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BLM
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Deer Rifle
Tried searching and didn’t find what I was looking for. I’m looking to buy my first deer rifle. Primarily a duck/bird hunter, but I have a place in north LA where I plan to start shooting some deer. Shots will be anywhere from 50yrds to probably 300yds max. Been thinking a 30-06 or 7mm mag for my first gun, but want a little input from people that know. Will hunt mainly deer with it in LA and GA. What say you?

I have an old 60’s 30-30 Winchester that my grandpa used to shoot. Iron sights, but I killed a doe with it last year which was really rewarding. Just figure it’s time to step it up and want something I can accurately shoot at more than 50-75yds.

Don’t mind spending in the $1,000-$2,000 range to get a forever gun. Thx in advance.


Marlbud
Member since Jun 2017
632 posts

re: Deer Rifle
270 bolt gun with good optics. Nothing wrong with 30-06 or 7mm either.


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No Colors
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Member since Sep 2010
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You really don't need a 7mm mag or a 30-06 unless you plan to do a lot of shooting in the 200-300 yard range. Anything 250 and closer the 270 will be perfectly adequate and will be more pleasant to shoot.

The only other thing I would suggest is that if your camp, or family, or hunting buddies all shoot the same caliber, then you should too. Makes it easier when someone forgets their bullets.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Caliber: .270, .30-06, or .308

All are readily available from all rifle manufacturers and have huge ammo selections at any store that sells ammo. All are great deer killers.

Rifle: just pick one that has the features you like. They all shoot well these days. I like Tikka rifles in the $700 price range.

Scope: This is where you get exactly what you pay for. $200 is generally considered the minimum for a “good” scope although you can get something that will work for less. For me, $500 is where the “premium” stuff starts (leupold VX3, Meopta Meopro, Low end Ziess). The top end is limitless and you can easily blow your whole budget on a scope.

My setup: Tikka T3 lite stainless in .30-06, leupold VX3i 2.5-8x36 with weaver rings.


REB BEER
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re: Deer Rifle
Pretty sound advice right there


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Marlbud
Member since Jun 2017
632 posts

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I shoot really well and it's been 30 years since I shot a rifle that I thought hampered my ability. Nowadays they are all good.


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ZacAttack
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Deer Rifle
Just do what downshift said. Lol

If you aren’t opposed to buying something used and old find a Winchester Model 70 made before 1964. You should be able to get a nice one in your price range.


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257WBY
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.308, 7mm-08, or 6.5 Creedmoor. Flat shooting, hard hitting, and mild recoil. A .30-06 or 7 mag are wonderful, but will have a bit more recoil. Mild recoil is your friend as you get used to shooting your rifle.
Are you hunting in the hills or the delta?


Rize
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Member since Sep 2011
7241 posts

re: Deer Rifle
Sako A7 Roughtech Stock $1098


Sako A7


Swaro Z-3 4-12x50 $829


Any one of the more popular calibers will work fine.
30/06
.270
.308
25/06
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Boston911
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Member since Dec 2013
723 posts

re: Deer Rifle
I’ve got a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .270, with a Nikon 3x9, gun is in 98% condition, I have another one and this one is a safe queen. If your interested send me your email address and I’ll send you pics and price, FYI it’s less than your budget.


ZacAttack
Mississippi St. Fan
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Member since Oct 2012
6416 posts

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OP should just buy this


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10MTNTiger
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Deer Rifle
Ruger American.

I don't know why you would need to spend upwards of a thousand bucks for a hunting rifle. Plenty of fantastic Ruger M77 Mk II's, Winchester M70, Remington 700s and others that can give you decades of rock solid hunting performance for $500 or less. Especially considering you want to hunt piney woods whitetails with it.



BLM
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ATL
Member since Oct 2011
412 posts

re: Deer Rifle
Hunting delta country in Louisiana and mainly hills in GA. Would guess I’d never shoot more than 200 in GA. Could have longer shots in LA but wouldnt take them until I got comfortable shooting at longer distances which would take some time since I primarily duck hunt.


BLM
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Member since Oct 2011
412 posts

re: Deer Rifle
This sounds like what I should do.

Is there a PM function on here or just post my email up on this thread?


BLM
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Deer Rifle
Don’t want to spend more than I need...just want a quality gun/optics setup that will suite my somewhat limited deer hunting needs. Will deer hunt more now that I have the opportunity, but I’ll never deer hunt as much as I duck hunt.


NimbleCat
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Look at the HOWA 1500 with Hogue Stock. It is an aluminum block stock with a hogue overmold on it. It will shoot Sub-MOA (at least mine does). It has a three position safety, so you can load, unload, run the bolt without worrying about a misfire. There are kits with a scope already on or just get the rifle and save even more.

Look on Bud's Gun Shop to see what is out there.

This is the Weatherby Vanguard if anyone doesn't already know.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Well the most practical option is to go buy an H&R handi rifle in .35 Whelen and get a good $500 scope for it. You’ll be able to hunt primitive season with it in Louisiana, you’ll have an extremely capable deer rifle, it’s very affordable, and if you ever get the opportunity to go elk hunt you’ll already have a gun for it. That whole setup would run you about $800, with the scope costing twice as much as the rifle.


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257WBY
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Member since Feb 2014
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Delta country can get long real quick. I hunt CRP roads and field edges. I’ll shoot either my 300 WBY or 257 WBY. I know what both do out to 500 yards. Other than shooting my rifles, the most important thing I do is to set my stands up with sandbags and have an elbow rest. Makes a world of difference even at 200 yards.
If you get a new rifle, make sure the scope is mounted properly. A lot of accuaracy is lost on a poorly mounted scope.


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biggsc
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re: Deer Rifle
Would those calibers be great to use for Big Game besides deer?


tke857
UTEP Fan
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: Deer Rifle
I switch between 270 and 308 bolt action.


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