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    If you were buying a new rifle....

    If you were buying a new rifle tomorrow what would it be and why?

    Interested to see what everyone would get. Obviously everyone has different needs and priorities so it should be interesting to see all the answers.

    This is NOT a "what is the best caliber/rifle/bullet" topic.

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    1. Winchester Model 70 Featherweight

    Why? Because it works!-well mostly

    No doubt, I've had issues with the short barrel getting reloads to achieve high velocity and accuracy simultaneously-its just finicky. Top velocities aside, I have a few reloads that are way accurate and the model 70 featherweight shoots them very consistently.

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    I'd go with a Thompson Center Encore just because of all the different barrels you can get for it.

    You can have a lot of different calibers from .204 Ruger up to a 12 ga shotgun along with a .50 caliber muzzle loader and all you need to do is to swap out a barrel.
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    If I was buying a "New To Me" rifle, I'd look for a nice pre 64 Winchester model 70 featherweight. I wouldn't buy a NEW rifle.

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    I found a used like new Sako AV laminate last year in 300 win mag.
    I have many rifles but this one is already my favorite. Looks good, feels good, hits hard.

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    I wouldn't buy one.....I'd build one. I'd start with a nice commercial Mauser action, a SS Shilen match barrel and Timney trigger. My biggest question would be the stock. Since I used to make stocks, I really love a beautiful piece of Walnut. But a new composite stock like a B & C with aluminum pillors is much more practical , that is probably what I'd go with. Top it off with a great Leupold scope and there you have it. Wow....that sound exactly like my custom .300 Wby in the gun safe! Who'd a guessed that.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerylyon View Post
    1. Winchester Model 70 Featherweight

    Why? Because it works!-well mostly

    No doubt, I've had issues with the short barrel getting reloads to achieve high velocity and accuracy simultaneously-its just finicky. Top velocities aside, I have a few reloads that are way accurate and the model 70 featherweight shoots them very consistently.

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    done and done and done again. been happy with the win70s!


    handed down my pre 64 in .270. miss that gun but the boy(now man )I gave it to was worthy

    been wanting to get lever 30-30 for brush hunting. I dunno what brand,... maybe marlin
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    +1 on the lever gun.

    Iowa legalized some str8 walled rifle cartridges for the shotgun deer seasons recently.

    On my far off toy event horizon is a Marlin 336 in .375 Win.
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    done and done and done again. been happy with the win70s!


    handed down my pre 64 in .270. miss that gun but the boy(now man )I gave it to was worthy

    been wanting to get lever 30-30 for brush hunting. I dunno what brand,... maybe marlin
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    Been really looking at Christianson Arms.

    Really want a light weight 300 Win but the cost is a bit much. Might just go with a Savage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    I wouldn't buy one.....I'd build one. I'd start with a nice commercial Mauser action, a SS Shilen match barrel and Timney trigger. My biggest question would be the stock. Since I used to make stocks, I really love a beautiful piece of Walnut. But a new composite stock like a B & C with aluminum pillors is much more practical , that is probably what I'd go with. Top it off with a great Leupold scope and there you have it. Wow....that sound exactly like my custom .300 Wby in the gun safe! Who'd a guessed that.............
    X2, although I prefer the Remington 700 action.


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