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If you had to pick one of your rifles to hold onto and ditch the rest, which one would it be. The .308? See what these guys have to say and give us your pick
Right now, my favorite is a Savage bolt-action in .308. What I like best--the AccuTrigger delivers really good accuracy, and the rifle doesn't cost a lot.
My Remington Model 700 .270. I've hunted with a lot of rifles, but nothing stands critters on their nose like a good old .270.
hmmm, tough call. I like my .270. I do have the urge to purchase a .45/70 lever action 1895G so I can shoot just about anything.
I'd say without a doubt, my Remington Model 740 in 30-06. I can't think of any round that will take anything in north america and that you can find shells for in every backwoods market in the U.S. of A. for less than 20.00 a box. Oh yeah, my automatic is clean and functions flawlessly,D.P. My second choice; my ugly little Savage 110E bolt action also in 30-06.
It has to be my Winchester "Model 94" 30-30. I hunt the foothills of the Adirondacks; where I usually don't get a shot farther than 40 - 45 yards. My 30-30 is always there and has very seldom let me down.
wow, how many times has this questions been posed and beat around the woods. that said, i'll take my little remington .243 for everything i hunt out here in MT (elk, deer, antelope) and keep my 30.06 in the closet.
I'd keep my Savage bolt action .270 WSM largely because it's my only big game rifle.
I would have to drop the 30/06 and 7mm Rem. Mag and keep my Ruger M77 Hawkeye .308. This rifle has very mild recoil puts critters down for the count. I love it.
Well, I had to do just that in order to keep my business going. Sold off about 30 guns, which was heartbreakingly difficult. Decided to keep a Remington 760 which was converted to a .35Whelen. Very accurate and hard hitting. Overkill for deer but it works. Used it to take my first bull elk bull elk a month ago. Among those sold: .30.06, .270Win, .348Win, .356Win, .35Rem, Lazz. Warbird, Lazz. Firebird, .454Cas, .45Colt, .223, & .204Ruger.
My keeper would be the Thompson Center encore in 30-06. It has turned into my go to rifle for all events (after I did some after market work on the hinge pin and trigger).
Single shot fail safe action and super accurate for hunting.
Without a doubt my Winchester .270. No contest.
Weatherby Mark V .30-06
Remington 700 stainless synthetic, 375H&H Mag. Anything on the planet.
Ruger No. 1 in .280 Ackley Improved-pure class.
My classic Mannlicher-Schoenauer Model 1903 bolt action. I never leave home without it.
My Remington 700 .35 Whelen or Weatherby Mk V .30-06, whichever I had more ammo for at the time.
With out a doubt my .54 cal Thompson center renegade it'll kill any thing on this earth from that pesky red telling on ya during deer season to elephants and cape buffalo with relative ease. And you can make all your stuff in a pinch (NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE WAY!)
I like my Howa 1500 in 7 mm. Rem mag.. Its a great all around cartridge and the gun is pretty reliable for being a "cheap" gun. If I had to change though I'd like to get a Savage chambered the same. I LOVE that accu-trigger.
To have the most versatility I would go with my Savage .243 with an AccuTrigger set as low as it can go. For what I hunt (mostly deer and predators) this deer would be enough. My favorite calibers are still .30/06 and .17 HMR but they don't have enough versatility.
OK. I'll keep my Marlin 1895 in 45-70. If I can get close enough, I can take anything.
If I could have 2 guns -- I'd add the Browning BLR in 300 Win Mag. With that I could reach out and put a touch on something a few hundred yards away!
My Remington 7400 chambered in .30-06 has never let me down and yes it gets cleaned religously. I've dropped whitetails in there tracks at 200+ yds. Though I like the .300WSM I would keep the .30-06. The price and availability are my main reasons for this.
Oddly enough, I was recently faced with this question. Having hunted most of my life, I have had a great deal of experience with different calibers, from .223 to 300 RUM. I settled on a 300 win mag. I figured it would be plenty of gun for deer, and pretty much whatever I wanted to hunt in the United States. the .308 and 30-06 are fine guns, I, however, like to use all the gun I can shoot comfortably. My personal limit is the 300 winny. (300 RUM is just not enjoyable to me) Long shots are very possible with the 300 winchester also
I love my Remington Model 7, 7mm-08. Light weight, short barrel, maneuvers well....can't beat it for the tree stand!
If I could choose just one rifle. I would choose my Browning A-bolt Medallion 300 ultra mag. With the new rounds I have gun that can have the recoil of a 30-06, 300 win mag, or a hard hitting gun that I could hunt in any large game animal in North America.
I'll keep my 94 30-30. My great- grandfather bought it used in 1916. I'm the fourth generation hunter with it. It has killed more deer in the Idaho and Utah Rockies than most people will ever see.
I'm down here in the brush. I like a good, rugged knock-about, so I'm going to pick the ol .30-30 Winchester. That one will about do it all down in South Texas.
I only have one rifle, and I'm damned grateful I can afford that one.
