Is your Go To Rifle a Hunting Rifle?


January 22, 2003, 12:01 AM
Does anyone feel more confident/proficient/whatever with their hunting-style rifle over a more 'tactical' one, like an M1A, AR15, AK, FAL, etc.?

Anyone rely on a hunting rifle over a battle or "assault" rifle for defense?

I'm thinking of getting a BAR-style rifle and see how I like it compared to my M1A.

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January 22, 2003, 12:06 AM
I prefer my AR15 style weapons because they are light and therefore portable, especially for indoor SD/CQB situations. My M4gery also has white light and red dot integrated into system.

I would not choose my M1A scout first for above reason, although it does have a red dot sight and I completely believe in the .308 round.

A scoped hunting rifle is too heavy and long for indoor usage, cycling the bolt isn't my idea of fun either, -I'd go to a pistol or shotgun first.

Sounds like you are just bored and want a new "toy". No need for justification, Go for it!

Stripling Warrior
January 22, 2003, 12:50 AM
It is one and the same for me. For hunting I use a AR10TNC and for SHTF I will use a AR10TNC.


Stripling Warrior

Dave R
January 22, 2003, 01:00 AM
Not me. My hunting rifle will put a few bullets where I want them to be at reasonably long ranges. It would not be good for close-in work or "riot control".

My "go to" gun is much better for the latter two scenarios, and not as good for the first scenario.

January 22, 2003, 01:02 AM

SD, & I think shotgun or handgun. But, yes, I feel more comfortable with a scoped bolt all told - but wouldn't consider that defense, per se. Offense? But of course. ;)

Got a scoped HBAR, but it's more "fun" than "serious," although it will poke some holes aways out there .....

January 22, 2003, 01:03 AM
Well not necessarily for HD, but for general purpose, etc.?

Not so much an excuse, but my M1A doesn't fit in my armory very well. I think a BAR would round it out better, and no point trying to acquaint myself with two rifles since i barely get to shoot my M1A.

It's not that it's a bad rifle, I just don't...enjoy it much. Not fancy enough for me I guess.

January 22, 2003, 01:03 AM
Winchester 30-30: the redneck's assault rifle. Light, handy, and doesn't freak out the neighbors. With an Ashley ghost ring it comes quickly to target and I can cycle the action pretty fast. I don't think I would feel undergunned in most situations.

January 22, 2003, 01:04 AM
I'm thinking of getting a BAR-style rifle and see how I like it compared to my M1A.

When you say BAR, do you mean the hunting bar or this BAR?

because this BAR is about 20lbs unloaded.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
January 22, 2003, 02:35 AM
I'm pretty much comfortable with whatever longarm I get my hands on first when I need it. Given that, it'd most likely be either a Garand or one of a number of Swedish Mausers I have in the place. I KNOW it's going to put it where I want it to go.

Stepping down a level, it'd likely be the AR as the next choice. Same story on delivery, but I prefer giving anything that needs a solid thwack just that. 140/150gr. vs 55 gr....short of a .50 Beowulf or a 12 ga. slug, controllability and repeatability as needed with a minimum of repetitive motion work best in my book.


A veteran of the last war pretty well summed up the two wars when he said, "this is just like the last war, only the holes are bigger." - Ernie Pyle, Brave Men.

January 22, 2003, 02:56 AM

One of thems. She's purdy :D

Detachment Charlie
January 22, 2003, 09:13 AM
Winchester .30-.30 = Redneck Assault Rifle

Will Fennell
January 22, 2003, 09:37 AM
I guess you could say my GO TO rifle is certainly one of my hunting rifles, not my AR.

If I have to make a shoot, right now, that is important....something has to be stopped/shot/killed....I will grab my Win. Pre-64 M70 in 30/06 EVERY TIME. I know I can shoot it the best, and it certainly has the power to do whatever job I'm likely to ask of it, from decking animals to wrecking vehicles. I don't feel like I can COUNT on my AR to do that.

I like my AR, and I shoot it quite a bit, but it simply doesn't have the power of some of my bolt guns, and I can't shoot it as well[yet] as my bolt guns. I ceratinly think that the AR[or one of my Shotguns] make a better home defense tool than my M70, but that is not really what you asked, is it?

Actually, the more I shoot my 03A3 Springfield, the less "need" I see for my AR:scrutiny: But one thing is for sure, "need" is a communist concept, and has no place in my gunsafe;) I love shooting my AR, and I think EVERYONE should own one.

January 22, 2003, 09:38 AM
Time constraints aside....

For CQB have to got to the AR.

If I'm wanting to pick off threats at long range, I'd definitely go to my bolt guns.

January 22, 2003, 02:00 PM
My Go To Rifle is an AR. If I lived in open country it would probably be some sort of .308 bolt action.

Skunk- Uhh...aren't those HKs and not Brownings?

s&w 24
January 22, 2003, 03:42 PM

s&w 24
January 22, 2003, 03:46 PM
1903 springfield sporter refield "peep" rear sight,red insert front ramp sight,1" leather military sling, but cuff loaded with 150 gr sp or fmj. It looks like a deer gun not a assault thingy and it can take care of anything that I require. Besides if you need a quick relaod you have stripper clips.

January 22, 2003, 08:03 PM
But not pretty enough.

