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New to Northwest, Best choice of rifle?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by spf3968, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. spf3968

    spf3968 Kingston Washington State New Member

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    I just moved to North Western Washington State. I previously lived in RI where you could not use rifles to hunt big game. I love the sport and plan to continue hunting out here. I was wondering What make/caliber rifle is a good all around rifle to use out here to hunt big game. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Shane
     
  2. pdxdrum

    pdxdrum Hillsboro Member

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    Welcome to the PNW!

    Fortunately, with the exception of California, the west coast is pretty accommodating to Gun enthusiasts. I myself find that a good 30.06 always gets the job done. It's my personal preference, though I'm sure there are plenty of other opinions.
     
  3. spf3968

    spf3968 Kingston Washington State New Member

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    Thank you, i was thinking .308 or 30.06, just wanted to see what other options would be
     
  4. M67

    M67 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Welcome!

    Your question has many answers, depending on where you plan on hunting and for what game.

    The best elk hunter i have ever known, only uses a 30-30 win 94, with open sights. He hunts in the thick timber of the coast range.
    The only problem he has ever had, is when he come out of the thick timber and sees elk in a clearcut 300+ yards away.

    I have used many rifles over the years, from 30-30 to 338. I have 2 that are my go to rifles, now. A win 270 and a browning 338, both topped with nikon optics.

    You may find this link of some help-
    NWFA http://www.northwestfirearms.com/hunting/49302-opinions-what-gun-get.html
     
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  5. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    Welcome to the PNW, just in time for the rainy season even.

    I have my uncle's old 30-06, and I bought a 300 WM, before short magnums were made.

    If I was starting anew, I would buy two rifles, nice light easy caliber for deer, antelope, something like a .243, 260 rem. small and light. For elk then go big 300wsm, 338, but that is me and it gives an excuse to buy another gun.
     
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    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    7mm Rem mag
     
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    Kurly Puget Sound Member

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    The 30 06 is hard to beat, If you reload there are many other calibers one could consider.

    Welcome!
     
  8. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If you're talking general purpose hunting for any big-game mammal in the Northwest and you only have a limited choice, IMHO the 30.06 is the only way to go - Reloading is a breeze and there is a very wide range of bullet weights that are effective for the platform. I love that I can download a reload to make it tolerable for my wife and daughter for target practice and still have ballistic integrity; then they carry stouter loads for hunting and never know the difference when the adrenaline is pumpng.

    Otherwise the best rifle choice is "one of each, please."
     
  9. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    30-06.
     
  10. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    The best rifle is the one you can shoot accurately. Shot placement is much more important than caliber. If you plan on staying on the wet side, forget the long range shots and think more about quick handling. If you come over to the dry side to hunt, longer range is more likely.

    There is no one caliber that fits every purpose, but high powered magnums are more likely to get you flinching. Lighter recoil, less flinch. Figure out where you wish to do most of your hunting and then go from there.

    BTW, NW WA, most of the area west of Interstate 5 is shotgun (or bow) only. You should feel right at home hunting there. However, there is very little public land west of I5 so you might be challenged that way. East of I5 there is a lot of public and timber co land that is more or less open to hunting.
     
  11. OttDawgIt

    OttDawgIt Beavercreek New Member

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    I'll Second this.:thumbup:
     
  12. shockme

    shockme oregon Member

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    well said !!!! get the rifle that you can shoot well, mine are 243 and 270 weatherby . wife has a 270 win
     
  13. python287

    python287 Neskowin,OR Active Member

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    I have the following rifles .22-250, 243, 25.06, 270, 30.06. .308 the 30.06 have bullet weights from 55 gr w/plastic sabot at 4000 fps up to 220 grain. It will kill anything you want to hunt. and it is easy to find most
    anywhere..