I love a gorgeous bolt action as much as the next guy, but my old Remington 760 pump in .30-06 shoots as close as most bolt-guns, and is much faster for follow-up shots. Many times a running buck will freeze at the shot, giving you a second chance. In shotgun-only areas, you don't see bolt actions; you see pump guns. On top of that Remington 760, or more recently the 7600, mount a low-power variable. Bob Bell, who wrote shooting optics articles for years for Gun Digest, used a 1.5-4.5X for whitetails more than anything else. A lot of the 3-9X scopes are actually more like 3.3 or 3.4X on the low end, which is way too high for woods hunting and fast action; too small a field-of-view. A 2-7X is good too, and gives you all you need for deer on the highh end. Also, mount that scope as low as possible for quick target acquistion. The Benoits, the famous deer-hunting family from New England, can't all be wrong: they all used Remington pump rifles, and the results spoke for themselves.
Did you have to buy another barrel for your 760 for the conversion? My 760 '06 is pretty thick at the muzzel (.650 I think) and I'm thinking of a rebore to .35 Whelan or would a new barrel be more practical.
7mm is my choice, hits hard, shoots flat.
any bolt action 30-06
I have to go with my Remington 700 LH .30-06. Second would be my Marlin 336 .30-30. Both are really great rifles.
My current favorite is a Tikka T3 Lite in .338 Winchester Magnum. This rifle will take any game in North America and I wouldn't be afraid to take it to almost any other continent in the world. Another great thing about the rifle is it's incredible accuracy. You can't go wrong with the Tikka, especially for the money!
definately the Remington 700.
I'm in school right now
here in Alaska, Ive taken bear (black and grizzly), moose and caribou with my trusty, tried and true remington mod 742 30.06...I dont see any reason to change now...
As far as accuracy, reliability, and just a plain handy rifle go, I would take my Tikka T3 Lite in .243. This rifle will kill any game animal in North America with the right loads, and it will kill most of them well. The only other choice I can think of would be the same thing in .30-06.
ruger m77 30-06
i would take a remington spr 100 in .410 unchoked and then i have a reliable slug gun and shotgun.
any marlin lever action rifle for me
For me, that would be a Remington M-141 with a flip up Marble peep sight in .35 Rem.
I don't use those sissy guns. I sneak up right behind the animal like a true sportsman and then juug 'em with me stob.
No seriously it would have to be my Remington model 710 in .270 that I put a 3-12X 56 scope on. I would have a tough time getting rid of my Colt Accurized Rifle in .223 however.
Remington model 700 in .30-06. When you match the versatility of the .30-06 and the rugged reliablility and accuracy of the model 700, you have God's rifle.
I dont have one but i've always liked the 7mm mag and the .300 short mag.
I'd have to say the Savage 110 bolt action in .30-06. Accurate, reliable, and affordable. Doesn't get much better than that.
I know it not a popular hunting gun, but i would have to go with a bushmaster AR 15 in 223rem. Its heavy enough to take down deer, but light enough not to destroy small animals. and its a great coyote gun. plus the long range capability.
Hello, All . . .
I have several very accurate rifles--the only kind that interest me, to paraphrase Col. Townsend--but if I had to give them all up but for one, the rifle I would keep--and be happy with--would be my 257 Ackley Improved in a blueprinted Remington 700 action with a 24" No. 2 contour Leija barrel, all glass- and pillar-bedded into a H-S Precision composite stock. Unfortunately, that very rifle is currently in a gunshop being blueprinted and fitted for its new barrel as I write these words, meaning that my favorite rifle, its original barrel shot out months ago, has, for the time being, forsaken me.
My 14-year old daughter, in a rare moment of pity, has kindly permitted me to "borrow" her beautifully gorgeous Model 70 Featherweight in 257 Roberts. It's not nearly as "interesting" as my 257 AI, but it is, by any measure, infinitely more pretty. It will certainly do for now.
Tough choice, but I would choose a favorite bolt action, which covers most of my bases: a Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine in .250 Savage topped with a Weaver 3X scope. It carries easily, points naturally, shoots accurately, and it's a pleasure to reload.
To Mr. Palumbo . . .
I see that you, like I, are far more beholden to the cartridge and rifle that hits where we aim it, that doesn't make us flinch or go deaf, and that always does the job we ask of it, rather than carrying around a cannon that makes us wince and seek cover before we ever dare to pull the trigger. Your .250 Savage, like my daughter's 257 Roberts and my .257 AI, all fit the former categories and qualifications mentioned above, rather than the latter. Excellent choice. (I have long wished for a .250 Savage in a pristine Model 99.) I assume you handload?
A Save .243 is a very versatile gun and that would probably be the one I would pick.
Ruger M77 Hawkeye, chambered in 7mm Rem mag. Ruger's new trigger and the factory recoil pad are awesome. This flat-shooting cartridge takes the guesswork out of judging distances beyond 250 yds. Very effective on Texas hogs..
To Mr. Davidson...
There are those rifle/cartridge combinations that seem a fine match to the shooter, and I have no argument with those whose preferences differ, but I've given it some thought. It seems my favorite rifles fall into a class or category of very efficient cartridges - the .250, the 6.5x55mm, the 7x57mm and the 7mm-08 (and, yes, the .257 Roberts, though I've not used the .257 Ackley Improved). I do handload, and some of my choices are based on my interest from a handloader's perspective. I've forsaken my overbore Loudenboomers for cartridges that perform well without burning a cupful of powder. Though I consistently wear ear protection (now), tt may be a bit too late to spare me deafness. Your desire for a Savage 99 in .250 is entirely understandable. That was my first .250, which I regrettably sold (callow youth; too soon we grow old, too late we grow smart) when times were hard. I send best wishes to you, and hope the New Year is a healthy year of fine adventures afield and great satisfaction on the firing line.
