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Old 08-15-2014, 02:23 PM
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Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

Hi everyone.
I haven't hunted deer since parchute pants were popular.
After taking my sons on junior hunts I've got the bug to start again. Being in AZ , there are times when a 400 yard shot might be all you have. I'd like some advise on a rifle. I'll start with a little of what I'm trying to accomplish.
Budget - like to keep it under a grand ( not counting optics)
Caliber- not sure , but I'm leaning toward 6.5 cm or .308
Brand- no real preference, but Tikka looks nice and TC icon is interesting

Some other factors
I shoot lefty but have shot a lot of right hand bolt actions, not sure if that affects accuracy. Most sports, I play right handed anyway.

I used to sight my 30.06 at 200 yds and felt comfortable hunting deer out to 300.

I would like to advoid reloading ammo, I'm hoping to shoot factory " premium" ammo. I'm willing to learn and invest in equipment if it's required.

Technique- I've started reading up on basic technique and will spend time at the range working on my part. With that being said, to be honest Im hoping to not be at the range every weekend. ( no offense intended to those who are)

In short, I guess I'm looking for the " shooting 500 yards for dummies" version.

Thx in advance. Jim
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:52 PM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

This is just my opinion, but, I think a Tikka would be a great rifle for you. I have a couple of them and they all have shot really well. Savage also makes some accurate out of the box rifles well within your price range. I don't have any experience with the TC bolt rifles. If you are only planning on hunting deer out to 500 yards, .308 would be a great caliber. Easy to find decent factory ammo and light recoiling. If you wanted to go 6.5 there are a lot of good options also. .260 rem, 6.5x55, or 6.5x284 that all have factory ammo relatively easy to find. The one thing for sure is that what ever rifle and caliber you decide on you need to take the time at the range to get comfortable with it. Shooting 500 yards sound really easy but I see over half the people at my range that cannot shoot that far with accuracy consistently. Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:54 PM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

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... Tikka would be a great rifle for you.... 6.5x284
For what you want to do I'd say it's the best single choice.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:02 PM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

Jim, welcome from Goodyear, Az. +1 what Fear No Wind says and hand loads are much more accurate. Most longrange shooters load their own. Good luck
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:40 AM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

As always, thanks for taking time to respond. I'm going to hit a couple of shops today and see what's available.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:17 PM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

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Hi everyone.
I haven't hunted deer since parchute pants were popular.
After taking my sons on junior hunts I've got the bug to start again. Being in AZ , there are times when a 400 yard shot might be all you have. I'd like some advise on a rifle. I'll start with a little of what I'm trying to accomplish.
Budget - like to keep it under a grand ( not counting optics)
Caliber- not sure , but I'm leaning toward 6.5 cm or .308
Brand- no real preference, but Tikka looks nice and TC icon is interesting

Some other factors
I shoot lefty but have shot a lot of right hand bolt actions, not sure if that affects accuracy. Most sports, I play right handed anyway.

I used to sight my 30.06 at 200 yds and felt comfortable hunting deer out to 300.

I would like to advoid reloading ammo, I'm hoping to shoot factory " premium" ammo. I'm willing to learn and invest in equipment if it's required.

Technique- I've started reading up on basic technique and will spend time at the range working on my part. With that being said, to be honest Im hoping to not be at the range every weekend. ( no offense intended to those who are)

In short, I guess I'm looking for the " shooting 500 yards for dummies" version.

Thx in advance. Jim

Jim,

Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

Check out the Savage 12 LRP in 6.5 CM ... this shooter is hitting targets out to 1300 yards ...


Good luck!

Ed
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:57 AM
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Re: Another newbie looking for hunting rifle advise

Welcome to LRH! I lean heavily towards the tikkas, owning 4 of them. I also own 4 savages, 1 Winchester mod 70, a browning abolt, and a Remington 700. All of them are shooters, except my most recent savage which will be going back to the manufacturer because after feedng it every kind of factory ammo, the best of it still barely gets under 2 moa.

The tikkas have one of the smooths bolts around, are reliable, and guaranteed to shoot 1 moa out of the box. I've found this to be the case, and all my tikkas handle factory ammo very well.

If you don't mind a little extra weight, I really like the semi heavy barreled guns. I just picked up a 308 t3 tactical and it's a joy, but it'll run more than your limit unless you find one at a great price.

So... If I was in your shoes, I'd go with the tikka ctr. It's a tack driver, falls into your price point, already setup with a 10 round mag, threaded, smooth bolt, semi heavy barrel, widened fore grip, picatinny rail on top, & cheek rest. It's a lot of gun for the money... Think they are running around $850.

If I was just starting out again... It'd be a tikka in 308 for sure... Easy to get factory ammo for the 308, tons of variety from military to match, and if you decide to reload at some point, a lot of bullet choices and brass is everywhere. And then it'd either be the t3 tactical, or t3 ctr.

Or.. If you can find a good price on a sako L61R, it's hard to go wrong with one of those.

Lots of good choices out there and I'm sure you'll find something you enjoy. Just get ahold of as many guns as you can and something is going to feel good to you!

Happy hunting and welcome back!
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