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Old October 28, 2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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.308 Ammo?

Hello All,

I recently purchased a Marlin model X7S as my first hunting rifle and was wondering if anyone had any ideas on a relatively inexpensive yet decent scope and what would be the best ammo to use for not only sighting the rifle in but also for deer hunting. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old October 28, 2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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If you are looking at factory ammo good ol' Remington Core Lokt will do the trick.
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Old October 28, 2011, 03:19 PM   #3
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Old October 28, 2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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This is the scope I have on my .308, I'm happy with it....

Hope that helps.
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Old October 29, 2011, 12:37 AM   #5
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Don't cheap out on the scope, it's every bit as important as the rifle. A low end Leupold or Nikon can be had for around $175.00. I'm a handloader, but back when I shot factory stuff, I used Rem. Corelokts with 100% success. 165 gr. will do nicely.
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Old October 29, 2011, 03:25 AM   #6
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For the scope, your best bang-for-your-buck right now is the Redfield Revolution. If you'll be shooting at less than 200 yards most of the time (or live east of the Mississippi), I'd suggest the 3-9x40mm. For longer shots (or if you live out West), I'd suggest the 4-12x40mm model.

It's a great scope for the money, and has an unbeatable warranty.

For ammo... I'm with everybody else. It's hard to beat the Remington Core-Lokt.
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Old October 29, 2011, 04:27 AM   #7
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Redfelds new scopes are around $160. Pretty good glass for the money. Nothing less expensve is worth considering. Nikon, and Burris also make sub-$200 scopes that are pretty decent too.

Try Remington, Winchester and Federal's lines of lower end ammo. You shoulld be able to find at least one of the 3 that will shoot well in your rifle. They work just fine.
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Old October 29, 2011, 05:27 AM   #8
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It may not have been specifically said but buy one box of each brand of hunting ammo mentioned and 3-5 shot group them and see which one works best in your weapon. Then go back and buy a new box or two of that ammo and sight in your scope and your set. every ammo manufacturer produces ammo slightly different that then next and those variables will affect your accuracy. Just because you friends weapon likes x dosent mean yours will. My 223 hates remington corelokt but loves the cheaper PMC bronze stuff for example.
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Old October 29, 2011, 06:04 AM   #9
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On the ammo question, I'd second the recommendation to try several brands of 150 grain ammo. I'd start with Remington then Hornady then Federal. I've had best luck getting good groups from the major makers in that order. The 150 grain is best suited to deer hunting and gives good performance and is most available(usually).
On the scope question, I'm going to buck the trend. If you bought the $250 Marlin, you're probably not wanting to spend almost that on a scope. A 3-9x40 is always a good choice, the best seller, and usually a lower price. I've had good luck with Bushnell Banner and Sightron S1 series. The Bushnell should be in the $75 range and the Sightron S1 in the $100-125 range. Sportsmans Guide has Pentax Gameseekers for $70 and I just ordered two of the 4-12x40 scopes.
I can understand that the guy with 1 or 2 rifles may be able to spend hundreds on a scope but I'm not that guy(I bought 7 scopes last week) and I get very good service from the more economical lines.
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Old October 29, 2011, 07:48 AM   #10
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An expensive decent scope is the Bushnell Banner series. They are clear and pull in a lot of light. Mine held a zero very well even when it was on my 7mm Rem Mag.

As far as ammo, it's hard to beat Remington Core-Lokt as lower priced, effective hunting ammo.
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Old October 29, 2011, 09:14 AM   #11
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I've also had very good luck with hunting ammo by FEDERAL. My Savage rifle has worn the same TASCO 4X compact scope for over 20 years. Simmons also builds sturdy scopes for less than $100.

The less spendy scope of 2011 are brighter and better built than top-of-the-line Redfields of 45 years ago. Don't be afraid of Simmons - their warranty is lifetime and they mean it.

