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Old May 2, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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1 rifle, what would you pick?

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.
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Old May 2, 2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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Mauser 03 Match in .270 WSM with Swarovski Z6i 3-18x50

- 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.

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Old May 2, 2009, 04:23 PM   #3
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CRF Mauser 98 action in 3006.

Probably a M70, an old FN Browning, or a CZ.
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Old May 2, 2009, 05:09 PM   #4
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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.
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Old May 2, 2009, 05:49 PM   #5
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Marlin 336 in 35 Rem....
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Old May 2, 2009, 05:53 PM   #6
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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.........
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Old May 2, 2009, 07:18 PM   #7
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Ruger M77 .243 by far.
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Old May 2, 2009, 07:26 PM   #8
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Weatherby 270 mag. 1st rifle given to me 47 years ago by my uncle. Many deer hunts in La, Okla, Mo, Kansas and Texas
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Old May 2, 2009, 10:04 PM   #9
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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.
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Old May 2, 2009, 10:17 PM   #10
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Which rifle would I choose if only one?

.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.
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Old May 2, 2009, 10:51 PM   #11
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rem vlss .223.... is all i need
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Old May 2, 2009, 11:05 PM   #12
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Remington Model 700 XCR in 30.06. Durable all weather finish and it will do a great job taking game.
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Old May 2, 2009, 11:58 PM   #13
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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.
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Old May 3, 2009, 04:35 AM   #14
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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.
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Old May 3, 2009, 05:57 AM   #15
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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.
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Old May 3, 2009, 10:46 PM   #16
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AR-10 in .308...can target shoot, hunt, or use in a shtf situation.
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Old May 3, 2009, 10:53 PM   #17
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Old May 3, 2009, 10:56 PM   #18
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Any make 30-06
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Old May 4, 2009, 10:07 PM   #20
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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).
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Old May 5, 2009, 12:54 AM   #21
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Ruger 77R in 7X57, and it's been on so many hunts with me I can't think of just one to tell about.
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Old May 5, 2009, 06:45 AM   #22
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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.
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Old May 5, 2009, 07:08 AM   #23
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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
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Old May 5, 2009, 09:34 AM   #24
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Currently my choice for all around hunting would be my Interarms Mark X .25-06.
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Old May 5, 2009, 10:54 AM   #25
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Remington 700, any flavor, 30-06.
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