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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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So im buying a new deer rifle for a relitive and i would like some feedback. Ive settled on a savage 16/116 package. Question is do i go with 308, 270, 30-06, or 7mm? It is for an older man. So recoil is a consideration. Also it will be used for PA deer and maybe bear. Thanks.

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Any of those calibers are good deet calibers if you want to shoot bear also I would go with the 308 or 3006. if recoil is a problem look at the reduced recoil loads that they are selling.
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I personally like the versitility of a 7MM or 308 but they are all good deer slayers
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308. cheap shells, low recoil, good for anything that walks in PA. lots of different loads available including reduced recoil. the 270 and '06 are great as well but in the same gun will recoil more. if you mean 7mm mag then that is a different animal altogether. too much for PA deer IMO and kicks more and costs more for shells. if you mean 7mm-08 then that is almost identical to 308 but costs twice as much for shells.

i always recommend the 308 for anyone asking. it really can't be beat.

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Personally I would avoid the package guns, most times they mount a very cheap scope on them. My eyes are getting old and the cheaper glass is no longer an option for me. My pick for caliber would be the 270 or 308 in the choices you listed, ammo is plentifully for both, you can buy reduced recoil ammo for most caliber’s today. If only for Deer I would check into a 243 very light recoil.
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honestly id go with the 06 or 270. 308. for bear isnt such a good idea, i had 3 great placed shots on my bear using a 308 with 180 grain shells and it still ran, the 3rd actually put it down, but the first two seemed to not faze him one bit
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Re: New gun help

If your using the right bullet, i wouldnt see any problem with a 7mm-08 for bear. Im sure a 140 grain nosler partition to the heart of a bear will stop it quick. As for deer, 7mm-08 is a great choice. i know alot of people who use that caliber for deer. Plus it has very mild recoil. Not sure if the 16/116 come is that or not.
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308. cheap shells, low recoil, good for anything that walks in PA. lots of different loads available including reduced recoil. the 270 and '06 are great as well but in the same gun will recoil more. if you mean 7mm mag then that is a different animal altogether. too much for PA deer IMO and kicks more and costs more for shells. if you mean 7mm-08 then that is almost identical to 308 but costs twice as much for shells.

i always recommend the 308 for anyone asking. it really can't be beat.
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.270 or 06 cant go wrong with either or if they have it in the 16/116 a .280 rem.
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Thanks for all the help guys

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