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Old 11-06-2018, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default Best All Around Deer Rifle

Yes loaded question but wanted opinions on best all around deer rifle...make, model and caliber all in one. I'm looking to pick one up soon for my son so would like to see what TBH had to say.

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Old 11-06-2018, 02:18 PM   #2
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My choice would be a semi-custom 7mm-08 built around a Rem-700 action.

If budget it tight, I would get a Ruger American in 7mm-08, 25-06, or similar caliber.

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Old 11-06-2018, 02:19 PM   #3
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:19 PM   #4
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I like a trusty ol Remington 700 7Mag or .270!!! But will be using a 6.5 creedmore in a few weeks. Let you know what I think of that once I torch em off.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:20 PM   #5
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Probly need to put a budget range on that loaded question. The best I can afford is going to be very different from the best others can afford. There are lots of good rifles in most every price bracket.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:20 PM   #6
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Sako L61R in 30-06.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:22 PM   #7
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:22 PM   #8
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7mm08
And depends on how much you want to spend..
Ruger M77 Hawk Eye or older M77 or M77 MarkII
Browning
Older(before buy out)Remington BDL
Weatherby Vanguards are very nice shooters
And there are several more goods ones..
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:23 PM   #9
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The old Remington 700 actions are really good. I have one in .280 that is my go to. That action in a 280, 270, 30-06 is good. The latter 2 have better ammo purchase options.

With that said, a Tikka, Savage, or Browning are good too. I have a Browing XBolt in 300 win mag that is awesome as well.

There are lots of good options out there. My 2 cents, get a solid action with a good trigger and spend more money on the glass on top. I'm sure lots of people will chime in.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:23 PM   #10
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I like Weatherby Vanguard in .270
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:24 PM   #11
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IMHO you can kill any and all games in Texas with a .270, anything bigger is an overkill....

shot placement is critical, I honestly think a .243 will do just as well in Texas and with less recoil and damage to the meat.

I have a buddy who shoots and drops elk in their track with his .243 in Colorado, remember, "Shot Placement"

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Old 11-06-2018, 02:25 PM   #12
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I don't always use a rifle...but then I do, it's my 6.8mmSPC custom AR.

Shooting 120gr Hornady. Good luck!
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:27 PM   #13
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I like overkill so I say get him a .300 Win. Pick your favorite action, I love my Weatherby but nothing wrong with a model 700.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:28 PM   #14
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Ruger American Predator in 6.5 CM topped with a Trijicon Accupoint 3-9x40 with the green dot. DNZ mounts.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:34 PM   #15
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:40 PM   #16
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My go to rifle is a standard Remington 700 ADL .243. with a 100 grain bullet. I can drive dimes with her. If I want a little more energy and powder I use a 270, 130 grain. I am sure he will appreciate any caliber and take great care of it. Good luck to both you guys.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:47 PM   #17
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270. Usually very affordable in Remington 700 Or Ruger American. Ammo is very easy to find and relatively flat shooting.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:50 PM   #18
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Weatherby Vanguard Wilderness or the Vanguard Sporter chambered in .257 wby mag. Scope of your choice, 110gr Nosler Accubonds (although I have been considering trying the Hornady Precision Hunter 110gr eld-x bullet)
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:54 PM   #19
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270. Usually very affordable in Remington 700 Or Ruger American. Ammo is very easy to find and relatively flat shooting.
This gets my vote.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:54 PM   #20
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I love my kimber 270 WSM I call it Mjolnir (thor's hammer means ,it which smashes )
everything I've shot which dies like it was struck by lighting LOL
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:56 PM   #21
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.270 in whatever flavor you like
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:56 PM   #22
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Original Remington Sendero in .270. Close the thread
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:01 PM   #23
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I was never on the bandwagon with the 6.5 creedmoor until is shot one. The recoil is like a 243, the bullet weight is comparable to a 270, but man are they accurate. I bought a pair of Browning x-bolt hunters for the wife and I last year and topped them with Leupold scopes. They are my favorite rifles I've owned.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:02 PM   #24
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Custom 7mm-08 with Blueprinted Rem 700 action
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:05 PM   #25
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:06 PM   #26
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I personally love my Savage Axis 25-06. Great shooting gun and mine is extremely accurate
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:09 PM   #27
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Original Remington Sendero in .270. Close the thread
This was what I referring to. I actually shoot a 257 Wby Mag. But ammo is expensive if you don't reload and not exactly easy to find. But my wife's older model Sendero in 270 win is a deer, Nilgai, hog, and coyote killing machine. I don't care if you have never fired a rifle in your life. If you shoot this gun, I will have you shooting .25" groups or less in under 10 shots. Never had any work done to this rifle and it shoots everything super tight. We love it.

