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matt_3479
May 2, 2009, 02:59 PM
If you had to choose one rifle and i dont mean 1 rifle to hunt all, just what is your favorite rifle, what do you hunt with it, why is it your favorite, tell me a hunt you took that rifle on?

Mine would be a 270. win model 70 and its because its my dads gun and he gave it to me. my favorite time with it was my second year moose hunting. The first year we didn't get anything, we didn't even see anything so this year we brought my best friends dad who has hunted for over 40 years and have gotten between 20-40 moose in his life time. he was really cocky saying that we wouldn't get anything telling us storys of all his hunts. The next morning he dropped me and one of my friends off down the river and when he came back we had a bull and a cow hanging in the tree. the look on his face was pricelless and thats is one of my favorite hunts.

Para Bellum
May 2, 2009, 03:12 PM
- Safest rifle I know.
- Very fast to bring into action from safe position.
- Extremely accurate.
- .270 WSM only needs a 23,6"/60cm barrel for full performance.
- .270 WSM has little recoil for more than enough power.

http://www.mauserwaffen.de/uploads/tx_tmdreference/GrAns_Mo3Jagdmatch_01.jpg

http://www.mauserwaffen.de/typo3temp/pics/39d3e5febb.jpg

And for the scope?
Swarovski Z6i 3-18x50 with "BR" Recticle. One fits all occasions:

http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/125291000/125291149/pix666319531.jpg

Westcoaster
May 2, 2009, 04:23 PM
CRF Mauser 98 action in 3006.

Probably a M70, an old FN Browning, or a CZ.

hogdogs
May 2, 2009, 05:09 PM
I have only one centerfire and no intention to seek another so it is an easy one for me... lever action Marlin .30-30. I don't have the vision to spot game at 400 yards any longer.
Brent

PredatorHunter
May 2, 2009, 05:49 PM
Marlin 336 in 35 Rem....

bswiv
May 2, 2009, 05:53 PM
Concidering where I am, NE Florida, and the fact that this late in the game I get much more satisfaction from being close to my quarry than in seeing how well I can shoot a rifle at 300 yards I'd stick with my old Marlin in .35 Rem.

I've got a Rem. 700 in 25-06, had it sense I was 15 which is 37 years! Shoots very good to this day and I've taken lots of deer and hogs with it, some at less than a dozen yards, but in the last 10 or 12 years it's hardly left the safe except to have the sights checked.

The .35 Rem is more than enough for what we hunt at the ranges we shoot them. Have a Red Dot on it.

If I was in the West I'd probably have a different opinion........maybe the .25 would leave the safe more often.........

TheNatureBoy
May 2, 2009, 07:18 PM
Ruger M77 .243 by far.

Storm52
May 2, 2009, 07:26 PM
Weatherby 270 mag. 1st rifle given to me 47 years ago by my uncle. Many deer hunts in La, Okla, Mo, Kansas and Texas

Art Eatman
May 2, 2009, 10:04 PM
After almost sixty years of "messing" with the .30-'06, I guess I'd stay with it. Deer hunting in open country has always been my deal, for probably 90% of my hunting. Handloading lets me meddle around with varmints, although the '06 is a bit much for prairie dogs. :D

skydiver3346
May 2, 2009, 10:17 PM
.30-06, .270, .243 (.35 Remington, ooh, I love that round) are all pretty good choices for sure.

But if I could only choose just one rifle, it would be my Blaser R93 in .308 caliber. To me, the best all around caliber. Reasons? It performs well from close to very long distance shooting. It can do most anything you ask of a rifle round. Comes in numerous weight bullets, has pretty low recoil for a .30 caliber bullet and inherently very accurate too.

DiscoRacing
May 2, 2009, 10:51 PM
rem vlss .223.... is all i need

BIGR
May 2, 2009, 11:05 PM
Remington Model 700 XCR in 30.06. Durable all weather finish and it will do a great job taking game.

dipper
May 2, 2009, 11:58 PM
Probably my Mauser98 in 7MM-08.
First rifle I put together myself. Fitted and chambered the barrel,honed the action, modified the bottom metal, aftermarket trigger and stocked it myself with a very nice piece of feathered crotch American Black Walnut.
I have taken a fair amount of white tails with it and also use it for some varmit shooting.
It's accurate and fits me well and I have worked up loads to cover just about any hunting situation in the lower 48.

