View Full Version : What is your favorite Hunting Rifle?

cedar N sandy
05-18-2001, 06:47 PM
Thanks for the new addition, Jesse!

Just to break the ice here....what is everyone's favorite gun of choice for hunting big game. I know you each have more than one, but which is the one that you go for in the gun safe/cabinet/closet that you feel most comfortable with on any given day when you go after big game.

My favorite is a Remington 700 RS (Rynite Stock)in .270 cal. I handload 130 gr. Nosler Partitions. This rifle is a little on the heavy side, but it balances well and I am able to shoot it off-hand better than some of my lighter rifles. It has served me well up close and at long range. I topped it with a Leupold 4.5X14X50 Vari-X III.

###I don't want to start a caliber contraversy here..... just tell us about your "meatgetter". ###

05-18-2001, 08:14 PM
Newest favorite is the Knight DISC rifle, followed by the Bighorn and A&H 320 shooting various sabots and conical loads. ###

05-19-2001, 08:34 AM
I have not used many different ones. In '85, I bought a Kraig 30/40 for $75.00. Almost original condition, iron sights. I used that until about 97 when my close vision started to go and I couldn't see the sights anymore. In those twelve years, I shot about 18 deer with it. A couple at 200+ yards. I then got a Springfield '06 with an Ackley chambering. I have just recently got tired of throwing the big 180 grain slugs and have started going down in weight. And I am liking it. With this Ackley chambering, my brass is reshaped so that I can reload them hotter. Going hotter and less weight has got me to a very fast flat trajectory. I no longer have to calculate like it is a howitzer. The '06 is a nice gun but if I could I would probably still use the 30/40 once in a while. Hell, with that long barrel, I can stand toe to toe with someone and I am 6 inches closer to the target....hahahaha

05-20-2001, 09:53 PM
My favorite is a 45 caliber half stock caplock muzzleloader with a 36" barrel. I shoot Round Balls only thru it over 65 grains 3F black powder. It is the only gun I Deer hunt with with one exception, my 2nd favorite, ###a 45 cal Flintlock with a 42" barrel, Kentucky style.

The biggest reason I like the Caplock is because the iron sights are Excellent (and the rear sight is WAYyee down the barrell, which helps the 51 year old eyes I was issued......

I have taken about 15 deer with these rifles, all but one one shot kills


Richard Webb
05-20-2001, 11:05 PM
My Savage 110P in 30-06 is my favorite, and the rifle that I'm most attached to. The stock is very similar to a Parker Hale. Back in the early 70's when I purchased the 110P I really wanted the Parker Hale, but didn't have enough cash. I found the 110P being closed out at Mel Cottons in San Jose for $150, and that's what I could afford. I still see those Parker Hales at gun shows, and still can't afford one.

05-21-2001, 05:45 AM
My Remington 788 in .308 is the gun that sees the most use. ###Though my Knight LK-93 50 cal is running a close second.

05-21-2001, 07:50 AM
Still deciding on a favorite. ###I do almost all of my blacktail and mule deer hunting now with a Savage 110 in 30-06. ###The factory stock was a little straight for me, and too punishing at the range, so I replaced it with a Bell and Carlson composite. ###It's amazing, the difference. ###I topped it with a 4-16x50mm scope, and stuck a lightweight bipod on. ###It's a little heavy, but I'm a healthy guy (so far). ###Now all I need is a deer to step out in front.

I gotta say, though, that my all time favorite is my BLR in .243. ###It's a straight shooting machine, even with the little Tasco 3-9x40 on it. ###I semi-retired it in favor of the '06, though, because at long ranges like we see in the west, I'm afaid it won't leave enough blood sign to track on a non-vital hit. ###I still take it back to North Carolina once in a while, chasing whitetails, though. ###

I like my .50 cal Hawken too, but have yet to actually shoot anything with it.

05-21-2001, 06:03 PM
mine is a browning abolt composite stalker in 280 rem. caliber loaded w/140 grain federal premium trophy bonded bear claw bullet or handload barnes x bullets 140 grain . i currently have a simmons 44 mag scope on same. this thing will wear out the biggest body buck in the forest. that is if i can find him!

05-21-2001, 06:44 PM
I've only taken game with one rifle. My Marlin Century Limited III in 45-70. It sports a fixed 2.5X Leupold. Got a caribou with a handloaded Hornady 350gr pushing 1800fps. Dropped it like a rock!!!

Gun Docc
05-21-2001, 09:57 PM
my favorite deer slayer is a Weatherby mark V synthetic in the 257 mag caliber with a 26 inch barrel that has been glass bedded and floated, the trigger has also been lightened to a crisp 2.5 lb.plus a few other goodies that i have done to it.

the gun sports a Swarovski ###30 mm aluminum tube scope in the 3x12x56 glass with the european #7 recticle mounted in Leupold bases and rings

this gun loves a handloaded 120 grain Nosler partition and will shoot a 3 shot group of less than a half inch at 100 yards from a sandbag rest with ease.

this combo has proven to be deadly on several deer over the years.

05-22-2001, 07:30 AM
What a tuff question! For a hunting rifle my Winchester Mod 70 Featherweight in .270 is by far my favorite. My favorite hunting weapon though is definetly my S&W Mod57 .41mag. I've got a Mod 70 in .338 that I've add a timney trigger and glass bedding to that I'd love to make my favorite, but I just can't put that .270 down....

05-23-2001, 05:02 PM
My favorite is the Rem 760 gamemaster(older style pump) in 243. This was my first gun I purchased with money I made working on a farm in the summer way way back in early high school. Since then I've purchased another one in .270 Recently I purchased on of those new Rem 700 300 ultra-mags. I've set this up for longer range shooting and better optics than my everyday rifles listed above. I guess that was more than one - sorry.

05-24-2001, 06:27 AM
For chasing the wiley whitetails, my favorite is my BAR 30-06. All one shot kills so far with this gun. Even a freehanded 220 yard shot once.

Of the guns I own now, one gun that I really treasure (though I don't deerhunt with it) is a Ruger Model 77 .22 rimfire. ###I absolutely love this gun. It is a real tack driver.

Of all the guns I ever owned, my favorite would have to be a Ruger Model 77 25-06, which was stolen a few years ago. In addition to a great scope, this baby sported the heavy target barrel, or bull barrel as some like to refer to them. You could set the trigger off by breathing on it, it seemed. If I ever find another one like that gun, I will do my best to have it.

coyote slayer
05-27-2001, 10:26 PM
simple rem .700 adl in -06 with a leupold 3-9x40 & never had a problem

05-28-2001, 11:52 AM
My newest favorite rifle is a 700 DM in 280. ###Tricked out , pillar bedded, action bedded, trigger job, vias muzzle break, and topped off with a silver 3.5X10 Xlll. ###This replaces a 280 mountain rifle that I have used for 15 years.

05-30-2001, 02:22 PM
The gun I've used the most is a Remington 700 with an HS PRecision stock and a Refield 3-9 scope in .300 Weatherby. For California deer, though,I'll use my new Howa .270 wiht a B & L 3-9 scope or a Springfield .30-06 with a Bell & Carlson stock and a Leupold compact 3-9 scope. I like the .300 for pig and elk.

05-30-2001, 08:13 PM
Ruger Super Redhawk 454 Casull

Colt Anaconda 44 mag

They're handguns, but thats what I use. Even use a Hoyt Spectra Lite bow once in a while.

06-01-2001, 01:42 PM
"coyote slayer...simple rem .700 adl in -06 with a leupold 3-9x40 ###never had a problem."

