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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 04:29 PM
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Advice on hunting rifle?
Target is feral pig up to 300 pounds at max 200 yards. Currently shooting a .30-06 and can group 1 inch at 100 yards w/4x scope (4 inch w/.223 iron sites, so I'm no slouch) but will lose both when SIL moves here Jan '10. My brother nailed a 200 pound boar @ 170 yards with a .270 lung shot in the moonlight (yeah, he's good) and the pig only ran 25 yards b4 dying. Experience is: 30-30, .30-06, .223, 270, M14, M16 and .25-06.

It's been a long time since the Big Red One rifle team in '71 and technology has changed so am looking for advice. I don't hunt much so don't want to break the bank and am not averse to used/pawn purchase. Best choice in your opinion and expected purchase price would be most appreciated.
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 10:50 PM
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1. I'd switch to
rabbit hunting.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-30-09 06:02 PM
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2. Seems like most people get good value out of Savage in hunting rounds.
Edited on Fri Oct-30-09 06:03 PM by aikoaiko

.308 is my favorite all-purpose round.
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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-07-09 10:42 AM
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3. Get a hold of Field & Stream (on-line or mags) -- they evaluate rifles.
Some are below $500 -- even with an inexpensive scope. Most rifles suitable for deer are good for pigs.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:31 AM
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4. Never had a bad used Savage - I found an old .30-06 years ago
under $200, cleaned it well and tightened all the screws - it was the most accurate rifle I ever owned.

I'd recommend the .30-06 - more options on loaded ammo - bullet styles and weights - available over the counter than any other cartridge, not much beats it for accuracy, and the ammo is relatively cheap and available anywhere.
Really, not that much is different - just a lot more salesmanship involved, selling stuff you don't need.

Enjoy.

mark
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oneshooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:14 PM
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5.  The Savage 110 in 30-06 can be found used for $200-$300
Often with a scope included. The Savage are well known for out of the box accuracy. If you can find them they are a real bargain!

Oneshooter
Armed and Livin in Texas
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