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Zim,
Go to your local sporting goods store and actually hold the item and get a feel for it and see what the price is there. I think you are looking for a model 700 BDL. Remington has been making these for years and it is a good rifle. Not the best and not the worst, but very functional and has a proven track record.

I think the .300 RUM is too much for what you have indicated you are looking to hunt. When you go to the sporting goods store, open up a box of .300 RUM cartriges and then look at a box of '06. That may help you with your choice of calibers.

After visiting your local store you will know whether gunbroker.com is a good deal for you or not. Remember that rifles purchased on the site have to be shipped to someone that holds a FFL license. They will charge you to do the paperwork and the background check. You have to add those costs into the price of the rifle as well.

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I'll try to help you out a bit here> I use Remington 700BDL(lefthand) andaBushnell 3-9 x 38WA Scopechief scope(oldermodel) in .270 win calibre
Because I reload my own ammo, I can get velocities of over 3000 fps and engergy of similar numbers( a lot faster and harder hitting than facory ammo. Extremely accurate andflat shooting. I'll bet money that in a couple of years you will be getting into reloading and the 270 is probably the best calibre to reload for accuracy. Others will disagree but I've been going this 35 years . The 308, 30.06, 7mm rem mag and others are not to be ignored either. In any event, good luck, and "keep your powder dry"

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Welcome mz.
The Rem 700 BDL is an excellent choice for "right outta the box" huntability and you should be able to buy one and top it off with a decent scope for just a little more than half of that $ 1000.00.

For Boar, .308 and 30.06, in that order and in 180 grain, would be my choice.
When hunting Boar, accuracy is more important than what calibre you shoot as the Boar has a pretty small kill zone. A close second is bullet weight and construction as it can have some tough stuff to have to penetrate to reach the vitals.
I agree with peanut, 300RUM way too much.
After your purchace you'll want to buy several different types and mfgrs cartridges and shoot and then shoot somemore until you find the type and brand that shoots thru your gun the best....it can vary greatly between exact guns with ammo from same box.

As for scopes... a fixed 4x with "see thru" mounts would be my choice for Boar.

I have used Gunbroker for several firearms purchases with zero problems. However I do believe that the FFL License holder that you choose makes all the difference in the world as to how well your experience with online firearm shopping will go. Another site that I have used is GunsAmerica.com.

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Thanks for the input. I may have to go with a CDL; Remington's site doesn't show a BDL in left-handed configuration.

Any recommendations for a scope maker? And what does "see thru" mean?

Gunsamerica looks like it could be a good place to buy, but their interface is really pretty lousy: not enough categorization to narrow what you're looking for, and a really weak search option. Too much trouble to use for me...

Thanks again...

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You're welcome mz.

I have used a Weaver K series 4X-32MM for over 20 years...same one. It is still mounted on my Mossberg 30.06 using "see thru" mounts which are nothing more than mounts that locate the scope higher above the bore line and are open thru the mounts which allows you to use the iron sights instead of the scope. This can be critical in a close encounter with a Boar in heavy cover.

I have also used a Redfield Tracker series 3-9X-40MM on my Rem 700 30.06 and see thru mounts (I use see thru on all my guns) which I used mostly for "chop" hunting but took it into the swamps for boar when one was sighted.
Here in Florida it is usually pretty thick anywhere you hunt so the see thru mounts are almost a necessity. Only draw-back with them is that the scope sticks out higher and can catch on alot of things that a normally mounted scope would not hang up on.

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Boars have very thick shoulder blades and bullets have been known to ricochet off of them. So i would suggest not using anything below 30-06 because it has enough force so that it does not matter. Not sure of boars on the west coast but on the east coast most people use a 7mm mag for boar. A 300mag is way to big unless you plan on hunting moose or bear.

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I have bought many guns on gunbroker with no problems to date. Buy from a dealer and buy new and you should have no problems. Also use a reputable FFL holder to have it shipped to. To get a good deal just remeber your going to have to pay shipping plus a transfer fee usually 20-25 bucks. So look around local and see about prices if you can get it cheaper local paying tax on it then buy local. The CDL is a beautiful gun and would be my choice as well. On the 357 topic that pistol cartrige probably has about 8-10 grains of powder in it and a 30-06 probably has about 50 grains of powder in it. Which would you prefer to shoot a boar with? Boars have a heavy amount of bone that protects their vitals when fighting as they often do. Any 270+ rifle round will due just fine but you need a good quality bullet that will penetrate that bone. A controlled expansion bullet for good weight retention would probably be your best bet at a good hog. example Nosler Partition core lock etc.

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Yeah, I know that buying from gunbroker will entail shipping costs and a FFL fee...as near as I can see, it's at least offset by the avoidance of CA sales tax. That makes it about a wash on a $500 item...ASSUMING I could get it just as cheaply locally, which I can't.

Looks like I'll be making a gunbroker purchase early next year, unless I can find a local shop that has prices better than the one I went into last week...

mz

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fear2deer wrote:
I have bought many guns on gunbroker with no problems to date. Buy from a dealer and buy new and you should have no problems.

So...does this mean that buying used (sight unseen) isn't a good idea?

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Buying a used gun sight unseen can be touchy. The person selling the gun may not describe the amount of wear on the gun properly. Plus you don't know if the gun has been taken care of and cleaned meticulously. Even though large clear photos can be very helpful for determining what the exterior of a gun looks like, its hard to look down a barrel online and see how good or bad the rifling is and how much use its really received. And even good photos are not helpful in seeing hairline cracks in wooden stocks. With a used gun you're relying on the seller to describe it accurately.

That's why buying brand new is probably safer, since you assume that the gun has not been used at all. Same goes for other gear like scopes. But with a new gun or scope you can run into other problems, like will the original warranty be any good if you have a problem?

As with any other online purchases, try to research the person doing the selling. What is their feedback score? etc...

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