11/15 11:58 AM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 06/21/13
Posts: 350
Loc: fort worth, texas, 76111
Tikka t3

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#6023438 - 11/11/15 12:00 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Stick with a caliber you know, the 308. It's fine for everything in Texas, and makes it easier on you if you have multiple rifles that shoot the same round.
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#6023461 - 11/11/15 12:10 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Registered: 09/14/13
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Loc: Austin
Yeah, I am pretty sure 308 is where I am leaning. really just need to decide on the actual rifle

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#6023520 - 11/11/15 12:40 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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See the thread a couple down from this, read all replies, should help.

What figure will break the bank? Also remember you will need to spend $400-$600 on a good scope.
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#6023529 - 11/11/15 12:42 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Tikka T-3

.243, .260 Rem, 7mm-08, .308
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#6023605 - 11/11/15 01:09 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
Drew in Tejas Offline
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Registered: 03/31/12
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Loc: Mckinney, Tx
I built a 243 for my wife. I would pick up a Tikka T-3 in 243 or 708 and go to town.
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#6023656 - 11/11/15 01:34 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Registered: 10/28/15
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Loc: Laredo, TX
Remington ADL is pretty affordable and you can always use it as a donor action if you want something better in the future.

.308 or 7mm-08 if you want a little better BC for further shots.

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#6023671 - 11/11/15 01:40 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: Buzzsaw]
ETexas Hunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
See the thread a couple down from this, read all replies, should help.

What figure will break the bank? Also remember you will need to spend $400-$600 on a good scope.

I'd be open to spending 700 or 800. Yeah I am just talking about the gun itself. Scope will be a separate budget. I'm leaning towards the tikka, as I'd like it to be one she will have and use for a long time

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#6023860 - 11/11/15 03:32 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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In the T3 you can take the 260/7-08/308 and flip a coin. A different caliber will give you something to play with and in the case of the 260 and 7-08 less recoil. I'd ask her she would be more comfortable with a different caliber and less recoil or prefer to go with the tried and true. It would be even more her rifle if she helps to choose it.
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#6023862 - 11/11/15 03:33 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Unless it is supposed to be a big surprise, your best bet is to take her to a good gun shop and let her decide which make/model SHE likes best. Everybody will be a lot happier that way JMO

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#6023876 - 11/11/15 03:40 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
.270 win in a savage
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#6023882 - 11/11/15 03:43 PM Re: Rifle and caliber for my fiancée [Re: ETexas Hunter]
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Registered: 08/16/12
Posts: 389
Loc: Grand Prairie
For the wife, 243. Hunting bolt action = lightweight and more kick compared to the semi.

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