Rob96
May 3, 2009, 04:35 AM
I have only one hunting rifle, a Marlin 1895G in 45-70. That should do me for deer, boar and bear if I should decide to go.;)

Daryl
May 3, 2009, 05:57 AM
Probably the same Browning A-bolt in 7mm rem mag that I've used for most of my big game hunting for about the last 20 years. I've been on lots of hunts and taken a lot of animals with it.

Back in 2005, I drew an Arizona antelope tag, and the hunt was just about a month after I got married. My wife and I went up early, located plenty of antelope, and then found out how frustrating it can be when having to deal with other hunters interfering with you.

Anyway, on the third morning, my wife and I decided to hunt the higher country. There were less antelope up high, but also less hunters, campers, and so forth to deal with.

A mile or so from camp, I spotted a couple of white spots moving around a bit. On closer look, there were three antelope about 2 miles away, and I figured one of them was a buck we'd seen before. I made the two mile stalk using low ground, and finally belly crawled up to a low ridge with just a tiny bit of low growing grass to hide behind.

Two of the antelope were laying down, side by side, at about 200 yards, but I couldn't locate the buck. I waited there in the grass for about 20 minutes, and finally Mark, my hunting buddy, crawled up beside me. He wanted to know what was taking so long. He wanted to stand up to try to get the buck out in the open, and I told him "Don't you *&())* dare! This is a waiting game now, and the first one to move, loses."

So we waited, and waited....

After a total of about 40 minutes, the buck finally walked out of a draw, and went up to check on his females. He turned almost straight away from me, so I held up. Finally, he turned broadside, looked in our direction, and then looked away from us.

At the shot, he ran about 25 yards, spun around and headed back the way he'd came from, then stumbled backwards a few steps, and went down; all in about 2-3 seconds.

FrontSight
May 3, 2009, 10:46 PM
AR-10 in .308...can target shoot, hunt, or use in a shtf situation.

freakshow10mm
May 3, 2009, 10:53 PM
CZ 550 in .375 H&H Magnum with a fixed 4x scope. Life doesn't get better than that.

38superhero
May 3, 2009, 10:56 PM
Any make 30-06

stin303
May 4, 2009, 09:53 PM
enfield no4 mk1 in 303brt

tmd47762
May 4, 2009, 10:07 PM
Ruger M 77 in 7 mm Rem Mag. The factory loads are a bit heavy, but you can load it light enough for target and varmint shooting, but at the same time it is adequate on elk and moose with the 175 gr loads.

Given one gun though it would be a 12 ga Rem 870 shotgun. Could easily kill anything from a chipmunk to an elk. That includes my two favorites, doves and flying saucers (the orange clay type).

Scorch
May 5, 2009, 12:54 AM
Ruger 77R in 7X57, and it's been on so many hunts with me I can't think of just one to tell about.

ZeroJunk
May 5, 2009, 06:45 AM
You didn't say whether your Model 70 is contolled round or push feed. Either are fine rifles. If it is a pre-64 or Classic then you can do no better than what you have. Use it. If you wear the barrel out have another put on and shoot it some more.

MEATSAW
May 5, 2009, 07:08 AM
Considering this is about hunting I would say if I was restricted to one, it would be a M1A with scope. Or I would just get a Winchester 70 30-06

Inspector3711
May 5, 2009, 09:34 AM
Currently my choice for all around hunting would be my Interarms Mark X .25-06.

davlandrum
May 5, 2009, 10:54 AM
Remington 700, any flavor, 30-06.

Regolith
May 5, 2009, 06:35 PM
For me, this isn't academic. I'm just starting my firearm collection, and for my first rifle I decided to get the one rifle I'd want to cover most of the types of hunting I'd want to do. It's going to be a while before I get my second (if you don't count rimfires - already bought a 10/22).

