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#7290382 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]  
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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.


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#7290449 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]  
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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.

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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.



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#7290672 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: JPro]  
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Yea, I could run a Ruger too, just can't get them quite light enough but they are tough.


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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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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.

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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.

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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.

#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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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?...


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#7291086 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: pal]  
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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 - 01/09/13 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 - 01/09/13 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 - 01/09/13 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
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#7291578 - 01/09/13 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


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 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: battue]  
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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.


#7292072 - 01/09/13 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

#7292128 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Westcoaster]  
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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??????

#7292565 - 01/09/13 Re: Our rifles.... [Re: Mako25]  
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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 - 01/09/13 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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