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Rifles....and Other Firearms
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Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 04:42:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im curious as to what everyone here who hunts has for a shooting iron.

Here in Texas Ive got clear shots out to 350 yards so I usually carry my Rem 700 7MM Mag for deer. Neck shot ruins no meat so its not like ive got to much gun. And im on thousands of acres so I dont need to worry about any property close by.

Recently bought a Weatherby Howa .243, man I love this gun. Coyotes at 200 yards dont stand a chance and have taken several deer with it last season. This replaced my .222 varmit gun. For two legged varmits I carry a 1911 .45 ACP.

Ive got a Ruger .270 and cant hit the barn with it.

My saddle gun...hunting hogs, is an old Winchester Lever Action .32 Win Special.

steve19438    Posted 11-23-2004 at 17:45:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
deer: rem 788 .308& rem 7600 carbine 30.06 & rem 11-87 premier slug gun all scoped 3x9x50
small game rem 11-87 12 ga & mossberg 500 12 ga & h&r 410 for fun

MapleStone    Posted 11-23-2004 at 12:23:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only own 2 guns but here it is.

Deer & Moose - Remington 7600 pump 30.06 with Carbine barrel and a bushnell trophie red dot site.

Birds- Winchester 1300 walnut

I'd like to get a .222 for varmits and such as well as a shot gun with rifled cantelver barrel and another red dot for the many shotgun only deer hunts around here.

Mugway    Posted 11-23-2004 at 10:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deer- .44 mags Ruger model 96& Redhawk,or 3030 Win model 94
Birds- 12 ga or 20 ga
Small- .22 Sav
To many to list and some to old to use.

bandersnatch    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:40:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
In PA we seldom get shots over 100 yds, except maybe at wood chucks. I've shot chucks out to 170 yds with a muzzleloader target rifle. And I use a 45-70 H & R single shot for deer. I've also shot deer with a Hepburn in 40-50 Sharps cal. For Squirrel and rabbits, I use a Stevens model 44 in 25-21, although the wildlife folks just made it illegal to use any centerfire over 23 cal for small game. My side arm is a Ruger Old Army, shot with 40 grains of 3f and a 245 grain bullet. I do have a Remington pistol in 11.15 x 58R Remington but it is too powerful to shoot with one hand. Just for giggles, I occaisionally use a Remington Model No. 1 in 58 US Musket. Around here there, is little need for that flat shootin small bore (under 38 cal) stuff.

tim in pa    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:29:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
was using a savage 110c 30.06 for deer, but switched to a ruger redhawk .44 mag w/2x leopold for last 2 years, mo' fun!

Fawteen    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have any guns. Guns are intrinsically evil and politically incorrect. Only the gubbermint and it's duly appointed officials should have guns. Hunting is wrong, what did those poor innocent animals ever do to you?

I don't have a concealed carry permit. Only politicians, Movie/TV stars and crooks have a need to carry concealed.

I'm a pacifist. That lump under my coat is my lunch.

Note to the humor challenged: This is sarcasm (or as a friend of mine likes to say "sar-chasm": The gulf between those who said it and those who don't get it). Look it up...

Willy-N    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:54:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Ruger 10-22 cal with 4 power scope, Ruger SP-101 Stainless .38 cal, Ruger Ranch Model Stainless .223 cal Mini 14 and a Winchester Model 1300 Defender Parkerised Extended Mag 12 Gauge Shot Gun. I don't hunt any more so I sold a lot of my guns and kept the ones I thought would come in handy around the place. Mark H.

Rickstir    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:46:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
NorthEast Missouri. Some open shots but mostly woods on my place. Remington 700BDL - 30.06 for deer.

Rabbits & Quail - Browning Sweet Sixteen
Turkey - Browning A5 12 Guage
Plinking and fun - AK-47
Personal Protection (CCW) Berreta 92 FS or Taurus 650 CIA .357 mag.

Peanut    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:13:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Rickstir, where in NE MO are you? Closest town to me is Perry or Monroe City. Actually, the Cannon Dam on Mark Twain Lake is about a mile from my property.

