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    Nz Hunting Newbie

    Hey guys my name is Kieran and im from the Wanganui Area, keen to get into deer and stag hunting and also some range shooting. I have my licence and done some research and was looking at buying a 6.5mm creedmoor, 7mm08 or the 308 calibre. I have a budget of about $1200 for my beginner hunting gun. What do you guys reccomend? Also wondering if anyone is keen and in the Wanganui or Manawatu area to show me the ropes after ive purchased a gun i would appreciate it so much. Thanks

    Happy shooting guys and girls

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    I'd say your budget is a whole lot less as you should probably buy a .22 and learn to shoot first.

    .308 is fine and plenty of factory ammo available.
    Either of the others is fine too. But creedmores are for girls.

    Welcome along and good luck.
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    Thanks

    Hey mims thanks for that,however i have had a 22 for a while for possums and know how to shoot have done for years im just new to deer and big game. Im guessing you dont rate the 6.5 creedmoor then? 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShepoCymro View Post
    Im guessing you dont rate the 6.5 creedmoor then? ��
    if you want something in an 08 case it should start with 3 ......... (ie 308 , 358......)

    ducking for cover.....
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    Save your money and buy a cheaper rifle. For example there is an ex military 6.5x55 on T/m for three or four hundred bucks. I admit I am biased in favour of the calibre as it has little recoil, has a flattish trajectory and will handle a range of bullet weights. FWIW, I reload 139 grain thru to 160’s. Far too often, young guys go and buy the current fad and lose money when the try to move on.

    If you do buy that calibre, I can assist you with reloading basics, should you venture down that path.

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    Hey Ingrid 51 , yeah I did think of buying a good second hand rifle? just not sure what to go for calibre wise for hunting deer etc and also to use target shooting?

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    i have a 6.5x55 for sale at the mo
    https://www.nzhuntingandshooting.co....-6-5x55-61086/
    will do it for $650 scoped (3-9x40)

    shameless plug

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    That rifle that Scotty has would be a good buy. Grab it!

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    Welcome.
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    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Welcome aboard Kieran, sounds like you’ve got some sensible options there, I’m sure the advice will flow if you have any questions - cheers

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    Thanks mate appreciate it

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    I have a new 708 tikka t3x supper light available soon.

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    .308 mate.

    Plenty of bargains pop up on here for decent rifles

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    308, lots of ammo to choose from and a calibre you can buy almost anywhere.
    nothing in nz requires more than a 308 although i have now gone down the 7mm RM path.

 

 

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