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The best bolt-action deer rifles of all time? Here are nine of the most popular rifles in recent history? Is yours on there?
Wow! Russ you are my hero!! finally, a writer who appreciates the quality of a firearm for its performance not its price tag.I have hunted with a savage 110e 30-06 for many years and I will back you up on their accuracy and reliability. My 110e has never failed to fire-ever- and I've used it in terrible weather. I wouldn't trade my savage for a Vangard sub-moa for anything!!
i think it is the remington 700 i have multiple calibers in this rifle. they have never failed me. my dad and i went to canada in 40 degrees below zero on a caribou hunt and they fired every shot and the accuracy with a good scope is second to none
For walking upper Michigan woods and clearings I'd add the Remington Model 7. Sako's are so smooth and well made that I just love to hold them and run the bolt back and forth - as sexy as a rifle gets. I had a Tikka .270Win that was so accurate with factory Fail Safes that I never bothered reloading for it. Hollow stock made too much noise when still hunting, though. I've heard others complain but the trigger on my Ruger 77 was just fine.
Remington Model 700. No Contest.
They aren't the prettiest guns but I have 2 savage 110E that I love.
Yep Mr. Fischer, the Remington 700.
This was my first year hunting with my Rem. 700 and I love it. It is a little odd going from iron sights to a scope but I am sure that I will make the adjustment.
Remington Model 700 243 Winchester
Ruger 243 is my choice
Purely subjective opinions, but I have a catalogue of great memories with the following:
Winchester Model 70 Lightweight carbine in .250 Savage,
Remington Model 600 in .308 Win.,
Ruger Model 77 International in .243 Win.,
Remington Model 700 in .30-"06,
Model 1909 Argentine Mauser rebarreled to 6.5x55mm Swede,
Remington Model 7 in 7mm-08, and a
Ruger #1 RSI in 7x57mm Mauser.
The best bolt action deer rifles have a lever that wraps around the trigger...
Savage 110 series. Tough and accurate. In the new incarnation with the accutrigger and accustock, they are probably the best value out there.
Browning x-bolt i just got one and makes the perfect rifle for stil hunting deer
I would repeat the words of my old deceased friend Bud Brewer who always said "Hell any rifle is a deer rifle" but I won't so as not to offend some of you. His point was that given proper shooting skills, the ability to stalk, and using bullets of good construction in the right place (same old stuff we all say and repeat) is what it takes to get the job done. The rifle and caliber matter little. I'll stick with the .25-06 or .270 or .30-06 or 7mm-08 or 6.5 x 55 or ...
One additional thought, what if we all hunted with M-94 in .30-30? No scope, no gadgets, nothing else, would we be better hunters or would we just wound more deer or perhaps come home and boil the tag? Think about it.
Tikka T3 Hunter in .270 Win. My first deer rifle and it is a shooter. Does anyone have any expierience with Remington 798? Bass Pro has one in .30-06 and another in .243 with a decent scope for $500. Thinking about the .243 as a deer/varming gun.
Savage 110. It isn't pretty but it's one of the most accurate rifles you can buy. I prefer the flat shooting 270.
I love my 03-A3!
I too can vouch for the Savage 110. I have one in .243 that I've owned for about ten years now...dropped a lot of deer with that rig. Most of the bluing is worn from the barrel and the bold handle is slivery but it's still a tack driver. I'm also a big fan of the Ruger M77 Hawkeye series...I own two of these...a .308 Winchester and a .338 Winchester Magnum. Excellent rifles.
A 7mm/08 Ruger M77 is my favorite deer rifle. My dad has the new Hawkeye in the same caliber and has been very pleased. I've read a lot of negative about the M77's trigger, which is mostly true, but it is an easy fix and any compitent gunsmith can do it well. The Ruger action is also one of the more solid actions being built by a large factory in my opinion.
I just test fired a T/C Icon that a friend bought- best rifle that I have ever had in my hands.
Rem 700 BDL in 30-06 cal is my choice, fitted with a good scope, you just can't beat it for price and accuracy.
