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    Looking for some input on a good deer hunting rifle, that would also work for moose or other similar large mammals, should such a situation arise.

    I like the Winchester 700's (not looking for anything fancy or needlessly expensive), though I haven't decided on the exact style (most differences seem either cosmetic or material/ I like the BDL) or what caliber yet. So comments in that regard would be nice.


    Also, wondering about scopes. I've done some research and everyone seems to prefer Leupold, so I was wondering what sort of magnification is sufficient, or if there are any other types of scopes people might recommend.

    Any input or opinions anyone has would be great.
     
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    Left us a lot of variables there Zman--like how much you wanna spend for one!
     
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    Wow Z...Get a cannon. J/K

    Really, I think the first thing for ya to do is check the regs. on the legal
    caliber for Deer, Moose etc. Off the top of my head I'd say you're looking for two separate guns, but it's been awhile since I've been up
    to date on ballistic technology.

    When I was active in hunting, a rifle that would take down a Moose would explode a Deer...see where I'm coming from?
     
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    The 700's I'm looking at are at or about $750, so in and around there. If there's a better gun for less, I've got no problem paying less.

    As for scopes, I've no idea how much a decent scope costs.


    Already got me one of those, but I'd have to get within about 20 yards to use it accurately, so that's not going to work.

    Would that be state specific?

    I read on some board a few people commenting on a 30-06 being able to drop either a deer or a moose, and anything in between, but really I'm mainly concerned with deer. I suppose it's possible I might someday go hunt a moose, but if that would really require a whole other gun, let's just focus on a good rifle for deer.

    And I can handle exploded deer, so long as there's some left to eat.
     
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    I think a 30-06 is a very good choice. It's a pretty good all-around high powered rifle. Very common, and ammunition is easy to find..etc...

    Oh, yes...the regs are state specific...some states do not allow hunting deer with a high powered rifle, only shot guns...I don't know about NY. Isn't that where you are?
     
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    No, I'm in Florida.

    I've read their laws and there is a deer hunting season for rifles.

    The only restriction on rifles that I read was that they can't have a clip capable of holding more than 5 rounds.
     
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    another consideration is the area where you may hunt---open area or heavily wooded.
     
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    Then the 30-06 will work for you, and is large enough for bigger game...If you didn't want to go for moose I'd say 30-30 for deer in Fla. Long shots with the need of a scope a -06 may be the best way to go.
     
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    Zhukov look into a 300 mag, there is no situation in the field that gun can't handle.
     
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    50 cal sniper rifle with a laser site
     

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