GUN Beginner question: Which caliber for different game

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  1. 70Machwon

    70Machwon New Member

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    Eventually(hopefully sooner then later) i plan to get a hunting rifle. Mainly for deer, but i would also like to be able to use it for boar. I was thinking 30-06, or .308 for longer shots as good all around calibers, also .300 or even .270. My friend just bought a 7mm magnum Remington 710, and that seems a bit too big for a single hunting rifle. I can only afford one.


    So baisically i just want a nice first hunting rifle, i know that shot placement is the most critcal component, but what is a good all around caliber for deer and such game. Also what are some well priced (around 450-500 or so) rifles for this sized game.


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    Can't go wrong with a .30-06 :dunno:
     
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    .308 is a very versatile caliber, ballistically equivalent to .30-'06. That's what I'd go with if I had to buy one bolt action rifle.
     
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    cann't go wrong with either 308 or 30-06 for a bolt gun. both are capable of taking whatever game you want.
     
  5. chakup

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    I was in the same boat, when I get one it'll be .308. still large enough for most game, a little softer to the shooter and plenty of reach.
     
  6. 70Machwon

    70Machwon New Member

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    Very cool.

    My friend just got a 7mm mag, I am also wondering if this is a bit large for just a single hunting rifle (he doesnt own any others). I dont plan on getting one since the ammo is so damn expensive, but why would the guy tell hiim to get the 7mm instead of the 30-06 he had his heart set on.
     
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    Also if your looking to get more then one rifle, you can pick up an SKS 7.62x39 for around $100ish, many deer and boar have been taken with a SKS. I see your in cali though, but I'm pretty sure as long as there's no bayonet or grenade launcher you can still havem I remember seeing neutered sks's for ca. market.
     
  8. krott5333

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    I shoot .270 WIN for deer..

    but .308 is probably a better choice.. more accurate :coold:
     
  9. 7

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    Because magnum rifles cost more?
     
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    yea they have em here. Even with teh bayonets on em.

    We'll see, it will be a while before i get one, as im 19 and will have to drop some change on it. But i am gathering info.

    thanks.
     
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    Painkiller Sometimes remembering is better than forgetting

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    .270 win will take any deer.
     
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    i think it was the same. REmginton 710 is the same for 7mm, 30-06, AND .308 as far as i know. At least at the big 5.
     
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    7mm is versatile more then I would use on a deer though. if your just hunting boar and deer 308 is perfect, any 30 caliber round will easily take both. I've taken deer with 30-06 and 308 out of bolt guns, 7.62x39, and 30 carbine out of a m1 carbine.
     
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    no kidding, seems like magnums are usually $20-50 more.
     
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    Mostly suggesting the SKS cause it'll take both and ammo is dirt cheap if you want to use it to plink at the range, but mil surp 308 and 30-06 isn't that expensive either and ok for plinking.
     
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    cool, thanks for the info. I plan to get a ruger 10/22 first for plinking, then the bigger cal. rifles for hunting as I go more. AS it is i havnt been hunting yet, but im all set to go, i just need someone to take me. If push comes to shove ill put some rifled slugs in teh remington for now.


    thanks again. keep the advise commin.
     
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    7mm-08 is a good caliber
     
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    270 is a good caliber... variety of loads etc...
     
  19. krott5333

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    I :love: my 270

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    Are there any rounds that are becoming obsolete/phased out that I should avoid? Specifically, which will be more likely to be around for the long run: .308 or 30-06? Or both? I don't want to get stuck trying to find discontinued ammo. :hs:
     
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    both 308 and 30-06 will be around until you're dead
     
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    If you're buying a new factory rifle the odds of buying one chambered in dying caliber is very slim. Might want to watch those WSSMs though...
     
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    :werd: not sure how long 308's been around but its been a long time, 30-06 i thinks been around for over 100 years aint going to be dying anytime soon, new weapons still being made in it. Hell theres alot of old mil surp rifles floating around in odd calibers that noone makes anymore but theres still tons of milsurp floating around for them.
     
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    99 actually (06, hint hint) :o
     
  25. krott5333

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    30-06.. i believe the 06 means 1906.. the 30 is 30 caliber :dunno:

    dont quote me on that..

    and 308 is popular all over the world (7.62mm)
     

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