Too many rifles, not enough hunting seasons


September 27, 2005, 10:42 PM
All the rifles I own have gone hunting with me at one time or another. I love to hunt. But sometimes I get frustrated over having to decide which 2 rifles I will take for deer, antelope, elk, and bear. There's always the good, sound decisions, like one rifle for distance and one for hunting brush. But then, with so many rifles, there's just not enough hunting time to get use out of all of them. I wish I had more than 3 weeks vacation a year. That would ease some of this angst, and I could try some out of state hunting. Am I just whining, or does anybody else go through this? Maybe I should pare down my collection...... naa, don't think so.

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September 27, 2005, 10:55 PM
Too many rifles, not enough hunting seasons

Ain't it the truth? I feel your pain.

September 28, 2005, 12:42 PM
yes, i have a similiar situation. i have found that the best way to fix it is to hunt w/ a new gun each year. of course, this leads to an explosion in the population of your rifles, and consequently your safes, but it keeps me from getting upset that whatever rifle won't be hunted again. side benefit is that some of your used rifles look nearly new for years to come (and some will look beat beyond any possible future use - just depends how/where you hunt).

so, seriously, that's what i do - just buy a few rifles every year. the first rifle gets primary use on the first season, second rifle is back-up. then, the next season the first rifle is relegated to back-up, second one hunts, then the third season, the first rifle and second rifle are safed, then rifles 3 & 4. i usually hunt 1 antelope season, 3-4 deer seasons, and then predators. so, you need to adjust the number of rifles you go thru to match your appropriate number of seasons.

unfortunately, i have reached a point where there are very, very few rifles out there i really want - in fact, instead of wanting an undefined set of cartridges and rifles, i can now define exactly what i want... so, gun buying isn't much fun anymore, but when i find the one gem i want, i don't agonize over the decision. it is either a rifle i want, or it isn't, and that's that.

so, to keep gun buying fun, i've branched into handguns. unfortunately, handguns are expensive and of little use, but they are fun to bang away w/ on occasion. after the 480 came home, i got bored w/ revolvers, and am now on a semi-auto kick. that is also fading now, and for reasons well beyond me, i am drifting towards shotguns now. whatever, i guess...

just roll w/ it! no reason to get anxious about not hunting w/ the same gun all the time. out to 350-ish yards, they all shoot pretty much the same - exceptions being stuff like 30-30, 45-70, etc. and, i am proud to say, i do not have a 30-06! haha! all those rifles, and not a 30-06 to be found. makes me giggle, anyway.

September 28, 2005, 12:47 PM
If only I had the choice of so many seasons. Unless I travel, there just isn't anything more than deer around here. Count yourself lucky.

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