Dont want to get shot for lack of shootin back


John E Boy
February 28, 2006, 05:05 PM
Hey I've gotten great advice from you guys before so here's another one. Is there a treatise that you recomend on rifle calibers/loads/brands, before I go and buy a game rifle. Or even a previous post that explains these things.Thanx

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February 28, 2006, 05:15 PM
What kind of game are we talking about?

February 28, 2006, 05:52 PM
Many will say the all around rifle is a bolt action in .270 Win including the Master Jack O'Connor. Good for deer and step up to 150 grain bullets for elk.

Hey Hey, I just happen to have one for sale. $375 with shells. Near Alabama?

February 28, 2006, 07:41 PM
This is a subject that people can debate for days on end. Your question is too broad. It's like asking "Hey, you have any suggestions on a good car?"

So answer a few questions and I'm sure we couod narrow down the suggestion list a LOT.
What do you plan to hunt?
How often do you plan to shoot this gun? Just to hunt or also to go to the range and shoot for fun?
What ranges do you expect to have to shoot at?
Have you ever shot before? Was there a certain kind of rifle (bolt, lever, semi-auto, military) you liked shooting before now?
How much money did you want to spend?

If you can answer these it'll help us guide you to some good choices.

February 28, 2006, 08:20 PM
just stop by the rifle forum and read a bit.

February 28, 2006, 10:07 PM
What kind of game is shooting at you? The most dangerous game?

Red Tornado
February 28, 2006, 10:38 PM
This question usually teaches us that the perfect caliber is anywhere from .22 to 45/70 for anything from mice to moose. (It's about the shot placement.)

Your best bet would be a .22 with lots (I mean lots) of breaking in. Hey, I just happen to have one for sale. Are you around Missouri? :evil:

Seriously, Bigfatken is probably right in the .270 being the most recommended all around cartridge. However, answer epijunkie's questions and you'll probably get some useful advice. Otherwise it's just guesswork and smarta$$es like me. ;)

John E Boy
March 1, 2006, 09:35 AM
To answere some of those Q's 1. Deer, Black bear in MI. , or even a trip to alaska one day I'm still young enough with lots to do. 2 I know the range is a necessity to be successful at hunting and that would be on my agenda. 3. Rifle 4. Just more than a beginner, Grampas 22's and then some 5.Bolt action I think. 6. Under a grand. Any advice is really appreciated, Still the question is a treatise or publication on calibers that describes the sizes abilities pros and cons,ie 270/ 3030/3006/325 It might as well be greek to me, Until I can read up on it. Thanx

March 5, 2006, 03:10 PM
Once you put in those magic words, it is a whole new ball game. The all round rifle just does not exist, if you include Alaskan Brown bears. Jack O,Connor would say: well, you need your light weight .270 for the mountains, your long barrel .270 with bi-pod for the plains, etc.

How about two since you have $1000 to spend? The .270 I won in a raffle is a Remington with scope. They sell for ~$350 online. That leaves $650 for a .338 Mag that you will need in Alaska. However, people do trade guns.

Buy a good one now under .30 cal, and trade later for bigger, if and when needed. Any of the 7mm/08 or .260s or the new Super Short Magnums (SSM) will be hot sellers for a while and will make a good trading gun later.

Any caliber like the .300 Win Mag is a has been for trading and I see them
~$50 less than the new .300 SSM, so avoid the wonderful old calibers like
.257 Roberts , as the new SSM are what's hot now.

March 5, 2006, 03:14 PM
Yeah, sounds like two rifles one for Alaska and another for the lower 48. Although, I find that 4 or 5 (or 9 or 10) is even better!

Seriously, a nice thing about the .308 and .30-06 is you can get surplus military ammo relitively cheap for plinking or varmiting. Plus, they are both versitle enough for the lower 48 states.

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