04-01-2014, 07:53 PM
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B&C 140 Class
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Originally Posted by jroesler
Newbie here! I have an question that has been troubling me for a few days. I am left handed and have a hard time finding Deer rifles. I recently trading in my Browning A-Bolt Micro Hunter chambered in 7mm-08 that I bought when I was 16(11 years ago) for a Ruger Mark II M77 chambered in a 7mm Rem Mag. I hunt in western Wisconsin and am now concerned that I may have made a mistake and got too big of a rifle. The browning shot the same size bullet and had great results when I pulled the trigger, but as I get older I would like to hunt something besides deer ex:elk, moose or bear. Now I'm thinking of returning the 7mm and buying a new savage pro hunter xp in a 30-06. I know they are basically the same gun but I'm hoping being the 06 isnt a mag the meat lost on deer will be smaller and the variety in grain weight will give me the ability to shot whitetail to moose. Plus the 7mm is a hog of a gun and a lighter rifle even if only a pound will make the hikes easier, I am about 5'9'' and the 44.25" length seems big. Thoughts? Am I over thinking this? Anyone have a Savage? or had this same thought too?
I've owned a bunch of big game rifles and still own a bunch today, somewhere around 50. If you own a Ruger M77 and are thinking of trading it for a Savage, DO NOT DO IT!
That Ruger is twice the quality rifle the Savage is, trust me on that. I sold my last Savage, one I had rebarreled to .338/06 and have NEVER regretted doing that. Today, I own about seven M77s and am very happy with their quality and accuracy. Trade your 7mag for a M77 in '06 for a slightly shorter rifle, but as already said, the performance is pretty much the same!