Same here. ###Interesting thing is I found it a couple years ago in a used gun rack with the tag saying it had never been fired. ###Sure looked like it. ###Also it came with a very old looking Outers gun cleaning kit with a Gemco sticker on it (how long has it been since Gemco went under?). ###I suspect someone bought it back in the 60s or 70s, put it in the closet and forgot about it. ###Anyway I bought it for $400, put a used Leupold on it, and it works for me. ###

06-07-2001, 11:12 AM
cedar N sandy,

I've gotten the most use out of my Brown's Precision stocked Remington 700 BDL in 7 Mag. ###It shoots more accurately than I can hold, its handy to carry, and it stands up to everything I have thrown at it.

What more could I want?


06-11-2001, 07:36 PM
Nice to see all of my fellow hunters using a .280. I've got a Remington Mountain Rifle topped with an old Tasco "Euro" 3 X 12 with a 50mm can. My friends all have fancier scopes, but the ol' .280 knocks 'em dead.

06-13-2001, 08:32 PM
Weatherby Mark V chambered in 300Wby or Winchester Model 70 Classic ( pre-64 type action ) chambered in 270Wby....

hunter mike
07-02-2001, 11:46 PM
Good question. I did plenty of research before purchasing my first hunting rifle last year. I examined the pro's and con's of most of the popular caliber and compared them to my budget. I really liked what I read about the .280 caliber. But the rifle model I chose wasn't available in that. I went with the Winchester model 70, synthetic stalk and 3X9X32 simmons scope. As far as calibers it was close race between the 30-06, .270 and the 7mm. I felt the 7mm was to much of a round for what I'd hunt with it - mostly black tail deer, mulie if drawn. Then between the .270 and .06 I chose the .270. I spoke to many folks and they were about 50/50. I had read an article on ballistics that setled it for me. The .06 drops 6 inches at 200 yards, the .270 drops 2 inches at the same distance. The most accurate sold me. Now this year I am hoping to take my first deer with it.

Brian S
07-03-2001, 09:07 AM
My favorite rifle is my Remington 700 Classic in .270 win. I went in half with grandpa around 1985. It has a leupold vari-x II and is very accurate I once popped an empty shotgun shell at 125 yards. I wasn't able to go deer hunting with him though he passed away a couple years later. It has since taken its fair share of deer. Last year my grandmother passed away, and I inherited his two mauser wildcat rifles. She wouldn't let me have them while she was still alive. They meant a lot to her, so I had to respectfully wait. I took a small 3x with the 6.5/.308 and will take the .270 ackley mag out to Utah this year.

07-10-2001, 06:58 PM
Remington 700DM Mountain Rifle in 280. Shoots well and I can carry it all day long...through mountains without even noticing it.

07-11-2001, 06:08 AM
My favorite is a Parker Hale 30-06 with a bushnell 3-9x40 scope. I got it from my dad who never got a deer with it. Since I got it I have taken 7 deer with it and won't give it back. Glad it's lucky for me! My Marlin 336 .35Rem will see some action this year. I put see-through rings and a Tasco 4x on it and like the way it shoots.


09-09-2001, 01:39 PM
Mine would have to be the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .270win(I'm a huge Jack O' Conner fan) with the Leupold Vari-XII 3x9x40mm in matte finish I just purchased a couple moths ago. I was using my dads Sako in .243win with a gloss version of the same scope, but that thing got pretty heavy afetr a couple hors on the mountain. This is the first gun I have ever owned besides the shotgun a got a month before that. Since i am only 19, at this rate I will be up tp my neck in guns by the time I hit 40!

09-09-2001, 08:55 PM
My one and only big game rifle is a Browning Stainless A- bolt in 7mm Rem. mag. with a 26" barrel. Weighs about 8 lbs with scope/rings, seems light for a rifle of its kind/size. Barrels been integra-ported to eliminate muzzle lift, does the job real well. When at the range I have been asked if its a .22 centerfire of some sort because it does not come off the bag. Have to laugh when the old guys don't believe me and come over to check out my ammo.

Scope is a Leupold 3.5X10 Vari-Xlll in silver with a dual dovetail Leupold mount.

First factory ammo through it was Federal premium with Nosler Partitions 160 grainers. Lucked out shooting under an inch, .72 best group yet. Now handloading with same bullet and near max. H4831 with the same results, although thinking about trying the 140 Partition.

So far have killed three blacktails and a pronghorn with it plus ONE ground squirrel. Last time deer hunting without even seeing a doe my bloodlust got the best of me and I wasted 160 grs. on a squirrel.

09-09-2001, 09:28 PM
Much like FUBAR I prefer to use my pre-64 Win M70 243 with a Vari-XIII 3x9 for blacktail here in California.

When I go for elk and mule deer I use my BAR 7MM mag with a Vari-XIII 2.5x10.

09-10-2001, 01:34 PM
For game under 250lbs. my Ruger #1B in .243 topped with a (German) Zeiss 3-9x. It will shoot 5 100gr. Partitions into .6" and 55gr Ballistic tips into .3" with the same point of impact at 100yds. ###Numerous CA mulies and coyote have fallen to this setup.

For game over 250lbs. my Ruger #1RSI in .270 topped with a Leupold 2.5-8x. Even with the manlicher stock I can get 5 shots into .8"

I'm a sucker for a #1... Beautiful rifles that you just don't see every day.

09-10-2001, 09:08 PM
Mine a Remington 700 Mountain Rifle w/stainless steel. In 7mm-08. Leupold Vari x 111 3x9. Has taken a pretty good beating but still my first choice.

09-15-2001, 01:05 PM
I just bought a new gun from a guy at work (he got broke and i wore him down) it is a Savage model 110 in the 270 caliber bolt action, synthetic stock.

I got this gun for $250.00 i think he said he paid almost $400.00 after tax last year, it came with Scope, Hardcase, sling and trigger lock.

Did i get a good deal or what, he never shot a box through it.

09-18-2001, 06:59 PM
An old Rem 30 06.Nothing spectaculer or fancy other than being a gift from my grandfather when we had or first son.Grandfather is gone ,son is getting to big for his own good,actually haven't killed anything with this rifle but I sure enjoy carrying not only the rifle but even more the memories .

Brian S
09-20-2001, 12:28 PM
Steve, what model Remington is it. I got an old 30-06 Remington 720 R as a gift a couple years ago. I put a lyman peep and its real accurate for an ironsight with a 20" barrel. It was made from the P17 action and all the variants combined totaled around 2500 manufactured between 1941-42.

They did an article on it in american rifleman may 2001.

Brian S

09-20-2001, 06:03 PM
Brian, its a 03-A3 made between 1941-1944.I do enjoy the peep sites and they are accurate I've just debated myself for along time wither to update it with a scope or keep it like it was given to me.
###Would be interesting to track down its history because of the time it was mfg. ### ### ### ### steve

09-28-2001, 05:57 PM
i hunt with a browning a-bolt .308 micro medallion. it is topped with a leapold lps 1.5x6 scope.

10-01-2001, 07:05 PM
Has to be Rem model 760 .270WIN

I also have the same gun in .243WIN that shoots extremely well. The .243 was my first gun I bought when i was 14 yrs old (about 20 yrs ago). I saved my money from working on a local farm over the summer so it has other value as well. I bought it used for $90! but i don't think it was ever shot much.

10-03-2001, 01:05 PM
I shoot a Remington 700 BDL in .243 with a Leupold 3-9 Vari X lll. My elk deer coyote squirrel gun.

Quacker Wacker
10-04-2001, 09:37 PM
I have a 7MM Weatherby and a Savage 110 in .243, but my favorite is my first hunting rifle - a Win Mod 94 30/30 with a Tasco 4x Wide Angle Scope. After cleaning way too much blood-shot mess off my last 3 bucks I realized the Mag was not made for D zone deer. I have killed 10 bucks and 4 coyotes in zone D5 over the last 20 years have never shot more than 70 yards. Having an easy to handle, light kicking, pointable gun with quick follow-up capabilities makes me feel more comfortable now that I am mature enough to know how to be patient and put the cross hairs where they need to be before I squeeze. Of course if I can ever get drawn for that X-zone or finally make that out of state trip you bet that Mag will be moving back to the front of the line!

