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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Help with first gun purchase.

Looking to purchase my first gun. Does anyone know of affordable rifles good for deer hunting?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 01:42 AM
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What is your price range?
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In the 300 dollar range
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Definitely some options. I would check out the Ruger American, Thompson Center Compass and the Savage Axis. I have recently bought both a Ruger American and Thompson Center Compass and both shoot extremely well.
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I was looking to get a 270 a couple years ago, I went to Bass Pro and was looking at a Remmington. The guy behind the counter talked me into a Savage Axis. He said out of the box it is one of the best shooting guns they get in for the price. I took his advice and got it. It had a camo synthetic stock, a 3 to 9 scope, cant remember the make of it, an accu trigger. Took it home and only had to take a few shots and it was dialed in to where I wanted it. It was bore sighted at 200 yards, I sighted in for 100. Took a real nice 8 pt with it last year....
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Many rifles can be bought for $300.Have you fired many different calibers yet?I ask because you don't want recoil to be an issue with accuracy.You live in 2B/Pittsburgh correct?If so just know you can't use a centerfire rifle for deer in 2B.I would pick a caliber before doing a search for a rifle.A shotgun or inline muzzleloader might be an option also.Used rifles can be found but be ready to make offers on guns because a $300 used rifle can have a $500 asking price.Check the manufacturers websites for rebates before you buy,it may save you a few bucks.

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In the 300 dollar range


....now is that for the firearm alone...or a combo deal ?
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The is a Marlin 243 bolt action with scope in Connellsville for $250 on Pennswoods classifieds right now.

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I was looking to get a 270 a couple years ago, I went to Bass Pro and was looking at a Remmington. The guy behind the counter talked me into a Savage Axis. He said out of the box it is one of the best shooting guns they get in for the price. I took his advice and got it. It had a camo synthetic stock, a 3 to 9 scope, cant remember the make of it, an accu trigger. Took it home and only had to take a few shots and it was dialed in to where I wanted it. It was bore sighted at 200 yards, I sighted in for 100. Took a real nice 8 pt with it last year....



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at the one shop I visit I have heard numerous people talk about the Savage Axis & how well it shoots right out of the box.

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my daughter in law has a savage axis in 7mm-08, great gun, very accurate and powerful enough for deer and bear.


for $300.00 my top 3 choices would be the Savage Axis, Mossberg, or Ruger American. i know people that own these and they are all great guns. they will all kill a deer just as dead as any more expensive rifle on the market.


if you go for a shotgun, just remember with rifled slugs that gun will recoil harder than a rifle will. get a limbsaver recoil pad and the limbsaver shooting pad (goes over the shoulder). you can shoot that slug gun all day with no problems.

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