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Posted: May 11 2018 at 10:16am | IP Logged Quote M700

My all-time favorite is the 22 cal Marlin 39A. I've always loved the looks & feel of these rifles, and the accuracy is pretty doggone good too. I truly enjoy some time just "plinking" or small-game hunting, with the Marlin 39A:


My SWAT rifle, this Krieger-barreled Rem 700 in .308 Win and I have been through an awful lot together. The "Green Machine" is the most accurate rifle I own at 600 yards. So ya, heavy though it may well be, it remains a favorite:


Sometimes it sheds some weight, and goes hunting!


Also favored, actually a pair of rifles, the 700 CDL's in 25-06 and 30-06. I do most of my "big game" hunting with them, and they have proven reliable & accurate, helping me notch many tags!


Last but not least, the 375 H&H Ruger Number One. Surprisingly accurate and easy to shoot, it's my favored black bear rifle. I'd like it to become my favored elk rifle too - but don't know if that'll happen.


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Posted: May 11 2018 at 11:49am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I have a Marlin 93 in 38-55 that I favor because my Granddad gave it to me when I was a little kid.
I will always keep a 6.5x55 model 94 Swedish mauser that was a gift from the family of an old friend who passed.
And just to take out and harvest meat I like my old 760 Remington pump in 30-06 just because it has taken a truck load of deer. I seem to be lucky with that rifle.
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Posted: May 11 2018 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Rifles left in inventory?

Rossi M92 357Mag 20" octagon barrel with case hardening
on frame, curved buttplate, and nosecap. Will tackle
anything around me with it. Two legs or four.

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Posted: May 11 2018 at 3:34pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ranger - that's something I don't have, and I think I'd enjoy the heck out of - a good lever-action 357 magnum!

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My fav 22 marlin Mountie octagon barrel
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Stevens 25-06

Only big game rifle I can see the bullet hit with no recoil.

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Posted: May 11 2018 at 5:56pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

Like most I have several but if I had to pick one 'overall' rifle it would be the Remington Model 7, SS, in 243 Win. I like the light weight for field carry and the handling qualities of the Model 7. My only negative on this rifle is I wished it was equipped with a No. 2 rather than No. 1 contour barrel but I like the 20" length.

Since I hunt varmints, predators, and deer, for me the 243 cartridge can do it all. Loaded with the 85 grain Sierra BTHP I can hunt all three categories of game with the same bullet / load. I get to know the rifle / load very well.

However my favorite strictly varmint / predator rifle is the Weatherby Super Varmint Master in 223 Rem. This rifle has a 26", No. 5 contour fluted barrel, a great trigger and is the most accurate out of the box factory rifle I've ever owned. With tailored reloads it's a 1/4 moa rifle. It's a shame they don't make it anymore.

While the Rem Model 7, 243, is my favorite all around rifle, for deer size game my favorite is the Rem 700 in 308. While the 243 will do the job with proper shot placement and reasonable ranges, I like the extra punch of the 308, especially for that deer of a life time that walk out.



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Posted: May 12 2018 at 7:16pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

My Ruger #1B in 30-06 A.I.

I just love single shot rifles.

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Ok. I hated 'em for half a century, but I've come around.
Guy was an inspiration and my granddaughter was my
motivation to buy one. Yup, the AR15.
The only other centerfire rifle I own. The Anderson
Manufacturing built 16" entry-level model. Plain. Simple.
Accurate. No frills. Flip-up iron sights and a budget red
dot in the middle both zeroed at 44m/201m. Maximum
effective range 275m. That's 300 yds to the non-G.I.

So after trimming down my guns to just a few, this little
rascal remains along with my M92 357Mag levergun. Guy was
right. Now he's gotta get a M92 in 357mag. A 20" with an
octagon barrel is handy. Its Ranger Tested. Ranger
Approved.    

In fact I was out yesterday doing a 100m to 25m "walk &
stalk" on the famous Ranger Iron Plate with the little
black rifle. Slow approach from 100m moving forward
slowly and silent. Popping a round here and there. My
close cover pig training. It was fun! And the M4 clone
never missed. Yeah, this is my other favorite rifle.

