Favorite Rifle...and WHY?


December 27, 2011, 04:09 AM
Ok so I just had a thought (amazing i know) about what my favorite rifle was. So i thought id ask What YOUR favorite rifle is. This isnt a "can only own one", just what rifle you like the most, for what ever reason. Pictures are always welcome also.

My favorite, is my 6x47 700 adl. Its not the largest rifle i own, flattest shooting, most powerful, or even the most accurate, and it sure isnt the most useful. I like it because ive had it longer then any of my other rifles, uses less powder, and the cartridge just plain looks cool.

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December 27, 2011, 04:26 AM
.350 Rem Mag Model 7 from the Remington custom shop. Light, handy, powerful.


matt 7mm
December 27, 2011, 05:01 AM
rem 700AS 243 with leupold VXII 3-9 easy carrying acurate nonexistent recoil. i dont shoot a lot of groups but this gun has killed enough woodchucks at 300 to 400yrds to fill a dump truck.the longest shot i hve made verified with a rangefinder was 462yrds.it was the first centerfire i bought on my own when i was 18 so i guess i have had it for about 18 years.I recently picked up a savage 16 lefty in 7mm-08 thats becomeing a close second in the favorite deparment

Armchair Bronco
December 27, 2011, 06:57 AM
Mossberg 183-T bolt action .410 shotgun.

It was the first gun I ever shot, and thinking about it brings back great memories of spending time with my Granddad. I'm still keeping my eyes open for a minty 183 .410 auction but so far I haven't found "The One".

December 27, 2011, 07:43 AM
marlin 39a, cheap to shoot, handy, accurate, will take anything i need it to i i had to use it, and cool factor....i mean comon lever action 22?? awsome!

Pete D.
December 27, 2011, 07:45 AM
And which one of my children do I love the most.
Tough to answer. When, however, I read the question, the first image that popped into mind was this gun, a Rizzini 90L Express rifle, .30-06, O/U.
Why? It's a pretty rifle, a good hunting rifle, two fast shots if I need two and it's easy to carry.



December 27, 2011, 07:46 AM
1921 Model 1903 Springfield. My first rifle and no matter what other guns I shoot, I always end up returning to that one. Still in all it's military glory but a proven deer slayer.

December 27, 2011, 08:38 AM
I wanted a left hand 30-06 back in 1973. I couldn't find a lefty 30-06 but the gunshop had a M700 7mmRemMag lefty in stock. My whole family being ex-military told me that 30-06 was king and that the 7mm mag would not stand the test of time. Everyone that I talked to dished this new metric every way that they could. The more they dished the more I became intrigued. Well, at over 50 whitetails, 2 moose, 2 Alaska brownies, 11 blackbears and several hogs, it has became my favorite big game thumper. It still shoots sub MOA and has tested time rather well.

December 27, 2011, 10:13 AM
For me it would be a tie between my Saiga restoration AK-47 and my Czech vz. 24. I love my AK because of all the work I've put in it, the historicalness, and the engineering. At the same time, I love my vz. 24 because of it's beauty, the nostalgia, and it is very well made. Here are some pics, resized for your viewing pleasure. And yes, before you ask, that is a Mosin Nagant sling on the Mauser.

December 27, 2011, 10:40 AM
the AK platform... as I have them in many varietys... 12 guage, .308, 7.62 x39, .223.... and they ALL rock!!!!

December 27, 2011, 11:00 AM
It would have to be my CZ 455 in 22LR. It is quiet, accurate, and I can carry a TON of ammo. It will take whatever I need it to and never lets me down.

December 27, 2011, 11:14 AM
I don't even have that many rifles & it is a really tough pick. 2nd favorite would be next to impossible.

Overall I think I will say Kimber 82G from the CMP. It is a .22lr in 3 position target rifle format. It was $400 and has to be the most bang for the buck of all my rifles. Besides cleaning it, I have not had to do anything but shoot the thing. All my other rifles either cost more initially, cost more for ammo or I have a lot more work into them.

Cons: It is not a good rifle for just anybody. At 10.35 pounds it is a bit heavy for kids. Single shot has some limitations - but is a pro in ways.

Pros: Came with pretty nice sights. Easy to swap between scope and sights. Has adjustable LOP and a hand stop with quick detach sling swivel. The hand stop rail make it easy to attach a bipod. Trigger is quite nice. Shoots bulk pack really well. Single shot is a very reliable and clean action.

It is a great range queen for me.

