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    Question Which Rifle

    Hi all have recently acquired my firearms license and looking at purchasing my first rifle. The only advice I have been given is to purchase a 7mm 08 but no vrand reccomendation. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks

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    What fo you plan to do with it mate? What do you want to spend?
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    Actually I would get a .22lr rimfire first. Like a bolt action CZ or Marlin.
    Go out and shoot it, learn good habits and then look at a centre like a 7mm-08, .260, 6.5x55 or .308.
    Any of those will do and have moderate recoil.
    Any of the brands that retail around $1300 new will do, ie Tikka, Howa, Savage.
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    Hoping to get out and go after some deer. my budget is around the 1500 mark maybe more if some one advises me that way

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    im not new to the operation of rifles and shooting just lacking knowledge on calibers and brands

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    I would get a Tikka T3 or Marlin XL7 then.

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    Welcome to Sako club.

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    Yeah $1500 would get you a sweet rig. 708 will do yhe deed too. Id go tikka for that money myself
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    Buy a T3 Tikka 308 get a suppressor ( DPT) talk to @Friwi as to length ) get a loopy scope job done
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    Thanks for the advice happy i was advised to get 708 over 308 due to stopping power at longer distances is that true?

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    No difference in noticeable stopping power, whoever told you that is a muppet.
    Both calibres have the same effective range, 7mm-08 with factory ammo will have slightly less felt recoil.
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    ill be sure to let my boss know in the morning that he is a muppet thanks dogmatix
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    You're welcome.
    Also tell him to show a chart mapping out his theory with average factory ammo for each calibre, say:

    Federal powershok 150gn 7mm-08 Rem soft points
    Federal powershok 150gn .308 Win soft points
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    i know for a fact his theory has no scientific evidence just his actual shooting experience and having to track down an animal he didn't drop at long range with his old 308. or maybe he was just a bad shot

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    It certainly has basis if you are shooting at 600m plus with hand loaded ammo.
    But for someone getting into deer hunting, bush hunting, with a new rifle, shooting factory ammo soft points, such long range stuff is not recommended and not really worth worrying about.
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