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[–] DeliciousOnions [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You bring up some good points. I'm not a hunter but I want to get into deer hunting, plus I want to have something ready for when the SHTF. I live in a rural area and want to emphasize durability, reliability and ease of cleaning over magazine size or fire rate.

  • Total budget tops out at $600
  • High caliber
  • Bolt action
  • Reach out to +150 yards

I have gone shooting with several friends and the first gun I really loved shooting was the Mosin Nagant. In my research I found that mounting a scope on that is a huge pain, so I chose a similar caliber in a more modern design.

Edit - I should add that I'm not a firearms purist or collector by any means. This is a tool to put holes in things, so I'm probably going to be buying used and looking for cosmetic damage pieces. As long as the actual receiver is in good shape I'm happy.

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[–] spyder228 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Any reason you want a bolt gun over a semi auto? If your state allows semis for hunting an AR10 is hard to beat these days. They've come WAY down in price.

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[–] DeliciousOnions [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I like the simplicity of bolt action. Less to clean, less to break, never jams.

I also hear that bolt action contributes to accuracy.

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[–] Aaronkin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You want reliability, take a close look at break actions. nothing more reliable then a break action. The nice thing about them aside from their dirt cheep price, accuracy and reliability is they make you work to do the reload. You have to remove the rifle from your shoulder. That means with each new shot you have to establish a proper grip and sight view from scratch. 6 months of pinking with one of those and your going to get real good. Rolling blocks and falling blocks will do the same for your training as well, but they are expensive. Trust me if you have to work to reload your going to have more motivation to hit the bulls eye (killing shot) with the first shot. Good luck.