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Old September 1, 2013, 11:51 PM   #26
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Check used rack,Be different try 25-06 & reload some you all ready got brass great dual purpose round.Great on deer. Not everybody has one.
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Old September 2, 2013, 01:51 AM   #27
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Browning BAR

About the BAR:
http://www.browning.com/products/cat...02B&catalog_=B


Pick one:
http://www.browning.com/products/cat...er.asp?f1=002B


Another .30-06 isn't a bad idea.
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Old September 2, 2013, 06:42 AM   #28
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+100 to what BIG P said.
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Old September 2, 2013, 06:51 AM   #29
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Northern Michigan, I'd go with a Remington 7600.
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Old September 2, 2013, 10:58 AM   #30
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Winchesters new Model 70 is the best version ever produced. In a feather weight its about as good as you will ever get. It certainly equals any of my Sako's in quality but I will give the nod to the M70 as a total package.
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Old September 4, 2013, 08:54 PM   #31
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I hunt whitetail in Wisconsin, and my 6.5 Creedmoor Savage Model 16 works great! Hornady factory hunting ammunition is cheap compared to 7mm-08 or 260, but can be hard to find.

Though a 6.5x284 Savage Model 116 will be my next buy.
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Old September 4, 2013, 09:21 PM   #32
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I recently bought a Savage Lightweight Hunter in .270 Win. Haven't found a reason to complain yet.
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Old September 5, 2013, 02:31 AM   #33
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There's so many really great rifles to choose from. Try going to gun shops and handling a few and see if something jumps out that really fits you. Then ask around if it's a POS or great...

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Old September 8, 2013, 11:43 PM   #34
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I've been a Ruger fan for more than 40 years and have never been disappointed. I would suggest 3 different ones.

1. The new Ruger American. I have seen them right around $500 and the reports seem good. Don't own one, but I would get the compact model in .308.

2. A Ruger Hawkeye Compact in .308. Light weight and mine shoots well.

3. Ruger RSI International in .308. Had this one since the first year they came out and it has been a great, easy to carry and a great shooter. Only problem is I think they recently quit making this one. Should be available on the used market.

As you can tell I like compact, light weight rifles in .308. I've hunted most of the Rockies in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado and never had the need for a heavy long barreled gun. Hope you find one you like for the right price.
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Old September 9, 2013, 07:49 AM   #35
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Interested in a No.1 International in 30'06 with a Leupold 3X9X40?




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Old September 9, 2013, 07:59 AM   #36
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+1 on the Weatherby Vanguard S2. 7mm-08 would be a nice change from your .30-06.
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Old September 11, 2013, 05:00 PM   #37
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For many years I shot low and medium priced rifles and while they were good enough they all required some work to get them to shoot accurately. Then I bought a Browning Stainless Stalker in 3006 caliber and I'll never need another rifle. Since the metal is stainless and the stock is fiber I don't have to worry about all the rain that is part and parcel of the hunting conditions in the N.W. The rifle shot 5/8" 5 shot groups right out of the box!!!! That was with inexpensive Federal ammo that I bought just to fire form the brass so that I had something to reload. Trigger was clean and didn't need any work at all. Although I could have adjusted it easily if need be. It's taken 9 elk with 9 shots and I was only able to recover 2 of the Barnes TSX bullets the other 7 being pass thru's. I use 180 gr Barnes TSX bullets and they are AWSOME!!!!The 2 I did recover were shot between the hams and the bullets went completely lengthwise thru the animal ending up at the base of the skull, perfectly mushroomed with virtually no weight loss!!! If I already had an 06 as you do I'd buy it in .243 win and load it with Barnes TSX bullets. Try it you will like it!!!!
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Old September 11, 2013, 09:06 PM   #38
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Old September 14, 2013, 08:31 PM   #39
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I had to pass on what I think is today's perfect deer rifle (whitetail).... For $750 Cabelas had a NIB Winchester featherweight in .257 Roberts...

My 40+ years go to deer rifle is a small ring Mauser in .257R and a new Featherweight is a classic choice. I believe that the .257R in a new/modern metallurgy receiver is about as perfect as it can get.
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Old September 14, 2013, 08:58 PM   #40
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The new Ruger American. I have seen them right around $500
Really? MSRP is $449!

