Rifle Philosophy Poll


February 1, 2003, 03:17 AM
What philosophy do you adhere to? Same stick for all seasons, or use the tool for the job?

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February 1, 2003, 04:15 AM
I have several rifles. I try and pick the best one for the job at hand, if I know what that job will be. As my knowledge base gets smaller so does the rifles I'll pick to take out of the safe. I do have one rifle that I never feel out of place with and will handle ANY (riot,range,hunt) situation I might find myself in, SA M1a. May not be the best rifle for every job but I'll never be able to blame the rifle for not getting the job at hand done.

February 1, 2003, 04:23 AM
I'm a "rifle for the job" kind of guy.. :D

February 1, 2003, 05:25 AM
i have one rifle that is a do-it-all rifle (7 rem mag bolt action) for me. kind of a back up or safety net. that said, i prefer a specific rifle for a given task...

February 1, 2003, 08:55 AM
But I think you could do this in three guns. Short range, long range, and a 'utility' rifle for the greater 'in between'.

.22LR plinker
.30 mid
'pick'em for long stuff.

Actions are always debatable. For the plinker, it's a toss up.

For the mid-range, I'd lean towards a good semi, like the M1A, Garand, etc.

Long range, I'd stick with a bolt gun.

That said, it's no fun not buying more rifles as the mood strikes you and your checkbook permits.;)

Art Eatman
February 1, 2003, 09:07 AM
Sure, I can load my '06 for varmints, but a .223 is always gonna be less recoil. :) And a .22 rimfire makes less of a mess on a squirrel.

:), Art

February 1, 2003, 02:39 PM
Man, as an onwer of several rifles in various calibers and weights, I feel like a hypocrite answering 'One rifle for all jobs' but while I have small caliber, heavy barrel varmint rifles and and light weight deer rifles, I tend to think that most of my guns are more of a one rifle for everything. I shoot mostly 243, 25-06, 270 and 308 - all considered decent 'all round' cartridges. The two chanberings I'd like to add in the near future are 257 Roberts and 6.5x55 both of which are all round contenders.

So I guess discounting the extremes of long range varmint shooting and light distance mountain climbing, I'm an 'all for one and one for all' kind of guy... :D

February 1, 2003, 04:56 PM
I think that it's like any other tool. Sure you could buy one hammer and do all kinds of work with it, but they do make tack hammers, framing hammers, sledge hammers, etc and they do certain specific jobs much better and more efficiently. Same with cars. You could both commute to the city and haul wood and concrete to the jobsite in an SUV, but perhaps a pickup would be better for hauling and a Honda Civic for commuting.

You could buy a nice, box stock AR-15 that could be used for precision target shooting, plinking, hunting and homeland defense. However you may be happier with your results with a specialized bolt action for target shooting, a 30 cal for hunting, a .22 for plinking, and a 12 Guage for Homeland Defense.


February 1, 2003, 05:02 PM
In CA we don't have many options but eventually I'd like to have multiple rifles of the same platform (probably AR-15). Multiple rifles set up for everything from long range prairie dawg barbecue parties to indoor skeet matches with urban goblins.

Compatible magazines and stuff y'know.

February 1, 2003, 05:11 PM
Different rifles for different hunts. The weather, location and the kind of critter being hunted are the main factors. Big game hunts I like to use the same rifle.

February 1, 2003, 07:31 PM
If necessary, I could get by with only the AR-15 or the SAR-2.

But why would I want to?

With a good semi .223 and a good semi .308 and a good bolt .375H&H, and some kind of .22LR you've got it covered.

But why not include a good bolt .30-06, a good semi .30-06, a good semi .338 WinMag, a good bolt .25-06, and a half dozen AK variants as well?

He who dies with the most toys wins!!!!

PS. And of course, a good Rifle, No. 4 Mk1* .303

February 1, 2003, 08:50 PM
I believe that if you want to do things correctly you have to do things right. Specific rifle for a specific job.

February 2, 2003, 07:19 AM
hmmm, depends...

some rifles can handle most jobs, say a "lightweight government carbine" AR clone, or a Scout rifle (Steyr or not), and the first can use a .22 conversion kit and the second can use an adaptor to chamber .32 acp... but if it comes to more speciaized tasks, (like small game, varmints, long range or dangerous game) the dedicated tool will have the edge.

February 2, 2003, 08:42 AM
There is no "one tool" that is best for all jobs. Most times you need to pick the correct tool/handgun/rifle for the job at hand.

But having said that, there are some people who do choose one rifle and seem to be able to make do with that one for what they want to do.

"Beware the man with just one gun. He probably knows how to use it."

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