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Posted: May 15 2018 at 11:17am | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

I've only fired a few AR type rifles. Can't get used to no cheek weld and no wood....
My son has a safe slam full of them in God knows how many different calibers....

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Posted: May 15 2018 at 1:16pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Can get a cheek weld pretty easily with a different buttstock.

Wood - well that can be done too!

It's only money.

My AR-15 didn't make my list of favorite rifles. It's useful as all get out but... The AR-15 & M-16 were tools of mine since the late 1970's, and although I like 'em, I'd rather carry, load for, and shoot something more traditional like a nice bolt action, lever action or single shot rifle.

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Posted: May 15 2018 at 1:39pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Hmmm... Toss-up between by Rem 700 Classic 35 Whelen, my Husqvarna 6.5 Swede, and my wife's Gunsite Scout in .308.

Really lusting after a stainless lever gun in 45-70, too...

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Posted: May 15 2018 at 2:46pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

KinleyWater wrote:
Hmmm... Toss-up between by Rem
700 Classic 35 Whelen, my Husqvarna 6.5 Swede, and my
wife's Gunsite Scout in .308.

Really lusting after a stainless lever gun in 45-70,
too...



Dammit ya would have to mention the top 2 missing
rounds out of my wide collection .........drool......
Seriously these are the ones I am most interested in
... 35 Whelen and 6.5 swede (I am happy with what I
have in 308/7.62)

I do like my blued Marlin 1895s but I would not turn
down a stainless steel one
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Posted: May 15 2018 at 2:52pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

I have had to think about this a lot ......when I find a
caliber I like I tend to get several actions in it ....

But I guess my M1A1 SOCOM runs a real close second to my
K-31s, 7.55 Swiss......

But to be honest I like em all......ALL...
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Posted: May 15 2018 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Heheheh! Did it just to get under your skin .

Forgot the why part of my post.

35 Whelen.
The other day at the range I tested out a new load: 180 grain Speer HotCor FN over 60 grains of RE-15. Shoots very mild, smooth, flat, and fast. It's in a tossup with the 200 grain FTX over 54 grains RE-15 as my fall deer round. The point is, you can tailor it to almost any situation, game animal, or circumstance. But all that can be said for 308, 30-06, etc. as well. So, I guess the real answer is, because 35 Whelen!

6.5 Swede.
My rifle has been sporterized (not by me)and weighs in around 6 pounds with a fixed 4X scope and 5 rounds in the mag. I can literally carry it all day and night in the woods with not a care in the world.

Gunsite Scout.
Any real center fire rifle that gets the wife on the range is just outstanding. Doesn't hurt that it's sweet shooting.

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A few years back (about 15 or so) I sent a Rem 700 Varmint Special 22/250 to a smith in Colorado by the name of Dan Dowling. He trued and squared the action, bedded it and pinned the recoil lug to the action thus making it a switch barrel. He chambered a Hart barrel in 6mmBR and a Schneider barrel chambered in 7/08. The 22/250 and 6BR have dusted a lot of prairie dogs. It currently wears a 4X12 Leupold scope and I had it at the range last week with the 7/08 barrel screwed on and shot a couple sub 1" groups at 200 yards with it with Sierra 140 gr. BT at 2710 fps.

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Posted: May 22 2018 at 3:07pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

STCM(SW) wrote:
Stevens 25-06


Only big game rifle I can see the bullet hit with no
recoil.


Master Chief
I am surprised at your choice and then again not
surprised.
An overlooked rifle and round with a loyal following for
good reasons. Dependable and functional ....everything
one could want .....
Being in the older crowd I am more familiar with the -06
family and not the 308 family. That was the brass that
was available ...... members of that family could do it
all.
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Posted: May 22 2018 at 3:30pm | IP Logged Quote M700

They still can. I do most of my hunting with the 30-06 and the 25-06 cartridges.

Agree that that Savage with the laminated stock is a pretty sweet rifle!

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My favorite rifles, ummm. I guess my Marlin 45/70 and my T/C Encore but I likes em all!

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It's a tough call, but I don't hunt anymore so my choice
is fun rifles. Can't decide between my Puma 44 Magnum and
my M1 Garand 30-06. The Puma because it's light, handy
fairly accurate, and chambered for my all time favorite
round. My Garand, well because it's a Garand, 'nuff
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