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I am finally getting my first summer job. I am going to run a conssesion stand. I have to keep track of everything by myself, and it should really be a entertaining/learning experience. Now to my question....Im expecting to make somewhere around $1000-$1500 (yes that sounds like alot, but another stand made close to $10,000 at a different location doing the exact same thing....but ill see how things turn out!!?? :shock: )

As of now I really dont NEED another gun, but I WANT one. The next gun I want is for deer hunting. Right now I have a Remington 30-06 ADL with a Nikon Buckmaster scope. I havent missed yet, and nothing is wrong with the gun, I am just looking for another rifle.

I basically narrowed it down to 2 decisions....either learn to reload and reload my 30-06 with smaller grain bullets (120-140), or to get another gun??

If I decide to go with the latter then I want to go BIG. I want to get the rifle of my life.

Ive basically narrowed down my decision to a Browning Abolt Medallion or Tikka T3 Hunter.

I would get a 25 WSSM in the Browning and a 25-06 in the Tikka.

Ive already gotten the scope chosen, which would be a Bushnell Elite 4-16x40/50 (havent decided which size mm).

I want to get a rifle that does less meat damage than my 30-06, still has long range capabilities, enough knock-down power, and I really want a rifle that looks as good as it shoots.

Sorry this is soooo long!! Hopefully y'all have some advice for me?!

Thanx alot :D :D :D
 

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If meat damage is your main concern, I think you are on the wrong path. Velocity and bullet construction are the main factors here, and fast moving lightweight bullets expand violently, and ruin more meat. Use a premium bullet, or go to heavier slugs, to minimize meat damage. The tradeoff is less "drop in their tracks" kills, but that's life, full of compromises.
If you just want a new gun, well, thats reason enough to get one. :grin:
 

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I agree with Ramrod. In a 30-06 a heavier bullet will damage less meat in general. Staying away from polymer tipped bullets will help too. Now a question for you. Are you planning to use the new rifle for a "dual purpose" rifle ie: deer and varmints? If so you scope choice is rational. If not maybe a smaller lighter scope would be better. Unless you hunt in open areas IMHO a 4x12 scope limits you more than it will help. Bushnell Elites are great scopes. A 50mm objective lens scope on the rifles you are interested in will look out of place to you after a while.
 

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Right now I am using Hornady 165 Interbond Light Magnums.

I guess its not all about meat damage......I just want a new toy :lol:

It will only be used for deer, but last year I did have the oportunity to shoot (and kill) my first coyote. I was deer hunting and two came running back and forth across a road. Finally one stopped at about 95 yards, a quick shot, and he was done for good....but I would like to shoot more coyotes since they are ruining our rabbit population. Maybe next summer I would try calling one in with an electronic caller?!

But the main purpose of the gun is for deer. How does that change any opinions? Thanx for the quick replies so far!
 

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I own several Tikkas, and quite a few Elite 4200s (In fact, I own both the Elite 4200 4x.-16x-40mm and 50mm versions). Talk about an excellent combo.

My vote would go for the .270 Winchester. There is a ton of factory ammo available and you can chose the right bullet to reduce damage to meat. Plus, even in its standard form, it has enough power to knock down just about anything in North America. In it's light magnum or High Energy form, it has even more power.

That's not to say that the .25-06 is not a good choice. It's just that I would go with the .270.

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Zachary, wouldnt you think the 30-06 and a .270 are kind of close in calibers?

I kind of want to space it out. I have a .17 HMR, 12 gauge, and a 30-06....I said a 25-06 because it seems to have a nitch inbetween the 30-06 and .17??!!
 

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Here is my opinion on your situation ....

For $1500, I think you can have the best of both worlds. Unless I am missing something here, you could have one fine Tikka and a Bushnell Elite 4200 for approximately $1000. That would leave you plenty to get started into reloading by buying a RCBS Supreme Kit, accessories to go with it, powder, dies, primers, and brass.

I honestly get as much enjoyment from reloading my own ammo as I do from shooting and what hunting I do. You would never regret getting into reloading if you are serious about getting the most out of your firearms.

Good luck to you in whatever you decide.
 

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7mm-08, you dont need a 50 scope, stick with a 6X or a 3X9X40.......all you'll ever need.. 8)
 

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I like the idea of reloading. Can you reload the Weatherby Mag. cartridges??

I was looking at the Weatherby .257 Mag on their website, and it seems to be perfect. Hard hitting, long range, beautiful guns, right size bullets, etc.?!

