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View Poll Results: What firearm(s) do you use?
Shotgun (slug or buckshot) 56 47.46%
Rifle (modern centerfire) 99 83.90%
Muzzleloader (in-line or primitive) 29 24.58%
Handgun 37 31.36%
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Old November 25, 2007, 02:31 PM   #1
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What type of firearm(s) do you hunt with?

I'm curious as to the preferred type of firearm(s) members here use for hunting.
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Old November 25, 2007, 03:54 PM   #2
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I would love to hunt deer with a rifle, but here in the antigun state of illinois you are not allowed to hunt with a rifle. Thats why I use a handgun.
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Old November 25, 2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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I hunt both rifle and muzzle loader, might try a handgun someday.
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Old November 25, 2007, 06:04 PM   #4
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All of the above....(and archery). Why?....because it provides more hunting opportunities.
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Old November 25, 2007, 06:57 PM   #5
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Mossberg 20 gauge with 18 inch smooth barrel or .30-30 marlin lever gun... Buck shot or slug it don't matter to me...
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Old November 25, 2007, 07:16 PM   #6
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30-06 bolt action, 44-40 lever action, .50 Hawken, .58 Enfield and sometimes a short barreled 12 gauge pump(thick woods).
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Old November 25, 2007, 07:36 PM   #7
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I actively hunt with rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders. I have hunted with a handgun and may again some day.
To a much greater extent than most mechanical devices, firearms are terribly unforgiving of any overconfidence, complacency or negligence.
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Old November 25, 2007, 11:03 PM   #8
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22-250,30-40 krag and 20 gauge, ammo depends on if im hunting deer or birds.
My information might not be helpful but just think of it as a bump
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Old November 25, 2007, 11:15 PM   #9
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Remington Sportsman 78 in .270
Winchester 94AE in 30-30.
Ruger Mini 14 in .223

Ruger Super Redhawk in .44mag

Remington 11-87 in 12ga.
Remington 870 in 12ga.
Mossberg Silver Reserve in 12ga.
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Old November 25, 2007, 11:20 PM   #10
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little critters... Semi auto scoped .22
big critters... New bolt action .270 with 3-9X and bipod
flying critters... Mossberg M500 pump gun 3"
I love the smell of fresh shotgun in the morning.
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Old November 26, 2007, 06:14 AM   #11
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My primary hunting rifle is a Rem 700, .270 Win, with 2-8x Balvar 8b. It's in a used HS Precision stock. The rifle has made 3 1/2" groups at 450 yards with hunting reloads. It's taken a deer every year I've owned it...about 15 years or so. Ranges have been between 30 and 400 yards.

This year, it shot one through the heart area at 234 measured yards, as the deer crossed a narrow snowmobile path. It dropped and died within 50 yards, the 130 grain Ballistic Tip performing perfectly.

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Old November 26, 2007, 10:47 AM   #12
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Tikka T3 Hunter, .308 Win
Marlin 336, 30-30


Winchester 1300 Slug Hunter, 12 Gauge


Ruger GP-100, 4" barrel (reserved for only close-in shots, 25 yds or less)
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Old November 26, 2007, 02:00 PM   #13
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rifles: marlin 336 .30-30
Rem model 700 7mm mag
rem. targetmaster .22

shotguns: Toppers jr. model single shot 20 gauge
Rem 11-87 12 gauge
Archery: PSE Nova
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Old November 26, 2007, 03:16 PM   #14
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Rifle - Rem SPS 30-06 (deer)
Bow - Oneida Black Eagle (elk)
Shotgun - Rem 870 (feathered critters)
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Old November 27, 2007, 05:07 AM   #15
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Ruger 30-06
Fazakerly No.4MkII .303
Win. Model of 1917 30-06

Bushy .223
.22 Rim Fire(s)

S&W .44 Mag
Taurus .22
SA 1911A1 .45 and/or Kimber .22 upper

Rem 870
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Old November 27, 2007, 09:17 AM   #16
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I use mostly a Marlin model 1894 in .357 in Indiana for deer, but I also use my 870 pump for deer and a RRA or Bushy(depends on if I want to use irons or EOTECH) for coyotes. I have also taken the yotes consistenly with my S&W model 14.
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Old November 27, 2007, 12:45 PM   #17
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All the options but the muzzleloader.

My rifles: Win70 in .308win for light game, and HS Precision in .375 H&H and .300 Win Mag. for Heavy game and long shots.

Handgun: Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Mag (mostly for pigs and hogs).

Shotgun: Benelli M3 and SuperSport (doves, ducks, quails, rabbits, etc)


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Old November 28, 2007, 07:30 AM   #18
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NEF Survivor 308 Handi Rifle Single shot with a Nikon 4x32 Prostaff scope. Load currently using is Federal Fusion 180 grain 308.

Taurus Tracker 357 mag. 4" SS Barrell
Load currently using is Federal Fusion 158 grain 357 mag..

Stoeger Condor O/U 12 gauge Shotgun
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Old November 28, 2007, 11:12 PM   #19
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PRIMARY is a rifle... Win 70 .264 Mag.

But I almost always carry a handgun. Before now it was dad's .44 Blackhawk (Never did get anything with it).

THis year I carried my S&W .41 Magnum. I filled my Muley Doe tag with it Plumb happy. First big-game animal I have taken with a handgun... A lot of fun so I think I will try harder next year to get a buck.

A little off-topic, but sortof funny/amazing.

The fawn I shot got hit 3 times in the lungs and 1 time in the liver...never even flinched..Looked at me and sorta wandered a moment...By then I was getting a little panicked....I mean..I KNEW I was hitting it...Finally it staggered and dropped over...The lungs and liver were completely destroyed..

I assumed it would at least hump up, or move...or do something.. Anyway.
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Old November 29, 2007, 02:24 AM   #20
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They are all Model 70 Winchesters,
Fave is a .243 Win Classic Stainless

Next Fave is a 30.06 Classic Boss

Currently carry mostly my 270 WSM Classic Ultimate Shadow
"Allons" Blackhorse Troopers !
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Old November 29, 2007, 09:17 PM   #21
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Used a shotgun in Iowa. I use a rifle now but If I wanted to take on moose I'd go back to my 12 ga slug gun.

I still use a shotgun for birds. Easier to hit.
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Old November 29, 2007, 09:25 PM   #22
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I switch back and forth between a couple different rifles. If I'm after deer I take a sporterized Mauser in .30-06 and if after Hog I take a Puma 92 in .454 Casull. Every now and then I'll get frisky and take my High Standard slug gun.
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Old November 29, 2007, 10:28 PM   #23
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shotgun mostley with a few days of rifle in pa and a few days of muzzleloader.
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Old November 30, 2007, 05:37 AM   #24
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Old ones!

I know them and they know me and we work together well...........

Mostly a ancient Glenfield model Marlin in .35 Rem. with a half tube and a cut down barrel with a Red Dot sight.
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Old November 30, 2007, 10:36 AM   #25
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If you are seriuos about hunting : .22, .300 Winchester Magnum, .375 H&H Magnum and a .470 if you intend to face an Elephant
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