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View Poll Results: best 270 under 400
Ruger American 17 26.98%
Weatherby Vanguard 22 34.92%
Savage Axis 11 17.46%
Other - (Leave Comment) 16 25.40%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old January 28, 2013, 07:43 PM   #26
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Thanks to everyone for their opinions, I'm looking very deeply at the Ruger, Weatherby, and the TC venture. I know for sure Rugers are good, as well as tc. Idk about weatherby, but it looks to be the most liked. I've also decided to go with 30-06. If all three were on a rack, which would you grab to have for deer, elk, bear, and maybe a unicorn.
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Old January 28, 2013, 08:47 PM   #27
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Of those three, and to stay within your budget, The T/C Venture. If you are planning on going after elk and black bear, the .30-06 is more of a "do-all" caliber because of the wide range of bullet weights, but keep in mind all those different weight bullets wont shoot as accurate in the same rifle. They require different barrel twist rates to achieve the best accuracy. I wouldnt hesitate to take the .270 to hunt any of the three types of game you mentioned, it will kill them all quite well. If you dont mind me asking, what made you decide on 30-06 over .270? There's not many critters in the lower 48 that a 150 gr. bullet in a .270 wont cleanly kill. The .270 is simply a necked-down, lighter recoiling version of the .30-06 that offers 110-150 gr. factory ammo. I prefer the .270 as you can tell, but there are as many if not more people out there who prefer the 30-06, it is largely a matter of opinion. You will be pleased with either one.
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Old January 28, 2013, 09:44 PM   #28
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Cody, I would have to shoot the Unicorn with a .204 Ruger. He might out run everything else.
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Old January 28, 2013, 10:06 PM   #29
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@stevenchunter

The reason I chose 30-06 is because the wider variety (grain - up to 220) of ammo, and It has a little more power than the .270. Another reason is because I'm 15 and its MY (not dads) first deer rifle. I have a Benelli Nova 12 gauge which I got this Christmas and love it, I'm gonna use slugs till I save up to get it before September. I'm gonna mow grass, chop wood, clean glutters, etc. before football season.. I want to work my butt of till I have enough money to lay on the counter and get the rifle, probably the ruger or TC, and a 3-9x40 redfield with the accu-range reticle. I think it's worth the hard work instead of askin mom or dad, idk, i respect it more.
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Old January 28, 2013, 11:29 PM   #30
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You cant go wrong with the 30-06 as a general purpose deer hunting round. It is indeed very versatile.
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Old January 29, 2013, 06:00 AM   #31
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Like I said, there are probably more people out there who prefer the 30-06 to the .270 and it is a very versatile caliber. You cant go wrong either way. No matter what me or anybody else on here tells you, you should get what YOU want and you will be happier in the end. Go to the gun store and ask to handle both the T/C and the Ruger, put them both up to your shoulder and see how they feel to you, ask permission to dry-fire them both and see how each trigger feels to you. The best rifle is like best caliber, largely a matter of opinion and personal preference. The Redfield is a good scope but also (here comes another opinion) take a look at the Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40.
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Old January 29, 2013, 12:51 PM   #32
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That's exactly what I plan on doing. And alright, I will.
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Old February 13, 2013, 04:31 PM   #33
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remington 700, they are right about $399 some places if you look, jmo the 700 is one of the finest rifles made
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Old February 13, 2013, 09:59 PM   #34
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NEF handi rifle
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Old February 13, 2013, 10:54 PM   #35
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My Marlin XL7 in 270 Winchester is a tack driver.
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Old February 14, 2013, 12:16 PM   #36
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I probably wouldn't buy the Axis and the Ruger hasn't been around long enough to have a good service record. The Vanguard is a bit heavy for my likes.

If I couldn't buy a Tikka or Remington 700, I might buy a Ruger American, but don't like how they fit me and how the forend feels bumpy.
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Old February 14, 2013, 01:04 PM   #37
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Tc venture is a great gun. i have one in 7mm rem mag and it gets the 100 yrd Moa every time (with the right load). It's not as nice as my icon, but still a good. My wife has a marlin xs7y in .243 win, it's a nice light gun. The workmanship is not as nice as the venture but it still shoots moa with the right load, easy. I've shot my wife's marlin out to 350yrds and had good minute of mule deer. Mind you, with 8 powered glass, I've shot some groups that have been a tad under or a tad over moa at 300yrds with the Marlin.
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Old February 16, 2013, 11:44 AM   #38
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Winchester model 670 was the birch stocked version of their legendary model 70. These are very good rifles that can be found for about $350. in lightly used condition.

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Old February 16, 2013, 11:59 AM   #39
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Own a howa 1500 in .243, nice rifle and nearly voted for the Vanguard since its basically a Howa. However voted for other...since a Marlin XL wasn't one to vote for. Own a couple of Marlin x rifles, a 25-06 and a heavy barrel 308. Nice shooting rifles that I'm pleased with.
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Old February 16, 2013, 03:35 PM   #40
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Over the past 10 years I've bought a lot of rifles, helping kids and grandkids get started. Ruger, Remington, Savage, Howa, it didn't matter. These rifles were bought at pawn shops out of the used gun rack, the vast majority for under $400.00. None of them for over $500.00. My current favorite is a Remington 700 that I gave $350 for. I've paid as little as $125 for a nice Howa 1500 in .270, and gifted it to a nephew who was dead-broke and wanted to learn to hunt.

In this economy, don't overlook the used gun racks. There are some real bargains out there.
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Old February 17, 2013, 02:17 PM   #41
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Shot a T/C Venture yesterday in 270 its a pretty nice little rifle,making hits on beer cans @ 300yds.Thats not bad for a entry level rifle in my book anyway.
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Old February 17, 2013, 02:21 PM   #42
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Shot a T/C Venture yesterday in 270 its a pretty nice little rifle,making hits on beer cans @ 300yds.Thats not bad for a entry level rifle in my book anyway. Like PAW-PAW said never look over the used gun rack.
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Old February 17, 2013, 04:10 PM   #43
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Good advice

Way to go Paw Paw: you may have to do a little work on it, but the used gun shop are the way to go. first deer rifle was a Winchester 30-30, I use a 243 now with a redfield 4X scope. a 30-06 can tear up some meat, If I can't get a neck shot I don't shoot! but all the deer rifles mentioned are real winners.
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:06 PM   #44
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Marlin X7.

Second, Weatherby Vanguard
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Old February 18, 2013, 06:27 PM   #45
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Cody 21- Have you checked out the thread in the bolt, lever, and pump forum on the .243 Ruger American @650 yards?

I had heard good things about the American but here's some proof. Thats some great shooting with an entry level rifle and Fed. Fusion factory ammo in a 10 mph crosswind.

Im quickly becoming a believer in the "cheap" little Ruger

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Old February 18, 2013, 06:33 PM   #46
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Re: best 270 under 400

I love my Remington 700 .270! Paid $350 for it on black Friday with a scope. I immediately went home took the scope off and through it in the trash and then put a Nikon on it so I am not real sure the scope was worth anything .........lol
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Old February 18, 2013, 06:53 PM   #47
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my vote went for the Vanguard...i bought one about 4 years ago when my wife first started deer hunting...did end up putting a 300 leupold on it....reguardless a very accurate rifle with decent glass..............couple years later she did end up getting me to buy a sako finnbear because she wanted somthing a little nicer...going back i would have saved a little more and gotten the nicer rifle to begin with.....i still shoot the vanguard but not that much....im partial to my remington 700's that can be found for 400 but it takes some time to find them at that price
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:10 AM   #48
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If you can't find a new or used Remington 700 for under $400, Savage makes a very nice rifle.
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