10-08-2001, 07:15 AM
My Ruger M77 30.06 with a Burris 3-9 scope. I got this rifle from my dad when I was 16 and have used it for Deer, Elk, and antelope. It's a good shooter. There might be better rifles on the market for hunting but I think I will use this one forever.

10-12-2001, 11:05 AM
Mine is a Remington 742 in 30.06 with a 3x9 Redfield. I started hunting with a borrowed one and really liked the feel of it. When I had to return the borrowed rifle, I went out and bought one just like it.

10-15-2001, 08:26 AM
weatherby 7mm mag with 2.5x10x50 tasco world class plus scope,, however i also love my knight disc 50cal w/tasco propoint 3... i even use it during rifle season sometimes

10-15-2001, 06:15 PM
I use my 54 cal(TC) blackpowder here for hunting everything.We don't even have a blackpowder season,I just love these in-line black powders.Makes it a lot more challenging to!!


I don't think you got much of a deal.I feel obligated to offer you your 250$ and take he gun of your hands to make things right.

Let me know......... hehehe

10-26-2001, 05:30 PM

10-26-2001, 07:10 PM
Mine is a Rem 700, .280AI, Shilen trigger, 3# pull, 3.5 x 10 50mm Leupold, 140gr ballistic tip.

10-27-2001, 07:40 PM
BAR .308 given as a Bday gift from my Dad in 1988. I've used this exclusively. Scope is a new Leupold matte finish 3 x 9. The rifle was so shiny that back in 1989 I taped it. For this hunting season i painted it camo ala Varmit Al style. Looks trick!

10-28-2001, 08:13 PM
For local hunting my favorite is my Remington 700 stainless mountain rifle in 30-06. It is light, I can carry it all day, and it is very accurate with the Federal 165 BTSP. I have taken several deer and wild boar with it and have always been pleased.

Varmint Al
11-07-2001, 03:35 PM

MY RIFLE.... My coyote and deer rifle is a 40 year old Sako Forester action with a new Shilen stainless steel barrel chambered for a "tight neck" 243 Win. I got it from Herters' as a barreled action for $75 mail order. The stock was a semi-finished club of French walnut with a fair amount of fiddle back grain for $15. It was my first stock job and I wore out the stock screws taking it apart and putting it back together while inletting it. Then, I did a stupid thing. I checkered it! It took a month and a whole new vocabulary of working words! While I was doing it and had it all messed up, I swore an oath to myself that I would never checker another stock and I have kept the promise. Finally I glass bedded it. The barrel is free floating with a generous gap from about 2 inches forward of the action. I gave up trying to make a "tight" clearance. It seemed like I couldn't slide a dollar bill down the barrel after a few months, so I made the clearance at least 0.05 inches.

CAMO MAKES IT PRETTY.... About 12 years ago, I painted the whole thing camo. It looks very dull and there is no shine off the barrel. In about a year or so, the paint wears down and gets shiny in some areas and then I repaint it. The rifle has about 5 or 6 camo coats on it now and the nice pretty fiddle back wood is down in there somewhere.

TASCO TR SCOPE.... The scope is a Tasco TR 4X-16X with a Trajectory/Rangefinder reticule. RedHead (BassPro) still sells it for $160. The glass is only OK, but the range finder is what makes it my choice! It is a very simple system and works very well. Tasco gives you 5 rings that go on the vertical adjustment knob. Each ring has yardage readings out to 500 or 300 yards in 50 yard increments. They tell you which ring to use for each rifle, but I went one better than that. I wrote a small BASIC program that takes the bullet and velocity that I use and calculates a least square fit to the drop numbers in the Sierra Reloading Manual. I then have a third order polynomial equation for the drop out to 1000 yards. No, I don't shoot that far, but numbers are cheap! Setting zero at 100 yards and using the height of the scope over the bore, the program calculates the number of clicks below the line-of-sight for each range past 100 yards. I counted the yardage clicks on each ring and selected the ring that best fits my calculation. I have a ring that is calibrated within 1 click, of the true drop setting, all the way out to 500 yards for the .243 100 gr. Spitzer at a muzzle velocity of 2900 fps.

Note: The paint job is wearing out and it is ready for a new coat of paint...

11-07-2001, 05:55 PM
Remington 700 ADL 30-06, Leupold 3x9, using Hornady 150 gr. BTSP.

11-08-2001, 05:59 AM
Hey Hook I like your rifle. How's the kick at the bench and what does your rifle weigh fully set up? Also Sidekick how many rounds do you have in your rifle? If your throat ever gets worn out would you ever be interested in the Ackley Improved round? Had a good article in Accurate Rifle about five months ago.

11-22-2001, 05:46 PM
Well mine are the Rem 700 .243 with a redfield 3x9 vari-x 111 and my Rem 700 ML .50 cal with a redfield vari-x 111.Gotta love the knock down power of them smokepoles.

Eagle Eye
11-22-2001, 09:54 PM
The one I usually end up grabbing is a Win. classic in .308 with 2.5 x 8 Leupold. I wanted this gun in 7mm-08 but could not find one in my area. Now Ive grown rather fond of it and glad I got the .308.

Glad to see you on board Varmint Al, I got a lot of useful information off your sight over the years..Thanks

11-27-2001, 12:28 PM
My favorite rifle is a Winchester 30-30 94E. My wife gave it to me for christmas 2 years ago. It's my coyote, deer, bobcat, wild pig gun.

11-27-2001, 05:10 PM
Hey Yotegetter how is that 30-30 on wild pigs? What bullet or load do you use? I've got a Winchester 94 that I have thought about using on pigs in the brush.Got a Marlin 1895 which would probably be better for close in pigs, but I thought it would be neat to take a 30-30 once.

11-27-2001, 08:34 PM
Bou, Sorry I missed your post, but to answer your question, it kicks a bit on the bench but I dont feel it at all in the field. Like I said it holds real good groups too.

I havent weighted the rifle so I am guessing 7.5 lbs. with a Leupold 3.5-10x40.

11-27-2001, 09:18 PM
My favorite for carrying is a pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight in .243, topped with a Redfield 3X9. I use it mostly for coyotes. Have shot a couple of pigs with it but in my opinion a heavrier bullet is needed. When it's meat time I go for my Remington 721 30.06 with a Burris 3X9 compact. I've had both of these for over 30 years.

11-28-2001, 04:55 PM
Hey Bou, I use the Federal 170 gr. Nosler Partition. It has enough knockdown power for Califorina pigs.

11-28-2001, 06:33 PM
Thanks hook and Yotegetter!

Bill W
12-06-2001, 10:11 AM
Good old Rem Mdl 700Adl in 30-06 with a composite stock, harris bi-pod, and a leupold 3x9, had it for 20 years now and it's never failed me.

Although I do have a Savage 110 in 25-06 with same bi-pod, stock, and scope as above that might be moving into 1st place.


Its in the WAIT
12-07-2001, 07:49 PM
favorite..not sure I can do that but if I had to pick one and only one. ###Magnum Research 7mm mag with a 2.5x8 Varx III, fail safe in either 160 or 120gr spitzer

(Edited by Its in the WAIT at 7:50 pm on Dec. 7, 2001)

12-20-2001, 01:18 PM


12-31-2001, 07:33 PM
6mm Rem with 55g Nosler BT. 3,600 fps and right around 2,000 ft-lbs. That's clear shot only. 85g Sierra spitzers for other situations. 3,200 fps and still right around 2,000 ft-lbs. Topped off with a Tasco World Class 50mm 3x9. Action is a Tradewinds with a set trigger.


arizona jim
01-03-2002, 08:37 PM
Springfield 03-A3 30-06 - birthday present when I was 14 years old. One day I couldn't get it to shoot good any more. The military barrel was shot out. I had it totally customized. Bedded, floated, trigger, Electroless nickle plated, new Douglas premium barrel, muzzel brake, 3x9-x40 scope, refinished black walnut stock. Guess I got whole new rifle.

