Best deer rifle for the money?

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  1. JhankG

    JhankG XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    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.
     
  2. ROCKINrafterM

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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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    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.
     
  4. JhankG

    JhankG XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    Did I read something recently about the Remington 700 having an issue of going off without pulling the trigger?
     
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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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    ROCKINrafterM XDTalk Member

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    I hadn't heard...time to fire up the magic google machine.
     
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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.


    Stay Safe.
     
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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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    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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    I own several Remington 700's in various calibers ranging from .223 to .338 RUM, have shot thousands of rounds through them and have taken a lot of game with them. The article linked to about the 700 being unsafe is BS. The 700 is as safe as any other firearm on the market. Having said that, I ALWAYS keep it pointed in a safe direction until I'm ready to kill something. I would not hesitate to buy a bazillion more 700's in any caliber. (In fact, if anyone is now afraid of the 700 due to the referenced article, just send your horribly dangerous rifle to me and I will properly dispose of it! :D )

    My recommendation for your first rifle would be a 700 ADL (synthetic stock would be a nice option) in .30-06. The ADL is affordable, accurate, and the .30-06 caliber will get the job done on any game in the lower 48 (I just took yet another elk with mine the week before Thanksgiving), and .30-06 ammo is readily available virtually anywhere in the US. I handload so my favorite caliber is the .280 Remington, which is a 7mm bullet on a .30-06 case, but to start, go with the .30-06.
     

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    I have no problems with my Remingtons, and I would buy another again in a heartbeat.

    If you are looking for best bang for your buck, check out the Marlin X7 line of rifles.
    Doesn't have the history of a Savage 110, but everything I've seen and heard about them puts them neck and neck with the Savage, with a lower price to boot.
    recent Shooting Times article on the Marlin
    older ST article

    Also Google the X7 (formerly known as the XL7 and XS7) rifles, there are a lot of great reviews on many of the gun forums.
     
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    For the $, its hard to beat an old surplus rifle. I've taken deer with my $60 Mauser with iron sights. Finding hunting loads and optic mounts can be a pain though.
     
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    I agree with the savage notion. you can get one of their entry level rifles with a scope for around 3-600. I would recommend .308 because that's ol' faithful lol.
     
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    Check any of these (bargain but great rifles).

    Savage Edge
    Marlin XL7 or XS7
    Howa 1500
    Tikka T3
    Weatherby Vanguard

    Caliber wise, I chose .308 but .270 and .30-06 should be great choices too.
     
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    I became the owner of a Weatherby Vangaurd (Howa 1500) and was really suprised by the less than 1 MOA accuracy - three shots in 3/4" at 200 yards. These rifles are in the $400 to $490 range.
     
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    Mine is a .308 Weatherby Vanguard as well and I am very pleased with it. Got it for $406 from Buds including shipping and CC upcharge.
     
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    You honestly can't beat a Mosin Nagant. They run about $65-120.

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