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Location: Edmonton, Aberta
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A New Hunter

hey, im a new hunter! im 18 and i just got my P.A.L and huntes ed and im a pretty good shot. the only thing i dont have is a Rifle! i am not sure what i should buy! what i would like to hunt is pretty much every thing! haha! What would a awesome alround firearm be for most animals! eg: white tail, mule, elk, moose, Caribou. thanks for your time!

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Location: Montana
Joined: 02/13/2005
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A New Hunter

Kermit,there are many caliber rifles that will work very well for every game animal in North America,it depends on what you plan to do with the rifle.Do you plan on doing quite a bit of shooting with it,varmits,target practice,ect?I was after the same thing you are I shot a 30-06 for a few years and then I wanted a rifle i could use on everything and very accurate,I bought a Remington Model 700 bdl with a detachable magazine and stainless steel with a composite stock in the 7mm Rem Mag caliber.The 7mm Rem Mag is a very flat shooting/long range riflewith more than enough knockdown power.There are other calibers such as the 300 win mag that are just as accurate but have much more recoil and they are not fun to shoot in other activities such as target practice or varmit shooting.If you plan on buying your amunition from a dealer the larger magnums can get quite exspensive,the 7mm ammo is very reasonable.Most people who shoot the larger magnums reload thier own ammunition to lower the cost,after the initial cost of the reloading press,dies,brass.ect,ect the ammo is affordable and you can customize you loads.As I said before there are many that will fill your needs just make sure you know exactly what you plan to do with this rifle before you buy,Welcome to the world of hunting!

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Location: Edmonton, Aberta
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i would mostly use it for Big Game hunting! i know that for sure!! the only time i think i would use it for target practice would to sight it in... so would you still recomend the 30.06?

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Location: Montana
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The 30.06 is a great cartridge and would be enough gun for anything this side of a grizzly,the only advantage to a magnum caliber like the 7mm rem mag would be the longer range that you have.I have made several long range shots with my .06 on deer and antelope and on this size game it will put them down at distances over 300 yards with no problem.

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Location: Edmonton, Aberta
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A New Hunter

Thanks a million!

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Location: Montana
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No problem post any questions you have there are many people that post in this forum that are willing to help.

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Location: edmonton alberta
Joined: 07/17/2005
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kermit I would also like to recommend to you the 30-06 it is an amazing all around rifle with almost unlimmited cartrige choices. I also own a 7mm rem mag and it is a much faster flatter flying round that can drop all the same animals as the 30-06 but the ballistic choices for the 30-06 lets it accomplish the same things more easily. Althought the remington 700bdl is a great rifle i recommend the tikka T3 synthetic stainless in 30-06 it also has a detatchable magazine and is garaunteed to shoot a 1" grouping at 100m for the lifetime of the firearm.

good luck and may your freezer always be full

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Joined: 08/27/2004
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A New Hunter

.303 brit

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Joined: 07/01/2005
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A New Hunter

303 may be a good round but a little obscure for someone just getting started,Im sure he wants a modern rifle in a fairly common cartridge,not one most sporting good stores hae never heard of.

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Location: edmonton alberta
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although i agree the .303 may not be the best round for a new hunter if the gun store has not heard of the caliber in canada maybe they should not be a gun store anymore.

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Around here almost nobody is familiar with the round except gun collectors and canadians that moved down here.

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