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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14340454 12/05/19
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Do you own a .22lr?


Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: Blacktailer] #14340510 12/05/19
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Originally Posted by Blacktailer
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Originally Posted by BenfromNY
Hi everyone, this is my first on the campfire so I'm hoping you've all got some great advice for me.

I'm considering paring down my gun collection (I know, I know), but hear me out.
First some background: I'm primarily a deer hunter (also some turkey) in upstate NY and I feel like there is a lot of redundancy in my current rifles. I hunt from a treestand mostly, but I've been getting into tracking, and other big woods hunting where long hikes, rough conditions, and snap shots are more the norm.

Now to the rifles:

Winchester 94 XTR top eject in 30-30 (1981 MFG), iron sights.

Remington 1903-a3 sporter in 30-06. M70 featherweight profile Douglas barrel, buehler safety, full length stock in figured claro walnut. Currently no optics.

Kimber Montana 308win, Vortex Razor HD LH 1.5-8x32

Tikka's T3 forest in 270, Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40

Tikka T3x lite stainless in 30-06, Vortex Razor HD LH 1.5-8x32

Shotguns (I know this is a rifle forum but some ares only allow slugs for deer hunting)

Remington 1100 12ga, 2 3/4", 21" rifle sight smooth bore and 28" VR
Beretta 686 White Onyx
Baikal 12ga single shot 30" full choke
HR partner pump 20ga compact

Would like to thin the herd a bit, already sold off a Remington 700 ADL beater.

Would also consider an overall reworking of the fleet if it mean the less guns total, and less money into them.

Thinking to sell the T3x 30-06 (keep scope) and the partner pump. Also sell the zeiss Conquest and replace with vx-3i 1.5-5x20 for the 1903-a3. Or I could go to express sights for the 1903. Considering selling the Tikka 270 also because for the ranges I hunt/shoot within 300-350yards, 150gr 308 is fine. I'm finding that the Kimber is a great all around gun. Very light, awesome glass, can't damage it. I like having a quality gun I can beat the [bleep] out of.

ALSO tempted to sell the 1100 and replace with a very lightweight pump or auto 20ga for deer. Beretta covers bird hunting.

Thanks!

It's hopeless. Your collection is perfect in my way of thinking. All of the firearm type have a purpose. You might want to add 5-6 handguns though!

This is the best advice. Every firearm I own was bought for a reason so I consider my self a minimalist. My next firearm will probably be bought because I have one more slot left in the safe.
Hey, it's a reason.
Then I'll buy another safe.

I'm serious. The OP's collection covers much of the ground that interest me. A nice light 30-30 lever for camp. A 1903 Springfield for a project. All of the guns the OP has was thought about.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14340843 12/05/19
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I’d keep the Kimber and sell the rest.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: horse1] #14340993 12/05/19
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Originally Posted by horse1
Kimber, 1100, 686.

Trip the rest and nab yourself a nice lightweight 223 or 22-250 for a lower-recoil option to practice with that's similar to your big-game rifle.


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341253 12/05/19
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Sell everything and start anew.

Make a commitment to have three maybe four rifles and one or two shotguns and one handgun.

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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341284 12/05/19
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I had that when I was 20 and barely armed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I have never figured out how to use more than one firearm at a time. 😋



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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341328 12/05/19
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Welcome, and unless you're over 90 years old I wont help anyone get rid of their guns. smile


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341398 12/05/19
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Thinning down the heard is a very sad thing to do.............but if I were give those options I'd sell ALL of them except the 1903-A3. Take the money and buy a CZ 22 long rifle and put a good scope on it and then a Mossberg 590 with a bird barrel and a slug barrel.

A good 22, a 30-06 and a shotgun will cover ALL your needs for ever, and do everything there is ----------------------------- but will be far more boring then having a lot of guns to choose from.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341463 12/05/19
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Kimber 308 with whichever of the bunch is your favorite scope
Rem 1100

The rest are all fluff.

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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341496 12/05/19
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Somebody probably already said this, but take the Zeiss off the .270...put it on the Tikka .30-06....sell everything else.


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341531 12/05/19
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Keep the Tikka ‘06, 1100, sell everything else, grab a 1:8 Tikka 223. Done.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14341544 12/05/19
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Keep the Kimber Montana .308
Rip the Vortex off there and put a Leupold Compact 2.5 X 8 on it.

Sell everything else and buy an Ithaca Model 37 Deerslayer pump 20 ga

Send that 94 30-30 to me for further testing 🤠


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14342019 12/06/19
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I'd just keep the 30-30 and a shotgun. Dont be like me. ;D


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: ingwe] #14342061 12/06/19
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Originally Posted by ingwe
Somebody probably already said this, but take the Zeiss off the .270...put it on the Tikka .30-06....sell everything else.

WTF?? No scattergun??


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Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14343167 12/06/19
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Wow, thanks for all of the great replies. I've read and considered everyone's comments, so no hard feelings if I don't respond specifically to yours.

MM879, each gun was carefully thought out, I've spent a lot of years with more time than money so I had to be thoughtful.

Regarding the scopes Vortex Razor is absolutely phenomenal optically, has a German 4a type reticle, and weighs 13oz. I've done the Leupold thing, and the vx-3i is not optically superior. Neither is the zeiss, although it's too close to tell without testing I don't care to do. I chose the Vortex because I've never had too little magnification for a long shot, but I've been unable to shoot deer running in thick cover at close range at 3x. 1.5x is vastly better for what I'm doing. I will get a Leupold 1.5-5x20 eventually with alumina flip caps because the Kimber bolt handle causes clearance issues with a scope cap like butler creek.

I do not own a 22lr. My father lives close and owns a CZ455fs which I have free access to.

1903-a3 is sentimental as is the 686. The 94 is my first lever gun, and will eventually get a fast fire on a turnbull fastfire receiver mount (its factory d and t).

THe tikka 270 is just crazy accurate. Never had a rifle shoot varying ammo as well and to same POI.

Tikka 30-06 was a possible replacement for Kimber, but the stock is garbage, and I'm small and weak so I prefer the lighter Kimber. In the meantime it's been a loaner to various broke/cheap friends without reliable guns.

The Kimber is basically my do it all beater, crash through brush, drop in snow, knockaround, not give a care hunting rifle.

1100 does basically everything reasonably well.

The baikal single shot is completely refinished, and actually pretty nice. Refinished and reshaped stock, mitre blued small parts. Als probably only worth like $50, so why even bother. Plus there's nothing quite like watching someone shoot 3" turkey loads out of a 6lb shotgun.

I think that the advice to keep them all is probably good, but I want to pare down a bit. I think for now I'll lose one of the Tikkas, and the partner pump because it's junk.

I think my takeaway from all e comments is that there's a lot I could ditch without losing capability, but there's also not a lot of redundancy. I view the tikkas basically as redundant because the 1903 and the Kimber cover all that ground anyway.

So at least one tikka is going, and maybe both. If I sold both I would probably look for a Remington model 14 in 35rem with a good bore and a rough finish/bluing as a project.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14343213 12/06/19
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Originally Posted by BenfromNY

I do not own a 22lr.


Fix that ASAP.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14343260 12/06/19
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Keep the Tika T3X stainless in 30-06 and put the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 on it. Keep the Beretta 686. All pared down.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14343329 12/06/19
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I've been trying to post a photo of this 1903 but for the life of me I cannot figure it out.

Re: Help me go minimalist with my guns [Re: BenfromNY] #14343371 12/06/19
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