Buying first hunting rifle - TME

Walmart is having a 20% off all firearms deal on Black Friday, btw. You can put 10% down and put one on lay-away right now, and then pay it off  for the discounted price between 28-30 November (avoids you having to wait in line.....just go in whenever and pay for it at the service counter).

http://www.slickguns.com/product/20-all-firearms-walmart-black-friday-saturday-sunday

Buy a bow instead you pussy!

Mas Tisu - 


Walmart is having a 20% off all firearms deal on Black Friday, btw. You can put 10% down and put one on lay-away right now, and then pay it off  for the discounted price between 28-30 November (avoids you having to wait in line.....just go in whenever and pay for it at the service counter).



http://www.slickguns.com/product/20-all-firearms-walmart-black-friday-saturday-sunday



Vote up. 



 



The walmart near me that has guns had an American a few weeks ago. I might go check them out today. 

Phuckles - 


So no real complaints about 30-06? Then it is settled. It seems like a good round so as long as it will work for both deer and elk I am all for it. 



This might sound odd but I don't want Ruger. The reason is that I already own an LCP, an SR22, and a 10/22. They are all fantastic firearms. So why don't I want another one? I want to mix it up a bit. There are other great manufacturers out there. If I did go Ruger (again) which I am sure would be a great move is this what I want?



http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_59_110/products_id/79534/Ruger+American+30-06+BLKSYN



Ruger is a great company.  Go with what you know.



Are you stalking or sitting in a stand?

JitsuGuy - Buy a bow instead you pussy!


I like guns. I have literally zero interest in bow hunting. None. 

JitsuGuy - Buy a bow instead you pussy!

They aren't as accurate, pussy.

HillWilliam - In my opinion someone just starting off should really get a good feel for their rifle. This is why I suggest the 770 in a .243. Use the factory scope and all. The unreliable aim will allow you to fine tune your new craft of rifle shooting. A .243. is big enough to drop an elk with a well placed shot. The best riflemen I know learned on beat up handmedowns. Become one with your weapons.

I have an acquaintance (old co-worker) who lives in Montana. His wife uses a .243 for elk.

So I guess before I go buy a gun I should ask a couple of general questions. I have never hunted before. Doe sit have to be bolt action? No semi-autos? Anything else I should know before buying a hunting rifle? 

People use all kinds of guns for hunting - bolt, break, semi, etc.

The most popular, by far, hunting setup is bolt for rifle.

I want a bolt action anyway. I have a semi auto rifle (10-22), a few semi-auto pistols (LCP, SR22, XDM 9mm), and a pump (500). I need a bolt action. I also need a revolver. At least the hunting rifle fills a need. 

go 30-06, can't go wrong

and get a tikka t3 lite. If you're hunting in mountains, you're gonna want a light gun

Look into Thompson Center "Venture" series. American made, high value rifle. I picked one up this year in 7mm Rem Mag and I couldn't be happier with it. Great elk rifle, lighter loads for deer. Can't say enough good about it and very affordable. Phone Post 3.0

here's what I have in 30-06

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Firearms/Centerfire-Rifles/Bolt-Action-Centerfire-Rifles%7C/pc/104792580/c/553829580/sc/105522480/i/105523380/Tikka-T3-Lite-Stainless-Steel-Bolt-Action-Rifles/706383.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fbolt-action-centerfire-rifles%2Ftikka%2F_%2FN-1114860%2B1000005310%2FNe-1000005310%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105523380%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat105522480%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat105522480%3Bcat105523380

and I have a 50mm Nikon bdc scope on it

Aaron Becker - 


here's what I have in 30-06



http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Firearms/Centerfire-Rifles/Bolt-Action-Centerfire-Rifles%7C/pc/104792580/c/553829580/sc/105522480/i/105523380/Tikka-T3-Lite-Stainless-Steel-Bolt-Action-Rifles/706383.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fbolt-action-centerfire-rifles%2Ftikka%2F_%2FN-1114860%2B1000005310%2FNe-1000005310%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105523380%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat105522480%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat105522480%3Bcat105523380



and I have a 50mm Nikon bdc scope on it



At that price point I would get a 700. I am looking at the American now because as always Ruger seems to have the exact product I am looking for. I am not sure why I even go shopping I should just never leave Ruger's website. They always have what I want at the right price. 

Phuckles - 
Aaron Becker - 


here's what I have in 30-06



http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Firearms/Centerfire-Rifles/Bolt-Action-Centerfire-Rifles%7C/pc/104792580/c/553829580/sc/105522480/i/105523380/Tikka-T3-Lite-Stainless-Steel-Bolt-Action-Rifles/706383.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fbolt-action-centerfire-rifles%2Ftikka%2F_%2FN-1114860%2B1000005310%2FNe-1000005310%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105523380%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat105522480%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat105522480%3Bcat105523380



and I have a 50mm Nikon bdc scope on it



At that price point I would get a 700. I am looking at the American now because as always Ruger seems to have the exact product I am looking for. I am not sure why I even go shopping I should just never leave Ruger's website. They always have what I want at the right price. 


"Weighing in at less than 6-1/2 lbs. and guaranteed to shoot 1" groups or better out of the box, this rifle is the all-day hunter's dream. The gun's metal parts are made of Sako's high-grade stainless steel. The stock is fiberglass-reinforced copolymer material. The result is a lightweight, straight-shooting rifle that's impervious to the elements. Features a single stage adjustable trigger from 2-4 lbs. Detachable magazine for quick loading and unloading."
I don't think remington or ruger will guarantee what tikka does. There is a definite difference in quality between the rifles and you get what you pay for

I have the 770 and I think it's a great rifle Phone Post 3.0

I have my grandpas old Remi 760 Gamemaster pump 30-06 and I had it for at least 20 years and haven't had a single problem out of it. Best damn gun I've ever owned. Phone Post 3.0

Headed to walmart to see what they have. Phone Post 3.0

I am very happy with the trigger on my Ruger American (.308).
Might even pick up the rimfire version of the Ruger American at some point.

Remember to update us and post pics after you get your new rifle!