Rickstir    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:40:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are close in buddies for sure. I live SE of Paris, on the Elk Fork of the Salt River. Had the place for 10 years, lived full time for 9. Wife and I love it up here. Glad to be out of STL for sure.

mud    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:38:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
rabbits- uncle meds h&r 20 ga. with hardened receiver- he bought it from western auto in late 20's. modified choke

quail- winchester mdl 12 pump. uncle pauls

groundhogs and stray cats- yep i shoot cats, in a heartbeat. savage 22-250 good to 500 yards on the bag with hornaday loads

white tail- t/c 12" 7.30 waters - because i still hunt dont look for any shots out past 100 yards

cans- s&w model 41 & colt scout

would someday like remington model 700 bdl in 30:06 or .270 for trips out west.

like to plink with colt 1911 but it aint mine

KyleSD    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:33:28       [Reply]  [No Email]

30.06 for deer and .22 for racoons and other fur hunting....12 gauge for game birds and a 410 that was my grandpas also have a .22 hand gun and a .243 for hunting gun is going to be a old 30-30...ive always wanted one

bob ny    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:32:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
don't do much huntin any more(knees you know)have numerous shotguns couple of small calibar varmit rifles and a trusty win 94 30-30

Peanut    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:25:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Deer - Marlin 30/30 (no open shots past 100 yards)
Little critters & snakes & teaching the kids how to shoot safely - Marlin .22 rifle
Two-legged snakes (example: ex-wife & her attorney) - Smith & Wesson .44 mag long barrel pistol
Tucked in the closet for safe keeping - late 1800's Winchester 12 gauge lever-action shotgun in great shape

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:32:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

I have always wanted a WRA M1887...I would take a 12, but I really want a 10 gauge...

Keep it safe!

Peanut    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:37:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It has been in my family for a real long time. I used to hunt with it as a kid. Talk about carrying a hunk of iron around in the woods. That thing is heavy. When I stopped hunting with it I ran out and bought me an Ithica Featherlite (I think that is what it was called) - a whopping 7lbs loaded.

Its a great shotgun. Only bad thing about it is that it ejects the shells directly from the top of the gun backwards (basically right over my head). I can't wear a ball cap when I shoot it. If I do I get the shell bounced from the underside of the bill of the cap onto my face. That hurts when the shells are hot.

Now it is clean and safe in a case.

Greg VT    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
This season I've been carrying a Remington Model Seven in 7mm-08. I just picked it up this summer and haven't taken anything with it yet, although I probably messed up my best chance of the season last Sunday.

With the synthetic stock and 20" stainless barrel it weighs in at 6 1/2 pounds without the scope.

Sighted in a couple inches high at a hundred yards it should be in the vitals out to 280 yards or so.

Remington 870 12ga for my shot-gunning needs.

Thompson Center New Englander for the black powder season.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:30:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wife has a TC White Mountain in .50 cal...

I love TC stuff...I did get rid of my Contender this summer though as I just never seemed to hunt with it any more...

All I ever got with it was one bear and that was back in 91...

That .45-70 in a 12 inch barrel was something else...I can not imagine going 'bigger' in a handgun, but they do make them...

marlowe    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
open land RUGER M77 30-06 and 7MM mag in the swamp SKS 762-39 yes the same gun the nut used to do his killing nice swamp gun

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:19:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
SKS and 'solids' is the best fish-gun I have...

Yes...Shooting fish is still legal here in Vermont of Pickerel, Northerns and 'cull fish' for 2 months in the spring...

Think it is still legal only in one other place in the US and that is in parts Virgina...

Dave 2N    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:12:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We can't use rifles so for years I used an Ithaca Model 37 12 ga. Then went to a Thompson Contender in .375 Winchester. Tried the muzzle loader thing for awhile with a Rem. 700 muzzle loader. Great rifle but got tired of carting everything but the kitchen sink around with me in the woods. So, decided to simplify and have been using a New England Firearms single shot with a 20 gauge rifled slug barrel, composite stock. I like it, it's plenty accurate for our average 40 yard shots and a joy to carry around.

