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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jmacalpine, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. Jmacalpine

    Jmacalpine Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    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

  2. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    What is your budget?
  3. Jmacalpine

    Jmacalpine Well-Known Member

    id like to spend $500 max
  4. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    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
  5. Jmacalpine

    Jmacalpine Well-Known Member

    Thanks paintball, thats a good start.

    furthermore, i'd vote paul-nugent for '12 right now if i could.
  6. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

  8. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    I'd go Savage package deal or get the Mossberg ATR. BTW my ATR shoots 3/4" groups at 100yrds with Federal 150gr SP Power Shok $12.97 at Wally World!

  9. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    the weatherbys feel rather heavy to me but are darn good guns if you dont mind the weight its a good choice

    jp do you like your atr?

    i held and fired one or two and just didnt like it much i have nothing against mossberg but it just didnt feel good
  10. hadmanysons

    hadmanysons Well-Known Member

    Much agreed. I have a Remington 710 (came with a scope). Not terrible but could have done much better for same price or less.
  11. SimpleIsGood229

    SimpleIsGood229 Well-Known Member

    A word of advice: the scope you pick is far more important than the rifle it's mounted on. If you have to, buy a quality scope, then buy a used rifle from a pawn shop. Never skimp on glass!

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