I am a newbie here, and a newbie deer hunter. got ten days left to fill my tag for this season (only one per year here in Maine, and it must be a buck, unless you win the lottery for an antlerless deer). Anyway, i am currently using a Winchester 94 in 30-30 which i borrowed from a friend. I am finally comfortable enough with it to attempt to shoot something this year. my question though is regarding next year (never too early to prepare,right?) id like to buy a scoped 30-06, any recommendations for a beginner on budget? I'd prefer relatively modern sporting arms rather than milsurp.
thanks in advance
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The Deer Hunter
November 20, 2008, 08:08 PM
What is your budget?
November 20, 2008, 08:09 PM
id like to spend $500 max
November 20, 2008, 08:11 PM
check out marlin, mossberg, stevens, and savage
they are all good priced riflesand come in .30-06
i had my shop order me a marlin xl7 in .30-06 today total was 341 with tax
that leaves you 139 for optics the ones i listed are about that range
id stay away from the lower end remingtons
November 20, 2008, 08:13 PM
Thanks paintball, thats a good start.
furthermore, i'd vote paul-nugent for '12 right now if i could.
November 20, 2008, 09:51 PM
As soon as deer season is over, start checking the used racks at your local gunstores and pawn shops. A lot of good rifles get traded in. Stay away from the cheapo Rems and Savages. You should be able to find a good used Rem, Ruger, Win, or Savage for under $500 with scope.A quality rifle will last you a lifetime and your kids and grandkids will still be enjoying it long after you're gone.
November 20, 2008, 10:01 PM
This is an outstanding package deal for a fine 30-06.