I need to go to the well one more time here on this forum!
You guys have great knowledge and I need to use a little more of it.
It is in the budget - at least one long gun this year.
I have long wanted an AR-15 style rifle and am looking at the R25 from Remington. It can be had in .308 and 7mm-08 - both very suitable for east coast deer hunting... I would probably opt for the 7mm-08.
It is not cheap, however.... it is about double the price of a decent bolt action rifle - around $1250 or so...
What are the thooughts on this forum about this rifle - pro's and con's, value received for $$ spent - that sort of thing?
I had a Mini-30 that I hunted with for a few years but the 7.62x39 is a fairly minimal cartridge, even for our small east coast deer. I had a couple of rounds that did not make it all the way through the deer and that was enough to scare me away from using it.
Please offer your candid thoughts - and I genuinely appreciate you folks help!