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#7290716 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Steelhead]
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They are tough, heavy, and sometimes not the smoothest, kind of like their revolvers. I remember that sturdy looking 30-06AI you did in the sea-foam swirl. I bet the photo weighed 2lbs.....
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#7290735 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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I used Leupold to earn my livelihood for 15 years...not a lot more to be said really.

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#7290741 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: ingwe]
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Quote:
You only have one or two rifles and they must work when you call on them.


Since I don't trust scopes anymore;
My win94ae 30-30; (today's shot.)


My Eddystone US model of 1917, 30-06; (my shot from 4 days ago.)


Those 2 rifles I feel most confident with presently; they've never let me down.


Edited by Win_94 (01/09/13)
Edit Reason: hyperlink messed-up
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#7290785 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Win_94]
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A Model 700 Remington in .30-06 unless large bears were in play and then I'd get a .375H&H too. Scopes would be Leupold VX-2 3-9X40s or Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40s in Tallet LWs.
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#7290873 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Steelhead]
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Originally Posted By: Steelhead
One of my stainless SUCKS in a McMillan sporting some flavor of Leupold, likely a 6x42 or 2-7x33.

That's what I miss about Alaska, I carried a rifle damn near daily. Miles upon miles strapped on an ATV, in a skiff, backpack or hands. Lots of coastal crap and 15 feet of rain a year. Fishing, running a trap line, fugging around.



I could and do like the 2-7x33 I have, if I could turn the dang power ring quickly without using a pipe wrench; especially in winter when it really gets stiff. Been putting off sending it back. Leupold said they will loosen it up.

Yea I could see how you would miss that. Hell, I miss reading about it.


Edited by battue (01/09/13)
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#7290905 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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If I could take only one?

700 stainless 375 H&H in a McM, and put a 3.5-10x40 with turrets up top.

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#7290922 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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A Ruger #1 with no glass.
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#7290996 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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Posts: 4273
Loc: so cal
Originally Posted By: battue
...So lets say all of a sudden you have to live off a rifle on a daily basis or you have to guide for a living...You do have to have a dependable rifle that will take the mud, rain and snow as part of its check off sheet. You shoot mainly plus sized animals and not 1in squares. You only have one or two rifles and they must work when you call on them...

Proven factory offering that will sprint or slog to the finish, or unknown test dummy that has no longterm down and dirty track record?...


1--Pre '64 M70, .30-06

2--Sako 75 .260 Rem.


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#7291086 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: pal]
Ky221 Offline
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Registered: 08/05/11
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Loc: The Bluegrass
1)m700, 30-06, McMillan, talley LWs, leupy 6x36
2) m70, 375 H&H, McMillan, open sights

If no big bears swap out the 375 for

M700, 25-06, McMillan, talley lws, leupy 6x36

This would work wonders in NA me-thinks
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#7291118 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Ky221]
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I'd just use my GFY rifles. Haven't found anything wrong with them yet.


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#7291261 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: BobinNH]
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Originally Posted By: BobinNH
M70 or Mauser 98.A pre 4 M70 or SS Classic would work for me.....Scope would likely be a 3x,4x or 6x Leupold or equal,but would not scoff at a fixed S&B or similar.

Would I "shirtsleeve" them? If I had to, you bet grin

I read recently of a CZ carbine, synthetic stock,20" barrel chambered 30/06 or 9.3x62....merits consideration.



My exact sentiments, except I'd pick a good 3-9x40...Any of my rifles would suffice....
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I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.


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#7291279 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: bsa1917hunter]
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Originally Posted By: bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted By: BobinNH
M70 or Mauser 98.A pre 4 M70 or SS Classic would work for me.....Scope would likely be a 3x,4x or 6x Leupold or equal,but would not scoff at a fixed S&B or similar.

Would I "shirtsleeve" them? If I had to, you bet grin

I read recently of a CZ carbine, synthetic stock,20" barrel chambered 30/06 or 9.3x62....merits consideration.



My exact sentiments, except I'd pick a good 3-9x40...Any of my rifles would suffice....


and I could borrow your lovely 9.3 x 62 bsa..... grin

Cheers
Gus

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#7291578 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: DaSakoMan]
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Originally Posted By: DaSakoMan
Originally Posted By: bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted By: BobinNH
M70 or Mauser 98.A pre 4 M70 or SS Classic would work for me.....Scope would likely be a 3x,4x or 6x Leupold or equal,but would not scoff at a fixed S&B or similar.

Would I "shirtsleeve" them? If I had to, you bet grin

I read recently of a CZ carbine, synthetic stock,20" barrel chambered 30/06 or 9.3x62....merits consideration.



My exact sentiments, except I'd pick a good 3-9x40...Any of my rifles would suffice....


and I could borrow your lovely 9.3 x 62 bsa..... grin

Cheers
Gus


If you lived closer, I'd let you borrow any of my rifles...... grin
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Originally Posted By: raybass
I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.


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#7291965 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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Registered: 10/25/06
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Loc: British Columbia
A good winter evening question... wink

In all honesty my Model 70 SS Classic in 338wm. It wears a Macmillan stock and a NXS 2.5-10x32. The whole package is accurate and bombproof. That rifle and I have been through swamps, over mountains, hill and dale, stuck in muskeg on my quad, rain, snow, many miles of trail and forest, etc - you name it. I wipe it off and it always shoots true.

The back up would be my 59 FN Browning Safari in 3006. It wears a Macmillan stock, fresh bluing, a 2.5-8x35 VX3, and it still has it's original iron sights(which shoot very well too). This one took a little while to dial in after the refit but it has turned into an accurate and bombproof rig as well.

