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horsemen61
November 4, 2011, 02:10 PM
if you could only have one gun to take all over the world to hunt with what caliber would it be

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mgmorden
November 4, 2011, 02:48 PM
If I could have only one gun in the whole world it would be a 12ga shotgun. From small game loads for smaller critters and upland birds, to steel shot for ducks, to slugs and/or buckshot for larger game - a 12ga can be used to hunt just about anything.

If I had to go down to a specific model, it'd probably be a Remington 870 Wingmaster. I like autos, but sometimes they can be temperamental. For a no-nonsense "It just has to work" gun I prefer a pump.

That said, I find no need to place such restrictions on myself, so my guns are pretty diversified.

robinkevin
November 4, 2011, 04:01 PM
I have to say 30-06 bolt action for the large range of game I can take with it, the large range of ammunition available, easy of finding ammunition, effective at long and short ranges, Its just hard to beat as a all around hunting rifle.

Hunterdad
November 4, 2011, 04:07 PM
I'll have to agree with mgmorden on the 12ga.

Loosedhorse
November 4, 2011, 04:11 PM
.375 H&H, since no one (incredibly) has mentioned it. One planet, one rifle.

Although it does stink for pheasant...but then 12 gauge stinks for elephant. :D

huntsman
November 4, 2011, 04:15 PM
+2 on the 12 gauge but make mine a double, how about taking on the big 5 with two Brenneke slugs in my BSS :)

wgaynor
November 4, 2011, 05:13 PM
I'd say .22lr derringer...I like a challenge :)

Mr.Blue
November 4, 2011, 05:19 PM
30-06. It can be loaded to so many purposes.

Japle
November 4, 2011, 05:32 PM
I'd probably use my custom .358 Norma Mag. For close range medium game, I load a 180 gr SP at about 2000 fps. For the bigger stuff like elk, moose and the larger African plains game a 250 gr spitzer at 2760 fps would work. For the big, dangerous stuff, a 310 gr solid at around 2500 fps should do the trick.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Japle/Guns/358NormaMag.jpg

Pyro
November 4, 2011, 05:40 PM
Gebrüder Merkel Drilling 12 gauge/30-06 over-under combination gun.
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4398/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg/)

JayBird
November 4, 2011, 05:49 PM
Gebrüder Merkel Drilling 12 gauge/30-06 over-under combination gun.
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4398/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg/)
Cheater. :P

But good call.

wlewisiii
November 4, 2011, 05:52 PM
2x 12 Gauge over 7x57 drilling.

(I see I'm not the only combination fan ;)

Edit: I thought a bit more about it. Make that lower barrel a 9.3x74R. Bit more oomph on the top end. ;)

jon86
November 4, 2011, 06:24 PM
Pyro, you win. :D

Honestly, if I had the budget to travel all over the world and hunt, you'd think I could afford at least 4 or 5 rifles.

But again, I'd go with Pyro's suggestion.

Tallinar
November 4, 2011, 10:52 PM
If I am taking it all over the world to hunt with, specifically? I'd take a .45-70 of some sort, I guess. Marlin Guide Gun or a Lee Enfield in .45-70 (both on my wish list, currently).

.45-70 has a fabulous range of versatility.

Robert
November 4, 2011, 10:56 PM
.375 H&H, since no one (incredibly) has mentioned it. One planet, one rifle.
This. Or maybe a 470NE, but more than likely a 375H&H. One planet, one rifle. I like that!

Scipio Africanus
November 4, 2011, 10:59 PM
One rifle? For everything? A .458 Lott. Rodents to pachyderms, 3 yds to 300, it will do it all.

exavid
November 4, 2011, 11:45 PM
I've handled a Drillings triple and admire the workmanship but wouldn't want to pack it too far. Wouldn't want part with all that money either. If I could only have one gun it would be either a M1 Garand or an M14. Both able to reach out and touch something at 500yds with ease, big enough for all but the thicker skinned African game but still possible to pick the head off a duck if needed. The 30-06 and .308 is a very versatile round and available over much of the world.

crossrhodes
November 4, 2011, 11:45 PM
I'll take Japle's rifle something about the looks of that rifle makes me want it.
Nice.

carbuncle
November 5, 2011, 12:04 AM
It would be a 12-guage pump shotgun for me, for the reasons listed above. You can take everything from ducks to deer and defend your family with it too.

talldragon
November 5, 2011, 01:14 AM
Check out this Drilling (http://www.krieghoff.com/ki/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=90&Itemid=87)

African drilling (http://http://www.krieghoff.com/ki/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=113)
Very cool.. :cool:

Only $22,500 .....

