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Question by jay. Uploaded on June 24, 2009
My opinion is a detachable magazine is better for smaller rifles such as twenty twos when you just want to plink away and shoot a bunch. The detachable magazine can hold more ammo but doesnt seem to be as dependable. Also if you have a detachable magazine which sticks out it could get in the way if your trying to steady a shot.
On the other hand, a hinged floor plate seems more dependable even though it typically will hold only around five bullets. However, for big game, you shouldnt need to have more than five bullets in the gun anyway.
My vote goes to hinged floor plate for big game rifles.
Brownings have usually a 3 or 4 shot clip depends on calibur. Floor plate opens and clip attaches to it. No need for more shells than that. Hinged plate
I like detachable mags .
Never had a problem with either. Not a factor in my choice of guns.
Hinged floor plate has my vote.
I prefer the hinged floor plate. I never had any customers come into my store (when I still ran it) with a damaged hinged floor plate, but I've had alot come in in the middle of deer season in a panic looking for a replacement magazine. One guy was so careless with his that he always carried three!
I have one of each in my favorite rifles. Here we cannot drive with ammo in gun so a magazine is handy to use in spot and stalk hunting or if I see a coyote while driving to or from hunting area. Usually keep a clip of premiums for game and cheepos for coyotes. the floor plate is great in my 300WSM but a nuisance if you have to keep taking them in and out. Gotta have your hand just so or cant get them all when dropping the plate.
Hinged floor plate.
I like blind or floor plate, but I won't complain if it's detachable.
Both of my big game rifles have neither!
My Browning's(.308/.300 Win. have both.
Sorry to stradel the fence but the detachable mags like the 742 or 7400 cause a lot of problems and I have also seen the model 77 Ruger not feed when the bullets are just dropped in through the bottom.. Sorry, Browning is usually the best out of the box there is.
A big game rifle should put down game effectively. What holds the bullets in is a non-factor to me.
I'm with the Albertan up there: the magazines are handier if you're hunting several properties in a day (driving deer, for example). Trying to get the cartridges out neatly with a floor plate is a mess. I went with a blind. Ultimately, I would have gone with any type of magazine, because there were other factors driving which rifle I bought, but I've found it to be a good compromise for the following reasons:
1.)The underside of my rifle is smooth, with no odd bulges to consider when steadying for a shot.
2.) As mentioned above, the cartridges come out somewhat neatly. (A floor plate might be quicker overall, but it's easy to drop all the cartridges when loading/unloading (or at least I've seen folks do it a bunch, including folks far more coordinated than me).)
3.) There are fewer moving parts to fail. I figure if anything in the mag ever breaks, it will be harder for the gunsmith to get in there to fix it, but that's life.
4.) You can't misplace it, the way you can misplace a magazine. Granted, I can still lose the cartridges, but there are a few of them, and I usually have a couple of extras stashed in another pocket, which is all you need in a pinch, really.
I perfer the hindged floor plate over the detachable magazine.
it dont mater to me i can be happy with either set up
I guess it depends on the hunt. Magazine style guns are very quick to load so if you happen to see that big buck on the road driving out from your hunting spot for lunch, you can load up quicker. But i think its all personal preference...
Not a factor for me. I have to shoot my AR-15 with a mag and that is the best way to get access to 30 shots. However, I am limited to 5 round mags for hunting so I don't feel I get any benefit from the mags. Magazines can and do cause problems so I generlly avoid them. Most of my hunting rifles have floorplate openers but I have never opened one on any of my rifles.
Unles your shooting an AR15 or M1A, I'd pick the hinged floor plate with spring hands down. Easier to load from the top!
I had a detachable on my Remington 760 270 win. There were times it didn't stay in and caused problems. My new Tikka T3 has a detachable mag and it has been fine.
Personally I have never had a hinge plate but I think it would be a nuisance to me. I like the soeed and ease of taking it out before I get in the truck.
As long as you are accurate and the gun can go bang... these things should not even be a factor.
None of my rifles were chosen for purchase or use in the field based on the magazine. I don't consider a detachable magazine an asset in a bolt action rifle, and my bolt action rifles have a hinged floorplate or a blind magazine. My bolt-action varminters are used almost exclusively as single-shot rifles. The Springfield M1A, an autoloader, does employ a detachable magazine and it is a design of proven reliability. I regard it as a good choice, not because of the detachable magazine, but possibly in spite of it (though a 5-shot magazine is almost flush with the bottom of the piece). From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, I normally don't consider a detachable magazine classically attractive, nor do I consider it any more reliable that an enclosed magazine with follower and hinged floorplate.
I prefer the single shot bolt action myself. can't get much more accurate either
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