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Old March 19, 2006, 01:33 AM   #26
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Rem 7mag all the way

I would go with the Rem 7 Mag as my first choice and if I had to pick another probably the 30.06.
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Old March 20, 2006, 10:42 PM   #27
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I have been shooting a Tikka T3 lite for about a year. Chambered in 30/06, came standard w/ fully floated barrel, adjustable trigger, comes from the factory guaranteed to a one in group at 100yds. All this in a 6lb 3oz package. Not a bad choice for just over $500. I'm shooting 150 gr bullets at about 3000fps and it knocked the crap out of one elk and two deer this last fall.
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One more vote for the T3. Good looking gun with black synthetic under a stainless barel. Shoots as good as the guarantee.
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Old April 12, 2006, 12:58 AM   #28
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May I suggest a Thompson Center Encore in .30-06 it has the power to take anything in North America although for our largest bears something a little heavier is recomended. Some good reasons to pick a 30-06:
1) You can get the ammo anywhere from gas stations to gun stores.
2) with the 06 there are alot of bullet weights out there that makes it very versatile.
3) Will not tear your shoulder apart with recoil

The reason I suggest an Encore rifle is that you can buy barrels for reasonable prices and make it a muzzleloader, shotgun, pistol or just about any rifle caliber you can think of.
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Old April 12, 2006, 05:59 AM   #29
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model 70, 300 Win Mag!!!!!!!! Its good for blue whale too......
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Old April 12, 2006, 12:28 PM   #30
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your getting some good advice here. My chioce would be the 30-06, i have owned a 7 mag, still have the 06. To much bang and kick for what little extra range ya get out of the 7mag for me, but then thats me. I hunt the sage brush a lot too,,, now,,,,, them new 300 ultra mags sure temp me.... Pick the rifle your comfortable with that you feel you'll shoot well
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Old April 12, 2006, 02:43 PM   #31
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remington 700 ruger no.1 7mm mag or 300 win mag

I have both the guns listed above and both are excellent shooters for large mule deer, elk and bear (would go with .338 or larger for grizzly). I am going bison hunting (not really hunting, kinda like shooting a large target at 500 yds) and am taking the .300 . As for those who say a 7mm Rem Mag doesn't have as much power and acuracy as an 06' I just want to let them know I dropped a large mule deer at about 650 yards with a remington 700PSS in 7mm Rem Mag with Simmons 6-24X50A/O mounted on Warne Tactical Ultra High rings, with a Farrell 20MOA 1piece steel base.

The simmons is the hidden gem of the scope world. I have a leupold Varix-III 3.5-10X44 that is only a little bit clearer (better lenses) and better for low light conditions, but it cost almost 400 more than the simmons. When I go hunting i don't worry about babying the simmons, where as I would be very gentle with the leupold because of the cost to replace. My wife dropped the rifle once with the simmons on it and i didn't even care about the scope (more concerned about the +$1000 rifle setup). The scope withstood the tabletop fall with only a ding in the removeable sunshade that was easily fixed.
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Old April 20, 2006, 12:17 AM   #32
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Old April 20, 2006, 09:13 AM   #33
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Browning A bolt classic hunter in 300WSM or 30-06 topped off with a 3-9vx-II
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Old April 20, 2006, 09:22 AM   #34
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You mentioned BEAR hunting?? If you are talking black bear then the 30-06 will be your best all around choice. If you are talking Big Bear, in my opinion the .338 would be the best all around.
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Old April 20, 2006, 06:59 PM   #35
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TYBS I don't think that you can legally change an Encore rifle into a pistol or mount a pistol barrel on it, I think BATF would be very interested with you if you did. If you had a TC pistol and converted it into a rifle I don't think that would cause any problems though.

The only bear in CO is black bear that is legal to hunt, there are rumors of Grizzlies still here though.
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Old April 20, 2006, 08:23 PM   #36
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switching encores over from pistol to rifle

In New York they don't mind if an encore ( or a contender, or a contender G2 ) started life as a pistol or as a rifle, as long as you have it on your permit as a pistol. However, you can't have a rifle barrel on it when it has the pistol grip on it, and you can't have a pistol length barrel on it when you have the rifle butstock on fact the recoil pad has a notice molded into it that states that it is a federal violation to have a short barrel on it when the butstock is attached.

Encores are great versatile rifles, I can't say enough good things about mine.

get one in .30-06 and you'll be set for life....until you get the itch to get a varmint barrel in .223, then a shotgun barrel, then a muzzleloader barrel, then switch it over to a is a great obsession!!!!!!
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