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    Quote Originally Posted by Coalcracker View Post
    I wish they would come to Pa. Our deer hunting is in jeopardy with the CWD spreading. It is the deer version of mad cow disease.
    be careful what you wish for........introducing feral pigs to a State is like introducing a plague.....

    We are also keeping an eye or CWD......
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    More than once, in real life, young men have asked me what kind of rifle they should get for hunting deer and hogs (some of them even aspire to bear or elk but we have precious few of either of those around here. We do have enough deer and hogs to keep a hunter busy though). Oh, and they're on a budget..... (translated= they have no money but plan to have some before hunting season).

    99 times out of 100 I will have the same answer. A Marlin 336 in 30-30 with a moderate to low priced scope. I have seen a $25 Simmons 3x9 suffer great use and abuse and still hold true (I've seen them crap out too, but not as many as make it). A 30-30 with 150 or 170 gr bullets will kill any deer on the planet and has proven itself satisfactory for bear and other large North American animals. Any ranch pickup in Texas has a couple of 30-30 round rolling around under the seat, and any country store at a turn in the road has a box of 30-30 ammo for sale. A Marlin 336 (in any of its configurations) is a reliable, sound, hunting rifle, is easy to carry and will function dirty (which is how way too many rifles have to function).

    In my opinion, the 30-06 is the epitome of firearm development. The 30-30 helped put it there.

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    I was going to mention a Marlin 336 in .30-30 Win. Alan beat me to it. It'll take any big game animal in the lower 48 and the vast majority in Alaska. Ya just gotta get closer.

    Scopes. Ya know? I never used a scoped rifle until I was about 50 years old and my eyesight started going South.
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    Mine turned fuzzy at about 50 also. It took me a while to get used to wearing glasses to hunt, take off the glasses to use the binoculars, put back on the glasses to see if the animal was still there, take off the glasses to use the scope... and so on.

    I like using iron sights but the issue now is keeping the glasses clean.

    Glasses will not help cataracts though, and at some point I'll have to get that fixed. In reality, it's time now but I'm just putting it off. #1 wife had lens replacement two years ago. She liked it for a year but there's something going on with hers and she's getting lots of floaters. I used to love to drive at night. Now I can barely see for the starbursts. Oh well, getting old is not for sissies.

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    Ahh, the benefits of getting old. Here's one. Today has been, and is ongoing, a colonoscopy prep day. A pain in the @ss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    A pain in the @ss.
    Self induced "green apple two step."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racist Infidel View Post
    Self induced "green apple two step."
    Kinda, but it lasts for 24 hours!
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    .300 Win-Mag is a little big for whitetail, but if you're going for Hogzilla and eventually bear and moose it is a good caliber for those size animals. my father hunted in Montana and killed Elk from 200+ yards with one... It has plenty of knockdown power at range
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    I'd honestly suggest taking a look at some vintage rifles from World War Two. A good .303 Enfield should be able to drop anything that it touches, and for a very affordable price. The only downfall is that most don't come with a scope unless you buy them pre-customized (ruined as I'd call them). Worst case scenario, if you decide that you don't like the rifle, vintage guns like the Enfield hold their value exceptionally well. Almost any gun show is bound to have a large surplus of cheap WW2 rifles kicking around. However, if you miss all of your shots, just remember that bayonets never miss. Happy Hunting!
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    Tikka. 100% suggest a Tikka. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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