What gun for carrying on ranch/farm?


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texas chase
February 4, 2013, 06:17 PM
I get to spend a weekend here and there on friends ranchs purely for fun/hunting/camping. I'm sure some of you like-minded folds do something similar either daily or on occasion like me. So what do you carry?

Rifle or pistol. I've got some ideas but I'd like to see what others do or ideas you might have. any input is appreciated.

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dvdcrr
February 4, 2013, 06:23 PM
Light handy little 223 or 22-250

TIMC
February 4, 2013, 06:26 PM
usually a 1911 on my hip when I'm in the woods for a hadgun. As far as a rifle, that all depends on what I am going to be doing. For varmints it will usually be an AR in 6.5 Grendel or an AR in .308.

wrs840
February 4, 2013, 06:31 PM
I live on a farm and carry always where legal if I have clothes on.

A S&W M64 3"bbl in a leather Desantis Pancake holster is on my hip during Copperhead season, loaded with 158gr LSWCHP with a couple .38 shotshells in my pocket for the Copperheads. During the winter, it's a S&W 5904 in a Crossbreed Supertuck whether I'm on a tractor or at church. My tractor-cab and pasture truck rifles are beat-up Marlin 336s in 30-30 with Williams peeps.

I'm not advocating any of this as "best" for anybody else, it's just the habit I've fallen into as "best" for me.

Armchair Bronco
February 4, 2013, 06:36 PM
I live in the suburbs, but if I had to spend some time on a ranch or farm, I'd probably retrofit a CZ-452 Scout (http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-452-scout/) with a full-sized stock to end up with a deadly accurate .22LR bolty with a 16" barrel. With the adult-sized stock, it would be a CZ-452 Carbine.

Put some 1" Uncle Mike's swivels on it, add a 1" braided leather sling, & top things off with a Weaver 2.5-7x28 scope fitted to 11mm risers/rings and you'll have the perfect little plinker weighing in a little over 5 pounds.

This receiver & barrel...

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...paired up with this stock...

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ApacheCoTodd
February 4, 2013, 06:42 PM
On our mountain dirt it depends upon what's about and are the dogs in heat.

At least my .357
Though sometimes: FR-8
Mossberg 590
9x23

When my SKS gets right, it'll be the one.

TexasPatriot.308
February 4, 2013, 07:00 PM
depends what time of year, warm weather .44 mag or .45 colt revolvers with some rat shot for snakes, cast flat nose for hogs and a mini 14 tactical with iron sights. never thought of auto pistols for hunting. winter time at least a .357 mag. revolver and a carbine of any caliber cause we got some thick mesquite, huahilla, white brush etc. that will cut you like a knife here in this part of Texas. dont carry a nice rifle in brush.

Abel
February 4, 2013, 07:53 PM
A Marlin 30-30

WoodchuckAssassin
February 4, 2013, 08:02 PM
Tough to beat a lever gun on a ranch trip. Then again, when ISN'T a 1911 on your hip a good idea?

If you could, a nice revolver/rifle combo with matching ammo would be ideal. You could do this with 45 long colt, 44, 357, or if you're a handloader, 44/40.

Ragnar Danneskjold
February 4, 2013, 08:08 PM
I'm not a revolver guy by any means, but in this case I would say a revolver with at least a few shot shells on your person in case of snakes or other dangerous critters. As for a rifle, a good AR-15 really has become the "modern sporting rifle" and I would pick that just for ease of use and reliability. If you're focusing on hunting however, you might want to scale that up to some form of 7.62x51 rifle depending on what you're hunting. I would use my AR10, but YMMV.

That also might be a tad bit heavy. A good lever gun could be a good choice. In fact, getting a lever gun and a revolver in .45LC might be great for commonality of ammo. Maybe a Taurus Judge with 1 or 2 shot shells and the rest .45 plus the lever action .45LC rifle.

Revoliver
February 4, 2013, 08:12 PM
My 77/357 and GP 100.

Vlad357
February 4, 2013, 08:25 PM
On my farm I am almost always carrying a .357 686 with a 6 inch barrel , but lately my High Point 9mm cabine had been comming along. It's fun to shoot, accurate, and I don't worry about scratches, mars etc.

Vern Humphrey
February 4, 2013, 08:28 PM
On horseback, back on the ranch, I always had a Winchester Model 94 in the saddle boot -- and shot many a deer, feral dog, etc., with it. Afoot, I'd usually carry either a .22 rifle or pistol. Nowadays, I either carry a .45 Colt revolver most times when I'm in the woods -- either a Ruger Blackhawk or a Colt New Service -- or a .22 pistol, usually my Colt Woodsman.

Liberty1776
February 4, 2013, 09:39 PM
K-22 usually, or 4" Rossi stainless .357

gotigers
February 4, 2013, 10:08 PM
Win Mod 94 30-30. Light, accurate, fast shooting and hard hitting.

Edit: any good 30-30 lever.

RPRNY
February 4, 2013, 11:00 PM
Our place in VT is no longer a working farm but it's very rural and isolated. We have curious black bear and do not want curious two legged visitors. My 336 Texan in 30-30 is always in reach when we are out and about.

TexasPatriot.308
February 4, 2013, 11:14 PM
wow a Texan in Vermont....as a Texan, I love Vermont. got couple of friends that have houses up there. probably with the immigration problem, we may have to retreat to Montana or Vermont. and by the way, I am looking to buy a 336 in .30-30 for hogs, that gun is hard to beat and the model 94s are outrageous now.

RPRNY
February 5, 2013, 12:50 AM
TexPat - the Green Mtn state has a little Texas in but unfortunately more and more of it is of the Austin variety ;-)

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=328247276

Found you '66 Texan 30-30. Lord knows what it'll go for in these crazy days. I love a straight grip but they do go at a premium. Keep your eyes out for a Gle.nfield 30. The wood won't be as nice, mainly birch stocks, but they are 336s in all but name. I was down in south central Texas in December hog hunting and I wish I had brought my 30-30. Bolt guns were fine at night over bait but for walking up in the day, 30-30 lever with a cast 190 gr would have been ideal!

Ignition Override
February 5, 2013, 12:57 AM
RPRNY: Quite true.

My brother in law and his wife live just north of Putney. Sadly, she always wore a button with her pres. candidate every time we met in a restaurant. I wanted a button that said "Just visiting this planet".
Last October, visiting a small arts & crafts festival at the nearby college, along with a visit to Brattleboro made me think that I was in either Madison WI or Berkeley CA.

Many people in nearby NH call the people in southern VT "granola bars".

blakec3686
February 5, 2013, 01:18 AM
I spend a lot of time on grandmas ranch (good sized cattle operation)...if im just putting around the house area (stacking wood an what not) I just wear my 1911...if I need a rifle its really close .Any farther out an I bring my AR15 not really concerned about critters except the 2 legged kind and, after ma and my dad met 2 poachers with a sks I decided a 30-30 lever gun wasn't enough. so yup ar for me but dad prefers grandpas M1 garand

TexasPatriot.308
February 5, 2013, 01:31 AM
RPRNY, know what you mean bout the Austin people, a world of their own. my 2 friends are small town oil field people and they love Vermont. I aint been there in 40 years, hope yall can keep it as nice as it was back then. looked at the 336 on Gunbroker...that is what a new one is going for now, I hunt South Texas and Central Texas and still love the old lever actions though mainly a bolt action guy with an occasiional AR or M1A.