December 27, 2011, 11:20 AM
The newest, my 6.8PC AR15 dissipator. It's shorter than all the others, with a 16" barrel, but in 6.8, it's equal to the .30-30, with better flat line ballistics. It can take any scope I choose, and clamp on easily, or shoot iron sights. I can unload it more quickly, just pop the magazine and eject one round, unlike the manual actions which get jacked repeatedly - with the risk of a negligent discharge each time the round gets chambered. That also bangs up the ammo, and that's already known to make it more inaccurate.

It's light enough, and you really don't have to "clean" it like the older guns, which need constant repetitive maintenance during the year. They will rust speckle in a damp environment, cased or not, and require a good hosing down with a solvent and reoiling any time they leave the house. The tight fits harbor moisture that the AR shrugs off - anodized aluminum can go months in bad weather with just a wipedown. Steel simply cannot.

Drop it on a pile of rocks, the AR gets a scratch, the wood and iron guns get gouges in the stock wood, dings in thin metal, and a day later show rust in the iron where the flimsy bluing was scraped off.

As time goes by, I can change a part and improve it; as time goes by, the iron and wood guns fall further behind in technology, and deteriorate further, losing value. If I put them in a safe and never use them, they become completely useless, but they don't get any better.

I'm seriously considering selling off all the other long arms. They won't be any more valuable than right now, and aren't more accurate or reliable. They're just curios and relics in the long trail of evolving gun designs, as anachronistic as a phonograph or carburetor. People use those and claim them as a favorite, too, but they certainly are no longer "superior." Just quaint.

December 27, 2011, 11:57 AM
Man, this is a TOUGH question. Initially I would have said that my favorite rifle is my 10/22, simply because it has thousands and thousands of rounds through it and it is the longest owned rifle in my safe. However, when going shooting yesterday I reached for my savage 17hmr - it's topped with a Leupold Mark 4 scope and will shoot dime sized 5 shot groups. I am an accuracy freak (my guns MUST shoot where aimed) and considering the cost/accuracy ratio it has to be at the top of my pile (especially since I'm frugal)... so I guess that for yesterday, it was my "favorite" rifle.

December 27, 2011, 12:13 PM
May favorite do-all rifle is still a trusty old Savage 99 in 308. Shoots good, comfy to shoot, easy to carry, cycles fast enough, and ammo everywhere :)

December 27, 2011, 12:41 PM
That would have to be my Winchester Model 70 in .308. I havent shot it much unfortunatly (bought it in August), but when I take it out hunting, I feel like I am hunting with a RIFLE, and not a toy. The action still needs some more cycles to be butter, but I look forward to making that happen! I know that it will reliably extract hotter steel loads.

I trust this rifle to do as I need it to do, I just need to improve my skill level!

December 27, 2011, 12:44 PM
FN PBR. .308 18.5" barrel. SWFA SS 3X9X42. YHM stainless Phantom suppressor.

I just need somwhere longer than 50 yards so I can learn to shoot it.

December 27, 2011, 12:56 PM
Well this should be no surprise but it would be my 2002 vintage 336A without question. I got lucky with this one as it shoots either Fedral Fusion 150gr or Win 150gr PP into 1" at 100yd. Horandy's 160LE ammo averages into 1.25" and 170gr ammo 1.5" at the same distance. Nothing carries better in the woods than a nice Winchester or Marlin leveraction. They are light, quick to the shoulder and very responsive. Regardless of what all of the detractors say about the cartridge or rifles that its chambered in it just flat out works and works well.

Many have said that the 30-30 wouldn't last after magnum mania took hold. Yet it has stood the test of time and out lasted a lot of its' competition as well as lot of more useful cartridges. Another plus is it is always available and cheap to feed. Even when the shelves were bare during the ammo shortage there was always 30-30 ammo on the shelves:neener:

With time the 30-30 only gets better. With the advent of the Hornady 140gr and 160gr LeverEvoulution ammo it is now an honest 250yd cartridge. The only decideing factor of course will be wheter or not the rifle in question likes the ammo.

December 27, 2011, 04:03 PM
My .22 is my favorite.
Why? its cheap and easy to shoot, it has a wonderful adjustable trigger, currently set at 12 oz, and it's accurate enough to win matches against heavy target rifles

Kimber 22 Hunter and some 100 yard groups with cheap ammo.


December 27, 2011, 04:38 PM
I have two of them.

