Gun Deals
RifleClass.com
Buster Beaver Cerakote
Oregon Arms & Ammunition
Low Price Guns
Advertise on Northwest Firearms
J&B Firearm Sales
Sporting Systems
Defensive Arts
Oregon Rifleworks
Southwest Firearms Forum
Welcome to Northwest Firearms
Join our community, sign up for free today!
Sign Up

First bolt action

turq

Messages
634
Reactions
302
I did some checking on 243 Ammo and see Midway had a deal (ago) on 70 grain in 243 150 rnds for $80 Nosler brass.
Seems sold out but at $0.53 per round it was a great deal.
OP: If recoil is something you’re OK with the same 16/116 SS lightweight storm is offered in 7mm-08
Ammo will be more $$$.
Good hunting
 
Messages
693
Reactions
591
I own a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe, exactly what you are considering, but in .270 Win. Something about the stock design and weight of the rifle just make it feel right to carry and shoulder. Beautiful rifle with a nice walnut stock, deep bluing on it, and quite accurate.

Not cheap as you know, but a rifle you would be proud to own for years to come.
DSC_1780.JPG
 
Messages
429
Reactions
698
I own a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe, exactly what you are considering, but in .270 Win. Something about the stock design and weight of the rifle just make it feel right to carry and shoulder. Beautiful rifle with a nice walnut stock, deep bluing on it, and quite accurate.

Not cheap as you know, but a rifle you would be proud to own for years to come.
View attachment 553834
That's too purty to go stomping through the brush with ! :):)

Nice rifle
 

Dyjital

Messages
9,509
Reactions
18,415
  • Fight For Your Right
  • Law Around Here
  • Woke Up Like This
Weight and weather are your enemy for a hunting rifle.

Stainless & synthetic are so much more forgiving. Major advancements have been made with steel from 10+ years ago and stainless has become a wonderful choice.

I like a good stainless rifle with a polished wood stock. Looks classy like a nice ss 1911
 

bsa1917hunter

Messages
3,080
Reactions
6,398
There are so many good choices out there right now. Whether it is a new Tikka superlite, a used pre 64 model 70 featherweight or classic to used Ruger model 77's and sporterized military rifles. They are all good.
 

1371JarHead

Messages
144
Reactions
161
Just my 2 cents worth, my best pal just bought a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe chambered in 30.06 awesome looking rifle, superb weight feel, however the recoil is killing him, he stopped shooting after 15 rounds, but he is a smaller dude with bony shoulders lololol, if your looking at hunting deer then a .243 is the way to go, plus you can shoot all day without any shoulder fatigue and plinking ammo is pretty cheap, if your not into reloading. If you sure your going for elk, then yes a .270 is the perfect caliber for just about anything in NA. What do I shoot with you ask, I have a very nice Remington 700 BDL in .243 with a heavy duty barrel 26 inches, it shoots like cream corn all day long, and I bought a Ruger NO 1 in 300 Win Mag from a member here, it is a epic rifle however even with a limbsaver its a thumper, but it with be great for moose/buffalo in the future. Hook up with some shooters and ask if you can put a few rounds down range to see how you like and feel of a certain caliber. A rifle is a very personable thing for most of us, good luck dude.
 

1371JarHead

Messages
144
Reactions
161
I own a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe, exactly what you are considering, but in .270 Win. Something about the stock design and weight of the rifle just make it feel right to carry and shoulder. Beautiful rifle with a nice walnut stock, deep bluing on it, and quite accurate.

Not cheap as you know, but a rifle you would be proud to own for years to come.
View attachment 553834
So nice
 
OP
Harrison0629
Messages
69
Reactions
65
Just my 2 cents worth, my best pal just bought a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe chambered in 30.06 awesome looking rifle, superb weight feel, however the recoil is killing him, he stopped shooting after 15 rounds, but he is a smaller dude with bony shoulders lololol"
Well I'm 6'4 and 200lbs so hopefully I'll be fine. If not I'll look into a .270
 
Messages
195
Reactions
29
I agree that 7mm-08 will kill elk
I just subscribe to dropping an elk on public land and sprinting to it so no other “hunter” will beat you to it and shoot it in the neck then tag it.
that happened to my dad in washington... there are some low rent worms out there !!!
 
Just my 2¢...

If your going to hunt with it:

A. Go synthetic stock.

B. Go Stainless Steel

C. Go with a Tikka;)

Great choice in caliber though:cool:
You betcha on (A) and (B)... No experience with Tikka, and would myself spring for a Leupold unless there was some reason NOT to do so. After years of lugging wood, and years of fighting rust... I have begun to do the stainless/synthetic thing and havent regretted it one bit. I understand that there are processes available to darken the finish on stainless equipment, including firearms. The choice of a .30-06 for a general purpose rifle is a solid one, and ammo, last I compared, is less expensive than any of the magnums..

OP Im glad that you found exactly what you were looking for, how often does that happen? And on the Used market to boot! Best wishes and good luck in the field!
 
Last edited:

ma96782

Messages
3,114
Reactions
5,384
I have owned several semi-autos before I even wanted a bolt action rifle. But, reading your post had me thinking of the time I first decided to jump in on the bolt action fun.

For me, I wasn't thinking, that I'd hunt with it. My criteria ran from caliber/ballistic capability, proven technology and safety (can I include the Rem 700?), accuracy, replacement and custom parts availability, artistic lines of the firearm, etc..... OK, Ok, ok......what do/did I know?

Anyway, I told my son the same things that I told myself about the selection of my first bolt action rifle.

So then......
My first bolt action rifle was an Interarms Mark X in .30-06. His first bolt action rifle was a Remington 700 in Win .308 (IIRC). Both were purchased USED (not too great of a commitment LOL). Anyway, he didn't hunt with his. Nor, did I. I guess that was one big reason WHY they were eventually sold off. Mind you, that we didn't lose money on the sales.

