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Old 08-17-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
 
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Today someone asked me to recommend a "reasonably priced deer rifle" to them as a first centerfire caliber rifle. Nominal experienced shooter looking to deer hunt for the first time this year. Of course I'm thinking AR10 or Arsenal SGL 21-94 but I digress as these are probably not included in his definition of "reasonable". What would you recommend to someone asking you this question?

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You certainly can't go wrong with a winchester or marlin levergun, results or price. I have used Landtec custom bolt systems down to my last deer with a Glock 35 in 40s&w(short and wimpy). Next will probably be a AK of some sort! lol Geno
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Pick yourself up a nice Winchester model 94 in 30-30. Great gun, ammo is everywhere and pretty cheap. I use mine all the time. Its a lot of fun working the lever and ripping off ammo as fast as I can.
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The Stevens line of Savage bolt guns
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Dicks has Remington 770 in 30-06 and .270 for $319.99 with a 3x9x40 scope
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H&R Handi Rifle in 243. Around $200 or a Remington 770.
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A used 700 or new 770 would be my recommendation.
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Going to make a list of recommendations. Will include those and I run a Winchester M70 Ultimate Shadow in 308. I'll put that on there too. More recommendations and thought? Still waiting for Wash's sks suggestion...... ha ha.
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That's a good price Gundoc.
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^^^^Check out the new line Savage has out called Axis.........I don't have first hand experience with these specific rifles but nothing but good to say about Savage in general........$259 is hard to pass up......I've seen the 270 with scope in local store for $299 NIB
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I would recommend a Marlin XL7 or XS7 for those wanting to hunt on a budget.
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Dicks has Remington 770 in 30-06 and .270 for $319.99 with a 3x9x40 scope
That is a nice price, but I have read some things about the 770 that are not too complimentary lately. Anyone have experience with these?

Ironically, I find myself in the same market lately, looking for a nice, but inexpensive deer rifle. I do hear good things about the Stevens rifles. Mostly comments indicating that they are very upgradeable and comparable to the Savage rifles.
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Savage. Good rifles priced right.
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30-06. Savage.
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Great deal on a great rifle!
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Savage Axis in .270 with scope NIB $299 at Sporters Express in Etown!
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my first deer rifle was a Remington 700 in 243, great gun, very nice looking to, and they are nicely priced. There are so many 700's out there that there will be something he likes, just tell him to go to Remingtons site and browse all there 700 models and see which one he prefers.

As for caliber its more of a personal preference but anything from a 243 to a 30-06 would be good for a first rifle, you could go bigger but its not necessary(especially for cheap and reasonable), and you don't want less than a 243. A 308 would be a great round, because since it is also a military caliber some ammo tends to be cheaper than most all other center fire hunting rounds.

So a rem 700 in 308, gunbroker list many 308 700's under $600, and 308 will be more affordable to shoot than most all other center fire rounds.

you could save money on a savage but a 700 is a nice gun for just a bit more, so I would shoot for that.

I also recommend the 700 because it has a long lasting positive reputation, and if he wants to resell it in the future the 700 would probably go faster that whatever is today's budget rifle(and since this is his first rifle he may very well "change in mind" once he gets some hunting experience), I made a mistake of starting my gun collection off buying what ever cheap stuff I could find for sale, biggest mistake ever.

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what about something like an old M44, very inexpensive, and incredibly accurate to the distances we have to shoot in central kentucky. In all honesty around here with all these trees you really don't need much more than a 30/30. In most cases a 30-06 is fairly overpowered. However for a very inexperienced shooter I think something where follow up shots could be easily and quicky made would be a good idea. Best option IMO is a Marlin 336 30/30. Scope mounts easily, and is very accurate with no more recoil than a bb gun.
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Depends on how much money one whats to spend, the age and size of the individual.
If it's something they want to try I would go with a lever action 30-30, good knock down power, accurate and can be used in the brush.
If they plan on keep the gun for the range or investment reasons.
I would recommend a Remington 700 in 308, 7mm mag or 300 win mag.
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Just got a catalog in the mail with that in it....I'm tempted to go get one...a scoped bolt action is something I need in my collection and that is a sweet price
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I'd go with the Marlin 336 in 30/30. That is a sweet rifle and scoped it would be fabulus for hunting deer. Very smooth action and consistantly popular for it's dependability and accuracy.
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