whats your favorite camp rifle / carbine?


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Captain Scarlet
May 16, 2003, 03:04 PM
I like the ruger PC9GR for my general purpose camp rifle / plinker
9mm carbine, also makes a good camp defense rifle, plus 9mm
is a cheap round to practice with. I use preban factory 15 rd
mags and Meggar 20 rounders, Winchester 115 grn fmj 100 rd
value packs for plinking and Speer Gold Dot 124 grn jkt HP +P
for defense ammo.

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Brian Williams
May 16, 2003, 03:24 PM
I want a Marlin 1894 in 357 with a 18.5 barrel

mikewilczynski
May 16, 2003, 04:51 PM
I use the same ammo in my Ruger p94. I based my decision on what the swat team in my county carries and I think the NYPD chose this round after much research.

chaim
May 16, 2003, 05:37 PM
Out of what I currently have I'd probably use my Winchester 94 in 30-30 as a camp rifle. I don't really have anything else that would really be suitable- a few .22s, an SKS and a Hi-Point 9mm carbine. For plinking I like all of mine but again the 94 in 30-30 is my favorite. For both uses I plan to get a .357mag or .44mag Winchester or Marlin soon which I would suspect will probably surpass the 30-30 for my uses (defense against animals and criminals while camping, plinking) since I don't hunt and I'll get far more use out of them (I usually go to pistol ranges and not rifle ranges).

Bowlcut
May 16, 2003, 07:07 PM
Now its come to my 9mm Hi Point Carbine with a red dot. Lovely shooting gun as I found out today :D. That or maybe my Mosin Nagant....i dare someone to come up to our camp site when I have the pig sticker out

tiberius
May 16, 2003, 07:37 PM
My favorite is a Winchester M-94 trapper in .44 Rem. Mag. I'd like to pick one up in .357 Magnum as well though.

The magnums seem to make more sense out of a carbine than the true pistol rounds like 9mm or .45 ACP.... IMHO, YMMV of course.

DMK
May 16, 2003, 08:59 PM
For a camp rifle, I'd use an SKS. I love my Marlin 9mm, but I rather rely on 7.62x39 over 9mm in the woods. The ammo is cheaper for plinking anyway.

P95Carry
May 16, 2003, 09:12 PM
My Win 94 in .357 is I reckon a very suitable choice ..... plenty of that cal ammo ... and suits my revo's also. At 100 yds it is still grouping well enough to be useful and at 50 yds ..... pretty tight ........ critters watch out!:p

Soap
May 16, 2003, 09:55 PM
Marlin 336CS in Thuddy-Thuddy.

Ian Sean
May 16, 2003, 10:28 PM
Ruger P-9, Its a great plinker and when the kids get tired of the 22's they can handle it no problem. Also the availability of the high cap. mags is a plus.

Longbow
May 16, 2003, 11:51 PM
So, for me, any of the AK clones! everything is affordable, the rifle itself, ammo, mags...! Its reliable and durable! Good enough for almost anything you might encounter in the woods!

amprecon
May 17, 2003, 12:01 AM
SLR-95

BusMaster007
May 17, 2003, 01:34 AM
Remington 7400 Carbine Synthetic - only comes in .30-06 (say it YOUR way :neener: :D ).

Short, Powerful, & takes 10-rd. mags (still have to test these out).

Sir Galahad
May 17, 2003, 01:59 AM
AK-47:evil:

capnrik
May 17, 2003, 09:40 AM
What IS a camp carbine, anyway?

P95Carry
May 17, 2003, 10:25 AM
capnrik - definitions may vary I guess but for me ..........

A moderately compact & light weight weapon, shorter than rifle length ... easy to tote and often using pistol cal ammo (not always .... instance ''thuddy-thuddy'').

Should fullfill requirements of being suitable for defence (and so useful mag capacity) and also adequate against small to medium critters. Bit of a compact ''do-it-all'' weapon perhaps!

Whether this is literally employed under camping conditions is not too important but classically it would be ... thus reasons for categorization.

capnrik
May 17, 2003, 12:30 PM
M4.

six 4 sure
May 17, 2003, 01:03 PM
Another vote for the Win 94. Mine happens to be .357 and has made several camping trips.

Six

Andrew Wyatt
May 17, 2003, 01:17 PM
I use a H&R topper in 20 gauge with a 20 inch barrel in the camp rifle spot, even though it's not a rifle.

the thing weighs about 5 pounds, and is about as long as an MP5, overall.

Captain Scarlet
May 17, 2003, 02:34 PM
a short handy lightweight rifle that is easy to carry, in a pistol
caliber or an intermediate rifle caliber, something like:

Ruger PC9
US M1 .30 cal. carbine
Marlin Camp9 / 45
SKS paratrooper / cowboy's companion
Hi Point 9mm carbine
KEL-TEC 9mm carbine
Winchester Trapper 30 - 30 lever action / .357
Marlin lever action .44 magnum
CAR shorty AR15
standard SKS
MAK90, etc.

s&w 24
May 17, 2003, 02:47 PM
I second the H&R shotgun. After the HBBG (hill billy boat gun) project is finished I make a posting.

fmjcafe
May 17, 2003, 05:31 PM
Rossi stainless carbine in .357 mag.

glockten
May 17, 2003, 06:45 PM
Marlin 1894P .44 Mag

OR

Winchester 94 Trapper .45 Colt.

JShirley
May 17, 2003, 08:34 PM
Of what I currently own, M1 Carbine or Sub-9. When it's been repaired by a real gunsmith, perhaps my 6mm CubScout.

