what is a good cheap deer hunting rifle?

by John Eaglesmith

I’m looking to buy a deer rifle but i dont want to spend much money on it what would be a good cheap brand, and caliber

Go to the local gun shops and find yourself a nice 30-30 lever action. It’s the classic deer rifle and will last several lifetimes.

Nikon Buckmaster Matte

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rusty_nutss February 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

There are literally hundreds out great used rifles out there.
Almost every caliber made will drop a deer in it’s tracks.
Bullet placement is more important than caliber, I know a guy that kills deer with a .17 HMR although I wouldnrecommend it.
Stop at a good sporting goods store that sells used rifles and tell the salesman you want something you can afford that will be reliable.
It’s in their best interest to sell a beginning hunter a great rifle because they know you will be back if y ou’re happy.
Good luck and happy hunting. 🙂
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chris w February 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

charles daley, 30-06 under $ 200
cheap as cheap does

ignor firedrag he obviously not dealing with a full deck
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akluis February 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

caliber…30-06, 308, 270, 7mm-08, 25-06, 243. Any of those will be fine. They are also organized from most kick to least kick.

NEF Single Shot Handi-Rifle is the cheapest.

Savage’s "Stevens" line is the least expensive bolt gun, and still pretty good. Marlin’s XL7 is very similarly priced. Mossberg’s 100ATR is up next price wise, followed by Mossberg’s 4×4, and next up after that is Savage’s 11 and 111 series.

go to this website

select bolt action, then pick one of the calibers I listed above. Search. you can click on the underlined word price and it will organize it most expensive to least expensive. Click it again and it will organize least expensive to most. This should help you shop.
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Mountain man February 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm

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dca2003311@yahoo.com February 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

* Go here for reasonably priced Rifle.*.<> New England Firearms.com… Get a 30-06 caliber its the Best Choice.*
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* Run like a Deer.*……………..Fly like an Eagle.*~~

Tom Graphics February 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm

a m91/30 mosin nagant in 7.62x54R usually can get for about 100 and will drop a deer like a sack of bricks(personal experience), and if you run out of ammo the thing weighs like 20 pounds so just chuck the gun lol
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Clay bird duster February 6, 2010 at 12:04 am

Mossburg 20, Remington12
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Jan G February 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

Go to the local gun shops and find yourself a nice 30-30 lever action. It’s the classic deer rifle and will last several lifetimes.
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hockey guy February 6, 2010 at 12:51 am

the Remington model 715 .270 Caliber is a very good gun.

go with that
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allama1126 February 6, 2010 at 1:31 am

I would recommend a Marlin XL7. They are newer, but have been getting great reviews. Or you could consider a Savage Stevens 200. Very similiarly priced, both reliable guns. I’m guessing if you get you’re grubbies on both, you’ll like the fit and finish of the Marlin better. Probably priced around $320.

Another option would be a Marlin 336 in .30-30. All-American gun and cartridge that has been dropping deer all over our great country for a looooonnngggg time. I’d expect to pay about $350-$375 for one of those.

The XL7 will come in calibers capable of making longer shots than the 336. Most any hunter will tell you the .30-30 is only good for about 150 yards, while a .270 or .30-06 out of the XL7/200 will be good for 300 or more, if you are an accurate enough shot.
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falconry2 February 6, 2010 at 1:36 am

This question comes up it seems every 24 or 36 hours; not complaining per se, but there are a lot of answers to this specific question if you search. You really aren’t going to find much under $300 that would be a worthwhile deer rifle unless you stumble on a real bargain. The H&R single shots are a decent gun, and I have one for my son, but for a few dollars more you can get some really solid values in bolt action rifles. The Weatherby Vanguard /Howa 1500;the Stevens / Savage line, the new Marlin XL-7 and the Mossberg ATR are all right about $300 most places for a bare rifle, but some places have them with a scope/combo deal for as little as $335 at of all places WalMart. It does pay to look around too. I have found a couple of Remington Model 7s in .243 for less than $350 with really usable open sights, and they were a pleasant surprise to find at least. To me, the best value is the Weatherby if you can get it economically, then the Stevens/Savage would be next. I’ve seen Stevens rifles for $275 locally; and the Savages at Wally world were $335 for a couple. Personally, I’m looking at getting my son a Tikka T3 available most places for $500, unless I find a bargain Browning A-Bolt, which I have seen out there, but not in the caliber I would want.
As for caliber, I would get 270 or 30-06, both excellent cartridges that are well supported in gun selection and ammo production, then the 308. I grew up with 30-06 and might be a little biased, but there isn’t anything you can’t drop with an 06 in N. America.
If you don’t get a packaged scope, plan on spending about $200 for a Nikon Pro Staff 3×9 40mm and then budget $40 for bases and rings.
The only thing out there at entry level prices you want to stay away from like the plague is the Remington 710/770 combo, they are just not a good product for the hunting community.
I reload , and I’ve been out looking at rifles for the last few weekends with my son, and like I said, there are some real solid guns at affordable prices. Any questions just email.

I’ve hunted in Idaho since 1973, bought my first 3006 when I was 14 and have never been without one. Most people I know have 4 or 5 rifles.
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For a critique of .223 for deer, applies to some .243 applications

For Cartridge/game choices see below.


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