MtnCreek
February 5, 2013, 08:27 AM
Some type of pistol and sometimes a rifle too. Yesterday I had a G17 on my side and a Rem 66 while checking traps. On weekends, I'll usually have a .357 or .45c on my side. If I'm in a truck, 4-wheeler or cart, I'll have a rifle; usually a Marlin 25n (.22lr), Marlin 25mn (.22mag) or an AR carbine. It really depends on time of year and what I'm doing. Like if I'm running a chainsaw, I'll have a Glock (not many places for sawdust to get in and easy to clean). If it's late winter/early spring and I have babies on the ground, I like to carry a K frame .357 (cause that joker shoots like a rifle... yotes beware...).

Picher
February 5, 2013, 11:10 AM
It's hard to beat an accurized Ruger 10-22, standard barrel weight, stainless, if possible. A semi-auto will often bring down lots of larger pests quicker than a bolt-action .22 mag. Actually, I love my CZ455, .22 mag and carry it instead of my bull-barrelled 10-22, just because it's lighter and adds at least 50 yards to the killing zone for most pests.

The other rifle I carry a lot is a .243 Win, Tikka T3 Lite. I really love that rifle, but if I want to shoot at various items along the way, it gets expensive, especially reloading-time wise. It's my go-to coyote rifle.

For handguns, I find myself carrying my .22LR, Beretta 87 (note that we don't have poisonous snakes in Maine). It's very light and shoots very well, with a good hand-filling grip. For longer shots, I carry a .22LR, Ruger MKII with Bushnell micro red-dot sight. Not as handy, but it fits under my belt fairly well. I've yet to try the old holster I just modified (butchered) to fit the rig.

allaroundhunter
February 5, 2013, 11:23 AM
I carry either an AR or a Mossberg 930 (usually the AR) along with an M&P9. All 3 have killed their share of feral dogs which are the reason that I carry them in the first place.

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Zeke/PA
February 5, 2013, 01:35 PM
Twas me, I'd take an iron sighted Model 94 in .30 -30 Winchester.
Of course, I'm one of those "old dudes".

mavracer
February 5, 2013, 02:02 PM
I'm liable to carry anything on the farm from a 22 on up. One of my favorites is an old Savage 24 22mag over a 20g.

Float Pilot
February 5, 2013, 02:52 PM
While wandering around in my area, it depends on the time of year.

WINTER SNOW SHOEING or CROSS COUNTRY SKIING.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=169682&d=1344575276

DURING THE SUMMER BROWN BEAR SEASON.. IN THE TRUCK, ON ATVs, HORSEBACK OR IN THE PLANE
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=163112&d=1335034237

para38super
February 5, 2013, 03:32 PM
The Ruger mini 14 "ranch rifle" is the perfect ranch rifle.

shafter
February 5, 2013, 04:23 PM
Since this is the rifle forum I'll limit my response to rifles. My choice would be a Rossi 92 in 357 magnum. I'd keep a handful each of 38s and 357s in my pocket.

Dr T
February 5, 2013, 05:41 PM
Depends on the season. When I go down to the ranch, the toy chest comes open and I will either take an old favorite or something I have been neglecting. It depends on my mood and what I am planning to do.

During the summer, a 22 for snakes (A 3" S&W 617 works as well as a Ruger Mk 1, 2, or 3). If there are a lot a jack rabbits, a 22 or 22 Mag. In the fall and spring, a 223 for varmints. During deer season, one of my hunting guns. If we are seeing mountain lion sign, a 44 RM Super Blackhawk or a 45 Colt Blackhawk.

Old judge creek
February 5, 2013, 07:45 PM
In the 13 years since I've had my 1881 Ranch we've had a LOT of guests. Mostly they bring everything you could imagine, but I encourage 22s for lots of plinkin' fun.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/ATV06184.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/ATVTrain032.jpg

I have a 1000 yard (plus) range set up so that's available for folks that want to avail themselves of that opportunity.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/ShootingBench1.jpg

I also have a "Cowboy Town" and a full set of targets set up for them that want to shoot a cowboy match.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/DCMG06238.jpg


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/RACorral211.jpg



Or whatever else takes your fancy.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/OldJudgeCreek/ranch/grab2.jpg


Graboids are a bit of a problem around the place :D

kbbailey
February 5, 2013, 08:08 PM
I am an active farmer and spend most of my time out and about. I always have a truck gun of some sort. I have carried 12ga, sks. .357, .204, .30-30, and .22.
I like the .204 for long range varmits...but the .22 gets to see the most action.

splithoof
February 5, 2013, 09:32 PM
A Ruger GSR and a S&W 625.

ZeSpectre
February 5, 2013, 09:40 PM
Back in the day I grew up on a small beef farm. We used to have an oiled leather scabbard mounted on one fender of the tractor and it held a somewhat beat-up but reliable Sears and Roebuck Lever Action 30-30. If we felt the need for a pistol it was my dad's old 1911 in an old military flap holster.

If I were working the same turf today it'd probably still be a 30-30 levergun of some sort but the pistol would most likely be some variety of .357 Magnum revolver (probably a Ruger)

Ken70
February 5, 2013, 11:10 PM
M61 Vulcan 20 mm. With 12,000 rounds in the bed of the F-250 so you can shoot for a full two minutes.

Loosenock
February 7, 2013, 12:58 PM
For roaming around on my place

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/land812006.jpg

I carry a hacked up, bubba'd up $75 Mosin Nagant I found in a pawn shop.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/loosenock/truckgun002.jpg

Bad for "Wiley o'yote" out to a couple football fields, cheap ammo, doesn't mind being tied on the ATV for weeks at a time, rugged as tank and if it gets lost or broken ...it ain't no big deal.

just my choice..others will vary.

loosenock

Citadel99
February 7, 2013, 03:44 PM
I am partial to a 357 magnum on a ranch. I have a S&W 627 that has eight in the cylinder. Two rounds of snake shot, three magnum, and three. 38 wadcutters. Like having three guns in one.

For a rifle, it depends. If you have to carry it all day, I'd go with a polymer framed AR with a light short barrel. If you don't have to carry it with you, there are a lot of great options but I'd stick with barrels 18 inches or less.

Mark

jmorris
February 7, 2013, 06:24 PM
I carry a number of different pistols but a 1911 or Glock is more likely than anything else.

