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Unread 09-25-2009, 11:57 PM
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word of advise form the pros pls

Thinking of purchasing my first hunting rifle, i just want to make it a lifelong purchase, so what would you suggest, to be best for may be deer, boars and some bigger antilopes, and what caliber, actualy i was thikning of getting wenchester mod 70 , 300 . pls suggest.
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    Unread 10-05-2009, 06:41 AM
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    Re: word of advise form the pros pls

    Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

    Get a rifle that you can shoot effectively and consistently ... and don't get trapped on the "magnum-itis". I have a couple of .300 WM (and .338 WM) that I hunt with from antelope to moose size game with 180gr and up pills. Shot placement is "key" to humane harvest of game animals. Practice, practice, practice!

    I guarantee this is not your last purchase.

    Good luck and have a happy safe hunt.

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    Unread 10-06-2009, 04:45 PM
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    thanx a lot for your advise, i am pritty sure what rifle i want to get, but not sure in what caliber, i know it wont be easy to practice a lot if i get it in 300, as you know the ammo is not cheap or i have to start to reload, lets see what happens? thanx again.
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    Unread 10-06-2009, 11:13 PM
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    Re: word of advise form the pros pls

    For the first gun, to use a life time, and leave for the next gen, to have fun, keep it as inexpensive and still get the job done, and harvest the north american horned/antlered animals, though not at extremely long ranges, but to 700-800 yds, why not go with an '06 size case.

    The 25, 6.5, 270 or 30 would be decent choices, leaning towards the 6.5 and above.

    Until I got hooked on this LRH thing, the 270 win lasted me for 40 years and it's still a good goto rifle, 'cept I gave it to my son.
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    Unread 10-07-2009, 05:15 PM
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    ya i was thinking of that my self as the ammo for 300 wm is abt $30 for a box of 20, not a very good load if u want to practice a lot
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    Unread 10-08-2009, 02:56 PM
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    Re: word of advise form the pros pls

    I'll differ just slightly from royinidaho....

    6.5, 7mm (.284), .30 All of these calibers offer great bullet choices with great BCs.

    6.5: .260Rem, 6.5RemMag

    7mm: .280Rem, .280AI, .284Win, 7mm-08

    .30: .308Win, 300WSM

    Recently I was thinking that if I had only three rifles.....

    .260Rem
    .284Win
    300WSM

    In terms of a platform from which to begin, if I were you, I would look at Savage and Remington. Both have excellent reputations for accuracy and aftermarket parts are abundant.
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    Unread 10-09-2009, 06:49 PM
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    Re: word of advise form the pros pls

    thanx a lot for all your advise, but is it possible to have a hunting rifle in a calib which you can take to the range more often for practice, or should i say which could be more affordable.
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