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.
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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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.
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.