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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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First deer rifle suggestions

I'm buying my son his own deer rifle for his upcoming 16th birthday. He's already over 6'1" and 160 lbs. and he's been comfortably using my Marlin Model 336 .35 cal for a couple of years so recoil isn't much of an issue. However, as always, cost and quality are.

He's decided on a .30-06 for the caliber and I agree, based on its versatility. He prefers a bolt action with a detachable mag (I think he just thinks it looks cool). I'd like to get a package with a pre-mounted scope as well.

Over the weekend, we looked at the Remington 770, Savage Axis, and the Mossberg Patriot models. Jake's preference was for the Model 770.

Does anyone here have any feedback, positive or negative, on the Model 770 or any of these other guns? Or does anyone have any other suggestions for starter rifles in this price category?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 05:00 PM
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Re: First deer rifle suggestions

I would consider a 243 which is also a great varmint round. However, if it is more likely he will be hunting bear perhaps a 30-06.

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Re: First deer rifle suggestions

I personally wouldn't give you a dime for a bucket full of 770's.....my preference would be a Savage in Axis II comes with accu trigger and is available in a package

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Re: First deer rifle suggestions

I second the Axis II. I have one in 270 and using factory loads I can usually put all the rounds touching @ 100yrds. The gun shoots much better than I can. I bought something that I was comfortable with being rough on due to the price range. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of it, but I am more than impressed with it. I let a buddy shoot it with the same results. Now he has one as well.

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270, 30-06, 243, you really can't go wrong with them. I usually take my Mossberg atr100 in .243 out. That gun has never let me down and I have piled the deer up with it down here in NC.

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Go with the Savage.

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Axis all the way. I believe Dicks has them right now on sale scoped for $249 after $50 mail in rebate.
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Re: First deer rifle suggestions

The Remington 710s and 770s are throw away rifles. You cannot make any upgrades with them and they are notorious for not shooting well.

Go check out your local WalMarts for the Axis II...over on ARF people have reported that WM has them on clearance. One guy said he bought Axis II for $199 plus you still get the Savage rebate on top of that. That is one heck of a price for Axis II (they have accutrigger) and regular Axis has horrible factory trigger that you can adjust with a ball point pen.

A 243 would be my choice as it's much less recoil and plenty to kill PA Whitetail.

If you go with Savage, you can always swap barrels and change calibers in under 15 minutes.
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Definitely the Savage Axis.

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My first choice would be the Savage followed by the Mossberg. The Remington 770 would not be on my list.
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