As for rifle, if I am hunting, it would be something specific for what I am after.

just roaming around generally a suppressed SBR, it's handy and you can make a shot faster than you can put on hearing protection.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/3g/jeepm.jpg

hueyville
February 7, 2013, 08:45 PM
I have a 160 acre farm in the North GA mountains. My carry gun(s) vary according season and situation. If I am hiking around, on a tractor or in a farm truck it presents different opportunities. If walking in the woods generally I have a 1911 Government Model or 6" .357 to 10" .454 Casull. On the long gun side choices can be 12 gauge, medium size autoloader to turn bolt rifle. There are so many variables by season an location hard to say. Are you in bear country, rattle snake land, ground hogs, grouse, coyote, or mutant turtles. What are the critters, terrain and weather?

B!ngo
February 7, 2013, 09:44 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Ruger Gunsight Scout in .308. That one just seems like a great jack-of-all-trade firearm. If I hadn't just purchased a different .308 bolt rifle, I would own one already. It's at the top of my list.
I actually wish that they also made 'em in .223/5.56.
Someone needs to give Ruger a call though I hear that they have a one-year backlog.
B

irondavy
February 7, 2013, 11:33 PM
My In laws have about 80 acres of mesquite wild land here in central TX and I really love to take a weekend and get out of the big city.

I am going to go a bit unconventional but I really like my Taurus Judge out there. I keep it loaded with 230 gr .45c rounds for when (not if) you run into a hog. I also have 2 or 3 410 birdshot shells in my pocket for the occasional snake.

The Marlin 30-30 hangs out in the truck when I am close by, if I am going walking then it usually comes with too. Mostly for the two legged critters, but every once in a while she'll get a hog down by the pond or rooting up my coastal field.

ID

Also not all of us here in Austin are all that bad. Sure there are a bunch of pot smoking hippies here but there are a few of us keeping the faith here in town. ...And we all wish we were out of town.;)

herkyguy
February 8, 2013, 09:01 AM
Ruger GP100 on a shoulder holster works for me. Out of the way and .357 with some snake shot handles most anything I'm likely to come across on my 50 acres.

wally247
February 8, 2013, 06:47 PM
Ruger .44 mag on the hip and a Marlin .44 lever action in the saddle scabbard.

hiker44
February 8, 2013, 06:56 PM
I carry my old Wards Western Field .22 bolt action in the UTV, but would like to have had a 22-250 to reach out and touch coyotes during deer and elk rifle seasons. Otherwise, it's the .308, because I have no use for the hide or fur of the coyotes anyway.

thomis
February 8, 2013, 08:12 PM
I live on a farm and carry always where legal if I have clothes on.

Where is it illegal to carry on your farm!

RPRNY
February 8, 2013, 08:22 PM
The carry part of that equation is what you find odd?

MCgunner
February 8, 2013, 08:51 PM
I have a fave if I don't know what I'm gonna need. It's a Rossi 92 lever carbine in .357 magnum. I handload a 105 SWC over 2.3 grains bullseye in .38 brass for 900 fps, very accurate, 1.5" at 50 yards, good small game load. I just have to jack up my sight elevation. I have a click adjust ghost ring aperture sight off an old .22 I put on the gun years ago. It's very repeatable.

My other load is 16.8 grains Lil Gun under a 165 grain cast, gas checked SWC in .357 magnum brass. It clocks just under 1900 fps. I just take one gun and two loads and I'm ready for hogs to rabbits. :D

What I carry around my place a lot when working if I am thinking hogs, though, is an SKS rifle, Norinco. I have a 5 round magazine on it fits flat, easy to carry, yet I can dump that mag and jack the round out a lot easier than the lever gun when I get back to the truck. Then there's my 10/22 I tote a lot. Heck, I guess it depends on my mood. :D

jamesbeat
February 8, 2013, 09:39 PM
Is it just a 'messing around' gun, or for more serious defensive use?
If it's for fun, it would be hard to beat a .22 of some kind.
I agree with the above posters that a lever action carbine/revolver chambered for the same round would be great.
Caliber depends on intended use.

2zulu1
February 9, 2013, 12:13 AM
Carry at my place is usually a 1911 in 38 Super or a 686P/6", AR in the house, but if I see large boar tracks I break out the Marlin in 45-70. I live in active mountain lion country, so far I haven't needed to use firearms during night time encounters.

788Ham
February 9, 2013, 01:38 AM
I usually tote my Win. 94 in .375 if I'm in the woods for any length of time, the two footed varmints don't stay around much if they see you toting .

tc54
February 9, 2013, 06:36 AM
i live on my farm and keep a ruger 10/22 in my main farm pickup 24/7. during hunting seasons i add the appropriate rifle or shotgun, but the 22 never leaves the truck and gets year-round use.

make no mistake, the .22 is a very deadly round. i've killed muskrats, beaver, nutria, yotes, deer, hogs, and am host of snakes, etc. with that old ruger.

if i lived where 2 legged vermin were a concern, i might carry a pistol as well.

ymmv.

qwert65
February 9, 2013, 09:03 AM
Henry lever in .22 LR

Coyote3855
February 9, 2013, 10:15 AM
NEF .17 HRM with Leupold 3.5x10. For ground squirrels. In winter, a KelTec PMR 30 just for chuckles and grins.

Pilot
February 9, 2013, 10:22 AM
Someone recently posted a thread on the CZ 527 Carbine in .223. That's what I'd use. However, an SKS, or .30-30 lever gun would be fine also.

DM~
February 9, 2013, 10:56 AM
My Henry lever 22 goes out with me most days here on my place, but in the fall or the days my Henry isn't with me, my Krieghoff Semper goes with me.

Many times i have a CF handgun nearby too...

DM

wrs840
February 11, 2013, 04:38 AM
I live on a farm and carry always where legal if I have clothes on.
Where is it illegal to carry on your farm!

I'm in NC and it is illegal to carry at a funeral, anywhere that charges admission, anywhere alcohol is sold and consumed, etc. etc.


I do leave the farm on occasion.

Ash
February 11, 2013, 06:01 AM
At my place, I keep a Western Field .22 bolt action (my son sometimes uses it) or if I'm going to be out, I have a Ruger GB in .223. When it was my grandfather's, he kept a Winchester 30-30 behind the seat of his truck.

Sav .250
February 11, 2013, 08:01 AM
It really depends on what I`m doing. Little stuff, can`t beat the 22. Bigger stuff, you pick-um. Not all agree on what to carry. Some like a "cannon." Some like something smaller.

Cee Zee
February 11, 2013, 08:52 PM
I guess I've never seen any "little stuff" that concern me enough to make me carry a firearm. There are lots of more important things to worry about on my farm. Like black bear, mountain lions, bobcats, and two legged skunks - those are the reasons I carry. BTW my farm looks like this or at least the swamp part does:

http://www.a-framevideo.com/Wildcat_photos_1.jpg

There's also lots of hills and bottom land. And lots of wildlife. Elk are moving in now along with wild hogs. But a main concern is that creek I'm crossing runs up to a "land deal for you" type place where lots of people who couldn't afford something really nice were made all sorts of insane promises about development and they were sold tiny little lots where they parked their tiny little campers and built their ratty little "camps". Those people decided that since they didn't get what they paid for that they should be allowed to use my farm to hunt. For years we averaged tearing down 15-20 deer stands a year. The game warden finally got through to the bozos that they couldn't just show up on our land and hunt. And wow what a fun bunch they were. They set up 50 yards from the barn with a high power rifle not even noticing that the house my cousin still lives in was right on the other side of that barn. And they didn't much like losing their expensive deer stands either. And they didn't like losing their private ATV trails that just happened to be on our land. And they didn't like losing their private "gardening" areas either. It was practically a range war for 20 years there. It hasn't gotten a whole lot better to be honest.

