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Question by joshbrady. Uploaded on September 22, 2009
i would try a winchester 270. also consider the 30-06.
You have alot of options for 400-500. And many different cal. I'l look for something in 30-06 or 270 like pakerfan said. And if later on you want to hunt other amimals, such as elk, bear, hog etc. those will both work. Ammo for them are pretty easy to find and there both proven cal's. For a brand, Savage, Winchester, Remington, and there are a few others.
I personally have not shot a deer, but I can tell you that I have shot my 30-06 enought that I can hit a 3in disc at 100 yards standing easily and with confidence. I have taken an 800+ yard shot at a stup and nailed it.
Use really good ammo after you get zeroed on paper.
Zero True with the ammo that you will use and stick to it.
and squeeze, Plow!!!
By the way I forgot to mention that it is a Savage and I got it for 380 bucks complete with a factory bore sighted scope.
Marlin XL7 new $299.00 270,25-06,243, 30-06,7mm or
stevens modell 200 new $318.00 270,243,25-06,30-06,7mm, 300 win mag
i own a stevens 25-06 and a marlin XL7 270 both are greate rifles for the price
Where are you hunting? In heavy cover or brush, close little trees or low branches, I use a Marlin 336 in .35Rem (30-30Win is more common) with open sights. You're not going to see far enough for that 100yd+ ammo, and the shorter barrel keeps you from getting hung up. You loose that advantage with the new Marlin models with the long barrels they developed to shoot the LeveRevolution ammo from Hornandy. Over fields or in mature forest, I use a Remington bolt in 30-06 with a 3-9x40 scope. Open space gives you more time to settle into a steady rest to compensate for the distance. I chose 30-06 as my upper limit. I don't care to shoot anything that kicks more than that, and it'll do the job on big northern deer, and anything else I'd ever hunt. .270Win and .280Rem (if you want something less common) are still plenty big with plenty of reach. As you go south, the average deer is smaller, and you're wearing thinner clothes, so smaller caliber makes sense both ways: .260Rem, 7mm, 25-06Rem, 6mm, down to about .243Win. Really, think about your terrain, the relative size of the deer, and check out the ballistics tables on an ammo manufaturer website. Some rounds are more expensive than others, just because of demand, so you might want to choose something that's popular where you shop. There are lots of articles on this subject, too. Aside from length and chambering, there's other features: I like the Ruger 3position safety, though I don't own one. I've had my Remington open up while I was carrying it slung - the safety slid off when it contacted the flat lid of my Nalgeen bottle, then the bolt handle got caught on a pocket of my vest. It happened on my son's Weatherby, too. I think it could happen with any sliding safety. (We carry our water on the opposite side now.)
Savage 111 or Stevens 200, Marlin XL7 in any .24 to .30 caliber should be perfect for deer and in that $range
Any Winchester Model 70. I think this is the best model you can get for the money.
My brother-in-law has one of those Savage combo deals in 30-06. It's not the prettiest thing to look at but it's very accurate and dependable. The scope is descent. Try that in 30-06, 270 or 243.
I have a Tikka T3 270 and believe me the 270 is a fantastic caliber for deer. I would not hesitate to shoot a moose with mine.
One thing to add...
If you do buy a combo deal in anything I don't think the scope would be super quality so I would definitely avoid a real heavy recoiling rifle. Stick with a 243 or 270, especillay if all you want to hunt is deer.
Like I said my brother in law has a 30-06 which dosen't kick much harder than my 270 but if the scope isn't all that great it may not last as long as it could.
There are so many great rifles for 400-500, whay not go a couple more and get a truely outstanding nail driver. Try Savages Mark VII rifle that David Petzel wrote about a couple of months ago, this is what I'd buy if I had not just bought a new rifle.
In that price range, I have to go with the Savage. They have a number of models in that price range that are outstanding guns capable of anything found in rifles at twice that price. Depending what you want in the gun will sway the model number but they're all great guns coming from Savage these days.
I recently went with a friend of mine that hunts with me to choose a good elk and deer gun. We looked at three primary choices, the Remington model 770, the Savage, and the Remington model 700. They were all priced about the same, between the $300 to $500 price range, and all three were combo buys as well as 7mm mags. The biggest flaw, and not a small flaw, was that on the Savage and the Model 700, the bolt handle, when flipped to it's open position would pinch my thumb against the scope. My first thought was that the scope needed to be adjusted in the mounts. After looking at it for a little bit I noticed that you would not be able to move the scope anywhere that it would not pinch your thumb to the scope. The bolt on these two rifles open to the 1 to 2 o'clock position, while the 770 opens to a pretty good 3 o'clock. I also found the optics on the 770 were nice as well. It was much easier to acquire an easy sight picture through its scope as opposed to the Savage and 700. But what really got me was the bolts. The design of the bolt on the Savage and 700 has the possibility to greatly reduce the shooter's effeciency behind the weapon.
Shooter0914's observation about the bolt may be true, but when I cycle the action on my 700, I do not grip the bolt handle with my thumb. I leave my hand open and use the hollow of my palm to lift and open, then the heel of my palm to close and lower it. I think leaving the hand open puts the finger in better position to find the trigger for a fast follow-up. Maybe I got the idea from cycling a lever-action, where you'd pinch your thumb if you didn't keep it out of the way.
i would go for a remington or ruger mark 3.the mossberg 100 atr rifles are god , i have one.got it for about 270$good ,accurate rifle.it seems it dont kick as bad as most (in 30-06)for about 600$ you can get a thompson center encore.grandpa has one.great gun.the new tc ventures are suppossed to be good too.
Tikka T3 in 300 WSM synthetic stock, blued barrel.$399 CAN'T BEAT IT. IT IS A TACK DRIVER RIGHT OUT THE BOX.
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