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I have noticed lately, while watching hunting TV, Most all of the hunters are using single shot rifel's. What's going on? What happened to the Lever Action, Pump Action, and, or, The Semi Auto? Single action went out in the 1800's.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I would bet that it has a lot to do with who's sponsoring the show. Seems like everyone is hunting with one and I have yet to see one in the field or know anyone who has one. I believe it's a commercial thing.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

no hunter wants a single shot. You gotta be able to have that second shot, psychologically if nothing else. Of course, with muzzleloading rifles, it *is* one shot.

My hunting started with a single shot .22 ... so I've put my time in on that already!

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from hunt3r wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

the popular big game hunting shows like Drury Outdoors and Primos are sponsored by Tompson Center Arms and they use their single shot rifles as a marketing ploy. Team Primos started using some of their Icon rifles. Take a look, I bet the ones your seeing are TC's.

good shooting!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

My single shot Browning B-78 (1885) was the most accurate big game rifle I owned. Others rave about their Ruger 1s. You can reload surprisingly fast. They are simple - very little to go wrong. And they are just fun to shoot.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

elmer
you are wrong i hunt with a single shot ruger #3 and a Thompson center contender carbine as well as the Thompson center contender hand gun . make the first shot count and you dont need a second shot

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I stand corrected.

When out there "elmer-fudding" though, rabbit, squirrel, dove, duck, etc, .... different deal

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Years ago I had a nice #1 in 270 with beautiful wood. The stock was made by E. C. Bishop. Shot lots of critters with it too but then some fella saw it and offered more money than I could refuse. There's a photo of that gun by a trophy hawaiian goat in my photo files.
I'm sure hunt3r is right about the TC's.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

owned on TC Encore and will never buy another one. They had to much head spacing and allthough they did send me many new barrles I lost confidence in thier company but do own a TC Hawken in 50cal and love it.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Yup TC & Ruger trying to sell more of their products. I might want to shoot em on a bench , I rarely need a 2nd shot, (Except @ clay birds!) :(

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from IanS wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Could be marketing or it could be a challenge thing. Similar to people who use a muzzleloader or a bow (those are both single shot weapons). I have heard of people taking 1 bullet into the bush with them when they go hunting, again as a way to push their limit.

To me that is more of a punishment than a challenge but to each his own!

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from shane wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

One shot, one kill.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Most of these shows use their sponsor's equipment. And most of the gear is equipment you don't already own. That doesn't make it bad, just be aware. It is a fun way to see new equipment though and there is nothing wrong with a single shot for sport and accuracy. The interchangable barrels are kind of nice too. I don't get to stomp the woods at will anymore though so I feel like I am giving them all the sporting chance they need with a bolt rifle and I really like having a second chance just in case I miss the first shot. I know we should make that first shot count but I hate to tell you how many deer I have bagged on the second shot. I have shot more trees between me and a running deer than I care to count.

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I was hunting with a single shot H&R in 25-06 till both the counties I hunt in said no more rifles for deer hunting this year. So now I have a 870 pump. Well I still have the rifle, glad too, I found out they are having a vote to try to change it back.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure it's all about the almighty dollar. Ad money and endorsement deals from T/C AKA Smith & Wesson. I haven't seen Ruger pushing the #1 so so much (if any).

I (being a lefty) have no choice but to love my single shot rifles. I have a Ruger #1 in 7mm magnum & an Encore with 7 mag & 22-250 barrels. I truly love both and them being single shot I think has made me a better shot, since you just get one chance to get it right.
I didn't buy either because of some outdoor show host that had one. The #1 has been in my hands since college (20 yrs. +) and the Encore was the unexpected counteroffer in a trade. It got me out of a shotgun I thought I could never give away. They have both earned their keep and they both help put meat in the freezer.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Kind of crazy how those guys get paid to go hunting, and get all of their gear given to them. I almost wonder if they get the same joy out of it that we get considering all of the time effort and money we are putting into it as a hobby, rather than them doing all of that for a job.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

i think thats a good thing. shows you dont need thousands of dollars to spend on a gun, plus new coming hunters usually (as i observed at least) want a semi auto or pump gun but a single shot will teach them one shot one kill

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Yes, it seems as though most of them are useing T/C Encore single-shots. I bet they are using them because they are just great guns. They are perfect for hunting just about everything on this continent and you only have to buy one guns, but you still get the option of hunting with many different calibers. It's really only the first shot that counts anyway, so you shouldn't need more than one.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Hunt3r is right. Realtry Outdoors, Team Primose, and plenty other hunting shows are sponsered by T/C. If you noticed, they are also useing the Omegas, the Icons, and the Triumph guns too. They use these guns as a marketing tool and just because they get really good deals on them. I think another reason may just be because they are really good guns.....

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Most of the shows are sponsored by the single shot rifle company. Enough said.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Most guides only need one shot. Most people never get a second shot. The Ruger #1 is inherently more accurate than any bolt action that has not had extensive modifications. It is the strongest action in existence. The popularity of the bolt action is primarily the result of the Battle of San Juan Hill and World War I, when Americans got shot to pieces by Mausers. I would rather have a Ruger #1 than any other rifle. I have even owned one. A custom with an octagonal barrel, 1 1/8 inches across the flats. Except for a dip in fortune, I would still have it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

One of the guys I used to hunt with had a Ruger #1 in 25-06. It was a great gun and after I had over $2400,00 of the TC stuff, you notice I said had, I found the TC should not even be said in the same breath as the Ruger # 1. I always had a craving for a #1 Medium Sporter in a 7 X 57 but my budget never did swing that far.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I would bet that it has a lot to do with who's sponsoring the show. Seems like everyone is hunting with one and I have yet to see one in the field or know anyone who has one. I believe it's a commercial thing.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

no hunter wants a single shot. You gotta be able to have that second shot, psychologically if nothing else. Of course, with muzzleloading rifles, it *is* one shot.

