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Old February 9, 2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Best all around hunting rifle?

If you could only have one rifle to hunt anything from florida deer to alaskan moose in sun or rain what would it be?And which scope or sights would u pick?
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Old February 9, 2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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Deer to Moose is a jump. When I think of best all around hunting rifle, I think the BAR Safari .308
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:04 PM   #3
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I think 30-06 would be perfect. Scope choice is up to the shooter, but I like my 06 and burris scope combo. I also think .308 would be almost as good a choice.
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:14 PM   #4
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Winchester Model 70 in .30-06

Or maybe a Marlin 336 in .30-30

one of those or something in between
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:18 PM   #5
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30-06 no doubt. There are so many different bullet weights for a 30-06 it's almost mind boggling. The only problem you would run into is having to re-zero your scope when switching from a 150grain to a 220grain.

It's a big jump in bullet weight and ballistics.

As far as a scope, i'm really loving my Nikon Monarch 3x12x42 with BDC reticle
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:31 PM   #6
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30-06
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:34 PM   #7
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1903 springfield with a whelen style stock, rebored to 35 whelen improved, fit with a redfield "peep" sight, and warne rings and bases holding a 6X scope. 158 FMJ pistol bullets for camp meat, 200 or 225 spire points for general use and 250 or 300 grain bullets for the big uns.
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:44 PM   #8
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My Tikka T3 or Savage in .308...They are both blued. Not worried about getting them wet as I know how to completely strip and clean them to keep from rusting.
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:52 PM   #9
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Marlin XS-7 7mm-08 (~$300) with Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope (~$100). Synthetic stock, excellent caliber, good-cheap scope. Total package around $400 for hunting on the cheap with good/dependable gear.
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:54 PM   #10
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Marlin XS-7 7mm-08 (~$300) with Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope (~$100). Synthetic stock, excellent caliber, good-cheap scope. Total package around $400 for hunting on the cheap with good/dependable gear.
A little on the marginal side for the Alaskan game - especially if you want to get into Kodiak bear.
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Old February 9, 2011, 06:59 PM   #11
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Actually, that might be a good way to get into a Kodiak.
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Old February 9, 2011, 07:08 PM   #12
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A Bolt 30-06 with 150s for deer and 220s for moose then top it with a Nikon Monarch
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Old February 9, 2011, 07:45 PM   #13
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A bolt action 30.06 in stainless or with a tough weather resistant finish. Top it with a Nikon Monarch or Bushnell Elite scope.
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Old February 9, 2011, 07:46 PM   #14
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Howa 1500 in 30-06

Load em heavy or light....

daytime or night

HOWA..yeah thats right.
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Old February 9, 2011, 08:54 PM   #15
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Including moose, I'd pick my Shilen barreled 700 in 338-06. 200 Hornady for deer and 210 Noslers for moose.
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Old February 9, 2011, 08:57 PM   #16
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Model 70 30-06.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:00 PM   #17
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Marlin 336 in .35 Remington.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:29 PM   #18
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Where are you primarily hunting?

If in Florida and mostly close shots I would go with a 30-30 leaver and go with either regular Irons, peep or a low powered fixed scope.

The 30-30 is plenty capable of hunting any thing in N. America and you only have to get within a 100 yards or so.


If mostly someplace more open than Florida and only occasionally in Florida I would go with a 30-06, 308 or 7mm-08 what ever you choose but the 06 and 308 are going to have ammo available any where you go. I personally like a 4-12 scope for my hunting rifle. Mostly so that I can use the 12x at the range. I pack it out in the field on 4x.

I shoot a Marlin XS-7 in 308 with a really nice Vortex scope. I was about 510.00 into mine. And I really like it, it shoots well, and consistently

Good luck
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:35 PM   #19
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One rifle.... or one cartridge?


My Encore Pro Hunter would be my choice, since I can get a couple hundred different barrels for it.


Since I doubt that the spirit of the question, I pick my Encore in 7mm-08, as long as you stop at "moose". Kodiak bear would need something bigger but a 7mm-08 would be fine with large, tough bullets on moose.

For optics, I guess I'd pick a Sightron Big Sky, something like 4.5-14, if I have to pay for it. If I'm spending your money, a US Optics or Nightforce something.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:38 PM   #20
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It's hard to beat a .30-06 for North America.

My go-to hunting rifle is a .30-06 with a 6X fixed scope. If I don't know what I'll be hunting, or the ranges that I might have to take a shot, then the -06 gets the nod. I load it with 168 grain bullets and feel like I can take anything short of the big bears.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:43 PM   #21
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270 is able to drop just about every thin in North America.
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Old February 9, 2011, 09:49 PM   #22
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Old February 9, 2011, 10:38 PM   #23
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According to Joe Herring, former chief of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, and one heck of a hunter, the 30 06 is the ideal weapon in North America, as it can drop any indigenous animal on the continent.
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Old February 9, 2011, 10:44 PM   #24
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270 WSM is my round of choice... That or a good 280 rifle will kill about any North American game out there...
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Old February 9, 2011, 10:45 PM   #25
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I'd pick a Super Grade M70 Winchester in 270. Since its blued and wood stocked I'd figure out how to take care of it in bad weather.

Something like this:
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