Gibbs carbine?


December 30, 2002, 07:27 PM
I've been looking for a better hog gun, i.e. one which shoots well but which would keep working if it happened to get dropped in the swamp.

The Gibbs Carbine ( comes to mind. Any feedback about these from people who have owned one?

(No I don't want an SKS, a Mosen Nagent, a Tanker or a Mini-30 but thanks for asking.):rolleyes:

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December 30, 2002, 07:45 PM
I don't have a Gibbs carbine, but I do have a 2a Utililty Scout. It should work just fine for hogs.
It's a lot more expensive, but Jim Brockman at makes a handy little .50 caliber carbine built on the small CZ action. It sounds tailor made for hogs. Give it a look. I've handled, but not fired, one. It is very, very handy, and would be my first choice if I regularly hunting hogs at short range.
Good luck.

Big Iron
December 30, 2002, 08:04 PM
Did a search on TFL, and found some info on the Gibbs conversion, and a little on the SIA conversion I was looking at. You might read some of this thread and see if it helps.

Big Iron
December 30, 2002, 08:06 PM
All of my link didn't post. I just did a search on TFL using the term "Gibb".

December 31, 2002, 12:15 AM
Take a look at the Ruger RSI's. Light, balanced and handy - excellent hog guns.

I had a Gibbs and was not satisfied.

December 31, 2002, 07:34 AM
I bought a Quest II Extreme a couple of years ago. It is a very functional gun, and surprisingly accurate for an ex-military battle rifle. You will probably not be getting 1 MOA groups at a hundred yards, more like 3-4" groups.

But there are a few issues. The nickel plating is usually good overall, but flakes off on some internal sharp edges and on the forward part of the bolt. The short barrel combined with the upward porting can cause an interesting fireball/pressure wave. The first time I fired it at an indoor range, insulation started drifting down from the ceiling. And finally, the "no gunsmithing" scope mount that comes with it is hit or miss as to whether it will actually fit onto the gun.

As to reliability, water, mud, grime, etc. can catch in the porting chamber just in front of the barrel and behind the flash guard. It is a pain to clean out.

Hope this helps.

December 31, 2002, 04:18 PM
Those seem like valid issues. Thanks.

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