Shoots under an inch @ 100yds.

Just love it !!

01-04-2002, 02:24 PM
A Pre-64 .30-06 Featherweight. It had beuhler rings and 6x Kohler Morgan scope which would occassionally leave me with "scope nose." I changed over to a Leopold 3x9.

It has a custom stock which is glass bedded. The factory barrel still produces 1" groups--some days 3/4"--with 61 gr RE 19 & a 150 gr. Nosler Partition bullet.

02-06-2002, 03:17 PM
i take my browning lever action 7mm-08 with 3x9 bushnell but if the wheather is BAD i take my stainless howa 308 with simmons atec ,the BLR has to many moving parts to take out on foul wheather.

02-07-2002, 08:08 AM
Remington Model 700 ADL in .270 topped with a Steiner 1.5 X 6 X 42 scope. I shoot handloaded Barnes 100 gr. X bullets.

02-07-2002, 08:21 AM
Winchester M70 stainless synthetic in .308 w/2.8-8x36 leupold vari-x 3

02-07-2002, 09:37 AM
Favorite and only (until recently) weapon for big game is Winchester M70 Classic (pre '64 action) Stainless in 300 winmag with BOSS. ###Shoots accurate and flat with 150 gr power point (BOSS setting at 6.5) Baush and Lomb 3x-9x-40mm (just switched to Rainguard model Elite 3200).

Taken deer and pig. Just got a Blaser R93 LRS2 in .308 w/pivoting Harris Bipod topped with Springfield Armory 4-14x56 3rd Generation Government Model 7.62 mm scope. Only been at the range with so far. Shoots extremly tight. Zeroed at 200m best 3 shot group so far is .375 and 5 shot group at .7. Not consistent yet, sure that will come with practice.

02-10-2002, 10:07 AM
Hey guys Wassupp!!! Scott,here from Wa.State!!! My "pet" rifle is a custom #98.VZ-24.sptr 24";#4stnls bbl,timney tgr @ 2# a 6xM-8Leupold matte.
Best load is
WW-case, all prepped.
Fed-210m primer

I Also have a clone to that rifle in .338 I have other rifles.But I use the .270win for better than 50% of my Hunting.

Later ScottyO

02-11-2002, 10:58 AM
Welcome to Jesses, ScottyO. We have some other hunters here from WA. also.

02-21-2002, 02:25 PM
Hey all,

The best shooting hunting rifle I have is a left-handed Browning Stainless Stalker in .300WM - with the BOSS. I can print 5 shots through the same hole at 100 when I shoot Hornady Custom ammo in 165gr. Other ammo prints sub-one inch.

Optics - Leupold VariXIII 4.5-14X50 AO. Leupold bases/rings.

Shane WA

02-21-2002, 06:00 PM
Hard choice. By a small margin it would be my .375 H & H Magnum in the Browning A-Bolt Stainless with the factory synthetic stock and iron sights sighted in at 75 yards, and scoped with:

a Tasco would Class 3-9 Rangefinder Scope and a set of B square stainless detachable mount, (with a leathermann or stubby screwdriver) in about one minute.

02-26-2002, 01:43 AM
My favorite pea shooter is my Remington/Shilen .220 Swift. I built this one when Jesse and I started whackin So Cal squirrels a couple years ago. I started off shooting the NEF youth rifle in .22 Hornet then thought we might get more mist at 200 yards with a bit bigger stick.

Web page has more details:

http://www.computingimage.com/misc_images/...Ad/swift_2.html (http://www.computingimage.com/misc_images/220%20Swift%20Ad/swift_2.html)


02-28-2002, 09:33 AM
My favorite rifle is my .22-250 that I bought at a pawn shop in Washington for $250. It is custom made with a Mowzer bolt action and a ruger nickle plated barrel. That thing is dead on at 300 yards. I love it. I want to get a Ruger M77 in the .270 cal soon also. They are nice guns. I have always been a Ruger fan.

03-01-2002, 07:24 AM
INTERESTING ! I am actually semi-surprised that most everyone likes their "deer" rifles as their favorite. Maybe, partly because this is the varmint section?!

I'm honestly not sure if I have a favorite. I do like my Browning A bolt 300 mag and it is extremely accurate (maybe not quit as Songdongs 243?). However, I have owned tons of different calibers & liked them all.

I guess if there is just one gun I would never want to part with &/or might be my favorite, it could be my mini 14, 223 cal?! It is just plain fun, along with the risks of semi auto's becoming more rare each day.

I guess I just like them all.


03-01-2002, 07:42 PM
My favorite Rifle to hunt with is the 7mm Mag. I customed mine with a Walters recess barrel, 28 inch long, with 1 in 9 inch twist. I made the thumb hole stock around 10 years ago, floating the barrel. The action is Win.

My second best hunting gun is the Dan Wesson 445 supermag.

03-01-2002, 10:12 PM
Frank, don't want to step on toes here....but this is really the Rifle section. But your'e point is well taken.

What round do you shoot with your'e .300? It's one of my favorite cal's.

Interesting you would choose the Mini. I love mine, it get's a ton of bad press....but keep's on shooting, almost without fail.


03-02-2002, 06:45 AM
Ha! Yes, Kernhuntr I realized it right after I sent it. Forgot what section I was in at the time. Good eye!

I use the nosler balistic tip, 165 gr bullet. One accurate load is 71grs of RL19 around 2900fps from my 26" barrel. I have kdf, not boss, so have all 26 inches of barrel. It puts 5 shots in 1/2 to 3/4" at 100yds.

I also use 77grs of RL 19 at 3250 fps for approx 1" groups. Opens up a little more at higher speed.

I might put a 20" heavier custom barrel on my mini 14, for better accuracy, velocity and weight, reducing the minimal muzzle jump even more, staying on running targets better.


03-05-2002, 08:41 PM
The only hunting rifle I have can handle just about anything in North America. ###Its the Weatherby Accumark in 338-378 scoped with a Swarovski 6-24 x 50 with Harris bipod and military sling. ###Factory 225 X bullets have worked well on javalina and (just three weeks ago) wild pig.

03-06-2002, 12:19 AM
My favorite has to be my Ruger M77 .280 with a Redfield 3x12x44. Loaded with 139 gr. Hornady light magnums. I have always been pleased with the results.

Hawk 1
03-06-2002, 07:46 PM
Weatherby Ultra Lightweight in 308, Weaver scope, is my most used hunting rifle now. ###It weighs 6.75 with scope and rings and works well for the backpack type hunting that I do.

03-13-2002, 04:32 PM
Right now my favorite is my only rifle bigger than .22: A Ruger .44 Carbine. ###Works well with hot-loaded 300gr JSPs, and Remington Core-Lockt (270gr). Want to try some of that


My favorite rifle really should be a Browning A-Bolt in .308, but I don't have one of my own yet!

03-20-2002, 12:38 PM
We hunt deer in Wyoming and deer in CA. The ranges are longer in Wyo. so I shoot a 7 Rem Mag. in a Winchester M70. In Wyoming you need a caliber that shoots at least 3000 feet per second with a bullet of good sectional density. The 7mm Mag provides this. In CA, shorter range, I use a 308, also in an M70. Just as an aside, I used to shoot a Ruger M77 with the sliding saftey on the top of the pistol grip. But, I found that the web of my hand would slide the safety off as I was walking. I thought it was a bad design. The Winchester, of course, used the three position safety located up on the rear of the bolt, out of the way.

