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First big game gun

What big game rifle did you all first cut your teeth with?

Did you start with a smaller caliber and work up or just jump into the bigger calibers?

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My first rifle was a .30-06. I bought it when I lived in North Carolina and loaded it with 150 grain bullets for the deer back there.

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My first deer rifle was also a 30-06. It was a used remington model 721 bolt action that my dad bought for me when I started hunting. It has acounted for probably 90% of all the whitetails I have taken with rifle. Although I have accumulated other big game rifles over the years, it is still my favorite and will always be my goto deer rifle. I also shoot 150 gr bullets (remington corelokts) because that is what it likes best (<1" @ 100 yds). I have never had a well placed shot not drop a deer in its tracks.

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Location: Centeral Montana
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My first rifle was a Modle 7600 Gamemaster 30-06 sprg. w/a 4x bushnell.I was 11yrs old my dad bought for me.I still have that rifle and when I need to get meat for the frezzer it is my go to rifle.I've killed moose to antelope with it.BBJ

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My first was a Cooey 12 gauge single shot followed by a 303 brit Lee Enfield. Nothing high tech at all. Hunting was so simple back then. Wink

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Big-game: .303 Lee Enfield
first rifle: .22 Ace (I think) single-shot

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My first was the 303 brit. Still have it over 30 years now :smile: Its not used much anymore

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303 brit, interesting...

My first rifle was a 243 remington for deer and antelope (100 grain bullets). Mostly use a 30-06 now days.

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303 brits. are more common up here than black flys. You can pick them up for next to nothing so they are an obvious choice to start with and are more than up to the task.

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my first big game rifle was and still is my rem.700 2506. I have used a 220 swift for antelope, and a 7mm mag. for deer and one antelope but I still use my 2506 the most.

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Location: Powderhorn, Colorado
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my first big game rifle was a savage model 99 250-3000 lever action. Being left handed a lever action is about all I used in my starten days. Then a win. 30-30. That gun has killed 36 muley bucks and three bull elk in Colorado. I now use a 7mm MAG.

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