I don't set foot on the farm now without the firepower to handle the above stated wild critters AND the loco "something for nothing" crowd that wanted to steal what we've worked to keep for 150 years.

So at the very least I'm packing a .44 mag for bear duty although I really don't expect trouble but you just never know. My S&W 629 has a 8.5" barrel so it's good for about 175 yards of accuracy with me shooting it. I also often carry a 12 ga. loaded with slugs usually or an SKS. Sorry all you guys that like the 30-30 as a defensive round. I don't think it's in the same league as the 7.62 x 39 from an SKS. Semi-auto trumps the heck out of a lever gun. Now if I was dealing with brown bear I could well choose a heavy lever gun with a bear size cartridge capacity. But give me the suppressing fire capability of a semi-auto every time when dealing with my "neighbors". I haven't even gotten into the story of my other neighbor who tried to force a right of way across our property so he could create "Something For Nothing City II".

It's a hard cruel world friends. I used to carry a .22 just for plinking fun when I grew up on that farm. But times have changed. From the bear invasion to the skunk invasion there is lots of need for a much more effective weapon now. We knew all our neighbors at one time and we all respected each other's boundaries but wow has that ever changed.

BTW anyone who tells you there's no reason for a long range rifle for SD should move in with my cousin for a while. The "neighbors" rained a few rounds through his roof from about 300 yards away because of a confrontation over ATV trails. Trust me, I'm not going to hide under a rock while they shoot at me. I'm gonna shoot back with a rifle that will knock their eyeballs out at that distance.

The bottom line is I take several weapons with me when I go to the farm and I rarely get too far away from the truck where I have that variety of firepower. Sometimes I take the ATV around or I go for a hike and I'll pick one weapon or another. My .44 mag really seems to be an excellent choice. It's hard to even find enough open space to shoot more than 175 yards anyway. It ain't like it was when I was a kid and we worked that farm like crazy.

Boattale
February 11, 2013, 09:47 PM
How could you go wrong with a Savage 99 lever gun in .243 or .308? To me, those represent the ultimate ranch rifle, especially when topped with decent glass.

Cee Zee
February 11, 2013, 11:17 PM
I can think of lots of reasons to go with a different rifle Boattale. Those are nice rifles for sure but personally I don't want glass on something I might need for SD. I don't want glass on a rifle where I might have to fire on a charging wild animal either. And I want a semi-auto to get off a lot more rounds in a hurry. I know why people like lever guns. There's something nostalgic about them but they aren't modern designs. Some things they do very well but others they don't. It's not a huge difference but it is a difference when you can load 30 rounds of ammo that doesn't have to be blunt nose. The 7.62 x 39 is ballistically about equal but there's a reason the AK-47 is the most popular rifle ever built. I'd prefer an AK-74 if I was getting an AK (with full auto) but since I don't belong to a Mexican drug gang (according to the media they can buy full autos for cheap in the US all day long and "high powered" full autos at that :rolleyes: ) I can't buy full auto stuff without a big hassle so semi-auto will just have to do. And IMO the SKS is superior as a semi-auto rifle. YMMV as always but I think a modwern rifle is a better choice when you have to face what I face on my farm.

ECVMatt
February 12, 2013, 02:11 AM
When I was living in TX I carried a Remington 700 in 6mm. It is a wonderful rifle and will handle all critters, great and small, that are found in the state of TX. After a while I switched to a ruger M-77 mkii in .223. I can't tell how much stuff I shot with this gun. I have also used a .243 and a .22-250. All of the previous are great rounds for TX. We always shot for distance and accuracy, so bolt actions ruled. We also always carried a Ruger 10/22. This got tons of use on smaller varmints. You might want to start with a scoped 10/22 and see what you get into. If you need a bigger gun, then you might look for a bolt action .243, .22-250, or .223.

RPRNY
February 12, 2013, 08:06 AM
Now, now CeeZee, you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. You may well opine that semi auto is better than lever action and you may prefer 7.62x39 over 30-30 but you can't change the laws of physics. 170 grs at 2300 fps beats 150 grs at 2100 fps, every time ;-)

But seriously, sorry to hear of your trespasser woes. I only post against mounting stands on our land and allow ground hunting during bow and ML season. Still, every Fall I have to pull out several stands. For us merely annoying. Your situation does indeed sound almost like Range War days. Best of luck.

Hunter125
February 12, 2013, 02:35 PM
...there's a reason the AK-47 is the most popular rifle ever built.
And here I could have sworn it was because it was so reliable and cheap to manufacture.

jmorris
February 12, 2013, 02:51 PM
Yeah, its not for their success harvesting all game animals.

I have one somewhere but I have a lot of stuff I don't use.

Jaxondog
February 12, 2013, 03:20 PM
I guess I've never seen any "little stuff" that concern me enough to make me carry a firearm. There are lots of more important things to worry about on my farm. Like black bear, mountain lions, bobcats, and two legged skunks - those are the reasons I carry. BTW my farm looks like this or at least the swamp part does:

http://www.a-framevideo.com/Wildcat_photos_1.jpg

There's also lots of hills and bottom land. And lots of wildlife. Elk are moving in now along with wild hogs. But a main concern is that creek I'm crossing runs up to a "land deal for you" type place where lots of people who couldn't afford something really nice were made all sorts of insane promises about development and they were sold tiny little lots where they parked their tiny little campers and built their ratty little "camps". Those people decided that since they didn't get what they paid for that they should be allowed to use my farm to hunt. For years we averaged tearing down 15-20 deer stands a year. The game warden finally got through to the bozos that they couldn't just show up on our land and hunt. And wow what a fun bunch they were. They set up 50 yards from the barn with a high power rifle not even noticing that the house my cousin still lives in was right on the other side of that barn. And they didn't much like losing their expensive deer stands either. And they didn't like losing their private ATV trails that just happened to be on our land. And they didn't like losing their private "gardening" areas either. It was practically a range war for 20 years there. It hasn't gotten a whole lot better to be honest.

I don't set foot on the farm now without the firepower to handle the above stated wild critters AND the loco "something for nothing" crowd that wanted to steal what we've worked to keep for 150 years.

So at the very least I'm packing a .44 mag for bear duty although I really don't expect trouble but you just never know. My S&W 629 has a 8.5" barrel so it's good for about 175 yards of accuracy with me shooting it. I also often carry a 12 ga. loaded with slugs usually or an SKS. Sorry all you guys that like the 30-30 as a defensive round. I don't think it's in the same league as the 7.62 x 39 from an SKS. Semi-auto trumps the heck out of a lever gun. Now if I was dealing with brown bear I could well choose a heavy lever gun with a bear size cartridge capacity. But give me the suppressing fire capability of a semi-auto every time when dealing with my "neighbors". I haven't even gotten into the story of my other neighbor who tried to force a right of way across our property so he could create "Something For Nothing City II".