I like my ol' Savage .243. Reliable and very effective.
A good .270 or 30-06 always works well too.
My Remington 700 is my absolute favorite. It has such a smooth action and works flawlessly every time. VERY accurate and very affordable. They are easy to clean and maintain which is less than can be said for other deer rifles.
I have bolt guns from Winchester, Remmington,Ruger, and Tikka.-- they are all good guns. Now that I'm retired I have a chance to do lots of shooting at the range. Reloading is a great hobby. Try it---you'll like it.
I don't know about actual model but the caliber is probably 30-06
My Savage 111 made the list!
I love my Tikka T3 30-06. Great price, smooth bolt action and accurate as hell.
Gotta go remington model 7 in 7mm-08
remington 722 in 257 roberts
I get plenty of deer like this, or pronghorns, or sheep.
Hell the 7mm-08 is super light too and what can you say bad about the model 7
My Savage 110 in .30-06 predates the Accutrigger and Accustock by about 30 years, but it's dead on year in and year out. Pretty homely though.
Since no one has commented on the Browning A-Bolt, I'll throw my hat in the ring. Short bolt-throw (60 degrees), top o' tang safety, and a box magazine. - What's not to love? (unless perhaps it could be the smoothness of the bolt travel is not as polished as a M-700)
Weatherby Mark V Lightweight Sporter .30-06
The Savage 110 gets my vote@ Mine is a 1980's manufactured .270win caliber that I had changed the factory stock to a laminate(Boyd)stock a few years ago. It has, and will, take game I bet longer then I will be drinking beer while watching baseball...I know the Rem 700 has a loyal following that is very well deserved, but I don't have the experience with it give it the BIG VOTE of confidence
Savage rifles will do it all at a very resonable price.Period.
I know this will set some off(I'm sorry). I HATE the safty's on the 700's(accident waiting to happen/i've seen it).
That being said I've got the Mod.70(pre-64)in .30-06(three position safty), and a Browning A-bolt(top safty as said). You ALWAYS know if the safty is on, on one of these model's.
I have never had a problem with a Remington factory safety, but I had mine converted to a 3 -position wing safety on the bolt like a Win Mod 70 and Ruger 77 Mk II , and others. David Gentry Custom guns over in Belgrade, Montana does that conversion or will sell the parts for your gunsmith to install.
The Weatherby Mark V has the best safety in my book. On the bolt, takes a rotating thumb movement to disengage, positive and quiet. It would be very hard to accidentally bump it off safe.
I'm not that wild about the tang safety on A-Bolt's or the old Ruger M-77 I haveeither, but to each his own.
I agree completly with Bill Fischer
I like the idea of everyone just having a .30-30. My '94 is in .32 Win Special, though. My Marlin 336 is in .35 Rem.. I would like one in .30-30, if only for the cheap ammo.
A Remington 600 is hard to beat as bolt guns for deer go. Mine is in .308. Short barrel, laminated stock, very accurate, super handy. It's perfect for VT mountains, has the range to shoot across the valley, but is nice and short for the thick stuff.
I like my ruger m77 mk II's the best.
For hunting rifles I have always liked the Pre64 Winchester and the 98 Mauser actions. I like the positive controlled feed system. For shooting tight groups I prefer the Rem. 700 short action.
BEEN SHOOTING REM 25-06, MY SON'S GUN NOW. I PURCHASED A NEW SAVAGE 270WSM THIS SPRING. ANXIOUS TO TRY IT ON DEER AND HOGS THIS FALL. IT SEEMS TO SHOOT WELL. LOVE THE ACCUTRIGGER. THE 25-06 REM. IS A FABULOUS SHOOTING GUN.
savage 111 in 30-06 is a great rifle
Tikka T3 270 win. I bought one this last Christmas. It's a tack driver. Like they guaranteed I can get 1" groups at 100 yards. The safety is waht I like, on or off. No way to mistake that big red dot! The action is great and it is nice and lght to carry around. I have no complaints about it at all!
