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#1
It's that time of year, and while I have a tried and true deerslayer I'm starting to think I'd like something new. Maybe not for this season, but to buy in the off season.

My current deer rifle is a sporterized 1903 Springfield in the trusty 30.06. It's accurate enough, but nothing to write home about. The trigger was worked over and its actually very good by my standards. It's not pretty and I don't worry about banging it around. It is one heavy bitch though. With a monte carlo walnut stock and a pretty stout barrel.

The last couple years I've had to change where I hunt and there's a lot more hiking involved and less sitting. Lugging a heavy rifle around isn't super fun when mountain climbing. I've decided I want something lighter and handier.

So besides lighter and handier I think I'd like it to be a bolt action. My dad has a remington pump, and while I like it, for arguments sake I'd like to look at buying another bolt gun I just like them. I don't care if it's a wood or kevlar or laminate stock. I enjoy a nice looking rifle, but I also like having a gun I'm not afraid to take through brush etc. I do like 30.06 and think I'd like to stick with it. I'm not really sure what other specifics I should look for I'm hoping you folks will come along and school me.
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#2
Never been hunting myself. A few years ago I thought I might give it a try a bought a Marlin 336 XLR in 30-30. Damn accurate gun on the range. Never made it into the woods with it and ended up selling it when I wanted cash for something else. I miss it.

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#3
When I was hunting I had a savage 110 in 30.06 Took several deer with it. It sat in the safe for a few years and sold it to a friend for her 16 yo son. 2nd day out he took a 6 point at 250 yards
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#4
I always take into account the average distance I may be shooting my game. Then match up the right bullet and caliber combination for the job. Terminal ballistics are imperative. Should I also mention that terminal ballistics are imperative? Wink Aside from that, pick whichever .06 bolt gun fits you best.
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#5
Wasz;155899 Wrote:It's that time of year, and while I have a tried and true deerslayer I'm starting to think I'd like something new. Maybe not for this season, but to buy in the off season.

My current deer rifle is a sporterized 1903 Springfield in the trusty 30.06. It's accurate enough, but nothing to write home about. The trigger was worked over and its actually very good by my standards. It's not pretty and I don't worry about banging it around. It is one heavy bitch though. With a monte carlo walnut stock and a pretty stout barrel.

The last couple years I've had to change where I hunt and there's a lot more hiking involved and less sitting. Lugging a heavy rifle around isn't super fun when mountain climbing. I've decided I want something lighter and handier.

So besides lighter and handier I think I'd like it to be a bolt action. My dad has a remington pump, and while I like it, for arguments sake I'd like to look at buying another bolt gun I just like them. I don't care if it's a wood or kevlar or laminate stock. I enjoy a nice looking rifle, but I also like having a gun I'm not afraid to take through brush etc. I do like 30.06 and think I'd like to stick with it. I'm not really sure what other specifics I should look for I'm hoping you folks will come along and school me.

I have used a Win. 94 for many years and it works well for walking around. 30-30 will do the job on deer just fine out to @ 100yds and I haven't ever shot one past that anyway. Light and quick to shoulder/cycle it is a classic PA deer gun for a reason.

I only switched it out do to hunting on a farm. I now have shots out to 400yds as a possibility so I got a savage 11 in 7mm-08 for that role. The 94 still makes it's rounds when I hunt in the thick stuff though.

For a 30-06 option I like the ruger american. Cheap enough you don't have to worry about it getting beat up in the brush. Gets very good reviews for accuracy. At 6 1/4lbs it is light enough for carrying around all day easily. Might be a good option.

I really like my savage mentioned above as well. Might want to look into the model 110 in 30-06 as well. Very nice rifles for the $$$$. Mine is was very accurate right out of the box.
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RL Suehr;156010 Wrote:
Wasz;155899 Wrote:It's that time of year, and while I have a tried and true deerslayer I'm starting to think I'd like something new. Maybe not for this season, but to buy in the off season.

My current deer rifle is a sporterized 1903 Springfield in the trusty 30.06. It's accurate enough, but nothing to write home about. The trigger was worked over and its actually very good by my standards. It's not pretty and I don't worry about banging it around. It is one heavy bitch though. With a monte carlo walnut stock and a pretty stout barrel.