To Ed . . .
Thank you for your note and for your good wishes. I, too, favor efficient cartridges. Between my daughter and myself, we have two .257 Roberts, one 257 AI, a .270, and a 7x57 AI. I also have a .280 AI, but, despite its superb accuracy, rarely shoot it because I've discovered there is nothing a .280 AI can do that my 7x57 AI cannot do equally well, using 7-10 grains less powder, with less recoil and less muzzle blast.
In case you (and anyone else who reads this) are interested, I have been experimenting a great deal with Hodgdon's new H-100-V powder, and I have to say this powder seems to be just about perfect for any of the "efficient" cartridges available today, including all the ones you mentioned in your recent note, as well as all the cartridges mentioned in this note. H-100-V, due to its burn rate and gas wave duration, gives astounding velocities--100-150 fps faster than any other powders I've tried, and I've tried just about all of them--in efficient cartridges at pressure levels that are completely safe. Hodgdon's website (www.data.hodgdon.com), which is generally quite conservative in its published loadings, lists astounding velocities for the .257 Roberts with both 100-grain (~3210 fps) and 115-grain bullets (~3049 fps) at low pressure levels. I have tried Hodgdon's listed H-100-V loads in both my daughter's and my .257 Roberts (as well as my.257 AI and 7x57 AI) rifles and can personally report that Hodgdon's listed .257 Roberts loads with H-100-V are actually conservative--in other words, my daughter and I achieved slightly higher .257 Roberts velocities than listed in Hodgdon's data, using exactly the published powder loads), and perform incredibly well in the 257 AI and 7x57 AI, too.
I think experimenting with H-100-V in the .250 Savage, .257 Roberts, .257 AI, 6.5mmx55, 7x57mm, 7mm-08 and 7x57 AI, among other efficient cartridges, could result in very high performance loads at safe pressure levels. And if you have a rifle in one of these calibers using H-100-V handloads that consistently gives you the velocity and accuracy you want, then being limited to "just one" of any of these cartridges would not be such a bad thing.
I highly recommend to all handloaders who read this blog to experiment (carefully, of course) with H-100-V in any efficient cartridges and report back with your findings. In fact, I'd like to see some a blog category that deals just with handloads/cartridges/velocities/accuracy--hint to online Editors.
(By the way, I am not affiliated in any way with the firearm or powder industries. I just like to experiment with rifles and loads and powders and accuracy, and do quite a lot of it.)
You guys have all made good picks, but if I could only own one rifle, I'd look to the people who have been getting by with only one rifle practically forever; the Europeans. Due to crazy gun laws, they've had to really think outside the box, and they have some pretty outrageous gear as a result. So THIS is what I would have if I could only own one rifle: a Blaser double drilling, model D 99 Duo, in .270, 9.3 x 74 R, and 20 ga. shotgun! (Hey, the blog didn't say we had to pay for the thing, right?) Give me one of those with a low power, long eye relief scope (or even a HOLOSIGHT) and you name it, I'll put it on the ground. If you want to see what I'm talking about, paste this into your browser. http://www.blaser.de/D-99-Duo.139.0.html?&L=1. For America, a better set of calibers would be .243-.30-06-20 ga., but with the first set you could just about hunt the world. What do you think of this?
After a few decades of hunting I progressed from my first 30-30(new$99) which I thot was massive. Then got caught up in needing more gun to be successful and for years shot my Ruger 300WM with Redfield 3x9 with drop comp, and still my favourite to get the job done on elk, bears,etc. I now hunt mostly deer and varmints so an ancient Remington semi-auto 30-06 I found a few years ago in new condition would be picked if I could only choose one. It is close to my age and still serves me flawlessly. Ammo is cheap so I hammer varmints year round. It is light, short and recoil is almost nonexistent but most of all,having multiple shots available in a split second while still maintaining line of sight is worth its weight in gold. That second shot has anchored many a whirling buck trying to exit a scrape site after the first shot went awry in the bush. After that first jump most bucks are free of the majority of hunters shooting abilities.
I live in Big game country with plenty of Brown Bear. I'll stick with my 7mm Rem Mag.
I thank you for your recommendation of H-100-V powder, and I will shop for it in local gunshops. My pet projects this winter are my .250 (which I hope to restock with a Boyd thumbhole sporter in walnut laminate) and a 6.5x55mm (which has done so well at 100 yards that I'd like to dial it in at the 300 yard-line). You write well, and I appreciate your comments.
A plug for the 308/7.62 NATO
The 308? with my Ultra Match M1A with open sights at the 1000 yard line, I’ve out shot more 300 Win Mags with scopes than I can count. The 308 better known as the 7.62 NATO is no punk! For Mule deer, the HORNADY 130 is my #1 choice and for elk, the Nosler 165 partition and for moose 180 grain Partition. The Savage Model 99 is one of the most awesome firearms ever to hit the market.
a Remington 600 in 308 would have to be my pick. with hornady 168gr BTHP (boat tail hollow point)
i would take a 30-6 though its old its relable and verstale
A Remington 700 in 30-06 or a Ruger m77 in 270 would have to be my second pick.