04-05-2002, 07:40 AM
It depends on location and conditions.

Close range hunting in the bush country:

Win. 94 open sights chambered in .32 Win. 170grains

Open range, long shots, coyote or deer, low wind:

Rem 600, 6mm, currently topped with a Weaver 2.5x7 wide angle, 90-100 grain

Open range, long shots, coyote or deer, high(er) wind

Rem 700 30-06, Bushnell 4x12x50AO, 150-168 grains

If I had to limit myself to one gun? Probably the 06, because of it's flexibility, and dead nuts accuracy.

04-27-2002, 04:06 AM
I might as well post here for my first post on this forum.

This is a tough one though. Last Year 98% of the time I carried a T/C Encore in .250 Savage. 16 1/4" Barrel, Tasco 2.5-10 Varmint Scope w/ Mil-Dot. I shot a handload with a 100 gr Ballistic Tip over H-380. The year before I never left the house without my Guide Gun.

But this year I have bought a Savage 99 in .358 Win, topped it with a Bushnell Elite 3200 2-7x and it looks like the load will include either a 180 or 220 grain Speer Flat Point.

Each year I have added a more effective or maybe better suited gun for the type of hunting I do. Evolution I guess. Sean

04-27-2002, 08:18 AM
LoneEagle, Welcome to Jesses. You have a great place to hang out and talk outdoors. But be careful you will get to post #100 real soon.

Big 17
05-07-2002, 12:51 PM
I prefer my pre-64 Winchester M70 Westener in 264 Win. Mag.

05-07-2002, 10:20 PM
Big 17,

Welcome to Jesses, I really like the 264 Win Mag, you don't see many now-a-days, but it is an excellent cartridge.

05-29-2002, 12:19 AM
My favorite is the one I bought after high school. A Remington 788 .308 w/ a bull barrel. Shoots like a 0.5" MOA at 100 yards. Need to get a new scope for it something in the 1x5 or 2x7 range. I really need a wide field of view in the brush country I hunt. Does anyone have a good suggestion that won't brake the bank?

06-04-2002, 01:54 PM
well I vote for my 340 weatherby fibermark 26" with the 3.5 x 14 leopold scope and sling, its custom beded and yeah it weighs about 9.7lbs its not light but Ive had it for about 8 years and it replaced a wood stock twin that I hunted with for 19 years and keep in reserve, now most of my buddies have lighter rifles, but Im 6'3" 265lbs and I feel the ability to make 1 very accurate shot with plenty of power perfectly placed is the most important quality a rifle can have and over the years every elk and mule deer I shot with it traveled no more than 30 feet so Ive no intention of even looking for another rifle, this one fed a handload of 83 grains of 4831 and a 225grn hornady ###shoots 3 shot groups in any weather of about 1.15 inches

06-07-2002, 05:17 AM
my hunting partner stopped bye, saw this and asked if he could add one, (he does not have a computer)

well pauls 340 works great for him but I really prefer my BROWNING BLR IN 358 WIN with a 2-7 LEOPOLD SCOPE,(WHICH RARELY GETS OFF 3X) it shoots under 1" 3 shot groups (off the sand bag rest at the range)it shoots a 250 grn speer bullet at 2300fps and is so fast and slick to handle and fire in the thick timber and that second shot is instantly available, that I can,t really fault it in any way. now Im sure someone will bring up the supposed lack of power or range and on paper that might be valid but in 35 plus years of hunting ###ELK ###Ive shot 11 and not one was over 200 yards and not even one made it further than 50 yards after being hit with the 358s 250 grn slug, now I hear it all the time, yeah but some day your going to get a 400yard shot and be severly out of range,...to which I always reply, it has not happened in 35 years and I doubt it will happen in the next 20 or so while I still hunting, besides if you cant get within 200 yards in the heavy timber I hunt youll never see an elk anyway. besides one look at the damage that 250 grn slug does to an elk even at 200 yards and youll forget all about the armchair B.S. this rifle hits like THORS HAMMER, not one person can believe the hole this rifle makes in an ELKs chest, you can,t really improve on 100% success and I sure don,t want to carry a long, heavy rifle in the timber like PAUL does.http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-no-no-yellow.gif


06-15-2002, 09:22 PM
My Fav rifle is a Remington model 788 .308 cal mainly because that is the only big game RIFLE I have, but I also have a Mossberg 500 Dozen Gauge with a slug barrel.

I handload for my .308. I use 150 Nosler Ballistic tips. I cut the same hole at 100 yards like nothing from a bench. At 200 yards with my rifle I shot a bottel full of water with the Nosler handloads and exploded the bottel.

With the Dozen Gauge I shoot 3 inch rifled slugs with a magnum charge (some good stuff) but thats not what you asked so o well


06-20-2002, 10:31 PM
My favorite rifle is my Winchester mod. 88 in .308 mounted with a Leupold 3X9. This rifle was given to me from my father and since has killed hogs, blacktail deer, mule deer and elk. Nosler 125 grn. Balistic Tips are deadly on Hogs and blacktails.

06-23-2002, 09:47 PM
Winchester model 70 6.5x55

1951 FN mauser .270

pre 64 1949 winchester model 70 30-06

07-23-2002, 01:38 PM
Rem. model 700 sendero ss, 7mmstw with a zeiss 3x9 scope. I shoot a 140 gr. partition at 3400fps. This gun is a little heavy, butt has great accuracy. Works fine on deer sized game.

08-07-2002, 09:13 PM
Winchester model 70 in 270 cal. Smoothest rifle ive ever shot. Pre 64 of course.

08-10-2002, 10:39 AM
my favorite, is a .243 mossberg, with a beaded glass stock, weaver rings, and a 6x12 bushnell scope. i shoot 185 gr. softnose boattails, and got it sighted in for 200 yrds..i can get a one inch groupings everytime...

08-20-2002, 10:01 AM
Winchester Model 70 Classic, 30.06 w/BOSS (sorry about the noise)and Leupold VIII 3x9. Had to spend a couple bucks on a trigger job and glass bedding, but a real tack-driver now. I also like the Hornady Light Magnum ammo a lot.

08-22-2002, 11:54 AM
last year i bought my son a NEF handi rifle in a .243. i put a cheap 3x9 tasco scope on it.one day my son was at school and i was going into some new territory so i thought i would carry it since i wasnt sure what kind of terrain i was going into.once my son moves to a different rifle this may very well become my rifle of choice for florida deer, they are very small here and stay in very thick stuff and this gun is really fast.its nice to be able to make a quick second shot but imagine what knowing you only get one shot will do for your shooting skills.

Ridge Runner
08-24-2002, 05:57 AM
Weatherby Mark V 257 mag 26" barrel topped with a 3x9 leoupold variable. Loaded with H4831 and pushing a 117gr sierra sbt . Whack em and stack em.

Happy Trails

Ridge Runner

09-03-2002, 03:27 AM
My favorite gun in my closest is my Winchester Model 70 .338 Win. Mag. classic/synthetic. Though, my Model 70 .375 H&H is a close second.

Vanilla Gorilla
09-06-2002, 02:09 PM
I would have to say a stainless/synthetic 270 wsm with a Leupold vari-x III 4.5-14x50......Now where did I put my buy a new gun money???

09-08-2002, 11:22 AM
My favorite would be my 25-06 Ackley Improved. I built it using a Left Handed Remington 700 BDL action, Shillen SS bbl, Shillen trigger, titanium firing pin, a cherry stock with walnut forend and grip cap and I checkered it with 22 lpi french checkering and border carving. It has a Leupold VariX III 6.5X20 scope mounted in Conetrol rings and base. The barrel is ported by magna port to eliminate muzzle lift. I use it for most of my hunting for critters from Javelinas to large Muleys. It&#39;s accounted for about 60 big game kills.


