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I need Advice

I am new to hunting by myself, i have went with friends here and there but mostly caught wild hog with dogs, helped friends hunt deer and butcher them but didnt shoot anything. I researched around and choose a good rifle and caliber that i thought would be good for hunting about everything in florida. I went with the- http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/thompson-center-venture-rifle-wweathersh...

Ordered one through my local gun shop 500dollars. comes probably friday, anyway
can anyone give me input on if this was good or bad choice?

Also I was wondering what would be a decent scope to start out with I been looking
at a -http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/leupold-rifleman-rifle-scope-56160-40mm-tube-matte-wide-duplex-reticle-p-80680.html

would this gun and scope combo be sufficeint for starting out, I can shoot a 12 gauge
well with no sights, So i think i should fair well with a rifle and scope?

any help/advice would be appreciated thankyou

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should be ok. i started out

should be ok. i started out with much less.  I shoot a 300win mag, and it can be a thumper if your not careful, way more than a 12 gauge.  i would have shot any of my friends rifles to make sure i could manage the recoil of what ever the pack then go from there.  post pics of it when you get in in and of any animals you get with it. 

 

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thumper

i looked into the 308. and the 30-06, but the 300wm ammo
was very close to the price of those calibers. The 300wm
seemed to be similar but had flatter shot i think 300yards
is like point blank, and the woods in florida can be very
thick and you can walk up on some 300-400lb hogs in a hurry
around here. i have seen a 250lb boar shot twice in head point blank with .22 magnum, and throat cut and still get up
and try to cut us. so i figured i might need something that
will drop one in a hurry. down southern florida we actually
have Panther's running around. Help!
But like you said it can be
a thumper but with low grade ammo the 300wm should be on par
with 308. and 30-06 premium ammo?

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Welcome to BGH. You should

Welcome to BGH.

You should have asked the question before getting the rifle. That will probably recoil considerably and not do much a bunch of other cartridge's can do. Any cartridge can be made to shoot point blank range at 300yds, that's easy. Just depends on how bit a target you want to use. View the target as a pipe going to 300yds. Then adjust the sights so that in 300 yds the bullet never rise's above the pipe nor will it fall below. If you can't do that with a 4" pipe, step up to 8". Shooting thru an 8" pipe, your bullet will never rise more than 4" above or below line of sight.

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I'm fine with the rifle

I'm fine with the rifle myself.

The only thing I don't like about the scope is that the adjustments don't have positive clicks for movement. Just a tight friction movement with lines. I have one of them and for me are much more difficult to adjust finely when getting sighted in. Especially when very cold outside. I've had them pull back after I movedit where I wanted it.

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ya i read about the

ya i read about the adjustments are like a old BB gun scope,
its a shame a good price on a great brand. but they seem to
leave out some of or most of what made the scopes so good to make it a little cheaper for entry level hunters.

I just have to see how much kick she has, if I can get it
sighted in good. advertises 1 inch moa guarnteed, then I
should only need or get one shot at a Buck. Maybe the old
shoulder might handle 1or 2 shots for a freezer full of meat?

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new2thehunt wrote:
ya i read about the adjustments are like a old BB gun scope, its a shame a good price on a great brand. but they seem to leave out some of or most of what made the scopes so good to make it a little cheaper for entry level hunters. I just have to see how much kick she has, if I can get it sighted in good. advertises 1 inch moa guarnteed, then I should only need or get one shot at a Buck. Maybe the old shoulder might handle 1or 2 shots for a freezer full of meat?
My personal opinion, so please don't take offense, but until you have shot repeatedly at 300 Yards at the range and know YOUR capabilities you have no business shooting at a live game animal at that distance. If your personal comfort level for shooting is 50 Yards then arrange your situation so you shoot at fifty yards, not 100, 200, or 300 Yards. Last year, due to terrain conditions, I was not comfortable taking a shot at 350 Yards as I hadn't practiced shooting at the steep angle that was presented from that distance. I knew I needed to get closer so that's what I did. I was confident I could make the shot at 300 Yards and did so. Know your abilities and be honest about it. Your quarry deserves at least that much respect. As for your choice in caliber, I have a .300 Win Mag that I haven't shot yet due to researching my caliber online instead of at the range. I've put a lot of time in shooting lesser recoiling rifles to help prepare myself, .22 LR, .223, .308 Win, and 25-06 Remington. I'll shoot the .300 Thumper when I get it back from the Gunsmith. If it's too much, and I fear it may be, but the proof is in the puddin' as they say. I'll shoot something else and continue training my way up to the .300 Win Mag. Think of it like a stairway. You are starting near the top of the stairs instead of at the bottom. You may be better served with a lesser recoiling caliber right now and as you get more proficient, working your way up to higher recoiling calibers if you want to be a Rifleman. Like the old saying, "You have to crawl before you can walk." Of course if you don't care about accuracy and being proficient then just ignore what I typed. Some famous person, a gunfighter or old lawman I think, once said, "Accuracy is final." I find that to be true. You can't very well be accurate if you're flinching and dreading the recoil of your chosen firearm. Good luck in your hunting endeavors. I really do wish you well and desire to see many pictures and stories of your hunts. Share with us what you learn as you progress and continue striving to be better. Biker

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good advice

I guess I have always started things at near the top and just took it slowly until I knew what i was doing. Like when I bought my first sport bike I got a yamaha R1 instead
of a 600cc or 250 i got a 1000cc. My friends told me that
I was crazy never rode any sport bike before but have rode
dirtbikes, atv's. I was VERY nervous at first but once I
got on the bike I relized this machine DOES NOT control me
I CONTROL IT. Never have i layed my bike down or popped wheel up and lost control..
I guess planning ahead and picking the thing or gun that
would take long time to grow out of or that would be usefull
for many years in what I was doing. Kinda of a test my courage and confidence if that was only gun I could get my
hands on in the world to feed my family would i or you use
it or starve because of recoil. Guns in the old days did
not come in 100's of calibers and special bipods, scopes and recoil pads or even different ammo for less recoil. They
used what was 99% of time would work no matter what. I remeber shooting my first 12gauge i could have shot a .410
or 20gauge, but the 12 gauge worked fine. never know what
you can do until you man up and go for it!
thank you for the advice, iam taking it all in.

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Having had to start at the

Having had to start at the top of the stairs in a few endeavors has taught me the value of starting at the bottom and ingraining the fundamentals.

Good luck and happy hunting mate!

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same to you I will post

Thumbs up same to you I will post pictures of gun when I get it and
let you know how the recoil was for me.

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to scope or not

If you will be hunting in thick cover consider leaving the scope off or at least getting a mount that lets you still use the iron sites. I have had game jump up at close range and not been able to see it becuase looking through the scope is like peering down a paper towel tube - you cant see right next to you or even a few degrees left or right - only what is right in front of the scope....

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