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If you could choose one rifle, what would it be? I'm also looking to get a good shotgun for beginners.

Question by rocketman121. Uploaded on May 20, 2009

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from jeffo52284 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

AS far as the rifle goes I would check out the article on the winchester model 70. For a shotgun i would get a remmington 870 express, a friend of mine just bought one and it is his first. it shot great right out of the box and seems to be a great gun. it is fairly inexpense but is a great gun for the price

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from KingFisher907 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

are you asking about caliber or model?

caliber-wise, the 30.06 has killed more things than smallpox, from grizzly to pronghorn and everything in between...

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

ok. Thanks. I have a 870, and love it! I was looking to get another gun for when I take other people hunting with me.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Tikka T3 or Remington 700 for a rifle, Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 for a shotgun.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Rifle- Winchester/Browning( in .30-06)
Shtgun- Mossberg 835

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from snuffy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Hands down .30-06! Not my favorite but for selection of cartridges and diversity of game as well as ease of finding ammo it has to be the .30-06 I guess winchester model 7.

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from jay wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Sako 85 in .30-06.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

My rifle is a Weatherby Vanguard .270 WSM. I was just curious what else was out there. Thanks!

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

30-06 or 300 Winchester.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

If I could only have 2 guns:

Ruger M77 Hawkeye Left hand in 30/06

Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel.

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from PotterMan96 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I would go with a 30-06

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I’ve helped countless of shooters and I have found the Remington 700 is the most reliable and most accurate rifle out of the box. If you’re going for Elk, I would pick the 30-06 and if Monster Mule Deer is the largest on your ticket, the 25-06 is the bet for those extreme shots and easy to find at any Wal-Mart etc and a bet lighter on the wallet too!

O'Ya,

Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Ruger m77 in 7mm
Remington 870

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Weatherby Mark V lightweight sporter in .30-06

Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun, 26 or 28" barrel.

All excellent choices posted above.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

By the way, a 190 grain 30-06 is flatter shooting and harder hitting than a 175 7mm Rem Mag evan at 1000 yards!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Kimber in 30-06 and Benelli SBE will cover the most types of game with only 2 guns.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Clay my M700 350 rem mag right out of the box would not eject if you cycled the bolt with any speed. Though you probably are right about M700's overall.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

If elk are not on the ticket but everything else in the lower 48 states is on the ticket, I go with the 25-06. It has exceptionally low recoil to get you started right and phenominal performance on everything from gophers to deer. A great varmint rifle and among fastest of them. I live for speed and it has served me well for over 45 years. The Rem 700 is a good choice.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Sorry... forgot the shotgun... Rem 870 for beginners and finishers.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

How about a good old Savage Model 24 and have both a shotgun and a rifle in the same gun! I have a .22/410 but they came in all sorts of caliber/ gauge combinations. I saw one in .22 hornet over 20 gauge that looked like it would take nearly anything.

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from Idahoeditor wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Ignore advice. The right rifle is a purely individual choice, dictated by where and what you'll hunt.
Start by finding (in the library, online, or at a gun show) "The Hunting Rifle" by Jack O'Connor.
With no disrespect to the current Field & Stream gun maven, O'Connor's advice is timeless because:
A. He clearly explains the whole question (caliber/action/ammunition)
B. He had a little common sense about price (My major beef with F&S is it too often acts as though a $1,500 rifle makes sense in most hunters' universes.
C.He's not long-winded. The book is an evening's read.
I know less about shotguns than I do about rifles, but I can vouch for the durability of a plastic-stock .870, which I've used for everything from sporting clays (I'm serious. I was on an all-pumps team) to Geese. Shotgun experts will have to tell you what book to read. If you must have engraving and wood and all that, a lot of local gunners bought and love their Huglu (spelling?) shotguns from Turkey. Very favorable price for fancy add-ons.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Idahoeditor, you are right. I already have a rifle I am happy with. I was just curious what other people liked. The 870 is a great gun, and has served me well. I wasn't asking for advice.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 270. I would not trade it for anything. I would not hesitate for a second to shoot a moose with it. It's light enough to carry all day. I have a Leupold 4 x 33 scope on it. Best set up I've ever owned. I don't have a shot gun.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

kimber montana.....i dont believe anyone when they tell me they dont care how heavy their rifle is..in my mind lighter is better

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

For a shotgun get a Maverick 88 from sports athurity that goes for about 250$.

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from shane mcelroy wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

i just got a remington spr 310 and its the best shotgun i have ever owned! inexpensive and great quality!as far as rifles i dont use one so im not sure on that

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Give me my Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM . I have a huge array of bullets to load in it from lite to heavy. It is a pleasure to shoot ,super accurate, and lite enough to carry all day. Topped with a Nikon Buckmaster scope it is a fine rig. I couldn't want for anything else.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

are you asking about caliber or model?

caliber-wise, the 30.06 has killed more things than smallpox, from grizzly to pronghorn and everything in between...

