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Best deer rifle for the money?

This is a discussion on Best deer rifle for the money? within the Hunting forums, part of the Use and Training category; I am ready to purchase my first deer rifle and would like to get some suggestions on a good rifle that is inexpensive. I'll work ...


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Old 11-28-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Best deer rifle for the money?

I am ready to purchase my first deer rifle and would like to get some suggestions on a good rifle that is inexpensive. I'll work my way up to a nicer rifle if I really get into this, but for now, I just want something that works. I don't have any caliber preferences, although I guess it would be beneficial to know that I'll be hunting in the southeastern US, mainly NC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:02 AM   #2
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You really can't go wrong with a Remington 700. It was the first deer rifle I ever purchased, and still my go to come deer season. I am personally a fan of .270 win, but everybody is different.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:05 AM   #3
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We just spent a couple days hog hunting in a heavily wooded area with an AK-47, a .357 mag lever action rifle, and .41 mag lever action rifle. All 3 were plenty powerful and accurate enough for taking hogs, so they should do fine on deer. All are plenty cheap too.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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You really can't go wrong with a Remington 700. It was the first deer rifle I ever purchased, and still my go to come deer season. I am personally a fan of .270 win, but everybody is different.
Did I read something recently about the Remington 700 having an issue of going off without pulling the trigger?
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:14 AM   #5
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+1000 for the remington 700

one of the best bolt guns ever produced, reasonably priced, available in virutally every caliber chambered in a centerfire, and infanately customizeable.

i'm sure if budget was a concern they can be had at most any used marketplace - pawnshops, etc for under $500
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:28 AM   #6
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Did I read something recently about the Remington 700 having an issue of going off without pulling the trigger?
I hadn't heard...time to fire up the magic google machine.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:43 AM   #7
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As for an Entry rifle, I would look at the Savage Rifles. I think most come with scopes.
You can pick one up fairly inexpensive.

As for caliber, I wouldn't get anything less than a .270. I'd look at either a .270 or a 30.06. Those would be my choice in calibers.


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Old 11-29-2010, 07:47 AM   #8
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Savage 110. They consistently receive "best value" ratings from various publications. Mine took two deer in the last three weeks. I'd go ahead and get a .30-06. That way you can use the rifle on virtually any big game in North America should you decide to do so.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:32 AM   #9
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It's hard to beat the venerable old 30-30, particularly for hunting the woods of the southeast where, unless you are set up over a huge beanfield or power line, the shots are reasonably short.

I see new Marlin 336s for sale around here for $250. Stick a decent 4x scope on it and you've got a great hunting rifle for less than $500.
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I use a Sporterized Springer 1903A2
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