View Full Version : What type of firearm(s) do you hunt with?

November 25, 2007, 02:31 PM
I'm curious as to the preferred type of firearm(s) members here use for hunting.

November 25, 2007, 03:54 PM
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.

November 25, 2007, 04:26 PM
I hunt both rifle and muzzle loader, might try a handgun someday.

November 25, 2007, 06:04 PM
All of the above....(and archery). Why?....because it provides more hunting opportunities.

November 25, 2007, 06:57 PM
Mossberg 20 gauge with 18 inch smooth barrel or .30-30 marlin lever gun... Buck shot or slug it don't matter to me...

November 25, 2007, 07:16 PM
30-06 bolt action, 44-40 lever action, .50 Hawken, .58 Enfield and sometimes a short barreled 12 gauge pump(thick woods).

November 25, 2007, 07:36 PM
I actively hunt with rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders. I have hunted with a handgun and may again some day.

November 25, 2007, 11:03 PM
22-250,30-40 krag and 20 gauge, ammo depends on if im hunting deer or birds.

November 25, 2007, 11:15 PM
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.

November 25, 2007, 11:20 PM
little critters... Semi auto scoped .22
big critters... New bolt action .270 with 3-9X and bipod
flying critters... Mossberg M500 pump gun 3"

November 26, 2007, 06:14 AM
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.


November 26, 2007, 10:47 AM

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)

November 26, 2007, 02:00 PM
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

November 26, 2007, 03:16 PM
Rifle - Rem SPS 30-06 (deer)
Bow - Oneida Black Eagle (elk)
Shotgun - Rem 870 (feathered critters)

moose fat
November 27, 2007, 05:07 AM
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

November 27, 2007, 09:17 AM
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.

November 27, 2007, 12:45 PM
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)


Andre Tiba - Brazil

November 28, 2007, 07:30 AM
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

November 28, 2007, 11:12 PM
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 :D 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.:)

November 29, 2007, 02:24 AM
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:D:D

November 29, 2007, 09:17 PM
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. ;)

November 29, 2007, 09:25 PM
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.

November 29, 2007, 10:28 PM
shotgun mostley with a few days of rifle in pa and a few days of muzzleloader.

November 30, 2007, 05:37 AM
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.

Greatest Hunter
November 30, 2007, 10:36 AM
If you are seriuos about hunting : .22, .300 Winchester Magnum, .375 H&H Magnum and a .470 if you intend to face an Elephant

November 30, 2007, 10:17 PM
What type of firearm(s) do you hunt with?

Where's the "all of the above" option?

And most people are assuming deer hunting, even though deer are never mentioned in the OP. Anyway, all of the above for me.

Fat White Boy
December 2, 2007, 01:40 AM
For big game- Either a Winchester Model 70 in .270 or Remmie 700 VLS in .308. For varmints- Browning Model 1885 Low wall in .22-250.
Shotgun- Remmie 1100 12 ga with synthetic stock and 26" Rem-Choke barrel...

December 2, 2007, 02:12 PM
in nj
.50 cal. muzzleloader
12 ga. scoped 870 with slugs and buckshot for deer. or my vent rib 28" for small game without scope.
50# draw compound bow

out of state hunting
in virginia 3 times for deer black bear and turkey
scoped marlin 336cs in .35 rem
astra .22 revolver.

or a .22 rem. mohawk 10c
scoped astra revolver in 357 mag.

in pennsylvania 1 time for deer bucks only
scoped marlin 336cs in .35 rem.

if i can carry a sidearm as well i do. pa you could'nt then

nj you can't hunt with centerfire rifle or pistols except for varmints on private property.
my girlfriends cousin has a patch of land i thought on using my marlin on for deer. i don't think the game checking station would know:) or would they?

December 12, 2007, 04:00 PM
shotgun, smoke pole and rifle

December 12, 2007, 05:20 PM
i don't think the game checking station would know or would they?

Probably not worth losing your rifle and hunting privileges to find out.

December 12, 2007, 05:41 PM
+1 davelandrum

rem870hunter stick to your bow or shotgun for deer hunting in your home State. While you might get away with doing what you have been thinking about a .358 dia bullet will leave a smaller entrance wound than any shotgun slug. Plus what would happen at your check station if they decided to question you and are able to recover a bullet in your game animal? Do the right thing and hunt legal please.

December 13, 2007, 12:56 AM
Well I have to say my favorite hunting rifle would be the .270 My wife loves her remington break over .243 lol (Youth Rifle) hehe She has short arms so we had to get her a youth rifle.

Well thats my input.. :) Shhh dont tell my wife I laughed at her youth breakover .243..

Oh you probably already heard this one before but have to share it...

Two hunters went moose hunting every winter without success. Finally, they came up with a foolproof plan. They got a very authentic female moose costume and learned the mating call of a female moose. The plan was to hide in the costume, lure the bull, then come out of the costume and shoot the bull. They set themselves up on the edge of a clearing, donned their costume and began to give the moose love call. Before long, their call was answered as a bull came crashing out of the forest and into the clearing. When the bull was close enough, the guy in front said, "Okay, let's get out and get him." After a moment that seemed like an eternity, the guy in the back shouted, "The zipper is stuck! What are we going to do?" The guy in the front says, "Well, I'm going to start nibbling grass, but you'd better brace yourself."

December 28, 2007, 01:48 AM
my main hunting shotguns are my remington 870 and my browning A-5

the main go-to rifle is a winchester model 70 .270 or the model 70 in .300 H&H

hunting pistol is the ruger Mk. II bull barrel for little critters

December 28, 2007, 01:10 PM
Why can you not hunt with rifles in some American states? I really don't understand that. Everywhere around here (Luxembourg, Germany, France, ect.) people hunt with rifles only as far as I know. :confused:

Where's the "all of the above" option?

It's a multiple-choice poll...

December 28, 2007, 09:36 PM
I deer hunt with a muzzleloader in Oklahoma and rifle and shotgun in Texas.

December 29, 2007, 03:20 AM
win 70 .270win winlight
marlin 1984C 357mag scout scoped and ghost rings
remi 870 20ga combo scoped
benlli nova 12ga
ruger .22lr/.22mag super single six
dan wesson .357mag revolver pack 2,4,6,8"
dan wesson 44mag 10"
remi crossman 1000fpr .177 pellet rifle
horton 150 explorer crossbow
parker rapture compound bow
car accident happen

January 2, 2008, 02:38 PM
Silvanus - each state has different regs here. Unfortunately, the legislators who make the laws may or may not understand hunting, so you get some wierd laws. The common excuse for not allowing centerfire rifles is population density, but that argument is questionable at best.

The flip side of the coin is hunting here is not as highly structured as it is in Europe, so you do get people in the woods during hunting season that probably shouldn't even be allowed to hunt with a slingshot...