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Old February 8th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #1
 
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Price check please-Ruger hawkeye compact laminate

I've been looking for a 'youth rifle' for my son as he will get to go whitetail hunting this year.
I ran across a Ruger Hawkeye compact laminated rifle in 7mm-08 today and absolutely loved it. Price: $750.
Is this a fair price? It was at a GM which is known for big markups at times...
I tried google, but the prices I found were all over the map.

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Any experiences with the 7mm-08? Will the recoil be harsh out of that little rifle?
I might go looking for a .243 instead...



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Old February 9th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #2
 
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That is $100 over reality. Don't Google gun prices, go to the gun spots.
www.galleryofguns.com - Buy guns online, top brands, best price, best service, best warranty; all types of firearms: revolvers, rifles, pistols and shotguns. that gun I can pick up at my local right now for
$634.99. MZ5 and I bought a pair of Ruger Predators at Christmas in AZ, for $650 at Cabelas...
Recoil.....
If you have to ask if ANYTHING based on the 308 will kick... It strikes me that you are sensitive to recoil, so my opinion wouldn't help you.
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Look at COMPLETED auctions at GunBroker and the like.
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Thanks, I'm going to skip on this one.
Ive done some reading on it, while a fine rifle, probably wouldn't be good for a youth's first centerfire.
Barrel too short=too much muzzle blast and rifle is too light meaning difficult to shoot.
I might still consider buying one for myself though
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7mm/08 = mild recoil
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You didn't say how old he is, so I'm not too sure if it might be too big, but if you want a keeper for him that's east to shoot a GSR is a great choice too. My petite 5'2" wife with shoulder problems shoots mine. I. know it has enough power and is gentle on the shoulder.

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You didn't say how old he is, so I'm not too sure if it might be too big, but if you want a keeper for him that's east to shoot a GSR is a great choice too. My petite 5'2" wife with shoulder problems shoots mine. I. know it has enough power and is gentle on the shoulder.
He's 10 now, will be 11 in fall, (10 is old enough to hunt in my state). We did a lot of gun shopping this weekend and he like the savage model 11 the best- probably because its a youth package gun with a scope already mounted...
Probably going to order one in .243 as the only one that shop had was in 7mm-08 again.
Why can't they make youth rifles in 260 remington? that would be about perfect....
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He's 10 now, will be 11 in fall, (10 is old enough to hunt in my state). We did a lot of gun shopping this weekend and he like the savage model 11 the best- probably because its a youth package gun with a scope already mounted...
Probably going to order one in .243 as the only one that shop had was in 7mm-08 again.
Why can't they make youth rifles in 260 remington? that would be about perfect....
Here's another option for you, get him a .308 and use Remington managed recoil loads. They cut recoil in about half (takes .308 down to .243 recoil) and then when he's old enough to handle the regular factory loads he has .308 instead of a .243. The Rem managed recoil loads will kill deer as good if not better than the .243. Stuff doesn't cost much per box, is accurate in most guns, and is light on recoil while still thumping deer sized game. People that use the stuff for their kids love it, and I have yet to hear a negative thing about them to date.
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Here's another option for you, get him a .308 and use Remington managed recoil loads. They cut recoil in about half (takes .308 down to .243 recoil) and then when he's old enough to handle the regular factory loads he has .308 instead of a .243. The Rem managed recoil loads will kill deer as good if not better than the .243. Stuff doesn't cost much per box, is accurate in most guns, and is light on recoil while still thumping deer sized game. People that use the stuff for their kids love it, and I have yet to hear a negative thing about them to date.
I considered getting a 7mm-08 and doing the same with handloads...I might still consider doing that instead of a .243 yet.
I have a niece who is a little older and bigger who wants to hunt this year as well. Since my dad gave me all of his rifles several years ago, I'm lending rifles back to her for hunting. I'm considering 125-130 gr loads for a .308 for her, if I can ever find .308" bullets in stock again.

Another reason why I want a .260- I have several thousand various 6.5mm bullets in stock. The other thought I had was finally getting around to swapping a 6.5 swede barrel that I have lying around onto a turk mauser, forging the bolt, adding a new stock, and a scope, but the cost is quite a bit more than buying a package rifle. The upside is that I'm not going to run out of 6.5 swede brass in my lifetime.
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I considered getting a 7mm-08 and doing the same with handloads...I might still consider doing that instead of a .243 yet.
I have a niece who is a little older and bigger who wants to hunt this year as well. Since my dad gave me all of his rifles several years ago, I'm lending rifles back to her for hunting. I'm considering 125-130 gr loads for a .308 for her, if I can ever find .308" bullets in stock again.
If you handload sub-150 grain bullets in the .308 for stuff like deer, go with the 125 grain Sierra Pro-hunter; it's designed for deer and has a much heavier jacket than say the 130 grain Hornady SP. My advice would be either 125 Sierra PH's, or get the Remington managed recoil ammo as the 125 Core-lokt is also designed for Deer, not varmints. Those are the only two mainstream 125's that I know of that are designed for Deer. My dad used the 125 grain Nosler BT's in his 30-06 (not at .30-06 velocity though, downloaded) and it blew up on a Deer, so I wouldn't reccomend that unless you download it way down to like 2400 FPS. I find that it's best in 125-land to go with the Sierra PH's.


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Another reason why I want a .260- I have several thousand various 6.5mm bullets in stock. The other thought I had was finally getting around to swapping a 6.5 swede barrel that I have lying around onto a turk mauser, forging the bolt, adding a new stock, and a scope, but the cost is quite a bit more than buying a package rifle. The upside is that I'm not going to run out of 6.5 swede brass in my lifetime.
The 6.5 diameter is one that interests me.... More and more companies are chambering the 6.5 Swede and Creedmor, just not yet in an affordable rifle that I know of. A 6.5 Swede I must admit would make a sweet build, with something like a Mauser like you have. I think that when I'm older and have the money for a custom build, I may just need to get a 6.5 Swede that fits me like a glove and is pretty; a hunting trip rifle of sorts. Dreams

As my dad always tells me in some fashion, you better hold off on getting married if you want to get all this stuff done, because wives are cost far more than guns and hunting trips.
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[QUOTE=brimic;884138]I considered getting a 7mm-08 and doing the same with handloads...I might still consider doing that instead of a .243 yet.
I have a niece who is a little older and bigger who wants to hunt this year as well. Since my dad gave me all of his rifles several years ago, I'm lending rifles back to her for hunting. I'm considering 125-130 gr loads for a .308 for her, if I can ever find .308" bullets in stock again.

Midway is showing 50 different weights/brands in stock as of a few minutes ago.
Hope this helps.
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own two compacts 243 &7mm08 bought them for my wife she has killed deer with both of them an as
I get older I find my self grabbing them of gun rack at deer camp when I know Im going to do a lot of walking I
to have killed a few with each its a nice little set up an don't kid youself with the short 16&1/2 inch barrel 200yd shoots are no problem my rifle of choice are sako 's have a dozon or so but I
have to say for youth hunter or female shooters or even us old guys you cant beat this little package
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