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270 or 30-06 in a bolt action yes. most accurate action you can get!! good luck and let us know what you decided on Thumbs up

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NYwhitetailhunter wrote:
thanks you guys are awsome thanks for the help i really tryin to make my mind up. Also is it true it is better to get bolt action? thanks again every one. chris

In addition to being the most accurate they also tend to be the least expensive and have less parts to break and are the easiest to repair when they do need work if your a pessimist like me lol

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First things first and one thing at a time. That is my advise. Choose a rifle based on what you hunt know. If you have been happy with your dad's .30-30 and it has been enough for your hunting needs, then nothing wrong with staying with it, buy yourself a .30-30.

Don't worry about what you may or may not hunt in the future. When the time comes and the need arrives for a different gun for a different hunt, well you'll get to buy a new gun for that need. Too many hunters rack their brain and spend too much time trying to narrow down a do-it-all rifle.

There are some good choices for an all-around biggame rifle. I can't disagree at all with the cartridge suggestions you've been given by the others here on this forum. Just remember that there is no rifle out there that will do everything for every hunt. Though some do come close. Good luck!

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There is an old saying i believe applies to buying a new gun if your young dumb and like recoil: If your going to be a bear you might as well be a grizzly.
Get something big with dream power like a .338 magnum or 375 ruger or h&h or 8mm rem mag or .350 rem mag Evil! It can only be a good idea Yes (if you can shoot it well) that being said I have a .30-06 and plan on buying a blr 7mm-08 in the near future. Big smile Now i'd like own a .350 rem mag bolt and a .35 whelan pump but they'll have to wait till i move someplace i can get a moose license every year Evil!

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bigger hole more blood....gotta love the big boys!! 10lb of meat i'm willing to spare for not having to chase a pissy little blood trail....margain of error isnt as bad with the big boys. basically what i'm saying is if something happens that your shot isnt as good as you would have liked you have a better chance of recovery with a bigger caliber Thumbs up

but hey if you dont like or handle recoil well then that is another issue. some of us dont have a problem with it.

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Best thing to do is get out to the shops and shoulder a few riflles. Find the one that's comfortable. You'll know when you've found your rifle. If you want to shoot for fun buy a .22 also, or borrow your dad's 30-30 just for the range, you'll find you won't go broke going that route. I was always very happy with my 30-30. I only got rid of it, cause it stopped ejecting shells. I'll be getting a marlin eventually. Don had a good suggestion with the .270, and I would suggest looking at one. Just remember, don't drive yourself crazy looking, because it WILL NOT be your last rifle. Good luck, be safe, and have fun out there!!!!!!!!
Make sure you let us know what you get, and welcome to BGH! Thumbs up

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So OK... I just registered and had to visit this section of the forums 1st to see what was going on in it. Thumbs up Tells a story huh,..

Anyhow, all of the suggestions previously given have been good selections but in my personal opinion however,... seeing your only experience has been the 30-30 I think that your best move up would be to a 7mm-08. It has all the things necessary your going to need to progress to the next level.

Choose what you may but,... whatever you choose, practice with it until you know it like a book,... be comfortable with it and make sure it fits you properly.

The weapon is as only as good as the person behind it squeezin' the trigger.

Shot placement and the ability to shoot your weapon proficiently is what's most important. Thumbs up Yes

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Welcome aboard Terry!!

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7 Mag wrote:
Welcome aboard Terry!!

Thanks 7 mag !! cool

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WEll guyz thanks for all the help i had alot of info and i made a decison i am going to go with a 270 bolt action. i hope to get it in the next couple weeks. i shot a couple and also a couple 30-06 this week and and i like the 270 better.
so thanks alot you guys were all awsome with suggestions. thanks alot chris

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