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General purpose rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hunter125, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Manny

    Manny Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    NE Ohio
    Before you purchase which ever rifle it is that you get, I encourage you to go check for ammo availability and price for which ever cartridge you decide on. Ammo cost is a big factor in how much you'll be able to shoot, particularly on a grad school budget.

    Also know where you are going to shoot. For me, my longest easily accesible range is 200 yards. If I want to try my hand at varmint hunting a small bore with frangible ammo is ok, as they will minimize issues with richochets, but a big bore with it's tougher bullets isn't around my populated area, that's why they are banned for deer hunting.

    I had a .308 & went to a .223 for ammo price and more usability of the cartridge for the shooting opportunities where I live. The only drawback I find is that the bullet holes are harder to see through the spotting scope @ 200 yards.
  2. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    All in due time. With school and other things I am sure a rifle is not the most important thing and a nice to have. Keeping that in mind and all things considered...

    I would still suggest the .308 in a bolt action rifle. I am not knocking the SKS suggestions as I have one around here somewhere but given a choice for a first rifle and general purpose use I like the .308. Yes, as mentioned an AR 10 especially a good one is nice but not quite a budget rifle either.

    If I went new I would be thinking Savage rifles in your price range. Now if you consider used you may be able to get more bang for the buck. There are plenty of used like new rifles out there to be had.

    As to the .308 in general? You really aren't giving much up between the larger 30-06 and a .308. Yes, as mentioned the 30-06 will toss the heavier 220 grain bullets out there. I have a few 30-06 rifles and have never felt the need for a 220 grain bullet, then too I never went after elk with the guns. :)

    Your rifle and your call and the only thing important is once you decide is that you are happy with your decision. No shortage of great advice here for the decision making process.

  3. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Sullivan County PA
    Go with a medium caliber bolt:

    257 Roberts
    7mm 08

    Did I mention the 6.5x55
  4. Jaxondog

    Jaxondog Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Culbreth NC
    Lever guns in 30-30, 357, 44mag, 356 or 358. I would prefer the 356.:)
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