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New Whitetail rifle search.

I am currently using A .243 and was wondering if I could get any advice on a new rifle that is a higher cailber then what I am currently using now. Any help would be appreciated!

My price range is a little over $1,000 but not much more then that and I hunt in the SW corner of GA.

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For that kind of money you

For that kind of money you can get whatever you want really. Do you plan on hunting any other game? what's your style of hunting(blind, tree stand, spot n stalk?) if your sitting in a blind or stand weight of the rifle is less important than if you were carrying it long distances. what's the typical range of your shots?

May I ask why do you prefer to use a rifle for whitetails though??? Everyone I know uses a shotgun or slug gun or a 30-30 for them in the south because the typical range of the shot is less than 100 yards.

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Well, if you plan on hunting

Well, if you plan on hunting just around there, where it's mostly wooded and your shots won't be too far, the 30-30 is a great caliber.  However, if you plan on broadening your hunting horizons, maybe out west some, or other types of game, and nice bolt action 30-06 will get you deer, bear, elk, antelope, and anything else that north america can throw at you. 

And, you can get a really nice Remington, or other model, and you will have enough $$$$ left out of your $1000 to get a really nice scope to throw on it.....

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I hunt stands but I use rifle

I hunt stands but I use rifle mainly cause thats what i grew up on and due to the land I hunt (open farm land) the range can be from within a 100 yards to up to 300+ (no more then 400 ill get up and see what i can do by trying to get closer). generally speaking though its roughly 175-225.

 

I would like to go out west more eventually when money allows and get bear and elk. but probably for the next few years it will only be Whitetails.

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Well, if your shots are going

Well, if your shots are going to be in that range, and you eventually plan on hunting out west, then go with a 30-06, or maybe a 7MM Mag.  You can get either of those calibers by Remington for aroun $550-$600.  And like I said, that would leave a nice amount to get a good 3x9 or 4x12 scope.

Heck, I just did a search and found a Remington 770 bolt action and a 3x9 scope on sale for $299.

http://www.cabelas.com/fryprod-0/product--Remington174-Model-7708482-RifleScope-Combo--706365.uts.shtml

Actually, it looks like you could even get any of the Browning A-Bolts, Weatherbys, Savages, and Tikkas for around $400-$650 and still have wiggle room for a good scope. 

I would go to your nearest Cabelas or Bass Pro and handle some of the guns, or find a place you could possibly shoot some to see what you prefer.  In the end, any of those guns are good, but for caliber, I would stick with a 30-06 or 7MM Mag.  Those will give you the best big game variety. 

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SW Georgia is lots of farm land thats for sure.

I would agree Ca_Vermonster and go with a 7MM, 30.06 or a .270 Bolt action.

Pick any of the major brands and with $1000 you can get the mid to upper end models and still have enough for a decent scope.

If I were to go Weatherby I would stay away from their WM calibres and stay with the standard calibres ie; 30.06 spr, .270win...etc. Just no need for the magnums unless you are confident with and will shoot out to 400-500 yards.

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I've tried a couple different

I've tried a couple different flavors in our little neck of the woods. I had a 30-06 but wanted a little more range for the same reasons as you. So I traded and picked up a 7mm rem mag. My current hunter is a 270. shoots flat and doesn't require a lot of correction on my part. I would not hesitate to us it on elk but since you mention Bear I would go with the 7mm Rem Mag or a 300 WSM. I like these two rounds a lot but think they are overkill for the deer we have around here.

 

As far as the gun of choice I would not touch a Rem 770. I love a rem but as a previous owner of one of these your money is better spent elsewhere. I felt it was cheap and had a very sloppy action. I love the Marlin XL7 but it comes in limited calibers (25-06, 270, and 30-06). If I had the money you are willing to spend I would grab a Browning A-bolt. it is one of my favorite shoters of late. Should run you about $600-700 and like was mentioned earlier, will leave you the cash needed for some nice optics.

 

How realistic is the bear hunting option? if it is not almost a lock I would still go with the 270 in the XL7 or A-bolt. It's cheap to shoot and will flat get the job done without going to one of the big boys. Bear in mind this is just my 2 cents.  Good luck on your decision.

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Since you possibly might be

Since you possibly might be coming out here (the west) and chasing some of our wapiti around I would opt for something from the .270 on up. Most of my elk have been taken with the .270 and I have not had a lick of trouble from it. It's served me well out here from short shots on mature bulls to long shots on antelope and mulies so what's to say it wouldn't also work on your flag-tailed deer out there? I would pass on the Remington 770. Yes... it's cheap but it is remington's sloppiest rifle I've ever handled. I wasn't impressed. And I'm a remington man!

Your budget allows for some pretty good rifles. I'd check out Remington 700 BDL's or CDL's, or any of the other models, in anywhere from a .270 on up to a .300 Winchester Magnum. Good luck on rifle shopping and keep us posted on what you end up with.

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Remington 700

I would go with the Remington 700. It is the most accurate. Thoe 710's & 770's or whatever they have is good for beating something to death but that's about it. And I am dedicated to the Remington way of life. You can't go wrong with a .270 or 30-06. The difference in the 2? It's a Ford/Chevy argument. That's about it. A BDL is close to your price range, a cdl is a little cheaper. Synthetic costs less than wood. Opt for a redfield scope. Leupold quality without the price. Just my thoughts.

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7MM-08!!!

Please, please, please... check out the ballistics on the highly underrated 7mm-08 cartidge. This is a devastating little cartridge, for sure.

Compare velocity, ft lbs of energy - and then also consider recoil - and there is not much argument left - in my humble opinion!

The very venerable .308 should be looked at, also.

I just made a post in the hunting tips section - read that if you will and let me know what you think... regardless of caliber or rifle brand!

Best of luck,

JimBob in SC

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i agree, 7mm/08

i've never shot one, but i think there's a lot to be said about this caliber. i held a ruger MK77 in this caliber at cabelas. it was light weight, has a controlled round feed action, balances well. it will cost you probably $750, and then you can get a leupold VX-1 and top off at about $1000.

i do not however agree with one above statement about optics. go with leupold or nikon. they're great mid-range products with great customer service. which is pretty darn important. get on midwayusa or cabelas and get some quality rings. when i was younger i'd put cheap rings on my rifle, and i'd never figure out why my zero was off so often. after switching to more expensive rings and bases, i have had zero problems. aluminum is just not a good material, get stainless if you can.

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