Skip to comments.Vanity: Looking for a good all purpose hunting rifle for Christmas
Posted on 11/06/2013 12:31:49 PM PST by bigtoona
I know this will get a lot of replies but go for it. I just want to get some opinions on the different rifles out there to help me decide.
I grew up in PA until I was 11 so I never got to actually hunt with my brother and dad so I'm not super educated about all of the rifles out there.
I have pistols, shotguns and a couple of .22 rifles but now I would like to get a decent rifle for deer in case I get an opportunity to go hunting with a friend. Nothing too fancy or massively powerful, just good quality and dependable. Thanks all!
Any decent quality bolt action in .308 would be fine.
And, I love the curve in the forend:
Everyone will have their favorites. Most are excellent.
What kind of game? Whitetail deer I’m guessing?
Hard to go wrong with a lever action 30-30. Or as first reply stated .308 bolt gun from Ruger/Savage for cheaper or Remington/Winchester for more.
It would help to say what area, type of terrain.
For example, in Ohio, it is not legal to hunt deer with a rifle.
Any quality .308 (or 7.62 x 51, if you prefer).
Lately I’ve hunted with a FN FNAR, which is technically a 20 round sniper rifle -— basically a hunting rifle converted for military use.
I like it because of its mixed ability to both hunt and snipe, if need be.
Points to consider:
You’ll be hiking with it - consider the weight, though a heavier rifle magnifies your mistakes less...
You’ll only get one shot at a time...
Savage has the best rifles for an affordable price IMO. Their accutrigger is very nice.
2 Rifles and 1 Shot Gun that you should obtain:
1. A Good Quality 30-06(Savage, Winchester, Remington etc)
2. A Good Quality .22 Long Rifle(Ruger® 10/22)
3. A Good Quality Pump Shot Gun 12 Guage(Mossburg 500, Remington Wingmaster)
Hard to go wrong with a Winchester Model 94 30-30. Light weight and packs a very good punch, but I suppose it depends on where you live and what you’re hunting.
I don’t know much about rifles but I’m inheriting a 30/30 and was wondering how that compared to a .308. I have an AR 15 lower receiver coming and can’t wait to build something with it. While I’ve never shot an AR, how does that compare to a 30/30 in stopping power?
H&r handi rifle in .357 Magnum. An excellent rifle.
Ruger M77 or Win Model 70 in .243, .257 Roberts, .25-06, .270, .308, .30-06. All these calibers are sufficient for any small to medium size North American game and ammo is abundant.
SKS carbine. About 300 bucks. Shoots Russian 7.62. Rugged design and can be used as an effective self defense weapon.
What are you planning on stopping?
Put a set of peep sights on that 30-30 and use it.
If you want quality go with Henry rifles they are the finest guns I have ever shot.
It all depends on the size and variety of Christmas you are hunting.
The .30-.30 is less potent than a .308 but not by much. The benefit comes in the flatter trajectory. The .30-.30 has more drop down range.
Comparison of 5.56 and .308 ballistics:
Cartridge Model Cartridge size Cartridge weight Bullet weight Velocity Energy
5.56mm NATO M855 5.56×45mm 12.31 g (190 gr) 4.02 g (62 gr) 945.5 m/s (3,100 ft/s) 1,797 J
7.62mm NATO M80 7.62×51mm 25.40 g (392 gr) 9.33 g (147 gr) 838.0 m/s (2,749 ft/s) 3,275 J
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