Sactown, I think he meant the OTHER Browning BAR, you know, the one that's a bit easier on the checkbook than the 1918 pictured above. My own, vintage 1969, in .30-06:

January 22, 2003, 08:49 PM
If I needed to grab a long gun for any sort of self defense situation, it would be the 870. If I needed to grab a rifle for a longer distance not-really-forseeable situation, it would by my ADL in 270. Accurate, light and will kill the opposition really dead.

I can't stress enough that I can not envision such a scenario.

January 22, 2003, 09:04 PM
Daniel, yes they're HKs but no one knows what the SLB2000s are!

mark mcj
January 22, 2003, 10:06 PM
My AR is definitely my goto setup. I'm not constrained by any rules that limit my ammo choice. 30rnd mags loaded with 55 grain Ballistic Tip at 3100+ fps. Plenty of zip out to 350 yards and a bit further on thin skinned stuff.

January 22, 2003, 10:32 PM
Hmm, the Redneck's assault rifle looks suspiciously similar to the Californian's assault rifle (make mine 44Mag though). :p

January 22, 2003, 10:33 PM
I'm using my M1A scout this year for hunting. A .308's a .308.
I don't think the furry animals will care. :)

January 23, 2003, 12:19 PM
Skunk- Did you see the new Benelli Pioneer? It might be right up your alley.

January 23, 2003, 08:53 PM
Skunk- Did you see the new Benelli Pioneer? It might be right up your alley.

Daniel/Ronin, I only saw a picture and got a blurb from the G&A. Boring magazine, but I bought it for the pictures. Got any more info on her?

January 23, 2003, 11:08 PM
Skunk- I saw the Guns and Ammo blurb as well. I tried searching the web but I couldn't find any info. Apparently the mag capacity is a little low for my liking, something like 3 rounds.

January 24, 2003, 03:40 PM
Hey Rob wanna go deer hunting?

Yeah sure let me get my rifle out of the safe (grabs bolt action 30-06).

Hey Rob, the evil undead werewolf biker zombies are coming and they ain't delivering pizza.

Ok (reaches into safe for high capacity poodle shooter) you have a chance to stop at the church for holy water?

January 24, 2003, 05:59 PM
For me, I guess it has to be my Marlin336C in .35 Rem. Another "redneck assault rifle":D . But it has plenty of knockdown out to two hundred yards with 200gr. core lokt ammo.
In close, it is light enough for quick target acquisition. I shoot this rifle a lot (cheap bullets) so it would be my first choice as a
"go to". Then I would hand it to my wife and grab the HK:evil:

January 24, 2003, 06:30 PM
My hunting rifles are for hunting. If I need a go to rifle its not going my 3030 or my 4570. It will be a M4 or G3.

Probably the M4 for the weight and ammo capacity. Along with the rem700pss with a springfield6x20 strapped across the back.

All though the 4570 isnt nothing to sneez at neither is the 3030.

January 24, 2003, 06:50 PM
If I git caught out in the field when my one-eyed hippie/yuppy Facist-loving fella down the street comes-a-callin' , I'll prolly have the 870 an' sabots . All other customers recieve complete courtesy of a M1A or Garand . Just because ? suppressed 308 , M14 or bolt I don't care surprise me .


January 24, 2003, 08:36 PM
Well, with my USP out of commission, the Mossy 835 is providing emergency combat resolution for the time. My Remington 7600 .35 Whelen is also kept loaded, but the situations where I would grab it before the shotgun would be pretty rare, i.e. I would have to know about trouble beforehand and unable to stop or avoid it. If the shotgun were also not available, I would gladly rely on the 7600. 250 grains of bullet moving at 2500 fps is going to ruin anyone's day. The Remington was purchased for hunting, but considering that I don't do much of that anymore, it gets used for range blasting and is the go-to rifle, being my only centerfire rifle.

January 24, 2003, 10:42 PM
Um, Nope!

My "Go To" rifle is my Hk 91.. I guess that I could use it as a hunting rifle in a pinch.

My Winchester Model 94 is my main hunting rifle.. But, it just doesn't cut the mustard as a "Go To" rifle, IMHO..:)

January 25, 2003, 06:41 AM

10 rounders for the bad guys, 5 rounders for bambi! :evil:

January 25, 2003, 03:11 PM
Currently, my go-to gun is a CZ 550 in 7x57. It's also my hunting rifle, or will be once the season starts. I'm a great believer in the "one rifle" theory. Carry it everywhere, use it for everything. Make it an extension of yourself and get used to hefting it. That way, when you're slogging through mud and devil's club, it won't seem so much of an encumbrance.

Besides, 7x57 is more than sufficient to deal with any would-be two legged problems. And I'd rather go to court with that rifle than my "evil looking" uptown chopper.

January 25, 2003, 07:40 PM
Mine is a Savage Scout 308 with a 2x Simmons on the Scout mount. It is the only suitable rifle that I have right now, so it will have to do.
Although, the M-39 Mosin Nagants did pretty well for the Finns....

January 26, 2003, 12:54 AM

Got to rifle is a M1 30 Carbine w/30rd banana clip

Hunting Rifles are various

I have a Browning BAR and do have an intrest in the HK SLB2000 also! Not the lightest thing there is but neither is my Browning. Wonder what kind of deal I could get one of those and a Semi-Auto Tacticle Shotgun? :scrutiny:

January 26, 2003, 05:51 PM
Something that will still take a bayonet!:D :scrutiny:

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