Choosing your iron...


St. Gunner
July 9, 2003, 03:52 PM
Golfers choose a different club for each shot as they attempt it, do you do the same with your guns?

I mainly shoot one rifle, a Browning .280 Remington, use it for all sorts of stuff. But I keep almost every gun loaded in the safe, and when I am home the door is unlocked. I can pick or choose depending on what the situation dictates. Now I'm not talking about burglers or attacks, though I guess you could chime in if you need. But do you always pick up the same tool when you need to make a shot? I keep a shotgun with Buck #3 towards the front for bigger critters that need a dose of lead. An O/U loaded with birdshot for the occasional rattlesnake or to give a one time warning to dogs chasing livestock. I keep the SAR1 here with a bunch of loaded mags, just cause, 2 legged or just need a dose of rapid fire to calm the nerves. The .280 is around in case I need to reach out and smack something a little farther than the SAR1 will reach. I keep a few others loaded around here, sometimes they get the nod when I go out the door.

I know not everyone lives in the country and some live under consequences that don't allow them this option. But those who do, do you find yourself picking the tool, or do you just make do with what you have?

Oh and my friends call my truck the driving gunshop.:D

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Mark Tyson
July 9, 2003, 04:03 PM
Are you sure storing your guns loaded is a good idea?

Steve Smith
July 9, 2003, 04:48 PM
Mark, if we treat all guns as loaded, what is the difference?

St. Gunner
July 9, 2003, 04:49 PM

What good is an unloaded gun?

I rotate mags on some of the stuff. Not everything has one in the chamber, some just the mags are stoked and the firing pin is relieved. The shotguns are normally the same, cept the O/U.

I just disposed of a couple dogs that I caught chasing goats, loading the 870 would have probably meant a dead goat or two.

Standing Wolf
July 9, 2003, 08:01 PM
All my .22s are unloaded. All my center-fire pistols at home are loaded and ready to work if needed. As far as I'm concerned, an unloaded gun is like a car with an empty fuel tank: useless!

July 9, 2003, 09:04 PM
I keep my Vertec and my SKS loaded at home. You never know.:uhoh:

July 9, 2003, 09:14 PM
I forget the real quote, but it runs something along the lines of

"beware the man with one gun..."

I prefer weapon, but I agree with the sentiment.

I own more, of course, but train as you'd fight, and to me that means one weapon of each type.

July 10, 2003, 01:31 PM
I'm like you St. gunner, I use each rifle and pistol for specific purposes.

50 yards or less and small, a 22LR
100 yards and small, 17HMR, 22Mag or 22 Hornet
200 yards, small to medium, 222, 223, 7.62x39, 7X30 Waters, 30-30
300 yards, (any size) 308, 30-06
400 and beyond, 300 Win Mag :D

July 10, 2003, 01:43 PM
Firearms are only tools afterall.

There is no such thing as a perfect gun, because applications are different. Makes sense to select as per specific.

Not as necessary, if you own many firearms, to keep them all loaded though.

12 Volt Man
July 10, 2003, 02:35 PM
The good golfers also have a caddie to suggest clubs and consult with. This gives me an idea for a new profession the "Gun Caddie" I would ride along with you and suggest guns, calculate yardage, etc......... Ofcourse I would need to be highly paid for my services. :)

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