My 270 is the only T3 I have ever shot so recoil is obviously not an issue but I would be curious how a big mag like a 338 would kick. Light weight usually dosen't reduce recoil!
I put a Nice Leupold scope on it withe the Sako built Optilock Extra Low rings and bases and it is the best setup I could imagine.
The Winchester model 70 (Before they moved from New Haven) tops 'em all
Long live the Ruger 77, thank you, Bill Ruger.
Gentlemen: I live in NH and have been hunting whitetails & black bear for almost forty years now. I have taken 47 whitetails & seven black bear between NH, VT, & Maine, all with my 32 winchester spl and I have "never" lost a deer or bear with this little gem. And, I have "never" had a deer go more then twenty five yards after the shot. Almost all of the deer I have taken dropped right in there tracks and shots have been anywhere from fifteen to one hundred yards. I also own a Rem.30-06 Win.270 and a .300 Savage 99 that where my dads. All three are great deer guns but not for me. I can not tell you how many times I have helped someone over the years track a deer they wounded after being shot with a .06 .243 7mm some of those deer went a mile after the shot. Gentlemen please remember these two words if you will, "SHOT PLACEMENT".
i use a winchester .30/06
I use a Springfield .30/06 that dates back to WWI
I use my grandfathers remington 700 out of the custom shop at remington. it's chambered in 30-06 and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I've taken my deer with it and when I target shoot it sometimes I pull a robin hood with a bullet
my32spl-Nice hunting record, my friend!
You bring up a very important issue in shot placement being one of the most important factors in vital tissue damage done to a animal, and I have also hunted over the years with a number of .32Win special shooters(as a kid growing up on Michigan whitetail deer and Black bear hunting).
A number of current hunting party have the old reliable bolt action, two levers, and one "Black gun" in .308. I would say the deer shot, and hit, are taken with little fess with most of us.
The smallest caliber our party is the .243, and the largest is my .35 Whelen.
I guess my point is, a confident hunter with shoot his rifle well, know his/her limitations, and know when to pass on a questionable shot on a game animal.
Ralph the Rifleman my friend, thank you: although this topic is about the "best Bolt Action Deer Rifle" I had to state my case about shot placement after reading (ishawooa's)comment above about the M-94 30-30 and wounding deer and boiling tags. yes there is no doubt the bolt auction is a great gun, which make and caliber you like is your decision. But when that moment of truth comes, its not the bolt auction, lever auction, semi or pump, or the .270, .30-06, 7-mm or 30-30 that matters at all. It is the man pulling that trigger of the above said auctions and calibers that counts. I tell all who have, and do hunt at my hunting camp, I dont care what kind of gun or caliber you use just know its and your limitations. And one more thing, in my close to forty years of hunting I have seen more Deer shot and killed quickly and cleanly with a 30-30 then "Any" other caliber, I wont say which auction.
i have a remington 700 BDL, i bought it new when i was 18. i have taken many deer and wild hogs with it. It is in .243 caliber, my longest measured shot was 370 yards on a nice whitetail buck, a perfect hit. However, i am sad to say he needed a second shot as the bullet performance was marginal at that distance. I will be 52 this December, this rifle will be with me when i hunt in November, as I take my annual leave from my job in Kuwait.
I am seriouly giving thought to purchasing a Savage 116 FHLSS, with the accu-stock and accu-trigger, possibly putting a bushnell 6500 scope on it and handloading berger VLD bullets, in 7mm Remington Magnum caliber. Any thoughts from the more dyed-in the-wool gun gurus out there. My game list includes deer, antelope, elk, and wild hogs. Also possibly a black bear hunt. I would appreciate any suggestions as to my choice, thanks.
for a 13 year old linebacker at heart im kinda displeased that the remington model 770 isnt on there it worked beautifully 4 me this season
NEF Handi Rifle in 30-06, best rifle ever.