I got a Remington 700 SPS in .30-06. The model isn't quite as important as the caliber, though I prefer the 700 SPS over similarly priced rifles. I mounted a Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14x40SF on it, and I've been fairly happy with it thus far, though I have yet to take it hunting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/Koloblicin/Knives%20and%20Guns/Rem700_3006.jpg

It wasn't my first gun though. I bought a Remington 870 12 gauge for that; with a pump shotgun and two barrels (a 28" vent rib and a 20" with rifle sights), I can do everything from hunt birds to big game, and have a capable tool for HD.

davlandrum
May 5, 2009, 06:56 PM
Regolith - hey, that is my exact rifle! OK, one of my rifles, but my go-to hunting rifle.

WeedWacker
May 5, 2009, 07:39 PM
All time favorite due to looks right now is my M91/56 Mosin-Nagant. Fairly light, packs a whallop for deer up to elk, maybe moose at close range if I feel dumb enough :eek:


My favorite long gun of all time due to practicality, however, would have to be the Mossberg 500. not tweaked out to look tacticool but a standard 500A with 5 round magazine (gives you the maximum 5 loads in the 3" shells) and a cantilevered rifled barrel with smoothbore on the side. Simplicity and necessity as art. :cool: (wood stock/pump all the way too)

ETA: As far as dream rifle though, I would have to say probably a bolt rifle in .308 win/7.62 NATO (for practicality) in a McMillian stock. Awe heck just say M40 and that would probably be it. Top it with a 3-9x50 Leupold (I could take a Burris too) with a sunshade and we are set for coyote, deer, maybe elk at 100-150 yds, do matches. I think I know what my next project is going to be :D

(once I get done with my Benelli, AR-15, 59/66 SKS, Springfield M1903, AK-47... I think it's going to be a while and a lot of dough though :()

Sportdog
May 5, 2009, 11:02 PM
That's the cartridge. Now the rifle......Since I have four 06's, Remington 742 Semi-Auto Carbine, Remington 700ADL 22" barrel, Winchester 670 22" barrel, and Winchester 70 24" barrel.......The winner is........Winchester 70 24" barrel. I just like the longer tube. I like the rifle because it is matte blue finish, matte black synthetic stock, a rifle made for hunting. It lacks the beauty of my wood stocked rifles but it fits me well and shoots very straight.:)

cracked91
May 5, 2009, 11:47 PM
Favorite currently was my stoeger coachgun nickel that I no longer have. If i could only have 1. . . I think It would be an M1A, which I consider to be the perfect all around rifle.

Jseime
May 6, 2009, 12:52 AM
Open country deer hunter here. I come from an area chock full of world class animals and my breed is a Ruger. M77MkII left-hand, laminate, stainless, .270 Winchester, Bushnell 3200 scope and a bi-pod.

I love the CRF action and the Ruger is pelnty accurate for me. My longest shots to date are 300-ish yards on coyote and mule deer and i think the shortest shot would be a coyote i called in to about ten yards and didnt see till he was that close.

Shaun_300
May 7, 2009, 07:24 PM
Ruger M77 .25-06! Light, deadly accurate, easy to reload for, and can kill pretty much any game animal that lives in this area.

Hirlau
May 7, 2009, 08:01 PM
Features: Lightweight ( 1.6 lbs)
"Tru-Glo" front sights(for Night Stalking)
Approx. 400 round capacity :eek:
Solid wood stock
Relatively cheap to own ( $35.00)
Low maintainence :)
Unlikely to be effected by the AWB;)

As a kid , I took many a Coke bottles and a few Pepsi's also. Once attempted Dangerous Game on a " Dumpster Rat" ; didn't drop him, but I have not seen him since. :D

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk73/typhoonwinds/BuckModel105.jpg

moparjames
May 7, 2009, 09:53 PM
Ruger 77 hawkeye 30-06 stainless lam.

snipecatcher
May 7, 2009, 10:04 PM
If I could only have one rifle the rest of my life, it would be a bolt action .22. Anything can be killed with a head shot if you are within bow-hunting range/30 yards or so. For a high powered rifle it would be a .270, notably my beater Savage with its' cheap synthetic stock and crappy Bushnell scope. Very dependable and accurate, with no worries of messing it up.
-Dan

