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Hello Everyone,

What type of bolt action rifle and scope you recommend I buy? This my first bolt action rifle I will be buying besides the AR 15 I have. I am not sure what caliber to get, 207,30-06, 308, etc.

My budget is $600 to $700 with scope preferably mounted

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1. Which rifle has less re-coil?
2. What are the rifle shooting distance?

I plan to hunt hog and deer in Texas up to 200 feet I believe.

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I would role a tikka. Caliber is going to cause a debate but I would get 308. Inside 200 yard they are all the same

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Why did I suspect the first suggestion would be a Tikka.


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Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmoor, Leupold VX-1 scope

No Tikka or Vortex


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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Why did I suspect the first suggestion would be a Tikka.


I am usually a Remington guy... but there qc is going down. Savage are meh to me. The Henry long ranger is the sale section could be interesting.

Tikka has developed a steady product with good results

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You could also get a Grendel upper for your ar or buy a Grendel ar

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I'd recommend a Tikka, Savage, or Ruger. All will provide excellent accuracy and everything you need for a hunting rifle. Go look at them, see which one fits you better. Caliber debate could go for days but I'm a 6.5 creedmoor fan. Others I'd look at hard are 7-08 and 308.

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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmoor, Leupold VX-1 scope

No Tikka or Vortex


Not bad. I like the Predator but make it a 308 and Weaver Fixed 4X.


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Tikka 7mm-08.

Ammo from:

dallasreloads.com/product-category/rifle-ammo/7mm-08/

If the day comes you want to go on a hunt where distances may increase, you're already set.



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Why not the 3006? Have a full range of selection from light recoil to 200 grn..

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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Why not the 3006? Have a full range of selection from light recoil to 200 grn..


Some folks are afraid of recoil.

Savage makes a package with a Nikon prostaff. Good combo for the money. .270 will always be a good round.


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I'd go Tikka, but Savage and Ruger both make a fine rifle in your price range.

Caliber....6.5 Creedmoor or 7mm-08. Both will serve you well for practically anything.

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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Why not the 3006? Have a full range of selection from light recoil to 200 grn..


I wouldn't put a new hunter amd shooter behind a long action. If they get recoil shy, they might hang it all up forever and/ or develop the flinch that equates to misses or worse, wounded animals.

Yes the .30-06 has lots of bullet options, but so does an extremely long list of other cartridges.



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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Why not the 3006? Have a full range of selection from light recoil to 200 grn..


I would avoid because itís losing popularity. Yes it covers a range. But I do not think there are many situations that you would need it. The 308 is available everywhere.

You could go with a 30-30 lever if you wanted to go old school

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Savage nikon pkg in either 6.5 cm or 270.

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Originally Posted By: Cleric
[quote=Texas Dan] Savage are meh to me.


Thanks Cleric,

What does "meh" mean?

Thanks

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Originally Posted By: Goodo Texas Boy
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[quote=Texas Dan] Savage are meh to me.


Thanks Cleric,

What does "meh" mean?

Thanks


They have been know to have issues extracting shells on some models. Their offerings just do not look compelling to me.

The ruger offering is getting some really good attention lately.

Generally at this price point the companies are similiar. You may look for a used gun to give you some more money for a scope

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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Tikka 7mm-08.

Ammo from:

dallasreloads.com/product-category/rifle-ammo/7mm-08/

If the day comes you want to go on a hunt where distances may increase, you're already set.


Thank you FiremanJG for your suggestion:

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/tikka-t3x-lite-bolt-7mm-08-remington-bolt-action-rifle Are you referring to this rifle?

How far can a 30-06, 308, or 270 shoot?

Thanks

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Savage nikon pkg in either 6.5 cm or 270.


Thank you exoticbob,

Are you referring to these two rifles below?

https://www.tombstonetactical.com/catalo...3-9x40mm-scope/

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/prod...TH+XP+270+NIKON

Does the scope help with distance of shooting?

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I would suggest going and handling as many as you can. Find one that feels right. Each manufacturer holds their stock slightly different. The fit will help with recoil. A gun that fits you well will have less felt recoil. Then pick out the cartridge. I would look at anything 243 and up.

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Originally Posted By: Goodo Texas Boy
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Tikka 7mm-08.

Ammo from:

dallasreloads.com/product-category/rifle-ammo/7mm-08/

If the day comes you want to go on a hunt where distances may increase, you're already set.


Thank you FiremanJG for your suggestion:

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/tikka-t3x-lite-bolt-7mm-08-remington-bolt-action-rifle Are you referring to this rifle?

How far can a 30-06, 308, or 270 shoot?

Thanks


That's the one. And you can find it for less money than that.

.270 is outta gas at <1000 yards.
.308 is outta gas at 1300 yards.
7mm-08, the farthest I've hit with it is 1400 yards.
.30-06, I don't know but it's in the teens like the 7mm-08.



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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG

.308 is outta gas at 1300 yards.
7mm-08, the farthest I've hit with it is 1400 yards.
.30-06, I don't know but it's in the teens like the 7mm-08.


Fireman giving 308 Win some love. rifle


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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG

.308 is outta gas at 1300 yards.
7mm-08, the farthest I've hit with it is 1400 yards.
.30-06, I don't know but it's in the teens like the 7mm-08.


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200 yards??

A marlin 30-30 will get it done all day.

If you gotta have a bolt, Iíd go with a Ruger American in .308.


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Originally Posted By: bo323
I would suggest going and handling as many as you can. Find one that feels right. Each manufacturer holds their stock slightly different. The fit will help with recoil. A gun that fits you well will have less felt recoil. Then pick out the cartridge. I would look at anything 243 and up.


This. Everyone can tell you what they would recommend. But it may not be what YOU want. Go to a gun counter, and handle as many as you can.

For basic hunting, it's hard to beat a 308 Win. If you wanted something different, a 7-08 would do fine. Even a 6.5 Creedmoor or 260 Rem will work well for hunting. There are many choices.



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