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Old January 17, 2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Your hunting arsenal.

Feel free to post about your hunting arsenal rifles, bows, shotguns, and handguns also. My rifle is a Remington 700 sps in .308 with a nikon monarch 3x12x50 scope and my shotgun is a Remington 870 express with a 26 inch barrel.
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Old January 17, 2012, 09:21 AM   #2
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Old savage .243... dont know what model it is. Maverick model 88 slugster 12gauge. Henry .22 for the vermin
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Old January 17, 2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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Well i have designated hunting rifles and match rifle that i hunt with. But here's a list.

Old style 700 22" sporter in .308 with a Leupy VX-II 3-9x40mm
700 KS custom .300 Wby mag. with a leupy VX-III 4.5-14x50mm
700 youth model .243 with a leupy VX-R Patrol 3-9x40mm
700 5R with a USO SN-3 3.2-17x44mm
Sako 85 hunter in .260 with a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x44mm
BCM MK12 Mod 1 with a leupy MK4 2.5-8x36mm


Three 870s two 12ga and one 20ga
Two 1100 Skeet Bs 12ga and 20ga
Browning maxus 12ga
Franchi I-12 12 ga
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Old January 17, 2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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My "hunting" rifles are:

Remington 700 BDL in 308 with Nikon Monarch 4-16X50
This is for long range shots accross the agricultural fields

Remington 700 ADL in 308 with Bushnell 4200 3-9X40
This is my all around hunting rifle

Remington 700 BDL in 243 with Bushnell 3200 3-9X40
This is usually my loaner and occasionally by truck gun

Marlin 336 in 30-30 with Bushnell 1.5-4x32
My brush gun

Winchester 94AE in 30-30
Another loaner I keep and occasional truck gun

Marlin 1895 in 45-70 with Weaver 1-4X20
Another brush gun

Bushmaster AR-15 in 223 with Aimpoint (or EO Tech)
Rifle for kids to use when hunting hogs or deers

Rock River AR-15 in 223 with 3.5X ACOG
Rifle for kids to use when hunting hogs or deers

My hunting shotguns are:

Remington 870 Express 12 gauge with 20" cylinder barrel
My buckshot brush gun for hogs

Remington 870 12 Wingmaster gauge with 28" barrel (Remchoke)
My general purpose field gun

Remington 870 Express 12 gauge with 20" rifled barrel with Bushnell 3200 1.5-4X32
My slug gun

My hunting handguns are:

Ruger Super Blackhawk 4 3/4" in 44 Mag

Ruger Flattop Blackhawk 4 3/4" in 45 Colt

Ruger Flattop Blackhawk 4 3/4" in 44 Special

Ruger Flattop Blackhawk 4 3/4" in 357 Mag

Colt 1911A1 modified with target sights in 45ACP

Colt 1911A1 Elite in 10mm

Some gets used more often than others but they eventually all gets time in the field every year.
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Old January 17, 2012, 09:56 AM   #5
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Varies by animal and situation. I try and hunt with most of my rifles, at least a little. Here's the jist of it, I'm sure I'm forgetting a few.

1.Winchester Mod 70 in 30-06 with an old Weaver K4. This is my main elk gun.
2.Marlin 1895G in 45-70. Has a Weaver V3 on it. Backup elk gun, and sees some coyote stands
3. Winchester Mod 70 in 270WSM with a Zeiss 4.5-14x w/ target turrets. For long range work on deer and elk.

1. Winchester mod 70 in 243 with a Nikon Monarch 4-16x w/ hunter turrets. My go-to deer gun, also has whacked a bunch of coyotes.
2. Winchester Mod 70 in 270WSM as noted above.

1. My Win mod 70 in 243 noted above was my old stand by and I still love to drill coyotes with it.
2. Remington 870 Express shooting a "dead coyote" choke and #4 buck. Love shotgunning predators.
3. Just got an AR, 20" bull barrel w/ Vortex 3-9x scope. It is not yet bloodied.
4. Just got a Ruger 77/22 in 22 hornet w/ an old Weaver K4. Also not bloodied.
5. Marlin 1894 in 45 colt with Skinner peep sight. Has seen quite a few stands, bagged at least one coyote. It's fun to take out.

