Rifle bleg

Well, I wasn’t going to do this for a while, after I’d done more research on my own, but with the passing of new laws……we’re not in a position to pick up and move unfortunetly.  Hopefully before to many years have gone by that’ll change.  Anyway….

Where we live its legal to hunt deer with a rifle (during the appropriate season of course).  If I’m reading it right NY requires a centerfire rifle for deer hunting.  Neither hubby or I have handled a rifle before.  He always did all his hunting with a shotgun, same for his dad.  As such we don’t really have anything to go off of for experience. 

Hubby’s got lots of shotgun experience, I’ve got some shotgun, some air rifle (I’m kicking myself right now for not having completed my pistol permit already, life got in the way dammit…..).  Suggestions of things we should look for, brands or models, or anything else?  Budget’s a bit tight for extras right at the moment till I’m working again, so as usual money’s an issue….


6 Responses to Rifle bleg

  1. Savage has a very good reputation for being cheaper as well as being just as/more accurate than other than other companies.

  2. Hubby said if your buy a new rifle, a Savage .308 with a plastic stock should be an an accurate, inexpensive, and reliable firearm. He does not own one, but has tested their “accu-trigger” in stores and found them to be smooth. The last time he checked prices, they were in the $300-$400 range. If you get one with scope mounts, expect to pay $250-$350 for a decent scope. If you can manage to find something used that still has rifling left, the price may be lower. With a used one, a good gunsmith can tell you if it has been well maintained or abused and not worth the trouble.

    Of course if you can find an old Enfield or Mauser in good condition and at a bargain price, snatch it up.

  3. You really can’t go wrong with basically any lever action 30-30.
    That’s the caliber that’s taken more deer than any other in America, it’s almost as fast (with practice) as a semi-auto.

    It’s fun.
    It’s part of America.
    It’s probably not on any gun-banners radar.