Best first rifle

From the .22 to the mighty 50 caliber

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Postby skybuster20ga » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:12 am

get yerself a 30-06. yo9u can shoot anyhting from 55 gr. on yotes to 180-220 gr on the real big stuff and a wide variety in between. and if you dont like it you can always sell an '06 w/ no problems
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Postby under-ice » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:12 am

wow,
kinda surprised that no one said a .243?
that was my very first rifle i have ever shot.
and imo a very good beginer gun.
light, fair take down power and little to no recoil.
perfect gun for whitetails. i can out shoot the guys with 270's and -06's because they always flinch when the pull the trigger.
n'ways i own and love my M77 ruger .243
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Postby skybuster20ga » Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:27 am

they always flinch??? doesnt say much for them i guess.
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Postby under-ice » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:12 am

well an 06 and 270s are not to easy on the shoulder. thats why i think a 243 whould be good for whites and piggys.
just my .02 cents
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Postby fowl_wishes » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:51 pm

skybuster20ga wrote:they always flinch??? doesnt say much for them i guess.


I would say that 90% of all hunters and shooters flinch. It is just to a wide range of degrees. I know that i flinch when i shoot a large bore pistol/ But it is not to the point that i lose a massive amount of accuracy. And after practice (a "wam-up" so to speak) the flinching stops.

But msot hunters dont shoot their guns enough to get used to them. Now you and everyone you know might never flinch. but out of the entire population of hunters, you and your partners are a very small percentage.
Shoot'em close. Less to pick.

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Postby skybuster20ga » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:01 pm

i didnt say everyone i know so dont put words in my mouth partner. in fact my brother is one of the worst but like you did mention they dont shoot enough. i shoot most of my deer w/ a .35 whelen or a 350 magnum and i dont find my self to be flinching. i also wasnt started out w/ a 30 bore either. i had a 22 rem for years before i was bumped to a 7-08 then i got an 06. flinching was never an issue
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Postby fowl_wishes » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:35 pm

Wasn't tryin to put words in your mouth. Was in a hurry and didnt mean for it to come across that way.



But my vote is still for a .30-06. It is not a "soft" shooter to most people. but it is not a shoulder blaster either. And it is a lot more useful that some other calibers.
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Postby muddydog » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:47 am

Ive had some .243 rifles that had perceived recoil almost as bad as some 30.06. It has alot to do with stock design I think. If a person is sensitive to recoil they should stay with a smaller caliber for sure! Shoot as big a gun as you can ACCURATELY! I shoot a 30.06.
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Postby under-ice » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:28 pm

wow a 243 that kicks more then a -06? what kinda 243 was it? maybe its just from my lack of experiance shooting large caliber guns that makes me think the 270s kick so bad.
i shot a remington auto -06 and a winchester bolt 270. and my ruger 243.
and i think the 270 was the worst by far but maybe it was just the gun causing it to kick so bad.
well my other advice is if your able to ask some of ur buddys to shoot some big guns they have? see how you like those and see how well they shoot.
that will give you a good idea of what there like.
a 243 will be good for deer and hog. but if you were to get into bigger stuff like elk or small bear you may need a 270 or 06.
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Postby muddydog » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:35 pm

Rem. Model 7 in .243 . mine will frog the crap out of you! And Im not recoil sensitive and weigh 250. I am in no way trying to say a .243 is a kicker but in some rifles there is little difference between it and a bigger caliber.
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