+1 for Edward J. Palumbo, Big O, & Little woodchuck95! The Winchester model 70 is the best gun for sure. I love mine
Winchester M-70? You boys don't get out much! LOL
REMINGTON 700 HANDS DOWN!!! for the workin man at least that cant afford those "collector guns" that just need to sit in the gun safe and look pretty.
Savage is great right out of the box! Can't say anything about the 700 I've never had one, other then the military and law enforcement have used them for years as sniper rifles. I know they were having problems with them, when trigger jobs had been done on the factory triggers, my instructors said they would just go off setting on the firing line at Sniper school, although it never happened around me. I had the older Police Tactical Savage 110, and it did everything I ever asked of it!
The older triggers on savages were crap, but I love the new Accu-triggers. I now own two savages one in 300WSM, and the Preditor rifle in 22-250. I love them both. When I was a kid every male in my family owened and hunted with the Rem. 742, or 7400,in 30-06, my mom used a Win. 94 in 30-30, Hunting in Northern Mich. and I think I love them all!
i think the rem 700 is pretty darn good
The savage 110 series. They work flawlessly, enough said.
My favorite is the Winchester model 70, in just about any caliber similar to a .270 or a .30-06
Out of the box, I think the Browning Composite Stalker w/boss .270 is the best rifle i've ever owned. extremely accurate, not much kick and it looks as good 8 years after I bought it as when new. Awesome rifle.
I'm very fond of my old 1893 Mauser in 7x57. Not pretty - someone bubba'd it badly a long time ago, but it shoots minute of dinner plate with a deer stopping round.
O' I love my 03-A3 Remington!
I have a couple that are on there. I love my A-bolt in .30-06. I have a M77 in .270 that is so sweet I don't even shoot it anymore. I have a Weatherby Vanguard in .300 WSM that I really don't care for.
i have a model 760 remington 308 and a model 700 7mm mag they are the best rifles in the world
I just saw your post of 7 weeks ago. I bought a Savage 116FCSS in 30-06. An excellent rifle, the last one that I will ever need to buy.
Well, I guess I have to go buy something different. I have two Rem 700, a 30 year old BDL in .243, taken lots of deer, stray dogs and other varmints, and a .308 Varmint that is a tack driver. Those two do the heavy lifting, and a 20 inch barrel vanguard in .308. And the deer we have hit with the 8mmx57 Mauser were really impressed with the German technology.
Out of the hunting rifles that I own. I have to go with my Winchester mod. 70 Pre-64 in 30-06.
My current favorite is the Weatherby MK V lightweight sporter in 7mm-08. The MK V is a very refined and well made bolt action that is smooth to operate, has almost no bolt slop, and has a very good trigger.
My Top Picks,though not on here?
Remington 788 in .308
Remington 721 in 30-06
Eddystone P-14 .303(BARREL AND ACTION BRITTLE ?B.S.)this rifle has handled every cartridge,factory and hand load since 1917!Amazing accuracy for a century old rifle.
These old "Plain Janes" keep bringing home venison,on the cheap!
I love my Tikka T 3 Lite. I have never had a bolt so smooth and I have owned over 150 high power rifles. I don't know how they make so accurate a gun and so smooth on the adjustable trigger for the price. Everyone wants to complain about the plastic detachable magazine but I have 5 Tikka T 3 Lites and I have never had any problem at all with the magazine. I think the single stack makes it work every time. I have a 22-250 to take care of the groundhogs. I sold a 270 WSM and regret it. I have a .308 , a 300 WSM and the new .338 Federal which I like more every day. I have killed one deer with the .338 and it is now my "deer" rifle.
I've got three on the list M77 7mm rem. mag and 25-06 and a remington 700 in 270. And my rugers are my favorite.
