Im a 16 year old who is looking for a deer hunting rifle for really cheap whats a cheap rifle and Caliber?

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Im looking for a rifle that can kill a deer and is between $100-300.I don’t care if its used or new but i would prefer new.My parents are willing to buy it as long as i have the money so no problems there.

i’m 18, so since your 16 i’m guessing that we’re somewhat the same ‘size’ unless your taller than the average 16 year old- wasn’t wanting to sound rude

here are 2 guns that i’m very confident that you’ll be able to shoot with no problem (they both will knock a deer down if the placement is right, that goes with any caliber): a 243 or a 308
both are well-known calibers and the kick isn’t too bad and they’re not too expensive either.

i’m 5’1 (a girl) and since i have no problem shooting those guns, then i don’t think the recoil will bother you too much

no matter what kind of caliber and brand you get, make sure the gun is fitted properly to you- you may need to get a gun smith to fit it for you but this is a good rule of thumb that my shotgun coach taught me:
hold the butt of the gun where your elbow bends, and if you can easily reach the trigger with your tigger finger then the gun fits you properly.
if your trigger finger is over the trigger a lot, then the gun is too small for you and you can get it lengthened.
if your trigger finger doesn’t reach the trigger or you have to strain to reach it, then the gun is too big, and you can get it shortened.

also, a wooden stock will absorb more recoil than a synthetic (plastic) one will, so, if your recoil ‘shy’ any, that would suit you best but if your going to be doing a lot of walking while hunting, then a synthetic stock will be the best choice because they are lighter than a wooden stock

some good ‘brands’ to look into are: Remington, Winchester, Weatherby, Ruger and Browning, there are also a LOT of other brands but those are the ones that i know best.

also, if your able to, shoot a few guns that some family members or trusted friends have (if they have a caliber your intrested in) to see if you’d like that type

what is a good cheap deer hunting rifle?

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jasonm December 13, 2009 at 4:10 am

I would suggest a 30/30 lever action… you should be able to get a new one for that price. Another good choice would be a .270 caliber.
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kyle December 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

Look for a used 30-06, .308 or maybe a .270/ It will be kind of hard to find one in that price rage they would be more $300-400 so you might want to save a bit more.
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Tyler A December 13, 2009 at 5:11 am

good old winchester 30-30, not to strong, but could easily take down a big deer or even elk with one shot. Or personally I would use a 12 gauge shotgun slug.
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william C December 13, 2009 at 5:30 am

.243 win is great for deer and even varmints! a 243 win is very accurate up to 300 yards with a -6 drop. at 500 yards, -40 drop.

I would go for a 243 win because the ammo i much cheaper and most 243 rifle can be found below 300$ yet, the 243 has a MV of 1.3k at 300-400 yrds.

look at a 223 rifle as well. they are good up to 400 yards!

a 30-30 is also great!
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longhornvip December 13, 2009 at 5:52 am

Get a Marlin 336 in 30-30 caliber. You can usually find them new at places like Walmart for around $300 – $350, and you can find them used for $200 – $300.
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..sarah.. December 13, 2009 at 6:29 am

i’m 18, so since your 16 i’m guessing that we’re somewhat the same ‘size’ unless your taller than the average 16 year old- wasn’t wanting to sound rude

here are 2 guns that i’m very confident that you’ll be able to shoot with no problem (they both will knock a deer down if the placement is right, that goes with any caliber): a 243 or a 308
both are well-known calibers and the kick isn’t too bad and they’re not too expensive either.

i’m 5’1 (a girl) and since i have no problem shooting those guns, then i don’t think the recoil will bother you too much

no matter what kind of caliber and brand you get, make sure the gun is fitted properly to you- you may need to get a gun smith to fit it for you but this is a good rule of thumb that my shotgun coach taught me:
hold the butt of the gun where your elbow bends, and if you can easily reach the trigger with your tigger finger then the gun fits you properly.
if your trigger finger is over the trigger a lot, then the gun is too small for you and you can get it lengthened.
if your trigger finger doesn’t reach the trigger or you have to strain to reach it, then the gun is too big, and you can get it shortened.

also, a wooden stock will absorb more recoil than a synthetic (plastic) one will, so, if your recoil ‘shy’ any, that would suit you best but if your going to be doing a lot of walking while hunting, then a synthetic stock will be the best choice because they are lighter than a wooden stock

some good ‘brands’ to look into are: Remington, Winchester, Weatherby, Ruger and Browning, there are also a LOT of other brands but those are the ones that i know best.

also, if your able to, shoot a few guns that some family members or trusted friends have (if they have a caliber your intrested in) to see if you’d like that type
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i’ve shot my dad’s 308 many many times and i own a .243 remington with a bushnell scope and my boyfriend owns a .243 weatherby weatherby vanguard
i’m also the best girl shot in the county, i shoot modified trap- first girl to shoot all 25 targets and the first high school girl to qualify for state
i also hunt too

Vm December 13, 2009 at 7:00 am

Savage Arms website shows the Stevens 200 line, they’re inexpensive.
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http://www.savagearms.com/st_200long.htm

METROPOLIS1 December 13, 2009 at 7:49 am

Mossberg-100 ATR chambered in .308…. The rifle is inexpensive and the ammo is less expensive than other cartridge types…..

This model can be had on sale in my area for as little as $329……
http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossberg_Guns/930/NEW/26231.jpg

http://www.mossberg.com/products/default.asp?id=8&section=products
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