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Old 10-07-2010, 04:56 PM
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im looking to purchase my first rifle foe when i hunt ky but not sure what to get. im leaning towards a 270. theres a sporting goods store up the road from me called west end sports and they have a 270 scope combo for 319.99. that is what i have always been around. what else could i get for around the same price not necessarily with a scope?
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:22 PM
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The best deer rifle is whatever you shoot good...

A .270 is a fine round..

Don't get a package rifle with a cheap scope already on it...

Whatever brand rifle feels good to you will shoot better then you can with the right ammo...
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:28 PM
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:43 PM
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I have a Mossberg 100 ATR in .270. It is a great gun. It is pretty accurate and seems really sturdy. I got mine 3 years ago for about $280. It was my first deer rifle and it has been awesome.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:37 PM
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The .270 is a great round. You won't be disapointed in your selection. just don't buy a remington 710 or 770. They are junk. If I was buying and wanted a quality gun without breaking the bank, I would get a Savage. The scopes on a package deal aren't the best, but they would get you by for a while till you could get a better one on your gun. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:45 AM
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What you need to know is that the rifle is the most important part of the equation. You go out and buy a cheap rifle in the caliber that you desire and most times you are going to be very disappointed.

Most people looks at price and not at quality.
I want it and I want it right now.
I don't want to spend any money and the bullet is the only thing I am concerned about - not the scope or the action or the condition of the barrel.

Then when you try to explain to them that these new cheap rifles are junk, they get offended - because they don't know any better.

Do you want a good rifle for hunting deer?

The answer should be for you to buy a used gun, not a new gun.
About 1/4th of all the rifles used in Pennsylvania to harvest deer is a Remington Game Master 760!
Remington made so many of them that there is always a few of them on the gun rack of most any used gun store.
The average price of a used Game Master is usually around $450 with a scope. Cheap one all beat up - $350, one in really nice shape with a very expensive scope - $500!

The most dependable, most accurate rifle out of the box that you could buy.

You don't build a house and then decide to build a foundation.
You build the foundation first!

Most young kids doesn't want dad's old Gamemaster and so they take it to the gun shop and trade it in on a new rifle, thinking that the new rifle is going to be better then what they had. Only to find out that the new rifle does not shoot as well as advertised and the only thing dad's rifle needed was a better scope and mounts.

I was in a gun shop yesterday that had 10 of them on the rack and 4 of them still had the original 3x9x40 Bushnell scope and mounts that it had the day Grice Gun Shop sold it to them 32 years ago.

That is a real testament to both the gun and the scope.
They outlived the owners and are still in service today!
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:14 AM
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I would have to agree to disagree with mr. deer hunter. While you can get great guns at great prices on the used racks, you can also get someone else's problem. There are some really nice bolt guns out there in the $300-$400 range right now. You certainly can buy nicer looking rifles for more money, but you won't buy one that is more accurate. The guns I would look at if you're on a budget would be the Marlin XL-7, Savage 110 or 111 with the Accu-trigger, or a T/C Venture. The Savage with accu-trigger will likely put you up closer to the $500 mark though. I have owned a few of the Savages with accu-triggers and all have been great shooters. I also have a Venture, which is also a great shooter with a great trigger. It also is guaranteed to shot 1 MOA. I haven't shot a marlin yet, but have heard awesome reviews from everyone I know that has one.
As for caliber, the .270 is a great deer cartridge. I hunt with a .308 and occasionally a .243 which are both great rounds as well. Really anything from a .243 to a 30-06 would be plenty of gun for deer. Anything over an '06 is pretty much overkill unless you're shooting long distances.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:38 PM
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The best deer rifle is all just personal opinion. Most people feel like they need some super duper setup, but the truth is that deer aren't hard to kill. My personal favorite is a Marlin lever action, I use a 336ss in 30-30. I have used a Remington 700 bdl in 30-06 since I was 15 years old, but I got tired of the recoil. It worked fantastic, but deer are just as dead with the 30-30. If you don't like lever actions do like Mr. deer Hunter said and check out the 760, either rifle in .35 Remington is a deer killing machine.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:51 PM
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the only reason for me buying the package deal is because i can put it on lay away. the gun is a mossberg 100 atr but im not sure what the scope is. my dad use to do a ton of taxidermy work for the store owner so i may be able to get him to put a decent scope on it
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