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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:34 PM

Looking to get a deer rifle for my wife, need rec's

My wife recently went hunting for the first time w/ me over Thanksgiving break and had a great time! I have only one deer rifle (Savage 30-06) so she used my shotgun. We saw very few deer but she had a blast and wants to start hunting regularly. Ive decided a nice new shiny rifle would make a great Christmas present.

Im thinking a Marlin XL7 or a Savage Axis would be a good first rifle, although there is a nice Marlin 336 30-30 for $400 that looks sweet. What do yall think? Have any reccomendations? Only requirements is that it not be too long (she is 5'4") and not over $400 MSRP. Thanks!

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Reply Looking to get a deer rifle for my wife, need rec's (Original post)
AlecBGreen Dec 2012 OP
FredisDead Dec 2012 #1
AlecBGreen Dec 2012 #2
Lurks Often Dec 2012 #3
AlecBGreen Jan 2013 #5
Lurks Often Jan 2013 #6
Puha Ekapi Jan 2013 #7
Kaleva Dec 2012 #4
Scott.K Feb 2013 #8
Paladin Feb 2013 #9
gejohnston Feb 2013 #10
Paladin Feb 2013 #11
Scott.K Feb 2013 #12
HenrikPopowski Feb 2013 #13

Response to AlecBGreen (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:05 PM

1. I am not a hunter but I am a gun owner

 

I have the Marlin 336TS, with the 18.5 inch barrel. The 336 Is a good rifle for a beginner, it shoots straight, it's lightweight and easy to maintain.

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Response to FredisDead (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:10 PM

2. oh baby, I would looooove a 336!

such a nice rifle (*stops drooling, remembers this is a gift for the missus*) Thing is, the only one I found nearby is a youth model without a scope. Guy wants $400 which is my max so she would have to use the iron sights. Its definitely on my "maybe" list for now

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Response to AlecBGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:17 AM

3. Savage Axis

or the Stevens 200, which is a Savage receiver and barrel with a no frills stock. You may have to have the stock cut length for her.

Given your price requirements, you may have to consider a used gun.

On the used market, consider a sporterized Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55, it will make a fine deer rifle, being accurate with mild recoil.

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Response to Lurks Often (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:07 PM

5. I ended up getting a Savage Axis .308

cammo stock, nice Bushnell scope. Got it new for $329. Wife is super thrilled with it! We mounted the scope and boresighted it but it needs some fine tuning. At the time we only had super expensive ammo so we're waiting til we can get some cheaper Federal ammo to run through it to get it all sighted in. Thanks for the rec!

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Response to AlecBGreen (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:51 PM

6. You're welcome n/t

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Response to AlecBGreen (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:09 PM

7. You will need...

...to sight it in with the same ammunition that you intend to shoot regularly, and also try a variety. Different loadings will shoot to different points of impact, and some will be more accurate than others in any given rifle. Good choice in gun though....308 is fairly mild in recoil and enough gun for most N. American game.

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Response to AlecBGreen (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:08 PM

4. It's after X-Mas but a 20 gauge single shot rifled deer slug gun might be good.

They can be had for about $240. Reliable and very simple to operate. The H&R 1871 Tracker II Slug Gun weighs just 5 1/4 lbs.

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Response to AlecBGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:04 PM

8. Personal Preference

 

While I do Agree with every one's suggestions that they have made here, my personal preference for deer hunting is a customized AR platform. The reason for this is

A). There is no bolt, so you don't have to take your eyes off of the target
B). While rather expensive when compared to the other rifles suggested here, the AR platform can be easily converted into a Home Defense weapon that every one in the family can use, from you with your, I assume, man hands, to your wife.
C). The AR is easily disassembled, has only 3 main parts: bolt, cocking handle, and bolt spring located in butt stock. As a sub-side of this, you can switch out the barrels for .308 and .223 for different types of game.
D). The AR is the most popular platform in the U.S, which means there is really no limit to spare parts should your rifle break down.
E). The AR can mount various accessories for hunting such as night vision optics ( I use these for hunting wild boar), scopes, bi-pods, butt stocks with raised cheek rests and so forth.
D). I have seen versions where there are AR-15's with 7 inch barrels, which I know, isn't much use in hunting due to decreased accuracy, but you see what I'm getting at.

*Update
Didn't notice the $400 budget there. While I do know this rifle is nowhere near that price range, I'm just throwing it out there that it is worth taking a look at...

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Response to Scott.K (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:06 AM

9. "...no bolt...take eyes off target."


I don't know how much experience you have with bolt-action rifles, but that's not much of a justification for an AR "platform".....

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Response to Paladin (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:09 AM

10. why should there be a "justification"?

since when did liberals feel the need to justify a choice?

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:24 AM

11. Back Off. Liberals Justify Choices All The Time. (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:01 PM

12. Re: Paladin

 

I actually have much experience with bolt actions, both in hunting and for plinking. I currently "own" ( I say own because my dad's name is on paper work, I'm only 16) a Remington 700, a Mauser K98K from WW2, a M1903 Springfield and my personal favorite, a M1898 Mosin-Nagant. And I don't see the need for justification for an AR because there shouldn't be the need for a justification. I suggested an AR because it suits my needs plus any one can shoot it, heck even my 12 year old bonus brother ( I don't like the term "step-brother as it implies I don't love him) can shoot it.

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