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#6989335 - 12/08/17 10:37 PM Next rifle...hit me
procraft05 Offline
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Registered: 02/25/10
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Keep in mind, this is a 99 percent a deer rifle w a 300 yard max. Most are under 150, last years buck was a hair over 200. This years was 75-80 yards.

I shot 2 hogs this year w a .17 hmr, i felt it was kinda like bow hunting. 40-50 yard head shots. So, it's a whitetail gun...
Here's where I am at.

I hunted with a .270 now for years but feel like I want to get back to 30-06 but 7-08 it's pulling me hard.

If it's a bolt gun, it will be a Tikka.

But, in the back of my mind I want an AR-10 variant.

$1500 gun and scope is my budget.

What way y'all goin?
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#6989398 - 12/09/17 12:30 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
kmon1 Offline
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I really like the 7mm-08 especially if you reload. Tikka 7mm-08 would be my choice. But never owned a 30-06. going AR10 you can get a 7mm-08 but might be getting tight on the budget
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#6989409 - 12/09/17 03:02 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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If you Have a 270 3006 is terrible.
Anything but a 3006 or 3030

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#6989418 - 12/09/17 04:05 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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AR10 in 6.5 Creedmoor

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#6989438 - 12/09/17 06:10 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: bronco71]
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Originally Posted By: bronco71
AR10 in 6.5 Creedmoor


Or 7mm-08. Either one checks lots of boxes for you.
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#6989440 - 12/09/17 06:17 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
glb1955 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/11
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either the 6.5 or 7mm-08. I have an AR-10 in 6.5 and it is a good shooter. My Tikka 7mm-08 is also a good shooting rifle. Can't go wrong with either.

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#6989513 - 12/09/17 07:38 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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30-06 is terrible vs a 270? Not sure what makes that so. 06 has more bullet selection rifle selection and kills just as far and probaly killed more animals than any other round in existence.... although the Creedmoor will probaly hold that record by next week wink
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#6989569 - 12/09/17 08:44 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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.260....

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#6989595 - 12/09/17 09:01 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
RHutch Offline
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Registered: 05/25/13
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Loc: Frisco
Based on your OP, any quality large frame AR is going to eat your budget, leaving no room for a scope worth it's salt.
A Tikka bolt gun allows for mounts and decent glass.
Any short action cartridge based on the 308 case has plenty of gas to kill deer well past your expected maximum range. Bullet and placement mean much more than headstamp.
7-08, 6.5 Creed, 260 or 308...maybe even in that order...is where I'd be looking. I shoot all 4.
No physical need for any long action cartridge in a deer-specific rifle.

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#6989603 - 12/09/17 09:06 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: Brother in-law]
RHutch Offline
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Registered: 05/25/13
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
If you Have a 270 3006 is terrible.
Anything but a 3006 or 3030


I used to hold that opinion of the '06 until I recently picked one up. While boring, it is a versatile cartridge and mine is a soft shooter. Could be a one gun battery for all of North America.

Like you though, not a 30/30 fan or lever gun fan in general. Different strokes....

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#6989609 - 12/09/17 09:11 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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Ar ten to me is heavy I love my six eight buddy just bought a lwrc six eight in burnt bronze IT is sweet and

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#6989615 - 12/09/17 09:16 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
Obi Wan Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 56
Loc: N. Texas
#1 7mm-08. Good availability of factory ammo. Great performance. Good on deer and elk to your max range and probably farther.

Very Close #2 6.5 Creedmoor. Factory ammo becoming more and more available. Good on deer and elk to your max range and probably farther.

both shoot 140 gr with authority. Can go down to 120 in both of need be. Can go up a little if need be, but the 140 gr shines in both.

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#6989635 - 12/09/17 09:35 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
Can't kill a whitetail with ANY of those. You need a .340 Weatherby.
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#6989660 - 12/09/17 10:08 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: procraft05]
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A 7mm-08 Tikka is a great choice and will meet all of your criteria while leaving budget for a fine scope.

I think BIL (aka Princess) must have had a bad experience with 30-06. violin
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#6989661 - 12/09/17 10:11 AM Re: Next rifle...hit me [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
Can't kill a whitetail with ANY of those. You need a .378 Weatherby.


FTFY

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