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A friend wants to buy a deer rifle for his 16 year old son. He does not have a lot to spend (~$300 to $350) but wants something his son can have and use the rest of his life. What make, model and caliber do you recommend?
 

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The single shots from H&R and others are good guns. .243 or 7mm-08 are good choices. I have friends that hunt with these calibers. With $350 he can buy the rifle and a decent scope and some ammo!
 

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Id say maybe a H&R Handi Rifle or maybe a used Savage bolt action.
I second the Handi Rifles. They are great little rifles and you can exchange the barrels on them as well. but a nice used Savage will be hard to beat when you can find them.
 

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I 4TH the Handi Rifle.. Great guns and shoot pretty good too.

My uncle has one in 270 with a short barrel and the fartherest we have shot is 200yds and it grouped great with regular ole corelokts.


For a beginner id suggest a .243 or 7-08 like said above.
 

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Bought a Stevens Model 200 for my nephew in 243.. More than adequate for MS deer hunting..
 

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there was a remington 700 at charlies pawn shop the other day for 395 and the guy said hed probably go 295. had a tasco world class scope on it... 7mm rem mag...
 

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Wal-Mart! Remington Model 700 ADL in .243 Win or 7mm-08. Waynesboro had them for $350 w/ a $50.00 mail in rebate. The action alone is worth $350! Hard to beat that.
 

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Wal-Mart! Remington Model 700 ADL in .243 Win or 7mm-08. Waynesboro had them for $350 w/ a $50.00 mail in rebate. The action alone is worth $350! Hard to beat that.
Dang, i wish i was closer. Another gun never hurts. :thumbup:
 

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well ya'll can say this and that.....but dollar for dollar the BEST values are a Marlin XL7(or) XS7 model...
Or any Savage,or better yet Stevens 200 either in short action or long action.....
All of these have one thing in common a barrel nut,which means you can change the caliber up or down the scale for fairly CHEAP.
When I bought my Marlin XL7 30-06 I payed $325 out the door including tax,this rifle was/is still all the rave according to all the gun writers/rags.The XS 7(short action has pretty much followed in it's big brothers footsteps).
I bought a Stevens 200 recently from Academy Sports in 7mm-08 on sale for 199.99 before tax,also has a barrel nut,pretty easy to change the caliber,also after some searching the internet and some waiting for a deal,I have managed to buy a Adams&Bennet 22-250 stainless 6-fluted barrel for for the peasly sum of $125(including shipping) with a 50 round count down the tube(still a new barrel,hardly broke in),then a month later I stumbled into a Blued factory 308 barrel for $75(including shipping) with zero rounds down the tube.A set of GO-NO Gages will run you less than $50 dollars per caliber(you can change the barrel yourself with a little research or a DVD as a guide)Or you can take it to a gunsmith and pay the man about $50 dollars and he'll change it for you.....You can do this with any Savage also.
If you want to change calibers with a Remington,you will have to send it to the factory,so your waiting for you rifle for about 6 weeks at best for the work to be done(remmys use a pressed in barrel)
A lever action will have to also go to either a specialized gunsmith or the factory,either way another 6 week turn around,plus it'll run you $250 to $350
If you go with a H&R tops $190 for a barrel,but again,a 6week wait,till you get it back....Oh and you'll have to pay for all this shipping,and back to a dealer,who will have to run you back thru NCIS even tho you already own your rifle.
Go with the Marlin or Savage/Stevens,they are a bargain no matter how you look at it.And save all that extra money for a really good scope
 

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Actually, not all remingtons use a pressed in barrel. In fact, most of them have threaded barrels like any other bolt action rifle. The only ones I know of with press fit barrels are the 710's and 770's, but someone may know of another.
The 700's are threaded, I know, 'cause I have two Rem 700 barrels in 7mm Mag sitting in my shed right now. :thumbup:
Anyway, to answer the original question, I'd have to agree with you.
A Stevens 200, Marlin XL7 or XS7, or a used savage or used Rem 700 are the way to go.
 

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If you go with a H&R tops $190 for a barrel,but again,a 6week wait,till you get it back....Oh and you'll have to pay for all this shipping,and back to a dealer,who will have to run you back thru NCIS even tho you already own your rifle.
Go with the Marlin or Savage/Stevens,they are a bargain no matter how you look at it.And save all that extra money for a really good scope
I think your wrong on them having to do NCIS check on you. The barrel program is just like sending a gun back for repairs they can ship it direct to you, by law. Never heard of anyone that has done the barrel program having to have it shipped to a dealer. They usually ship it UPS to your house,at least they did mine about 10years ago. H&R website says nothing about shipping to a ffl and the order form doesn't ask for one.

The barrel exchange program is probably gonna go away, since Remington bought Marlin and H&R the wait times are 6mths to a year and they have discontinued alot of barrels too. Remington is returning people's guns because they have no idea when they will be able to do barrels.

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Buy a Remington 700
 

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I think the Marlin Bolt action would be a good deal.
 

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Dont buy a mossberg bolt action ha. My brother bought one for his wife and he has had more trouble out of it not fireing than anything ive seen.
 
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