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My First Rifle

My First Rifle

Q: I am a new hunter looking for an all-around big-game rifle. I'd like a bolt-action and would prefer to keep the cost under $500. Any suggestions?

A: Welcome to the club! As far as versatility goes, it's tough to beat a well-balanced, .30-caliber cartridge like the .308 Win. or .30-06. The .270 Win. is another fine choice, particularly if you anticipate hunting mostly deer-sized game or smaller in open country.

These three cartridges are among the most popular with big-game hunters for good reason, and several rifle manufacturers make bolt-actions within your budget that chamber them. We suggest taking a look at the Marlin X7, Mossberg ATRRemington Model 783Ruger American and Savage Axis.

Enjoy your new rifle, and practice with it often. Good luck this season.

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