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Old 03-22-2013, 11:08 AM
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Default Advice on 1st rifle

Just joined, hoping to start hunting next season. I hope this question isnt somewhere else that i missed.

I am going to buy a .270 bolt action rifle for mostly deer hunting. From my research the Howa Hogue, Weatherby Vanguard 2, Savage 116 and Remington 700 all interest me. I dont want to spend a ton of money for my first rifle, but want quality. I also dont want to buy a $400 rifle and after one season wish i would have bought an $800 rifle. I want one to last me a good long time. I've looked at brownings, and not really sure what makes them cost so much more. What would you folks recommend?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:13 PM
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Don't forget to look at the Rugers
I own a M77 all weather in .270 & is a great shooter
also bought my daughter the Ruger american in a .308 & to be honest I Like the American better shoots as good or better then the M77 has a adjustable set trigger & is light weight with not much kick only drawback to the american is no iron sights but I scope all my rifles anyway so no big deal
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:16 PM
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I like the Ruger line as well. i should mention i am looking or a rifle that does not come in a package. I have a scope, Bushnell Bone Collector DOA Elite.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:56 PM
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I Like the Ruger.I bought one several years ago in .243.Even with a 161/2 inch barrel its very accurate.I've taken two deer with it .It has a stainless barrel and laminated stock.I carry it in wet weather and when walking in thick brush.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:41 PM
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Default Don't forget the Marlin XS7 or XL7

I have already said this several times on this forum so sorry team but here it is again. I feel that for the money ~300.xx you can not find a better rifle than the Marlin bolt actions. You will find a solid action, good barrel, and a clean trigger. I really don't think the Ruger American is any better for the up charge of 50-100 dollars. The only advantage with the Ruger is that you get a detachable magazine inplace of the blind floorplate with the Marlin. You have already picked your caliber of 270 Win, it is one of the greats for Deer hunting. I don't think that there really is any difference on the Deer when comparing 270 Win, 280 Rem, 308 Win, or 30-06. I have setup several of these Marlin XL7s in 30-06 for hunters and I would not hessitate to buy another, they are everything you need. Check for prices that they are going for, and watch the newspaper adds. When they go onsale locally they are usually around 300 dollars.

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Old 03-22-2013, 06:10 PM
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I would not purchase a $400.00 rifle if i could afford a $800.00 one. Browning makes a great rifle that with good care will hold it's value better than most production rifles out there. You really have to decide on what your budget is and then what rifles fit in it. I like real wood not composite material. Budget rifles are budget rifles for a reason. Purchase with-in your budget and hopefully you are pleased for a long time.
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