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ronaldburr

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Searching for Hunting Rifles
« on: January 13, 2016, 12:25:25 AM »
Hi,
I am planning to buy hunting rifles for my next hunt. I got a website {redacted}. If anyone has any idea about this website, please share your opinion.
Thank you
« Last Edit: January 14, 2016, 08:40:05 AM by sqlbullet »

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2016, 05:04:50 AM »
Depends lot on what you will be hunting.

For an all around that would take most game on the planet, I would look long and hard at the medium bores like 338 Federal, 35 Whelen or my new favorite, the 358 Winchester.

If you are going to depend on factory ammo though, 30-06 Springfield or 308 Winchester is the clear choice.

As far as the actual gun, dependent on your budget, I would go Mausingfield as a first choice.

On a budget, Ruger American or a Savage would get my nod.  This would be a fine all purpose rifle for under $600:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/savage-16-trophy-hunter-xp-bolt-action-338-federal-centerfire-22452-11356224521?a=1818214
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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2016, 11:17:17 AM »
No experience with that particular website however as far as their rifle recommendations...
I personally own three of their recommended rifles: Browning XBolt, Ruger American Rifle & Marlin Lever Action.  All three are fine rifles with platforms that are very, very sound.

With regard to caliber; heavily dependent on what game you plan to hunt, the terrain (flat open, brushy, heavily wooded, etc, etc, etc), distance you plan to shoot (15 yards or 500 yards), environmental conditions (snow, desert, rain/ice).  After you know those answers you then need to decide how much you want to spend on rifle and optics.  After you nail all that down, we can probably point you in the right direction.

308, 30-06, 270 some of the most popular (lots and lots of commercially available ammo options) all around cartridges.  Those will work well on game from White Tail Deer, Black Bear up to Elk at moderate distances.  30-30 is great woods rifle for medium game from short distances up to 100-150 yards.

Bigger game and or greater distances take you up into the 338, 358, 300 win mag, 45-70 (maybe not a long range choice but big bore, short range, tried and true nostalgia pick) range.  Hunting dangerous game that very well might hunt you back notches your choices up even more. 

Good Luck.
 

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2016, 12:19:00 PM »
With regard to caliber; heavily dependent on what game you plan to hunt, the terrain (flat open, brushy, heavily wooded, etc, etc, etc), distance you plan to shoot (15 yards or 500 yards), environmental conditions (snow, desert, rain/ice).

This.

But, for an all around, consider the following.

The 358 Winchester can be loaded with any 38/357 handgun bullet clear up to the 280 grain heavies.  And in a solid modern bolt gun can be safely loaded well into magnum pressure ranges with safety.

End result is mouse loads suitable for even game as small as rodents, all the way up to dangerous game if you pick your shot, load heavy and have a proper guide backing you up.  All this in a short action rifle, with a 18"-20" barrel.  Nice and compact.

You need to handload for these benefits as the off the shelf options are pretty much 200-225 grain loaded for hog, deer and elk.  But the capability and flexibility is there.

And in terms of momentum/energy per grain of powder burned, the 358 has to be in the top 5 most efficient ever.


http://www.leverguns.com/articles/paco/358_wcf.htm

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2016, 06:10:53 AM »
hunting rifle kinda vague .....you hunting squirrels or rhinos....kinda different rifles i would imagine.

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2016, 06:51:49 AM »
I am getting the impression he just came here to lure us to that website.  I think it is actually his and he monetizes it by people buying through the links.  Partner programs.

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 07:31:56 AM »
I am getting the impression he just came here to lure us to that website.  I think it is actually his and he monetizes it by people buying through the links.  Partner programs.

Yep, at least. He's posted similar "hit 'n run" posts on a couple dozen other "gun" sites, many of them "spammed" by the admins. The site is only a couple months old with canned info, resources and links. No contact info. All the posts are similar, with some variations. Many of them suggest "he" may have some difficulty with the English language, as well. A phishing expedition, methinks.
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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 07:45:45 AM »
Jokes on him!  We are having fun with the discussion he started!

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 08:24:06 AM »
Jokes on him!  We are having fun with the discussion he started!

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Moderator,
I suggest you kill his link in original thread so nobody else blunders into the snare in the future. 


Then we keep otherwise interesting discussion going... 
Any other rifle or caliber suggestions for a single option, all around hunting cartridges out there?   
 

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2016, 08:55:50 AM »
Done.

And, 270 Winchester and 260 Remington are high on my lists IF dangerous game is not on the menu.  I favor short actions, so the 260 Remington gets slight props, and I have plans to build an AR-10 upper in this caliber.  Already have dies in fact.  270 attractive though as it is about as small a bullet I like to cast.  I have a shooting buddy with a 270 and it is a fine rifle.

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2016, 12:04:26 PM »
WHAT you are hunting isn't important. What may be hunting YOU, is. If you're hunting grouse in the Northern Rockies, you may want to have a little more than a single shot .410 handy.
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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2016, 06:46:32 AM »
For the thick wooded area where shots are going to be within 100 yards or so, I like the 35 Remington but there is nothing wrong with the 30-30. For a budget rifle, I opted for the Mossberg Patriot in 308 Win. The scope that came with it is not anything special. I put a Vortex Diamondback on it.  Mossberg does sell a combo with a Vortex Crossfire, but negative reviews I read is what pushed me to the next model up. The rifle is accurate for out to 200 yards. Its all I have to shoot at.  I liked it so much I went and picked up another one in 30-06 (because the retailer didn't have one in 270). I also topped that one with Diamondback.

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2016, 07:02:44 AM »
I ... picked up another one in 30-06 (because the retailer didn't have one in 270).

That seems to me to mean you need to run 5K-10K rounds though it so it needs re-barreled. ;D

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2016, 06:28:12 PM »
I have a 30/30 for the woods and I just picked up a 6.5x55 for deer and antelope out in the wide open spaces. Really looking forward to building up some loads with that one. There's a mountain of info on them, especially from the swedes and Norwegians. If I ever went after big game and stuff like elk, I'd probably get a 7mm mag, 338 Lapua or something similar.

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Re: Searching for Hunting Rifles
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2016, 07:53:32 AM »
338 lapua is just a toy.  It does nothing at ethical hunting range that tons of other cartridges do with less cost and recoil.  If you want one, great, but I would not call it a hunting cartridge.