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We seem to have established that must game is taken within 100yds, but what is the gun of choice?

I just read that a few years back Federal tested 6 new guns out of the box to see now they would shot, 4 bolts and 2 new levers, one Marlin 30-30 and one Win. 30-30. The least accurate was one of the bolts and the best was the Marlin.

So for the distances most game is taken the lever is perfect with its fast second shot etc.

So I will pick my #1 choice- My Savage 99G fwt. Take down 24" barrel(Mfg. date 1924) in .300 Savage with Redfield Reciever site. Load is 150 gr. Speer or Rem. soft pt. with 42gr. R#12 @ 2600fps.

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Pete, like many things in life (women, dogs, pickups, rifles, etc.) you often go back to what worked the first time, regardless of what may be better!

My first big game rifle was a Win M70 .30-06 with a Leupold 2.5x8.  It is a sure killer when I do my part.  When I am serious about hunting this is the rifle I grab.  Do lots of experimenting with different guns and loads in .22-250, .257 Rob, 6.5x55, the '06, .338 Win mag, a bunch of handguns, but when I want to have meat on the ground it's the '06 and a 165gr. Partition at 2800fps.  However, the .338 is creeping into that role, I must admit though.

I did see a gorgeous M70 Featherweight at the last gun show, beautiful wood, 6.5x55 Swede.... I nearly fainted at the table.  What a thing of beauty....
 

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Pete,
Boy, it really depends on what I'm hunting and where I'm hunting it.  I really love my little Ruger No. 1 RSI in 7x57 and take that for Caribou, Sheep, Goat, Deer unless I'm hunting along the coast where there's lots of big bears.  If that's the case or I'm going after Moose, I'll carry the No. 1 S in 338 Win Mag.  Those rifles fit me perfectly, almost like an extension of me.  The cartridge is pretty much secondary, as long as it is suited for the hunt. Any number of cartridges would do the job that these two will, my confidence really lies in the rifles.

Both rifles wear Leupold scopes.
 

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Pete,

I bought my first big game rifle in 1970...a 336 in .35 Rem.  Over time I've added a scope (as eyes became less flexible).  I have a Pachmeyer Lo-Swing scope mount (grab it and turn it out of the way for instant iron sights) and a Leupold 1.5 x 5.5 scope.  My handload is a 180 grain bullet at ~2200 fps.   I'll probably go to a lighter set of scope mounts in the not too distant future.....can't hardly use regular iron sights any more....no use having the Lo-Swing if you aren't using it.....or some kind of high visibility express sights......choices!

Over the years I've taken whitetail deer and blackbear with the Marlin.  My longest shot has been 40 yards on a nice 7 1/2 point whitetail.  I have a Ruger 25-06 with a Redfield 3200 scope set up for 300 + yards that's never been used on anything but grapefruit......nice explosion when you hit your mark!  

I still have elk and caribou on the "want list".  I figure if I can hunt within my forty yard range, the Marlin will take both of these too.   Ahh......dreams.....close enough to hear the stomach rumble!

Lobo in NM
 

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It is kind of a hard question, just thinking over the last 2 deer seasons in Mn. and Wisc. I carryed an old Rem.#721 30-06, the 300 Savage 99, my Win 94 32 Spec. and my 50. cal Knight Muzzleloader.

Still that old Savage is so slim and well balanced to carry and sometimes i just sit down and lean back on an old tree and look at that old rifle and admire its grace.

Pete

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I'm still trying to figure my place out in this firearm world. I am a bowhunter who has become a deer hunter for a while. My family likes the meat and I like to shoot'em so I had to increase production. I enjoy the 44 mad SBH and I know I will enjoy the new 44 mag Marlinn 1894 this year,but for shear enjoyment afield the lettle Jefferys recurve is my choice.

If I am after meat the Rem Slide gun in 30.06 will be on stand. I have a old steel tube K-4 Weaver on it that does just fine. 165 gr. Hornady SPs do the trick at about 2200 fps. Low recoil and plenty of punch.
 

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Let's hear it for levers. I am normally pretty conservative and like to shoot my game within 175 yards. But, this year it turned out this way:
Mule deer 409 yards BLR in .308
Bull elk  260 yards Marlin 1895G  Garrett 420-grain

Both were laser-measured. I don't think I could choose between the two rifles.
 

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Hi Pete,
        Here's a different one for you. My current favourite combination is a suppressed 96/44 running a 300gr WFN at 1000f.p.s.  Just can't beat the sound that bullet makes hitting it's target. <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->
 

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Hello all,
    I'm a little like MikeG - I have a basic hunting rig and like to experiment with others. My regular rig is a Win 70 Classic, 30-06 shooting Nosler 165gr partitions most of the time. I have also used Hornady bullets quite a lot in 150, 165 and 180gr. Scope is a Leupold 2x7. The other main outfit we use is a Rem 700 in .308 with a 4X Leupold, same bullet selection. Both these rifles are stainless and have been tweaked so that they fit me perfectly.
    Sometimes I take out a 30-30 if elk season is not open at the time. Or my .257 Roberts. But since these rifles are blued/wood they only hunt in decent weather. I rusted my old .308 Mod 70 Featherweight once and it about broke my heart. Got it cleaned up okay, but decided to get stainless after that.
     While I lived on the east coast I used a Howatt Hunter recurve, a Rem 870 with slug barrel and Brenneke or Activ slugs, and a 1976 Commemorative .50 caliber Hawken muzzleloader with patch and ball. You know what it commemorates? Not the Bicentennial, but "140 years of Free Texas" !!
                               IDShooter
 
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