Lavid2002
May 7, 2009, 10:12 PM
AR10

eaglesnester
May 8, 2009, 08:37 AM
I live in the bush in the northern interior of B.C. Canada, so my rifle needs are a bit different than the folks that live down in the lower 48. If I had to be a one gun hunter I would have to choose a 375 H&H. Good for deer, elk, moose, and any grizz in Canada or Alaska. By selecting the correct bullet you can take anything from deer to the largest dangerous game in north America.;)

Cheers & Tighter Groups: Eaglesnester

Quickdraw Limpsalot
May 8, 2009, 09:15 PM
Marlin 336 in 35 Rem....

Youbetcha. Same for me.

Savage99
May 8, 2009, 10:03 PM
matt 3479,

Good story on getting that moose!

I have various rifles collected over the last half century. M70's, 99's, Kimbers etc.

I picked up this Argentine 09 Mauser in 30-06. I am going to use it for the moment. Its quite nice, great wood, M70 type safety, octagon barrel.

http://s701.photobucket.com/albums/ww15/Donmartin29/th_Mauser007e.jpg

OttoJara
May 9, 2009, 12:22 AM
I too love my Marlin 336 in .35Rem. My 336 was born in 1964 and shoots like a dream. My wife shoots it, and my 14 yr old son shoots it. Great round, awesome rifle.

James R. Burke
May 18, 2009, 07:03 PM
I would like to say the 8mm Mauser my Father made for me when I was fourteen, I still have it, and it fits like a glove. But if it had to be one for everything it would be my Ruger No 1 A Light sporter, with my Leupold 3x9 x40mm. It is a .30-06. Great to reload for very strong action. You can load or buy ammo in a very wide selection anywhere you go. I reload, and it is a very accurate rifle. My wife has the exact same rifle weight, scope, etc. It is a twin only hers is a .243. The two Leupold scopes are the limited century models. I have never had a No 1 fail me, I know there is better out there, and it cost alot for a single shot but it is very dependable, strong, and accurate. I also have a Ruger No 1 tropical in a .416 Rem Mag. Never ever had a problem with any of them. So it would be the .30-06!

Rampant_Colt
May 18, 2009, 07:17 PM
Why?
I like the idea of using the same cartridge for a rifle and handgun. The old west cowboys and gunslingers knew a thing or two about its versatility. ;)

http://i40.tinypic.com/2r7obnm.jpg
this sucker is a tack-driver!

Fitted-up with NEGC rear aperture and BSA Cat's Eye 1.5-4.5x32 scope on Ruger's factory base.

I can shoot 180gr ~340gr hardcast. Good enough for everything up to and including moose out to 125-150 yards.


ps - Ruger is manufacturing these fine little carbines again: http://ruger.com/Firearms/FAProdView?model=7402&return=Y

liberty1
May 18, 2009, 07:21 PM
Remington 700 XCR 7mm magnum. 140gr barnes x bullets. Antelope to elk always works for me.

WAPITI_ASSASSIN
May 19, 2009, 03:38 PM
Marlin .338mx
for me it is just a good all around gun.
like where the brains meets brawn.....

BlackFeather
May 19, 2009, 03:55 PM
my marlin 30/30 for dear and bear... actually for anything under an elk...

Buckmaster
May 19, 2009, 06:29 PM
my Browning A-Bolt in .270 WSM!

OLNfan
May 19, 2009, 06:36 PM
lever action 45-70 marlin! perf Model 1895SBL but I could stick with my old 1895 classic.

cdc2008
May 19, 2009, 07:12 PM
Just got a Weatherby Vanguard in 7mm Rem. Mag.

Glad I didn't pay for the Sub-Moa version because this one shoots factory Winchester 150gr Power Points into a penny at 100yds.

Last group of the day was 0.556 in

This gun just became my #1

savage36
May 20, 2009, 11:19 AM
If I had to pick 1 of my rifles to head for the hills with everything I own on my back, it would be my Winchester 94 carbine in 30-30.