There is no rifle hunting in Ohio unless you are after ground hogs or coyotes. With that said I have a Browning 22-250 made in Finland with a Sako action topped with a 6x20x50. It's a pleasure to shoot.
I would have to say my T/C Encore .50 cal muzzleloader. I live in Ohio so it is either this or my 12GA. I prefer my .50 cal because it is a 200 yd gun and I believe it will kill anything in the world with the right bullet. I also like this because it does not have much recoil compared to some rifles. I also beleve it is not as expensive to shoot.
If I was down to one rifle it would be due to a situation beyond my control so I would hang onto my Ruger 10/22 plus a sackful of 30 shot magazines to go with several bricks of ammo. Not the best choice for lots of reasons but still the best for lots of other reasons. Survival aside I would just have to keep my old custom Sako action .338 I have mentioned previously.
I would pick a Remington Model 700 in .30-06. I've taken several types of large game and never lost an animal.
Nobody has mentioned the .257 Weatherby mag. so allow me too. I purchased one this past season as Remington had a limited offering in their 700 model. I did my homework on the round before hand and come deer season it didn't disappoint dead accurate, minimal meat damage with the .25 caliber bullet but just a ton of knockdown power. One of the flatest shooting rounds on the market, you can load down for varmints and you can load up to 120 gr for your larger game animals. The only down side I have found is that the ammo and or brass is fairly expensive. Beyond that it is my new favorite rifle.
I would have to choose my Marlin 336W 30-30 with a brass trigger. It exceeds my expectations on lever action rifles.
My savage bolt action 270 is the only rifle i need, it may not drop an elk as fast as say a 300 win.mag. but the bullets are a hell of a lot cheaper!
my model 70 in .338 win. mag.,it will take down any game on the planet,and is very reliable and accurate
My have a 30-30 Savage pump and it is awesome. Sometimes I cant help but shoot it like my shotgun.
First I'd like to say having but one rifle would be a very depressing proposition....I mean how can you have just one? I feel I can never have enough. But if forced, I would choose my Ruger M77 Hawkey .338 Winchester Magnum. I could adjust the power level with handloads for the smaller species and add at 250gr Partition or A-Frame for the big bears.
I'd have to say .30-06 would have to the one of the most versitile cartridges in the world. That being said, I stand by my M70 .30-06, and laugh at anyone sighting in anything bigger then a .338 at the range before moose season.
I tell you what, I would not want my Savage 111 in 7mm Mag. It is not the rigle, which I like, but the cartridge. After reading the above, I want a .30-06, a .30-30, AND a .270. Give me a couple years and I can maybe try to narrow it down!
TC Encore in .280 rem. Why? No particular reason, I am just a wee bit peculiar.
My savage 111 .270 is the only rifle I will ever need. Shoots great and didn't clear out the bank account.
very old question ,equally hard answer. started off in texas with grandads guns on the farm. we terrified the grashoppers and sparrows with bb guns and moved up to the remington knockoff of the browning in both a twenty two and a twenty guage. fifty years later with quite an extensive arsenal of black powder and more recent sporting arms, and loving the handling and feel of all of them i would say iwould have to pick a gun i do not currently possess, a savage 24v in 222/20guage. the 222 can be down loaded for small game and the 20 guage can handle all the pot meat of the avian kind or what ever. sure hope i never have to make this decision.
I believe that any gun that is fitted well to the shooter and you are confortable with will be your gun of choice. I have two guns that I use, my favorite is my Marlin 444, with the western grip and a 24" barrel, for some reason Marlin changed this in the later years as my son has one of the later models. Never the less I have taken over 40 dear in forty years, from ranges of 10" the 200+ yards. The gun come to sight fast, as the gun fits me well. My other gun is a model 700BDL Rem. it also fits me well. Remember any gun that fit's you well, will shoot well, and you will have success. Good luck with any gun you choose.
the .308 because it is so versitile
my styer 280 rem great accuracy a close 2nd is my rem 700 mountain rifle in 7mm08
My husband swears that a 280 is the most versatile, but I'll take my 300 Win. Mag. over it anyday! I've loaded 125 grain bullets for hunting deer and 180 grain for plains game and elk. That gun and I have been to Africa 4 times and it is accurate with both loads. I have a KDF muzzle break on it, so it doesn't kick any more than a 25.06! It's versatile enough for me!
My favorite Hunting rifle is my marlin 336 in 35 remington. Its old, fun to shoot, accurate, and with Hornady's new leveroution loads, deadly. I love the feel of the lever gun. At 225 dollars it was a steal and doesn't even need a scope. Other than that I'm really proud of my vintage M-1 garand.
I'm with Howell Clark on the Savage 24, I have one in .22/.410 presently, though I wish I still had the Campers companion version I had 20 years ago in .22/20 gauge. A handy gun and I can always put a .410 adapter in the bore if I don't want to blow that squirrel in the tree all to bloody rags. My present model 24 is accurate quick to the shoulder and handy too. If I could only keep one gun that would be it.
