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I am new to the whole gun thing and plan on getting into hunting.
a few questions.


what is a good caliber for deer?

does anyone make an affordable but well made rifle in that caliber say in the 300-400$ range?

I already have a 12 guage and was thinking of buying a slug barrel for deer,is this logical?


you know sometimes I really wish I knew as much about fire arms as I do about fishing gear and guitars haha. but hey you gotta start somewhere right?
 

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I bought a Savage 110 30-06 w/scope at Walmart for $400 out the door this summer. Great rifle too.
 
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I have a Mossberg ATR100 in .270. Its kinda plain jane but its accurate and reliable, and is around $300 at Walmart. It comes in a variety of calibers that are suitable for whitetail and mule deer.
 

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A rifled slug barrel is a fine idea if you're maxim range is about 120 yards in your area.


Otherwise, I'd suggest a good Marlin 336.
 

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Yep, ya gotta start somewhere, and this is as good as any!

It depends on where you are hunting, what the land is like and what ranges you will shoot as well as your local game laws. Some places are shotgun only. If most game is taken at 50 yds or less, a slug barrel for your shotgun should work OK. However, if you need more reach, you would be better served with a rifle. You really need more information befor you can start to make a rational decision. Talk to the local game dept where you want to hunt about what conditions are like, look for a hunter ed. class (required in some states) and hang out at the local range and speak with people there. If a rifle would serve your needs there are easly a dozen commonly availible cartridges that would work well and twice that many exotic ones. You should be able to find something workable in your price range, but you really need more information first.

Good luck!
 

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... what is a good caliber for deer?

does anyone make an affordable but well made rifle in that caliber say in the 300-400$ range?

I already have a 12 guage and was thinking of buying a slug barrel for deer,is this logical?...
If you're trying to do it on the cheap don't overlook military surplus bolt action rifles. Mausers generally are good, or can be made to be good deer guns. The only thing they lack is a decent trigger and that's usually not expensive to correct. My favorite hunting gun is a Swedish Mauser M38 in 6.5x55 Swedish. I had the trigger replaced and a scope mounted. I think I paid $120 for it a few years ago (they're around $200 now) and I'll put that gun up against anything out there today that's not custom made. Ammo can be difficult to locate (i.e. it's not in every hardware store, but should be in every gun shop.) There are a bazillion Enfields that have been "sporterized" for hunting. A Springfield '03A3 makes a great deer rifle etc.

Regarding your 12ga with a slug barrel, there are lots of States that require shotguns only for deer. As mentioned in an earlier post, you're good out to a 100 yds or so. You have to stalk in a bit closer than with the rifles.

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Marlin 336 in 30.30 at Wal-Mart for $375 with scope & sling, ammo runs about $12-$16 for a box of 20 rounds.

I have one and like it better than all my other rifles. Great for taking deer, hogs etc...
Awful fun to shoot too!
 

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You might take a look at some of your local pawn shops for a decent used rifle. the best deals seem to be right after deer/gun season when alot of rifles show up ......at least around my neck of the woods. I spotted a very nice condition Glenfield 30-30 the other day, complete with a Burris 3x9 scope. The price tag stated $155.00. A few scrapes here and there, but other than that, it was in very decent shape.
Another thing to consider is cost, and availability of ammuntion in your neck of the woods. 30-30 for example can be found just about anywheres in the states, and is fairly affordable, while most magnums can be hard to find, and cost more when you do.

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depends on where- the environment, the rules, plus budget.

Like the others say, don't ignore the Mil-Surp Bolt Action- you can pick up a nice one with Iron Sights for $250 or less, depending on which one.
The same goes for Lever Guns. a .30-30 or .35 Remington is hard to go wrong with in many places.
 

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.308 is best for just going out in the wild and could kill almost anthing. a 30-06 is best for a specific animal such as a deer.
30-06 and 308 are nearly identical.
308 was developed after powder advancements allowed the military to have the power of the 30-06 in a slightly smaller package.
30-06 is widely considered the caliber to take all N American game with.
Both are available as quality mil surplus ~ $.50 a round.
 
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