I am in the market for kind of a do all gun (I know that doesn't really exist, just work with me here)
I want something with a little smaller length of pull so it's comfortable for my fiancé. Something in either a smaller caliber like a .270 or a larger caliber with good reduced recoil load options.
I am interested in something like rugers new ranch gun, a lever gun, or even just a compact rifle. What's the difference between them? Pros, cons?
We arnt marksman so def no shots beyond 300 yards. Has to be able to mount an optic. Most of my hunting is down here in Florida and just joined a lease on a small farm in south ga. Weight and ergonomics are a concern because I like to do a lot of walking too. Would like to stay under $500 brand new.
Fast as hell
Ridiculous range of reloading options
Awesome ballistic coefficient
I'm 5'7 125lbs and I can handle the recoil
The .280 is suitable for any game in North America
Das a good one too
How about if I told you I could build you one for less than $500. I hunt with a 6.8 and 5 round mag. It will drop anything in Florida and beyond.
I assume the AR platform will save me a lot of weight, and being able to quickly adjust the stock and grips will make it a very user friendly rifle for the whole family!
One of my 6.8 builds has this upper: http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/barreled-upper-assemblies/psa/6-8-spcii/psa-16-chf-6-8-spc-ii-1-11-mid-length-modified-a2-profile-without-bcg-charging-handle.html
This lower: http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/14434/category/4284/
Not always lighter. I just bought my first AR. It's not too light, and doesn't balance too well. With any kind of scope, it won't be very light at all. Might suit you though. If it were me, I would buy a savage youth model in the Trophy Hunter package. Right around $500 with a decent Nikon scope. I have 2, both in 223 and both shoot great.
And that doesn't include an optic either. I don't think I can swing that, as much as I would like to.
another vote for the 7mm-08.
They come in alot more than a 223, just that the 2 I have are 223s. I know you can also get them in 243, 7-08, and 308 (maybe others)in a short action. you can also get them in a long action in 270 or 30-06 or others that I don't remember.
$480 credit card price, with free shipping. Then you have to have it sent to a local FFL, Mine charges $25. Remember, If you order it, no tax. I've bought several guns from Bud's and they are good to deal with.
This one would be my pick.
Tape worms? Man I need to be on your diet. I am a little taller and double your weight. Note the envy!!
BCG is $75. Just showing you options for a much more fun rifle to shoot!
I would not be opposed to a 243 or 7mm-08 though!
Or a 45/70 for wild boars.
Thanks for all the feedback guys! I have to research all these ideas.
I noticed no one is mentioning any lever guns, is that because they are just inherently heavy? I thought that would be a more popular option.
22 too 50cal
What everyone is selling you is a round :ie: 308-243-25.06-270- and so on
You can do any of them with one nice gun:USA
A contender can do just about what the encore can.
A 7-30 waters will fill your needs and shoots fine in a short barrel contender
Good luck in your choice
I'm looking for a comfortable, ergonomic, lady/kid friendly, compact rifle.
What's your price range for a bare rifle?
You probably are going to find what you are looking for in a bolt action, youth model, smaller caliber like a .243. I know you are looking for something .270 or larger, but the more powerful the gun, the bigger and heavier you want it to be in order to take the recoil. The .243 is a fine all purpose caliber for Florida for both deer and hog. A behind the shoulder shot on a hog with a .243 will put them down just fine.
If you google "youth ________ (fill in the blank caliber)", you'll come up with all sorts of makes and models that are designed to be compact and light for small bodied shooters. Once you narrow it down to a few specific models, you can research for word of mouth reviews on the forums.
I like the AR platform, but generally the cheaper the AR the heavier the gun. Also, its design makes it prone to collecting lots of dust and sand in the woods. You'll have to strip the gun and clean it every time you're done in the field.