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If you could choose one rifle, what would it be? I'm also looking to get a good shotgun for beginners.

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  • #16
    By the way, a 190 grain 30-06 is flatter shooting and harder hitting than a 175 7mm Rem Mag evan at 1000 yards!

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    • #17
      Kimber in 30-06 and Benelli SBE will cover the most types of game with only 2 guns.

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      • #18
        Clay my M700 350 rem mag right out of the box would not eject if you cycled the bolt with any speed. Though you probably are right about M700's overall.

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        • #19
          If elk are not on the ticket but everything else in the lower 48 states is on the ticket, I go with the 25-06. It has exceptionally low recoil to get you started right and phenominal performance on everything from gophers to deer. A great varmint rifle and among fastest of them. I live for speed and it has served me well for over 45 years. The Rem 700 is a good choice.

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          • #20
            Sorry... forgot the shotgun... Rem 870 for beginners and finishers.

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            • #21
              How about a good old Savage Model 24 and have both a shotgun and a rifle in the same gun! I have a .22/410 but they came in all sorts of caliber/ gauge combinations. I saw one in .22 hornet over 20 gauge that looked like it would take nearly anything.

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              • #22
                Ignore advice. The right rifle is a purely individual choice, dictated by where and what you'll hunt.
                Start by finding (in the library, online, or at a gun show) "The Hunting Rifle" by Jack O'Connor.
                With no disrespect to the current Field & Stream gun maven, O'Connor's advice is timeless because:
                A. He clearly explains the whole question (caliber/action/ammunition)
                B. He had a little common sense about price (My major beef with F&S is it too often acts as though a $1,500 rifle makes sense in most hunters' universes.
                C.He's not long-winded. The book is an evening's read.
                I know less about shotguns than I do about rifles, but I can vouch for the durability of a plastic-stock .870, which I've used for everything from sporting clays (I'm serious. I was on an all-pumps team) to Geese. Shotgun experts will have to tell you what book to read. If you must have engraving and wood and all that, a lot of local gunners bought and love their Huglu (spelling?) shotguns from Turkey. Very favorable price for fancy add-ons.

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                • #23
                  Idahoeditor, you are right. I already have a rifle I am happy with. I was just curious what other people liked. The 870 is a great gun, and has served me well. I wasn't asking for advice.

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                  • #24
                    I have a Tikka T3 270. I would not trade it for anything. I would not hesitate for a second to shoot a moose with it. It's light enough to carry all day. I have a Leupold 4 x 33 scope on it. Best set up I've ever owned. I don't have a shot gun.

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                    • #25
                      kimber montana.....i dont believe anyone when they tell me they dont care how heavy their rifle is..in my mind lighter is better

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                      • #26
                        For a shotgun get a Maverick 88 from sports athurity that goes for about 250$.

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                        • #27
                          i just got a remington spr 310 and its the best shotgun i have ever owned! inexpensive and great quality!as far as rifles i dont use one so im not sure on that

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                          • #28
                            Give me my Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM . I have a huge array of bullets to load in it from lite to heavy. It is a pleasure to shoot ,super accurate, and lite enough to carry all day. Topped with a Nikon Buckmaster scope it is a fine rig. I couldn't want for anything else.

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                            • #29
                              Remington 870 for a shotgun!

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                              • #30
                                Remington 870 for a shotgun!

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