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Second Deer Rifle Time......

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HB, Oct 20, 2008.


Which Deer Gun?

  1. Remington 700

    30 vote(s)
  2. Savage 110 (or Stevens)

    32 vote(s)
  3. Weatherby Vanguard

    13 vote(s)
  4. Marlin 336

    20 vote(s)
  1. HB

    HB Well-Known Member

    I'm in the market for a new deer rifle with a few parameters:
    1. My max range will be about be about 200 yards
    2. I don't mind recoil but I shoot softer kicking guns a lot better
    3. Cost can't be more than $400 without glass
    4. It must come with sling studs!
    5. The cheaper the better

    I have been hunting with a 30-30 for a few years now but it limits my stand location quite a bit. The M94 is great to carry and will certainly continue to be used but the sights stink and it isn't the most accurate rifle but it is PLENTY powerful. I guess the bigger issue is that the Winchester will never be allowed to wear a scope and with a 200 yard shot and antler point restrictions, a scope will be nice. That being said my last few shots have been at 50, 30, and 20 yards :D

    Also recommend calibers please.... 22-250, .243, 30-30, .308, .270, 30-06.


  2. ashtxsniper

    ashtxsniper Well-Known Member

    savage 110 30-06
  3. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  4. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    For 400 plus a little you can pick up a used Savage 110 or a new Stevens 200, and add a decent scope. I'd consider 7mm-08. For example a new Stevens 200 7mm-08 with a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9 would still be under 500 I think.
  5. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Out to 200 yards, a 30-30 can do the job. The reason I voted for the Marlin, is that the shots you have taken recently have been shorter range, the longer ones would be the exception rather than the rule. I would be looking at a short-medium barreled carbine, in a intermediate-powered cartridge, which can be set up in a way that you can use the iron sights UNDER the scope.

    I was talking with my dad this weekend, I'm thinking my next hunting rifle might be a used Remington 760/7600 pump with the shortest barrel, in either .243 or .308, with peep-thru mounts and a flat 4x scope. Sometimes we go out in thick brush, and the terrain and cover varies quickly. I'm not into lever guns, maybe if I were a little more familiar with some of them I would consider similar options.
  6. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    Not a bad one on your list, I'd say. My only centerfire rifle is a Vanguard 30-06. Well made, fits me very comfortably, very accurate, and very affordable. I can't compare it to the others, as I don't own them. But the Vanguard is everything I wanted it to be. I like the 24" barrel, that maximizes the -06 ballistics.
  7. TnBigBore

    TnBigBore Well-Known Member

    If your longest shots will be 200 yds there is no reason not to go with the Marlin 30-30. It will be shorter and lighter than all but the ultralight bolt guns and is still a good bit handier than any bolt rifle. Nearly all of the Marlin 336 rifles I have owned were quite accurate, with some rivaling my best bolt guns. Slap a nice trim Leupold 2-7X scope on it mounted low and you will have an awesome deer rifle. Why carry around a rifle that is heavier and more cumbersome than you need?
  8. TnBigBore

    TnBigBore Well-Known Member

    Just my two cents also, but I would stay away from the see-through mounts for the 30-30. There is no way to get a proper cheek weld with those high mounts and I have never missed a shot at a deer with the scope set on 2X. Keep it on 2x all the time unless you see a deer further off, have a good rest and need the extra magnification.
  9. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    For me it would be the Remington If I didn't have one. Savage 110 if I already did.
  10. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    "Slap a nice trim Leupold 2-7X scope on it (Marlin 30/30) mounted low and you will have an awesome deer rifle. Why carry around a rifle that is heavier and more cumbersome than you need?"

    Amen to THAT !


    FMJMIKE Well-Known Member

    Marlin 336.............I just bought one myself...........:D
  12. homers

    homers Well-Known Member

    Marlin XL7
  13. pbrktrt

    pbrktrt Well-Known Member

    Vanguard in 270. put a decent scope on it. pick the spot on the deer & shoot it. leave a gutpile & enjoy the backstrap.
  14. cliffy

    cliffy member

    Deer are NOT hard to quell, so why a second choice?

    Less power to destroy less edible meat might prove a sensible answer. Most .30 caliber rifles are FAR ABOVE the task of putting healthful venison into the pot of a starving American family. Some politicians do not actually starve regarding hunting as a necessity, since restaurant fare many be pricey, but delicious. I've learned that a .243 Winchester provides sufficient deer-harvesting ability under nearly EVERY circumstance. I've seen the shoulder aftermath of .300 WSM shooters, and it ain't pretty unless black-and-blue are your favorite primary colors. Still Americans still are allowed their God-Given Rights to shoulder coloration as their badge of manhood. Lets keep it this way forever. cliffy
  15. bang_bang

    bang_bang Well-Known Member

    +1 for Stevens Model 200

    I'm a firm believer in these rifles. They are ugly, but you can go crazy on the paint and it'll look better than the day you got it out of the box. For 200 yard shots, 7-08 is an all around deer killer, much like the 30-30. The Model 200 is a light gun, but even my 300 Mag doesn't kick as bad as one would think. Short action calibers, for what you've described, would be the 7-08 and .308. Long action would be the 25-06, .270, and 30-06...just to keep recoil to the minimum. I just picked the 300 Mag to get more BANG for the BUCK.

    Brand new, without a scope, these rifles sell for around $300...give or take $10. Wally World has priced them at around $270 I think, but don't quote me on that, been a year since I shopped for mine.
  16. SpeedAKL

    SpeedAKL Well-Known Member

    For 400 you can get a new Savage 110 if you look around. They're very accurate guns.

    As for caliber, since you already have a .30-30, I'd with with .270, .308, or .30-06.
  17. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

  18. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    id go with the marlin

    get a good scope and thats it

    i love mine and have it sighted in for 175yards which is the zero in the ballistics so it will be like .25 high at 200 but that is insignificant on a deer in my opinion

    ive used the mossberg and for me the stock isnt comfortable idk why but it just doesnt fit well

    i do like the marlin xl7 in .30-06 and its only 300bucks
  19. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    All of your options in the poll are good choices. I voted for the Vanguard because,to me,it has the smoothest action of all of them. It is a bit heavier than the others but that helps steady the rifle and absorbs some of the recoil.
  20. achildofthesky

    achildofthesky Well-Known Member

    I voted for the M700 but how about a decent low to mid power scope for your 30-30 and save the $$ for a hunt in the future that you ordinarily might not take...

    I just put a Leupold FXII ultralight 2.5x wide duplex on my Marlin 1894ss with Warne qd rings and will swap that scope between the 1894 and 336 marlins. I really like to compactness of the scope but the quality is better than I expected for $240 new delivered to my door from Optics planet...

    Also, I just bought this for general deer hunting, backup/loaner rifle:


    Pretty inexpensive, as easy to handle, as your '94, shoots very well with PLENTY of power for most likely anything you will ever encounter and ammo is as common as pimples on a teenager... Lot's of possibilities...

    Enjoy the quest
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008

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