Entry hunting rifle

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  1. stella marina

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    I'm looking at getting an entry level hunting rifle.
    Primarily to be used in California for black tail and pigs, but would like to be able to be used on hunts in colorado for elk on the rare occasion too. I know there is no do it all gun, but im thinking a .30 .06 is a good caliber for most, maybe a .270
    Im thinking either the weatherby vanguard, savage axis xp or a tikka..
    What do you guys think for a rifle in the 500 to 600 dollar range?
     
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    Vanguard, Tikka 270 will do it all
     
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    30-06 if elk might be in the mix. I’m partial to guns without plastic parts. Anything new you might buy in that range will have lots of it. Consider buying higher end used, jmho.
     
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    Stick to 30 06 a 270 is a little light for elk. As for the gun I really like the tikka and almost got one as my last rifle
     
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    I see you are here in Santa Cruz. Markleys gun shop had a 30-06 tikka with nice Leupold vx3 3x9x40 glass last month. Not sure if they still have it. They were willing to let it go for $800 and I almost bought it, but already have a 270 so couldn’t really justify it. It was the newer tikka t3x and the scope looked brand new as well. Might want check them out as they have used guns on consignment all the time.

    As for caliber...all the ones you mentioned are good choices. Hard to argue with a 30-06 for a due it all rifle. 270 is also a good choice.

    Try to get your hands on some of the rifles. A lot of the plastic stocks on rifles are horrible, flimsy pieces of crap. The tikka and weatherby you listed are two of the better ones. Decent replacement replacement stocks are out there too if you decide down the road that you want to upgrade.
     
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    I was going to try to make it to markley's. I would consider a used rifle to get more for my money.
    I was wanting to get my hands on a few to get the feel for the diffetent rifles.
     
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    I would suggest a Savage 116 FCSS in 30.06. Best bang for the buck IMO. Floating stainless barrel on synthetic stock, 4 round box mag and Accu Trigger.

    Pair that with a Leupold VX 3-9x40 optic.

    I can hold a half inch group at 100 yards with the barrel cold or hot.
     
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    .30-06 all the way. I have a beautiful Browning ABolt W/boss in 30-06 for sale
     
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    I can’t seem to hunt with just one caliber so I shoot the Thompson Center Encore pro hunter platform.

    You can buy several barrels for different hunting situations or plinking. If i hunt in thick brush 450 Bushmaster barrel. If i hunt a open field then I put on my 7-30 Waters, 25-06 or 6.5 Creedmore. The kids they have a 22-250 and 357 maximum barrel.

    For longer shots I use a 300wm.

    Encore receiver is around 400
    TC barrels are 285
    MGM custom TC barrels are 350-450
     
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    Check gunnroker.com
     
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    270 with 150s is great Elk gun if you handload you can step up to 160 Nosler partitions and shoot the largest Elk.
     
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    .270 should fit the ticket, I knew a guy that used his .243 for taking everything including elk. I have a .243 also and have taken many deer with it and never had a problem. The .06 kicks like a mule.
     
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    I’m recoil sensitive with magnum loads. Don’t like it and flinch etc... pull my shots, shut my eyes... it’s actually horrific to watch I’m told :p:

    A old timer in my gun club took my 300wm and sent it to E. Author Brown for a JP brake install. Now it shoots like a .22 or less :D

    450bushmaster barrel got the same brake and actually feels like it jumps forward

    Also good for clearing out the range LOL
     
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    I've killed several Elk with a .270 and 150grn Nosler Partition rounds..... and only one of them went farther than 50 yards before they piled up.

    I will use a 30-06 for Moose or Bison when that day comes even though a .270 would be just fine and only because I already own a 30-06..

    .270s are the best all around caliber for large game in North America.... they shoot flat and kick less.....
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback....I'm getting a tikka t3x stainless 30-06. And looking to see if any black Friday deals come up for a .270
    Can't go wrong having both.
     
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    Adding a .243 savage 111 trophy hunter....couldnt past up $399 at sportsman's warehouse.
     
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    270 is the ticket for caliber, especially if you're 'rarely' in the elk field. And when you are, you're good to go.

    Also keep weight in mind. Sure you have a big, bad rifle. After 6 hrs of hauling it chasing whatever because you bought an 7.5# rifle and added a 2# sniper scope because it was cool....you'll wonder what the heck you were...not thinking.

    Also, SHOOT THEM. Don't care if you have 'top quality' rifle. Some you just can't shoot, regardless of quality. Trigger, stock, comb, cast, grip, all effect whether or not that thing works for you. E.g. Browning makes great quality rifles and shotguns - couldn't shoot one to save my life. Love my Remingtons and Tikkas. Certainly doesn't mean Brownings are bad, but they are bad for me.

    Sucks to buy the perfect Remington, Browning, Weatherby, Tikka and find out - crap, I can't shoot this thing!
     
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    Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to shoot most the rifles I'm interested in or that would be a good way to go
     
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    Used in .270
    I like Win Mod 70 featherweight made in the 1980's
     
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    Several peeps have mentioned the Tikka, I own 2 one in .243 and .308 stainless lights and love them both, tack drivers that are affordable, go with the .308 or 30-06.
    I also own a rem 700 BDL in 30-06 as well as a 7mm and 300 mag but I always go to the 308 for axis deer when I'm walking!
     

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