Lots of votes for the Functionable not fashionable Savage rifles i see. My 110 in 30-06 is a better rifle than i am a shooter, for sure. I'd have a hard time ever parting with it. When the time comes i'll pass it on as it was to me.
I personaly am a marlin man the 336 or the 1895 they shoot great and are tuff as nails !!
My M70 30-06 does great wonders up here in Alaska. It's taken down anything that lurks in my woods. Deer sized game...never heard of 'em.
My Model 70 Pre 64 Winchester in 270 is my favorite bolt action rifle. i put it in an accurate innovations stock that I hand rubbed 25 coats of African Express finish from Brownells and had Tim at classic checkering work his magic on the bastogne walnut. Really cam out nice, looks like a Dale Goens and shoots really well with the solid rifle to aluminum bedding. I mounted a 30 MM Leupold scope in 2x7 and it is bright, light andenough magnfcation for my eyes and up to 300 yards. The mukie in this picture was an off hand shot at 264 yds with that rifle.
I like my Stevens Model 200 30-06 Long, bolt action.
It's good to see that everybody says that they'll keep "my gun" and then describe it, meaning that everybody has the gun they want and doesn't just fantasize over what they want like Obama and PETA.
As for the question i will have to go with my Remington 870 Express pump-action 12 gauge.
Marlin 30/30 you can get ammo for it any where for cheap and it will take care of most anything if you put the bullet where it needs to go.
I'd like a Kimber m84 in .260 rem.
I'll keep my old Ruger M77 MKIILR in 30/06.
Marlin 1895 in .45-70, you can effectively hunt anything on the face of the earth with that cartridge.
30-30 lever action. People say that bolts actions allow you to stay on target while you run the action, but my observations have shown othewise. The lever action is so natural, and the cal. is pleanty for almost all North American game. Not to mention that the slow/lumbering bullet performs better in the brush.
Wow... just ONE? That is tough and I like all the great choices mentioned. They vary though depending on what you do with your rifle. I like to hunt the continental U.S. and I like to shoot varmints... lots of coyotes and prairie dogs. Therefore, I will choose a 25-06. Speed: after shooting a 25-06, the 30-06 feels like shooting a sling shot at a 300 yd running coyote. Sustained speed: After 200 yds, the .22s-6mms just drop off in power, they are fun but not as good a reach, its like a .270. Recoil: I shoot lots of .300 Dakota and .375 H&H but can't imagine shooting a session of 300 rounds at prairie dogs with even a .270 let alone a 30-06 or bigger. Killing power: If you haven't shot the 25-06 you will find this hard to believe but the .25-06 seems to knock deer off their feet... the .270, 30-06, etc. definitely nail them but they seem to want to run a little first. Elk, buffalo, moose, etc.: The big boys have a sure advantage here but since I never hunt these it isn't a worry to me and I have no doubt that I would deck one with the 25-06 if I needed to. By the way, if you include all game and the whole globe as the need, I would definitely go with the .375 but I will have a sore shoulder at the end of each day of prairie dog hunting and I won't actually get as many prairie dogs. I guess I chose based on speed and versatility.
Jim in Mo - just got back to this and saw your question. A local gunsmith sent the barrel out to be rebored. He set reamed the chamber and set the headspace. I think the .35's and the 760 are underrated for their accuracy and handling.
Haven't ever had anything complain about taking a round from my sweet shooting Tikka T3 Lite chambered in .270wsm. Love it, wouldn't trade it!
Only ONE, huh?! OK, it would be my Marlin 1895SS-45/70 Gov....
ps-I didn't have to think long on it, either
I would keep my Browning A-Bolt in .270. It has never failed me, the scope has never lost zero despite numerous falls and is as accurate a rifle as I could ever hope to own. Plus I took my first elk and first deer with it so it evokes lots a great memories.
That .35 Whelen is an elk killing machine, eh! I have been using mine since 1989 with only one lost animal, an elk that I did not get a solid hit on since he was moving and I pulled the shot. Never got much blood. I violated the most important rule of elk hunting: "If it's still standing, I'm still shooting".
The rest have been DOA. Not to say that I have killed an elk EVERY year, but 5 of the last 6 years and some deer in the mix. The longest with the Whelen was last year at 308 laser yards. The rest have been at 150 to 264 yards.
Keep them .35 Whelen stories comin`. Ever since I purchased mine this past fall, I am anxious to get in the field with it. I was invited to my friend's place last year in the shotgun zone, so I didn't ramp up the Whelen for deer season. I didn't draw a bear tag either. I hope this changes this year. I plan getting out to the range this weekend to kill some shoot-n-see targets--I'll keep my brass for reloading of course!
Hey, thanks for stories, all bloggers..makes the summer go by faster for hunting season!
Hey there Ralph,
You should get the .35 Whelen tuned up for deer or hog season even if you are not hunting elk. I am getting too old to track deer to the next township. They don't go far with the massive wound channel and good exit wound size. BTW, I have never recovered a Federal 225 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw from a deer or elk. Always pass through. Even end to end on a 250 pound Montana mulie a few years ago shot head on in the chest. Down in his tracks. I bet it will taqke the "oink" out of a big hog, too!