09-09-2002, 07:40 PM
My favourite rifles:
for general deer hunting my 700KS in .270.
for driven deer my 700 MS in .308
for Moose/Elk my 700 KS in .338
for long distance prairie gunning for Mulies and Antelope my .300 Wby. Mag.
I like to thump a Moose with my 45/70 Win.1886, probably this fall or next.

For me the feel /weight/balance of my rifles is more important then the caliber. I walk a lot, speed of getting my aimed shot of is more important since most of my shots in the boreal forest and on driven deer are quick offhand propositions ,the prairie allowing for prone/sitting.

A French Canadian trapper Henry Charbonneau, now on the trapline where all beaver are prime blanket only, god bless his soul, used a treinte-treinte or good old 30/30 for all his deer, moose and black bear, never finding it lacking at his quebec woods ranges. I asked him what I should buy as first rifle and he told me, any gun good, hittum good. Since I could not afford A 30/30, i bought a .303 sporter by Churchill.

09-28-2002, 07:27 PM
My most use rifle is an old Remington 511-X .22 lr bolt. Accurate and light with a nice walnut stock.

My meat gun is a Remington 760 which was a .30-06 but I switched the bolt, barrel and mag to a .308 Carbine. Nice.

Lately I&#39;ve been bitten hard by the lever bug and brought home two Marlin 336&#39;s, a 30-30 336T and a .375 Win. M375. Also found a .358 BLR &#39;81 NIB after a long while of looking. They&#39;re all about too nice to hunt with is the only problem.

09-28-2002, 07:45 PM
I&#39;ve got a crush on my Browning A-Bolt Medallion in 300 WSM right now. Took its first game in South Africa in August. It&#39;s a beautiful piece of work.

The rifle with the most memories attached to it would be my Remington Model 600 in .308 Win. First high-powered rifle I ever bought. From the mid-60s to the early 80s I used it for everything in New Mexico and West Texas. I took it out for its 35th birthday a few years ago and fed it a 6 x 6 bull elk. It&#39;s a joy to carry in the field. It&#39;s like the dog you grew up with, but better, it doesn&#39;t die. Remington recalled them a year or so ago to fix a feed/safety issue. I&#39;d just as soon have sent them my left nut.

09-30-2002, 02:19 PM
I know some of this will get repetitive, but my 3 favorites are all heavy-barrel Rem.700&#39;s. I have a 6mm Rem. for varmints, a 7mm Rem. Mag for most big game, and a .338 Win. Mag for the big and dangerous stuff. After a lifetime of shooting and too many rifles to count, I&#39;ve settled for this &#39;gleesome threesome&#39;. Now I&#39;m just perfecting my loads for these, and am very happy with them.
Good luck, and good hunting!

10-28-2002, 04:36 PM
My favorite rifle is my Remington 760 in 30/06 . I have had it since I was 12 years old (I&#39;m 33 now). This rifle is more like an old friend than a tool .My favorite load for deer hunting is a 150 Grain Nosler Ballistic Tip on top of a stout charge of IMR 4350 .

11-18-2002, 05:21 PM
i would have to say my favorite gun would be my browning medallion chambered in 30-06sprg.with a leupold variX-III 3-9X40mm with a tapered post reticle.

Two Rugers
12-03-2002, 11:08 AM
My Marlin .22 semi auto. Thats my favorite.
Other than a Marlin 336 30-30 I dont have a real hunting rifle. Never needed anything else.
I would like a Stainless Ruger in 30-06 or .308 or maybe that Remingtion titanium model, but the only thing I have hunted in Calif are a few deer and wild pigs. And the pigs were usually popped with 7.62x39.

12-10-2002, 05:24 PM
My favorite for whitetails is my Remington 78 Sportsman .308 with a 3x9x40 Leupold. I&#39;ve nailed around 15 with it, and it sure seems to do the trick. I&#39;m an "over the counter" "plain jane" fellow. I like plain old Remington 150 or 180gr. CoreLokts soft points. I shot a nice doe about 9 years ago with it using a Federal 168gr. BTHP Match Bullet at about 250 yds. ( second longest shot to date) in a clearcut. She was leading 3 smaller does quartering away uphill, and it was probably one of the cleanest kills I&#39;ve ever made. You just can&#39;t go wrong with a .30 caliber.

01-03-2003, 12:31 AM
My personal favorite all around hunting rifle is the Winchester Model 100 in .308 Winchester.

I acquired one of these a while ago, and have left the bolt gun at home ever since.
My hunting buddy saw mine, used it twice, and decided he wanted one as well.

It&#39;s a 4 round semi-automatic rifle made prior to 1964 in the case of the one I own. I think Winchester made them until the early 1970&#39;s.

It is very close in design to the M14/M1A rifle - but looks less like a battle rifle and more like a sporting firearm.

Great in brush, great for quick follow up shots when needed, lightweight, great accuracy. At 100 yards it&#39;ll leave three touching holes in the paper.

Mine is topped off with see through mounts so I can still use the iron sights and a Nikon 3-9x40 scope.


01-06-2003, 09:38 PM
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I just got into hunting and my choice for a starting gun was a winchester 30-30. I love it so far, the way it shoots and just all the stuff about it except that the bullets cost to much and that you cant find to many different kinds.
But I still love it.

01-25-2003, 11:41 PM
I don&#39;t have much of a rifle collection to choose from, so for know I would have to go with my HOWA 1500 series .30-06. This rifle is topped with a Leupold Var X-II 3X9X40.

01-25-2003, 11:46 PM
That&#39;s a nice buck! Did you take him in New Mexico?
My favorite Hunting rifles are:
Browning BAR 30-06
Weatherby Mark V .300WM

01-30-2003, 08:58 AM
My favorite thus far is a 1940 year model 8mm Mauser bolt-action rifle. I haven&#39;t been able to find out who was the manufacturer or much else about it. I think it may have been used around WWII by the Czech&#39;s or Germans. My daddy bought it probably 30 years ago for $50. Another gun I like is a SKS semi-auto. Paid $65 for it and it probably wasn&#39;t over 2 months old.

Oh by the way, no scopes on anything. I don&#39;t like them, they get in my way. Iron sights all the way! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif

01-30-2003, 09:41 AM
My Weatherby Mark V Lightweight Synthetic in 30/06.
Costs a little bit more than a Remington or Winchester, but well worth it

02-02-2003, 01:58 PM
I only use One rifle for all my Pig/Deer/Varmit hunting. Its my Ruger M77 in .308.....Seems to do the trick everytime. I have a pee shooter ruger 10/22 LR, thats always fun on the rabbits.

02-10-2003, 05:06 AM
Favorite all around fun gun to shoot is my 96 Swedish Mauser in 6.5X55 with a 3X9 Redfield. For biggter stuff I shoot a Remington 700 SS in .300 Win.Mag. Also have four Thompson MLs that I really shoot now more than anything. Love that smell. Yeah, I know I&#39;m weird. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-rolleyes-green.gif

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02-12-2003, 01:52 PM
My three favorite rifles are as follows:

Sako 75 .300 Weatherby with 3-9 Zeiss
Sako 75 7mm Rem Mag with 4.5-14 Zeiss
Model 1891 7.65mm Argentine Mauser

03-12-2003, 06:50 AM
my favorite is M-77 Ruger 264 Winchester Magnum with a Bushnell 3x9 trophy Scope loaded with 140 Grain Hornady Interlocks ahead of 65.5 grains of MAG-PRO

03-12-2003, 09:27 AM
My absolute most favorite rifle has got to be my name-sake ...... The 7mm Magnum ! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif

This is a Remington 700 BDL Deluxe with floorplate model, Monte Carlo stock, & embellished. I have a Simmons 6.5-20x44 Adjustable Objective scope on it for those distant shot shooting scenarios, using Leopold rings and base. I also have a Hubertus (German offshoot of Ziess) 3-9x40 that has a illuminated Style#1 retile (european) which automatically starts glowing orange when the light lessens, that I use for our local whitetail hunting.