W. C. Quantrill
May 21, 2009, 12:51 AM
Rem M 700 in .30-06--TRS-1 scope.

srt 10 jimbo
May 21, 2009, 08:34 AM
Marlin 336, .35 cal too:D

awaveritt
May 21, 2009, 09:00 AM
When I used to hunt deer often, the 270 win was my 1st choice. Now days, it's more likely to be a 223 which can be loaded with the excellent Nosler 60 gr. Partition for the occasional deer hunt.

mrmuffy
May 21, 2009, 10:43 PM
I have hunted black bear and deer with this gun for 8 solid years.
It's my favorite because it was a gift from my better half.
All she knew was that I wanted a 270.
She actually apologized because she thought it was too fancy: "that was all they had right before Christmas, are you sure you like it?"
Also my favorite because it shoots flat and hits hard.
It's been fun to fit it with a nice Leupold and Jewell trigger.

Most memorable hunt was in early September 2004 when I ran some bear bait up to my Dad's place.
I ran into my Dad at bait #14 just as he was dropping off a couple hunters.
My air conditioning was broken and I was a sweaty stinking human that day.
I can't stress enough how totally unprepared I was to fool a bear.
But as long as I was there I figured I might as well sit on a stand till dark.
20 minutes after climbing the tree the biggest black bear I've ever seen materialized next to the bait.They don't make a sound.
Those critters don't screw up very often.Especially the older ones.
My gun was across my legs and I didn't dare move.
I couldn't believe it when he walked off into the woods.
Two or three long minutes later he came back in and stood broadside.
He dressed out at 460 pounds.

crowbeaner
May 25, 2009, 01:31 PM
I want my M700 Classic in 30/06 back. It shot 1 hole groups with the first load I tried in it- WW brass, 54.0 of WW 760, CCI 200, and a 150 grain Speer Mag Tip.

RobertRogers
May 25, 2009, 02:27 PM
.22LR, possibly the Ruger 10/22 but if the situation was long-term SHTF I might go with a bolt action due to being of simple construction.

sc928porsche
June 11, 2009, 03:22 PM
My favorit hunting rifle is chambered in 300WM. It is a great cartridge. I must submit however that I reload. It makes the cost of ammunition much less. It also makes the cartridge much more versitile. There is a myriad of bullet weights and styles in .308 to choose from.

110 gr. works great for varmits. I use 130 gr. for coyote and pronghorn. 150 gr. works good on deer. For elk 180 seems best. The 220 gr. does a good job on moose and bear.

I own a lot of other rifles in different chamberings and bore that are more game specific, But when it comes to deer, elk, and moose, The 300 always seems to find its way into the field.

pilothunter
June 11, 2009, 03:42 PM
First, the thought of only 1 rifle literally sends shivers up my spine! Mine would likely be a fairly recent find for me, a pre '64 Featherweight in .270 Win. Came out of the Custom Shop in 1960 with a gorgeous piece of walnut and steel bottom metal. After mounting an older 4X scope to mirror the era of the rifle, it shot a 3 shot group of less than .5 MOA for me (factory ammo). I know, lots of you (and your rifles) shoot better, but my nearly 50 yr old Featherweight has earned it's #1 spot. Jack knew what he was doing when he chose a pre '64 FW in .270 for much of his hunting.:D

fisherman66
June 11, 2009, 04:15 PM
Ruger #1 7x57 Whitetail, feral pigs, coyotes ect.

Jack O'Conner
June 12, 2009, 03:24 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/660muley-1.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/JFlongshotfin.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/muley4.jpg

.308 carbine works fine for me.

- 150 grain bullets for 'lopes and mulies

- 180 grain bullets for elk, moose, caribou, and black bear

Jack

pilothunter
June 12, 2009, 03:27 PM
I used to have a mod 660 just like that. Sold it and bought a pair of 600 Mohawks,.308 and .243, custom stocked. They're gone too...lol.