I usually practice with the Remington 200 grain CLSP, but am working on a handload that matches the 225 TBBC at 100-200 yards. The Rem 200 grainers hit close enough to the TBBC point of impact for off hand practice, but they are getting too pricey. I do most of my practice shooting with my .308 or .257 Roberts with handloads anyway. That Remington R-3 (Limbsaver) recoil pad takes the edge off the Whelen at the range. About 6 or 9 rounds is about all the fun I can stand in one day at the range! Matter of fact, it is supposed to be nice here tomorrow, so I think I will bust some caps!
Thanks for info WA-
I have the 200 PSP-Rem loading for practice as well; I would be willing to try this load on hogs, but have my 45/70 itching to kill one, first. As I said, I hope draw a bear tag this year,along with the deer hunt; Either way the Whelen will make it in the woods this fall!
Trust me my friend, I am of the shooting school that one can never be over gunned! I do most of my practice shooting with my .270 savage, and a single shot .243(NEF manufactured)-darn accurate little shooter by the way!
Went out to the range yesterday and shot the .35 Whelen. As usual, the point of impact was still at 2.5 inches high at 100 yds, dead on for windage. There have only been 9 rounds fired since the last thorough cleaning, but I will scrub it out with CR-10 followed by Hoppe's Benchrest tonight. Had fun shooting some old Nosler handloads and some new Barnes TSX 100 gr. handloads through the .257 Roberts.
I don't like to be under-gunned when deer and elk hunting in bear country, either. I don't believe there are any grizzly bears where we hunt in Colorado or Washington, but there are plenty of black bears and cougars. Montana is a different story.
I don't hunt bears as a matter of personal preference. Many of my friends and my own son are avid bear hunters. I have nothing at all against bear hunting or those who choose to do so, I just don't care to do it. I may have posted it before, but I have a personal treaty with all bears --- they don't mess with me and I will leave them alone!
The .35 Whelen is plenty potent for any bear at close range and good for black bears at any practical range.
I respect your opinion on bear hunting, while I not an avid trophy or "rug" hunter myself, bear is the only predator I can justify hunting for the in pure challenge of;They are my personal goal in hunting.
As for target shooting; I didn't get out over the weekend. I worked OT on Saturday, and a late business meeting at church after services on Sunday. BUT-I did take the rifles out for a quick wipe down, checked the bores, and drew a bead on the 8 point buck print on the wall just to keep motivated!
My win m70 in 300 wsm. Just because I already own it I like it alot I am comfortable with it and I can shoot alot of different game animals in NA with it. That being said Nothing wrong with .243 a .270 30-06 30-30 or a .308 all good choices.
You da man! Me, too. If I can't get out to shoot, I at least have to take a few out and check them over every week or so! Getting ready to submit WA permit hunt applications this week for motivation a plenty.
To WA-Thanks for the Kudo's my friend!
Our Bear, and Elk, Draw request starts the 1st of June here in MI..I am counting the days!
A 30-30 OR A 22 BECAUSE THEY ARE SO VERSITAL.
Got my WA State picks all ready to go for elk permit draws -early season rifle tags in eastern units. Waiting for my son to get back from turkey hunting on Thursday before I press the "submit" button for the deer permit application. I don't know if he is going to Colorado with us or not, but we will hunt deer here anyway. He always shoots the biggest bull anyway, so maybe he will stay home and give me a chance!
Good Luck on the Elk hunt; keep the boy at home just in case your hunch is correct!
Mr.Black Bear will meet Mr.Whelen this year, and I am sure it will be a memorable occasion! I told ya man; I just can't wait for hunting season! My brother-in-law is in Montana on business for a few weeks, and he says in his e-mail today they "tried everything to get the moose in the road to move";I e-mailed back too bad the season isn't open or you could be sitting down to moose steaks tonight.
the first rifle i used as a
"young fella" was my uncle's .300 savage 99 E, i have owned many of the 99 rifles in many different calibres, and models in the past 28 years but i always go back to savage, the most accurate firearm i have ever owned and trust it with my life, would not hesitate to take down a coyote, or a grizzly.
I hunt open country in Montana. I would go with my mauser action .243 with 26 inch heavy barrel. 100 grain partitions will go through anything at 400 yeards.
Stainless Ruger M77 with a Monte Carlo stock in 7mm Remington Mag
A remington 700 in 30-06 with a buris 3-9X40 and a shooters ridge bipod. With factory 150grain remington corlokt it il do under an inch. And last november i dropped a 4x4 mulie that weighed 230 pounds with one shot at 400 yards. Second choise would be my savage 110 in .308 with a 2.5-10X50 tasco, and ofcourse a shooters ridge bipod.with 150 grain balistic silvertip handloads it does wonders. But not as good with factory ammo as the 30-06.
My pre-64 Mod. 70, .270. My Grandpa gave it to me after he killed tons of deer w/it. I've done the same since. It's stock shows scars from 5 decades of hunting, and it is extremely accurate w/ the cheapest of ammo. I finally gave up trying to hunt w/ other rifles over the years, because I always go back to the .270. Hopefully I can pass it on to a Grandson in the future. A jealous cousin told me I should quit hunting w/it and put it in a safe a few years ago, I told him he was crazy. My Granddad didn't give it to me to keep in no safe. If it wasn't meant to put meat in the freezer, it shouldn't do it so well.