The first is a Searcy PH Grade .470 NE. It is fast handling and accurate plus has enough "pump" to handle any situation one might run into. Once one gets accustomed to shooting a well fit double everything else feels clumsy in your hands. The speed and smoothness of one of these rifles has to be felt to be believed.



Also my equally favorite rifle is this .375H&H carbine built on a M-70 Action I've killed everything from coyotes and caribou to cape buffalo with this little guy. I made my farthest ever elk kill with it on a nice 5x5 bull in NM at just over 440 yards with one shot through the heart some years ago. I killed the buffalo pictured in 2008 with the very same rifle at less than 30 yards in tight cover with a snap shot he went less than 50 yards and dropped dead with a 300 Gr TSX through the top of the heart. This truly is the definition of an all around rifle.


December 27, 2011, 04:49 PM
the Lee Enfield; cheap, fun to shoot, and it was the last gun of the british empire, so it is very historical.

and most examples have scars, marks, stamps, proofs, and other suck things that make them really interesting to look at and research. you can almost tell the whole story of the gun by the marking stamped into it.

December 27, 2011, 05:28 PM
Mine would be the Richard Marhoff & Sohns drilling that was my late father's favorite. Some will say the .22 Savage HiPower AI is too small for deer but the many whitetails that have fallen to this gun belie that, IMO. I wish I could post a picture of it but my digi camera is broken. The only picture I have of it is a grainy photo from 1950 of my Dad and Mom and the German jaeger posing with the gun and the hirsch stag Dad shot with it in the Tyrolean forest. Suffice to say it is a beautiful, engraved, top-quality, hand built in the late '40s Austrian hunting weapon that I don't deserve.
I took it to a gunsmith recently for a small repair and he appraised it at something like $12,000 since I have the original claw mount scope and case.
I had no idea it was worth even close to that, but to me it's my Dad's gun, therefore it is priceless.
The gunsmith was a little aghast that I take it to the woods for deer and turkey every year. He said it was worth too much to expose to the rigors of the field. Well, my old man hunted with it every year and now so do I. After all isn't that what it was built for? It has a few scratches on the stock and barrels but they are honest scars, honorably earned.
After I'm gone my son - who is a fine hunter - will hopefully continue the heritage and hunt with the old drilling. Some things are simply worth more than money.


December 27, 2011, 06:48 PM
^^And that's what a favorite rifle is all about, really.

Here's mine- A pre-safety Marlin 444S. In this pic it has the original 1.75-5X40 scope, it's currently fitted with a Weaver K1.5

December 27, 2011, 06:57 PM
There are many that make more sense, but few that are more fun. Deadly enough to use for defense, light enough to pack all the time, accurate enough to shoot an acorn off a fence at 50 yards. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06054.jpg

December 27, 2011, 06:58 PM
my worn out henry .22

December 27, 2011, 07:14 PM
My Winchester model 88 lever action 308 cal. w/ 2 3/4 redfield scope
was the first gun that my father gave me for deer hunting about 40 years ago.

December 27, 2011, 10:29 PM
My dads Mohawk 600.
Why? Cause it was his.

December 27, 2011, 10:33 PM
My savage 11 Thom hole laminated stock 243 with 60gr HP.

December 27, 2011, 11:21 PM
Why? Cause it was his.

That right there defines an enourmous portion of my love for fire arms. There are other reasons, but that is one of the largest.

December 28, 2011, 11:07 PM
That's a tough one. I have several rifles that I really like, and "favorite" changes with application. My "go to" hunting is a Remington Model 7 in .308. I replaced the walnut stock with an H.S. Precision sporter, and mounted a Leupold compact 2-7X scope on it. I have more expensive and more accurate rifles in the safe, but it's still the one I reach for the most when heading to the deer woods.

Favorite "plinker" is a CZ452 American 16 (.22 LR). It has replaced the Remington 541T since I received my first suppressor. The Remington is far and away the classier rifle, and more accurate, too. But the suppressed CZ is the cat's meow.

December 28, 2011, 11:27 PM
My favorite rifle is my Remington 721 in 30-06. It was my grandfather's (bought it before Korea). It handles well and fits my frame. I like it.

Coal Dragger
December 29, 2011, 02:27 AM
Well I suppose the one I shoot the most, and that would be my Cooper M57 .22LR. Cheap (relatively since I don't shoot budget .22 ammo much anymore) to shoot, extremely accurate, handy, but solid enough to be a perfect under study for my 2nd favorite rifle, a Cooper M52 in .280AI.

