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#6306513 - 05/21/16 05:49 PM Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle
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I've been asked to put together a rifle for an up coming raffle. It's going to be at the chili supper before deer season. Looking for input on the best caliber that would appeal to the every day deer hunter. I shoot mostly expensive oddball calibers but I don't think something like that would do good in a raffle around here. Probably going to be a Tikka SS with a Vortex, or a Remington 700 cdl with a Leopold, depending on caliber.

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#6306517 - 05/21/16 05:56 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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I'd stay with the normal calibers to appeal to more. I'd probably go 308 for that reason


Edited by jhenderson (05/21/16 05:57 PM)

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#6306518 - 05/21/16 05:57 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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.270 or 308
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#6306521 - 05/21/16 06:00 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
.270 or 308

That or maybe a 7-08.
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#6306522 - 05/21/16 06:02 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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Both those rifles will be just fine, I lean toward the Tikka.

6.5 Creedmoor
260 Rem
7mm-08
308 Win
270
30-06

Of course the .308 and .30-06 are the old classics. But if it were my rifle, to raffle, I'd pick the 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Rem, or 7mm-08, 7mm-08 being top of the list for ammo availability. And yes I have experience with every one of them, save the .270, having killed whitetail with all.
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#6306555 - 05/21/16 06:41 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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I have been charged with getting raffle guns quite a bit. Not sure why but have always been surprised at lack of interest in rifles versus shotguns especially a decent over and under. Auction or raffle they raise more money it seems.
Now last Fall in an Auction we did get 8700.00 for a Horizon custom rifle no scope just gun. cool


Edited by DStroud (05/21/16 06:41 PM)

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#6306619 - 05/21/16 07:38 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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I would go with a CDL in 243. Might get more prospects since it can lean towards men, woman children

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#6306771 - 05/21/16 10:31 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
I would go with a CDL in 243. Might get more prospects since it can lean towards men, woman children


Great point.

I would go very common caliber as well. To many people have never heard of a 6.5 creedmoor or similar.

.243 is probably a great pick. 270 and 308 would probably be very popular as well.

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#6306779 - 05/21/16 10:39 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Both those rifles will be just fine, I lean toward the Tikka.

6.5 Creedmoor
260 Rem
7mm-08
308 Win
270
30-06

Of course the .308 and .30-06 are the old classics. But if it were my rifle, to raffle, I'd pick the 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Rem, or 7mm-08, 7mm-08 being top of the list for ammo availability. And yes I have experience with every one of them, save the .270, having killed whitetail with all.


This. I lean toward the .270 Win. and 7mm -08 Rem. The 7mm-08 would make a great option for a small person, woman or child hunter.
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#6306788 - 05/21/16 10:45 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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Tikka 30-06 would be my choice

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#6306944 - 05/22/16 08:55 AM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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Just a thought.... If you're going to spend that kind of money on a rifle/scope, why not get 2-3 Ruger American rifles? 3X the number of chances to win and you could spread out on the calibers....22, .243 and 7mm/08.
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#6306986 - 05/22/16 09:38 AM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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A program in Maine that awards a free hunt to a veteran every year, and then gives the rifle to the vet afterward in a ceremony has had good luck with the Weatherby Vanguard II with the synthetic stock in .308 Winchester.
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#6307060 - 05/22/16 11:02 AM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: Biggs]
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Couple ideas I've seen tht were sucessful

The rifle needs to be a fancier than normal something that most folks would not step up and buy for themselves...Wby Mk V, SAKO Deluxe yadda yadda in a step up from area's average caliber...7RMg/300WMg/ 300WbyMg when most folks are shooting a 270/'06.

A young adult or a wife sized and mebbe pink oriented Package of scope/rings/gun case a& rifle in a 243 or 7/08 etc in a RP 700 BDL/Wby VG SS/syn - or Wby VG deluxe price point etc

neat idea of a youth sized Shotgun & Deer rifle pkg in 20 guage & 243-7/08 w/scope Young Hunter starter package yadda yadda

or what'd get my entry fee $'s would a caliber/model of my choice in a high dollar semi custom something that I would never buy for myself.
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#6307292 - 05/22/16 03:34 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
I have been charged with getting raffle guns quite a bit. Not sure why but have always been surprised at lack of interest in rifles versus shotguns especially a decent over and under. Auction or raffle they raise more money it seems.
Now last Fall in an Auction we did get 8700.00 for a Horizon custom rifle no scope just gun. cool

That is a good point about the shotguns. I've been to quite a few raffles and auctions and it does seem that most people, including myself, are more interested in the higher end shotguns than the rifles. I only pull the shotguns out for 1 or 2 days during dove season and 1 day during Spring turkey season. But I always find myself wanting to win the nice shotguns rather than the rifles.
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#6307307 - 05/22/16 03:49 PM Re: Need bolt gun ideas for a raffle [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
Now last Fall in an Auction we did get 8700.00 for a Horizon custom rifle no scope just gun. cool


That t'weren't no tight _ _ _ Lutherans. mad Congratulations on that though. Our annual church charity/wildgame dinner is dying a very slow death.
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