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Old 02-23-2013, 11:54 AM
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Also keep in mind the lighter the gun the more recoil you will receive. Not an issue in the field. You notice that at the range. A limb saver butt pad is a good investment. I can shoot my 06 all day now.
IMO, for a hunting rifle, lighter is a very big plus. Sure, sighting it in is a PITA, but when you spend a week tromping through the woods, the extra ounces make a world of difference.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:56 AM
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pre 64 winchester model 70.. u have plenty of time to locate a nice one...
My old man has a couple of those, and yes, they are a very good choice. They are hard to find in good shape however. His are all from his father, and were well treated.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:42 PM
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I really like lever actions but haven't considered one since it didn't seem like there were many options for an elk/deer gun as far as calibers go, 30-30 and 45-70 but is there anything between that will do both? .32 win spcl, .35 rem, how easy is it find (rifle/ammo), and is it enough for elk? I hadn't looked closely at the BLR's but those could work. Looks like the prices for used are pretty fair too.

I think my biggest criteria is still that it needs to be easy to carry, which makes that Savage lightweight appealing since it's 6Lbs and a 20" barrel. Biggest problem seems to be that every manufacturer is back ordered on new stuff.
I've got a .450 BLR you're welcome to shoot. There's 15 calibers to choose from if you go BLR. Weight will only help you be more accurate. You're only talking about a difference of about 1lb or so. People argue about old vs. new, but it doesn't really matter. The new ones have an aluminum (lightweight) receiver whereas the old ones were steel. The old ones look better IMO. They all shoot the same. Something like a .300 WSM is great, but a 30-06 is all you'll ever need. Most people who aren't gun freaks are happiest with whatever is the best deal. Something like this: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=329890073

Everything I've ever taken big game wise has either been with an old Colt .243 or Parker Hale 7mm Rem Mag. The rest just sit there looking pretty.
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My old man has a couple of those, and yes, they are a very good choice. They are hard to find in good shape however. His are all from his father, and were well treated.
Let me know if any are for sale

There are always some on cabelas gun lib.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Winch...3D0&Ntt=pre+64

I can see martin toting around a pre 64 before anything new like a fancy savage lightweight

This is your huckleberry. pre64 odd-6 featherweight
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...=329974820#PIC
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Anyone familiar with Green Mountain Guns? I'm going to head down there this week and see what they have in consignment. Good stuff on Gunbroker too, thanks for the links. I might go that route after I've had a chance to handle a few different models. Any other suggestions for local shops that have a decent selection of rifles?
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You could look up a gun show or two. Be prepared for crowds though.
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Yeah, I tried last weekend. Total mayhem, I couldn't even find a place to park so I gave up and left.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:47 AM
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What do you guys think of the Ruger No.1? Here's a 30-06 with a leupold scope within my budget on gunbroker:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=330406677

And another full stock version:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=329438163
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:20 AM
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What do you guys think of the Ruger No.1? Here's a 30-06 with a leupold scope within my budget on gunbroker:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=330406677

And another full stock version:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=329438163
Great guns but if you are willing to consider single shot break actions then you should seriously look at TC Encore's! Then you can have one receiver and different barrels! I have had several Encores and Contenders over the years and they are great gubs! My newest custom Carbine began life as a Encore Pro-Hunter. It is my favorite gub of all time....till I get something different. I'm not home or I would post a picture...
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Great guns but if you are willing to consider single shot break actions then you should seriously look at TC Encore's! Then you can have one receiver and different barrels! I have had several Encores and Contenders over the years and they are great gubs! My newest custom Carbine began life as a Encore Pro-Hunter. It is my favorite gub of all time....till I get something different. I'm not home or I would post a picture...
Those look really interesting. looks like there's even muzzleloader barrels available.

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone. I wish I could shoot some rounds and figure out what I like, but with the info, I feel like if I make a purchase right now, it will do what I need and I can always add to the collection in the future.
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