I never hunted growing up (fishing was my deal), but my son wanted to hunt when he was friends with another kid who hunted! So I took it up about 12 years ago! Turns out I love it and really enjoy my time in the woods and around the camp, it has become a passion, though my son doesn't hunt much anymore!LOL
I have a couple of Browning 270's one wood stock that I use and a stainless/synthetic that I got for my son.
It's an awesome deer gun and I have been lucky and made good shots on each deer I have taken. I have three eight points (two mounted) and a bunch of does and a few sows, (good eats)!
I want another Gun, no good reason other than I like them, I mostly hunt in FL,Ga and Al, and I was looking for some suggestions. I was thinking of trading one of the 270's (maybe), and could spend up to
Thought you guys might enjoy this..... it's always fun to spend someone else's money!
Perhaps a special purpose hog gun like a lever action Marlin in 45/70 or 450 Marlin. No real need for optics, but you could install a goo quality low-power fixed or variable and still have over half of your budget to spend.
Personally, I don't have a use for high-dollar guns. I like them as much as anyone else, but that's not a priority for me right now. My guns have to earn their keep in the woods.
.270 is a solid, all around caliber to do about anything with short of big game. Before I had my house robbed in Sept 08, I had my Remington 700 in 7 Mag for most of my hunting but I had a .30-06 in an old school Remington 740 semi auto with a short barrel. Awesome gun, to be honest. I drilled an 11 point offhand at 120ish yds with it. the point was having the long cannon for set shots from stands and the much more portable and flexibly 30-06 for hogs or stalk/rattle hunting was a good set up for me.
As far as calibers go.../shrug. Depends on what you want to do. Do you want a gun you can take on big game hunts if you ever have a chance? Do you want something that just shoots straight and clean, not necassarily a cannon? .25-06 is pretty slick for that, IMO.
So what would you like to use this gun (I'm assuming a rifle) for? Your .270's should kill anything down there just fine. If you are looking for something new, maybe look into a Kimber or Sako in .300wsm. Either would be very fine rifles, in an excellent caliber. Another option would be taking a used grade 3-5 Weatherby off someone looking to sell. Maybe in .257 weatherby?
Throw us some more information and I'm sure you will get a plethera of ideas from guys on here.
Heh, that's part of the problem...a .270 is a solid 'medium sized' cartridge, so its not like toting around a cannon and wanting something different or the opposite and wanting a little more firepower than you have.
I guess the main thing would be to invest in a quality, accurate rifle no matter what caliber you decide upon.