I agree about the Marlin rifle; Mine is the 1895 in 45/70, but I only get to keep ONE? If it were for survival purposes I would choose a shotgun for versatility.Small game, big game, and great protection with the right choice of ammo. Over/under 12gauge would be my choice.
My Winchester Model 70 in 7mm Mag
I had a Remington 760 270 with a Bushnell 3-9 x 40 on it. I was lucky if I could hit the target! I sold it and my Tikka M695 300 win mag and bought a new Tikka T3 270. I put a 4x 33 Leupold on it and I would not trade the setup for anything! I can shoot it all day and not have a sore shoulder. It will drop anything in North America (careful on a grizzley!) and I can carry it all day without being exhausted. A 4x scope is OK for me cause I try to limit my shot to under 250 yards.
I too thought of the savage model 24. The one I have currently is a .223/12 guage (3in chamber.) With a good peep sight, or even regular irons you can not beat the versatility. I would like to acquire the 30-06/12 guage model, that would be even better. Ugly, durable, reliable, a shooter's tool.
I would keep the '06 and 7mm rem mag. I think mebbe I would have a .270 or .300 around just for "back up".
I would go with my Marlin 1894 lever-action 44 Magnum. It shoots really well and has been my best deer gun ever.
Easy pick. My Winchester 1894 30-30. It's great on deer, very accurate, light weight and handles cast bullets very well.
I had to think about this one for a while. I have a rem model 7 with an HS precision stock and a pac nor 20" barrel. it's 8lbs without scope, and shoots about .75 MOA, with hunting loads. and I never reach for it, but if it came down to just one, I'd have to go with a bolt gun that's indestructable and shoots the nato round, just in case the Obamaites get thier way. I know 118LR isn't the best for big game, but it's better than nothing...
Heres a question for you fellow gun toters. I am a newby in the big game hunting arena. I just bought a 30-06 HOWA Lightning. Does the M1 Garand 30-06 round fire from the Howa?
my .17 HMR bolt action is my go to gun more so than my beloved .22 LR squirrels, coyotes, whitetail, the neighbors cat, this gun has done it all in style!
Only one rifle - my 1951 Winchester model 94 30-30.
i honestly love my little brothers savage 99 .308 but i without a doubt would take my remington 770 in 30-06 on any hunt around the world. like my grandfather said the rifle doesnt make the shooter a great shooter can kill anything with any rifle if he takes the right shot.
Without a doubt, my Winchester model 70 30.06. Great all around gun
my m1 garand. hunting is good it casn kill people and its just plain awsome
i like my Winchester model 70 in 270 but I still wouldnt be willing to give up any of my other guns!
If I could only have one gun I would side with Focusfront And have A Merkel or Blaser Drieling 12X12x.375 H&H Then you could definately hunt ANYTHING ANYWHERE, ( Ok its overkill for Whitetails, but suppose your facing down a Cape Buffalo? And uo can always shooy birds.
If limited to 2 Guns, My 12 GA. Dbl and Remington .375 H&H still have it From AK won't part with it till I am dead. Would have the Merkel if I win the Lotto! ( Like that will happen)!
This is a very good topic for discussion and I suggest that the answer depends on where you live and what there is to hunt. Growing up in Southeastern Washington along the banks of the Columbia River all you needed was a good .22. Nowdays with the hundreds of resident Canada Geese, ducks, heasants,squirrels,and random beaver, muskrats,quail there a .22 is still your best bet.There aren't as many deer as there used to be and you can't hunt the elk on the Hanford Resevation.
My choice is my trusty Browning lever action. It will shoot any .22 bullet except the very small European BB cap and .22 magnums. It may be possible to load the BB caps single shot, but I have never tried it. Autoloaders are fun, but some don't do well if you shoot something other than long rifles. With the .22 ammuntion available now a .22 is much more versatile than it used to be. I live in Northern New Mexico now and while there is some seriously excellent big game hunting here I still see more rabbits and pigeon sized doves that would be an easy dinner than I have seen shootable elk.
However if one lives in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain states, the Pacific Northewest or upper Northeast where there are bears, elk, moose, wolves and so on a 30-06 or larger would be more appropriate. I do have a new Savage 116FCSS in '06 that I am very pleased with. Let us hope that we are never in the situation where we are limited to only one firearm.
My Remington 760 in 30-06.
Definatly would be my mossberg .270 with 4-16x50 barska scope nothing shoots better at 200 yards busted clay pigeons then stared picking off the pieces busted off of it
My Mauser 1893. After 116 years, it's still as good as anything else in the woods around here.
I realize this is an old post, but I have to say...I would CHEAT. I'd have my Ruger 77 .270 in front and my Winchester model 70 carbine in.308 behind my back!
I would agree with Bella about the Savage 24, and I would like to get one soon. Bella, if you see this, is the 20 ga. that much better than the .410? What about the older ones with the selector on the side of the reciever instead of the hammer? Any problem with those?
I'm a bit late getting into this game, but here goes . . .
I think ishawooa said it first, but I'd have to agree with the 1022 Ruger. If I truly could have only one rifle for the rest of my life it would likely be in a survival situation and I would be carrying my 1022. It's light and handy, uses lightweight tiny ammo, is a deadly game getter, and would be useful for defense in a pinch. I'd feel well equipped with that rifle alone.