It also has a Swivel Base Harris Bi-pod, which is adjustable from 13 - 27 inches in length for those "reach out and touch someone" shots. It is VERY stable and easy to adjust in a hurry when needed to do so.
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04-09-2003, 09:51 PM
My Weatherby S/S in .30-06 topped with a Vari-X III in 3.5-10X 50. My Weatherby .243 is a close very close sometimes 1st.

06-01-2003, 09:43 PM
My absolute favorite is my Franz Sodia combination over/under. 16 guage over a 9.3X74R. Next 2 would be my Wilhelm Brenneke in 9.3X64, and my 8X57 Husqvarna.

08-10-2003, 12:35 PM
Mine is my 30-06 Browning a-bolt II with the BOSS systerm. It has a bushnell 3X9 Trophy scope. I shot 150 grain nozzler bullets. :recall davis sign:

08-10-2003, 11:16 PM
Mine is Brno 98 Mauser in .308 Winchester. I shoot a heattreated RCBS 30-180-SP over a full case of H-4831 or H-4350 and get SUB MOA. It&#39;s killed alot of deer and lesser critters! ~Andy

10-03-2003, 11:19 AM
Winchester 300 Win Mag 180 gr for everything from deer to elk. It just makes a bigger hole in the deer.

Lone Wolf
10-03-2003, 11:44 AM
Favorite rifle - Win 70 F/W, .308, topped with a Kahles 3X9 in Talley one piece mounts. That followed very closely by a Browning 1885 Low Wall .243, topped with a Nikon UCC Monarch 3.3 X 10 x 44AO in Leupold mounts.

In the .308 I shoot 165 gr reloads which avg around .80" MOA, and in the .243 I shoot 100 gr reloads which avg around .35" MOA.

10-05-2003, 01:19 AM
I have a Remington 700 Mountain Rifle in 30.-06 With a Tasco World Class Scope
3X9-40mm Variable. This package works good for me. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif

10-05-2003, 09:23 AM
My favorite hunting rifle is my Rem 700 - .270 w/ Leupold 3x9 - 130 gr Win Ballistic Silvertip
I have found it and the load to be reliable, accurate, and plenty to do the job on whitetails
I have been thinking about getting a Zeiss for it but, havent been able to bring myself to taking the Leupold off

10-06-2003, 06:58 PM
My favorite hunting rifle for anything, is my Browning .243 w/ Leupold 3x9 Variable VXII scope with 100 gr. of powder. I like this gun because it can be used for many varmints and deer.

11-09-2003, 12:59 PM
I have two favorites:

Marlin 1895G 45-70
Winchester Model 100 .308

Penn kid
11-10-2003, 05:03 PM
Marlin 336 in .30-30

Dave in LB
12-17-2003, 04:18 PM
First time I was able to take two rifles to the field was this season. I am 0-2 so picking a favorite is not easy. Both my rifles are easy to carry and shoot well. My Savage Scout in .308 got the nod the most this season and all of last season, so by use it&#39;s my favorite hunting rifle, However my Marlin 1895G in 45-70 is my favorite rifle and it was a real joy to carry afield. I just figured I needed a little more range this year. I amy have been wrong. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bag-on-head.gif

12-29-2003, 10:32 PM
Up &#39;til just now my favorite had been my .270 Remington BDL topped with a 3x9 Bushnell...a nice looking, flat shooting, accurate gun....it&#39;s been a good game getter for me....


I just got a Browning A-Bolt .300 Win Mag and my shoulder&#39;s sore just thinking about which scope I should top it with and getting it dialed in...[suggestions welcome, here or in the "Optics" section]

12-30-2003, 08:36 AM
Mine at this time is a Marlin MR7 30/06 with a VXII 3x9x50. It will drive tacks at 100 yards. I have taken several deer and none have gone more than 50 yards, most drop on the spot. My new one that I am playing with is the Howa 1500 Lightning 7mag with a 3x9x50 VXII and Bipod. Have some fine tuning and bullet matching to do, but it should be a good one.


01-01-2004, 04:26 PM

01-02-2004, 03:22 PM
Tikka whitetail hunter deluxe in 30-06. it will shoot 3 shot groups at 100 meters of less than a half inch more closer to quarter inch. Also this is the nicest fitting, nicest looking, best factory triggered rifle you can buy. This is all just my own opinion of coarse.

01-11-2004, 05:28 AM
I had a tikka whitetail hunter and owuld have agreed with you until:

SAKO 75 Stainless Synhtetic in 308 topped with a Schmidt & Bender scope.
Even easier to adjust the trigger than the tikka, as it doesnt have to come out of the stock. ALl metal parts inside and out are stainless, no plastic. Stock is more rigid as well.

Catfish MIke
01-19-2004, 07:10 PM
Got, to say Weatherby 257 Accmark U/L mag- with a 3.5-10x50 Khales scope http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-clappin-yellow.gif

02-03-2004, 03:04 PM
the gun i have takin all my deer with is my very fisrt big rifle, a marlin 336 in 3030. it has takin 6 deer for me and i have not had one leave the field. My favorite gun to shoot has to be my gibbs jungle carbine tohugh. Since im joining a big hunting club next year with lots of long fields im savin my pennies for a remington mountian rifle in 280 topped with a leupold vxIII 3.5x10x50

arizona hunter
06-08-2004, 10:17 AM
I just love my Interarms Mark X in 30.06 (It&#39;s a Mauser built by Zastava in the former Yugoslavia. Charles Daley imports these now). It came with a Bell & Calson Stock. A few years a go I had a KDF muzzle break installed now it feels like a .257 Roberts when it goes off.
The scope used to be Tasco World Class 3-9 x 40 for 15 yeasrs, now it wears a Bushnell Elite 4200 in 2.5-10 x 40 , bright as can be even at dusk and the "Rainguard" is even better than they claim.

I hand load 180 gr. Barnes blue XLC to 2800 fps and get 7/8" at 100 yds. This load shoots so well I use it on everything from coyotes & Javelina to elk.

09-18-2004, 10:24 PM
My favorite rifle is a Winchester Model 70 featherweight chambered in the .300 WSM. I use it for almost all my big game hunting, but I do dust off my Remington model 700 .243 once and awhile for deer and varmits.

11-20-2004, 01:48 PM
Great question as most hunters love to talk about that one sweet gun. Remington Model 7 SS in 7mm-08, Leupold 3-9 Compact, B-Square swivel bi-pod. It shoots 1" 3-shot groups with 140gr Nos. Bal. Tips on top of 43gr IMR 4064. It&#39;s a joy to carry all day at 7-1/4lbs. all told.

12-03-2004, 08:12 PM
My Favorite hunting gun is my SA M1A GI. Its my lucky gun but i cant neglect it otherwise it loses so of its luck. Have to take the first day of deer hunting other wise it gets jealous. 3 deer one year by starting out with it. none the next cause I took it on the 3rd day out with me. Can&#39;t believe they get jealous like that.

swampy tim
12-25-2004, 08:48 PM
Mine would be a Savage 99 in .308 but since I don&#39;t have one yet it will have to be my stand by, Marlin 336 in .30-30.

