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Old January 27, 2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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my pick for 3 rifles if I was forced to choose

For any reason I could own only 3 hunting rifles this is what I would keep.
1-22 long rifle. This would be the most difficult in terms of action type, just not sure which one. Lever action is my favorite but bolt is my most accurate.
2-25-06 Browning A bolt stalker. Sufficent for all medium game and its my second favorite cartridge. My third choice created my second by leaving no room for my favorite the 22-250.
3- 300 Winchester magnum. Mine is a winchester classic. Just like the 22 LR there has to be a 30 in my choices and this one covers all the range of bullet choices very well.

Now I hope for 2 things. First that my wife never reads this and second that everyone respects others choices.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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I assume you are referring to rifles you already own (if not, my choices would be three custom rifles.) With that assumption I would keep these if I could only keep three:

1. My Remington 700 BDL left handed .270 Win. with a Brown Precision stock and a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5 X 8 scope.

2. My Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker left handed .300 Win. Mag. with the Browning synthetic stock and a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5 X 8 scope.

3. My Ruger 77/22 with a Ruger walnut stock and a Leupold 2 X 7 Variable R. F. Special scope.

P.S. My choices also are hunting rifles because I do not compete in rifle matches, and I am not considering rifles for defense, e.g., the many AR models of which I currently have none.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Are you talking for general use or long term survival applications? There are several other things to be considered when you are talking long term survival with no spare parts availability.
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Old January 27, 2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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If I could only have 3 of mine...

Weatherby Vanguard in .257WM with Leupold

Browning BAR in .270 with Leupold

Weatherby Vanguard in .308 with Leupold
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Old January 27, 2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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Ruger MKII Standard in 25-06

Savage 12 in 22-250

Remington SPS Varmint in 204 Ruger

Do way more prairie dog shooting than medium game hunting.
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Old January 27, 2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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If I could only have 3 rifles, I would go Marlin 60 .22lr, .223 in Savage and .25-06 in Savage.

Unless I lived near the Rockies. Then it would be .22lr, .223 in Savage and .270 in Savage.
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Old January 27, 2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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Ruger 10/22
Marlin 1894 44mag
Ruger No. 1 30-06

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Old January 27, 2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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Tikka T3 .308
AR
Then I'd have to buy a 10/22
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Old January 27, 2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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If I could only have 3 of mine:

1. Remington 700 varmint 6mm rem.

2. Marlin 336 35 rem.

3. Ruger 10/22 stainless carbine
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Old January 27, 2013, 09:37 PM   #10
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the three i would choose

Remington 700 adl 30-06 with Nikon
A marlin 25 22 lr
And a pump action 12 gauge
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:01 PM   #11
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The idea here is hunting. I did forget the shotgun, might need to reconsider the 25-06.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:10 PM   #12
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Changed my mind birds off the menue the medium game rifle is a must have. I notice the 22LR is on most lists.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:57 PM   #13
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From my own collection, the Browning T-Bolt .22, my CZ 550 American in .308 and the 700 laminated in 06-----
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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My Howa 1500 .25-06 almost made my list instead of the M700 6mm rem. Its a toss up. Theyre both tack drivers. I wouldnt wanna be without either one.
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Old January 27, 2013, 11:14 PM   #15
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1. Springfield M1A Scout - .308
3. Remington 700 - 30-06
2. Ruger 10/22 - .22LR
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Old January 28, 2013, 01:49 AM   #16
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25-06 Just cant get by without My 25-06.

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Old January 28, 2013, 02:36 AM   #17
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1. Ruger 10/22
2. Savage Precision Carbine in .308 with a suppressor.
3. Marlin 1894 SS in .44 mag
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Old January 28, 2013, 03:27 AM   #18
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Good to see the 10/22 mentioned so often here. Guess I'm not the only one.
Think I can boil it down to 2-
The 10/22.
My 1951 M70 30-06.
I could survive with those 2 guns, the Puma pocket knife I bought when I was 19 and some matches forever.
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Old January 28, 2013, 07:49 AM   #19
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Not allowing a shotgun makes it tough... I would take a .17 hmr for small game. A .223 for medium and personal protection. Probably a ruger mini 14. And a .338 win mag for larger stuff. Probably a ruger or remington.
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Old January 28, 2013, 09:12 AM   #20
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I love these sorts of questions

Gets me to looking at what I have and what I could improve.

If only 3 of them, then I get to cheat a little bit.

1. 22 lr bolt actioned rifle.
2. 243 bolt actioned rifle
3. 308 semi auto rifle (for which I have a 22 lr subcaliber adapter).

4. Since I get to cheat with the 22, I might substitute a 12 ga pump for the 22 lr bolt rifle.

Yep. I think that would do it for me. My 243 is pretty old now, perhaps I should get a backup for it with a new bore.
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Old January 28, 2013, 09:19 AM   #21
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1. Ruger 10/22
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3. Marlin .30-30
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Old January 28, 2013, 10:13 AM   #22
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All good responces so far.

I have an AR, it's a core with the "handle" on it for sights. I also have a great 30 carbine with a folding stock. I did not include these in my thinking because I am trying to stay away from survival thinking. It's become almost impossible not to think in terms of survival these days; but I thought it might be fun to harken back to the days when a great hunting rifle was everyones prized possession.

So I picked my three based upon a dream where there is no one coming for my guns and I leave my doors unlocked at night because I forgot where I put the key.......(I did live like that for many years)

Just for fun.
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Old January 28, 2013, 11:38 AM   #23
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1) Ruger 10/22 Takedown
2) Marlin 1894c (in .357 magnum with stainless barrel)
3) Something in .308. Maybe Ruger Gunsite Scout
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Old January 28, 2013, 12:52 PM   #24
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Hmm, that would be a hard choice, indeed! Can I just tape a bunch of them together to pass as 1 gun?

If push came to shove:
1. Bolt-action .22 (though if I get around to picking up a good lever-.22, that would be it)
2. Either my AR or mini 14
3. Close call between my 1895 45-70 and my bolt-action .308. Probably the 45-70.
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Old January 28, 2013, 01:01 PM   #25
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Wow, just 3, assuming for hunting only. Would have to opt for:
Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow in .270WSM
Remington 700 SPS Varmint in .223 Rem
Savage Model 93R17 TR in .17HMR

Of course, I would still keep my S&W M&P 15-22 and M&P 15 Sport, right? Otherwise, I might have to rethink my "varmint options".
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