Browning X-bolt 270
Charter 2000 Field King Carbine ( Vanguard clone ) stainless in .308 Winchester . Comes from the factory with an E.R. Shaw barrel w/ built in comp - 20" , adjustable trigger , black comp. stock , drilled & tapped w/ bases . I've got a 6 - 24 X 50AO Tasco varmint / Target scope on board . The poor / workin' man's Weatherby ! I've got less than 450 invested , and this little gun shoots as well or better than those costing 3X as much and recoils like a .243 ( yes , it is LOUD! )
It is , in my opinion , the perfect " behind the back seat of your pickup " rifle . I won't cry if it gets another scratch ,it is deadly ( sub MOA ) accurate and only weighs a tad over 7 pounds with a sling , scope and bipod on my bathroom scale . Shoots both USA FMJ's ( 147grn ) for feral pigs ( head shots ) and pet handload 148grn Sierra BTHP Matchking's for varmints / deer / paper with ONE SHOT authority . As accurate as my brother's Savage 110 30-06 if not better and is all weather ... I swab the bore every few shots and wipe her down every now and again ...
What more can you ask for for less than $450 Centavo's ???? My Ruger's have been in the safe since I bought this gun for 300 and stuck the " leftover/ safe queen from a .17 Mach II " Tasco on it . I couldn't be more pleased . Broke the extractor shooting cheap Wolf ammo , called Nick Erker ( President / CEO of Charter Arms ) and he sent me another one at no charge . We shot the Sh*t for about an hour - GREAT GUY and a gun nut more so than a businessman .
I'm looking for a .270 in stainless for my son , at the moment . Good shootin' to all !!!
I loved my A-Bolt, let it get away right after retireing from the Army :(, Finally got 2 Rem 700's, NO REGRETS
Winchester Model 70 Feather weight in 243 Win.
they had both the vangaurd and the Mark V, so.... I'm happy. That said, for under 100 yards, a lever gun, semi, or pump is better.
With two Model 70s, two Remington 700s, a Savage 110, and a Ruger Model 77 in the safe, that is four out of the first five. Guess my battery is on the top list.
I have a Rem 700 in a 300Win, and Ruger in a 7mm. Hunting Roosevelt Elk on the Oregon coast, my Rem took a backseat after the 3rd day of it's first season. The fact alone that it has a 2 position safety (that is not glove friendly) was enough to reduce it to a back up. On more than one occasion the bolt was pulled open when pushing through re-prod. A debris filled chamber, and flooded magazine is no way to take a bull. My Ruger is a tack driver, with a bolt locking safety. Last season it picked a bull out of a moving herd at 150yds.
It shoots every bit as good at the range, but it's just not up to task when bush whacking the coastal rain forest (ask the Primos boys how they liked hunting the Powers unit). To be a top hunting rifle, it has to be ready to go, and that is not my experience with the 700. Maybe if I head east to more open country for some Rockies I'll give the Rem a 2nd chance.
Some rifles are just plain beautiful but utilitarian reliability and accuracy are the two virtues I prize. Aside from custom rifles that really shoot, I have a CZ 550 with the smoothest bolt I have ever operated. I consider it the most reliable action I have and with the set trigger it can be as accurate as I can shoot. I am rapidly becoming a fan of the Howa 1500 (the same one as the Weatherby Vanguard). It seems to have all the virtues of the Rem 700 with several improvements. I'm doing my first build of a custom rifle on it rather than a Rem 700 and I am optimistic.
Back in the early 70's, I stumbled into a Parker-Hale in .270 Win for a song! Later, unfortunately, I traded the original in for a brand new PH in .270 Win. Both rifles are/were, tack drivers, smooth operating, eye pleasing, well designed, (to me anyway!) a pleasure to shoot and easy on the pocketbook.
Both have the roll over cheek piece and a Neidner palm swell. The PH was the first rifle I had ever shot with the palm swell and immediately lell in fove!!! LOL!!!
I never hear anything on this site about the PH!? Are they no longer manufactured or produced?
Does anybody else out there have one?
There is a "diamond" in the grip cap that makes them resemble a Wby. In the mtns of Co one fall, I met another hunter carrying a PH.
"That's a nice PH."
"No, it's a Wby."
"I'm sorry, but you're carrying a PH."