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from jeffo52284 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

AS far as the rifle goes I would check out the article on the winchester model 70. For a shotgun i would get a remmington 870 express, a friend of mine just bought one and it is his first. it shot great right out of the box and seems to be a great gun. it is fairly inexpense but is a great gun for the price

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

ok. Thanks. I have a 870, and love it! I was looking to get another gun for when I take other people hunting with me.

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from Idahoeditor wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Ignore advice. The right rifle is a purely individual choice, dictated by where and what you'll hunt.
Start by finding (in the library, online, or at a gun show) "The Hunting Rifle" by Jack O'Connor.
With no disrespect to the current Field & Stream gun maven, O'Connor's advice is timeless because:
A. He clearly explains the whole question (caliber/action/ammunition)
B. He had a little common sense about price (My major beef with F&S is it too often acts as though a $1,500 rifle makes sense in most hunters' universes.
C.He's not long-winded. The book is an evening's read.
I know less about shotguns than I do about rifles, but I can vouch for the durability of a plastic-stock .870, which I've used for everything from sporting clays (I'm serious. I was on an all-pumps team) to Geese. Shotgun experts will have to tell you what book to read. If you must have engraving and wood and all that, a lot of local gunners bought and love their Huglu (spelling?) shotguns from Turkey. Very favorable price for fancy add-ons.

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

For a shotgun get a Maverick 88 from sports athurity that goes for about 250$.

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from shane mcelroy wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

i just got a remington spr 310 and its the best shotgun i have ever owned! inexpensive and great quality!as far as rifles i dont use one so im not sure on that

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Tikka T3 or Remington 700 for a rifle, Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 for a shotgun.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Rifle- Winchester/Browning( in .30-06)
Shtgun- Mossberg 835

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from snuffy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Hands down .30-06! Not my favorite but for selection of cartridges and diversity of game as well as ease of finding ammo it has to be the .30-06 I guess winchester model 7.

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from jay wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Sako 85 in .30-06.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

My rifle is a Weatherby Vanguard .270 WSM. I was just curious what else was out there. Thanks!

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

30-06 or 300 Winchester.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

If I could only have 2 guns:

Ruger M77 Hawkeye Left hand in 30/06

Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel.

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from PotterMan96 wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I would go with a 30-06

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I’ve helped countless of shooters and I have found the Remington 700 is the most reliable and most accurate rifle out of the box. If you’re going for Elk, I would pick the 30-06 and if Monster Mule Deer is the largest on your ticket, the 25-06 is the bet for those extreme shots and easy to find at any Wal-Mart etc and a bet lighter on the wallet too!

O'Ya,

Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Ruger m77 in 7mm
Remington 870

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Weatherby Mark V lightweight sporter in .30-06

Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun, 26 or 28" barrel.

All excellent choices posted above.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

By the way, a 190 grain 30-06 is flatter shooting and harder hitting than a 175 7mm Rem Mag evan at 1000 yards!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Kimber in 30-06 and Benelli SBE will cover the most types of game with only 2 guns.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Clay my M700 350 rem mag right out of the box would not eject if you cycled the bolt with any speed. Though you probably are right about M700's overall.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

If elk are not on the ticket but everything else in the lower 48 states is on the ticket, I go with the 25-06. It has exceptionally low recoil to get you started right and phenominal performance on everything from gophers to deer. A great varmint rifle and among fastest of them. I live for speed and it has served me well for over 45 years. The Rem 700 is a good choice.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Sorry... forgot the shotgun... Rem 870 for beginners and finishers.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

How about a good old Savage Model 24 and have both a shotgun and a rifle in the same gun! I have a .22/410 but they came in all sorts of caliber/ gauge combinations. I saw one in .22 hornet over 20 gauge that looked like it would take nearly anything.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Idahoeditor, you are right. I already have a rifle I am happy with. I was just curious what other people liked. The 870 is a great gun, and has served me well. I wasn't asking for advice.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from IanS wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 270. I would not trade it for anything. I would not hesitate for a second to shoot a moose with it. It's light enough to carry all day. I have a Leupold 4 x 33 scope on it. Best set up I've ever owned. I don't have a shot gun.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

kimber montana.....i dont believe anyone when they tell me they dont care how heavy their rifle is..in my mind lighter is better

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

Give me my Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM . I have a huge array of bullets to load in it from lite to heavy. It is a pleasure to shoot ,super accurate, and lite enough to carry all day. Topped with a Nikon Buckmaster scope it is a fine rig. I couldn't want for anything else.

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