It's a hard cruel world friends. I used to carry a .22 just for plinking fun when I grew up on that farm. But times have changed. From the bear invasion to the skunk invasion there is lots of need for a much more effective weapon now. We knew all our neighbors at one time and we all respected each other's boundaries but wow has that ever changed.

BTW anyone who tells you there's no reason for a long range rifle for SD should move in with my cousin for a while. The "neighbors" rained a few rounds through his roof from about 300 yards away because of a confrontation over ATV trails. Trust me, I'm not going to hide under a rock while they shoot at me. I'm gonna shoot back with a rifle that will knock their eyeballs out at that distance.

The bottom line is I take several weapons with me when I go to the farm and I rarely get too far away from the truck where I have that variety of firepower. Sometimes I take the ATV around or I go for a hike and I'll pick one weapon or another. My .44 mag really seems to be an excellent choice. It's hard to even find enough open space to shoot more than 175 yards anyway. It ain't like it was when I was a kid and we worked that farm like crazy.
Well I was going to say a Lever gun in .22 cal. and maybe a judge for the crawling critters, but after Cee Zee's post , maybe a AK 47 and a few hand grenade's would be a better choice.lol

osteodoc08
February 12, 2013, 09:04 PM
Depending on location. My trusty pre 64 model 94 30-30 or my AR. Then either my M&Pc or various 1911

wrs840
February 13, 2013, 08:06 PM
Slow down Cee Zee.

The gear in your front-rack might not stop bears if it gets fouled with Swamp Mud.

Speedgoat
February 13, 2013, 08:28 PM
For my ranchin horse ridin setup I went with a Winchester Model 92, a new Mirouku in 45 LC paired with a SAA Clone. Nice rifle I went with a large loop lever (yes I've been known to John Wayne cock it from time to time) in a 16" barrel. The year after I got it Winchester upped the barrel length to 20" which I would have rather had but oh well. My pistol and rifle use the same caliber so I've only got to pack one type of ammo, and it's a truly classic setup. I just recently got a Cimarron stainless model and it is a nicer pistol compared to the EMF I have had before.

snakeman
February 13, 2013, 08:37 PM
Howa ranchland compact in 22-250 or 243 for the rifle. GP-100 or 686 for the sidearm. BTW I've lived on and worked a ranch all of my life. I have experience in this regard. Bolt actions are great. Lever actions are great also, a win 94 or marlin 336 is hard to beat as is a savage 99 or blr. As far as handguns go the revolvers can take the punishment this I know from experience, autos tend to get baby'ed and just don't feel as sturdy, revolvers typically have better triggers that make it easier to hit what you are aiming at quickly.

Roadking Rider
February 13, 2013, 08:38 PM
If we're talking pistol I think I'd take my CZ 75b, if we're talking rifle I'd take the mini14 ranch or the Marlin 30/30.

Deltaboy
February 13, 2013, 08:45 PM
30-30 and a Marlin 60.

Cee Zee
February 13, 2013, 08:56 PM
The gear in your front-rack might not stop bears if it gets fouled with Swamp Mud.

Hey I was STOPPED when my son took that photo. :) You can't get much slower than that unless you're backing up I guess.

Unfortunately it is a lot like a range war. No shots have been fired directly at people "yet" but they have been fired at houses that were occupied at the time. It's gang banger stuff really and that was what they had in the old west when it got right down to it.

BTW the only gear I had on the rack that day was a bottle of Diet Pepsi for killing thirst. It does a good job of that I guess. Maybe throw in some Mentos and spray the bad guys into submission. :D

But I seriously don't go there without protection now. It's like the people who couldn't get into the housing projects that live in that "camp ground" where they were only supposed to camp. I used to feel sorry for them after all the lies that were told to them but they should have known there was no way someone could sell $500 camp sites and then build swimming pools, golf courses, rec centers, riding trails etc. etc. etc.. They should have called it Scam City but for us it's been Troubleville from the start.

BTW I'd be happy to use a 30-30 if I could fire 30 rounds in 20 seconds like I can with the SKS I own. Yes I have a detachable and it works perfect before I get slammed for putting junked up bling on a perfectly good rifle. I wouldn't even put one on now though. Stripper clips are a much better way to go. My newer SKS will always use stripper clips.

I probably shouldn't do this but I'm gonna. The creek I'm crossing is called Wildcat Creek. And it earned it's name by actually having wildcats by the dozen. Now the wildcats walk on 2 legs though and they're more dangerous than ever. You can't make this stuff up. :(

wrs840
February 13, 2013, 09:04 PM
Deltaboy nails it, both in the post and the sig.

minutemen1776
February 14, 2013, 11:05 AM
Not surprisingly, the .30-30 and .357 seem to be the traditional answers, with a lot of .22s and a few .45 1911s thrown in, too. Yet, for the wicked world in which we now live, I will suggest something far less traditional. I think a good choice is an underfolder AK with a 20-round mag. Such rifles fold up to a little over two feet in length, and the shorter mag makes it a lot easier to carry. As a teen-ager, I walked the woods around my granddad's house with only a .22 Marlin or maybe a .22 magnum revolver. I wouldn't do that today. There are far too many "two-legged skunks" in the world now, to use the phrase of another poster, and many of these have no qualms with hurting or killing their fellow man.

Ro1911
February 14, 2013, 04:36 PM
Sig P226 and soon a ruger gunsight scout

joeyabc123
February 14, 2013, 09:57 PM
A gun with ranch in the name the ruger mini 14 ranch rifle .223 get a late model 2004 or newer fantastic gun light and reliable.

jstein650
February 15, 2013, 12:23 AM
Didn't go through all the posts, but I had about a 60 acre old farm/woods back in IN and although I had many guns to choose from, I found I rarely walked about w/o my Ruger M77 .223 Not terribly loud, would hit anything from about any distance with authority! Groundhogs, opossum, hedgeapples! Couldn't beat it.

Deer_Freak
February 15, 2013, 02:27 AM
I carry a Ruger Blackhawk with a 6.5" barrel chambered in 357 mag. If I am in hog country I load it with Double Tap 180 gr cast ammo. If deer season is open I load the blackhawk with 125 gr JSP Fiocchi ammo. Fiocchi 357 ammo is a great bargain. It is very close to Double Tap ammo in velocity at half the price. In a chronograph test Fiochi 125 gr ammo clocked at 1740 FPS from my Ruger Blackhawk. Faster than the 1650 fps fiocchi advertises.

dcarch
February 16, 2013, 12:25 AM
For me, Dan Wesson Model 15 and a Remington 870 of some pattern. For a rifle, I actually really like my converted Saiga... go figure. Not very "traditional", but she gets the job done.

