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Location: South East TN
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I have a question. I am relatively new to deer hunting. Ive done alot of quail, phesant hunting but only been deer hunting for 2 seasons. Last year I got in the season late and dropped a 6 pointer at about 80 yards with a Marlin 30-30. This year I dropped one at about 80 yards also. I also dropped one with my friends 7 mag at abour 95yards.

My question is this. Im wanting more knockdown and distance than my 30-30 has so I have been considering the 30-06 vs the 7mm. I hunt about 250 acres and honestly the longest shot I will make will be 150 yards or so. No more than 200 for sure. So just curious what your preferance is and why. I like the 30-06 for its durability, and AFFORDABILITY. Rounds are much cheaper than the 7mm. I know the 7 is faster but the 06 is bigger. Also Bolt or Semi? I have found nice Remm 06 semi at a good price.

Thanks for the input!

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Location: new brunswick
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pick yourself up a good bolt action 30/06 ya cant go wrong there man!! it'll be more accurate then the semi your referring too good luck!! Thumbs up

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30.06 is very versitile, lots of factory ammo available and can take just about every animal in North America so it gets my vote.

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FiremanE4 wrote:
I have a question. I am relatively new to deer hunting. Ive done alot of quail, phesant hunting but only been deer hunting for 2 seasons. Last year I got in the season late and dropped a 6 pointer at about 80 yards with a Marlin 30-30. This year I dropped one at about 80 yards also. I also dropped one with my friends 7 mag at abour 95yards.

My question is this. Im wanting more knockdown and distance than my 30-30 has so I have been considering the 30-06 vs the 7mm. I hunt about 250 acres and honestly the longest shot I will make will be 150 yards or so. No more than 200 for sure. So just curious what your preferance is and why. I like the 30-06 for its durability, and AFFORDABILITY. Rounds are much cheaper than the 7mm. I know the 7 is faster but the 06 is bigger. Also Bolt or Semi? I have found nice Remm 06 semi at a good price.

Thanks for the input!

a bolt action 30-06 is all you will ever need it's the first shot that counts not the tenth besides you can do a lot of things with a bolt action to improve your groups with a semi your pretty limited same as a lever or pump it gets my vote thumbs up Thumbs up

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Location: Minnesota
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These people said it, get an 30.06, in bolt action. You can get a good one at a resonalbe price, use it for 30 years, then hand it down. You'll never regret it.

I don't have one, and i wish i did.

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Location: New Brunswick
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Go with the BOLT not the semi.The bolt is a much better gun. If you hit the boiler room the first time you dont need a second or third shot. I think that semi's should be used only for plinking away at a tin can....<<<< thats just my personal opinion. The 06 is a great all-purpose cal. from deer to bear, elk, moose whatever. If going with the 7mm go with the 7mm.mag It is getting on the heavy side for deer, but will work.

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It's hard to argue against either calibre...since you have a line on a 30-06, and mentioned that ammo is cheaper I'd go with it.

Bolts are better than semis, but if it doesn't matter to you, go for it. The fact that it's a semi will also absorb some of the recoil, which is a bonus.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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Location: South East TN
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Ok so I have decided to go with the .06 as it seems its the do it all rifle. Im leaning the more I read towards bolt action just not sure yet. I found a nice Remmington .06 semi, 74 model, for $250.

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Location: Southern Virginia
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Trust me and the others......go with the bolt. I know of some folks that have had problems with feeding and ejecting on semis. I also think bolt-actions group better, and tend to have much better triggers. And, as others have mentioned, you can "doctor" the bolts to do what you want.....

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Location: Plymouth, Indiana
Joined: 01/27/2007
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I have both calibers. Either one will get the job done as long as you do your part. But i pretty much use a 280rem for most of my deer hunting. It shoots almost as flat as 270win & hits almost as hard as a 30-06. In my opinion it's the best caliber in this class (30-06 length case) especially if you handload.

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Location: SARASOTA, FL
Joined: 02/20/2007
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Like most others here have said, go with the bolt. I personally have been using a bolt action 06 for years and it has never let me down. I have let myslef down before but that rifle has never let me down. I just have never found a gun that to me felt so solid and tight as a good bolt action rifle. I personally own several rifles and every time i leave to go hunting the Ruger 06 bolt action goes with me.

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