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Old 02-20-2010, 02:40 PM
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In a recent post, I gave my pick for the the "best" deer rifle, the Ruger Ultra-light in .270 Win., the gun/cal. combo that I think would get the job done for most deer hunters, most of the time, under most hunting conditions. In that post, I said that this particular rifle was not my personal favorite. There it is, and here's why:
My favorite is the Remington 700 Mountain Rifle in .280 Rem. for the following reasons.
1. This rifle has never failed under many different situations from temps in the 90s all the way down to single digits.
2. It's slim, and fits me perfectly. (I'm 140-ish and have small hands, but even with gloves, this gun always fits and feels right.)
3. It's very light-weight and great to carry even in rough terrain. I guess the name says it all.
4. It's very accurate; will do 1 inch groups and holds it's point of impact year after year.
5. Because it is fast-handling, it performs wonderfully at both short range in tight cover and also gets "way-out-there" when necessary.
6. It has been extremely effective for any big game animal that I might encounter here in Montana. I have killed relatively small antelope as well as much larger bull elk with this gun with no trouble. What's really nice about this is that if I am hunting the smaller animals (like pronghorns) and a nice big old 200+ pound muley gets up or, if I am hunting deer, and bull elk happens to show, I never feel under-gunned. Over the years, I have killed dozens of deer, antelope and elk with this rifle and 140 grain bullets.
Below is a pic of a bull I knocked right off it's feet at right around 400 yards with my Mountain Rifle. I took a prone shot from atop the sage flat above the tree-lined creek.

Do I think this is the best big game rifle for everyone? Well, no. As a matter of fact, lately, I've been playing with the WSMs in .270 amd .300, but more out of curiousity than necessity. But if you hunt under the same kind of conditions that I do and have the same needs, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better rifle and caliber than the Remington 700 Mountain Rifle in .280.
So, now, what's YOUR favorite and why?

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Old 02-20-2010, 03:06 PM
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onehorse you and I agree on this one for sure!
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:58 PM
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honestly i don't have a favorite. I really like my 03-A3 thats been bored out to 338 win mag with a timney trigger and bell and carlson stock top with a 3.7X11 pentax light seeker. then again there is model 7 in 260 thats pretty sweet or or the ruger rear tang in 06, wait what about the model 70 in 7mm mag. but then again i do have tons of fun with the 700 in 22.250, or, or, or so many to choose from but not enough. honestly my favorite will be the one i'm shooting at the time.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:04 PM
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Ron, that Model 7 is a sweet rifle alright. Mine, in 300WSM, may be on its way to replace my Mountain Rifle as my favorite - just haven't used it enough yet.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:18 PM
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ruger ultra light 257 roberts w/nikon 2x7 ,ruger 300wm w/burris 3x9 (my best all round gun), rem.700 varmit 22-250 w/burris4x18 x50 (absolutely the most fun to shoot).
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My favorite is the only one I got (rifle that is) Remington model 700LH 7mm Rem. Mag
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:59 AM
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hey another south paw !! only left hand people are in their right mind !!
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my fav is the Ruger ultra-light .270 carbine.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:52 AM
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My favorite is the only one I got (rifle that is) Remington model 700LH 7mm Rem. Mag
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That Remington Mountain Rifle was the only one I had for many years, and just like that 7mm of yours, probably the only one I ever needed. As the old saying goes," Beware the man who has only one rifle; he probably knows how to use it."
Unless you shoot all your rifles a lot, having more than one - especially if the rifles' operating mechanisms or optics are not identical - can get confusing in the excitement of the moment.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:59 PM
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just trying to think of the guns i have to choose from when i want to go shooting.

old 22 winchester single shot
ruger 10-22
ruger 77-22
ruger 77-22 hornet
bushmaster carbon .223
94 winchester 30-30
marlin 35 rem
savage 243
savage lr 308
dpms 308lr
ruger 77 30.06
winchester 70 7mm mag
remington model 7 260 rem
remington 700 22.250
03-A3 338 win mag
remington 700 338 rem ultra mag
mossberg 500 12 gage
mossberg 500 rifled slug gun
rem 870 12
rem 870 20
browning citari 12 o/u
cva 150 mag 50 cal
tc renegade 54 cal
savage ml 50 cal
22 wheel gun
springfield tactical xd 45 cal
glock 30 45 cal
bet i missed one or two.

love each and every one of them and i try to shoot them all at least a couple times a year. well not the bushmaster thats new to me.
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