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#6353007 - 06/30/16 09:28 AM Looking for new hunting rifle
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I need a new rifle to suppress. I want something that is relatively inexpensive to shoot but I will also be hunting with it this year and need it to be good to 300 yrds. Hoping for something that already has a threaded barrel and would prefer a synthetic stock as I'm a little to hard on my equipment to ruin another nice wood stock. Not looking for a semi-auto as I have plenty of those as well. I'll be shooting WT, hogs, varmints etc. but would like something that could take bigger animals. Oh and I'm not interesting in a 300WM smile. Could anyone offer some suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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#6353027 - 06/30/16 09:43 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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As I'm reading your post, I'm thinking 308. After I'm done reading your post, I'm thinking 308. The 308 isn't a sexy round as some newer stuff, but it's inexpensive to shoot, shoots very good, and lots of bullet choices. If you wanted something a little more exotic, the 6.5 Creedmoor is a good option. I have been hunting with a 300 blk out bolt gun out to 300 yards with no problem the last few years. Last day of my season I shot a crow at a lasered 245 yards, and dropped it with my 125 grain Hornady SST ammo.

The caliber choices are plentiful, and each person will have their own favorites. Do what I do, and work your problem/question backwards. Start with a rifle platform or bullet you want to shoot. Then, how fast do you want to push that bullet will determine the case used. Do you want a short action or long action rifle? Once you answer these questions, that will narrow down the choices.
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#6353037 - 06/30/16 09:52 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
As I'm reading your post, I'm thinking 308. After I'm done reading your post, I'm thinking 308. The 308 isn't a sexy round as some newer stuff, but it's inexpensive to shoot, shoots very good, and lots of bullet choices. If you wanted something a little more exotic, the 6.5 Creedmoor is a good option. I have been hunting with a 300 blk out bolt gun out to 300 yards with no problem the last few years. Last day of my season I shot a crow at a lasered 245 yards, and dropped it with my 125 grain Hornady SST ammo.

The caliber choices are plentiful, and each person will have their own favorites. Do what I do, and work your problem/question backwards. Start with a rifle platform or bullet you want to shoot. Then, how fast do you want to push that bullet will determine the case used. Do you want a short action or long action rifle? Once you answer these questions, that will narrow down the choices.


Thanks Chadd, 308 is what kept coming to mind when I was thinking about this over the past couple weeks. The reason I'm wrapped up with cheap bullet choices is because I've been hunting with a STW and it ain't cheap to shoot lol. It is sexy and flat shooting though smile. Short action is fine, I've got a few bigger calibers already and probably not really looking to go the magnum route I don't think. I'm going to be using a Specwar 7.62 on whatever I get so barrel length is another consideration I didn't factor in. Prefer not to start out with something at 24in or I'll never get it out of the blind window in time.
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#6353054 - 06/30/16 10:03 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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Serious question here: Do you really hunt suppressed in the sense that you use subsonic ammunition? I have a hard time killing jack rabbits when hunting suppressed (subs).

Otherwise if your meaning that you are looking to suppress a supersonic load then that would make it easier to provide you with options/opinions.

There have been some super good deals on 6.5mm projectiles over the last year, if it were me and I was looking for something that delivers high energy at 300 yards I would go with a bolt action 6.5 Creedmoor and reload for it. All in all if you don't reload you can kill all day / any animal with factory Hornady SST ammo in this caliber for 22.00 a box.
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#6353056 - 06/30/16 10:03 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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I'd go with a 6.5 Creedmoor if you can find one for a good price. If not a 308 Rem 700 AAC-SD.
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#6353070 - 06/30/16 10:10 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: Pig_Popper]
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Originally Posted By: Pig_Popper
Serious question here: Do you really hunt suppressed in the sense that you use subsonic ammunition? I have a hard time killing jack rabbits when hunting suppressed (subs).

Otherwise if your meaning that you are looking to suppress a supersonic load then that would make it easier to provide you with options/opinions.

There have been some super good deals on 6.5mm projectiles over the last year, if it were me and I was looking for something that delivers high energy at 300 yards I would go with a bolt action 6.5 Creedmoor and reload for it. All in all if you don't reload you can kill all day / any animal with factory Hornady SST ammo in this caliber for 22.00 a box.


No subsonics, I've got a couple .300 blks for that and yes, if the animal isn't at exactly the right distance it is difficult to calculate where you need to aim. Missed a really nice bobcat (5 times) shooting a bolt .300 blk and not realizing I was closer to it than I thought I was. All supersonic, just want to be able to shoot without ear protection if I need to. Also, I won't be reloading.


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#6353075 - 06/30/16 10:13 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I'd go with a 6.5 Creedmoor if you can find one for a good price. If not a 308 Rem 700 AAC-SD.


That barrel gets heavy if walking around a lot

I have been kicking around a similar idea. I am looking at model 7 lately.

Other ideas would be a 18ish inch 6.8 spc or 6.5 Grendel if you wanted gasser

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#6353078 - 06/30/16 10:16 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: Cleric]
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I'd go with a 6.5 Creedmoor if you can find one for a good price. If not a 308 Rem 700 AAC-SD.


That barrel gets heavy if walking around a lot

I have been kicking around a similar idea. I am looking at model 7 lately.

Other ideas would be a 18ish inch 6.8 spc or 6.5 Grendel if you wanted gasser


No gas, weight isn't a very big concern to me. Ammo availability would be a priority over that.
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#6353091 - 06/30/16 10:25 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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I decided to pull my 30-30 lever out. Should be fun smile

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#6353119 - 06/30/16 10:46 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: Cleric]
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
I decided to pull my 30-30 lever out. Should be fun smile

That's what I was thinking. You could even get that ugly Mossberg Zombie edition to put the can on. Cheap and already threaded. 30-30 ammo is about as inexpensive and available as it gets.


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#6353120 - 06/30/16 10:46 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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I don't know why I forgot about the Ruger American Predator. Get one in 308 if you want a shorter gun or get the 6.5 CM. It's a very solid platform and is only about $350.
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#6353127 - 06/30/16 10:49 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: TexFlip]
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I don't know why I forgot about the Ruger American Predator. Get one in 308 if you want a shorter gun or get the 6.5 CM. It's a very solid platform and is only about $350.


I was just looking at these online.
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#6353185 - 06/30/16 11:33 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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Ruger american predator or savage hog hunter in .308 would be good cheap options.

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#6353242 - 06/30/16 11:58 AM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
I don't know why I forgot about the Ruger American Predator. Get one in 308 if you want a shorter gun or get the 6.5 CM. It's a very solid platform and is only about $350.


I was just looking at these online.


That's what I would do. They're nice little hunting rifles that are affordable and they come with a threaded barrel and a scope rail. Hard to beat for a cheap hunting rig.
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#6353418 - 06/30/16 02:16 PM Re: Looking for new hunting rifle [Re: rexmitchell]
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The ranch has a 16in barrel in 300 bo it you wanted a shorter barrel

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