"No, It's a Wby."
"Look again, THAT'S a PH."
After an intent look at the rifle, he looked at me and smiled.
He had brought a .300 Wby Mag and a PH 7mm RM. Leaving camp, he grabbed .300 Wby ammo and inadvertently picked up the wrong rifle due to their strong visual resemblance!
P.S. - Would like to hear from some PH owners.
Decades ago I had a government game scout in the Luanga River Valley of Zambia, he was carrying a battered Parker Hale rifle in 30-06. Ah, I enthused, trying to show I was impressed, " a Parker Hale". He drew himself to attention and sternly admonished me, "no sir, this is an English rifle". It had no front or rear sight, he was justly proud of it. We hunted together for 42 days he stood unflinching at my shoulder when I had to polish off a charging lioness that had lost a paw in a poachers snare. He was a grand old man
That should have been Luangwa River
.270 short mag, fantastic whitetail caliber, though from personal experience, im not sure much can beat the 30/06 when it comes to Mr. Whitetail.
Fantastic story! Thanks for sharing it with us!
My current PH is stamped Birmingham, England. Maybe his indignation WAS (just a bit!?) righteous, for indeed he WAS carrying an "English" rifle. Just so happens the "brand"(?) name is Parker-Hale!! LOL!!
The store I worked in got one small shipment of PH's in a variety of calibers. They didn't stay (mid 70's) on the shelf long. Owner never re-stocked. I never did understand why. To the best of my knowledge, none of the rifles ever came back due to complaints!
At the time I purchased mine, they were imported by Dana Imports of Denver, Co.
Remington 700 and Winchester 70
I have always wanted a Sako and I just consolodated and traded a .338 Federal Tikka T3 and a 300WSM Tikka T3 for a Sako A7 300WSM. I still have a Tikka T3 22-250 and a Tikka T3 .308. The Sako A7 handles like a dream. I am still in the process of working up different loads for the Sako. That is the fun of getting a new gun because hunting is usually 1 shot or maybe 2. I have a problem because my wife bought me a Remington 700CDL .280 for my birthday and it shoots 150 grain Scirocco II's under an inch and it will be a tough decision when deer season rolls around. Thank goodness we can kill 2 bucks.
Sarge that is a nice quandry to be a part of, enjoy!
I can't decide which one to take on opening morning. One day I think I will take the Sako and then the next day I think I will take the Remington. I only have 7 1/2 months to make up my mind. I will go crazy at this rate trying to decide which one. I think I will just reach in the gun safe and whichever one I get hold of that is the one I will use first of course that wouldn't do because I know where each one sits. I will have to think of some other way.
Glad to see the Parker Hale guys raise a hand.Got a 1200 in 270 from Santa at 13.Have other brands incl the 700, 98, Krag, 94, 77 all great guns in their own rights.This one just feels right and 40 years later I can't get away from it.Too bad it didn't make it to the top end of the charts cause it is a great shooter for me. I think I hear the 98 and 94 protesting...
I loved my Remington 700 270 cal. One day I was preparing to unload it. My hand was no where near the trigger. I pressed the safe off and the rife discharged. I traded the rifle to a dealer and informed him of the problem. I now have a new Winchester M 70 270 cal made in SC by FN. It shot minute of angle after a box of shells sighting it in. It
is much easier to load.
Yep! Model 700 in .308! Havent killed any deer with it yet (got it at the end of this season). But i love shooting it.
Had a Remington model 700 in 270 and loved it
Just bought a Winchester model 70 feather weight in 270
Dad has a Browing A bolt in 270 short mag, I love that gun and its a tack driver
Every time I think of the best bolt gun, the Savage Model 99 in 308 come to mind!
No snit it's lever action, but it's one fine piece of equipment!
Marlin XL7 best rifle you can get for $300. Amy also my Marlin is accurate but people think the rifles accuracy makes a lot of difference hunting. If you can shoot as good as your rifle can your one of like 5% of hunters if even that.
