What are you hunting?
I got my hunting license last week and I'm now in the process of deciding what rifle to buy. Any suggestions?
Caliber is set to be 308 winchester (NATO 7.62)
What are you hunting?
If it's .308, I am assuming elk.
If deer, (even if others have disagreed with me in the past), that's overkill heh
.270 would be just about right if under 200-300 yards.
I try to take mine at no more than 150 yards myself.
Been a while since I've been hunting, though.....
Well since a .270 (in most people's opinion) is more gun that a .308, I would say that your data is skewed slightly.
Either of those rounds are wonderful and if you stay in the top five gun companies you can't go wrong, they all make fine rifles. The Remeington 700 can't be beat for out-of-the-box-accuracy and the Ruger 700 is another goody!!
Naturally, I suggest you don't overlook any of the quality Finnish rifles. You really can't go wrong with a Sako, or if "bang-for-buck" is your priority, Tikka T3 would be a great choice.
hey i would go with the remington 700 also, i have used one . it is not to heavy( i have air rifles heavier) i suggest .308 also.
BUT before you buy that , I think you should start with a smaller caliber to learn how to shoot first. a ruger M 77/22 .22 150$ and up you cant beat it. If you just want to target practice sometimes .308 caliber ammunition is just to damn expensive to buy all the time. a box of .22LR will run from 5$ for a 100 bullets on up to 18$ for 100 bullets
In that calibre, you have lots of choices - and its quite hard to buy a bad rifle made by any reputable manufacturer - unless its been badly looked after. Certainly anything from Sako, Tikka, Winchester, Remington, Ruger, Blaser etc etc will perform reliably and accurately. Your best bet is get yourself down to a shooting club and have a go with as many rifles as you can to see if theres one that you like more than others. Lt_Crooks suggestion of using a .22 to fine tune shooting skills cheaply is a good one. I know some very good shots who keep their skills by doing just that. ( In the UK, not all shooting ranges are allowed to use 7.62 ammuniton because its considered a full power catridge - i dont konw if you have the same restrictions where you are.) Good luck in your choice though !
I think as a Danish soldier he'd know how to shoot...Originally Posted by Lt_Crooks
Another good "cost-effective" rifle to look at is any CZ rifle. They make them in most calibers (nice .308 with semi-bull barrel and wood stock). One of the great features of the CZ rifle is the set-trigger, most of their rifles have them (I don't think the rim-fires do). Each trigger can be fired conventionally by pulling the trigger to the rear (your trigger pull will be 5+pounds) which would be the best way to fire offhand. If you have a rest and time to set-up you can oush the trigger forward until it clicks and "sets" then you have a trigger pull of between 1-2 pounds. I personally would go with a flater shooting cartridge than the .308 for hunting unless you are going to use a BDC scope. I use a 25-06 for deer and smaller, 45-70 for big game (bear/pig up close) and a .308 for target shooting. If your going to be humping the rifle all over the hills get something in the 5-8 pound range, if your hunting from a stand or hide weight isn't that much of a concern. Check out CZ make some nice guns. All my bolt actions are Remington 700's but if I was goint to do it all over again, I think I would go with the CZ.
http://www.cz-usa.com/ They are from the Czech Republic so they must have distributers in Europe.
CZ's in .308 NATO
CZ 550 embodies aesthetic elegance and ergonomic design. On closer inspection the heart of the machine shows its time honored features.
· Mauser style claw extractor
· Square bridge receiver
· Hammer forged barrel
· Single set trigger
The Mauser style claw extractor for positive loading and extraction, and compact trigger mechanism which can be used as a single stage or a single set trigger. The CZ 550 has a positive 2-position safety. All CZ 550's feature a classic square bridge receiver with a 19mm dovetail milled right into the receiver for the mounting of optics. For accuracy and long life these rifles are fitted with hammer forged barrels.
The CZ 550 Lux and CZ 550 FS are traditional European style models featuring adjustable open sights and Turkish walnut stock in the famous Bavarian pattern while CZ 550 American, CZ 550 Varmint and CZ 550 Prestige are models made specifically for the US market with our American customer in mind featuring American pattern stock with 18 LPI checkering.
My vote is the Remington 700. Easy to tune the trigger or to have it rebarreled for a more "fun" profile later. Getting an aftermarket synthetic stock for a 700 requires no work at all since 99.9% of all stock makers carry stocks for the 700. Just slap a McMillan HTG (M40A1) stock onto that 700 and you're good to go.
Why not just get a .50 AE Desert Eagle and take down any beast you can possibly imagine?
Being in Europe, I don't think he'll have the availablity like we do in the US. I've had the triggers done on all my 700's (25-06Mountain/.308LTR/.223Classic) and they are nice, don't waste your time with a timney or jewel, find a good gun-smith and he'll clean it up for you. It's the damn liability and lawyers that screwed up good factory triggers. I still like the CZ set-trigger set-up, I've shot a couple and it work's real well.Originally Posted by Tributal
He hasn't repsonded to his own post.
I suggest getting an FN M240B. It's in .308. You can take alot of deer with it. (we got turkeys with ours!) Bring a few extra barrels, and an assistant gunner.
I'm in Sweden (just a block north of Denmark) so I'm pretty familiar with the availability around these parts.Originally Posted by Aussie E
Both McMillan and H-S (if you like their stocks) have agents in Sweden, so I would guess the same is true for Denmark. If not we're all in the European Union so he could order one from an agent in a neighboring country. (Hell - the Swedish H-S agent is located in Malmö so he could just drive across the bridge and pick one up within a few hours drive of his own home.)
Like I said in my original post - have the standard trigger tuned, rather than getting a Jewel or Timney. When I built my 700 I just cleaned up the standard trigger (the bolt, action and trigger were pretty much the only parts that weren't replaced.)