Best deer rifle for the money?

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  1. Nov 28, 2010 #1
    JhankG

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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. Nov 29, 2010 #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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    NewBlackDak

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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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    JhankG

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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

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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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    Mudinyeri

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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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    treehugger49

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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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