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#7292072 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: bsa1917hunter]
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Originally Posted By: bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted By: DaSakoMan
Originally Posted By: bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted By: BobinNH
M70 or Mauser 98.A pre 4 M70 or SS Classic would work for me.....Scope would likely be a 3x,4x or 6x Leupold or equal,but would not scoff at a fixed S&B or similar.

Would I "shirtsleeve" them? If I had to, you bet grin

I read recently of a CZ carbine, synthetic stock,20" barrel chambered 30/06 or 9.3x62....merits consideration.



My exact sentiments, except I'd pick a good 3-9x40...Any of my rifles would suffice....


and I could borrow your lovely 9.3 x 62 bsa..... grin

Cheers
Gus


If you lived closer, I'd let you borrow any of my rifles...... grin


new I could rely on you mate...........

Gus

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#7292128 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Westcoaster]
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Registered: 10/18/09
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Neat "what if" scenario.

The one that'd be on the shoulder constantly would be a twenty-five caliber, with a Leupy of some sort. I'd have 75-grain V-Max's in one pocket, 80-grain TTSX's in another, and 120-grain Partitions in the rifle. Probably a .25-06, and more than likely a G33/40 Mauser '98.

The "could be somethin' BIG over the hill" rifle would be a Ruger #1, chambered in 375 H&H, with open sights, Savage 116, in 338 Win Mag, with open sights gotta think about the second one; big power, long range, or both??????

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#7292565 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Mako25]
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Loc: TX
This one:
Cast bullets for edible small game, JHP pistol ammo for sheer destructiveness on non-edible game & plinking. 150 gr SPs for hog sized critters, 180-200 gr SP for deer, and 220-250 gr for big stuff.
Old school...., 35 Remington



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#7292720 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: DMc]
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My old Ruger 77 RS Whelen in one of Mark's stocks. It goes 7 1/2# which isn't too bad and just works pushing the 225 gr TSX.



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#7293019 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: EdM]
battue Offline
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Registered: 01/11/07
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Many interesting responses and Ruger seems to have a fine reputation for being a no nonsense dependable rifle one can count on. Also seems more than a few think they would be stuck somewhere out West or in a place like Alaska and didn't consider having the local being further East.

When I threw the question out I didn't think all that much re my own answer, and after sleeping on it, this came to me this AM. Omitting the guiding avocation, and just making a living off of two rifles, my choice would be a well built rifle in a .22Hornet or even a .22Mag-I think CZ makes those-especially If I was roaming East of the Mississippi. Stuff your pocket full of shells and you are good to go; from small game to Deer at reasonable ranges. Lots of ammo and little carrying weight.

My big rifle would be a solid Winchester pre 64 Model 70 or a Ruger, both in .308W. More than enough cartridge for most everything and if you reload your own has a smaller appetite for powder, with the resulting less cost per round, more rounds per pound and less weight to carry around.


Edited by battue (01/10/13)
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#7293331 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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battue I don't see my choices as being much different from what I use now smile or what I've used for general hunting the past 40 years or so.

Mostly, this has been a Model 70(pre 64 or Classic)or Mauser 98,dropped in a good synthetic,with a 22" barrel for standard calibers (270,280,or 30/06);or a 24" barrel for magnum cartridges.They have all been built "light"(relatively for what they were),with an eye toward durability.Sometimes SS and sometimes CM.

So chamberings have varied over the years and there are lots of good choices but the general utlity of a 30/06 or 375H&H can't be denied.

In the east,I found out years back that I was not terribly handicapped in the brush for fast shooting with a light bolt action.The same rifles have been used east and west,because I hate things that are complicated,and my experience has been that only about 100-200 yards seperates the game I have killed in the west, from the longest distances I have dealt with in the east.Might be where and how I hunt but has been true for me nonetheless. smile

I have yet to have a snafu that I could blame on my equipment. grin
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#7293400 - 01/10/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: BobinNH]
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Bob, I think all have given responses that would work and we all have our favorites that have served us well over time. You are correct in that for the most part not getting it done rests with us and not solid equipment made by any manufacturer.

Now, the sun is out, the cold snap has broke, the Grouse should be out enjoying the day while refilling their crop, it should be a magnificent day to be roaming and I'm going to try and find a Grouse for dinner. I need one in light of the fact that after cleaning the last one, I left it on the countertop while I disposed of the carcass and Toby thought he deserved it more than me. He's right, so I can't be all that putout. laugh
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#7300394 - 01/12/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]
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battue,

a very interesting topic. I only have two centerfire rifles, both left handed Ruger Hawkeyes, both wearing McMillan stocks.

Unfortunately, left-handed stainless wasn't available when I got my Ruger hawkeyes. So guess I'd have to get them cherakoted coated then?

Anyways, ones a 308win with Leupold FXII 6x42 while the other is 223rem with Leupold VXIII 3.5-10x40mm.

I picked those calibers because I can use Varget powder to reload both cartridges thus simplifying things.

In 223rem, I can load either 60gr v-max for my varmnit/predator hunting then load 60gr nosler partition (or 62gr tsx) to push its use on whitetail deer here in western pennsylvania.

For 308win, I can load cheap cup n core 150gr hornady interlocks for practice and/or deer hunting, or just load 150gr nosler partition as a good overall hunting load, or perhap a 150gr barnex tsx/ttsx for whatever the partition/cup n core couldn't handle.

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#7300553 - 01/12/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: leomort]
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The Rugers just aren't accurate enough to be interesting.
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#7300576 - 01/12/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Swampman700]
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Originally Posted By: Swampman700
The Rugers just aren't accurate enough to be interesting.


Nor are your opinions.
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