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Old February 15, 2013, 06:57 PM   #26
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I suggest a Savage Weather Warrior. It will come in well under your budget and leave you some extra money for the scope. I would suggest another caliber as I believe .308 and .30-06 are slight overkill for deer/boar in most situations, but it will open up a whole new can of worms. All I'll say is the Weather Warrior is also offered in .25-06, .260 rem, 6.5 creedmoor, .270 win, and .270 wsm, to name a few.
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Old February 16, 2013, 10:37 AM   #27
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SteveNChunter your right that would be a perfect rifle for the OP, my daughter has one in .270 win, and its very nice, wer'e developing loads for it right now actually.
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Old February 16, 2013, 11:34 AM   #28
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The .270 is one of the best all around deer cartridges IMO. Whats your favorite load with it so far? My father hunts with a Ruger M77 MKII all weather in .270. He used to handload for it until he tried some 130 gr. Federal fusions. He shoots consistent MOA groups, and all the deer he's shot with it were DRT if he put it in the right place. I use 120 gr. fusions in my .25-06, same results. My wife shoots 95gr. fusions in her .243, same results. To the OP, If you end up buying a rifle in a pretty common caliber, I strongly recommend trying a box of Fusions. Unfourtunately they aren't offered in many uncommon or obsolete calibers.
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Old February 16, 2013, 01:49 PM   #29
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She shoots 130 grain Core Lokts to good results right now, but the loads wer'e testing is 140 grain Partitions and RL 19 powder, but we haven't shot that yet.
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Old February 16, 2013, 09:35 PM   #30
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Not meaning to hijack the thread with reloading talk, but while the partition is a great bullet that has stood the test of time, a 140 gr. might not get full expansion, especially at longer ranges, unless she hits the deer squarely in the shoulder bone. They are really tough bullets. I'd consider the 140 gr. partition closer to an elk load. Personally I'd stick to 130's for whitetails. The extra velocity will aid in expansion and shoot a little flatter at the same time with slightly less recoil. But that is just my opinion and your results may vary. RL-19 is a good powder, as well as RL-22, IMR4350, and H4831. I havent dabbled in reloading as much as my father who loaded for his .270 for years among other calibers, but all those powders have decent results in a .25-06. A .270 should like similar powders. Try some different primers as they can make more of an accuracy difference than one might think.

Not trying to tell you what to do, Im sure you have more experience reloading than I do anyway. I'm still wet behind the ears. I just like to get in a good reloading conversation every now and then. I usually end up learning something.

Ok, sorry OP. Now back to hunting rifle advice
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Old February 17, 2013, 06:54 PM   #31
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With a $1,000 budget, Winchester EW. Street price should be just under $1,000. This gets you true CRF and a quality stock instead of the cheap tupperware versions sold by everyone else. Best buy in a do it all gun.
I just picked one up in .270 Win but I'm pretty sure it will be impossible to keep at or under $1000 with optics. I haven't found a price around cheaper than Bud's is offering and I looked for about six months before I bought my rifle. With shipping and FFL fees my used EW cost right at $800. Scope rings and bases I'm into it for another $400 not terribly over budget but still not cheap.

However the EW has some things I don't like about it. It feels a little thick through the wrist and forend but I've been spoiled by the McMillan Edge. I'm not a fan of the fluted barrel as well it looks cool but does nothing for the rifle IMO. Other than that I still have to shoot the rifle, hopefully this week sometime if the weather holds out I was going to shoot it yesterday but accidently left the ammuniton on top of the safe.

For $1000 you have a lot of options, and if you aren't in a hurry you can get a great rifle together. I'd start looking at all the pawn shops and LGS's used rack, find a rifle that fits the bill. I know you stated .30-06 or .308 but don't discount other cartridges as well. If you never hunt outside of FL there will be many other smaller cartridges that will serve you well. I'd spend about $300-350 on a decent used rifle, if I didn't like the stock I could pick up a decent Bell & Carlson stock for another $300, a good scope for another $300 and have around $100 left over for rings and mounts.
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Old February 18, 2013, 05:05 PM   #32
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mosin nagant is 100$ and is a popular hunting rifle with loads of add on parts to buy, also round is equivalent to 30 odd 6 and is cheaper to buy
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Old February 20, 2013, 09:56 AM   #33
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There are so many choices under $1,000. A Tikka would probably be at the top of my choices.
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:48 PM   #34
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Don't overlook the Weatherby Vanguard either
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:45 PM   #35
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You can get into the lower end MarkV's in the 1K range.
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Old February 20, 2013, 09:55 PM   #36
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I've yet to see a new Mark V under $1k around here, but thats not to say they cant be had. The top of the line Vanguards are pushing $1k. The Vanguard Series 2 Back Country has a msrp of $1399 but usually sell for $900-$950.
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Old February 20, 2013, 10:02 PM   #37
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MSRP on the fibermark is $1500. If you have a dealer that treats you right you can get it for about $1,100. About 6 years ago, I bought several Mark V's for $475 each.

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Old February 20, 2013, 11:16 PM   #38
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Buying a rifle is like buying clothes, dont buy something because it looks good but doesnt fit you. And remember the rifle is only a part of the equation, a bad scope will make a good rifle bad in a hurry. And a good rifle and good glass is nothing without practice, practice, practice. Out of all the rifles suggested you wont be disappointed.
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Old February 21, 2013, 07:42 PM   #39
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With your budget there is a plethora of high quality and accurate rifles from which to choose - FN 'Winchester' 70, Savage 11/111, Weatherby Vanguard S2, Tikka T3, TC Icon, Browning X and A bolts, etc. Handle as many as you can - preferably back to back at a well stocked gun shop - and see which one fits you best. Better yet, see if you can fire some of them at your local range before making your selection.

Let us know what you select. And post pictures of the rifle and groups. Remember, some of us are living vicariously through your rifle purchase.
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Old February 26, 2013, 06:50 PM   #40
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Ideas

Sporterize Old Rifles Such As:

- Mosin Nagant
- Springfield 1903
- British Enfield
- Mauser

New Rifles:

- Browning X-Bolt
- Remington 700
- Mossberg 4x4
- Ruger M77
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:15 PM   #41
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the best buy out there for 1/2 your budget is the Savage Trophy Hunter XP package with the Nikon ProStaff Scope. I have seen them all over Montana for $499. They are available in all the popular long and short action chamberings.
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:32 PM   #42
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I have a little Rem Mdl. 7 in 7-08 and it is a sweet, short lightweight rifle with more than enough punch for deer of hogs, they also make them in .308. Haunt the pawn shops you can find plenty of good used rifles in the configuration you want. I did handle a Marlin X7 the other day and it was a pretty good feeling rifle as well.
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