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I'm new to hunting and thinking about buying a savage rifle but don't know the difference between the short action and long action and how much of difference between the 7 mag and 300 mag. I want a weapon that if the opportunity came up to go hunt anything in North America i would know my rifle could take care of the job.
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It's tough to find a do it all rifle IMO. A 7mm Rem Magnum, any of the 300 magnums, or a 30-06 will do an ample job on most North American big game. If I were hunting Moose or any of the big bears I would go with maybe a 338 or 375. I'm sure you'll hear how someone killed a Grizzly with a slingshot, but as Robert Ruark says "Use enough gun".

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Ok thanks I am looking at getting a package deal in a Savage Model 110GXP3 – with AccuTrigger™. How much of a recoil difference is there between the 7 mag or 300 mag.

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I don't know if I have ever shot a 300 mag. If I have I don't remember it. I currently own a Savage Weather Warrior in 7mm Rem Mag. The kick isn't terrible, but I have developed a flinching problem with it. I think it has more to do with the noise generated by the muzzle brake. Even with ear muffs on it's quiet loud under the tin roof shooting platform at my gun range. This is really something I've developed in my head and not the fault of the gun in any way.

I just purchased a Remington 700 XCR in 30-06, but haven't gotten to shoot it yet. The Remington 700 models may be something else you want to consider, but Savage makes an excellent rifle as well.

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300 Mag, 7mm Rem or 30-06 are plenty enough gun for anything in N America

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Remington or Savage 30/06 with luppy 3-9 scope, luppy mounts and rings and go hunt anything in the US. Yes

If you ever go on a dangerous game hunt buy a dangerous game gun.

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Remington or Savage 30/06 with luppy 3-9 scope, luppy mounts and rings and go hunt anything in the US. Yes

If you ever go on a dangerous game hunt buy a dangerous game gun.

Good point about the scope. I'm not sure what kind of scope comes with the Savage package, but make sure it's a good one. I think the scope is more important than the rifle in extremely adverse conditions. Of course I had a cheap scope fog up on me years ago so I might be overstating it's importance. Leupold, Burris, or Nikon are all good choices.

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My 30.06 XCR Remington rifle is a joy to shoot. I can shoot an entire box of shells with no major discomfort.

However, when I've shot my buddy's .300 mag, it hurts me. It has a sharp kick to it.

You said you're new to hunting so I am also going to assume you're new to shooting (if I am wrong, I apologize). The reason I mention this is because you'll want to get a rifle that not only will take game, but that you'll enjoy shooting so you can practice a lot. The more practice, the better shot you'll be and the better hunter you'll be.

Get a rifle that kicks too hard and you won't want to shoot it enough to develop good shooting habits and skills.

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I'll recommend the Savage in .30-06 since it will do anything you'll need it to do and the ammo can had much cheaper. It's also a tad easier on recoil.

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The scope and mounts that come on the savage package guns are crap, don't waste your money on em.

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My only experience shooting is the good ole m-16 the marine corps issued to me. That is one thing I am concerned about cause I have a bad left shoulder. I shot right handed in the corps but have found I seem to see better with my left eye( I did the whole natural eye test where you look at something through your hands then see to which eye they go to). objects do appear closer when I close my right eye. I dont know if this makes a difference. but I had thought about the 30-06. I am wanting to find a friend who has a 7 mag and do some shooting and see how I do with the kick.

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