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Best Setup

          Alright, I am in the markket for a new rifle/scope. Like most of us I hunt Elk and Deer for the most part. I love to go varmit hunting as well, but take that out of the picture. I currently shoot a .308 and in the last 5 years have taken 1 mule deer and 3 Elk with it. Never having any problems bringing down an animal with a well placed shot. For elk we will  use 165 grain, and for Deer 150 grain.

     I know this has been talked about a hundred times, but what would be another good setup. I am not a rich man, so I am looking for the best least expensive setup but want something to be proud of at the sametime. I hunt in Arizona and sometimes it could be a must to shoot 300+ yards.

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Ok you hunt deer, elk & varmints, currently own a .308 that's proven itself and am looking for a new rifle.  Get a .223 or .204 in the rifle that feels the best to you, put a quality variable on it & tear 'em up.  You already own a perfectly fine deer/elk rifle so why fix that?  A switch barrel rifle like a TC or CVA might be the ticket.  Get it with a varmint caliber to begin with & later you can add a larger caliber if the deer & elk all of a sudden become tougher & harder to kill.

I like the .233 over the .204  since you'll always be able to find cartridges & they'll most likely always be less expensive than the .204.  The ground squirrels & coyotes won't be able to tell the difference either. 

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point well taken

Maybe I will invest in a better scope for my .308 and look strictly into a varmit rifle. Thats why I love this forum. everyone is full of good suggestions. Thanks for talking me out of a purchase and into one at the same time.

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bigalwapiti, If your a fan of

bigalwapiti,

If your a fan of Zeiss I know a place in Colorado that sells brand new conquest 3x9 for $375.00 with S&H. They are on sale for $399.99 in stores right now and normally run $499.99 before tax. Send me a pm and I'll get you his info

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Do you want a regular bolt or

Do you want a regular bolt or are you into the black guns? I use a 270 for varments deer and hogs. I pretty much use 130 grn on everything, i havent hunted elk but I have friends that do and they use 150grn  and have no problems. but if your looking into a black gun I sugest the 6.8 spc you can get from 85grn -120grn and some 130 grn. 85grn is great for coyotes to hogs and my buudy shoots deer with 110grn....

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if you like th3e 308 (I think

if you like th3e 308 (I think you do) use it for everything, get some lighter builds for yotes, if you are set on a new one, look at the CZ rifles, if you e looking at an AR platform look at the JP firearms, they make one in a 260 remington (308 necked down to 6.5).

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I bought a great used

I bought a great used Remington 700 BDL in 30-06, and added a nice 3x9 scope, and it cost me $500 total.  It will take deer, pig, elk, moose, anything I want........

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Since you have the .308 and

Since you have the .308 and seam to enjoy it why not step up to a .338 magnum?  I enjoy my 7mm Remington mag and my .30-06 but when I bought my .340 Weatherby I found out what a rifle can really do.  Now with hand loads the .340 will take any animal around here in the states with ease and except for caliber restrictions would take a lot of the African game.  You can load it up or down to fit the need.  Anywhere from a 160 grain bullet at 3100 fps to a 250 grain at 2500 fps.  Right now I am shooting a 185 gr hand load at just under 3400 fps.

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All good

Thanks everyone for some ideas. Still thinking everything through. One thing I am trying to accomplish is also to have something for my sons to shoot. They each will be using my .308 for their Elk hunts. I just found out this weekend that they each were drawn for a Junior Deer hunt in Unit 7. So I would like them each to be carrying something in the field. Right now I am leaning towards a .270 but I need to start checking on prices. As far as scopes go, I would love to get a nice scope for once. Would it be stupid to spend more on the scope than on the rifle itself?

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Set up

I'm sure there are a million options and all good, LOL. Your idea about a Varment set-up and a better scope for what you have works well too, especially since you are so happy with the .308. Then you mentioned your sons, and I thought I would pass along what I did for mine. After reading some about it, I bought my son a Browning A-bolt micro-hunter in 7mm-08 when he was a young teen because the action was short (based on .308 case), a versitile caliber performing well that didn't kick too hard, as well as the gun somewhat smaller and fitting him better than my longer 30-06's at the time; my wife prefers it too. He is an adult now, a little bigger than me, and won't part with that gun for anything. It still fits fine, and he knocked an Elk down with it year before last as well... it didn't take a step. I have become very fond of it myself actually, and when he isn't using it, I am! Anyway, there are also some other fine rifles out there that pretty much match in size and barrel length, that they really don't outgrow and can use for life as well. I think sometimes that size is referred to as mountain rifles? The ballistics on that caliber are pretty sweet as well and you might want to check it out. I want one, LOL.

Take care.

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Sounds good

That sounds like a really good idea. I will be heading into sportsman wharehouse this weekend or next along with cabelas. That will be soemthing I will talk to them about. Thanks for the advice.

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