I really like the looks of the Vangaurd Sporter Stainless Steel and the Tradition blued version as well. They cost a little less, but ammo is a beast! (Thats why I wanted to know if it can be reloaded)?

Thanx alot!! :D
 

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Better shot placement might help you more at this point if you are messing up too much meat. Stay away from the shoulder blade or other heavy bone shots and being choosy when you have the time. Straight thru behind the shoulder or diagonal.....'in' behind one shoulder and 'out' in front of the opposite one. Every year I see shoulders and rumps blown out of Deer at the Butcher Shop. Mostly because of choosing a poor shot.

.25-06, .243, 6mm or a 6.5mm may be the caliber(s) you seek. Try them all !

I also agree with "Just wanting one is reason enough to buy one".
 

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Hey Goose, good to see you posting again..........I think the tika in a 25.06 with the Bushnell would be a great choice.....but, the hyper velocity cartridges are going to tear up some meat..........

How about a classic 7 X 57 mm Mauser or 7mm/08? These will probably be somewhat less destructive if you load the 175 grain bullets down to the 2200 to 2400 fps.range.........

As far as meat destruction, the older slow calibers like 45.70 or .35 Remington don't seem to tear up meat as bad......provided you keep the velocity down......and bullet weight up....Need I tell you the story of the tortoise and the hair?

As a young man I liked things fast too........I had a 69 Camaro.....71 Super Bee 440 six pack........7mm Remington Mag.......get the picture? It's hard not to get caught up in the latest whiz-bang, super fast craze.........but, if you want good clean kills, with low meat destruction........round nose soft points between 2000 fps and 2400 are the ticket.......on big game.......now if you want to turn a crow inside out at 300 yards.....that's entirely different.........

Good luck with the concession stand.....I'm sure you'll get out of it what you put into it.........work hard, be honest, give the customer what they want and they'll beat a path to your door.......

OH YOUNG MAN, REJOICE IN THY YOUTH!
 

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I want to get a rifle that does less meat damage than my 30-06, still has long range capabilities, enough knock-down power, and I really want a rifle that looks as good as it shoots.


Right now I am using Hornady 165 Interbond Light Magnums.

I guess its not all about meat damage......I just want a new toy Laughing
The 257 Weatherby would certainly fill the bill for having a gun that not only looks great...but shoots great too...but I wonder...if your just wanting something new...then just about anything could suffice. You can reload the Weatherby Magnums and save on some money ... after you buy your factory loads...because buying new Weatherby brass isn't cheap...but if your not going to shooting alot ...then it really wouldn't matter...To me...your 30-06 will cover just about all your hunting needs...and you can always spend your money fixing it up with a top-line synthetic stock...new trigger...better scope...and get all of your reloading equipment as well...but if you just wanting to buy a new toy...then take a look at these Weatherby's...http://www.weatherby.com/products/guns.asp?prd=Rifles&prd_sub_type=3&prod_code=VSM243NR4O

They can be had for a-lot less than the MSRP and you still will have enough for your scope too...me...if your wanting a long range larger caliber...the 338 Mag would work nicely...or...like you had said the 257 Weatherby Mag would work well too...

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Thanx for the option on the Weatherby Vangaurds. I was actually looking on the NET last night and found some of those. I really like the looks of the Vanguard® Sporter SS, but the other one you posted would be my first choice in a synthetic stock......the only reason I want wood is that it looks better, and I my 30-06 is a synthetic.

In reality, how much would these nicer Vangaurds really cost? About $500? Can I expect the same accuracy as a Tikka or CZ, or Browning??

Ive really got it narrowed down to a Browning Abot Medallion in either 25-06 or 25 WSSM or a Vanguard® Sporter SS in .257 weatherby mag.

I dont shoot all that much, but still at a cost of about $3 PER SHOT, that adds up quick.

I guess now ive just got to make my decision!!??

Ok well I now have a question about my scope selection......would you choose a zeiss conquest 4.5-14x44 (z-plex) or a bushnell elite 4-16x40??

Similar in price but dont know which would be better??

Thanx for all the help!!!
 

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your correct....a little under $45.50 divided by 20 comes out at about $2.28 per shot :shock: :lol:
 

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Please go to the just mags forum. They do not have too much good to say about the new short Mags . As a matter of fact they dropped the subject on the forum , since winchester/ browning was having problems.

