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So I'll be the first to admit I know crap about rifles (although I have three shottys & two .22's). That being said, I would like to pick up something that I can do some long distance target practicing with and has enough punch to easily send Bambi's mother to the afterlife. Reliability and accuracy is a must. I would prefer to not have to shell out $2 per round and would like to keep the cost of the rifle reasonable (IMO $1K for a rifle is a waste of money although I wouldn't give a second thought to dropping that on a good 1911. Some priorities eh?). Last issue, recoil. I severely dislocated my shoulder a couple years ago and although I highly doubt it but there is the slim possibility that a very strong recoil could re-dislocate it. Or could that be resolved with a butt pad?

Opinions please.

And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, this is being posted to multiple forums so I can get a general consensus.
 

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So I'll be the first to admit I know crap about rifles (although I have three shottys & two .22's). That being said, I would like to pick up something that I can do some long distance target practicing with and has enough punch to easily send Bambi's mother to the afterlife. Reliability and accuracy is a must. I would prefer to not have to shell out $2 per round and would like to keep the cost of the rifle reasonable (IMO $1K for a rifle is a waste of money although I wouldn't give a second thought to dropping that on a good 1911. Some priorities eh?). Last issue, recoil. I severely dislocated my shoulder a couple years ago and although I highly doubt it but there is the slim possibility that a very strong recoil could re-dislocate it. Or could that be resolved with a butt pad?

Opinions please.

And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, this is being posted to multiple forums so I can get a general consensus.
.308 It will drop anything in the lower 48 and most anywhere else and it has relatively mild recoil for such a potent round. .308 is basically the do it all round for rifle. You can get a nice Savage for around 500 bucks and the rounds are about 50 to 60 cents if you buy 100. Accuracy is incredible.
 

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308 is a great caliber. But with a shoulder injury it might be a touch much in "my" opinion. with all the options out there I would look at a 243 or 7mm/08 both are relatively flat shooters and can easily reach out and touch bambi,s mom (but I would rather have his dad) at 250 yards. My daughter shoots a 243 and has taken a deer each of the last three years with it and they have not gone over 75 yards. as for the gun itself and this being a ruger forum the American is a great option for around $400 and around here they are still available in the stores. use the extra cash for a good quality scope. most ruger guns come with rings so you save that expense. ammo for a factory load at 100 gr. would run approx. $1 a round for good hunting load. if you plan on shooting a lot definitely look at reloading
 

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243, 270, 308 and 30-06 all will do what you want.

I light rifle will kick you harder than a heavy one, no matter what caliber. I have a 30-30 carbine that has more felt recoil than my 30-06 M1.
 

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243, 270, 308 and 30-06 all will do what you want.

I light rifle will kick you harder than a heavy one, no matter what caliber. I have a 30-30 carbine that has more felt recoil than my 30-06 M1.
Hey Douglas..Welcome to the Ruger forum...small world it is, I am in Ocala and i have an M1 Garand.... Enjoy the forum.
 

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Well I would like to thank everyone for their input & advice. Took a little ride over to my LGS to poke around and do some comparing (caliber, weight, feel, price, etc.). Came down to 3 choices. A Ruger #1 lever action chambered in .300, a 7mm magnum Ruger 77 bolt action, and a 7mm magnum Savage 110 bolt action. The 77 and the 110 both were equipped with very nice long range scopes. The #1 had a cheesy 4x Bushnell. All were used yet in very nice condition and all had wooden stocks. Although both Rugers were aesthetically better looking, I decided to drop a down payment on the Savage. Deciding factors were the Savage weighed more than the Rugers, had the better of the 3 scopes, and was $100 cheaper. Hope I didn't make a mistake.

Total price will be $499 OTD and it fills a large void in my collection. I have many pistols and three shottys, but the only thing I have that even qualifies as a rifle is a .22 Henry lever action.

I know I could have gotten off cheaper at Wally World and although I'll buy ammo all day long there, when it comes to firearms, I support my LGS.
 

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Well I would like to thank everyone for their input & advice. Took a little ride over to my LGS to poke around and do some comparing (caliber, weight, feel, price, etc.). Came down to 3 choices. A Ruger #1 lever action chambered in .300, a 7mm magnum Ruger 77 bolt action, and a 7mm magnum Savage 110 bolt action. The 77 and the 110 both were equipped with very nice long range scopes. The #1 had a cheesy 4x Bushnell. All were used yet in very nice condition and all had wooden stocks. Although both Rugers were aesthetically better looking, I decided to drop a down payment on the Savage. Deciding factors were the Savage weighed more than the Rugers, had the better of the 3 scopes, and was $100 cheaper. Hope I didn't make a mistake.

Total price will be $499 OTD and it fills a large void in my collection. I have many pistols and three shottys, but the only thing I have that even qualifies as a rifle is a .22 Henry lever action.

I know I could have gotten off cheaper at Wally World and although I'll buy ammo all day long there, when it comes to firearms, I support my LGS.
I have the Savage Hog Hunter in .308, the Savage M93 in .22mag, the Savage Axis in .223, all bolt action rifles all excellent rifles. If I were a betting man I would bet you will be happy!! Glad you are getting into rifles..I love shooting my rifles.
 

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308 is a great caliber. But with a shoulder injury it might be a touch much in "my" opinion. with all the options out there I would look at a 243 or 7mm/08 both are relatively flat shooters and can easily reach out and touch bambi,s mom (but I would rather have his dad) at 250 yards. My daughter shoots a 243 and has taken a deer each of the last three years with it and they have not gone over 75 yards. as for the gun itself and this being a ruger forum the American is a great option for around $400 and around here they are still available in the stores. use the extra cash for a good quality scope. most ruger guns come with rings so you save that expense. ammo for a factory load at 100 gr. would run approx. $1 a round for good hunting load. if you plan on shooting a lot definitely look at reloading
Agree, too much for a bad shoulder. 243's not bad.

After about 20 rds I need a little break with the 308.
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Thanks for the greeting.

Ever get out to the 88 range? We have a small group that goes there a couple times a month.
I do not know what the 88 range is? I shoot at R&D tactical and go out to the Forest for my rifle shooting or up to Lake City.
 

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The 88 range is the forest range. Called that because it's on forest road 88.

Is R&D the new indoor range in the industrial park? Never been there.
 

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The 88 range is the forest range. Called that because it's on forest road 88.

Is R&D the new indoor range in the industrial park? Never been there.[
Yes. It is on NE 16th. I believe. Back behind where the election office is. I am a member and have some free passes if you would like to try it out sometime? The guys there are real good. They run a Metal shop and the range...one of them is a cop.Good guys.
 

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Well, alot of your original criteria went out the window...low recoil, cheap to shoot, etc...but nice choice !

I own a Remington 700BDL in 7mm Rem Mag and it can be counted on to drop anything on this continent and is

very flat shooting out to 300+ yards...but ammo is getting expensive. Not a plinker, but good for hunting...
 

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Well, alot of your original criteria went out the window...low recoil, cheap to shoot, etc...but nice choice !
Haha. Yea I know. Well I'm looking at it this way. Take care of distance and knock down power now. I'm certain this won't be my only rifle so I can work on something more fine tuned to my other needs later. Ammo price was a bit bothersome, but since it's not something that's going to the range on a weekly basis I was able to overlook it for now. As for the recoil, I'm hoping the weight will offset it enough to be tolerable. If after a few rounds I feel it's an actual danger to my shoulder, well... lets just say my son will have a very happy birthday this year.

BTW. Keep those suggestions coming. Like I said, this won't be my only rifle.


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you can adopt me.
 

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Cicpup, didn't mean to hijack your thread. Does the Savage have the Accu-trigger? Never worked on one but all reports are they are nice rifles.
 

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Cicpup, didn't mean to hijack your thread. Does the Savage have the Accu-trigger? Never worked on one but all reports are they are nice rifles.
Using the serial # on my layaway receipt and this new fangled thingy called the interwebby I found this:

""G" prefix started in 2003 with the introduction of the AccuTrigger"

So... Yes. Yes it does.
 

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You should like the accuracy of the Savage.

I have a Savage 110 chambered in 30-06. Wickedly accurate and solidly built, and good looking rifle.

I dont know how sensitive you are to recoil, but Im not, Im one of those crazies that enjoy a good kick.

Gotta tell ya though , the Savage 110 is a MULE, so bad ,I ordered a Pachmyr Decelerator pad for mine, and its better , but I will not let anyone shoot it, afraid they'll get nose bleed or busted eye socket.:eek::)

Never the less I love my Savage, deer never knew what hits em.

I hope yours is better.
Just be sure to bury it tight in the shoulder first time.

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So stopped by Wally World last night and as I suspected Mother Hubbard's Cupboard was 90% bare except for a few rarely purchased calibers. 7mm mag being one of them. So I picked up 3 20 count boxes. Wonder how many years they will last me? Upon examining the rounds, I must admit I am just a bit nervous. Excited, but nervous none the less.
 

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