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The Entry Level Hunting Rifle Thread.
« on: March 31, 2019, 08:05:56 PM »
many of the gun manufacturers have gotten into this. inexpensive rifles, with no frills hunting rifles, that get the game into the freezer.

taken as they are, and used as they were meant to be used, they will get the job done, if the shooter does his. many of them are far more accurate than most shooters are, but don't mistake them for what they aren't, precision target or competition rifles. that was not the purpose or intention behind them from the get go.

the manufacturers for such are many, such as Ruger, Remington, Savage, Howa, ect., ect., and so on. price ranges are varied, and depending upon what you personally consider an economical entry level hunting rifle.

most will be at least chambered in the most popular hunting cartridges, which means ammo to feed them can be gotten most anywhere. some are available with a scope mounted and bore-sighted, needing only to be fine-tuned on paper and verified for accuracy. but personally, I'd skip the combo deals and buy your own scope as you will be far better off in the long run. most of them buy a pallet load of the cheapest scopes to mount on those rifles. thing most are probably going to be in the $50 range in value! if you buy an entry level rifle for $300 to $400, spend at least that much on a decent scope for your rifle. you will thank me for this bit of advice later! (donations are being accepted at this time:D)

I have found many of them respond quote well to handloads, just like the more expensive rifles do. I have gotten some pretty tight groups out of many of them from shooting handloads that i have worked up and fine-tuned to the particular rifle being shot. most of them perform decently with factory ammo as well. but you may have to through a lot of various factoy ammo to find what works well in your specific rifle.

Pros:
attractive prices, affordable.
well made.
utilitarian with features and looks.
decently accurate.
tough and hunting friendly.

Cons:
cheap scopes on combo deals.
triggers may not be the best, or crispest. (some may be adjustable for pull weight)
injection molded stocks that are usually hollow and can transmit sound if bumped going through the woods. most entry level rifles will have a synthetic stock that is usually injection molded plastic. most of them are pure crap.
many have little aftermarket support in parts or accessories. so sometime universal or "one size fits all" in parts may have to be used or adapted to the rifle.

so that's it for a start!
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Re: The Entry Level Hunting Rifle Thread.
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2019, 09:40:03 PM »
Ruger American combo.
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Re: The Entry Level Hunting Rifle Thread.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 01:45:52 PM »
i've never been able to shoot a bolt action rifle
properly since i'm a lefty and had to learn to
shoot righty. it's too awkward for me.

i should also add that these days a whole big
bunch of bolt rifle users that i see don't use them
properly even though they don't have my lefty-righty
problem.

i wholeheartedly agree that you don't need several
thousand dollars worth of firearm to pop a deer.
i've done it with a $50.00 pawnshop gun and a 50 cent
shell, and $25.00 pawn shop bows, and a marlin my
mother bought new in 1950 for my dad for $60.00
(i used to have the receipt) and several traditional
sidelock muzzleloaders with cheap roundballs.
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Re: The Entry Level Hunting Rifle Thread.
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 01:55:38 PM »
You don't need a high dollar rig to take a deer. And many of the gun manufacturers are seeming to offer hunters less expensive options for rifles that don't cost an arm and a leg to buy. They also realize that many hunters today are not the same hunters of those like our fathers and grandfathers. Many hunters today are simply hunting a few times a year, or usually just one season for one type of game animal.
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