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If you could only have one rifle for big game what would it

Postby Horizontal Hunter » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:30 am

If you could only have one rifle for North American big game what would it be?

What caliber?
What action/rifle?

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby seazofcheeze » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:35 am

.300 win mag. Overkill on deer, but I'd want the extra stopping power for moose, grizzly, and maybe even elk.

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby burkhart » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:40 am

50 cal muzzleloader. I can hunt any state.
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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Hatchet Jack » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:43 am

12 gauge shotgun with interchangeable rifled barrel

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby jwilkstn » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:59 am

I asked myself this a couple years ago, but capped my spending at about $1k. I went with a Tikka T3 stainless light with a Leupold Vx-3 cds 3.5-10x50.
I absolutely love the rifle, and I still think it's as good as any for the money. I handload, and bought 5 boxes of Federal factory ammo for barrel break in, to sight in, and for the brass. Truth be told, I haven't yet loaded anything that outshoots those factory Federals, one-third inch groups at 100 yards. My only complaint about the rifle is the plastic magazine. If it were metal, the gun itself would be flawless.
I also love the scope, and would recommend it to anyone. The cds dial is a must-have if you want to shoot 300 yards or more. I wish, however, that I had went with the 4.5-14x50mm version just because those long shots are more precise with that extra magnification.
As for calibers, I debated long and hard ob it for my selection, and I still think it's overrated to be honest. It all depends on what species and also terrain you hunt the most. Since I've only whitetail hunted it really didn't mean a thing, but since I want to go out west for everything from antelope to elk, it certainly entered my mind. I already had a 30-06 with a Leupold on top, and decided to go with a .270 WSM in the Tikka. It's overkill for the deer I hunt, but shoots practically as flat as anything out there and can handle bullets up to 150 grains if you handload. Currently, my big game load is a 140 gr Accubond but I won't get to test it on elk until next fall. If I expected to be elk hunting with it every year and only whitetail hunting on occasion, I probably would have gone with a .300 WSM instead. Just my opinion, and most calibers will easily do the job with proper bullet placement.

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby PK_ » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:14 am

I am with hatchet jack. I absolutely love my 12ga 870 with interchangeable barrels.

But for a true rifle, I recently bought a Bolt action 30-06. Ruger american. Nikon buckmaster 4-12x40. Haven't gotten it to the range yet but seems it will be a nice versatile all around rifle for the money. Capable of killing any animal I would set my sights on.
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Postby mheichelbech » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am

any thoughts on a Remington BDL? Is this gun overrated/overpriced?

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Crazinamatese » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:04 am

.308 cal Savage scout rifle. Love to have one.
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Postby woodswalker » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:40 am

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Babernathy » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:02 am

270 weatherby mag. Great gun will last forever. It's very flat shooting so you can take it out west and not to much overkill on a whitetail. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a moose or elk with it either.

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Babernathy » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:07 am

270 weatherby mag. Great gun will last forever. It's very flat shooting so you can take it out west and not to much overkill on a whitetail. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a moose or elk with it either.

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby IkemanTx » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:22 am

Weatherby 257 mag in stainless... as long as I didn't have to pay for the loads...

It is ample gun for any game in North America, shoots flat as can be, and the bucket has a wonderful tendency to tumble when it hits soft tissue. The cavitation from the tumble causes far more soft tissue damage than a simple pass through.

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Ruger1 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:51 am

Custom, I'd rebarrel a stainless Tikka T3 or Ruger Compact with a good 20" 35 Whelen barrel.

Over the counter I'd probably go with a Tikka in 300 WSM

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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby Ghost Hunter » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:11 pm

7mm mag bolt action.
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Re: If you could only have one rifle for big game what would

Postby IkemanTx » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:08 pm

Ruger1 wrote:Custom, I'd rebarrel a stainless Tikka T3 or Ruger Compact with a good 20" 35 Whelen barrel.

Over the counter I'd probably go with a Tikka in 300 WSM

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Man, the Tika T3 Tactical is a pretty little gun. I'd love to convince the wife we need one.

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