Funny I bought the M57 in order to get in good training for the centerfire to be sharp for various hunting seasons without burning up the barrel on the .280AI too much. Now when I think of going shooting the Cooper .22 is the first thing I grab. I even hunt with it more, since you can shoot a hell of a lot more rabbits and squirrels than you can deer in most places.

December 29, 2011, 02:39 AM
My Marlin Model 99 .22 cal. 1959 semi auto with tubefeed and capicity of 18 + 1, and iron sights. Was handed down from my grandfather to me when I was a young boy, and it is the most accurate rifle I have ever shot.

December 29, 2011, 02:59 AM
Right away I knew my favorite is my Winchester Model 94 Classic. I love the octagonal barrel, scroll work and gold plating. A thing of beauty AND function.(although it has yet to be shot in Alaska, I'm too afraid to damage her from the moisture)

December 29, 2011, 09:24 AM
My leverguns;
Slim profile
Easy ammo top-off
Non-tactical looking firepower
Easy sling carry
Common ammo

December 29, 2011, 10:58 AM
Favorite centerfire - Marlin 1894CSS. Very fun to plink with.

Favorite rimfire - Marlin 39A. The Skinner peep sight really took it to another level for me. The CSS wears a Skinner peep also.

Most classic rifle - Marlin 336. No explanation needed. Also my first centerfire, so it's a "favorite" that way too. Williams WGRS for this one.

December 29, 2011, 01:05 PM
My dads Mohawk 600.

My .350 would be a 600 if I could have found when when I was shopping for a .350. The Model 7 will do though, even it loses style points next to a 600.

December 29, 2011, 01:28 PM
Browning BL22. Smooth as glass, accurate, and handsome to boot.

I was going to say my Beeman R7, which shoots as well, or better, than anything I own, and gets more lead through it than anything I own.
But this is a firearms forum, after all.

And oh yeah... both belonged to my father.

December 29, 2011, 03:18 PM
Marlin 336 in .30-30 or Vz.58
Both fun, relatively easy to shoot and not too much kick. No scopes needed.

My favorite centerfire cartridge is the 6.5x55 Swede. It's too bad it's such a bastard of a size and not too many rifles are chambered for it.

December 29, 2011, 06:35 PM
i'd have to say mine is this 8mm guild rifle built on a color cased sr98 action with a full length ribbed barrel.
it just carries right, feels right, shoots good and has a class modern rifles are lacking.



December 29, 2011, 07:20 PM
I think my favorite rifle would be my Polish Underfolder AKMS imported by Century Arms.

I've always been fond of the AK platform, and the original underfolder design just tickles my funny button. I also love the dark varnished wood foregrip and plan on replacing the pistol grip with a varnished wood one to complete the look. It has very low recoil for an AK, which is always nice. The chrome lined barrel and parkerized finish doesn't hurt either.

I think my favorite rifle to shoot would be my Ruger 10/22. I absolutely love how inexpensive the ammo is, and how ridiculously customizable it is. I also love the steel lipped magazines and how smoothly they feed. Plinking in my back yard has never been easier than with my 10/22. It's great for starling hunting too!

December 29, 2011, 11:22 PM
Rem 721 30-06.
FILs gun that I put $400 into to make it shoot well enough... It now looks real nice and probably wouldn't be anyone else's choice...but it's mine.
Marlin 1894 44mag is a very close 2nd!

December 30, 2011, 12:13 AM
My favorite AR at the moment. The bulk of my rifles are of the AR variety. This one is an 18 inch 6.8 SPCII, Bison barreled Mega billet upper with a Super bolt in a JP full mass carrier over a Smith and Wesson lower with a Jard trigger and an Ergo F93 stock. Red spring and H colt buffer.
Why? Heck, I dunno. Love the caliber, love AR's, and this one shoots 1/2" groups with 120 grain SST bullets at 2550 fps.

December 30, 2011, 07:31 AM
easy ... SiG-556P-SBR

(forgot the why)
The "Why" is easy too ... very little muzzel rise, accurate even with cheap Silver Bear ammo ... which is what shot the McDonalds toys ... at 100 yards.


December 30, 2011, 08:19 AM
1964 Marlin 336 in 44 mag. It was made in dec. 1964
the same as me. I've hunted withit for 4 years now
and everything I've shot with it had dropped on the spot.
Total of 6 deer 2 woodchucks and 1 tree.
As I've gotten older and my eyes have gotten worse
The open sights work better for me than a scope.
Light, handy and puts a big period at the end of a sentence.

