For my brother what caliber

Lefty G-gear

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Hello all I'm asking this to better help my brother he is looking to buy his first rifle which will be for huntin white tail and maybe bear if hes able.hes not sure what caliber or rifle to go with and what I've recommended to him hes not sure on yet.hes looking at couple different rifles but he is on a tight budget of 500 just for rife but me and my dad will help with little more cash if he finds something he really wants.the caliber he is most interested in is different 6.5 cal,,270 win and maybe 308.he has shot and hunted with either my dads 308 or 30-06,270 or 50 cal muzzleloader.he wants to have his own rifle he is 17 right now and I'm not sure how he is on recoil any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
 

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Hard to beat a 308 as a first gun, even more so with a 30-06. 270 is a fine choice as well. 6.5CM im not too excited about but it works for lots of people. If you all are mostly shooting 308, 30-06, 270 type bolt guns, get him something in that vein. If its mostly lever guns in 358 or 45-70 around your parts get him something similar.
 

Lefty G-gear

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Hello all I'm asking this to better help my brother he is looking to buy his first rifle which will be for huntin white tail and maybe bear if hes able.hes not sure what caliber or rifle to go with and what I've recommended to him hes not sure on yet.hes looking at couple different rifles but he is on a tight budget of 500 just for rife but me and my dad will help with little more cash if he finds something he really wants.the caliber he is most interested in is different 6.5 cal,,270 win and maybe 308.he has shot and hunted with either my dads 308 or 30-06,270 or 50 cal muzzleloader.he wants to have his own rifle he is 17 right now and I'm not sure how he is on recoil any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
Pretty good rifle for the money.

.270 Winchester AMMO

Woodstock too.
 

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NO NO NO you are asking the WRONG PEOPLE. Get out the yellow pages and call all the local Pawn Shops and see what they have AVAILABLE to hunt with and Write em all down ... THEN CHOOSE. And dont saddle a 17 yr old with anything that is weird or exotic. Stick with the mainstream. I have a buddy in the pawn business and he said now because of covid and people being out of work he has never had more inventory
of pawned rifles in his life. People are pawning their rifles because they need to eat and pay rent and not because the rifles have anything wrong with them.
While I agree with you, one has to love haggling. Pawn shops will post retail prices if not higher because you are supposed to haggle with them and they have to have plenty of room to make you think you are getting a great deal. They are great for some people. I have a friend who walked out of a pawn shop with a ruger #1 in 338 win mag for $200 15 years ago. If it were me, I would have ended up paying $2000.
 

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Hello all I'm asking this to better help my brother he is looking to buy his first rifle which will be for huntin white tail and maybe bear if hes able.hes not sure what caliber or rifle to go with and what I've recommended to him hes not sure on yet.hes looking at couple different rifles but he is on a tight budget of 500 just for rife but me and my dad will help with little more cash if he finds something he really wants.the caliber he is most interested in is different 6.5 cal,,270 win and maybe 308.he has shot and hunted with either my dads 308 or 30-06,270 or 50 cal muzzleloader.he wants to have his own rifle he is 17 right now and I'm not sure how he is on recoil any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
I just got the 6.5 PRC , really shoots great. Hopefully more bullets will be out soon. I hand load the burger 156’s . Will use it for a cow Elkhunt this weekend. The 270 is a great option because of all the bullet options. My 2 cents
 

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Hello all I'm asking this to better help my brother he is looking to buy his first rifle which will be for huntin white tail and maybe bear if hes able.hes not sure what caliber or rifle to go with and what I've recommended to him hes not sure on yet.hes looking at couple different rifles but he is on a tight budget of 500 just for rife but me and my dad will help with little more cash if he finds something he really wants.the caliber he is most interested in is different 6.5 cal,,270 win and maybe 308.he has shot and hunted with either my dads 308 or 30-06,270 or 50 cal muzzleloader.he wants to have his own rifle he is 17 right now and I'm not sure how he is on recoil any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
257 Wby would be just fine... you can get some good deals... 257 Wby is one of my most favorite rifles and calibers. I’ve taken just about everything with it... excluding bear. But never had the chance at a bear. I’m assuming you were talking about a black bear. It would work fine, if your talking brown I’d go with my 338 RUM or my 30-378 Wby..
 

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I'll suggest a slightly different round: 6.5X55 Swede. Recoil is easy to manage, good on muley and white tail deer. The Scandinavians have used the cartridge on moose quite successfully. I love mine!
 

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Whichever caliber you choose, make sure you invest in a good brand. Accuracy goes a long way as bullet placement is critical. Every caliber mentioned is good but without dependable accuracy it’s all for naught. Enjoy the process
 

remgitano

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"Hits harder" often equates to more recoil. Is that really apropos to the game the hunter seeks? Assuming this hunter is not ready for a 600yd plus shot, a 7mm Rem, although a fine cartridge may be a bit much. A flinch with a 7 Rem mag might mean the difference of meat in the freezer vs a miss, or, worse yet, a wounded animal that is not found.
 

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Any one know much about 338 federal? Him and my dad went and looked at one at a pawn shop today I'm going to go try and check out for them hopefully this week. After talking to him more I think hes leaning towards a 308 or 7mm 08.and everyone was asking what kind or bear and about recoil.it will be black bear and as far as recoil gos the biggest rifle he has shot was 300 win mag without a brake but after 3 shots he didnt want to shoot it again
 

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