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Old October 29, 2011, 09:27 AM   #12
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Don't forget to grab a box of Tula or similar to get the scope on paper, to break in the barrel and get used to the trigger. No reason to pay top dollar for that task.
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Old October 29, 2011, 10:51 AM   #13
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Sight in for about two inches high at 100 yards. That puts you right at dead-on at 200 and about six inches low at 300.

No argument against the variables, but a decent fixed 4X scope will do plenty okay for deer hunting. When hunting, most folks set variables down on the lower magnifications for the wider field of view. The advantage, mostly, is to see bullet holes in the target when sighting in.

You don't need the higher magnification to judge a deer. That's supposedly already been done with your binoculars. Sometimes what's thought to be a deer turns out to be a person. Me, I get sorta grumpy if I see somebody checking me through his scope, looking to see if I have horns.

The great majority of deer are killed inside of 200 yards...
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Don't forget to break in your barrel, before shooting for accuracy (groups).

Whether you choose to use a "real" break-in method, or just get it nice and dirty with 20-30 rounds, is completely up to you.
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Old October 29, 2011, 11:08 PM   #15
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Well, what has always worked for me with a brand-new rifle is to get the scope mounted and bore-sighted and then shoot one round at a time at 25 yards and adjust the scope as necessary. It usually takes maybe three shots to get it to dead center. Sometimes four, with appropriate griping.

That gets me on the paper at 100 yards, not far off the center, and I do three-shot groups and get the group center to two inches high. Commonly takes maybe three groups. Then I'll shoot a five-shot group to check just how the rifle does. By the time I've done all this happiness, I've usually run fifteen to twenty rounds through the rifle.

If I feel I need to tweak the rifle a bit to get better groups, I'll do stuff like clearance the forearm and then shim, or maybe work up a different load. Then, back to testing.

That's always worked out to Bambi's detriment.
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Old October 30, 2011, 08:41 AM   #16
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For goodness sake don't buy your scope at a gun store either, unless it's on clearance. I bought my son a Nikon Prostaff on ebay, 3x9x50mm for cheaper than I could have gotten a 3x9x40mm at Cabelas or a local store.

This is an excellent scope for the money.

I hand load everything now, but Core-Lokt is tough to beat for factory. Sometimes Nosler has sales on their stuff...worth a look. I bought 3 boxes of Accubonds from them for $20 a box. that's a good price for premium stuff.

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Old October 30, 2011, 11:30 AM   #17
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One thing to remember. Prior to your hunt, sight in with the ammo you will use for the hunt. I have found significant variations between target ammo and the "premium hunting ammo."
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Old October 30, 2011, 11:51 AM   #18
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Lots of good advIce here. I'll second the Remington Core Lokts. My Rem Model 7 likes 150 grainers.

Echo Art's recommendation of a fixed 4x if you're on a tight budget. I like Leupold, but Burris or Nikon would be adequate. And might look for used glass on this and other sites. I picked up a nice Leupold compact 2-7x for $225 if I remember correctly.
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Old October 30, 2011, 12:32 PM   #19
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Check this out for a scope.

The folks at cameraland are great to deal with and I love my Gameseeker II.

These scopes may not be well known, but Pentax has a great reputation for camera glass and the scopes are assembled at the Burris plant in Colorado.

I bought the $99 variation and picked up the scope cleaning tool because Camerland provides FREE shipping if your order is over $100.

As for your ammo question, I suggest you get a box of Federals, a box of Remington, and a box of Winchester standard loads in 150 grain. You rifle will tell you which one it likes best

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Old October 31, 2011, 10:15 PM   #20
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Burris or Redfield

Redfield is back and being made by Leupold (?), go figure. That would be a solid entry level scope, and +1 on the fixed 4x.

Another good entry level scope is the Burris. I have no experience with the Timberline models, but a Fullfield II 4x or 6x would be another good choice.

I have always used 150 gr slugs for whitetails in the .308, and W-W Power Points were a good factory load for me before I started reloading.
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