Still Shooting
December 30, 2011, 08:43 AM
-It has to be my tang safety Ruger M77 in .257 Roberts. I wanted that cartridge since reading about it at age 12; at age 40 I found the rifle sitting on a LGS rack - new, ordered by a guy who never picked it up. It's been mine for 25 years, it shoots sub-moa, and the first time I took it hunting was my only trip to MT, where it did an antelope and a muley for me, one bullet each and both DRT. -Nice way to christen a new rifle. It has been my go-to hunting rifle ever since.

December 30, 2011, 09:09 AM
My Glenfield (marlin) Model 25. It was my grandfathers, his first firearm after he got back from WW2. Its cheap to shoot, I just put a mil dot scope on it and it will hold quarter sized groups at 100y all day.

My fathers Rem 742 .30-06. Its got less than 100 rounds down the tube. it will hit a dinner plate at 200yards.

December 30, 2011, 01:28 PM
M1 Garand.

It's my favorite because it's a beautifully crafted machine for warfare.

December 31, 2011, 11:54 PM
It may not be top-tier, but my Rock River Arms LAR-6 Mid-Length A4 is my favorite rifle.
In 6.8spc caliber and 16" barrel, it is accurate and effective with trajectories mirroring that of both .223 and .308. It's wearing an Aimpoint CompC3 with 2moa dot.
I would use this rifle for hunting game up to and including Moose within a couple hundred yards. For defensive uses the round is much more powerful than .223 could ever hope to be.
I always shy'd away from the AR platform because of it's DI gas system, but after first-hand use, so far I'm sold. I have yet to take it out on any extended stints in the bush, but I'm thinking it will perform well.
Short, compact, accurate, and relatively light, and packing some serious firepower, I couldn't think of a better platform.


January 1, 2012, 12:40 AM
It would have to be my '99 in .300 Savage. Very smooth action, shoots very good and just right to carry all day. I could also take the .250 - 3000 with me, but this isn't like the .300 my Pop left me.

January 1, 2012, 04:04 AM
For me a toss up between any of my levers or my M1A's.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin

Chuck R.
January 1, 2012, 10:03 AM
.350 Rem Mag Model 7 from the Remington custom shop. Light, handy, powerful.

I have that rifle with a Swarovski 1.25-4X in Warne QD mounts. I sighted the scope in for Nosler 225 partitions and the irons in for 250 partitions. Its an amazingly accurate little rifle.

My favorite has to be my Ballard made 1885 Low-Wall in .22RF. 30 Douglass air- gauged barrel, double set triggers, exhibition grade wood with hand checkering:


January 1, 2012, 10:13 AM

One of those in the photo below, but my favorite changes a lot, it's never the same one.. Go figure? :banghead:



Peak Patriot
January 1, 2012, 11:31 AM
Remington 788: 243, Paid $180.00 about 30 yrs ago, killed many deer with one shot, out shoot "experts and people with more money than brains" at range. Tasco fixed 4X came with it, never have had to move more than a click or two from one year to next, 3 rounds at 100 yds can be covered with a quarter.

January 1, 2012, 11:37 AM
How about a Stevens Favorite ?

January 1, 2012, 12:13 PM
..."only accurate rifles are interesting"

CZ 452 military training rifle in 17HMR.

January 1, 2012, 01:13 PM
True, the accurate rifle is always a pleasure to shoot. It seems I migrated to my T/C Encore in 7/08 for the last of my hunting here in Ga. It fits well, too. I pick it.

January 2, 2012, 02:27 AM

One of those in the photo below, but my favorite changes a lot, it's never the same one.. Go figure? :banghead:



I can see why.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin

January 2, 2012, 03:17 AM
At the moment I have been enjoying a MAS 49/56 in 7.5 French that I reload for, what I have seen so far impresses me for a military gun. Waiting to get home from deployment to shoot some steel, always get some curious people at the range when I shoot it cuz it " sounds different" as one guy told me. My favorite civilian gun would be my dads Mod 43 in .218 Bee, that was his varmint gun on the farm years ago for fox,chucks,hawks,and whatever else that was considered a varmint at that time. Also the first caliber I reloaded for, now I reload for a dozen.