Now if I could only have one rifle because I lived in some backward country, I'd first move back to the USA. If that option was off the table, I'd keep the Winchester Model 670 .30-06 that my dad bought me when I was 16 years old. It's a bargain basement version of the Model 70, with cheaper bluing and pressed checkering on the stock. My dad got tired of me borrowing his '06 and gave me the 670 to keep me out of his stuff. That gun is still ugly after all these years, but it is a shooter. It came with a 4X Weaver, but I replaced that with a 3x9 Leupold many years ago. I worked for months trying to find the "right" handload for it, but eventually discovered that it likes the Federal Premium 165 gr. just fine. I tried bedding the barrel, but wasn't happy with the results, so I free floated it and that did the trick. I've used it on deer, elk, prairie dogs, and antelope, all with satisfying results if I do my part. The longest shot I can claim with it was a one shot kill on a Wyoming antelope at 463 yards. That'll do.
Now the one other option that I would have to think carefully about would be my FN-FAL 7.62 NATO. Love that rifle! I believe that it has magic powers to smite from afar, or at least it feels that way to me. It's like a fine watch or a piece of beautiful jewelry. I feel better just holding it in my hands.
either my 30-30 winchester or my .308 both are great but im leaning toward the .308 for the fact it will do what i ask all the time. my favorite to shoot is the 30-30 but the .308 wins this... i think
Cusrom built .378 weatherby.
I would have to choose my Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM.
I would have to take the 25-06. I don't hunt grizzlies though. I gets me deadly accurate flat shooting perfection for everthing from prairie dogs to muleys. Cheap to shoot with handloads and the speed has hooked me. Would not be my first choice for thick timber hunting but I get by in a pinch just as well as most.
I will say that the action on the Remington model 700 should be taken lightly. The reason I say this is that I have shot a model 700 in .243, and one day I accidently grabbed up the wrong ammunition for the rifle. I thought I had grabbed up .243, but instead I had grabbed up some 7.62x39 mm soft-point ammo. I forgot that my grandfather had bought me some for the SKS i used to own for christmas. Luckily I only shot one round through the rifle, test fired it with the correct ammo, and it shot like it did. I just wish I had another one in 30-06 or bigger.
Theres so many guns to choose from its hard to say until your in a situation ie hunting for life or in a shoot out. its like asking a t shirt printing if they prefer DTG oir screen printing. I love my winchesters though the older models are better
the biggest question is, can you still buy different accessories for the one gun you pick. can you have different scopes? can you have different stocks? if yes, i would take the Thompson Center Arms Pro Hunter. just swap a barrel and you are on to a new hunting trip. i love my pro hunter. i have 2 recievers and 4 stocks to go along with my 22 different rifle and pistol barrels.
WOW. A lot of posts.
Marlin 1895 Guide Gun chambered in .45-70.
I chose the 30-06 because its a good multi-purpose round.
If I knew that I would have only one rifle though (excluding shotguns) it would be an AR-10 in .308 to cover everything I could think of. If it were to include shotguns, I'd have to stick with the 12 gauge (I have a benelli Montefeltro) because of the selection of shot sizes and slug capabilities.
I would have to take my 760 carbine in 30-06.
I have to say that my dream gun would be a M1 Garand in mint condition. it would have to be the sniper version with the side mounted scope.
Ruger #1 in 45-70 extremly accurate and dependable
Bolt action 30-06
I actually "OWN" only one centerfire rifle- synthetic A-bolt in 243 Win. When I do my job, it does its job just like any of the guns mentioned above except cheaper, lower kick, and with less meat damage on a deer's whole bone on shoulder roast. The A-bolt has the fasted bolt I have ever used its sleeve system avoids lateral movement and slides very smoothly. Cheers.
Id say my Mark II ruger rifle in .308. Either that or a 30-30 lever action.
Wow. I'd say my Remington 7600 chambered in .270 WIN. Why? I can shoot it well, it functions well and fits me well.... And I have over 200 rounds for it in my gun safe!
for where im at in central pa, 7mm-08 or a 25-06. if I could hunt out west where things are bigger, 300 win mag in a model 700 remingotn.
Since there were no restrictions or qualifications to the question, my answer is easy. My Springfield SAR48. It is fairly accurate (Sub-MOA for the first three SMKs), has a match trigger, is military rifle rugged, military rifle easy to clean, has an adjustable gas system that accomodates ANY load, from 55 gr. sabots thru 220 gr. softpoints, and a spring loaded firing pin which is comfortable with either NATO 7.62, or commercial hunting ammo. It's topped with a Nikon M308 scope, and has a wide, padded sling, squishy butt-pad, built-in bipod and cleaning kit... what else would I need except a steady supply of ammo, targets, and CLP. Second choice would be an M1A, it's more accurate, but the scope mounting and preference for mil-ammo can be a pain.
I don't know there is just so many.
If a condition of the thread is to keep only one rifle of those I currently own I would have to say that my 270 would have to be the winner as ammo is readily available everywhere. If I had dad's Model 99 Savage in 308 that or Grandpa's sporterized Springfield in 30-06 which dad also has would also be options for me.
1895xlr in 45-70, goes out to 200 yards accuratly and takes down anything on this continent, and hinestly with the right handload I would even throw a hollow point at an elephant.
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