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Old 11-06-2018, 03:11 PM   #28
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It's hard to answer your question without a budget, but for sub-$400 I would go with a Ruger American or a Remington 700 ADL. As far as caliber, I'm a fan of .270's and .30-06's. If your son is young and smaller statured, I would go with a 7mm-08 or 6.5 Creedmoor.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:11 PM   #29
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Any reputable maker in 6.5 Creedmor. You can't take deer, hogs, exotics and even step up to Elk with a good quality bullet.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:16 PM   #30
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For a kid I would say Remington 700 in .243 or 7mm-08
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:17 PM   #31
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I am partial to the .270 for an all around gun.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:18 PM   #32
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Any rifle in .270 or .30-06. The 2 calibers that are more than capable of handling any game in North America from Coues deer to brown bear and moose in Alaska, without being overkill on smaller big game such as Texas whitetails.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:23 PM   #33
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older model 700 243
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:29 PM   #34
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Caliber I would go with .30-06 for true all around rifle. As for the rifle itself, that is a personal decision. Most if not all rifles will be accurate right out of the box nowadays. I would choose one that fits the shooter. I personally have an older Ruger M77 that I love, as well as a Winchester 70 Featherweight that is a shooter. The one I am using the most now is a Winchester XPR. It is Winchester's answer to the climbing rifle prices, and at approximately $500, it is the best built rifle on the market IMHO. Make sure the optics and the mounts/rings are of high quality, because that is usually where the issues lie with inaccurate rifles.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:30 PM   #35
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When I turned 13 dad gave me a Remington 700 mountain rifle in .257 Roberts. Now is that an "all around" gun, most would say no but I agree to disagree. I gave it to my stepson a few years ago and it's still stackin 'em up

I currently am shooting a Remington 700 VTR .308. In my eyes, that is the "perfect" all around deer rifle caliber. When most people compare calibers and ballistics, what's the first caliber they compare it to? The .308

As far as which make, the 700's of today aren't what they used to be. I've heard a lot of good things about the Tikka
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:43 PM   #36
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Great info and my son is digesting this thread. He's 18, 210 pds and 6'3"...a grown man I guess. **** I'm getting old.lol

For the Remington 700 fans, my go to rifle is a Rem 700 30-06 BDL and an older model, 24 years old actually. I broke it out Sunday evening and heart shot this fella at 175 yards. Never had an issue with it but not sure if I could find an older model, maybe a .308 or .270.



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Old 11-06-2018, 03:52 PM   #37
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:52 PM   #38
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:06 PM   #39
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TC Encore with trigger job, 7-08, topped with Zeiss Conquest 3-10x44, Boyds laminate stock. I had the exact set up and got in a bind and sold it. wish I had it back....or my first rifle I bought myself.....1986 Remington 700 ADL 243.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:12 PM   #40
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You can spend all the money you want but you won’t get tuffer, more useable, or more hunting accurate than a Hawkeye all-weather 308 or 30-06 with a Accupoint 3-9.

Or the Win70 Extreme weather fluted.

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Old 11-06-2018, 04:14 PM   #41
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I've been a huge .243 advocate for 20+ years but 6.5creed will roll up an elk with the same recoil and even better off the shelf accuracy.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:18 PM   #42
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Sendero in 25-06 topped with good glass
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:38 PM   #43
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Henry, Winchester, or Marlin lever action in 30/30 would be my choice. Probably in that order. Shooting a lever action just makes you feel manly and American.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:38 PM   #45
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Yes loaded question but wanted opinions on best all around deer rifle...make, model and caliber all in one. I'm looking to pick one up soon for my son so would like to see what TBH had to say.

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ruger model 77 in 7mm08 or 30-06,,, no way I would want a new remington
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Caliber wise 270. I'm partial to the older Ruger 77's. But I do Have a Thompson Encore in 25/06 I starting to really like.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:58 PM   #47
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older model 700 243


This is what I have. About what year did Remington quality go down hill?
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:58 PM   #48
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:03 PM   #49
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30-06 Remington 760/7600 carbine pump. Great gun for a shotgun hunter to keep that same comb.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:24 PM   #50
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Let him shoot all your guns and whichever one he shoots best give to him.

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