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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2010, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Deer rifle

As the title says I am looking for a decent deer rifle in like a 243 cal what brands and scopes do you all recomend not wanting to spend a lot but for the right deal I will spend up to $800.00
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How serious of a hunter are you? How often will you use it?
Any reason the .243? It is a decent round, a lot of deer have been taken with it, but for a full sized adult male there are better options out there.

An $800 budget will get you a decent entry level rig.

Remmington 700 ADL
Weatherby VG1
Thompson Center Venture
Howa 1500
Savage 111
Savage Edge
Tikka

New - Best bet on rifle for pricing is Academy or Walmart.


Optics look at Nikon, maybe check the sample list at SWFA:
http://www.samplelist.com/Riflescopes-C4.aspx#Nikon
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Cabelas had a whole rack full of Stevens rifles with Camo Synthetic stocks and Bushnell 3-9x40 scopes already mounted. I think they were less than $400 brand new...

Stevens is made by Savage. It's basically their economy line so you don't get the accutrigger but they are just as accurate as the Savage rifles...

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Cabelas had a whole rack full of Stevens rifles with Camo Synthetic stocks and Bushnell 3-9x40 scopes already mounted. I think they were less than $400 brand new...

Stevens is made by Savage. It's basically their economy line so you don't get the accutrigger but they are just as accurate as the Savage rifles...
Yep, and this is the last year of them. They are being replaced by the Savage Edge.


If he has $800 budget I would step it up a little bit from the Stevens. IF you want to go the cheap route get you a $200 Stevens from Academy and spend a little more on a decent scope....
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If he has $800 budget I would step it up a little bit from the Stevens. IF you want to go the cheap route get you a $200 Stevens from Academy and spend a little more on a decent scope....
And still have enough for a 2nd, say...30-30 for hog and what not.

Kind of partial to the 270 myself.
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The reason for the 243 cal is when I was a young teen used to go hunting a lot and that is what I used and I still feel comftorbal with I just have not shot a lot of 30-30 or 30-06 or 270.
The other reason for the 243 cal is I went hunting last year and borrowed a buddys gun and thats what it was felt like I was at home droped the deer on the spot.
I do not like the look of the synthetic stock but could live with it I really like the look of the sekios but I think they are out of my price range.
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The reason for the 243 cal is when I was a young teen used to go hunting a lot and that is what I used and I still feel comftorbal with I just have not shot a lot of 30-30 or 30-06 or 270.
The other reason for the 243 cal is I went hunting last year and borrowed a buddys gun and thats what it was felt like I was at home droped the deer on the spot.
I do not like the look of the synthetic stock but could live with it I really like the look of the sekios but I think they are out of my price range.

If you are talking about felt recoil energy you could step up to a 25-06 or 7-08 and the recoil in your shoulder is not going to be THAT much difference, +/- 3 - 4 pounds.
Sakos are nice, but yeah $2000+

No synthetics check out the Weatherby Sporter


Buds has them listed at $564, I think Walmart was the same price.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/52728

Then this scope and you are golden
http://www.samplelist.com/Nikon-45-1...MO-B-P763.aspx

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7mm-08 is the greatest deer round known to man. Cabela's has Stevens 200's, Savage Edges, and Remington 700ADL's in scoped combos, all $450 or less.

Give me a dollar.
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I'm of the opinion that Mossberg makes a solid rifle that shoots straight. Spend 200-300 on a decent scope and voila, done.

Now, if you get into the expensive ass stainless barrels and all that, it is another story. Bang for the buck though is a Mossberg with a good scope. (Just my opinion)

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I'm of the opinion that Mossberg makes a solid rifle that shoots straight. Spend 200-300 on a decent scope and voila, done.

Now, if you get into the expensive ass stainless barrels and all that, it is another story. Bang for the buck though is a Mossberg with a good scope. (Just my opinion)
Sorry, I have to disagree. I think the ATRs are crap. I have a Mossberg 935 12g and it has been decent, but I think their quality has gone in the shitter.

On the cheap the Stevens/Edge can not be beat, or go with the Savage 111fxp combo.

Personally for $800 I would go with the Vangard sporter in 7-08 and the Nikon Buckmaster I posted above.
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Sorry, I have to disagree. I think the ATRs are crap. I have a Mossberg 935 12g and it has been decent, but I think their quality has gone in the shitter.

On the cheap the Stevens/Edge can not be beat, or go with the Savage 111fxp combo.

Personally for $800 I would go with the Vangard sporter in 7-08 and the Nikon Buckmaster I posted above.
Fair enough, my experience is that if I'm shooting right the bullet goes where it should. I'm not really sure what more is needed, but to each their own on that one. (Mine is only 3-4 years old, so dunno what timeframe you're referring to with "gone.")

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Tikka's have one of the smoothest actions out there.
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Tikka's have one of the smoothest actions out there.
Yep, they are nice guns, kinda Sako-ish looking.

.243 Tikka T3 $622 and a Nikon Pro Staff would put him at his $800 budget.



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You should buy the Savage 116fss in the gun section brand new 500 and buy the nikon previously suggested. Just my opinion ..............and my gun. Save 150 bucks
over anybodies price and get the Accutrigger. although 7mm mag is a little more
than .243. Just another option.
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You should buy the Savage 116fss in the gun section brand new 500 and buy the nikon previously suggested. Just my opinion ..............and my gun. Save 150 bucks
over anybodies price and get the Accutrigger. although 7mm mag is a little more
than .243. Just another option.
A little more? Felt recoil on a 243 is about 7 pounds where a 7mm is just shy of 20. If he is wanting the 243 for the light kick and shot a 7 mag I am pretty sure he would give up hunting....

List your Savage on TexasHuntingForum.com you would have better luck there....
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Yep, they are nice guns, kinda Sako-ish looking.
Yeah, considering they are made by Sako just like Stevens is made by Savage...

I do love my Tikka T3 - .308. It's my rifle of choice when out hunting.

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