6x6pinz
June 13, 2009, 10:23 AM
Remington 7600 in 270 win. Oh wait I already chose that one and use it for all my centerfire hunting:cool:

Water-Man
June 13, 2009, 10:39 AM
Sako 6.5X55 Swede

James R. Burke
June 16, 2009, 03:50 PM
Jack O' Conner nice looking animals way to go.

Waterengineer
June 16, 2009, 07:33 PM
mrmuffy has it right. 270 winchester.

Fremmer
June 17, 2009, 11:00 AM
Remington 700 Classic in .308 Winchester with a Leupold VX III Scope.

ninjatoth
June 18, 2009, 10:11 AM
after hearing the story of my brother knocking a deer over against a tree with his .444 marlin,i'll stick with that

Delta4570
June 24, 2009, 08:32 PM
45-70 Govt'.... single shot..1885 slow and steady :D:D

Big Ugly Tall Texan
June 25, 2009, 11:00 AM
Customized Mauser 98 - probably in 30-06 for a full length action or .308 for a reworked Yugo.

Jack O'Conner
June 25, 2009, 11:30 AM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/muley4.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/muley3.jpg


I can be happy with any rifle action type as long as the stock fits me well and it shoots straight. But for cartridge choice, there is only one that meets ALL my needs - .308

This is my older Savage 99 with plain 4X scope.

Jack

MuscleGarunt
June 27, 2009, 12:26 AM
M39 Mosin Nagant 7.62x54R all the way, heavy to carry though.

ImprobableJoe
June 27, 2009, 01:42 AM
I wish I'd never sold my Ruger M77 MkII 7mm Mag. I bought it for cheap from a really little guy who gave up on the recoil after a few shots and gave me the mostly-full box of ammo he bought with the rifle. I tossed a $600 Leupold scope on it, set it up with a laser bore sight kit, and was off and running. It was more gun than I needed, it took expensive ammo, and it dropped a couple of deer for me at 300 yards. I picked up a bunch of 175 gr. Remington ammo at about $17 a box and shot the crap out of it for a couple of years.

Even without the discount on the ammo... I could drive nails with that rifle, and I wish I still had it.

pwillie
June 28, 2009, 03:42 PM
IMHO: The Winchester model 70 claw foot extractor in 30-06 is the most versatile rifle you can own.Load it from 150-200 gr.and get all kinds of ammo for it.Scopes are what you like. I am a Swarovski guy.I own several rifles,Ruger No 1's Winchesters,and Remingtons...but if I went to Africa,it would be a model 70 Winchester pre 64...I like custom guns,and most of mine are model 70s .:)

jgcoastie
July 4, 2009, 04:38 AM
The gun that's been gettin' it done for me for ten years now...

Browning BAR MkII Safari - .30/06
Bushnell 3-9x40

Ol' Bo has been with me through thick and thin, from Mississippi to Alaska and most places in between...

UniversalFrost
July 8, 2009, 05:59 PM
my all time favorite is a west german made weatherby mark v in 7mm wby mag. I finally own one. I always wanted one ever since fondling one in a gunshop when I was a kid. talk about the ultimate bolt action rifle that was desigend from the ground up to handle ultra magnum calibers and be smooth as butter and the stock was actually designed to look beautiful and yet be functional and disapate the recoil from the big weatherby magnum calibers.

first hunt with it will be elk this fall followed by muleys in the winter.

for an actual hunted with rifle my favorite is a s&W i-bolt in 30/06. i have owned this for about 2 years now and it quickly became my favorite shooting rifle (even surpassing my custom made mauser in .243 that was my first deer rifle) and it took a nice coues buck this past fall. the t/c barrel, timney trigger (externally adjustable) help to make this an extremely accurate gun that will shoot all types of ammo with extreme accuracy. only complaint is the stock is fugly and while well thought out for function it lacks in the beauty department (have a nice grey/black laminate monte carlo stock on the way that I will need to inlet for this action since nobody provides support for it yet).

curtismann
July 8, 2009, 07:03 PM
+1 for .308:D
My favorite is a Savage Model 10LE with a Nikon Team Primos 3-9. I'm more than willing to sacrifice packing a little extra weight for the benefits that heavy barrel gives. Points perfect, and I've never shot a more accurate cold bore rifle.
This concludes my 2 cents.
-Curtis

