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If you could only have one and only hunting rifle for the household (son-17, daughter 12, and wife?), what would you choose? I n

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  • #16
    What bruisedsausage said. I'm not a big fan of big green but the model 7 in 308 would be perfect.

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    • #17
      I'd chosen such a rifle a long time ago...a Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine in .250 Savage with a Redfield 3-9X scope on the receiver, and there's a photo of it in my profile photos. For what's available in my area (varmints to deer), this is a good choice for us.

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      • #18
        I have both the .308 and the 7mm-08, and I'd strongly recommend the 7mm-08 with a 120 gr. bullet for deer and smaller, and a 140 gr for more punch.

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        • #19
          I am with DakotaMan. The 25-06 would be my pick, aside by it being a little less easy to find ammo in comparison to the .308,7mm-08 or .243 I think it is a much better round ballistically.

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          • #20
            If the .25-06 isn't what you're after, Mr. Palumbos .250 savage is one heck of a good caliber also.

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            • #21
              I'll throw out the 30-30 as a good choice. More modern cartridges would be the 25-06, 7mm-08, 7X57, 243.

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              • #22
                Along with several others, my 2 cents is for the .25-06

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                • #23
                  Jerry, I would get the NEF single shot with a 30-30 or
                  .243 barrel and a 16ga or 20ga shotgun barrel with modified choke. The barrels are easily changed with nothing but a screwdriver. They are easy to shoot and not complicated. This way any family member can hunt big game, small game, birds or varmints.

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                  • #24
                    Another vote for the .308. Ammo availability is good, and different loads will help with the recoil.

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                    • #25
                      .308 is a good choice. Like sarge01 said,125gn. sierra pro hunters in a reduced load, my Wife, and daughter can shoot them.

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                      • #26
                        Depending on the game, I would go with one of the 25s. If ammo was more available, I would vote for the .257 Roberts. 250 Savage ammo isn't plentiful either. That pretty much leaves the .25-06 which is a great round if the ladies can shoot it with no problems. If you go with the .243, which is also a great choice, just be advised that a deer bullet doesn't do well on BIG hogs.

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                        • #27
                          Depending on the game, I would go with one of the 25s. If ammo was more available, I would vote for the .257 Roberts. 250 Savage ammo isn't plentiful either. That pretty much leaves the .25-06 which is a great round if the ladies can shoot it with no problems. If you go with the .243, which is also a great choice, just be advised that a deer bullet doesn't do well on BIG hogs.

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                          • #28
                            I'd choose a home without such restrictions. I know of elk having been killed with a .22 but it is not an elk rifle. Nor would I hunt cottontails with a .30-06 even if it is the most versitile caliber. I know two guys who have each killed six elk apiece with .243 win but neither would call the .243 an elk rifle. .243 is excellent for deer and antelope. I would consider it marginal for hogs that are better served with a caliber starting with 3. While a few calibers come close, there is no real one size fits all. If there was we wouldn't have so many calibers.

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