My hunting started with a single shot .22 ... so I've put my time in on that already!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

My single shot Browning B-78 (1885) was the most accurate big game rifle I owned. Others rave about their Ruger 1s. You can reload surprisingly fast. They are simple - very little to go wrong. And they are just fun to shoot.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

elmer
you are wrong i hunt with a single shot ruger #3 and a Thompson center contender carbine as well as the Thompson center contender hand gun . make the first shot count and you dont need a second shot

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

i think thats a good thing. shows you dont need thousands of dollars to spend on a gun, plus new coming hunters usually (as i observed at least) want a semi auto or pump gun but a single shot will teach them one shot one kill

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from hunt3r wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

the popular big game hunting shows like Drury Outdoors and Primos are sponsored by Tompson Center Arms and they use their single shot rifles as a marketing ploy. Team Primos started using some of their Icon rifles. Take a look, I bet the ones your seeing are TC's.

good shooting!

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I stand corrected.

When out there "elmer-fudding" though, rabbit, squirrel, dove, duck, etc, .... different deal

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Years ago I had a nice #1 in 270 with beautiful wood. The stock was made by E. C. Bishop. Shot lots of critters with it too but then some fella saw it and offered more money than I could refuse. There's a photo of that gun by a trophy hawaiian goat in my photo files.
I'm sure hunt3r is right about the TC's.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

owned on TC Encore and will never buy another one. They had to much head spacing and allthough they did send me many new barrles I lost confidence in thier company but do own a TC Hawken in 50cal and love it.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from IanS wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Could be marketing or it could be a challenge thing. Similar to people who use a muzzleloader or a bow (those are both single shot weapons). I have heard of people taking 1 bullet into the bush with them when they go hunting, again as a way to push their limit.

To me that is more of a punishment than a challenge but to each his own!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Most of these shows use their sponsor's equipment. And most of the gear is equipment you don't already own. That doesn't make it bad, just be aware. It is a fun way to see new equipment though and there is nothing wrong with a single shot for sport and accuracy. The interchangable barrels are kind of nice too. I don't get to stomp the woods at will anymore though so I feel like I am giving them all the sporting chance they need with a bolt rifle and I really like having a second chance just in case I miss the first shot. I know we should make that first shot count but I hate to tell you how many deer I have bagged on the second shot. I have shot more trees between me and a running deer than I care to count.

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from Wonko wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I was hunting with a single shot H&R in 25-06 till both the counties I hunt in said no more rifles for deer hunting this year. So now I have a 870 pump. Well I still have the rifle, glad too, I found out they are having a vote to try to change it back.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure it's all about the almighty dollar. Ad money and endorsement deals from T/C AKA Smith & Wesson. I haven't seen Ruger pushing the #1 so so much (if any).

I (being a lefty) have no choice but to love my single shot rifles. I have a Ruger #1 in 7mm magnum & an Encore with 7 mag & 22-250 barrels. I truly love both and them being single shot I think has made me a better shot, since you just get one chance to get it right.
I didn't buy either because of some outdoor show host that had one. The #1 has been in my hands since college (20 yrs. +) and the Encore was the unexpected counteroffer in a trade. It got me out of a shotgun I thought I could never give away. They have both earned their keep and they both help put meat in the freezer.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Kind of crazy how those guys get paid to go hunting, and get all of their gear given to them. I almost wonder if they get the same joy out of it that we get considering all of the time effort and money we are putting into it as a hobby, rather than them doing all of that for a job.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

Yup TC & Ruger trying to sell more of their products. I might want to shoot em on a bench , I rarely need a 2nd shot, (Except @ clay birds!) :(

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from shane wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

One shot, one kill.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Yes, it seems as though most of them are useing T/C Encore single-shots. I bet they are using them because they are just great guns. They are perfect for hunting just about everything on this continent and you only have to buy one guns, but you still get the option of hunting with many different calibers. It's really only the first shot that counts anyway, so you shouldn't need more than one.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Most of the shows are sponsored by the single shot rifle company. Enough said.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Hunt3r is right. Realtry Outdoors, Team Primose, and plenty other hunting shows are sponsered by T/C. If you noticed, they are also useing the Omegas, the Icons, and the Triumph guns too. They use these guns as a marketing tool and just because they get really good deals on them. I think another reason may just be because they are really good guns.....

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Most guides only need one shot. Most people never get a second shot. The Ruger #1 is inherently more accurate than any bolt action that has not had extensive modifications. It is the strongest action in existence. The popularity of the bolt action is primarily the result of the Battle of San Juan Hill and World War I, when Americans got shot to pieces by Mausers. I would rather have a Ruger #1 than any other rifle. I have even owned one. A custom with an octagonal barrel, 1 1/8 inches across the flats. Except for a dip in fortune, I would still have it.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

One of the guys I used to hunt with had a Ruger #1 in 25-06. It was a great gun and after I had over $2400,00 of the TC stuff, you notice I said had, I found the TC should not even be said in the same breath as the Ruger # 1. I always had a craving for a #1 Medium Sporter in a 7 X 57 but my budget never did swing that far.

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