The last couple years I've had to change where I hunt and there's a lot more hiking involved and less sitting. Lugging a heavy rifle around isn't super fun when mountain climbing. I've decided I want something lighter and handier.

So besides lighter and handier I think I'd like it to be a bolt action. My dad has a remington pump, and while I like it, for arguments sake I'd like to look at buying another bolt gun I just like them. I don't care if it's a wood or kevlar or laminate stock. I enjoy a nice looking rifle, but I also like having a gun I'm not afraid to take through brush etc. I do like 30.06 and think I'd like to stick with it. I'm not really sure what other specifics I should look for I'm hoping you folks will come along and school me.

I have used a Win. 94 for many years and it works well for walking around. 30-30 will do the job on deer just fine out to @ 100yds and I haven't ever shot one past that anyway. Light and quick to shoulder/cycle it is a classic PA deer gun for a reason.

I only switched it out do to hunting on a farm. I now have shots out to 400yds as a possibility so I got a savage 11 in 7mm-08 for that role. The 94 still makes it's rounds when I hunt in the thick stuff though.

For a 30-06 option I like the ruger american. Cheap enough you don't have to worry about it getting beat up in the brush. Gets very good reviews for accuracy. At 6 1/4lbs it is light enough for carrying around all day easily. Might be a good option.

I really like my savage mentioned above as well. Might want to look into the model 110 in 30-06 as well. Very nice rifles for the $$$$. Mine is was very accurate right out of the box.

Is 7mm-08 a super flat shooting round? How have your results been with it?

I have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 that I still take along whenever I go hunting as a back up gun. I've grown fond of having the little extra reach though. I'll have to look into the savage and ruger.
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#7
+1 for the Savage...and that's coming from a Ruger guy. Smile
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-my-new-savage-axis
This was so my sporter 1903 could retire to mostly range use.

I've been shooting it over the summer and ready for my first season with it. These next couple of weeks can't go fast enough. Here deer!

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Wasz;156063 Wrote:
RL Suehr;156010 Wrote:I have used a Win. 94 for many years and it works well for walking around. 30-30 will do the job on deer just fine out to @ 100yds and I haven't ever shot one past that anyway. Light and quick to shoulder/cycle it is a classic PA deer gun for a reason.

I only switched it out do to hunting on a farm. I now have shots out to 400yds as a possibility so I got a savage 11 in 7mm-08 for that role. The 94 still makes it's rounds when I hunt in the thick stuff though.

For a 30-06 option I like the ruger american. Cheap enough you don't have to worry about it getting beat up in the brush. Gets very good reviews for accuracy. At 6 1/4lbs it is light enough for carrying around all day easily. Might be a good option.

I really like my savage mentioned above as well. Might want to look into the model 110 in 30-06 as well. Very nice rifles for the $$$$. Mine is was very accurate right out of the box.

Is 7mm-08 a super flat shooting round? How have your results been with it?

I have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 that I still take along whenever I go hunting as a back up gun. I've grown fond of having the little extra reach though. I'll have to look into the savage and ruger.

I don't know about "Super Flat Shooting" but, it is pretty good. Shooting Hornady factory ammo (139gr sst) at a 200yd zero It'll hit about 20" low at 400. I haven't taken it out past that yet. I haven't done any loading for it yet either, so I don't really know what the possibilities are there. I liked the ballistics on it on paper when I was shopping for new rifles so I took a shot. A plus side is it is lower recoil than 30-06 or 308 so shots don't move you much off target. Haven't had many opportunities to hunt with it since I bought it so no deer yet to see how the round hits in real life.
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#9
Thanks for the link P98, that's a nice looking rifle. RL I'll be looking forward to an AAR this year on that 7mm-08. I think I remember someone else talking about using that round on deer last year. Maybe Lycanthrope.
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#10
The 7mm-08 is fine. It's not as flat as the .243 but better than the .308. Recoil also falls in between the two. The casing is the same for all of them.

The 140gr Ballistic Tip has always been my favorite in that caliber with the 139gr Hornady being more devastating, but slightly less accurate.

Light barrels are fine, but inherently a bit less accurate and you might have to work a bit harder to find a load she likes. I wouldn't call it a deal breaker, though.
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