Hunter125
February 16, 2013, 02:11 PM
In a chronograph test Fiochi 125 gr ammo clocked at 1740 FPS from my Ruger Blackhawk. Faster than the 1650 fps fiocchi advertises.
If I'm not mistaken, most factory .357 is tested with 4" barrels. Could be wrong, but I think that's accurate. Might account for the extra fps.

Pointshoot
February 16, 2013, 08:45 PM
One thing about a working farm/ranch is that you might actually have to use a firearm for any number of tasks from dispatching some critter, to running off coyotes, putting down livestock, or whatever. Usually youre working and don't have your hands free to carry around a long arm. For that reason I like to carry a revolver in a holster. You may not (in an emergency or quickly moving situation) be able to put on ear protection, so I prefer a lower pressure round with less muzzle blast. 45 Colt, 44 Special, or 38 Special work just fine. If off working on a far corner of the place, its also nice to have a rifle in the truck. A lever gun in 30-30 or an SKS are good truck guns for ranch work.

Cee Zee
February 17, 2013, 04:40 AM
Those are good points Pointshoot. I like my .44 magnum in a shoulder holster for carrying around with me. It's basically a cross draw setup so I can pull it quick and fire it. Mine has a long enough barrel that it isn't an ear buster compared to my .45's. It's loud of course but for an emergency a person has to make a choice. I'd rather be deaf than bear droppings if you get my drift. And bear have become a real problem around my farm. I saw where at least half a dozen were bedding down on top of the hill on the farm. I saw one there too. Stupid me thought it was someone wearing a heavy coat running just on the other side of the ridge line especially after it stood up and looked at me. It was about 300 yards away and my eyes aren't so good any more. Then I noticed it had on pants the same color as the coat. Hmmm... Hey wait! That's a bear! :D I had a 30.06 in my hand at the time. I could have popped that sucker dead in it's tracks most likely but it was about 400 feet higher up the hill than I was and about 300 yards away. I probably could have hit it but without practicing shooting up hill like that I wouldn't take the chance. I wouldn't even have ended up with scope nose either because I took the scope off that rifle just because of the bears. That same rifle nailed me once on the forehead shooting up that same hill one time a long time ago. I won't be forgetting that soon. I have that nice "C" on my forehead to remind me of it. :)

Pointshoot
February 17, 2013, 03:05 PM
CeeZee - great story ! I love that - - - 'guy' wearing same color coat as pants. Are you up in Alaska, or maybe Idaho, Montana or Wyoming ?

If in griz country its 'reassuring' (kinda) to have the .45-70 Marlin stuffed with stout loads.

Regards, -

Cee Zee
February 17, 2013, 06:13 PM
I'm in the great state of Kentucky or at least my farm is. A few years back the state turned loose 500 bears in a state park not more than a mile from my farm. But they established themselves in the whole area at the time. I lived across the river in Ohio for 25 years and they invaded me there too. It was pretty cool most of the time really except when I disrupted their dinner. I had a nice little face off at night of course with the bear about 20 yards away. I eventually scared it away but they have been hanging around my yard for years. They would eat the dog's food until I had to start feeding him inside. I'm surprised they didn't try to eat the dog to be honest because he was tied up for a long time.

Ultrastick
February 17, 2013, 08:14 PM
I do occasional work on my sister in law's farm, and I've often felt I needed to carry along a little extra comfort.

So, next time I plan to carry along my Hi Point 9mm carbine and my Glock 23 on my hip. Should be enough comfort.

After the madness subsides I plan to look at 9mm handguns, mebbe a GLock 17, or 19 so as to carry just one ammo.

jrdolall
February 17, 2013, 08:50 PM
On the farm in Alabama I have a Hi-Point 9mm in the truck at all times with a box of 9mm ratshot for snakes that are dumb enough to just lay there. I keep a Rem 700 in 243 caliber most of the time and sometimes an AK-74 under the rear seat. Plus whatever carry gun I have. I am actually more worried about meth heads now than any other critters.
In Montana on the ranch I carry the same basic weapons but don't have an AK-74 so an old beat up AR-15 is in the back. Winchester Model 70 .243 works on anything from prairie dogs to coyotes to 2 legged creatures, which I have never had to shoot , fortunately.

mr.t7024
February 17, 2013, 09:24 PM
mini 14 580 series, in .223,can not go wrong:) Cliff

GuysModel94
February 17, 2013, 11:39 PM
The same gun we/they have carried for about a hundred years, Winchester Model 94, in 30-30.

rcmodel
February 17, 2013, 11:44 PM
I might have already said it 80 posts ago??

But my old late daddy ran a farm & cattle ranch in Kansas all his life with a single-shot 12 ga, and a Winchester Model 06 .22 pump.

Only later in life after he was mostly retired did I finally get him a Winchester 94 30-30.
And he thought it was too powerful.

rc

krupparms
February 18, 2013, 07:35 PM
When out around house I carry my 1911A1/.45acp. If out in woods or on property I carry a. 357 mag. & a para model SKS. I also use a 2A1/ .308 . It has had most of the wood &metal taken off the front of it. Will be putting a scope on it soon. Wish I had bought more of the 2A1s as they were $100 ea.! I did get 3. They are great shooting rifles! ;)

WCraven
February 18, 2013, 07:36 PM
I plan to find out soon how well the 32-20 Winchester works..

kbbailey
March 12, 2013, 09:14 PM
I know I posted earlier on this thread, but my upraded old Ruger MKII deserves mention in this category. The old MKII has always been very accurate, but now with its new red dot multi-reticule reflex sight that I just installed, and new M ad Dog Kydex holster, it is better than ever. The reflex sight is incredible on this pistol, put the dot on the target....and put a bullet where the dot is....almost too easy.
The MKII is well suited for truck gun/farm gun because of its ability to go from deadly close-range varmit control to small game hunting to cheap plinker. All this is a small easy to carry package.

Geno
March 12, 2013, 09:35 PM
Cee Zee:
That's a dandy lookin' Hoveround! Seems you're a little young to need one, but I like the way you have it upgraded! My brother uses one of those "Tactical Hoverounds" to hunt too. Of course, it calls it an "ATV". Whatever. That's his story, and he's sticking to it. :D Heck of it is, he's a young man, only 53, and doesn't even walk with a hitch-in-his-gtitalong, but he sure favors using a Tactical Hoveround.

OP:
Wow, for a ranch/farm, take your pic. Anything from a .22LR to a .300WM would fit the bill. When I think ranch rifle, or farm rifle, I think of something that would fit on the tractor with me while I was working the fields. My cousins, in those situations, carry whatever they carry, but always a bolt-action. A .22-250 Rem is a definite favorite.

For me, if I were still driving the tractor around the fields (wow I miss that), I would likely go with my Weatherby Vanguard Varmint Special in .223, or my Mossberg MVP 5.56. On either one, I'd be tempted to mount my Trijicon AccuPoint 1-4 optic. Both rifles are superbly accurate, and that optic is great from sun-up, to high-noon, to sun-setting.

This is a great thread! Thanks for starting it!

