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which rifle...multiple choice

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gspn, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    I'm looking at a new rifle for my son who turns 13 later this month. I'm looking at the following rifles in .270:

    Winchester Model 70
    Remington 700
    Weatherby Vanguard S2 sub moa
    Browning x bolt

    As a wildcard I found a Browning A-Bolt II in .308 at a nice price.

    My goal is to get him a rifle he can use to deer hunt with the rest of his life.

    Any thoughts on these rifles is appreciated.


    After receiving some very good advice here I put aside my desire to achieve surprise and I brought my son down to the store to make his own decision. He's had a pretty good day. He won 2 out of his 3 wrestling matches tonight at practice, then when he got in the truck I told him where we were going. He was excited.

    I was there as a sounding board...providing advice but not steering in any direction. He handled all four guns and there was nobody in the store so we had plenty of time. He must have gone through each one at least four times before deciding. In the end he bought the Weatherby Sub MOA. I had them put a Leupold VX2 3-9x40 on top and off we went.

    With any luck he'll be in the field with it this weekend. Its supposed to be bad weather though so he might have to wait another week.

    Thanks to all for the advice. Your collective input has helped make a great day for a 13 year old kid who really deserves it.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  2. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I would personally go with the model 70 I have a friend with one in 270 nice gun shoots well he is five for five with it on deer last five years:D.
  3. bjs1187

    bjs1187 Well-Known Member

    Get the .308.
  4. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    My last three rifles have been Tikka, CZ, and Remington 700. The Tikka and CZ have both been excellent out of the box, the Remington nearly doubled in price to get a decent stock and trigger.
  5. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    Of your choice I would go with the Winnie!
  6. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Win 70.
  7. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Winchester; LOVE my Featherweight 308, but then again remember I am a sucker for a Mauser style action. Real world accuracy 1" with factory core-lokts and 1/2-3/4" with handloads.

    Remington; The new ones are $#!^ and I won't waste another cent on their rifles (or handguns) Hopefully CCM will sell them to someone who gives a darn about quality, yeah they are that bad.

    Weatherby; never owned one, not because they are bad rifles but because the raised cheek rest on the stock feels too weird to me. Their reputation is very high quality and exceptional accuracy for what they cost.

    Browning; I own an A Bolt II (no X Bolt sorry), slick little gun, compact and not heavy but I have been having the darndest time trying to get it to shoot good. Finnaly found a load today that shows some promise but overall not my top pick. If you want the ultimate featherweight GET A TIKKA! Lighter, smoother, more accurate, and with a better trigger.

    Don't overlook Savage, they build some fantastic rifles, no Mauser actions or slicker then black ice bolt, but I have owned half a dozen of them and they stack up to most higher end guns.

    308, 270 and 30-06 are all great, I own all of the above and I prefer 308 myself but even that is second to my 6.5x55 which is the perfect deer rifle.
  8. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    I would opt for the s2
  9. Ro1911

    Ro1911 Well-Known Member

    30-30 lever action, ar15, or Remington 700 in 308 would be my choices but none of those are yours so I have to ask why the 270? 308 would be much preferable to me and 30-30 or 223 would be much preferable for a small shooter. He may need a smaller caliber to start with I remember when I started shooting 30-30 was really powerful lol.
  10. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    I would go for the A-bolt in. 308, but I prefer short actions. I own an A-bolt and it's a great gun.
  11. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    I like my Remington 700..... But I love my Winchester Model 70
  12. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the thoughts but some background on this kid might be in order. Recoil isn't a problem. This is a kid with solid fundamentals who has been hunting with his own rifle since he was six. He has been shooting my 44 mags (full house loads) since he was 10...he is better with a gun than every civilian adult that I've ever been around. He can literally pick up any gun I own and run it safely and effectively. You can hand him a rifle and he can stalk and kill a whitetail.

    I like the .270 due to the conditions we hunt in. One thing that gives the .270 a bit of an advantage over the .308 for me is that I already have a set of dies and a bunch of components lying around.

    I thought about buying the .308 for myself as I've hunted with an A Bolt II for the past 20 years and it's been so accurate that I've never considered getting another rifle...but it's cheap enough that it might make me buy it.

    I hesitate to get him the A Bolt II only because it's the older model and as he gets older it may become harder to find parts for it if he needs them. I also like the X Bolts ability to unload the gun while on "safe".

    I'm an accuracy freak...I can't stand a rifle that won't shoot tight groups so the Weatherby really grabbed my attention with the Sub MOA.

    They all seem to have their positives...it's a bit tough to choose.
  13. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Tikka also comes with a Sub-MOA guarantee, and in my experience they over deliver on that, quite a bit lighter then the Weatherby too. Try one of those before you put your money down, they will impress you. I love the fact that mine won't just shoot fantastic with one load, but I can run darn near anything through it and get superb accuracy.
  14. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    thanks...I'll definitely check that out!
  15. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    I'd go with the Winchester. Well, I did go with Winchester and I could not be happier. It will cloverleaf at 100 off of sand bags. Love my 375H&H.
  16. K1500

    K1500 Well-Known Member

    Why don't you ask him and let him help pick it out? One great memory from my childhood was obsessing over catalogs and finally picking out MY .30-06. I can still remember almost everything that happened that day, including what and where we ate. Let him have that kind of fun, even if it is a gift.
  17. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    That is an excellent suggestion.

    Oh...and buy the .308 for yourself.:)
  18. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    This is some good advice. I was given my first gun (a single shot 20 ga) as a birthday present but did not help pick it out. Don't get me wrong, I loved the gun, and the fact that my parents got it for me showed a lot of thought and care on their part that I really appreciated. However, when they took me to pick out a gun for graduation, I enjoyed it even more. We spent time together looking at guns, and I got to learn the pros and cons of each and was finally able to decide which I wanted.
  19. ttheel

    ttheel Well-Known Member

    I was posed with this same dilemma recently. I ended up going with the X bolt. It just felt right in my hands and shouldered well. I bought the Stainless Stalker in 300 WSM. It is a fine weapon and I am very happy.
  20. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about that. I can't determine if I'd rather have it be a total surprise...or let him know up front and pick one out.

    There appear to be more pro's than con's to letting him pick one out himself.

    The parent in me wants to see the look of surprise on his face when he opens it...but the realist in me wants to make sure that he gets one that fits him best. He's smart enough to make the decision on his own...I'll probably just bring him up there after school one day this week.

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