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    Find a pre 64 Winchester 270 and put a Leupold VXII scope on it

    For a new gun I would seriously consider a new model 70 in 270 WSM and put a Ziess Terra scope on it.
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    I really like these threads. I especially love the suggestions.

    Here is mine:

    Caliber: 270 WSM if you hand load and/or don't mind the ammo costs; 270 win or 7mm-08 if you are recoil sensitive; 7mm Rem Mag for the most effective (and modest) 500m deer gun.

    Rifle: $600 Tikka T3 (because Remington has lost some much QA/QC)

    Scope: $600 ( http://mobile.eurooptic.com/zeiss-co...214209971.aspx) Zeiss Conquest (new or old version) with Rapid Z 600 reticle.

    Quality rings + base: $200 (I would probably spend a little more and go with Murphy titanium - which I plan to on my Remington ti clone 280Rem)

    It is important to remember, no matter what gun and what caliber, there is a significant amount of calculation that goes into a solid 500m shot. Think temp/pressure/altitude/wind/angle/BC etc. Even the new 26 Nosler requires accurate "dope" and wind reading.

    Good luck. Please post you decision when you make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    Find a pre 64 Winchester 270 and put a Leupold VXII scope on it
    +1... Hard to beat.
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    I have hunted Mule Deer a lot in Wyoming and Colorado, I have used several calibers, I have settled on the 25-06 Browning A-bolt and love it. A bunch of good calibers have been mentioned, pick one and do a lot of shooting at long ranges. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    Find a pre 64 Winchester 270 and put a Leupold VXII scope on it

    For a new gun I would seriously consider a new model 70 in 270 WSM and put a Ziess Terra scope on it.
    I love these rifles, the only reason I didn't reccomend one is the OP was looking for lightweight, and that action is not so light.

    Thank being said, I lugged mine in 300WSM for spring bear this year. It wasn't the lightest rifle to lug up the MTN, but it more than did its job!

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    I don't reload, I have always had a friend do it for me in the past but he recently passed away. I would like to take it up someday, but I would like to get a new rifle soon. A friend of mine has a Tikka t3 Lite so I will have to shoot it and see what I think. Several of you have mentioned a 25-06, is the ammunition hard to come by? Availability of ammunition is more important to me than how much the cost of it is.

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    I havn't bought any factory stuff in years, but was in my local Wally World yesterday and they had a fairly good supply and I was told in 2 weeks that would be getting their fall supply.

    I can't recommend more strongly that you get into reloading. When I first started (when I was about 18, over 50 years ago), the main driver was cost as it was way cheaper than factory stuff. It still is cheaper, but today everything has changed a lot from then. Many different powders and bullets allow the handloader to customized their loads to match each rifle and get the most efficiency and accuracy out of you rifle/caliber combination that is almost impossible to get from most factory ammo.

    There are enough of us here on this site to help and give you advice if you decide to get started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsky2 View Post
    I don't reload, I have always had a friend do it for me in the past but he recently passed away. I would like to take it up someday, but I would like to get a new rifle soon. A friend of mine has a Tikka t3 Lite so I will have to shoot it and see what I think. Several of you have mentioned a 25-06, is the ammunition hard to come by? Availability of ammunition is more important to me than how much the cost of it is.
    30-06, and 270 ammo will be the easiest to find. 25-06 ammo is usually attainable but you will typically have less selection. Every WalMart that sells ammo will always have 30-06 and 270 ammo available... That is one main reason I made the switch back to the 30-06. I do however get my ammo from a little shop in Grand Island through mail order- they are right next to the Hornady Factory so they always have what I want. If you are proactive and plan well, you will never have ammo issues. If you are the type that buys ammo the night before season, you will likely have issues with a 25-06 or other less common calibers. The 25-06 is a kick a$$ load though for deer, and antelope. I do think it is a little light for elk past 300 yards. It is very flat and easy on recoil. If I were buying a rifle for deer only, I would strongly consider it. If I were buying a rifle for all western big game, I would buy a 30-06 and never look back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    If I were buying a rifle for all western big game, I would buy a 30-06 and never look back.
    100% correct! Also if you don't reload, this caliber has on of the best selection of factory ammo out there. I shot 30-06 on everything for years.
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    Something else I'd suggest is to set a maximum price for the rifle itself leaving you as much room as possible to purchase high quality glass and mount systems. Too often I've seen friends go by an $800 rifle and top it with a $300 scope/base/ring combo which doesn't make sense in my eyes since a hunting rifle is useless without a reliable optic on top of it.

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