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I am interested in maybe purchasing mid priced deer rifle. What are the better brands and what would you all recommend?

Question by jimurray. Uploaded on April 01, 2011

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage/Steven have come a long way. I don't think you can go wrong with one of them.

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from country road wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage, Remington, Weatherby---all good guns.

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from HawkEyes wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tikka T3, Remington, Savage...... There is an abundance to choose from. I'm looking at the Tikka T3 Hunter in 7mm-08 right now for my wife. Dependable and very accurate.

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from HawkEyes wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Oh wow! Can't believe I forgot to mention Ruger!! They are built like a tank!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I've had exceptionally good luck with the Remington 700 line. They are accurate to less then MOA right out of the box and there Customer Service is fantastic, no BS service as I got from the others! As for cartridge, it's really hard to beat the 25-06 wither your a Beginner or Expert Shooter! 25-06 is like crossing the flat trajectory of a 22-250 with the knockdown power of a 270 and the recoil is very mild

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

weatherby vanguard or savage.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tikka/T3 7mm/08 Redfield 3-9+40 scope, your are ready for the Range and Deer season.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Remington Weatherby Browning

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Kimber, Winchester, Sako, Tikka, Savage. That's if you want a bolt gun, and depends on your idea of mid-priced. Remington 700s are good guns and are mostly mid-priced, but you're either paying more for the same features you would get for less with another manufacturer, or paying a lot nowadays for the same old rifle you could buy for 150 bucks brand new back in the day.

E.R. Shaw custom rifles fit into the mid price range. They use Savage actions, but they look better than Savages when they're all put together.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

All good choices, but I like the Winchester Model 70 in either the Featherweight or Sporter version.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

99 - agreed. The new M70 is a great rifle. Like the old ones that some people covet, but better.

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from Badgerfan16 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage makes really nice guns

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I class my Tikka T3 Lites as mid-price and you can't get more gun for your money. I have had or do have 5 of them and they have all been shooters and I cannot say anything but good things about them. You need to handle one to appreciate them.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I broke in the Tikka T3 lite in 7mm Rem Mag, and shooting freehand could hit the middle of plate size targets at 50 yards, it's kick isn't too bad, and it's balance is outstanding, barrel heavy guns pull forward and aren't as easy to shoot freehand, If you can shoot your deer rifle freehand without the aide of a sling chances are your going to enjoy hunting with it. Not broadside, but facing-NOT A PROBLEM-bang flop. They come in wood also, but hey there are a ton of nice guns available out there.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

All those mentioned above would be good choices. You should handle them yourself and see what really feels best to you for the money. It is a big investment and helps your confidence when you get a big shot to have one you really like. They all look and feel a little different. One not mentioned that I would highly recommend as an accurate hunting rifle is the Howa 1500. It is an improvement over the Rem action and their barrels are among the most accurate for a medium to low priced rifle. They have a cheap tupperware stock but you can glass bed them for about $30 or put a fantastic stock on them for about $200 if you want to. This is the same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard sub-MOA... both amazing hunting rifles for the money. I consider these actions to be superior to the Mark V and the Rem 700 in both reliability and accuracy.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

A Howa 1500 is a Vanguard Sub-MOA? Or is it just a Vanguard? Who in the heck would ever buy a Sub-MOA Vanguard if this was true? They're 700-800 or more. The Howa is definitely not.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

How much money are you willing to spend? There are several good deer rifles on the market today. I deer hunt with a Marlin XL7 25-06 bolt action rifle. During my first season last winter, I harvested several deer with it. It is a great firearm at an economical price. I have had no regrets. Another really good rifle that you may want to look at is the Weatherby Vanguard. I have never known of anyone to be unhappy with it.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

new winchester model 70, rem 700 is a good gun. my brother bought a kimber a few years back, its a good gun, i did some research on kimbers, only thing is they are hit or miss on accuracy. some shoot well, some dont.

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from 358normamag wrote 3 years 1 week ago

The Howa 1500 and Weatherby Vanguard is the same rifle. The Vanguard sub-moa is nothing but a Vanguard that shot a tighter group when test fired. Weatherby puts it in a Bell & Carlson stock and sells it for more money. As said the 1500 and Vanguard is a great rifle for the money.

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from shane wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Yes, but you know that a Vanguard Sub-MOA is sub-MOA, and from what I've heard, WELL under MOA. I doubt you can expect that kind of performance from the otherwise nice 1500. I'm sure they shoot well, but don't bet on .628 inch groups or anything.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

All good choices, but I like the Winchester Model 70 in either the Featherweight or Sporter version.

