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    I'd like a good all around hunting rifle. Having said that though, I know that carribou (about the size of your deer), moose (about the size of a big horse), and bear (about the size of bad ***!) can all have their specialty sizes. I'm most likely to be hunting moose with this gun. These are the choices a friend who does gun sales has right now. What would you suggest?

    Howa 30-06 or 308 $525 300win mag would be $550, Weatherby Vanguard in a variety of calibers for $560, Tikka T3 in 7mm or 30-06 for $600.
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    Need help with hunting rifle.
    You pull the handle thing up, and then you pull it back. reverse procedure and then you point it at the thing you want a hole in and squeeze the triggery thing

    at least, that's what they told me to do.
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    For what you want to do, I would most certainly go with the 30-06 chambering. Travels flatter and goes farther. My make and model would be the Remington 700. Long history of proven reliability and accuracy, used by military and LEO, and its made in the USA. I have looked at the models you've mentioned and they seemed okay. Never fired any of them though.
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    I have a Savage model 110 that I really like. It is chambered in .308, but can be had in 30.06 as well. Out of the models you named I would go with the Tikka in 30.06.

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    Your choice would be somewhat affected by your recoil tolerance. If a big bad bear is a concern, go with a Magnum caliber, if you can handle the recoil. Otherwise either the .308 or the 30-06 would be my recommendation. While I prefer the .308, the 30-06 does handle 220 gr bullets (think big bear medicine) better than the .308. I have owned the Tikka rifle and they are good guns.

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    I would opt for the .30-06 if I were in Alaska. A great, all around caliber.

    That said, you might go to this Alaska-specific site and ask your question of the many members there who live and hunt in Alaska. You'll have to register, but there is a tremendous amount of info about the outdoors of Alaska.

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...Alaska-Hunting

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    30-06. Defiantly ... The 300 win mag kills in the front ,but wounds in the back, I don't want something that kicks the crap out of me every time I pull the trigger!

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    .375 H&H mag...more versatile than people think
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger F View Post
    30-06. Defiantly ... The 300 win mag kills in the front ,but wounds in the back, I don't want something that kicks the crap out of me every time I pull the trigger!
    Yep. As the old saying goes, "Hell, death, and destruction on both ends!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seniorman View Post
    I would opt for the .30-06 if I were in Alaska. A great, all around caliber.

    That said, you might go to this Alaska-specific site and ask your question of the many members there who live and hunt in Alaska. You'll have to register, but there is a tremendous amount of info about the outdoors of Alaska.

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...Alaska-Hunting



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    I'm a member on the Alaskan Outdoors forum and would never ask a gun question there. Hahhaha.

    It's looking like a 30-06. A bit of recoil don't bother me, I'm a pretty sturdy gal. But it looks like this one has a lot of versatility which is a huge plus for me.

    Now, if my car loan goes through tomorrow, with what I offered as a down payment, I'll have enough to buy another new toy.
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    I would think that the best advice about what would be best for your location would come from Sourdough.

    I think he is slam nuts, but when it comes to hunting in Alaska, he's the guy I'd want info from. LOL
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    Oh I would trust him on gun opinions, yes. But asking this question over there would start so much debate and opinionated rudeness, eh, I don't go there much anymore.
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    I can't answer your question but I would second 2d's suggestion. You might email SD or PM him through the other forum. That would avoid the forum issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    I can't answer your question but I would second 2d's suggestion. You might email SD or PM him through the other forum. That would avoid the forum issue.
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    30-06 out of a savage 110 seems mild on recoil to me, compared to my .270 Savage 110. I'd vote 30-06!

    You are gonna want a wooden stock no matter what caliber or maker you choose...less recoil.
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    Thanks. I like wood. Stocks.
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    Weatherby Vanguard has a clone Remington 700 action with the adjustable trigger.....and still is guaranteed factory groupings....Have a .300 wsm.
    Howa is a similar unit, DD shoots one in .243.
    Tikka, don't know nothing about it.....

    Personally I would chose a 30-06 as it shoot a verity of loads, where as the .308 is deadly on factory loads, but seem "twitchy" if you venture into different loading....(my own opinion, and don't want an argument).

    Savage make a very nice low cost rifle for the money, and would consider one if I need another rifle....over the low buck Remington offerings.

    Any other caliber is a personnel opinion, preference, and dedicated use.
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    there's not many problems a 30-06 and a long handled shovel won't take care of LOL. In all seriousness one of my criteria for a rifle is a simple trigger mechanism.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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