Currently, the Ruger SS Hawkeye laminate .308 with a Leupold 4X or 6X scope, probably 4X.
OR, something that hasn't been mentioned but has done it not in theory but in fact for well over a hundred years - a Winchester Model 94 .30-30. Not the fancy-shmancy angle eject with scope mounts and such, but a good old top eject, throw the empty on your head, open sighted .30-30. In an homage to shot placement and loonyism it might wear a good peep sight like an older Redfield or steel Lyman 66 (not the modern plastic crap), or it might not.
It's been doing the job in out of the way places in snow and rain and dust with no fancy maintenance long enough to have proven itself. And I don't think a few million deer, moose, elk, caribou, black and even grizzly bears would suddenly spring back to life if you used one.
Gunnery, gunnery, gunnery. Hit the target, all else is twaddle!
The guys mentioning a SS Ruger Synthetic in .308 or 30-06 are not far off. I'd likely go 30-06, make the handle a McMillan in some drab gel-coat color, and top it with a medium-powered Leupold variable, likely a B&C or LRD model.
If I had to snatch up one of my current rifles to go do whatever, not knowing what I might get into or where I might be doing it, I would take this one.
It's an older 700 BDL SS .338WM, cut to 22" and bedded to an LSS handle that I had shortened up in the LOP department. The scope is a 3.5-10x40 VX-III with the B&C reticle. It fits well, shoots well, feeds well, and hits pretty hard.
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.
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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.
"There's more to optics than meets the eye."--anon
"...most of us would be better off losing half a pound around the waist than half a pound on our rifle."--dhg
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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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??????
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