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Paul B.
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Posted: December 19 2016 at 12:25pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Old Ranger wrote:
Nope.
Guess I got ahead of myself. Mike's right. I don't need one. In fact I'll
likely sell my '06 and just have the model 92 and be done with it.
Don't really need more than one rifle anyway right?


SACRILIGE! BLASPHEMY! For shame!

Run immediately to the range with that 30-06, say three hail John
Browning and shoot 50 rounds. Ain't nothing you cannot do with a 30-06
from 100 gr. plinkers over Unique to full bore romper stompers with 4350
or 4831. Only thusly will you be forgiven.
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Posted: December 20 2016 at 7:59am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Ok Paul, I won't sell my '06. Wouldn't want you to blow a gasket or anything on account of any of my silly notions.
I was getting a little carried away. Sorry 'bout that. Must a been a "low blood sugar moment" laps in thinking. I'm better now.
But I'm not going to get a .243 Win though. In reality it's not economically feasible nor is it practical for me. I'll just be grateful for what I have.

Edited by Old Ranger on December 20 2016 at 10:51am


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Posted: December 20 2016 at 10:26am | IP Logged Quote joed

What happened??   I hadn't checked this in 2 days. From wanting a .243 to
selling one of yours.   Ranger, you're as unpredictable as me.

To be honest, if I lived where you did I would keep the 06.

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Posted: December 20 2016 at 11:01am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I've got scads of crappy S&B LRM primers that will only light up pistol powder. I can drop 4gr of Bullseye in a case and seat .311" sized .319" round balls and plink for less than the cost of .22LR! Ok, the '06 is salvaged from going to the scrapyard.

Hey, I'm just like the Texas weather. If it ain't what ya like, wait a few minutes 'n it'll change! Ha! Oh I just love senility!

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 12:49am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Man, this thread has gone in all different directions!

Yea, I can see a point if down to only one rifle, the 30-06 would be the one.

But heck, I have more rifles then I think any person could use.

And there may be one or two I have never fired!

Like that Winchester 405 Teddy Roosevelt and I must have 6 or 8 boxes of ammo.
of shells for it plus reloading dies....

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 8:56am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well I'm likely the most impoverished member of this forum and simply cannot afford many luxuries like dozens of firearms. Also I have a personal rule that I won't own one that I cannot shoot nor one that shoots poorly. And I'm not whining but rather simply stating fact. Actually, when younger I did quite well with just a Springfield 1903A3 and a Spartan press with some modest gear to load with. I suppose my thinking is set differently than most in that I'm satisfied with a few weapons and am grateful for those that I have. Nothing personal, just I'm from a culture that doesn't have collections. I'm not complaining nor condemning here. Perhaps trying to explain that in looking at the .243 Win was actually an extravagance in my mind that went beyond myself and my current lifestyle and my past upbringing. Mike's comment actually jolted me back to the reality of my situation and I merely was thinking out loud I suppose. I have more than I need and feel more than fortunate in that my father had one rifle, one pistol, and a shotgun. Yeah, I got plenty.   

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Posted: December 21 2016 at 3:01pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Old Ranger - I understand.

Much of my life I had one rifle, one shotgun and one handgun. Over time, that changed. Usually for the better. But sometimes my shooting life seems quite complicated now. This ammo. That ammo. Different holsters & magazines.

Big guns, little guns, in - between guns...

And I really don't have all that many! Not compared to some folks I know. They just sorta piled up over the years. I've thinned the herd some, but it needs more thinning.

I think that's one reason that so far this year I've hunted mostly with just my .30-06, and one day with my .30-30 Glenfield. Just to get back to basics.

Sure didn't hurt my success at all. Bear, antelope and mule deer, all were one-shot drops. Poor ol' .30-06 had been sitting around un-used... I guess it works...

Simple can be better. Less can be better.

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If you are only going to have one rifle, bigger is better and the .30-06 is a good one. It's easier to load down than to load up.

Plus you can still find .22/.30 caliber sabots to make your own "Accelerator" type ammo, if you want.

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While going through all my Dad's stuff, I found a container with some old .30-30 loads he made up, God only knows when, but it's obviously the little Lee "soupcan" 120 grain flat nose and his not said 5 grains of Clays. Shot a few through a single shot H&R, nice, quite and one hole accurate at 25 yards (realistic fox squirrel hunting distance). After zeroing it, I kept about a dozen for the next month or so of squirrel hunting.

Yeah, it's easy to load a big gun down to do the work of a .22.

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Posted: January 11 2017 at 6:17pm | IP Logged Quote steven

Back in the seventies the ranch owner would not allow me to deer hunt in south texas with my J.C. Higgins .243.They gave be a "more powerful 6mm" and i killed my first deer at 100 yds.they said get rid of the .243.i went home and did a little math but i could never convince them.between me and my son we have killed dozens of deer with 100 gr. speer in that Sears rifle.

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steven wrote:
Back in the seventies the ranch owner would not allow me to deer hunt in south texas with my J.C. Higgins .243.They gave be a "more powerful 6mm" and i killed my first deer at 100 yds.they said get rid of the .243.i went home and did a little math but i could never convince them.between me and my son we have killed dozens of deer with 100 gr. speer in that Sears rifle.


That's funny! Ya, love our little 6mm Rem, but it's got about the same ballistics as a .243 Win. Kill deer with one? Can kill deer with the other. People get all wrapped up in ballistic nonsense sometimes.

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Posted: January 22 2017 at 7:37pm | IP Logged Quote Bohica793

I picked up a used Ruger American .243 with a cheap Bushnell 3-9 scope for pocket change Saturday morning. Bought a box of American Select 100gr rounds (lowest price) and went to the range. After checking and adjusting the scope at 100 yds, I put 4 rounds into a 2" group at 200 yards before beating a bowling pin to death with the remaining rounds at 300 yards. Scary accuracy with factory ammo from a very inexpensive rifle. Can't wait to see what it does with quality handloads.

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