Your favorite "truck gun"?


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coloradokevin
February 19, 2013, 02:50 PM
Many of the outdoor enthusiasts that I know (who also shoot) seem to have a favorite "truck gun". A truck gun can mean many things to different people, depending on the reasons that they carry the gun, and their particular interests within the shooting world.

What's your truck gun, and what do you like about it?

Pictures encouraged!


Here's mine:

It's a Romanian M1969 training rifle. It's a simple bolt-action 22lr that I like for a number of reasons:

1) It is accurate enough. The rifle has flip up sights set at 25, 50, and 100 meters, and I can regularly hit a 4" plate at 100 yards from a standing off-hand position with the rifle (minute of meat).

2) It was cheap. I bought the rifle for around $45-49 about 13 years ago, "military new" in the cosmoline.

3) It's a gun that I like, but one that I don't worry about beating up in the back of the truck, or out on the trails.

4) The .22lr is cheap to shoot, and it's easy to throw a brick of 500 rounds in the vehicle. The rifle also isn't very loud, which helps when plinking at camps in somewhat more traveled areas.

5) In addition to being a great plinker, the .22lr is a great survival gun. With it I can take any variety of small game animals within 100 yards.

This gun isn't the prettiest, most expensive, or most capable gun in my closet. But, for the purposes of being thrown in the back of the truck for any given trip, it's hard to beat it!

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NeuseRvrRat
February 19, 2013, 02:54 PM
this thread has never been made before

Hunterdad
February 19, 2013, 02:59 PM
I just picked up a Riverside 12ga takedown model. It's the same thing as a Stevens 520. With it broken down, it fits perfectly under the tray in the backseat of my Grand Cherokee.

coloradokevin
February 19, 2013, 03:10 PM
this thread has never been made before

Right. I never said it was an original concept. But, that's the nature of internet discussion forums. We'd have absolutely nothing to talk about around here if we didn't cover topics that at one point had been covered before. And, for me this week, it was a nice way to break away from all of the political garbage I've been dealing with out here in my state.

But, since you're concerned about it, I also started this thread to try to drive one of these discussions in a different direction than the typical "I carry 6 million rounds of ammo and 23 guns because of the fact that I think zombies are coming for us". I also figured maybe some folks would be willing to add pictures to this thread to keep it interesting :)

Many of the folks I shoot with have a gun they like to tote with them in their vehicles, as do I. Just thought I'd strike up the discussion to see what everyone else is using. Besides, new members show up around here all of the time!

I just picked up a Riverside 12ga takedown model. It's the same thing as a Stevens 520. With it broken down, it fits perfectly under the tray in the backseat of my Grand Cherokee.

That's a neat idea. I do like the takedown concept for vehicles, since it really makes storing them in a vehicle a whole lot easier!

Loc n Load
February 19, 2013, 03:11 PM
Enfield .308 jungle carbine.....have carried this gun for years.....rugged....very reliable.....30 caliber....compact.....suitable for "whatever".

izhevsk
February 19, 2013, 03:23 PM
I've always wanted to have a so called 'truck gun' (I own a sedan), but have remained less than confident in my ability to completely secure a firearm in my vehicle. If I could figure out a way to bolt the firearm to the frame perhaps, I think I'd commit to the idea. Any suggestions? Sorry for the thread hijack.

coloradokevin
February 19, 2013, 03:33 PM
I've always wanted to have a so called 'truck gun' (I own a sedan), but have remained less than confident in my ability to completely secure a firearm in my vehicle. If I could figure out a way to bolt the firearm to the frame perhaps, I think I'd commit to the idea. Any suggestions? Sorry for the thread hijack.

Understandably this is a serious concern. As such, though I keep the ammo in the truck, the gun typically only goes in there when I'm heading to the mountains. And, fear of theft is part of the reason I carry a cheap gun in the truck. I'm working on figuring out some ways to secure the gun from theft a bit more, so that I can carry it with me more regularly.

But, it's kind of like anything else: I keep tools in the back of my truck, and they can be stolen, and I keep some camping-type survival supplies and food in there in case I break down out in the backcountry somewhere. All of those things are more expensive than the gun itself.

MedWheeler
February 19, 2013, 05:10 PM
NeuservrRat writes (for some reason):

this thread has never been made before

And you still had to not only click on it, but add a sarcastic comment. I guess it's a good thing these pop up every now and then so you can do that.

My favorite truck gun, though, is simply whatever is on my hip when I get in either of my trucks. Though I have frequently considered tossing one in at least my pickup, I haven't decided which one. Pretty much all I have that I'd let sit out there are a single-shot 20-gauge shotgun, and a single-shot .22 rifle.
A friend I work with wants to sell his Hi-Point C9 for like $50. Maybe that can be a "truck/4x4 gun."

whatever
February 19, 2013, 05:11 PM
I like having something cheap to shoot in case i feel like shooting after work on a whim. A ruger mkiii 22lr fits the bill nicely as does my marlin 60. I've got a project in the works involving a 16 inch mosin for when i want a bigger bang than a 22.

CoRoMo
February 19, 2013, 05:38 PM
My brother has a Rom69 trainer and it's a good little utility gun. He just never kept it up or cleaned it and the firing pin/ejector was so gunked up that it wouldn't retract. This prevented the top round in the magazine from slipping into the bolt face.

