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Location: Belle Vernon, PA
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i was going to be hunting Whitetail deer not much else. And i'm thinking if the recoil of a 30-06 is to much what about a .270? I've shot my friends and i think the recoil is very manageable. Or would a 7mm-08 be better. Ihave shot a 12 gauge and the recoil isnt that bad, and i know this is hard, but can you try to compare the recoil of the 12 gauge and .270 to the 30-06? Thanks again guys.

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Unless the 12ga was a gas auto, can you use that there?, you can handle a 30-06. Not a lot of difference. The 270 and the 7mm-08 would be no better and no worse, just a bit less recoil.

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so youre saying that a 30-06s recoil isnt much worse than a 12 gauge? And the one I shot was a pump action.

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Again Fate ..... That would depend on what load you were shooting out of that 12 gauge. Some loads kick worse than others. And the recoil of a high powerd rifle is different than that of a shotgun. The rifle is a much quicker recoil hence the "kick" Kind of imagine this... A really big fella punching you in the shoulder....One time he hits you with a really fast sharp punch with a good bit of follow through...the next time he hits you with not so fast but just as much punch with more followthrough...The high powered one is the first punch...The quicker sharper blow will hurt more.

The .270 (depending on the rifle) doesnt kick much less than the 30.06 but the 7mm.08 is MUCH less and delivers almost as much energy (depending on the load) as both. In my own honest opinion, if recoil is at all a concern then you should go with a moderate recoil such as the 7mm.08 or the .243.

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Location: Minnesota/South Dakota
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Hey, just a couple more thoughts here. What about a nice lever action chambered in the 30-30. Awesome effects for deer, especially woods deer where most of your shots will be less than 50 yards. Also can use the new leverevolution ammo if you need that extra downrange performance. Recoil is minor compared to even the 7-08. In a Marlin 336 with a scope it would be a deadly woods caliber and even out to 200 yards with the new hornady ammo. I am assuming most of your shots will be less than 100 yards, Right?. Also, the lever action would allow you easy follow up shots in the close quarters of the woods. I hunt the northwoods of MN and lots and lots of guys use the 170 grain bullet for the 30-30 and shoot some monster MN bucks. 300+ lbs!! I bet a majority of PA hunters still use the 30-30 for deer. Easy to find ammo too.

I am not trying to tell you what you should buy just my opinion. I started out with a 30-06 at 14 but I was 6 foot 220 lbs also. I also moved through the magnum craze with a 7mm STW and now am back to shooting a 308 winchester in a T/C Encore. I love the much reduced recoil and find myself shooting much more accurately and enjoy seeing the bullet hit the target instead of not seeing it due to too much recoil. Again this is a good place to find excellent info from some knowledgeable folks.

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Location: new brunswick
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the 7mm-08 is even better if you hand load. well everything is better handloaded but the 7mm-08 is one of the calibers that is much improved by handloading so they tell me. the 270 would be perfect choice in my opinion but then again if your gonna go 270 you mosewell go 30-06(much more bullet selection) in all honesty i would go 30 caliber before anything else. you'll grow with your rifle. then again if you get a small rifle you could always sell it down the road for a bigger one(thats an option to consider)

p.s. i have yet to fire any rifle that kicks worse then a 12 gauge. maybe when you get up into the ultra mags and bigger it would be worse.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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I would highly reccomend the 260 Rem for a begining hunter, particularly in a Rem Model 7. I have started several new hunters with this combo. It has the power to take elk and caribou with the proper load selection. I think it is one of the best whitetail deer calibers that I have ever used. It is accurate, flat shooting and recoil is very mild. My second choice would be the 7mm-08. I hunt Pa. every year and usually wind up using the 260.
Consider a Rem Model 7 with a 2-7 or 3-9 power scope and you would not go wrong. The bigger calibers are nice but recoil takes its toll. Because of a rotator cuff tear, I went from shooting a 35 Whelen and a 338 Mag to the 260 and 7mm-08 and am more sucessful in taking game than when I was shooting the big calibers.

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Location: new brunswick
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that 260 rem wouldnt kick much less then the 270 would it? i've never shot a 260. thanks for the info Thumbs up

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260 Rem ??? Better buy lots of ammo and save the brass. I read a couple of articles that, although a lovely cartridge, ammo makers will be soon stopping production. Think Think Think

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Forget the 30-06 and the 270. Both give you recoil in the 17-20 ft-lb class and that is more than you need as a beginner. Go with a 243 or 25-06. As far as a comparison of the recoil of a 30-06 to a 12-gauge goes, it depends on the shell, some are lighter than a 30-06, and some are heavier.

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