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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-24-2010, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help me decide what hunting rifle to buy

I'm not a gun expert by any means but I would like to get into hunting this year. What caliber rifle should I get for deer/elk/bear? Should I go .270, .308 or 30-06? I'm also looking to spend around 300-400. Can anybody suggest a good straight shooting gun for this price range?

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Can't go wrong with any of those calibers, I own all three. I've never bear hunted but if I did I would take some big like a 416 Weatherby. The hell with bears, sum bitches will eat you.
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Any of those are great deer cartridges. If you are hunting elk then you will need atleast a 7mm or 300 win mag. For bear you will need even bigger.
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remington sps varmint in .308

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I'm pretty sure David's got an M-60 for sale
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.30-06 will do what you want with the right bullet selection, but only if your going for black bears I wouldn't recomend it for the bigger brown bears though.
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At least for me. I don't wanna screw around with something like that.

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lol at the M60.

Here are a few good budget guns. Out of these choices what would you guys perfer? Remember this will be my first "hunting" rifle. I've only owned a few cheapy guns including an SKS and hipoint 380 pistol.

http://www.academy.com/index.php?pag...345-01883-3504

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30-06 or .308 work fine on black bear with heavy loads (220 gr) and the regular (150 or 165 gr) loads are good for deer.
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If you can swing it I would go with the Weatherby .308 you listed. It will be a little lighter and easier to carry than the 30-06 due to the shorter length action, also easier/faster to reload.....It also will hold its value a little better than the others.

Don't forget a decent scope/mount/boresighting will add another couple hundred or more though....
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I'd say .30-06 if you were reloading. You could easily load it to work like a smaller caliber then load it hotter with a heavier bullet for larger game.

Other calibers you could look at are 7mm-08, .280, 7mm, 8mm

No, you don't need magnums for Elk. Elk were taken for decades before the current magnum craze.

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30-06 or .308 work fine on black bear with heavy loads (220 gr) and the regular (150 or 165 gr) loads are good for deer.
I don't think there are any factory .308 rounds biggest I've seen is 180.
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Any of those are great deer cartridges. If you are hunting elk then you will need atleast a 7mm or 300 win mag. For bear you will need even bigger.
You seriously don't know what you're talking about.

There have been plenty of elk taken with the 3 calibers the OP listed. Bigger is not always better. Shot placement is key when hunting any animal.

To the OP: I would also look into the 7mm-08. It will be good for all that you have listed. Assuming you are talking about Black Bear and not Brown/Grizzly/Kodiak...

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This is my completely bias and one-sided post.

I would recommend a Remington model 700 in .308. It's the only rifle I've shot that is one of the calibers you listed.
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lol at the M60.

Here are a few good budget guns. Out of these choices what would you guys perfer?
I have the 30-06 Mossberg ATR. Shoots perfectly straight, but expect to have to buy a scope. The scope on it is horrible and you PROBABLY won't be able to hold the rifle in a comfortable manner AND see through the scope which will affect your accuracy. There are no iron sites on it either. However, the bolt action is smooth enough and so forth. It does not misfire and so forth.

Otherwise, I use it every year and most times it is snowing and/or raining (PA mountains) and I have it out there for 12 hours at a pop. Just keep it oiled and clean and the barrel on it will be fine. You don't NEED the fancy stainless barrels and so forth.

Unloading it is a little pain in the ass compared to higher end rifles. However, for a rifle that'll put the 1 bullet where you need it - it will work fine.

I've seen decent black bear dropped with smaller calibers. Hell, I've heard stories of buck being dropped with .22LR rounds at close range by poachers back in the day. Shot placement is important.

Again, you can get shot placement with the cheaper rifles. You'll just have to spend SOME money as budget allows. (scope...etc)

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