RNB65
November 5, 2011, 01:40 AM
.50BMG, of course! :p

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t309/rnb65/browning-m2-1.jpg

The-Reaver
November 5, 2011, 01:51 AM
An AK47

Sav .250
November 5, 2011, 07:16 AM
The "one gun" thing has been ridden into the ground. Surley, next time around, you can come up with something more realistic. J s/n.

robinkevin
November 5, 2011, 08:26 AM
Gebrüder Merkel Drilling 12 gauge/30-06 over-under combination gun.
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4398/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/gebrudermerkeldrilling1.jpg/)

:D awesome choice... I change my answer to reflect this! LOL

DM~
November 5, 2011, 10:23 AM
I'd take my Krieghoff drilling,

http://www.fototime.com/F8BC345CD766244/orig.jpg

I load 200NP's at 2,550fps, and they are very accurate,

http://www.fototime.com/E062CFA713535EF/orig.jpg

And at 7 pounds, it's a joy to carry...

DM

Gunnerboy
November 5, 2011, 11:56 AM
ONLY ONE ! alright then it would have to be a ak74with a shotgun attachment.

buck460XVR
November 5, 2011, 12:28 PM
Honestly, if I had the budget to travel all over the world and hunt, you'd think I could afford at least 4 or 5 rifles.



^^^this. Anyone with the resources nowadays to hunt anywhere outside his own state, could realistically afford to buy the appropriate weapon/weapons to hunt the game in the area he is going to. Not only that, but as a hunter and a sportsman, he owes it to his quarry. Hypothetically, this scenario would never happen.

retrieverman
November 5, 2011, 01:53 PM
If I had to choose just one gun to hunt the world, it would be a Blaser BBF97 in 12 ga over 9.3x74r.

Here is mine but in 12 ga over 308.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v712/retrieverman/Picture019.jpg

surjimmy
November 5, 2011, 07:35 PM
Tikka T3 in a 300WM.

d2wing
November 5, 2011, 11:29 PM
Hmmm shot a deer today with my 12 guage, stood off a charging bull moose with a shotgun once. I'd still rather use my 7 mm mag Remington for all around hunting. Shotguns have to be way closer than I want to be to some critters and closer than I can be to others. But for bird hunting and real close quarters they are just right. lots of good options here and none are wrong.

1911 guy
November 5, 2011, 11:46 PM
If I can pick a combo gun, 12ga and .30-06.

If I can't, then it would be a 12ga. Birdshot to slugs.

RevGeo
November 6, 2011, 09:18 AM
I'd take my Marhoff drilling, but since the rifle barrel is .22 Savage HighPower Ackley Improved it would be a little light for bigger game. I would buy one of those doubles in 12gaX30.06.

Legionnaire
November 7, 2011, 01:14 PM
If I can pick a combo gun, 12ga and .30-06.
If I can't, then it would be a 12ga. Birdshot to slugs. This. If it could only be one gun, it would have to be a 12 gauge. But a combo would be the ticket. I'm liking retrieverman's Blaser ...

Goblin
November 8, 2011, 09:35 AM
I think I read in one of Capsticks' books that he would pick the .375 H&H for a "one-gun" scenario.

A strange person
November 9, 2011, 03:00 PM
This is something I've thought about for years. I've even restricted the question to "what is the best single firearm for the Eastern American Forests", and it is still a very taxing mental exercise. If there is one perfect weapon, I don't know what it is. All I know is that there are many philosophies that would all work equally well. I also know that my opinion changes too much for me to be brave enough to spend alot of money on anything.

However, at this moment, If I was forced to take one gun and be dropped in a random wilderness in the world, I'd be inclined to take a bolt-action .223 with a good scope. Both the weapon and ammo would be fantastically light weight, the cartridge can be found just about anywhere due to the proliferation AR-15's around the world, it could make use of .22 rimfire ammo with a sub-caliber adapter, BA's are very reliable and easy to maintain, and it could cleanly take any game animal that I'd be willing to take with a headshot at 200 yards or so. My opinion will probably change tomorrow.

USAF_Vet
November 9, 2011, 04:40 PM
Another in favor of a 12 gauge with several barrels and ammo options.

Lloyd Smale
November 9, 2011, 04:42 PM
06 bolt.

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