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looking at getting a rifle soon

Postby Montanafowler » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:16 pm

hey all, i'm looking at getting my first rifle soon because i'm going to get into big game hunting when i move. i've never owned a rifle before, but i want to get something that is capable of taking all types of big game found in the northwest. i was thinking maybe a .308 but wanted to know what the experienced rifle owners would suggest. thanks in advance :thumbsup:

i'm just getting info now, i won't be buying for a year or two.
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Postby vital_kill » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:50 pm

can't go wrong with a 308, 270, or 3006. Others to consider are 7mm-08, 280, 270wsm, 300 wsm, 300 win, 7mm mag, 7mm wsm.

My go to rifle is a 270 winchester. Pair that with 150 nosler partitions and I am set. My back up is a 30-06 with 180 partitions.
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Postby Skip0ls » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:15 pm

vital_kill wrote:can't go wrong with a 308, 270, or 3006. Others to consider are 7mm-08, 280, 270wsm, 300 wsm, 300 win, 7mm mag, 7mm wsm.

My go to rifle is a 270 winchester. Pair that with 150 nosler partitions and I am set. My back up is a 30-06 with 180 partitions.


agreed 100% with those 2 loads, there's not much out there you can't kill very effectively.
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Postby Sagebrush » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:05 pm

for all game...................

150 gr .270 minimum or big game like Elk with the top custom bullets. The 130 has killed many a mule deer for me over the years
and 99.8% were one shot kills.

My 30-06 with 150 pills is great for deer and BIG game under 300
yards, however a 165 is minimal for Elk in my opinion, where the 180 will have plenty of evergy. The 220 bullet is a great close range
stopper.

All the larger Mags and 300's will also work but a larger recoil will
come with the gun, unless you add a lot of add ons to the gun.

If you like other hunters,dogs etc. don't get a ported muzzle brake !!
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Postby don taylor » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:34 pm

If only one, a 7mm.
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Postby GroundSwatter » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:12 pm

For one gun, I would choose a 30-06. Its one of the most versatile rounds out there. 150 GR bullets for white tails and even up to 180 grain bullets for larger game. I believe you can go even larger if you hand load.

Not to mention that you can buy 30-06 ammo off the shelf anywhere in the world.
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Postby JustinNH » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:29 pm

Id go with the 06. I have an 03A3 and love it.
7mm is nice too. My friend and his father each dropped a moose in one shot with it last year and the year before.
.270 is nice all around too, but I prefer an '06
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Postby bgoldhunter » Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:06 pm

don taylor wrote:If only one, a 7mm.


Amen.
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Postby jrockncash » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:53 am

Find out what kind of hunting you are going to be doing. If its brush and heavy timber get a brush gun. If its wide open and canyons get a 7mm or .308. "When hunting big game a mans marksmenship is measured on how far and how close he can kill. The greatest of which being the later." Thats a summarized quote from a great man.

After talking to you for awhile now I think you may like the historical aspect of a Levergun. Nevermind the effectivness.

Marlin 1895 in 45-70. I can PM you a pic of one of my guns and some loads if you want to reload for it.

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Postby GroundSwatter » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:05 am

jrockncash wrote:Find out what kind of hunting you are going to be doing. If its brush and heavy timber get a brush gun. If its wide open and canyons get a 7mm or .308. "When hunting big game a mans marksmenship is measured on how far and how close he can kill. The greatest of which being the later." Thats a summarized quote from a great man.

After talking to you for awhile now I think you may like the historical aspect of a Levergun. Nevermind the effectivness.

Marlin 1895 in 45-70. I can PM you a pic of one of my guns and some loads if you want to reload for it.

Good luck.


Suggesting a 45-70. I would expect nothing less coming from a man with a Teddy Roosevelt Avatar.

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