Geno

Cee Zee
March 12, 2013, 11:00 PM
Hey the only modification I did to that Hoveround was to add a Diet Pepsi holding bungee cord. :D I wish I had it back right about now because my Cowasaki just took a break to go chew it's cud for a while.

http://www.puffun.com/funimages/cowasaki.jpg

Image shamefully linked from http://www.naute.com/pictures/cowasaki.phtml

vongh
March 13, 2013, 12:19 AM
A colt trooper III in .357

MCgunner
March 13, 2013, 09:51 AM
One of my "ranch" carry choices....

http://i49.tinypic.com/11hwbif.jpg

Rudedog
March 13, 2013, 09:56 AM
1911

Geno
March 13, 2013, 10:05 AM
Cee Zee:

I have to send that picture to my brother. I keep planning to buy him a custom, kids' plastic license plate that say "TACTICAL HOVEROUND" and mount it on his ATV when he's not looking. Thanks for that picture!

Geno

PorkChopsMmm
March 13, 2013, 10:05 AM
I love reflecting on this question. We live on 20 mostly wooded acres and I recently was able to pick up my 2 "ideal" farm/ranch/land guns -- a Dan Wesson 15-2 357 revolver and a Rossi 92 16" 357 lever gun. I plan to do what has been mentioned before -- primarily use low pressure 38 special rounds so if I do have to use the guns in haste I am not blowing out my ear drums. That being said, I can always load up some hot 357 loads and take advantage of them in either gun.

An AR or other magazine fed rifle just doesn't carry like the 92 lever action. It balances so well in the hand and it's like carrying a small stick around.

iblong
March 13, 2013, 10:20 AM
40 yrs ago on the homestead it was a single six 22mag and old well used
Marlin 30/30.Know a days it usually a 1911 and /or a mini14.

McBuck
May 8, 2013, 02:40 PM
Ilive in the middle of 160ac and on the edge of 250,000 ac of NF land...mostly I'll slap a Gloc 22 on my hip, but my 10/22 is actually my go to gun for critters in the yard...yotes, fox, and ground hog...but there is a Marlin 336 30-30 handy for bears...they tend to get pretty brazen in the warmer months and I have to keep the dog in the house...mostly they just turn over the bird feeders...bt the Glock and the Marlin are both handy if any "bi-pedal" varmits find their way into the yard...but with 2 miles between me and the gate....and a clear 150 yard shot out the driveway....they tend to leave me pretty well alone.

Scrumbag
May 8, 2013, 05:33 PM
On horseback, back on the ranch, I always had a Winchester Model 94 in the saddle boot -- and shot many a deer, feral dog, etc., with it. Afoot, I'd usually carry either a .22 rifle or pistol. Nowadays, I either carry a .45 Colt revolver most times when I'm in the woods -- either a Ruger Blackhawk or a Colt New Service -- or a .22 pistol, usually my Colt Woodsman.
Gotta love that woodsman on the hip

I'd go for a CZ527 in .223 or 7.62x39 depending on your preference for velocity or heavier slugs.

ATB,

Scrummy

nathan
May 8, 2013, 05:48 PM
That be a glock 23 on my hips and a Mosin M 91/59 carbine loaded with Barnaul 203 gr SP in the truck.

Piratesailor
May 8, 2013, 06:02 PM
A Marlin 30-30
+1000 and a 45 on the hip.

In college, to make some money over the summer, I used to do fencing in south central Colorado for a friends dad. He had a great ranch. 3030 in the saddle and a 45 on the hip was a good combination. Never had to use them though.

meanmrmustard
May 8, 2013, 06:06 PM
AR in 556, and 9mm Shield.

Or, when deer is afoot, AKM.

JVaughn
May 8, 2013, 06:20 PM
30-30 lever action rifle.

skoro
May 8, 2013, 09:17 PM
Well, my Mini-14 is a Ranch Rifle, so... :cool:

hang fire
May 9, 2013, 01:16 AM
Not on a farm or ranch, but am a desert rat who spends lot of time roaming the remote landscape here around home.

My wife and I carry handguns, but my favorite is a chopped 7.62x54 Tula MN I paid $25.00 for, which I scouted and did further work on. It won't win beauty contests, but has proven accurate, 100% dependable, and it just fits like an old pair of boots.

http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/P1010629.JPG

http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/3345.JPG

JoeDorn
May 9, 2013, 07:26 AM
I live on 250 acres of Central Texas turf in wildlife conservation and tour it daily in my Honda Big Red side by side UTV. The Big Red is always loaded with a 1911 and either a 12ga shotgun (most often) or a Winchester 94 in .30/30 if pigs or coyotes are about...

I am looking for a pre-Remington Marlin stainless 336, also in .30/30 and/or a stainless BLR in .270.

For ranch use, I consider the AR platform a waste of space...

blue32
May 9, 2013, 08:14 AM
SAA clone and lever in the same caliber.

ECVMatt
May 9, 2013, 09:35 AM
Not on a farm or ranch, but am a desert rat who spends lot of time roaming the remote landscape here around home.

My wife and I carry handguns, but my favorite is a chopped 7.62x54 Tula MN I paid $25.00 for, which I scouted and did further work on. It won't win beauty contests, but has proven accurate, 100% dependable, and it just fits like an old pair of boots.

http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/P1010629.JPG

http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/3345.JPG
HF- I am liking your rifle! I too am a desert rat and have found my Ruger Gunsite just about perfect for my ramblings. I like to have the reach of a larger caliber with enough power to be able to disable vehicles if needed. The .308, .30-06, and the 7.62x54 type rounds go right through radiators and get into the engine pretty well.

Enjoy your travels,

Matt

Dr T
May 9, 2013, 11:29 AM
My family has been ranching in West Texas since the 1860's. Unless it is deer season, it is usually a 22 lr or 22 WMR just for going around and checking the fences and water. If it has been one of those rare wet years and rattle snakes are about, I throw in a shotgun.

Two primary pests we have to deal with are jackrabbits and rattlesnakes. You have to seriously hunt bobcats and I don't consider that undertaking knocking around. We rarely have coyotes in our part of the Concho Valley.

For rattlers, my preferred tool is a 12 gauge with an ounce or more of 6 or 7 1/2. However, you can't always use one without collateral damage. After that is a 22 lr rifle or handgun with solids or HPs (doesn't make much difference. I DO NOT use ratshot in the 22's. That stuff will bounce off the limestone and you don't know where it will end up. Last time I shot a snake under a tree with it, I had little pellets bouncing off of my glasses.

hang fire
May 9, 2013, 11:40 AM
HF- I am liking your rifle! I too am a desert rat and have found my Ruger Gunsite just about perfect for my ramblings. I like to have the reach of a larger caliber with enough power to be able to disable vehicles if needed. The .308, .30-06, and the 7.62x54 type rounds go right through radiators and get into the engine pretty well.

Enjoy your travels,

Matt
This is a scout rifle I made up about 25 years ago. FN K98, was rebarreled to 7.62x51 by the israelis. I really like it too, and not a thing would change as to how done and the end result suits me fine.

