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rifle type for hunting

Hi Forum.
Is the Rem VTR 700 in 308 a good choice for most game in CA ? just curious as to what most of the USA use over there.
And we can not get over the fact that most hunters carry a pistol as back up,just trying to get all the info on hunting before we move over.

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Re: rifle type for hunting

Welcome to the USA.

There are better designs than the Rem. 700 type rifles for hunting. The M70's, Kimbers and Rugers have better designed safeties that control the firing pin and allow a hot chamber to be unloaded. They are better machinery also.

Look them over when you get here. The 308 is superb.

Some carry pistols because we can. The black bear is not all that dangerous. There are snakes here that are however.

I carry mace for warding off dogs etc. No permit required.

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Hi Savage99.
Thank you for letting us know about the bears and why you carry handguns. Dogs ??? I guess mace or pepper spray is a fantastic idea,we are so backward here in aus with rules and laws.I wll look up the 70's and the kimber,I have noticed semi autos are used alot for hunting allowing for a quicker follow up shot.
I may have to sell my rifle and J do the same if she is willing to give up her's- while we will purchase new when we arrive, what and how hard is it to be licenced to carry a pistol for hunting.
More question to follow savage99 and thank you again T

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You asked:

"what and how hard is it to be licenced to carry a pistol for hunting."

If your talking about CA, California I am not sure at all. You will have to ask someone there who is more familiar with the laws there. I am in CT and hunt in VT also.

I have had a permit to carry in CT for many years. In VT no permit is even required. Laws vary greatly.

I suggest you do a google search titled: "California pistol hunting forum"

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In CA while hunting for game you can carry just about anything except fully automatic wepons.
No special license needed for a pistol while hunting game animals.
As for in the city's, A concealled wepon permit is required and is tuff to get in some towns.

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http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-18.pdf

You might want to check out this link. It may answer some questions for you regarding ownership of guns and federal law for non-citizens.

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If I read that right non US citizens must live here 90 days before purchasing guns and ammo.
In CA you need to live here at least 6 months to get a residents hunting license.

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Remington 700 is a great hunting rifle platform as are the Winchester M70 and Ruger M77. I myself prefere a three position safety like both the M70 (CRF) or the Ruger M77 has. I just prefere a Mauser "type" action overall. But I have also used the Model 700 several times. As far as a great caliber cartridge goes, everyone has their preference, but in my opinion the .308 Win is a good all around cartridge for biggame, not only for North America, but also many other places in the world as well. I personally use .270 Win for all my biggame hunting in the U.S.A. Just beware, as there is a rising new and erroneous mentality out there these days (sprung mostly by misguided novices) that nothing less than a .300 Win mag will do for biggame. Considering that a great many deer have been taken with the .250-3000 Savage and even more have been taken with the .30-30.

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Look I am not an expert. But I think nothing beats a well placed shot. I shoot .308 168 grain barnes triple shock, and it's been enough to get 3 Elk in 2 years. Our military used .308 for years, and if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me. Just my two cents worth.

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Hi Forum.
J and myself would like to thank you for the replies.The info was great and through the links we were given we found out we can bring our own rifle's with us.
We are still gob smacked that you don't need a licence.
T & J

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Re: rifle type for hunting
savage99 wrote:
Welcome to the USA.

There are better designs than the Rem. 700 type rifles for hunting. The M70's, Kimbers and Rugers have better designed safeties that control the firing pin and allow a hot chamber to be unloaded. They are better machinery also.

To say that the Winchester model 70 or a Ruger M77 is a superior hunting rifle is nothing more than a matter of opinion. "they are better machinery also" Can you please tell me how you came to determine this fact? I can tell you right now I own a few Winchester model 70's Remington 700's and Ruger M77's and they are all excellent hunting rifles. The machining on my Remington is on par with any model 70 I have or any Ruger,In fact the Rugers I own use cast metal on the receivers and bolts if I'm not mistaken, the Remington 700's are milled out of solid bar stock. I own a model 700 with the J-lock action that allows me to unload a hot chamber. The Remington model 700 is a fantastic hunting platform it's the most popular hunting rifle in America for good reason.

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