If we ever move to rifle hunting, I'll go with a lever or single shot in .45/70. But for some reason, we can't use rifles in the woods for deer but I can shoot woodchucks all summer with my .223, 22PPC, 22/250 or .243. Go figure.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:07:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love the NEF's...

Cheap and reliable...A better behind-the-seat pickup gun can not be had IMHO...You don't worry about it getting scratched or beat up...

I have one in 20 and one in 12...The 12 is going to get cut down to 18 1/2 so I can use it as a 'pull' gun in a kayak for sneaking ducks...

Dang, this is fun,

Salmoneye, Giggling Like A Kid

Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:23:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Down here its pretty much rifle country. Some use shotguns and buckshot. Not many slug hunters.

We used to run deer with dogs, Walker Hounds, Curs and Catahoullas...we used shotguns for that as it was in the woods and your only shot was going to be 40 yds or so thru brush.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 04:59:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't see too many .32 Specials around any more...

What I carry depends on what I am hunting, where I am hunting and what my mood is that day...The entire list is too long, but...

For 'most' situations on deer or bear I carry my Remington 7400 Carbine chambered in .30-06...

For birds and bunnies my go-to is a Springfield 511 SxS in 12 gauge...It just fits and points almost 'magically' for me...

As I said, mood and terrain will change that...In thick stuff where I will not get a shot more than 75 yards on a deer, I will carry my Wifes' Marlin 1894S .44 Mag lever...I love that dang gun LOL...

Sidearm depends on what and where too...Usually a Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag...

Carry is a Glock 19 which is a cutdown version of the 17 in 9mm...

Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:17:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bird hunting is my passion. Doves and Quail.

Ive got a over/under Browning Citori White Lightning 12 ga I love. I want a 28 ga.

I bought a Baretta 391 last year and its sweet. Point good and will rip 3 rounds out fast.

Got several old Browning A5 humpbacks...12's and one Sweet 16.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:03:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will inherit Dads 1947 A5 someday...I can wait...

Till then I occasionally use the Remington Model 11 that I inherited from my one of my Great Aunts...

I also have a Savage 775A (same design but with a swept back that looks like a Rem M-48) that sees duty on Ducks and Geese...

The original John Browning design is timeless and has a sound all its' own, eh?

Hawk    Posted 11-23-2004 at 04:55:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have a .45 blackpowder kentucky rifle, also a .22 mag pistol, .410 shotgun and a lever action henry .22 rifle. not a deer hunter anymore but would love to harvest a hog someday.

Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:15:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought an old Rossi pump 22. Now thats a sweet gun for shooting limb rats and pigeons in the barn, Got a Browning 22 but its so dang short.

I inherited an old single barrel .410 coach gun. The hammer is as big as my ear. Cant even read the name on it anymore.

Hawk    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:38:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
can`t hardly find a coach gun in .410 anymore, but i have my eye on a italian side by side for a little over 300$ and i`ll take it to my smithy for a cut down to 18". loaded with 000 buck shot or slugs should make for some interesting shooting. that old rossi ought to be a collector.
taurus is making a replica of that little rifle now.

Clod    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:47:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Texas.My neices boy has a 223 singleshot.He is in about the third grade.He got one buck in the head last Saturday at Fredricksburg at beyond 100 yards .I gave his mom here first rifle long ago.223 Rem bolt.She has KOed plenty of deer as her father was a hunting guide in West Texas.Now she has my long range 270 Win target rifle.You want to do some long range targets? 500 yards? Work time>>>>>>>>>>>

Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 10:44:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Clod,

Sure Id like to shoot some long range targets.
Ive got a tuned 7MM and a 264 Win Mag that 500 yards aint nothing but a step!

Jimmy    Posted 11-23-2004 at 08:32:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Savage SS 22ga for target practice & shooting some rabbits. We also have a muzzel loader (never used it) & a 20-ga shotgun that will not work. Put in a shell, but pin will not work. Pin works fine without a shell- go figure. Someday I may get a deer rifle- perhaps a 270.

Clod    Posted 11-23-2004 at 10:33:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess he dont want to shoot.

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