John

benEzra
May 17, 2003, 10:41 PM
Stainless Ruger mini-14 with folding stock, and a 20-round magazine for compactness. (I'll get a folder if/when the AWB sunsets.) Since I don't have a folder right now, it'd be my mini-14 with the Choate pistol-grip stock (weatherproof and handy), with aforesaid 20-rd mag (or 30-rd since I can't fold the stock).

BTW, ten years or so ago, one of the gun rags (I don't remember which one) recounted the story of a couple of guys who were out camping that were assaulted by armed robbers. IIRC, camper #1 was wounded, but camper #2 grabbed his camp rifle (mini-14 in this case) and dropped one robber; the second fled. Wish I could remember the whole story; was pretty interesting.

JShirley
May 18, 2003, 02:07 AM
Yeah. Laid down a lot of suppressive fire at bandits, who had shotguns.

benEzra
May 18, 2003, 11:20 AM
BTW, ten years or so ago, one of the gun rags (I don't remember which one) recounted the story of a couple of guys who were out camping that were assaulted by armed robbers. IIRC, camper #1 was wounded, but camper #2 grabbed his camp rifle (mini-14 in this case) and dropped one robber; the second fled. Wish I could remember the whole story; was pretty interesting.
Yeah. Laid down a lot of suppressive fire at bandits, who had shotguns.
Does anyone have a link to the details of this story? I'd like to refresh my memory on it, but I have no idea where I read it.

Schuey2002
July 23, 2003, 11:54 PM
A quality HK94 clone (which run around 1K or so), such as one built by Murray Urbach ( the HK Master in Garland, Texas) or Jason Cotter ( the owner of Investment Grade Firearms ).. :cool:

esldude
July 24, 2003, 12:45 AM
I would go with the PC9 also. Had a Marlin .357 lever gun. Nice, but I think up close defense should be semi-auto. The PC9 is dead reliable. Accurate enough, sturdy etc.

Oddly, if I could only own one rifle, this is what it would be.

Dr.Rob
July 24, 2003, 12:52 AM
Honestly the camp rifle is likely to be a .22 or a shotgun, unless it's hunting season. In that case the camp rifle might be a 30-06 a 30-30 an 870 or a 223 AK variant. (you know, for coyotes).

In my mind, a plinker is a .22.

All around camp chores/survival/defense/game getter all in one? Shotgun.

I never go in the woods without a serious handgun though.

Preacherman
July 24, 2003, 01:41 AM
Marlin lever-action carbine in either .30-30 or .44 Magnum. If in bear country, make that .45-70, stoked full with Garrett Hammerheads! :D

foghornl
July 24, 2003, 08:36 AM
Marlin model 30A in .30-30. Not quite as compact as some other mentioned, but works well.

Maybe I can convince the "Home Finance Committee" i.e Mrs. Foggy that I really need that "War Baby" i.e US Rifle Cal .30 Carbine M-1






Well, a guy can still dream, right? ? ? ? ;)

Kentucky Rifle
July 24, 2003, 09:36 AM
My new Marlin 1894C, .357 Magnum, 18.5 inch barrel, lever action. Six pounds--carry it anywhere on a shoulder sling. Ought to do OK.
A couple of years ago, camping down in The Red River Gorge, I met two...moonshiners, I guess. It was their eyes. I've NEVER seen eyes like THAT!! Shiny eyes, glow in the dark eyes. They looked me up and down 'till they saw the Bushmaster Shorty slung on my shoulder complete with 30 round mag. They must have had the ~"This guy's a little nuts feeling too". "We're just here for the water". (Me) "Help yourself". But we all kept staring at each other. That night, the AR was fully loaded (with 28) and right beside my sleeping bag. (Not that I slept any.)

KR

Razor
July 24, 2003, 12:21 PM
Does anyone have a link to the details of this story? I'd like to refresh my memory on it, but I have no idea where I read it.

I could of sworn it was posted here in THR, but I can't seem to find it. :(


Rossi Puma in .357Mag

waynzwld
July 24, 2003, 12:27 PM
S.A. Timberwolf, 357 Mag. (I hope I don't make Twoblink jealous)

Devonai
July 24, 2003, 12:32 PM
Currently, I prefer my M1 Carbine. I'd rather have a Marlin 1894C in .357, though. It would simply feel better in the environment, IMO.

Atlas Shrug
July 25, 2003, 10:03 PM
M1 carbine in M1A1 folding stock.

Out of the way when it needs to be, handy when it needs to be, light, user friendly, can be handled by anyone in camp (like my 8 year old if need be).

Of course, that's if I don't PLAN to use a rifle. If so, likely a Scout (or if really roughing it, a Mauser Pseudo-Scout).

(I assume that it goes without mentioning that I'll also have a .45 on my hip - but that's not part of the question as put forth).

Only one damn problem - not kosher due to that silly AWB....have to leave the M1A1 folding stock out of the picture and use a fixed one. Darn congresscritters

Legionnaire
July 25, 2003, 11:18 PM
Marlin 1894S. Would prefer the P, but this was a deal I couldn't pass up. Wears a Lyman peep.

4v50 Gary
July 26, 2003, 12:50 AM
I'd take a lever action Marlin .357.

NapAttack
July 26, 2003, 08:35 PM
I have three carbines, M1 Carbine, Marlin 1894C in .357 and MechTech in .45. Of the three, I would go with the MechTech. Shorter and handier than the other two. Second would the be M1. The MechTech has a slight edge because it uses the 1911 frame. Number of possibilities here. Bring along another 1911, spare parts, common caliber and magazines.

Andrew Wyatt
July 26, 2003, 09:33 PM
I took my 20 gauge backpacking friday and saturday, and it held up really well. It's light and handy, and is surprisingly resistant to dirt and grunge.


undortunately, since i ended up carrying it without a sling the whole time, i need to refinish it.

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