I am not aware of your hunting situation , or the length of most shots taken, in your situation.
I started with the 3006 , then went down with a 308w for many years caring a bolt action. Took me awhile to get away from need "The big gun club", listening to the old timers finally , going to the mid range slow big pill theme.
Well our shots at game sure improved . the lever/pump and or auto, is better suited.
My hunting is mixed bush / marginal farm land, shots range from about 250 yards down to about 30 yards. . Most of the hunting is about 40 to 70 yards.
That is were the lever action comes in. We carry a 30/30 , 44 Mag . 35 rem.and a 358wy BLR. fast follow up shots . Big pills puts them down fast and leave good blood trails. that is a plus in heavy bush.

Now when in the more open places we still have the 3006 and also a 6.5x55 which does well on moose as it will on yotes.

Now you will need a gun for wet dirty weather where a scratch form a rock or twig is not going to bother you. Then you need a fancy good looking gun for open country where shots might be longer than 200 yards and your not going to bang up the stock. Then you need something for deer and maybe something for some bigger game later on.

Get away from needing new a rifle for deer and coyotes, and also bigger game down the road. Used that excuse for years. Got money, guns follow you home.
Put a nice stock on the 3006 and do it all, or well -dog gone it- I see you need three just to start.
The reloading idea is great too. Ammo is cheaper so you tend to shoot more. you do not save any money because you shoot more rounds have a lot of fun becoming a better shot.

Now 99% of my hunting is deer with the odd bear and moose. One gun would go it all. Then I bought another one for those dirty and stock scratchin' days . Then I found that that good looking fancy gun had no place since I always worried about it getting a dinged so it stayed in the safe.
Then I started into the levers and thirty years later - "still updating "

So start reloading , since the next gun might be influenced by being able to reload for a rifle , that you might not be able to buy rounds for.
That in itself , having some thing out of the norm , reloading and taking game with it. What joy!

Get into all of this and your hooked in for a life time.

:D Then there is that MARLIN fever that so many shooters get . :D

That is something some one else should warn you about.Once that sets in your done for life.

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Go with a 7-08 and a 2x7x38 or 3x9x40 scope. It may be the last rifle you buy. Diverse bullet weights and types can be tailored for varmints to elk (forget the great bears). Accurate, light and quick. 'nuff said.
 

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Well Goose, I just graduated high school last week, so I know where you're coming from. If I was in your situation, I'd get a fun gun like an AR-15 or a heavy-barreled target gun. Hunting guns are good, but around here (central Utah) most of what I shoot is rabbits. Lots of them around. I spend about 25 hours walking around looking for rabbits and coyotes to every one I spend big game hunting. Now, if I was into poaching...

Just some more food for thought.

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Goose,

On the caliber choice, given the .25 WSSM, the .25-06 Rem, and
the .257 Weatherby, I would choose the .25-06. Why? Cheaper
ammo, and it sits squarely in the middle of what these 3
cartridges can do velocity wise.

On the rifle choice, I own several Browning firearms, and several
Tikka rifles. Given my experience with both, I would buy a
Tikka.

Now a bit on the Weatherby Vanguard. I also own a Howa 1500,
which comes from the same production lines, as the Weatherby
Vanguards. They are nice rifles, to be sure, and mine is sub-MOA
accurate with it's favorite handloads. Given a good deal, I would
not think twice about buying another Howa 1500, or a Weatherby
Vanguard, but put side by side with my Tikkas, their fit and finish
are not quite up to the Tikkas. The Tikkas also have an excellent
trigger, and a silky smooth bolt action.

Given your original question, I would be saving for the Tikka,
in 25-06 Rem. I have a Tikka M695(SS/Lam), in .25-06 Rem. and
by far it is my most favorite rifle, for targets, varmints, and deer.

But with that said, I do believe there is some merit to the
suggestion to purchase an AR-15. My youngest son, has
a Remington ADL, in .270 Win, and although he likes that
rifle, and shoots it well, he really likes his Draganov stocked
SKS rifle, or my AR-15 carbine, when it comes to having
fun with firearms. Both are cheap to feed, and fun to shoot.
The AR-15 also is my coyote rifle, so it can do double duty
as a plinker/target shooter, and a predator/varmint rifle.

Either small bore would be a great addition to the battery.

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I'd cast a strong vote for the tikka, Have bought 3 of them after looking at all the other brands, best rifle for the money. Since you can load the 30'06 up for bigger game; I too would suggest the 7mm-08. I got one for my son, an ideal round out to 300 yds and minimal recoil. It is and awesome set-up; I put a leupold 2x7x33 on it and it is a joy for my son to shoot.
 
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