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post #21 of 63

If you want to get a real good idea of the price of any gun go to http://www.gunbroker.com/and check it out. By the way Henry makes a nice gun but they are expensive.

Savage is at the moment the most affordable vs. quality firearm on the market. I have bought and sold many many new and used guns and strongly recommend if your going to get into the hunting sport do yourself a favor and use a sporting weapon.

Remington, Winchester, Savage, Ruger are top of the line firearms so is Henry but the brass frame gets loose if your shooting a larger caliper over a period of time. I think Henry makes a great small bore but still a little pricey.

30-06 will hunt anything in North America including brown bear with the right loads. The .270 is a very accurate flat shooting caliper and many Elk have been taken with them including Black Bear. .30 .30 for deer is great and as mentioned so is the .243 but not a elk bear caliper though its done.

If your going to get into the hunting sport you may find yourself wanting to learn to reload. It makes shooting much more affordable and availability of components is great and thats not the case if your reloading mil cal's. When you check the price of commercial ammo you'll see it makes target shooting almost prohibitive. If You think you'll enjoy the shooting sport start off with a quality sporting rifle and there are some great buys in the $300 - $500 price range. Check out Gunbroker.com it has the greatest data base around for any weapon you can imagine. Take your time. Guns can be resold and at a profit if you shop carefully (or at least you don't have to take a bath) good luck

I have never understood the attraction to Mil Surplus firearms. The actions on some are very desirable and can be used to make a really nice sporting rifles but the issue of cost takes a different path. Like the Mausers 98.


Edited by Tenneesse - 1/1/11 at 6:23pm
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post #22 of 63

I have really never understood the attraction to the military surplus firearms


The main attraction is the price.
I prefer modern firearms myself

post #23 of 63

To each his own idea. (and there are many different)

Personally, I prefer the old military bolt actions with '03 Springfield TOPS....and the 98 Mauser second.

I have had many of the Commercial rifles and have favorites there also. there again are many.

Find a good one that YOU like and take care of it, learn MUCH about it and you'll get along fine with it.

Insofar as caliber is concerned, I personally like the 7mm Mauser. Doesn't kick hard and will take ANY GAME (if the shooter is accurate.)

Believe it or not, the 7mm Mauser has taken MORE Elephants in Africa than any other caliber.
(It is accurate shooting that counts!)

There are as many choices and opinions as there are shooters. winksmile

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post #24 of 63
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Originally Posted by Junkmanme 

To each his own idea. (and there are many different)

Personally, I prefer the old military bolt actions with '03 Springfield TOPS....and the 98 Mauser second.

I have had many of the Commercial rifles and have favorites there also. there again are many.

Find a good one that YOU like and take care of it, learn MUCH about it and you'll get along fine with it.

Insofar as caliber is concerned, I personally like the 7mm Mauser. Doesn't kick hard and will take ANY GAME (if the shooter is accurate.)

Believe it or not, the 7mm Mauser has taken MORE Elephants in Africa than any other caliber.
(It is accurate shooting that counts!)

There are as many choices and opinions as there are shooters. winksmile

-Junkmanme- old


"Personally, I prefer the old military bolt actions with '03 Springfield TOPS....and the 98 Mauser second",

I agree both are great rifles. I usually don't think of the '03 as military surplus but that's just what they are. I have a Remington '03 30-06 and its been a great shooting rifle. Same with the 7mm and 8mm Mauser. Just have to check them out. If there is head spacing issues its worth considering re-barreling or setting it back if possible. I just don't recall seeing them in the $90 - $150 range for a while depending on how dinged up they are then the cost thing plays into again if you want to build one.   I picked up my '03 in a pawn shop in Ca many years ago for $75 and the gun was in excellent condition in a sporter stock,glass bedded nicely done. The 1917 is another well built miltary gun and depending on what arsenal they come out of as  to the value.  The number of opinions is directly proportional to the number of shooters, for sure smile


Edited by Tenneesse - 1/1/11 at 6:55pm
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post #25 of 63

Exactly right, Tenneesse !

For entertainment value re: Elephant hunting with a 7mm Mauser...Look at this Link:  (it's very interesting.)

Link:   http://www.chuckhawks.com/bell_elephants.htm

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post #26 of 63

I like my bolt-action Remington 700 30-06 with a Leupold Vari-X II scope. But whatever you get, make sure you're comfortable with it and practice with it.

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post #27 of 63

Be careful about old military rifles and safetys. We had an old 30-06 from 1917 or thereabouts. My ex was showing it to a friend, and went to put the safety on, and it fired! (Apparently, that model - I don't remember the model I'm sorry - had a problem with the safety...) Of course, he had it pointed in a safe direction so no one was harmed but WOW. What a wakeup call! Pretty old beast but yow.

Military surplus are fun. But I wouldn't rely on one for hunting, unless I've really spent a lot of time (and a gunsmith) checking it out.

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post #28 of 63
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I know this is a little off topic but I was wondering what is a good inexpensive rifle for deer hunting I am planning on getting a gun soon, I have researched a little and I think that 30-06, .308(Mosin Nagant), and .270 are all good guns but I was wondering what a good deal on one would be I am talking about used and fairly good condition guns I preffer bolt action and would like to have the ability to also hunt elk or bear if I ever have the chance so I guess that leaves out the .270. I am also wondering what some good brands are I have heard that Winchester and Remington are both good.


A Mosin Nagant is actually 7.62x54mm Russian, which is a little bigger than a .308, which is 7.62x51mm NATO.  It's a nice rifle, but the accuracy all depends on the condition of the rifle, which is HIGHLY variable, as it is with most Russian weapons.  The thing has a rather nasty kick, but it's fun as heck to use, and it's got that trademark ugliness of Russian guns.  You can get them dirt cheap, too, and if you want an extra dose of useless awesome, you can often find them with a bayonet. lol

I will admit, I have an inexplicable bias in favor of Russian weaponry.  No idea why, it might be some sort of disorder. tongue

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post #29 of 63

we use 20 ga slug   30-06 or 243. here in nh if you are taking longer range shot i recommend the 30.06 or 243. good luck

post #30 of 63
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If I get a Mosin Nagant, instead of taking it to a gun smith is there some way that I could tell if the gun is able to handle the bullet myself? If I do get one it would be a 91/30 Mosin Nagant if that helps any. If I do have to take it to a gun smith how much would it cost? Also is there any way to tell what year a Mosin Nagant was made in?

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