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from cwp72 on 07.25.10
savage axis alittle heavy but very accurate i shot a deer over 300 plus yards with it
You can not go wrong with a remington model 700 in .308 or .243 caliber if you are going to be shooting within about 150 yards. Unless you know your balistics.
Savage by far.
Savage 110 .30-06
Savage 111 .30-06
.30-06 is a well rounded caliber time proven and comes in a variety of grain weaights. They are versatile. Have taken alot of types of big game.
Not to mention it has served the Military well in it's tenure.
To me that puts the -06 a cut above many others.
THE WETHERBY VANGAURD IN 30-06 IS A REALY ACURITE RIFLE I WAS SHOTING ABOUT 1 INCH 3 SHOT GROUPS AT 200YDS WITH 180GR WINCHESTER SILVERTIPS. ALSO A MOSBERG 4X4 OR LEVER ARE PRETTY ACURITE AND ALL AT ABOUGHT 500$ OR LESS
Some great prices at Academy Sports if you have one nearby. Rem 700, Savage 111 and 112 as well as Weatherbys Vangaurd are on sale for 300-400. Not a bad price at all. I've even seen the Savage 111 for 275 at Little Rocks Academy. Sometimes a low end rifle will work fine when times are tough!
That's a tough question to answer and there is so much personal preference involved along with other variables that it's hard to give any kind of accurate answer. It's almost like asking what is the best kind of ice cream. Bo and The Captain gave a good place to start and I have to agree that "you get what you pay for". I can't afford high end rifles, myself, but try to buy in the middle ranges. Don't forget, even if you don't like the rifle you buy, you can always sell it and get another one. Good luck.
Good point, Bo. I would argue that there is never a "one-size-fits-all" gun. One of my best friends and I go around for hours on this topic.
However, I believe this fellow is asking for what is the best deal monetarily.
My answer is: If you know what you are looking for in a used rifle, you will get more for your money if you find a well-taken-care-of used rifle. However, stay clear of anything with a questionable barrel or action. The cosmetics of the rifle can give you a good idea as to how well it was taken care of, but take special interest in the "guts" of the rifle.
You can get a bargain rifle from some of the major manufacturers new. These are by no means "top of the line," but will prove good starter rifles. Weatherby, Remington and Marlin all sell rifles under the $500 mark, but I have found that I prefer the triggers and actions of their more costly models.
I would see if I could locate a well-kept higher-end rifle that was used over one of the "bargain" rifles, though.
The best deer rifle is dependent on where you are hunting. If you are hunting in the west where you may be making a long shot, you may find that you need a different gun than you would in, say the wooded areas of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee or Arkansas. What works in Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, or Western Oklahoma where shots can be several hundred yards will not work in an area where you may never be able to see anything further than 60 yards.
Where are you going to be hunting? Then we can talk about the best gun for your situation. There is no one size fits all when it comes to deer hunting situations in the US. The terrain dictates that you adapt to it, not the other way around.
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