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from HawkEyes wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tikka T3, Remington, Savage...... There is an abundance to choose from. I'm looking at the Tikka T3 Hunter in 7mm-08 right now for my wife. Dependable and very accurate.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Tikka/T3 7mm/08 Redfield 3-9+40 scope, your are ready for the Range and Deer season.

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from Badgerfan16 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage makes really nice guns

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from country road wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage, Remington, Weatherby---all good guns.

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from HawkEyes wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Oh wow! Can't believe I forgot to mention Ruger!! They are built like a tank!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I've had exceptionally good luck with the Remington 700 line. They are accurate to less then MOA right out of the box and there Customer Service is fantastic, no BS service as I got from the others! As for cartridge, it's really hard to beat the 25-06 wither your a Beginner or Expert Shooter! 25-06 is like crossing the flat trajectory of a 22-250 with the knockdown power of a 270 and the recoil is very mild

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Remington Weatherby Browning

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Kimber, Winchester, Sako, Tikka, Savage. That's if you want a bolt gun, and depends on your idea of mid-priced. Remington 700s are good guns and are mostly mid-priced, but you're either paying more for the same features you would get for less with another manufacturer, or paying a lot nowadays for the same old rifle you could buy for 150 bucks brand new back in the day.

E.R. Shaw custom rifles fit into the mid price range. They use Savage actions, but they look better than Savages when they're all put together.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

99 - agreed. The new M70 is a great rifle. Like the old ones that some people covet, but better.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I class my Tikka T3 Lites as mid-price and you can't get more gun for your money. I have had or do have 5 of them and they have all been shooters and I cannot say anything but good things about them. You need to handle one to appreciate them.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

How much money are you willing to spend? There are several good deer rifles on the market today. I deer hunt with a Marlin XL7 25-06 bolt action rifle. During my first season last winter, I harvested several deer with it. It is a great firearm at an economical price. I have had no regrets. Another really good rifle that you may want to look at is the Weatherby Vanguard. I have never known of anyone to be unhappy with it.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

Savage/Steven have come a long way. I don't think you can go wrong with one of them.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

weatherby vanguard or savage.

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I broke in the Tikka T3 lite in 7mm Rem Mag, and shooting freehand could hit the middle of plate size targets at 50 yards, it's kick isn't too bad, and it's balance is outstanding, barrel heavy guns pull forward and aren't as easy to shoot freehand, If you can shoot your deer rifle freehand without the aide of a sling chances are your going to enjoy hunting with it. Not broadside, but facing-NOT A PROBLEM-bang flop. They come in wood also, but hey there are a ton of nice guns available out there.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

All those mentioned above would be good choices. You should handle them yourself and see what really feels best to you for the money. It is a big investment and helps your confidence when you get a big shot to have one you really like. They all look and feel a little different. One not mentioned that I would highly recommend as an accurate hunting rifle is the Howa 1500. It is an improvement over the Rem action and their barrels are among the most accurate for a medium to low priced rifle. They have a cheap tupperware stock but you can glass bed them for about $30 or put a fantastic stock on them for about $200 if you want to. This is the same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard sub-MOA... both amazing hunting rifles for the money. I consider these actions to be superior to the Mark V and the Rem 700 in both reliability and accuracy.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

A Howa 1500 is a Vanguard Sub-MOA? Or is it just a Vanguard? Who in the heck would ever buy a Sub-MOA Vanguard if this was true? They're 700-800 or more. The Howa is definitely not.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

new winchester model 70, rem 700 is a good gun. my brother bought a kimber a few years back, its a good gun, i did some research on kimbers, only thing is they are hit or miss on accuracy. some shoot well, some dont.

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from 358normamag wrote 3 years 1 week ago

The Howa 1500 and Weatherby Vanguard is the same rifle. The Vanguard sub-moa is nothing but a Vanguard that shot a tighter group when test fired. Weatherby puts it in a Bell & Carlson stock and sells it for more money. As said the 1500 and Vanguard is a great rifle for the money.

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from shane wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Yes, but you know that a Vanguard Sub-MOA is sub-MOA, and from what I've heard, WELL under MOA. I doubt you can expect that kind of performance from the otherwise nice 1500. I'm sure they shoot well, but don't bet on .628 inch groups or anything.

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