Does anyone know of the actual counts of rifles sold, mentioned in this thread? Like 6 million Model 94 (or whatever the number is now)?
I will take my Remington Rand 03-A3 to anyone of them!
Anything that says Ruger on it.
Give me a mosin nagant for my deer rifle.
My current bolt action rifles are a Remington 788 in .308, a Finnish Mosin, and a Russian Mosin. Had a Remington 700 ADL in .30-06 and sold it (unfortunately). I'll follow Sarge's recommendation and buy a Tikka T3 one of these days in .308 or .30-06.
My most recent favorite is a very accurate H&R Handi-Rifle in .45-70 which I picked up in January. Before the end of the month I dropped a nice nine-point whitetail with it.
Remington 700 the bolt rifle all others are judged on.
Remington 721 and savage 111.
I think I will have to add my Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe to the list. I have one in .257 Weatherby mag. and it is a real shooter and the action operates nicely too. The trigger is smooth with a crisp 3 pound pull.
I have a few on the list, 700, 70, and a Mark V and I use them all.
I still have a Savage 340 in .30-30 which has put more venison in the freezer than all of the other cannons I have, combined. A cheap but entirely satisfactory old rifle, it was my dad's first after getting out of the Army. Ol' Blood 'n' Guts, we call it. He gave it to me on my twelfth birthday (over 50 years ago) and I've used it ever since. I hunt mostly in brush and timber, where a long shot is 100 yards, and the .30-30 has proved to be plenty.
The Remington Model 700 .270 is the best.
My favorite is The Savage 111 Trophy Hunter XP in .30-06.
Folks, Is was looking at a article in F&S Winter Special Edition 2012 or 2013, on Best shooting rifle under $900.00?. And the Marlin X7 came out the best. I can not find that article anywhere. Can i get it forwarded or send me a link?
Deer hunting is typically one of the least demanding sports when it comes to the rifle used. Deer are seldom dangerous... I've only been charged by one in my whole life and that one knocked the gun out of my hand before I could get a shot off (they are FAST). I typically shoot only one round but like to have a quick and reliable second shot if needed. Accuracy is tops for me because I like to shoot reliably out to 500 yards when need be.
That being said, all of the rifles mentioned above will do the job. I still prefer the controlled round feed of the Rugers and Mauser style actions far above the push feeds. They allow me to force a muddy, iced or deformed cartridge into the chamber any time I need it. I've been stopped on multiple occasions by the push feeds. Same goes for extracting a stuck case. If it doesn't extract easily for any reason, you just can't force it out of the chamber with a push feed; when you get a stuck case, you are done hunting until you get to your brass rod and pound the case out. You can extract a stuck case with a controlled round feed action. The cam on the bolt lugs apply extreme force that just doesn't exist with push feeds.
Some rifles don't have triggers that are adjustable and these can cause accuracy difficulty, thereby eliminating very long shots as a possibility. Other triggers fail to engage the sear when the trigger group collects dust and debris from days of rough hunting. I won't mention the brands that have failed for me but suffice it to say that they exist and some that cost over $2000 fail too.
The Model 70s,CZ550s, Dakotas, Montanas, etc. are all reliable. Some are even accurate enough for very long shots although I usually find myself putting premium barrels on them for long range hunting. The push feeds are less expensive to build and are therefore more affordable; so they fill a need too. Over all, any of them will plug a deer but if I am tracking an elusive prairie muley after days of hunting, I'll take an accurate push feed over any of the others.
Of the approximately 150 rifles that I have owned in my lifetime I have come to the conclusion that my Sako A7 300WSM is the best high powered rifle that I have ever owned. At the present time I still have a Tikka T3 Lite, a Rem. 700CDL, and 5 CZ's of various calibers, and of course my Sako A7 300WSM. I judge this conclusion on accuracy, fit of stock, trigger, smoothness of bolt, and the overall quality of the rifle. With a Simms Limb Saver recoil pad on the rifle it is pleasant to shoot.
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