BUT.....
Years later, I went back and bought two .30-06 sporterized Mauser 98s. :D

Aloha, Mark
 

orygun

Messages
5,794
Reactions
6,745
Just my 2¢...

If your going to hunt with it:

A. Go synthetic stock.

B. Go Stainless Steel

C. Go with a Tikka;)

Great choice in caliber though:cool:
If you hunt around here, A & B make a huge amount of sense. I often come out of the woods, turn my rifle upside down and the water just runs out. My wife, however, seems to be able to keep her blued, wood stocked Compact nice and dry.
C.? Well, I've heard good things and have a friend who swears by his Sako, even if he can't say it correctly. My choice is different, but the 30-06 is the King of "do it all". I had mine re-done to an AI and I kinda wish I hadn't....
Oh well, just an excuse to buy a "good" barrel. Too bad Pac-Nor had their fire. Guess I'll have to purchase from out of state.
 
Messages
72
Reactions
119
It kind of depends on what you are going to use it for. First off you can't beat the 30.06 day in and day out. If you care for the barrel it will hold up about over 10,000 rounds. That is a completely different subject.

If you are only going to be shooting at 100 yards or less and not using the sling for support or a bipod a plastic stock is OK.

As a general rule if you put a bipod on a plastic stock you will find you have to use a very delicate technique to get it to perform.

I have some plastic stocks that are stiff and don't flex when I try and twist the stock. If you can twist the stock and see it move you don't want to see it in your gun collection.

I am told the new Remingtons with the SAFE triggers only hold up about 700 rounds and they cannot be adjusted.

I would not buy anything that cannot be rebarreled locally. There are lots of rifles floating around that the barrels and held in receiver by shrink fitting them on. They are disposable.

If you don't mind the weight I would recommend a varmint weight barrel. They are less prone to walking around when the barrels warm up.

I am partial to Mod 70 Winchesters as they are easy to barrel, the triggers can be adjusted, you can get mounts for scope from everybody. I have one Mod 70 on it's third barrel. Had a friend in Florida has his 12th barrel on when he passed and his son is shooting it now. Most are on their second barrel. I would estimate a Mod 70 is good for about 35 barrels.

The secret to long barrel life is when you shoot your last round for the day have the bolt out within seconds and a cleaning rod down the barrel within minutes.
NEVER EVER SHOOT A ROUND DOWN A COLD DIRTY BARREL. The propellant leaves carbon that turns to diamond dust when it gets cold and anything down the barrel thereafter picks up the carbon in the bullet jacket and eats away the rest of the barrel and shortens your barrel life tremendously.

As it stands now last two rifles I bought are Tikkas and all they need is a scope and a target. They don't need bedding and basically are it for me if I had nothing and know what I know.

Guy I worked with at Army Small Cal Lab was THE SNIPER RIFLE SPECIALIST and the last three rifles he bought were Tikkas and he got me hooked on them. They are pricey but then again all you need to get them going is your choice of scopes. I would get scope with lifetime warranty.

My favorite scope I have found is Burris Ballistic Plex, zero top cross hair for 100 yards and then move your target further away till you are shooting POA/POI with next cross hair down and repeat for the next will you get down to the post for longest range. Record that data and you are good to go for maybe 700 yards.

A 30 cal barrel will give you longest barrel life be it 308 or 30.06. The 6.5s ( I have several) eat barrels at a good rate but are flat shooters. You just have to decide on how long you want to shoot it and what your priority is.

YOu will get your best accuracy by handloading. You can get match grade bullets that will work for hunting and if you do everything right you will have a rifle that will group in 6" at 600 yards.

I have had a pre 64 Mod 70 in 06 I picked up about 85 and bedded it, put two reinforcing bolts in stock, floated the barrel and I put a Redfield micrometer rear sight on it a couple months back but the front sight was too low so I just changed it out to a Lyman 17 AUG front sight and put on a Central 1/2 MOA click rear sight.

Now get this, rifle is zeroed at 100 yards POA/POI and I only have 70 minutes of elevation left and it has 40 MOA of windage both sides of zero ! ! !

Centrals were made in Australia and were pricey but they have tremendous repeatability.
 
Last edited:
Messages
195
Reactions
29
Interesting, I have been hunting for over 50 years. Would be the first time I have ever seen that kind of behavior.
thank you for your input... since you haven't heard of it then it couldn't possibly of happened... i only witnessed it... the washington state game warden said it's was usually reported 2 or 3 times a year... i hope your next 50 years of hunting go well for you... Semper Fi
 

LATEST REVIEWS

  • Supporting Vendor Cerberus Training Group
    5.00 star(s)
    Armorer 1911 Course This was a 2 day course devoted to the iconic 1911. You might own a 1911 but, I assure you, you don't know it until you've...
    • Hueco
  • Supporting Vendor Oregon Rifleworks
    5.00 star(s)
    As a recent owner of a PTR91 a friend mentioned to me that Oregon Rifleworks has surplus magazines on hand for $3.99ea. I drove from Vancouver to...
    • svxr8dr
  • Rapid Fire Arms
    5.00 star(s)
    Great place friendly service always take time to help you, great knowledge of products
    • RJSouth
  • Supporting Vendor Copeland Custom Gunworks
    5.00 star(s)
    Perfect install of peep sight on my cz 527 carbine. Price was right, was expecting it to be more. Will be my go to for anything I can't handle...
    • cd90caprice
  • Adaptive Firing Solutions
    5.00 star(s)
    I've been party to a couple transactions with Steve and he is a great guy to deal with.
    • titsonritz

SUPPORT NORTHWEST FIREARMS