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#6763080 - 05/13/17 10:16 AM Rifle suggestions
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Howdy,

I am new to the sport of hunting and hope to go this fall. I have some experience with pistols, but almost none with rifles and I am currently researching what I should get. The only rifle I have shot a bit is my old ruger 10/22, and a model 94 Winchester in .357.

Based on the reading I have done online I believe a rifle in .308 is best for me. (Low kick, affordable, easy to find, and powerful enough for what I want to do.) I live in East Texas and will probably do most of my hunting within 5 hours of Houston. I primarily want to hunt deer and hogs, although I have family in the mountain west and would love to do an elk hunt with them one day and want my rifle to be able to do this as well. I don't want to own a bunch of different guns. (My wife says I already have too many hand guns.) I haven't hunted before, so I don't know, but I plan on doing a lot of hiking with the weapon since I don't know any good spots, I will have to find them, so I think a lighter rifle that I can put a sling on is good. I want it to be reasonably accurate, but I am neither a sniper or sharpshooter, so I may not need the most accurate rifle. I would like to mount a good quality scope on it. I have read barrel length can create more power, so I also want it to be strong enough to kill game humanely. I also want something that is good quality and a nice gun, yet I don't want so much invested in it that I am too worried about it in the field. I would like it to be rugged enough to throw in the back of the truck, and hopefully last long enough to give it to my son one day.

I know that is quite a bit and may not be possible, but I would really like to hear y'all's input on this. Thanks.

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#6763083 - 05/13/17 10:24 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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For what your wanting, can't go wrong with a Savage rifle.the cheapest (but still quality) model in .308 would be the model 11. But they have alot of nicer models too. And I believe they have a lightweight hunter model too, but I'm not sure. I'd expect to spend $300 or more on a quality scope. They get much much more expensive, but a lower end leupold, zeiss (if you find a good sale), or even a good quality Nikon (prostaff 7 or monarch) would all do just fine for you. Decent scope rings will run you $50-$75. In that price range I'm partial to warne, for about $100 I really like my TPS rings. Should be able to do it all for $700 or less without doing to much shopping for the best deals.
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#6763084 - 05/13/17 10:27 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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Savage, Weatherby Vanguard, Howa, Tikka and others all make good, accurate bolt rifles. Find a good shop that has a good selection and shoulder some and see how they fit and feel to you. Pick the one that feels the best an is in your price range.
Don't forget to look for a decent scope, base and rings set.
The 308 is a great all-around caliber for your intended uses. Welcome to the habit!
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#6763094 - 05/13/17 10:37 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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There are many good choices in both rifles and calibers. Typically these thread extended for 20 or 30 suggestions and the usual suspects range from the .25-06 to the .30-06, and included the Creedmoor, the 7mm-08 and the .308. All are excellent choices, but I would suggest picking a caliber for which you can buy cheap ammo at your local Wal-mart, if only for low cost and convenience.

That out of the way, I would also suggest adding to your planned scope budget, preferably doubling it . Spend what you spend on your rifle, but without fail invest in a quality scope.
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#6763108 - 05/13/17 11:06 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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The scope actually may be more important for me than the rifle. I forgot to mention a fairly major problem that I have. I am left eye dominant, but shoot right handed. (Although I do archery left handed with out a problem, probably because someone had the foresight to teach me that way as a child.) I went to an eye doctor once and thought I had a problem with my right eye, and he told me it was 20/20, the problem is my left eye is 20/10, twice better than normal, and this actually kind of bothers me when shooting a rifle. It doesn't bother me at all with a pistol to shoot both eyes open, the geometry doesn't really effect my stance or shot, I guess it is a very minor [censored] of the head at that point. With a rifle, I've got to close my left eye (which I don't like), or [censored] my head way over the stock to put my dominant eye in position. I don't know if anyone else has an issue like this, or possibly with a really good scope, I will just be ok with closing my left eye...

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#6763113 - 05/13/17 11:21 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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Here is an add in the classified section with two nice .308's that fit your bill.....saw them a few minutes after reading your post and thought I'd pass them along......not sure what other hunting rifles are for sale...had just started browsing...

Good luck!


http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...r_rifles#UNREAD
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#6763121 - 05/13/17 11:37 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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.308 is a great choice. Everybody needs at least one .308. Tons of ammo available, for the non-handloader, that will shoot very consistently. Light, fast bullets for varmints, 178 gr bullets for large game. It would kill an elk, if you're close enough.

Tikka T-3 Light is my standard answer. I've not found an action of equal quality for the same price. I've got two of them, and am about to have two more. They just flat out work. I've worn out several Savages.

I highly recommend you keep shooting with the dominant eye, and buy a left hand rifle. It will work better for you, I promise. I too am left handed.

My argument is always this, shoot off hand, kneeling, or seated, i.e. field positions. Fire a shot, maintain sight picture, cycle the bolt, and fire another shot. It's physically impossible to do with the bolt hand on the wrong side. If your close enough, you can come to my range and shoot one of my LH bolt actions, and see and feel for yourself.
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#6763125 - 05/13/17 11:40 AM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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Oh, and do not short cut scope base and rings. They are as important as the foundation on a house. They are what marry two precision machines together.

And plan to spend at least as much on the scope as you do the rifle. Great rifles will shoot terribly with a terrible scope mounted to them.
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#6763149 - 05/13/17 12:18 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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My problem is I am left eyed, but right handed...

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#6763150 - 05/13/17 12:18 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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So I guess I've got to pick my poison something won't feel right either way...

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#6763157 - 05/13/17 12:25 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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Question that has nothing to do with 308 rifles. How do you know which eye is dominant?

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#6763163 - 05/13/17 12:32 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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Originally Posted By: Texaspilot
My problem is I am left eyed, but right handed...


Shoot with the dominant eye. You can make the hands and arms do anything, you cannot control the eyes. A person could learn to write just as legibly with either hand if they wanted to. I know some people that can.
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#6763164 - 05/13/17 12:34 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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How do you know which eye is dominant?

Put your hands together, palms away from you, with stretched out arms together. Look through the circle you make with your thumbs and pointing finger areas on both hands, move hands closer together till you have a small hole in the center that you can see through. Focus on an object at a distance. Close one eye, if you can still see the object, that is your dominant eye. If you cannot see it then that one is not your dominant eye.
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#6763179 - 05/13/17 01:09 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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We need to how much your wife will allow you to spend first

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#6763194 - 05/13/17 01:25 PM Re: Rifle suggestions [Re: Texaspilot]
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If you're on a budget you could pick this one up at Wal Mart (or find one in .308), sell the scope for 50 bucks, and put a Leupold 3-9 VX1 or 2 on it. A solid little package that will last you a lifetime.


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