1. The 870 for birds historically, although I picked up some more scatterguns recently:
2. Stevens mod 12 in 16ga, side by side. Killed a few rabbits with it.
3. Have a used 870 wingmaster on layaway w/ 3 chokes. It'll see some action for birds I reckon.

1. Ruger 10/22 with 3-9x bushnell. I've killed a whole nuch of tree rats with this thing.
2. Marlin 39A 22lr with an old Weaver (B1 I think). Scope is kinda blurry but I still managed a few squirrels with it this year.
3. Unknown brand .410 I just inhereited from my late Grampa. I don't like shotgunning squirrels but it comes in handy sometimes and I like to use it.
4. Marlin 25M in 22mag with 3-9x Tasco. Usually way more gun than needed, but for long shots it occaisionally comes in handy.
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Old January 17, 2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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Geez, I'm jealous of the arsenal some of you guys have...

I have...

A Remington 700 SPS Buckmasters in .270 Win. (my "new" deer rifle)
A Ruger M77 Mk II all-weather in a Boyd's stock for bigger game (my "old" deer rifle)
Both rifles have a new model Nikon ProStaff 3-9 X 40 (BDC reticle) scope on them.
A Stoeger Condor 12 ga. O/U for pheasants that we don't have in Wisconsin

That's it. Of course I have $$$$$$$ in my golf clubs.
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Old January 17, 2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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Spent most of my childhood hunting with just a Remington Viper .22lr and a Stevens single shot 20 gauge shotgun. I've since then added a pair of Mossbergs (20 gauge 500, 12 gauge 535), and a Traditions Yukon muzzleloader. Sometimes hunt with a Marlin 60 but much prefer the old Viper since it has a scope mounted and never fails to feed no matter what ammo I feed it.

Archery, I've got a PSE Lite Flite compound, Diamond Stud compound and a Parker Enforcer x-bow. The PSE is loud and slow compared to the others, yet it's the only one I've been successful hunting with .
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Old January 17, 2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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I have a few rifles I hunt with and I switch off depending on how I'm hunting that day.

My blind/stand guns:

No4 Mk1 sportered by me, puts 5 rounds in roughly 1.5 inch at 50yds:

Oberndorf commercial Mauser, shoots like it's laser guided:

My walking rifle, Win 94 XTR .375 Win:

Squirrel guns:
Mossberg 146b. Made in the golden age of rimfires:

Weatherby XXII with Weaver K-10:

Generally only my squirrel guns are scoped because where I hunt is pretty thick woods and swamp but I am looking for a scoped rifle to add because I've been going to a new part of the state a bit and need a longer reaching rifle.
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Old January 17, 2012, 04:29 PM   #9
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Pretty rifles, BigFatts.

Ted Williams Mod 53 in 30-06 with Burris 2-7x.
TC Omega .50 muzzleloader.

Med (deer in heavy woods):
AR-15 with 16" 7.62AK upper and Weaver 4x.

Winchester 69a. .22 with ghost rings.

Remington 11-48 12g Mod. choke
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Old January 17, 2012, 04:51 PM   #10
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win model 70 .30-06
savage 7mm rem mag
savage axis .30-06
stevens .223 ( 2 legged applications/ coyote/stray dogs tryin to eat chickens*)
marlin model 60 .22lr
marlin 336 .30-30
benelli nova
winchester 1300
rem 870
and when the weather is crappy mosin nagant 91/30

ohh yeah '06 bowtech guardian

*lets just say i live in a rural setting
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Old January 17, 2012, 05:20 PM   #11
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I am seeing some good turn out here.
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Old January 17, 2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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Winchester M 70 .30-06 for hunting outside of my state where they allow real rifles. I have more 06s but this is the one that travels to hunts.

Kimber .22 Hunter .22lr for small game.

Remington 870 for turkeys and wing shooting

T/C Scout .54 caliber specifically for a couple extra deer days in Ohio

8" S&W Model 27 .357 magnum another Ohio deer gun.

