Deer Rifles

Discussion in 'Shooting' started by Ithaca37, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Maybe this topic will liven things up here.

    What is your deer rifle setup (make, caliber, favorite ammo, etc.)? And why did you pick these particluar features, was it cost, looks, quality, etc.?

    Lets try to keep things friendly and not pick apart others choices. :D
  2. I use a .30-30 Winchester lever action...

    I choose to use this for a couple of reasons. First off, it has been passed down from my grandfather to my dad and well I think it is still his by I use it anyway... :wink:

    Secondly, a lot of deer have been shot with it.

    Another reason it is real light and usually where I hunt it is thicker'n fleas on a dog's back.... so packing lightly helps.

    It is an open sight... never used a scope and don't plan on it. Just my preference. I am confident in my eyesight and shooting performance.

  3. Four people have read this and only one of them owns a deer rifle? :shock:
    Come on guys!!! :D
  4. A Winchester 94, now there is classic deer rifle. Simple, economical, and effective.
  5. kenton6

    kenton6 Administrator

    Actually that gun he speaks of is a Wichester Model 94 saddle gun - 4 shot with a relatively low serial number. Probably worth about 1200 now. It should be retired but what a nice meat cutter.

    Me and now I'm looking again for something different, I use a Remington Model 4 Woodsmaster .308 semi-auto with a Redfield 3x9 scope. I chose 150 grain soft point bullet.
    One of the likes is an accurate gun and it's in excellent shape.
    Faults? - You have to maintain an absolutely, spotlessly clean magazine, action and coil otherwise you'll get jams.
    Right now my biggest complaint is the weight. Arthritis and bad back make it difficult at time to tote
  6. I've carried that with me a few times... Got some heft to it compared to that .30-30

  7. I plan on purchasing me a fine rifle in the next year or so to last me a long time. Any ideas on what I should get? I want something simple and easy to maneuver.

    I think you're right.. we need to hang that winchester up. :D
  8. As far as the weight on the woodsmaster, have you considered an aftermarket synthetic stock? I have no idea if they are available or not, but it may provide enough weight savings to make it more comfortable. Just a thought. :wink:

    As far as a new rifle goes, exactly what are you looking for in a brush gun? Are you concerned about magazine capacity? Do you have a preference regarding action type? How important is weight(remember as weight decreases, recoil increases)? What price range? Are you a left handed shooter?

    A few suggestions that I would make without knowing any of the above would be:

    1. A Ruger NO. 1 International-A single shot falling block that comes in .243, .270, 7x57, and the greatest caliber ever, .30-06
    Although it lists for over $900 it is available from wally world for around $700 or for just a little more from your favorite dealer.
    This gun is very short and very lightweight.

    More info available at: [color=blue][/color]
    Just click on the icons to se more info.

    2. A Thompson Center Encore-A single shot break action with interchangable barrels to allow you switch calibers from .22 hornet to .375 holland and holland
    I believe it retails for somewhere around $600

    More info at :
    Click on the Encore link at the top of the page.

    3. A ruger M77 Compact - Compact Bolt action avaiable in .223, .243, .260 remington, 7mm-08, and .308
    Retails around $500

    More info avaiable at:

    Also Ruger just introduced a scout rifle same as the compact, but with forward mounted scope for faster traget acquisiton

    4. A new winchester 94 or Marlin 336 both retail for less than $500
    Also I have heard from numerous sources that the quality of the Marlin is better than that of the Winchester, albeit with a higher price.


    1. A savage Arms Bolt of any kind, take a look at their website:

    They produce high quality bolt actions that arguably the most accurate out of the box when compared to anything in their price range which is for the most part under $500. I believe them to be better than the Rugers.
    They also have the most comprehensive line of left handed guns.

    2. A Tikka which is imported by Beretta. Guarandteed 1" 3 shot groups @ 100yds for around $550
    More info:

    3. Any other rifle made by remington, winchester, Browning, etc.

    Sorry for the length hope this is helpful if you have any more info forme about your needs, I could make some more suggestions. Not that I am anykind of expert.
  9. I almost forgot to add one more to the list the Weatherby Vanguard. Although the action is made in Japan, it is backed by the very same warranty and customer service that applies to their $2000 rifles. Actually, the original Mark V Rifles were made for Roy Weatherby in Japan. These rifles are guaranteed to shoot 1.5" @ 100yds. Retail around $400 or even less.

    They also make a Sub-MOA, which cost more on the of $700
    more info at :

    I have never used or handled one of these in person. But I ahev read great things about them, whatever that is good for. :D
  10. Wow, great reponse. :wink:

    As for caliber I think I am interested in the .30-06 myself. Capacity isn't really an issue for me. Anything over 4 rounds is good enough. That's what the .30-30 held...

    Action, no preference.

    Price range would be another determining factor. I am looking for the best rifle without having to go over $700. If I absolutely had to pay more I would.. :D

    I am a right handed shooter even though I am left handed. I am right eye dominant so I learned early to shoot right.

    Probably Ruger would be the way to go.