Best Deer Hunting Rifle?

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  1. mudder

    mudder Senior Refuge Member

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    What is your opinion on the best deer hunting rifle for the money. I need to buy an extra gun for my 16 year old and he handles a 30-06 just fine.

    I have a Rem 760 and love it, but have heard some mixed reviews on the 740 or 7400, which seem to be readily available used. It does not need to be 30-06 but I am a little lost on the other calibers.

    Looking to spend $400 to maybe $1000 and would like a semi auto to lessen the kick for him.

    We typically hunt in the north woods and rarely have a shot over 100 yards.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. cootmeurer

    cootmeurer Elite Refuge Member

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    Savage 110/111/112/etc... Right out of the box one of the most accurate rifles out there. Do not buy the savage axis!!!
     
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    Sportdog 7 Senior Refuge Member

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    No doubt the Savage 110 is a tack driver, and very inexpensive to boot. not sure its still offered though. I won mine and sold it, it was chambered for 30-06 it sure was a decent shooter! Replaced it 12 yrs. ago with a Remington Model 7 in 308 another great shooter that's compact and lightweight. As a spare I also have a Rem. 700 in 30-06 with a synth. stock that will amaze you with its accuracy!
     
  4. Boomerzuma

    Boomerzuma Senior Refuge Member

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    Check out a Tikka. Pretty darn nice rifle for the money! There is certainly endless options in you price range.
     
  5. WoodieSC

    WoodieSC North/South Carolina Flyway Forum Moderator Flyway Manager

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    If 'he handles a 30-06 just fine...", but you're looking for "a semi-auto to lessen the kick for him"... why not drop back to a .270 and widen your potential source of fine guns by adding the bolt-actions?

    The .270 is an outstanding cartridge and is maybe 20%(?) less recoil than the 30-06. Another outstanding cartridge is the 7mm-08, which will do anything you want it to do in North America short of maybe taking a grizzly bear and has substantially less recoil than an '06. I've got them both, and the '06 never sees any action unless I have a visitor who needs a gun to shoot.

    That being said, the Savage 111 is highly rated for out-of-the-box accuracy, the Remington Model 700 or Model 7 (compact 700 so-to-speak), or the Tikka in any caliber. I personally have the Model 7 in 7mm-08, and two Tikka's, and am happy with all of them. If I still had my Model 700 in .270 I'd also be happy with it.

    You could also stick with the 30-06 and give him 'Reduced Recoil' loads like the ones Remington offers in their Core Lokt bullets.

    So pick a rifle that fits him and he'll like and then just pick one of the three or four calibers for which you can get good ammo in your area (the 7mm-08 will be the most limited).

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  6. dakndug

    dakndug Moderator Moderator

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    The Tikka is a great rifle, very accurate. I would get him a bolt. You have so many more options gun wise, and they are without problems mostly. If you really want less kick than the 06, why not go with the 25-06. Its a great caliber and can be gotten in most guns. The 25 shoots very flat and can be loaded up to 120 gr. The round is capable through elk but is a really sweet deer round and loaded down to 87gr it's an awesome coyote/varmint gun. The 25, you can pull the trigger, see the yote flop then feel the light recoil it's fast.

    Doug
     
  7. SteveH

    SteveH Senior Refuge Member

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    A good portion of your decision should maybe be based on the availablity of certain caliber ammo. I like the .308 but it is almost impossible for find even a basic box of Rem Cor Lokts. 30-06 seems much more available, as does .270 and .243.
     
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    If your looking for a semi-auto a browning bar would be a good choice. Lots of calibers to choose from. As mentioned before .270 is flat shooting and hits hard.
     
  9. MissedAgain

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    In my middle years I went from a 30-06 to a 243 to a 357 magnum bolt rifle. Now I carry a 5.5 pound gun that doesn't recoil much and is pretty quiet. I think it was my midlife crisis. ;)

    Ruger has a 44 mag bolt action - tack driver and good to 150 yards. I almost got one to go with my 357 mag.

    You are shooting deer, not elephants and grizzlies. There are a ton of options but the most common ammo would be 30-06, 270, 308, 243

    What about the cowboy actions? Levers are cool. .35 Rem, 30-30, and others

    You can also step over into the Mini-30 with the 7.62x39 (?? I think that's what it is). That'll kill a deer.

    OR you can look at the AR style guns - I'd go 308 in those. The 223 is a small bullet.

    Take your son out looking with you, explain the options and see what he wants.
     
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    TIMBER RUNNER Senior Refuge Member

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    I would suggest 7mm-08 caliber wise it mirrors the 308 but ammo iswas available all year when most others was not. I personally love lever action rifes
     

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