Catfish25p2000
July 8, 2009, 07:24 PM
Well, I have to say that this thread kinda stresses me out... I hate trying to think of what ONE gun that is in my safe I would keep if all others had to go. After much thought, I have decided that is would be my first rifle I ever bought. A Remington model 788 in .223. I had some work done on it and put a new trigger on it and I am in love with that gun! I decided to keep that one because it is VERY accurate, and it would kill just about anything with a shot to the bean. Man I love that gun!

stevelyn
July 8, 2009, 07:51 PM
My favorite rifle is my Savage .17HMR. Once I get a Harris bipod and aftermarket trigger installed it be even favoriter. It turns tundra rats inside out and is fur friendly on foxes, but to cover everything else I'll have to pick my Tikka T3 Lite.

30-30remchester
July 8, 2009, 08:25 PM
Just what I have. A pre 64 model 70 Winchester 30-06 featherweight with a 4x Leupold compact scope.

Regular Joe
July 9, 2009, 04:34 AM
I'm done hunting. I can think of one or two that I like, but the one that I shoot most of all is my little Ruger CRR with the green lam stock and a 4x Nikon. It wouldn't be my first pick for deer sized game, but I know for sure that it would work.

javabum
July 9, 2009, 05:05 AM
i picked it already......
Remington model 700 stainless w/composite stock and a 24" barrel.
cant go wrong with a proven solid foundation.for the money its good enough to drop anything in the U.S.

LoneStarWings
July 9, 2009, 12:47 PM
I haven't hunted with it yet, but I'd have to say my springfield M1A scout in .308 win. No, it's not super accurate at 1.5 MOA tops, but it'll put a lot of lead down range fast, is very reliable, not too heavy at 8lbs, has good iron sights, has a detachable scope with QRW rings, and the .308 has enough power to takedown just about anything in north america. I would like to try and take a whitetail deer with it this fall.

hamr56
July 9, 2009, 03:41 PM
My father also gave me this as my first gun. 270wby mag I have taken mule deer, elk, coyotes and even buffalo with it since 1992. Not a bad way to start, I thank the old man every fall. :)

700REM
July 9, 2009, 09:27 PM
41 years with the 700 Remington ,hands down best rifle I have ever owned.In that 41 years never have had to send one in nor have I ever had a problem with one.

watchale
July 10, 2009, 03:45 PM
7 mag :D

Buzzcook
July 10, 2009, 11:41 PM
4 Bore Double, you can't be too safe.

http://www.cybertorpedo.com/africanhunter/firearms/images/4bore_part1_p1p20v5no4.jpg

Or a Marlin 60

lordmark
July 10, 2009, 11:50 PM
i'd choose REMINGTON SPEEDMASTER.

though i own an ARMSCOR / Squires Bingham Rifle, i'd still go for the Remington Speedmaster.

glockman55
July 14, 2009, 07:16 AM
I have a 7 mm Mag, .270, and .308...If I had to choose one, the 7Mag.

Nevertoomanyguns
July 14, 2009, 08:12 AM
I own 5 deer rifles but the one that a I keep grabbing when I head out deer hunting is my Winchester M94 rigged with a Williams peep sight, and shooting Speer 170gr Flat point hand loads . I hunt thick Maine woods and the shots are close. This rifle points quick and is very accurate in my hands. I shot a 11pt 201 lbs dressed buck with it at a distance of 25-30 yards bang flop. I shot a 9pt last season at a distance of 19 yards bang flop venison in the pan.

arizona hunter
July 17, 2009, 12:22 PM
A CZ 30.06 with their "Spring Camo" laminate stock. Now if I could get the stock by itself I might get some other Mauser style rifle like the Win 70. Ilike the barrel stainles and put a black Bushenll Elite 4200 scope (love their Rainguard) on it.

30.06 because the reloading components available are almost beyond numbering and if I needed factory fodder every mom/pop store in the country sells it.