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#6480837 - 10/04/16 04:41 PM New to rifle hunting where to start?
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Registered: 10/04/16
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Loc: San Antonio
I am a paper puncher started with handguns 9mm, wanted to get into rifle so got a CZ american in 22lr. Been working on bench and off hand shooting 25-50 yards some time a bit further. I also got a 300 black out sbr that i just got the stamp back a couple of weeks ago with an aimpoint pro (waiting for stamp for sandman L). I have an opportunity through work to go to a large guided hunt in the Brady area for a weekend in November. 90% of my shooting will be paper 200 yards max. Hopefully in the future my hunting time will grow. I have 2 boys 7 and 4 that I would love to get out and experience the outdoors.

I have been looking on and off for awhile calibers/rifles but the past week since I found out about the hunt I have spent all my free time researching. I have some money saved up was planning on getting into reloading then into a rifle, but that got flip flopped.

I know 300 blackout can take a deer with a scope added, I would feel funy carrying around an SBR AR while every one else carries around a traditional hunting style rifle. Also I know its about accuracy but I would prefer a larger caliber in case I am a bit off. I would hate to wound and not kill a deer.

Is there any reason not to get a 6.5 Creedmoor besides price of round/rifle. I do not want to have to tinker too much after I buy it so I was looking at Tikka T3x CTR in 6.5 Creedmoor, or Tikka T3 in a smaller caliber maybe .270. I am not set on Tikka just seems to get good reviews.

I am open to any suggestions on other guns. I will need an optic and rings as well. My price max would be 2,500 but anything I save will go for ammo and saving for reloading!!!

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#6480849 - 10/04/16 04:45 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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I don't think you could go wrong with a Tikka.

I shoot a 270 for my deer hunting and love it but bc of BC I can't really go past about 600 yds. With the 6.5mm Creedmoor you could have both of best worlds. Knockdown power and long range capable gun. There are a few on here who know way more then me about the 6.5 creed but from what I've read its a great round.
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#6480854 - 10/04/16 04:46 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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If your max is $2,500 (with optics) you have a whole world in front you. You can go semi-custom, Sako, or any number of fine production bolt action rifles. The oldage, spend as much more on the scope as you did the gun - should hold true.

Also, any caliber from the 243 up to the 30 caliber mags will work for Texas hunting.

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#6480857 - 10/04/16 04:48 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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get the tikka ctr in 6.5 creedmoor and put a $1500 scope on it -- should keep you close to your max budget.
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#6480879 - 10/04/16 04:56 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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Agree on the Tikka in 6.5 but there's really no need to spend $1500 on a scope for deer hunting. There are plenty of quality optics for deer hunting for 1/3 that and you can spend the rest on ammo or even get started on your reloading. You could also visit JG for his class and Chad for the ammo and be way ahead of the game. P_102
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#6480888 - 10/04/16 05:00 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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If your hunt is in November, you need to move pretty quick. A semi custom probably won't make it in time. There are a ton of good deals in the classifieds on here right now. I've bought several guns off of this sight and all have been stand up deals. I'm also a fan of the 6.5 caliber and I've got a new .260 Rem that I may drag out this year. Its a long range rifle and super heavy, but I'll most likely be shooting from a stand, not going on some two mile stalk.
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#6480906 - 10/04/16 05:12 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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As a owner of the 6.5CM, I can attest to it's great performance. It has quickly proven itself and is my go-to rifle. If you are considering a Tikka, the best prices I have found on them is at www.grabagun.com I have made several purchases from them and they are top notch in every way. The Tikka is a fine rifle. As for the scope, P-102 gave you good advice. Unless you are talking NV, a great scope can be had for $500 or less.
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#6480912 - 10/04/16 05:14 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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Any centerfire from a .243 up will do just fine.
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#6481010 - 10/04/16 06:27 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: P_102]
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Originally Posted By: P_102
Agree on the Tikka in 6.5 but there's really no need to spend $1500 on a scope for deer hunting. There are plenty of quality optics for deer hunting for 1/3 that and you can spend the rest on ammo or even get started on your reloading. You could also visit JG for his class and Chad for the ammo and be way ahead of the game. P_102


If you go to JGFiremans class you are gonna come away wishing you had a Burris xtr ii or a NF Shv F1 or a SWFA SS 5-20. I cuss him every time I see him.
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#6481038 - 10/04/16 06:44 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: RedSnake]
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I picked up my NF NXS 5.5-22x56 for $750. Nanner nanner. bolt
Originally Posted By: RedSnake
Originally Posted By: P_102
Agree on the Tikka in 6.5 but there's really no need to spend $1500 on a scope for deer hunting. There are plenty of quality optics for deer hunting for 1/3 that and you can spend the rest on ammo or even get started on your reloading. You could also visit JG for his class and Chad for the ammo and be way ahead of the game. P_102


If you go to JGFiremans class you are gonna come away wishing you had a Burris xtr ii or a NF Shv F1 or a SWFA SS 5-20. I cuss him every time I see him.
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#6481042 - 10/04/16 06:47 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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243, 6.5 CM or 260 are more than adequate for deer. 308 is like an old pickup truck, no flash, but very reliable. Shot placement trumps power. 7-08 is a good choice. The 270 is a step up in recoil, but a classic choice for a reason. 243, 270 and 308 ammo will be on the shelf most anywhere if you need ammo in a pinch.

Tikkas shoot well, but they feel cheaply made to me. If you like CZ, they make some nice rifles. Montana Rifle Company is a very good design, essentially an improved copy of the pre-64 Win M70 and usually with good accuracy. The Mauser 12 really provides a lot of value for the price.

The SWFA SS fixed 6x is a good value choice for $300. It is unusually good quality, well beyond the price point. Beyond that, I would recommend looking for a used Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x42. They can be found for $1300, sometimes less, on ebay, amazon and hunting forums. The illuminated reticle is a very helpful tool, especially for pigs in low light. The SHV's do not have illuminated reticles.

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#6481164 - 10/04/16 08:06 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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Registered: 07/27/14
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Loc: Central Tx
Tikka t3 lite in .270. Deadly accurate. Tikka is made by sako. They get good reviews for a reason. I looked at many rifles and tikka was they way to go for me. No regrets.

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#6481185 - 10/04/16 08:24 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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Originally Posted By: akared


Is there any reason not to get a 6.5 Creedmoor besides price of round/rifle. I do not want to have to tinker too much after I buy it so I was looking at Tikka T3x CTR in 6.5 Creedmoor, or Tikka T3


There is no reason to not get a 6.5 Creedmoor.

Tikka are my favorite mass produced rifle.

I've got bolt action .223, .22-250, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7-08, 7 Rem Mag. And AR in .223 and .308. If I had to pick only one cartridge to "do-it-all" I would have to flip a coin between the 6.5 Creedmoor and 7-08. If you're not a hand-loader, 6.5 Creedmoor is absolutely the way to go!
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#6481233 - 10/04/16 09:03 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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Is Tikka importing the Creedmoor yet? Last time I looked they were not.
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#6481249 - 10/04/16 09:11 PM Re: New to rifle hunting where to start? [Re: akared]
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One of my rifles is a Tikka in 25-06. Tikka is a quality rifle and yes, it get great reviews. I'm sure you can't go wrong with a Tikka in the 6.5 Creedmore if it is available. Take a look at the ballistic for the 25-06.

As fas as scopes, one of my favorites is a Vortex HS-T 6x24 which sells for a little less than $600.00. I very happy with the Vortex brand and is a good value for the money.


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