January 2, 2012, 07:51 AM
I have to say my favorite is my Mosin PU sniper. The gun was an ex sniper that I put an original scope and mount back on. I did some accuracy tweaks and the gun shoots absolutely amazing. It's my favorite because it's almost boring to shoot, no matter what I am shooting at, it gets hit. It's a blast to go to the range and see a lowly Mosin outshooting Rem-chester-by's. When people see what it does, their reaction is absolutely priceless. Everyone tends to think that because a Mosin is cheap that they are pure junk. Here's a pic of the rifle and what it does. The target was from my last set of loads for testing so I was going for grouping not sighting in with the new load.

and 10 shots at 100yds load testing.

January 2, 2012, 10:52 PM
I would have to say my savage model 12 bgtv 22-250 is my favorite, the scope is a vortex viper 6-20x44. This is definately the most accurate rifle I own.

January 2, 2012, 11:11 PM
I enjoyed trying to make this pick. It took some doing on my part. I don't get around that well anymore, don't get to hunt much. So light, quick, very accurate and easy on me. My Remington 600 that I bought in 1979 as a .222 Rem along with a second copy in .308. This one was punched to .223 Rem in 1980. With a few minor upgrades over the years (aluminum trigger guard floor plate, bedding and floated barrel) and several sights and scopes.
Here it is:


January 3, 2012, 12:25 AM
Beautiful 600.

January 3, 2012, 01:16 AM
This was a gift from a friend who's grandfather passed on and he didn't want to sell it to a stranger, I offered to pay, but since I was his best man years earlier
he wanted me to have it, and pass it down to my son when the time came.


January 3, 2012, 10:59 AM
Thank you 'husker'.
This is the pair. To shoot the 308, I had to wimp down the loads, getting old is hell.


January 3, 2012, 11:33 AM
My favorite is the Enfield 2A1, the Ishapore 7.62 NATO version of the SMLE. I like the milsurp guns, and the 2A1 lets me shoot the SMLE but with the more plentiful (and cheaper) 308 rounds. I love the smooth bolt action. Definitely not a tack driver, but if WWI rolls around again, short of having a Maxim, I'm all set.

Lloyd Smale
January 3, 2012, 12:43 PM
im not a big ruger bolt fan and usually prefer remington 700s but my favorite rifle is probaly my 264 mag hawkeye. Its a good shooter and every deer ive ever shot with it has died about instantly or at least within sight. I had my buddy who is a stock maker dress it up a bit by putting a black forearm tip and black pachmyr pad on it and refinishing it in oil. Made it so good looking i sent him my 7mag hawkeye to do the same with. As a matter of fact he just called yesterday to say its done so ive got to get over there and pick it up.

January 3, 2012, 12:48 PM
My Christmas present this year is my new favorite. Its a Remington 40X with a Benchmark barrel, tuner, 2oz Jewell trigger and a Weaver T36 scope. It will put 5 shots in the same hole at 25 yards with Eley Sport and here's a group it shot at 50 yards using Eley yellow box.


January 3, 2012, 02:15 PM
It changes from time to time...but right now it is this little guy, I can hit stuff that I can hardly see....and it is every time. It is a very old Mauser .22 trainer. A few weeks ago I shot a brick of .22 with this rifle....do you have any idea how long it takes to fire 500 rounds in a single shot bolt rifle.


January 3, 2012, 03:27 PM
Mine is my Marlin 30-30 lever action. I really didn't think it would be anything special and it must have sat for three months in my safe before I got around to taking it out. I fell for it hard after that. It sports a 16.75" barrel, bigger (but not crazy) lever loop, and a 2.5X scout scope with back up XS sights. I just love the way it feels and looks.

January 3, 2012, 04:05 PM
I have a M-77 Ruger tang safety .270 that has a Canjar trigger, a bead blasted and blue finish, and sets in a stock that belonged for a short time to Jack O'Connor towards the end of his life. The stock originally came from Bill Ruger to O'Connor with a 7x57 in it. In shipping the stock was broken. Jay Frazier of Delta Juction, Alaska repaired it. The stock went through two owners before it wound up with me. I have had it about twenty years. I shoot it every deer season and few times during the fall.

Dr T
January 3, 2012, 04:40 PM
Ruger No. 1 RSI in 30-06 with a Burris Signature 4 x 40 mm scope.

January 4, 2012, 09:01 AM
My #1 favorite is my Norinco Paratrooper SKS. It's light, handy, reliable like crazy and, with a $30 Williams peep sight, I can quickly hit pretty much whatever I'd like.

My #2 is an old, beater Glenfield 60, for the same reasons as above (minus the peep sight, of course.)

The Paratrooper in its pre-peep sight days:


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