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This is my first post here. Sorry about the question I'm about to ask because i know it has been asked her a TON, but nothing really seemed to specifically answer my question. I am looking to get my first rifle. I am pretty set on 7mm mag or 300mag. So now to my actual question. Which brands are really going to be my best bet. I know the 700 remington is really nice but there are like 10 variants of it all different price tags. what is the difference? I am willing to spend 800 - 1000 dollars if need be I want something that I can use for a long time to come. Also as a side thought it must be left handed.

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On those 700"s each has some extra features kind of like the options on a new car. Just added features on the same basic model. You would have to compare the different features of the various ones and decide if you want to pay extra for those particular features. As far as other rifles, there are many that are good such as Browning, Kimber, Winchester, Savage, Weatherby and many more. You need to visit a gun shop that has a good selection and pick the one that looks and feels best to you. The feel of a rifle in the hands and the fit to the shoulder makes a lot of difference in how well it shoots for you and the confidence you will have that you can make that shot when the opportunity is presented. Most major gun makers produce very serviceable rifles that are perfectly fine for hunting. One last thing is to buy a very good quality scope to top that rifle. You can't hit what you can't see. Most all scopes look pretty good in a store but quality of lenses and ruggedness costs and you'll regret not buying quality in the long run.

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thanks alot for the advice. My big problem is being a lefty and the feel of a rifle is completely different holding a left as opposed to right handed gun. Especially now that they are going ergonomic with a lot of things. I am just trying to narrow down the search. Pretty excited to get a rifle and shoot for recreation as well as for hunting thanks for your advice and anything anyone provides me in future posts

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Honestly, at that price range you should have no problem finding a left handed rifle from most of the manufacturers. Look around and see what feels the best for you and don't worry so much about the brand and more on the feel.

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Welcome to BGH.

Finding a left hand model can be a chore I think. Don't know that anyone carries many of them but they are there and your willing to spend enough you don't have to worry about who makes it to much. If you live near a Cabela's you might check out their used gun room. Find one you like you can order a new one probably.

Any of the major makers, Remington, Winchester, Savage, Ruger ect. make very good rifles. For a grand I'm pretty sure you can get a fine one from any of them.

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I'm a Browning fan myself, and also have a left-hand shooting hunting buddy. He shoots a Browning Stainless Stalker in 7mm Mag and loves the thing to death. I wish I could shoot groups as tight as his, but he also has that BOSS system and hand-loads.
If I had the money, I'd buy myself another Browning like that Stalker, though I think I'd go for a different caliber.
Good luck.

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looking through posts on here and else where and taking a trip to walmart and feeling some guns down there i think i am going to buy a Remington 700 7mm mag. Haven't heard any thing bad about them and loads of good. Feels like a nice sturdy gun and seems to shoulder well. Walmart can't order any left handed guns from Remington for some reason so am now on the search to find somewhere in town that will. Since im not spending quite what i thought i was going to i think i am going to splurg on a nice scope thanks for the advice guys i will definitely be sticking around here s

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I don't think you can go wrong with the Remington either..
You know, my Dad used to say if money is an issue, buy a cheap gun but a good scope! So splurging on the scope is not a bad idea.
Take care.

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Sounds like you already go your answer but I can't help but throw my 2 cents in. I have a Remington 700 30-06 with a synthetic stock. I've went every where with it. I prefer a 30-06 over a 7mm, but to each his own. The Remington 700 won't disappoint you. Happy and safe hunting.

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Eildydar,

I would look at other rifles before you buy. I really don't prefer the Remington design for hunting. The 700's have that tiny weak extractor, are only push feed and not CRF, their bolt handle is just brazed on and can break off and the safety does not lock the bolt close nor hold the firing pin.

You want a LH rifle so look at what Ruger has for you.

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Sorry Savage didn't see your post till today. Went out today and ordered a Remington 700 SPS LH in the 7mm mag. Really do appreciate the advice...even if i didn't take it this time (although i also didn't see it haha) I am really stoked and hope that the problems you mention won't happen to me. Going to get a nicer scope put on it and can't wait to get it dialed in

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