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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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  • Idahoeditor
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    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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  • Bella
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    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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  • DakotaMan
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    Sorry... forgot the shotgun... Rem 870 for beginners and finishers.

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

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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    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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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Weatherby Mark V lightweight sporter in .30-06

    Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun, 26 or 28" barrel.

    All excellent choices posted above.

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  • hnestle
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    Ruger m77 in 7mm
    Remington 870

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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    I’ve helped countless of shooters and I have found the Remington 700 is the most reliable and most accurate rifle out of the box. If you’re going for Elk, I would pick the 30-06 and if Monster Mule Deer is the largest on your ticket, the 25-06 is the bet for those extreme shots and easy to find at any Wal-Mart etc and a bet lighter on the wallet too!

    O'Ya,

    Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel

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  • PotterMan96
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    I would go with a 30-06

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  • Beekeeper
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    If I could only have 2 guns:

    Ruger M77 Hawkeye Left hand in 30/06

    Remington 870 12ga shotgun with 26 inch barrel.

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  • Christian Emter
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    30-06 or 300 Winchester.

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  • rocketman121
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    My rifle is a Weatherby Vanguard .270 WSM. I was just curious what else was out there. Thanks!

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  • jay
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    Sako 85 in .30-06.

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