Loc n Load
February 19, 2013, 05:51 PM
To enlarge upon my previous post (#5).....I live in a rural area, and past events during the last 4 decades with increased robberies, burglaries, homicides and a huge spike in meth labs being operated out here in the "boonies" has made it necessary for us prudent country folk to "be prepared".
My 4x4 truck does not sit out unattended, when at home it is securely garaged. Behind the seat I have a heavy gauge "truk vault".....it is bolted securely to the vehicle, has good quality locks and secures a couple of long guns. It would require a cutting torch or an end saw to breach it.
I also carry a hgn daily....the other long gun in the vehicle is a tactical 12 ga. pump. There is also copious amounts of ammo. My Enfield is intended for engaging targets 200yds or closer, probably a lot closer. For that mission it is well suited.
There is a lot of merit to a 22rf...but it all depends on what your concerns and needs are.

Rembrandt
February 19, 2013, 09:05 PM
You did say "Truck Gun".......mines a Boberg 9mm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Firearms/958.jpg
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mjkten
February 19, 2013, 09:12 PM
usually my carry handgun...but I have wondered about carrying a carbine of some sort. I am more likely to put down a wounded deer or dog than fend off the zombies. So I imagine having a handi rifle in 30-30 or some very utilitarian caliber behind the back seat. But so far it's golf umbrellas and jumper cables!

alsaqr
February 19, 2013, 09:17 PM
My favorite truck gun is a Russian SKS.

justjoel
February 19, 2013, 09:26 PM
got an H & R 12 gauge single shot with the stock bandolier loaded with one each: 00 Buck, slug, turkey load, standard birdshot

Slotback
February 19, 2013, 09:27 PM
My favorite is the one that is available if one is needed.

dark.zero.x
February 19, 2013, 09:40 PM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b355/sarkardarkstar/da21ce0b-823b-44b0-8c7f-24dd9addd1fb_zps233bc194.jpg

She doesn't look like much, but she is one of my better shooting Mosins. I feel prepared with a box of 180 gr SP on clips

tubeshooter
February 19, 2013, 09:43 PM
Okay, I'll play along today.

If I were doing the hypothetical "truck gun" thing, I guess I would have 4 candidates:


old Mossberg bolt .22
well-worn Blackhawk (4 5/8", .357)
Single Six 5.5"
SKS

I actually like my current (Romanian) SKS enough to where I would get another Yugo beater to use for that role.


Everything else I have, I like too much for a truck gun role. The Marlin 336 would be the next gun that would come closest... but nope.



[EDIT: Come to think of it, a single shot 12 gauge might be as good as anything else. Don't currently own one, though.]

22-rimfire
February 19, 2013, 09:48 PM
My truck gun is usually my carry gun. I try not to let guns wind up in my truck and get buried. Lately however I have been keeping a Ruger LCR-22 in there in addition to my carry gun incase I want to do some plinking.

I once cleaned out my truck and found three handguns that I had forget where they were.

bobinoregon
February 19, 2013, 10:12 PM
Probably have to be the next one. Over the years I've gotten at least a dozen beater "truck guns". I always seem to find a reason to clean them up and bring them back to the point where they are too nice to let beat around.

ApacheCoTodd
February 19, 2013, 10:21 PM
FR-8.
Short, .308, accurate, relatively light, no need to worry about the muzzle bangin' about, slim (bent bolt), great sights and loud as hell.
Wait, that last one goes on the "down" list.

JohnnyK
February 19, 2013, 11:07 PM
You can never go wrong with an AK...

Giterboosted
February 19, 2013, 11:14 PM
i have four, depending on the vehicle for the day. either a keltec sub2000 in a nice soft case with some extended mags, a sears branded model 94 30-30, a mossberg 500 pistol grip in 20g, or a draco, but the lever gun goes in the truck mostly

asia331
February 19, 2013, 11:39 PM
For the truck..an open sight Marlin 336W

tx_pistolero
February 19, 2013, 11:40 PM
Worked as a hog hunting guide for years. Kept one of these two in the toolbox of my truck for years. First the SKS, then the marlin.
- SKS - Russian, Tula made in 1949 (it had that stock on it when I got it) I have had a bunch of SKS's, this one is way more accurate than any other I have owned, which is while I still have it

- Marlin 1894 in .357. The .357 isn't really worth a damn on hogs out of a pistol, but out of a rifle, the .357 is pretty much identical to a .30-30 and is deadly medicine for hogs

Stacked up some hogs with these, out on scouting trips or just hunting for landowners who were having problems.
http://i.imgur.com/UPF14Ok.jpg

TCB in TN
February 20, 2013, 11:37 PM
An old Winchester 94 30-30 (mid 70's vintage with the pot metal rec) was beat up pretty good when I got it, front sight gone, mag tube bent, so I cut the barrel and tube down to 16 1/2 sanded the stock down, rattle can paint, marlin front and rear sights (shocking, but I had them on hand) and you have a decent shooting, handy little truck gun.

Chevelle SS
February 20, 2013, 11:44 PM
Boito 12ga SXS

Tomcat47
February 21, 2013, 01:03 AM
Marlin 30-30! or a Winnie if you must...

But A Lever 30-30 and a pickup... