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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

hey guys!

I'm getting my first rifle for X-Mas this year! I'm super excited and I've been doing lots of research. I'm leaning towards the Browning X-Bolt in the 30-06 caliber. I was split also between the 7mm and .300 winchester magnum... But I ultimately decided they were too powerful for damaging meat and my arm!

is this a good decision? will I regret the 30-06?

I live in SC and will mainly be whitetail deer hunting, with the possibility of going elk/moose hunting...

I also want to reload my own rounds, carry on my family tradition!

I'm also looking at the Swarovski scope for it, such as one of these (opinion needed, which is better?)

3-10x42mm or 3-9x36mm

will it be a sufficient scope for me?

I know it's really expensive, but I was gonna buy it for myself this Xmas (hopefully opening a basspro credit card and getting 10% off with no payments for 6 months) and no this is not a plug for them, this is me being realistic!

anyways, please tell me what you think of my caliber choice, the x-bolt, and the scope choice...

I thank you all very very much

Jack

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

Great caliber selection, and an even better rifle selection!! As for your scope pal i would stick with a 40mm objective as a bare minimum for that rifle!! Good luck and enjoy your new toy!! Thumbs up

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

so the 3-10x42mm would be okay?

I'm sorta noob, sorry

thanks for the reply though!

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

The caliber is a great choice. Can't speak from personal experience about the Browning x bolt, but heard good things.

I would go to Bass Pro Shop or some other store with lots of scopes and look through them and compare.

I put a Leupold 4 .5X 14 Boone and Crockett scope on my new rifle and love it.

I like the B&C reticle because it provides holdover points just like my Nikon with the BDC reticle.

I have a 3x9, a 4x12 and the 4.5x14 scopes and I know some like the 3x9, but I really like the extra maginifcation.

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that scope will serve you fine my friend!! Thumbs up

p.s. I just wanted to mention the bushnell elite rainguard scopes to you....there an awful lot of scope for the price you pay!!! I have one on all my rifles!! You might wanna take a look at say the 3-9x40mm 3200 series. Very,very clear optics and always hold there zero...Good Luck!!

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

30-06 is a great all around caliber and is definitely not too punishing on you or your game.

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

the barrel on the x-bolt is 22" is this long enough? avg? good? bad?

thanks!

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30-06 Browning X-Bolt Question!

Standard calibres like 30.06 work fine with a 22" barrel. Magnum calibres are usually 24 or 26 " barrels. This is because of the slower burning powders used in magnums require longer barrels to achieve maximum velocities.
You will have no problems with your selection , I am sure
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The great thing about hunting with the 06 is that no matter where you go, if you lose your ammo you can find a box of 30-06. You can hunt oryx in eastern lower slabovia and still find a box of 06.

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I would take another look at the scope. I have a 4 1/2-14 Nikon on one of my rifles but only target shoot with it. Just to big a scope to carry around. Also much more magnification than necessary for hunting. Don't know how much woods hunting you do but you'll probably end up carrying it on the lowest setting in the woods all the time. In the open where 14x might be of some use, without a really good rest your gonna have a heck of a time holding the cross wires still and the tendency will be to jerk the trigger.

Even with 3-9x scopes, few people ever carry one around on 9x, usually 3x or 4x. Then even with the 3-9x 9x is more scope than is needed for bug game hunting. A lot of people sight in at 9x then hunt at 3x or 4x. The fault with that is that point of aim might move a bit if you zero at 9x and hunt at 3x. I zero mine at 6x and hunt at 3x. doesn't make to much difference there. I also note that the 2-7x scopes are about the size of a fixed 4x and ride a bit better on rifles. also they give all the power ever needed for big game.

As far as choice of rifle, depends on who you ask. I've never owned a Browning rifle but lot's of people seem to like them very well. Probably as good a choice as any. Question is, do you like the rifle? If so, get it.

About my 4 1/2-14x. I do all my zeroing and shooting at 10X, never shoot with it off there. I got the scope only for the adjustable turrets. Had I known where to get them on a 3-9x at the time, that is what I would have got. But, the 4 1/2-14 Nikon is a very nice scope. I also have a 3-9x Nikon on my 243.

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Don Fisher wrote,

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Even with 3-9x scopes, few people ever carry one around on 9x, usually 3x or 4x. Then even with the 3-9x 9x is more scope than is needed for bug game hunting

Gee Don I allways use the highest power to hunt those "bugs'. Can't see em otherwise. Laugh Laugh Laugh

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