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#7034757 - 01/11/18 04:01 PM Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope
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Looking to purchase a new rifle and scope for next year. Planning a desert mountains mule deer hunt here in Texas and possible aoudad. Will also be used for most other hunting I do. Looking for something not too heavy to lug around but with some weight to help with stability. Shots out to 3-400 are possibility. I would say minimum .270 caliber. Budget for the combo would like to stay under $2500
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#7034864 - 01/11/18 06:02 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Tikka 7mm-08, .30-06, .300 WSM, 7 Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag.

EGW one piece rail.
Talley Tactical rings.
Burris XTR II 3-15X or 4-20X

And that leaves room for lots of ammo.
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#7034895 - 01/11/18 06:28 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Tikka 7mm-08, .30-06, .300 WSM, 7 Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag.

EGW one piece rail.
Talley Tactical rings.
Burris XTR II 3-15X or 4-20X

And that leaves room for lots of ammo.


What he said in 30-06 flavor.

$1000 for the scope, $150 for base and rings, $150 for ammo. That leaves $1200 for the rifle, lots of good options out there


Edited by BigPig (01/11/18 06:30 PM)
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#7034919 - 01/11/18 06:42 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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This:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/legendary-arms-works-model-m704-280-ackley-improved/2711593.uts?Ntk=GunLibrary&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26Ntk%3DGunLibrary%26Ntt%3DLegendary%252Barms%26x%3D-687%26y%3D-823&Ntt=Legendary+arms

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bushnell-Elite-Tactical-Hunter-Matte-3-12x-44-G2H-FFP-Zero-Stop-LRHS-LONG-E3124H/292377871125?epid=2256044484&hash=item4413144315:g:t0kAAOSwTmtaOmoR

Rings will put you slightly over but not much...

Or:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/gun-library/firearms-sale-rack-gun-library|/pc/103792680/c/103800780/beretta-mato-dakota-action-7mm-rem-mag/2327860.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffirearms-sale-rack-gun-library%2F_%2FN-1103077%2FNo-40%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_103800780%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNP%26recordsPerPage%3D40

Same scope combo---

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#7034939 - 01/11/18 07:01 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Rem 700 CDL in .270 Win Leupold bridge-base/rings & Leupold 3x-9x scope. Get a good leather sling, scope covers & pelican case & some ammo. That pretty much hits your budget. You can save a few dollars by going cheaper on the case.

IMHO...


Edited by pertnear (01/11/18 07:06 PM)
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#7035309 - 01/12/18 05:58 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Sako A7 in 270 weighs in right at 7 lbs. cost is $1,000. A7 long range in 7 RM is going to weigh in a tad over 9 lbs. cost bumps up to $1,200. Depending on whether ease of carry or a little more horsepower is priority. Either one is going to shoot well. No need to dial elevation at 300-400 yards with either in my experience. Top it with a Z-5 Swarovski. It meets the budget and either would be a very capable rifle for your stated purpose. Quality setup that is going to perform well without any upgrades.


Edited by Smokey Bear (01/12/18 06:04 AM)
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#7035477 - 01/12/18 08:36 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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forget the Tikka

Cooper Back Country
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Perfection is the Barrett Fieldcraft with a Swarovski 3-18X50 peep
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#7035530 - 01/12/18 09:02 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Barrett Fieldcraft

Bushnell LRHS or LRTS 4.5-18. Deals can be found to stay under your budget.

And call it a day.