Here is link, scroll down once there: http://hstrial-rchambers.homestead.com/early.html#

The_Armed_Therapist
May 9, 2013, 12:02 PM
Of everything I own, I'd choose my Marlin 1894 in .44mag. Though... I'd take any compact lever action in .357, .44, .45colt, .30-30, .444, .45-70, etc. Probably not those little Rand Hands that I've seen around, though... a little TOO compact.

PabloJ
May 9, 2013, 12:15 PM
I get to spend a weekend here and there on friends ranchs purely for fun/hunting/camping. I'm sure some of you like-minded folds do something similar either daily or on occasion like me. So what do you carry?

Rifle or pistol. I've got some ideas but I'd like to see what others do or ideas you might have. any input is appreciated.
The Glock 20 a panacea for just about all carry ailments. Proly should have bought Beretta M59? 'Tanker' that was offered locally years ago. Relatively compact 7,62x51 with large capacity magazine would be nice to have.

scotjute
May 10, 2013, 02:15 PM
Have a place near Waco. Usually carry .22 mag rifle, lever-action. Sometimes Ruger Single Six revolver in same caliber. If hogs were possibility would carry something in bigger caliber, usually 6.5x55 cause its what I have.

H&Hhunter
May 10, 2013, 02:32 PM
Usually a 20" or 22" .308 or .30-06 or if in the mood a 24" .470NE.

joed
May 10, 2013, 08:58 PM
Must be a thousand choices depending on type of terrain. For a rifle I'd choose either an M4 carbine or lever action if I didn't have long shots in open country.

For pistols you have the choice of revolvers or autos. I think I'd choose a revolver in .44 or .45, but I could be just as comfortable with a 1911. You can't go wrong with a .357 either.

Cee Zee
May 11, 2013, 03:52 AM
There's just no such thing as the perfect rifle for every situation. If you're riding around in the truck all the time a rifle can't be beat. Any serious walking that isn't for hunting purposes and I'll want a handgun. I like the power and reliability of my .44 mag for dealing with those heavy coat wearing critters although it did feel pretty good knowing I could de-bar the top of the graveyard hill from 300 yards away with my Savage 110 in 30.06. I just happened to be getting ready to do some target shooting right the same direction the bar showed up. I could have had a nice rug to put in front of the cot in my cell (killing bears that aren't a threat is frowned on in KY). But if I was there to cut the grass on the graveyard I would be glad enough to be carrying the S&W .44 mag with me. But then again the gang from Troubleville really requires something more EBR in nature. The closest thing I have is my SKS (either one). I have about a 300 yard open field in most directions from the old house except toward the barn which is of course the direction they come from. It's not like it's an every day thing that those bozos shoot at the old house anyway. Besides my cousin lives there. Let him take a few pot shots at them. He's a big part of the problem too if you want the truth. He likes to threaten people when a simple warning would do better. And the chances of him actually hitting somebody are pretty slim since he can't shoot for squat. I could carry the Savage 12 around in the truck but that would be too, too easy from the distances I would have to shoot. Even from one end of the main field to the other it would only be about 600 yards. That distance is really no problem for that rifle. But there again you can't just shoot folks just because you "can" shoot them. ;)

And just in case there are any gun grabbers reading this I am of course joking about shooting people. Just the thought of that makes me sick to my stomach. I don't want to shoot any bears either until they make a hunting season for them. I have them all over my yard and I have had face to face stare downs with them. I didn't shoot any of those. It's terrible to have to explain such things but some people think the worst of us.

kbbailey
May 11, 2013, 08:11 AM
I farm 1700acres of row-crop here in Illinois. since we don't have a cc law yet, I always keep a 'truck gun' It changes often with the season. .Ruger MKII .22; .357 revolver; sks; .204 Handi-rifle. There isn't that many houses here, but I like the fact that the little .204 bullet will pretty much disintegrate when it hits anything. The .204 with a 3X9 works well for our flat, open country, and rides with me in the tractor and combine also.

JLe˛dhas
May 11, 2013, 08:18 AM
I carry a 1911 or a Glock 21 in a shoulder holster when I am working on the farm.

Roadking Rider
May 11, 2013, 01:14 PM
A mini 14 ranch rifle with the stock 5 round mag in it is about as comfortable and well balanced ranch rifle as your going to find. IMO. If I lived on a farm/ranch there would be no doubt about it, either my 580 mini 14 ranch rifle or my Marlin 30/30 would be my constant companion.

H&Hhunter
May 11, 2013, 08:40 PM
gun with ranch in the name the ruger mini 14 ranch rifle .223 get a late model 2004 or newer fantastic gun light and reliable.

Did the accuracy get any better on the later model ones? Piss poor accuracy has kept me Mini 14 shy ever since I tried several of them back in the 80's.

Agsalaska
May 13, 2013, 12:04 AM
Always-A Remington 121 The Fieldmaster 22lr with a Weaver scope. The only time it leaves the mule is the occasional cleaning. It is a 1951 and was bought new by a family member. But after 60 years and tens of thousands of rounds, it is starting to have some issues. It spent a good month in the gunshop with a screw issue. He fixed it but had to weld the little piece back on. Today it lost another screw on the pump. When it was in the shop it was replaced with another Fieldmaster I own. We took the screw out of it today to put in the other. Hopefully it is good to go. It is deadly accurate.

Almost always- Either a Winchester 70 in 30-06 or a Winchester 94 in 30-30. Both were bought in the mid seventies by older relatives. Keeping it on the mules is a fairly new deal though. We use them for hogs which showed up about ten years ago. I had a shot at a running boar last night with the 70 but I am pretty sure I missed. Bastard.

Occasionally- Ruger Mark 1(I think). 22lr. It is missing half of its back sight but is accurate once you get the hang of it. It is not really a conscious decision though to take it or leave it. One day we will take it with us and it will hang around for a few weeks. Then someone will think to take it out of the little compartment if they need that space for something else.

Other than deer season or bird season when we have our rifles and shotguns those are the only three. And they have been the same guns used since they were bought.

skoro
May 13, 2013, 02:33 PM
Did the accuracy get any better on the later model ones?

Indeed, it has. Ruger went to a thicker, tapered barrel several years ago and it made a big difference.

H&Hhunter
May 13, 2013, 06:29 PM
Indeed, it has. Ruger went to a thicker, tapered barrel several years ago and it made a big difference.

I might have to give one a try...

Paul24
May 14, 2013, 09:47 AM
Colt Compact 45 ACP, Lever carbine center fire and/or 20 ga single shot. No poisonous snakes here. Revolvers are just to big to carry if your doing any thing but driving or riding in which case I will have a long gun. Do not carry any thing you are afraid to get dirty, scratch, and dinged if you are farming or ranching. Rifle and shot gun should be slung, if set them down you will have to go back for them every time you move. I use a ballistic canvas scabbard that I wear across my back, but that is rare. Have Winchester 92 rifle (long barrel) if I am out just for pest control.

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