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Old 10-03-2011, 09:57 AM
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Talking advise on bolt action rifle

It'll be my first time buying and hunting.

I'm looking to buy a bolt action rifle for big game deer hunting. Came across the remington 770 for 299.99, and was wondering if anyone have experiance with the 770. Thinking about .300 mag or 30-60 on a 24" barrel. Which one do you guy's think will be more suitable for the deer hunting rifle?

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Old 10-03-2011, 11:16 AM
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Default 300 or 3006

You can use both cal for deer. I would go with the 06, cheaper price for amo than mag amo, 06 has been doing the job on deer for over a hundred yrs. As far as a rem 770 go'es check out other makes in that price range.
Mossberg, savage, They all have combo units for sale too.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:25 AM
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You can use both cal for deer. I would go with the 06, cheaper price for amo than mag amo, 06 has been doing the job on deer for over a hundred yrs. As far as a rem 770 go'es check out other makes in that price range.
Mossberg, savage, They all have combo units for sale too.
I'm still learning here and there. just wondering what would be better as far as barrel length. 770 comes in 22",24",26". I do believe that the longer the barrel the further the travel,
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:32 PM
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Of the two cartridges, I'd vote for the 30/06 as a deer-specific cartridge. The .300 will, of course, do the job, but the added power over an '06 is not needed for deer. For someone new to the sport, the added range should not really be a consideration either. Being familiar with your '06 and it's trajectory will allow a hunter to cleanly harvest deer to 400+ yards and it takes a practiced shot to be confident and capable of that task.

As far as the platform you've mentioned, I am not a fan of that rifle. I think that for slightly more money, there are better platforms out there. The Rem 700s and Model Sevens may be excellent rifles, but the 770 has exactly zero in common with either of those fine actions/rifles.

Marlin produces a rifle in that same price range, the XS7 that has garnered lots of good reviews. The Howa 1500 can be found for slightly more if you search around and I feel it a much better platform. The Mossberg ATR 100 would also be a better choice. Not everyone likes the same rifles, but buying simply for "maker" and price might not be the best idea in this case, IMHO.

There are also a whole lot of quality used rifles in that price range that I would also recommend above the 770. The Rem M700, older post '64 M70s and any number of Ruger M77s & Savage 110s in their various renditions would all make a very good choice for someone. The '06 is not hard to find in any of those models.

Best of luck with whatever you choose and do not forget to get a quality scope for on top as well!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:04 PM
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Just do not get a Remington 770...Check out a Howa 1500, Weatherby Vanguard (same rifle, different name), Marlin X7, Stevens 200, Savage 111 or an older used rifle in that price range.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:45 PM
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Default Pass on the 710 or 770 Remingtons

I am not against Remington, they make fine rifles and ammo. This series of rifles the 710/770 line are garbage. I am sorry if anyone that owns them is offended by my opinion. Remington makes the model 700 SPS rifles that are great just a cheaper version of their regular model 700. The 710/770 series were made to offer an entry rifle at the bottom pricepoint and they should have avoided that pricepoint all together. As a consumer you have much better choices, I also recommend the Marlin XL7 or XS7 rifles. These are available for just under 300.xx and are far superior to the 710/770 Remingtons. Other posters have also suggested Savages, Mossbergs, and the entry level Kowas by Weatherby. There was a recent article in I think Guns and Ammo that compaired 18 bolt action entry level rifles. Six different rifles with 3 examples of each one were tested. All the testers agreed they would be happy with 4 of the 6. The two they didn't recommend were the Remington 770s and the new entry level Savage. They did recommend the regular Remingtons and Savages just to stay away from their bottom level model offering.

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