If I paid $500 for an RAR I'd expect them to at least kiss me first...

They are a great rifle but not for that price. If you do a little shopping around you can find them for $350 pretty easily. I've seen them locally for $325 out-the-door.
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Old September 14, 2013, 09:10 PM   #41
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Here are a few fun ones which are something different to me:

Ruger M77 Standard in 257 Roberts or 243 Win

Ruger M77 Compact in 7mm-08 or 308 Win

Ruger #1 in 45-70

Ruger #1 International in 7 x 57

Winchester 1886 in 45-70

Remington 700 in 250 Savage

Savage 14 in 250 Savage

Marlin 336C in 35 Remington

Marlin 308MX in 308 MX

These are some oddball fun rifles great for deer hunting with a compact 4x scope on top in most cases. . .a bit more or a bit less as you might desire.
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Old September 15, 2013, 11:55 AM   #42
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In terms of being "fun and different" (I have already nominated the Ruger M-77 International chambered in .308), I would add the Savage Model 99 and the Winchester Model 88 rifles, both chambered in .358 Winchester and topped with either a receiver sight or a compact scope, to Nathan's list.
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Old September 15, 2013, 01:54 PM   #43
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dg,

Those are great choices that I should have included.

Winchester also makes a model 71, if I remember right in 348 WCF.


Frankly, we all probably need a bolt 30'06 or similar with a good 3-9 x 40 scope on it to really put meat on the table, but a nice compact rifle in 308 or smaller with a lightweight simple scope will put meat on the table with less weight, less recoil and possibly more fun.

Also, I love the rifle in Salty's pictures. That looks like a real fun rifle.
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Old September 15, 2013, 01:57 PM   #44
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Since you already have your meat and potatoes rifle and you want to change, why not something in a little less traveled. Three quickly come to mind. 25-06, 260 Remington, and 7mm-08. The 25-06 has been around a long time and is well proven. The 260 and 7-08 are both excellent cartridges. Ammo for all three are readily available. If you are looking for something odd ball, then perhaps a 6.5-06. Its an excellent cartridge too, but you will have to reload for it.
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Old September 15, 2013, 02:31 PM   #45
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Looking for a nice deer rifle

Those Winchester Model 70's currently being made by FN are some of the best in the history if the rifle. I am contemplating picking one up.
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Old September 15, 2013, 05:11 PM   #46
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That is a very accurate statement.

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Those Winchester Model 70's currently being made by FN are some of the best in the history if the rifle. I am contemplating picking one up.
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Old September 15, 2013, 10:59 PM   #47
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Have you considered a deer rifle on the AR frame?

The 6.5 Grendel will handle the same game out to within about 100 yards of what the 6.5x55, the .260 Rem, and 6.5 Creedmoor can do with the same barrel lengths.

The Grendel in a carbine format will handle was well as any of the 30-30 lever action rifles but has a trajectory more like the the .308 Winchester.
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Old September 16, 2013, 07:17 PM   #48
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Ditto what Liberty said. Stainless is the only way to go when facing the prospect of hunting in sloppy weather. I have a Ruger M77 stainless chambered in .308. Great knockdown power, easily found ammo that is loaded in various weights and applications. Sub moa groups with handloads. That's all you can expect in a rifle.
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Old September 16, 2013, 07:58 PM   #49
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The M70 Featherweight is a great rifle, I have owned several, both pre '64 and post and still own at least 3. You own and like a Rem M700 from a time when quality was GREAT and I doubt any Savage of any model would appeal to you (sorry Savage fans). Having owned a lot of deer rifles in my time and likely about 50+/- right now, my suggestion would be a BLR in either .308 or .358. Of all the rifles I own now, my BLR/.358 might be the last to go (or maybe go with me in the "box" )

Compact, lightweight and if you ever need a second shot (although that would be rare, I'm sure ) it's there and quick. I own lots of Marlins that include the 336ER and Marlin .375, .444S, 1895G and 1895M, but the BLR/.358 is the bomb. Look at it, rack the short-throw action and feel the light weight. Me thinks, you'll love it!!

Good luck with whatever you end up getting!!
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Old September 16, 2013, 09:20 PM   #50
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Savage 11/111 lightweight hunter. 6.5 Creedmoor would be my choice.
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