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    Getting a new gun but cant decide between the remington 700 mountain lss 30.06 or the .270. Also what scope to get for these? Wanting to use it for an all around gun...HELP

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    Go 30-06. Scope?? How much money do you want to spend on a scope. I use 3x9's on my 30-06's.
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    Loving the .270 as I do... if you want an all-around rifle, of the two the '06 is the one.
    Now comes all the other folks jumping in to say why you should instead go with a .300, a .375, a .338, a 7mm ... It always happens even though you already set the parameters :-)

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    From a practical perspective with good modern bullets- there's no real difference. Get whichever you want. '06 will have cheaper 150gr FMJ available for blastin' but either will be quite reasonable from an ammunition viewpoint.

    Scope- you could do way worse than a Leupold fixed 6x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    From a practical perspective with good modern bullets- there's no real difference. Get whichever you want. '06 will have cheaper 150gr FMJ available for blastin' but either will be quite reasonable from an ammunition viewpoint.

    Scope- you could do way worse than a Leupold fixed 6x.
    Hmmm... You can load down on an '06, but you can only load up a little on a .270... if you are thinking BIG bull moose. Of course you can go down to 100 gr. on the .270 for middle size animals.

    Dang, there just is no One-gun.

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    30-06 but in a Tikka T3.

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    The budget for a scope would probably be around 500 max

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    $500...Zeiss Conquest 3x9
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    I have both calibers and enjoy them both. But if you have to choose between
    a 30-06 and a 270, there is no choice. The 30-06 is far and away the better of
    the two calibers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    $500...Zeiss Conquest 3x9
    I just bought one - wow. Even better, they can be had for $399, I think until December. Nice scope.

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    I also have both. Have for a long time. Haven't used the 30-06 in years. Don't suspect I will anytime soon, either. I prefer the 270 mostly because I prefer that rifle. That a 270 is what I spent the money on for a better rifle was no mistake. On the other hand, a friend has an heirloom Belgian Mauser 30-06. I'm sure he'll never want to switch, and why would he! Either caliber is fine. The rifle will be what you like or don't like.

    I use a 2.8-8 Leupold scope on that rifle because it's what I chose at the time. I've never wanted to change it.

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    I was pretty sure I would get the 30.06 but just wanted to see some other peoples thoughts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ak for life View Post
    Getting a new gun but cant decide between the remington 700 mountain lss 30.06 or the .270. Also what scope to get for these? Wanting to use it for an all around gun...HELP
    If you have the philosophy, put the bullets in the right spot, they will work then go 25-06. If you have the philosophy that all shots aren't perfect, then go bigger and get the 35 Whelen.

    j/k ~ the 30-06 is a good choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    $500...Zeiss Conquest 3x9
    Awesome scope. I have one on my 300WM. My eyes are more keen to it than a like-powered Leupold.
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    Due to the wide range of critters to hunt in Alaska and the corresponding wide range of available bullets in 30.06 both in factory ammuntion and reloading, the 30.06 is the clear winner. As stanger says, if you can't kill it with a 30.06, run. There isn't anything in the state you cannot hunt with the 30.06. 3x9 Leupold or the Zeiss Conquest would be my choices. Good luck.

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    So now that the gun has been decided what's the recommendation for scope magnification?

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    Zeiss Conquest 3-9/40 great scope for a flat shooting rifle with solid magnification on the 300yd shots.

    Another notable thing with my Zeiss vs Leupold, my Zeiss doesn't "heat wave" at longer yardage.

    Again though, my eyeballs are more akin to the Zeiss, I find more clarity and crispness.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    2.5-10x, 3-9x, 4-12x, 3.5-15x are good
    Why not open sights?

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    I have both on my rifles. Even have a Zeiss from Germany I got while stationed over there. If you are in Anchorage and want to compare the two outside a gun/sports store, let me kow.

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    Depends on budget. A good 4x will serve you better than a cheap 3-9.

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