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#7035720 - 01/12/18 10:35 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Go take Jason's LR class 1st...and see what appeals to you AFTER you understand what it takes to hit at 800 at will ...in the wind...BRIGHT sunshine 0R dark/foggy and cloudy yadda yadda Just Sayin..don't put the cart before the horse. THEN go pick out something that you believe will do what you need it to do when you KNOW what it takes to get there...Hands ON Knowledge is King.
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#7035800 - 01/12/18 11:48 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Go take Jason's LR class 1st...and see what appeals to you AFTER you understand what it takes to hit at 800 at will ...in the wind...BRIGHT sunshine 0R dark/foggy and cloudy yadda yadda Just Sayin..don't put the cart before the horse. THEN go pick out something that you believe will do what you need it to do when you KNOW what it takes to get there...Hands ON Knowledge is King.
Ron



^^That is why I have a rental rifle/ scope/ and hand loads. It has served its' purpose many times. And every time, the man leaves with a very good idea of what he wants in a rifle and scope.

Preciate the support, Ron. up
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#7035808 - 01/12/18 11:58 AM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Go take Jason's LR class 1st...and see what appeals to you AFTER you understand what it takes to hit at 800 at will ...in the wind...BRIGHT sunshine 0R dark/foggy and cloudy yadda yadda Just Sayin..don't put the cart before the horse. THEN go pick out something that you believe will do what you need it to do when you KNOW what it takes to get there...Hands ON Knowledge is King.
Ron


I didn’t see him mention anything about “hitting 800 at will”.
Why confuse the thread?
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#7035848 - 01/12/18 12:36 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Three to four hundred yards is in the realm of some many calibers and bullet selections. I have shot many mulies that distance with a .22-.250 and a .243, but I wouldn't start recommending there. For what you are wanting, if I was going short action I would go plain vanilla 7mm-.08 or 6.5 Creed. If long action, then either a .270 or .30-'06 will be your Huckleberry. For shooting at that distance, I wouldn't worry about dialing, nor would I settle for simple subtension. I would pick another plain vanilla scope, a Burris II 3-9. Sight in the crosshairs at 200 and then on an actual range I would know where each subsequent line below the crosshairs hit.

On an actual hunt, simplicity is your friend. Know your weapon, know your load, and know your scope. When that muley jumps up and starts stotting out there, you may not have time to get out your rangefinder, dial your dope, set up and shoot. He is not there to be your living target. You need to be prepared to drop down into a supported shooting platform, guesstimate your range, and hold accordingly.

As for a rifle, I absolutely hate pushfeeds, but if I were going that way, I would go with a Howa. One piece bolt, better extractor, integral recoil lug...You aren't hunting out of a blind and your rifle will take punishment that it doesn't see on a whitetail hunt. As to rifle weight, remember that weight seems to defy logic and increase exponentially with distance walked and increases in elevation.

Spend your money on practice ammo at the range and a good pair of boots and binos. Spend your time getting to know how to shoot distance from field positions and be in shape. There aren't many benchrests in muley country and that bipod sometimes doesn't work on the side of a hill. Get a good pair of shooting sticks and learn to deploy them quickly. The actual shooting of the deer is the easy part once you are ready for it.
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#7035866 - 01/12/18 12:51 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Go take Jason's LR class 1st...and see what appeals to you AFTER you understand what it takes to hit at 800 at will ...in the wind...BRIGHT sunshine 0R dark/foggy and cloudy yadda yadda Just Sayin..don't put the cart before the horse. THEN go pick out something that you believe will do what you need it to do when you KNOW what it takes to get there...Hands ON Knowledge is King.
Ron


I didn't see him mention anything about "hitting 800 at will".
Why confuse the thread?

I think his point was to learn features and capabilities of firearms, glass, loads, and shooter then using that knowledge to determine the best configuration for his needs.....not simply to hit steel at 800 yds...... 2cents
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#7035874 - 01/12/18 01:04 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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^^That's the way I took it.

I can't remember how many times I've explained, going out to 800 on steel, makes one better prepared for 400 yard hide.
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#7035877 - 01/12/18 01:11 PM Re: Recommendations for new hunting rifle and scope [Re: jskin]
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Here's a great deal:
https://www.eurooptic.com/sako-85-black-30-06-spr-jrs1c20.aspx

They also have it in 270. That leaves you $1500 for premium glass like a Swarovski.
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