01-12-2005, 09:08 PM
<span style="font-family:Arial">My favorite rifle (that I own) to shoot is my Remington model 700 BDM chambered for the .30-06. It has been free floated and glass bedded. The trigger has been tuned to 2 3/4 lbs. lIt&#39;s sporting a Burris 4x12 scope. I&#39;ve held a tight group at 300 yards. Good all around North American big game gun.

When I was younger I would never have considered a bolt action rifle because I was into the high speed auto loaders. But as I grew older I began to appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Thanks Chuck-n-Lead.</span>

03-10-2005, 03:53 PM
Mine is a Browning BAR Safari in 30-06, with Burris Fullfield II Ballistic Plex and Boonie Packer sling.

Make your first shot count!

04-04-2005, 07:26 PM
Well.....I sold the Browning, so I don&#39;t guess it can be my favorite any more.

Bought a Remington 700 Mountain LSS in 7MM-08.

Make your first shot count!

11-09-2005, 08:09 PM
Mine&#39;s an old Ruger M77R with the tang safety. 3-10x44 simmons mil dot scope, 30-06 shooting 180 gr winchester power points. This set up is for hogs. During next deer season I will probably switch to 165 gr hornady light magnums, they shoot pretty well out of my gun.

06-16-2006, 11:26 PM
My favorite rifle is Ruger Number "1B" Standard 26" Barrel, caliber .270 Weatherby Magnum, with Leupold Vari X-I 2-7x33mm Gloss, user 3 bullets types reloading, Nosler Ballistic Tip 130gr (3500 fps) Hornady Spire Point 150gr Flat Base (3300 fps), Nosler Partition 150gr Spitzer (3285 fps).

11-07-2006, 04:46 PM
my favorite is my rem. 788 in .308. it has a target stock, muzzle brake, canjar trigger. i also use a rem. targetmaster single shot .22 ALOT, the best coonhunting gun i have found

01-14-2008, 01:09 AM
My favorite is my Savage 16 "Weather Warrior" in 270 WSM caliber. It&#39;s a short action bolt with their excellent Acu-Trigger system. Stainless barrel and synthetic stock. Deadly accurate out to 300 yards and then some!

My next favorite is my Savage 110 in 30-06. It&#39;s an older rifle without the Acu-Trigger, but still a pleasure to shoot.

02-24-2008, 06:53 PM
Winchester 1894 in .30-30 Win. with a William&#39;s peep sight out back. I tend to carry 150gr soft points, and I zero 1.5" high @ 100m - keeping me within minute-of-dinner from the muzzle out to 200m. When I get back from Iraq, I&#39;ll try out the 160gr Hornady LeverRevolution stuff, and see how it likes those. Otherwise, if it ain&#39;t broke - don&#39;t fix it.

05-29-2008, 03:34 PM
My favorite deer rifle is my Ruger M77 (old style w/ tang safety) , with a( made in Denver) Redfield Widefield 6x. As far as factory ammo it likes Federal w/ 130 gr. Sierra BTSP. Also like Hornady ammo with the 140 gr. sp.

08-20-2008, 03:32 PM
I have a REM 700 30-06 I use alot, but still love my 94 30-30Win.

10-20-2008, 10:20 PM
It would be my trusty ruger in 270 second place will go to the 243.

02-08-2009, 10:21 PM
Tikka T3 in .270win, silky smooth bolt and trigger. Very accurate:shootin-rifle:

08-21-2009, 07:52 PM
littlejohn leupold 2x7x33 vxI is a great scope under $200 i have one on a savage 7mm-08. i love 2 power for brush and close range and 7 power is enough for longer range shoots. however i got a rem 700 adl 30-06 had a guy cut the stock to fit me and put a nice recoilpad on it, and the felt recoil is less with a 180 gr bullet than my 08 with 162 gr. stock design and good recoilpad makes a big diffence. i would have to say the rem 30-06 is my fave.

08-21-2009, 07:55 PM
oh ya i put a leupold vxII 3x9x40 on top it has longer ring placement for the long action.

08-21-2009, 07:57 PM
littlejohn leupold 2x7x33 vxI is a great scope under $200 i have one on a savage 7mm-08. i love 2 power for brush and close range and 7 power is enough for longer range shoots. however i got a rem 700 adl 30-06 had a guy cut the stock to fit me and put a nice recoilpad on it, and the felt recoil is less with a 180 gr bullet than my 08 with 162 gr. stock design and good recoilpad makes a big diffence. i would have to say the rem 30-06 is my fave.

08-22-2009, 07:49 AM
Tikka T3 Hunter(wood stock) in .308 Nikon buckmaster 6-18X42 on top of it and it'll shoot cloverleaves at 100 useing 150 Grain Hornady SST's!!!!!!

04-05-2010, 10:49 PM
I always thought "favorite" meant the one that you like above all others, but like many others that have posted here, I find it hard to pick just one.

Starting with my smallest caliber, I have a handful of .22 LR rifles, but easily my favorite of them is a Rem 541 T topped with a Simmons 3-9x. It's close to the same dimensions as my big game rifles, so it makes a great inexpensive practice and small game rifle.

About 30 years ago I built a .257 Ackley on a Mauser Mk X action and a Fajen fancy Claro Walnut stock and topped with a 6x Leupold. This has been my favorite deer sized game rifle, shooting 117 gr GameKing and 120 gr Hornady HP bullets. I've averaged a deer and antelope every year with it, 4 bighorn rams and a Dall ram, and one of my largest and prettiest 6 pt bull elk with it.

My favorite elk rifle for the past 30 or so years has been a .30 Gibbs shooting 180 gr Nosler Partition bullets and topped with a 3-9x Weaver scope. It's put a couple dozen bull elk and 2 moose in my freezer.

My favorite African rifle is my .375 Ultra mag. It's a stainless Rem 700 in a laminated Richards stock and topped with a 2-7x Leupold. It shoots 270 gr and 300 gr Barnes TSX bullets in 3 shot MOA groups to 300 yds. I've taken it to Africa twice and shot 18 animals varying from Steenbok to Buffalo.

A year ago I finished building what will probably be my overall favorite big game rifle. It's a .300 Wby in Weatherby Vanguard that I put in a AA fancy Claro walnut stock and topped with a 4-12x Leupold. It shoots 165 and 180 gr TSX bullets in 3 shot MOA groups to 300 yds. I made it primarily for elk, but it has the accuracy and power for just about anything. It will probably be with me on any future hunts outside the US.

04-06-2010, 08:05 AM
Buffybr: Barnes has just come out with a new tipped TSX in the 180 gr. I have had occasion to set up several .300 Weatherby Vanguards with another one coming and two stocks in my garage for refinishing. I'm very interested in seeing how this new bullet performs.

Every one of the .300 wbys I have worked on prefer the 200 grain TSX and Nosler Accubond over the 180, so we'll see. Me, I have a .300 win mag that LOVES the 168 tipped TSX and that load will do just fine on elk at yardage (as I found out). The Barnes changes the game somewhat IMO.

04-06-2010, 10:23 AM
I've read on other forums that the TTSX bullets are a little more accurate than the TSX bullets. I've never tried anything over 180 grains in .30 caliber. I'm getting 0.80" 3 shot groups at ave. 3193 fps with my .300 Wby Vanguard.

Back when I rechambered my .30-06 to .30 Gibbs, I switched from 180 gr GameKings to 180 gr Partitions. Most of the elk and the two moose that I shot with that combination left the rear half of the Partition bullet just under the hide on the off shoulder. I haven't used my .300 Wby on elk yet. I've only shot 3 animals with it, the largest being a West Texas Aoudad. The 168 gr TSX bullets went through them like a knife through warm butter.

I've got a couple boxes each of 168 and 180 gr TSX bullets. I only shoot an elk about every other year, so I'm good for a while. I'm confident either bullet will keep my freezers full.