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Question by Fabio. Uploaded on July 29, 2010
I noticed you asked about turkey hunting a few minutes ago, so with that in mind, you might could look into getting a Remington 870 Express Combo. It comes with a rifled barrel that you can mount a scope on and comes with a regular field barrel.
A lot depends on the age and size of the person getting the starter rifle. An older, larger person can handle a heavier rifle and more recoil than a lightly built youngster. A Rem. Model 700 in .270 is a place to start and you can go either heavier or lighter depending on the circumstances---7mm-08 or .243 for smaller on to .30-06 or 7mm mag. for larger.
.243, 30-30, 25-06, managed recoil in .270 or 30-06. I shot my first deer with a Rem 700 in .270.
I know people who swear that a .243 is all ye need.
Around here,with all the Bears and Cougars, ya gotta have an '06 derivative, at least.
Gotta Remington 7600 Pump in .280 Remington.
Not my first choice, but the trade wuz driven by economic circumstances and it became available.
The 7600's, it turns out, are notorious for precision shooting.
And they're dirt cheap.
They gots rotating 6-lug bolts and free-floating barrels.
Mine shoots sub-MOA and has the power of a 7mm Remington.
Guess I would have to recommend it.
Something you can start with (and STAY with) that's relatively light in recoil would be the .260 Rem. I'd recommend the .250 Savage as a cartridge, but I'm not aware of an easily affordable rifle chambered for the .250.
IMO a great first deer rifle would be a Marlin 336 in 30/30. They're easy to shoot, won't beat you to death with recoil, and are good brush guns. Best of all they aren't real expensive.
I agree with pbhunter1217, if cost is an issue use the 870 with sabot ammo which are accurate amd effective. The 870 would also be great for turkey. If you must have a rifle then go with, as others suggested, a 30-06 or one of its derivatives. I like the 30-06 as ammo for it is available everywhere that sells ammo and it is very effective on deer as well as other game.
IMHO~ the Savage,Remington,Mossberg,Weatherby,Marlin.
This is my pick, All are Good deer rounds, We need more Info,your state, age,to help you,Bolt,Lever,Pump,
IMHO, this can be touchy. With due consideration to the physical stature of the new hunter/shooter, you want to provide them with enough energy for clean, humane, quick kills that will build confidence, but not so much energy (recoil, muzzle blast) that they're afraid of the weapon. I've never been a fan of the .24's, and I saw both of her feet come off the ground literally when my daughter shot my .308 at an early age, so that limits one to the .257 Roberts, .260, 7mm Mauser, .30-30 Winchester, to name a few. To me it's a lot like that first car, I see no reason to start a kid out with a Ferrarri, let them start on a Civic and work their way up, learning along the way.
30/06 in case your in big cat ,hawg or bear country.
My 8 year old son and 12 yr. old daughter shoot a youth H&R .243 exceptionally well. I carry it occasionally just because it packs so light, and it's hell on deer. I've always longed for a .25-06, and it will be the caliber I buy my kids when they outgrow the youth gun. I shoot a .270 Win. model 70, and LOVE it. There's always the 06, and you can never go wrong with one of those. Like stated above, depends on your age/size.
I started out with a .243. Good gun and not much kick!
My suggestion would be a bolt action rifle in 7-08 Remington or .260 Remington. If you are slight of stature perhaps one of the many youth models available.
Anything that you can shoot very accurately will make a good deer rifle, as long as it's not a huge african size caliber.
a 308 is a good one, it doesn't have to much recoil (14 foot pounds in a 8 pound weapon), and has enough power to take down everything from coyotes to moose and elk.
A bolt action .243 Win. Mild recoil and less temptation to compensate for bad shooting with firepower.
243,30-30,270, or the 870 combo
.308- In a good bolt action rifle with a 3X9X40 quality scope. A good starter rifle and a good finisher rifle.
i use a 30/30 it will take them down just like the big guns do i have used one for years.
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