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Old January 17, 2012, 07:39 PM   #13
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My hunting arsenal? Let's see:
* 1978 Ruger M77 in 7X57 with a Weaver 2-7X
* 1978 Interarms Mk X barreled in 22-250, stocked in AAA myrtlewood, wearing a Leupold VX-III 4.5-15X
* 1988 Interarms Mini-Mauser in 223, stocked in European walnut, topped with a Weaver 3-9X
* 1968 FN semiauto shotgun (lightweight alloy version of the A5), 12 gauge
* 1978 Browning Citori Field, 12 gauge.
* 1956 Browning Auto-5, 20 gauge
* 1990 Remington 514T, 22LR, with a Leupold 4X scope
* 1986 Ruger 77/22 Mag, topped with a Leupold 2-7X scope

What do I use when I go hunting? Usually my Ruger 77 or my FN 12 gauge. I'm a pretty boring guy, really. The others are just options, depending on the game.
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Old January 17, 2012, 07:49 PM   #14
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Mine is pretty simple.

For deer and antelope I use a left handed Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag topped with a Nikon Monarch 3x9.

For deer I also use a Ruger No. 1 in 45-70 also topped with a Nikon Monarch 3x9.

For turkey I use a Mossberg 12ga.
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Old January 17, 2012, 08:06 PM   #15
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Wow, I don't know how some of you guys decide which gun to take with you on any given hunt Gotta say, I'm a bit jealous.

Of my 19 firearms, only 3 are regular hunters.

My Ruger 10/22, Rem. 870 Mag, and my sporter Swede.

As I try my hand at more coyote hunting, the DR200 may go out when hunting the thicker stuff.

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Old January 18, 2012, 06:47 AM   #16
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Bigfatts and Smith nice rifles/shotguns/handguns.
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Old January 18, 2012, 09:11 AM   #17
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My current line up -
Sako .17HMR with Zeiss 4.5-14x 50mm
CZ 452 in .22lr with Leupold VX-1 2-7X33mm
Sako 22-250 with Leupold VX-II 3-9X40mm
Sako .308 Finnwolf lever action with Leupold VX-II 3-9X40mm
Sako Bavarian bolt action .308 with Kahles 2.5-10x50mm
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Old January 18, 2012, 10:09 AM   #18
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For deer I have A Savage 110 7mm mag with a 4x16 leapers scope.

For pig I use either the savage riffle or my Beowulf .50 AR.

For turkey and other winged critters I have my Mossberg 500 with a 26" barrel and a Remington 11-87 premier with a 28" barrel. Both 12g

For the little guys I have my Mossberg plinkster .22 with a bushnel 3x9.

Handguns I use either my glock model 22 .40 cal (mainly for back up in case a crazy pig wants to charge) or a Ruger blackhawk 357 mag.
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Old January 19, 2012, 06:00 PM   #19
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K98 Mauser 8mm Sporter, Euro sporter job ('50s?) with custom safety and Leupold 3-9X 50mm. Great gun and I love the caliber with full power Euro spec loads.

Other two main rifles:

Remington Model 700 Classic 8mm with Burris Fullfield 3-9x 40mm


K31 7.5 x 55 (iron sights)

I like having something a little different.

For birds, a 30" barrel Marlin 12 GA. I'm not really a big shotgun guy, but I'd like to get a medium priced over/under shotgun for birds and skeet shooting. I'm simply not going to pay thousands of dollars, however, especially just for display case engravings and the like.

Also Ruger MkIII bull barrel .22 LR for squirrels and a S&W 686P I could use for deer, although I haven't gotten around to it.
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Man you might have opened a can of worms here if my wife reads this post!

Small Game and Varmint
.22 LR - Marlin M60, Winchester 1906, and Winchester 72 all iron sights
.22 WMR - Savage 93BV cheap Simmons 3-9X40
.204 Ruger - Encore Pro Hunter 2-7X35 Nikon Monarch UUC (will be getting a new scope soon)
.223 Rem - Stevens 200 2-7X33 Redfield Revolution and H&R Ultra Varmint 6.5-20X50 target dot Barska

Dual Purpose Varmint & Big Game

6X47 Rem - custom Stevens 200 4-12X40 AO Leupold VX-II
.243 Win - Parker Hale 3-9X40 Leupold VX-I
.250 Savage - custom Stevens 200 at the smith no scope yet.
.25-06 - Custom Zastava with set triggers 4-16X40 AO Bushnell Elite 4200

