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If you only could have one...hunting rifle?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by freestoneangler, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler wa Well-Known Member

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    What make/model and caliber hunting rifle would you have for deer, antelope, elk hunting? I do not currently own a large caliber rifle but plan on getting one...just want a good all around gun that may not be the ultimate for specific game animals, but can get the job done.
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Savage Model 111C in 30-06 or what I use now Ruger M77R in 30-06 (mines a 1977 era Tang Safety model)

    30-06 can be loaded for everything from Varmits to Bear/Elk


    IMHO
     
  3. Solomon

    Solomon Vancouver Active Member

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    Definitely a 30-.06. Probably a Savage 116 or Thompson Center Icon.
     
  4. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty comfortable with my .270 wsm
     
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  5. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    If I could only have 1 rifle, I would move out of California.
     
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  6. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Get a .30-06 or .270 Win. Both are great deer rifles. If you get to hunt antelope more than elk, go with the .270 Win, but if you get to hunt elk more, get the .30-06. The two calibers are in the top five selling calibers for very good reasons.

    As for make and model, any of the main stream brands will deliver accuracy acceptable for hunting big game. If I was in the market I would consider a Remington 700, Ruger, Weatherby Vanguard or Tika. They won't break the bank and are solid dependable guns. Go to a gun store and shoulder as many as you can. Guns feel and handle different depending on your body dimensions, so get the one that feels the best to handle, carry and shoulder.
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The 270cal Model 70 I have right now.
    A guide from Alaska,on a hunting site,said his clients have killed 1000s of animals ,large and small,over the last 30yrs he's been guiding.

    If I had to buy one? It would be a 30-06 model 700

    Either one will kill anything on this continent and more
     
  8. OregonPlinker

    OregonPlinker Creswell, Or Active Member

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    Yep model 700. 270 or 30-06. Im attached to the 270 cause Ive hunted with one since I was 13 but the 30-06 is a great round. I think the 30-06 has a wider selection of factory loads. If you reload you really can do ANYTHING with either of these rounds. I believe the 270 shoots a little flatter but it wont throw as much lead down range...
     
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  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    SBC97281 Oregon Active Member

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    Ruger Scout. Light enought for many purposes. Almost enough catridge for most game. Bolt action so there are few moving parts. And, at the price point, there would chance left over for lobbying against a silly one rifle rule.

    -s
     
  11. Squidly

    Squidly Sandy Active Member

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    Amen brother.
     
  12. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Hard choice...

    Out of mine if I could only have one...

    Not sure, it would either be my Remington Model 30 in 30-06 or Winchester 70 in .338.
    If I was not ever going to go back to Alaska.. Then I would Keep the model 30. Fantastic Gun.
     
  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Only one? I'd kick the Kimber Montana to the curb and keep the 50's vintage Winchester Featherweight 70. Both of these are 30-06.
    If I had neither of these and was shopping, Ruger Hawkeye in 30-06.
     
  14. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    .50cal SIG50

    Name an animal that won't take down. Sure, I might not get much meat from small animals, such as whitetails, but no one said meat rifle.
     
  15. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I almost went there, but went semi. If semi-auto is out of the question, then this'd be mine too.
     
  16. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    I would do a Remington model 760 pump action in 30/06 if more for Elk, .270 win if more for smaller game.
     
  17. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Mauser 98 sporterized 30-06. 4-16x mildot scope. Big can full of softpoints.
     
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    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    I like my Tikka T3 7mm rem mag it was sub moa out of the box and has got me multiple deer and elk
     
  19. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    The pre 64 model 70 featherweight in -06 that I carry. I have many, but she's my baby.
     
  20. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'd chose the one I've already chosen! My Tikka T3 in .30-06.

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