Big Game

6.5X55 - Kimber of Oregon M96 sporter (stole the 2-7 Nikon off of it)
6.5-06 - custom Husquvarna action with with Canjar single set trigger and 7.5X40 AO M8 Leupold
.270 Win - Parker Hale 1200 4-12X40 AO Bushnell
.30-30 Win - M94 Winchester and M788 Remington with 4X M8 Leupold
.30-40 US - 1896 Krag sporter with Rice aperature sight
.300 Savage - M93 Mauser sporter 2-7X35 Vortex Viper

Bigger Game!

.30-06 - JC Higgins M50 FN Mauser 2-7X35 Baush & Lomb Elite 3000, M670 and M70 FWT with no optics
.300 H&H - 1917 Sporter 2.5-8X36 Leupold VX-II
8mm-06 - VZ-24 Mauser 1.5-6X36 Tasco Titan II 3P#4 reticle
.338-06 - 1903A3 Springfield 2.5-8X36 Leupold VX-III
.358 Win - Savage 99A 2-7X35 Burris FFII 3P#4 reticle
.35 Whelen - 1903 Springfield 1.75-6X33 Leupold VX-III and M700 BDL 3.5-10X40 Leupold VX-III
.375 Ruger - M70 XTR 1.75-6X33 Leupold VX-III

.50 Cal - Stainless H&R Huntsman no optics

Small game, Birds and Clays
.12 ga - M1300 FWT, Navy Arms single, Wards Western Field
.16 ga - Wards Western Field
.410 ga - H&R Topper
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Old January 19, 2012, 08:06 PM   #21
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Man I feel slightly inadequate after seeing all of these collections.

Mine humble collection consists of:

Remington 700 ADL Varmint .308 with cheap 4-12 scope (until I put better glass on it) for big game.

A Marlin 60 with a 3-9 scope for small game.

A Remington 870 Express for everything else.

I figure if I can't get it done with one of these three I'm doing it wrong.
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I have a Stoeger M2000 semi-auto 12 gauge for just about everything. I just acquired a remington 700 ADL in .270 topped with a Nikon Monarch UCC 3-9x40.

What's crazy is my dad hates shooting guns but he's got an old Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight in 12 gauge, a Marlin 60 Papoose .22LR, and a Remington SPR-18 single shot 30-06. If he sees a nice gun at the lgs, he'll buy it. He hasn't even shot his 30-06 yet.
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Old January 20, 2012, 06:57 PM   #23
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I figure if I can't get it done with one of these three I'm doing it wrong.
Hehe, good point Vortexyz
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Old January 21, 2012, 08:21 PM   #24
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For Whitetails
Sporterized Swedish Mauser- 6.5x55mm
S&W 25-5 for close up- .45 Colt
CVA Stag Horn inline muzzleloader- .45 Cal

Small game
Ruger 10/22 Circa 1970
Ruger Mark III
Savage Model 24 combination gun- .22/.410

Winchester Model 12- 20ga
Winchester SuperX-1- 12ga

Ruger Mini-14- .223 Rem

Looking to add a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt and a nice lever action, probably get the lever action this year, the Ruger who knows.

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Old January 22, 2012, 05:19 AM   #25
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JC Higgins Model 50 in 30-06. It's an FN Mauser action with a chrome lined High Standard barrel. Deer, elk, antelope with various loads.

Remington Model 600 in 308 with Brown Precision fiberglass stock. The Model 50's only drawback is it's a bit heavy to lug over hill and dale, so the 6.5 lb Remington gets the call sometimes.

Marlin 1895 in 45-70. If I know the hunting is going to be close range. A 400 grain A-frame bullet @ 1800 fps will stop most anything.


Upland - Franchi Renaissance O/U in 12 ga, 28" barrels. Light, easy to carry and powerful. Great recoil pad.

Turkeys / Ducks. - Mossberg 500 12 ga Grand Slam Turkey. 20" barrel, Realtree Hardwoods HD Green camo, fiber optic sights, Star Dot choke, nice thick pad. A delight to carry and plenty powerful within 40 yards. It gets a 28" barrel for ducks.
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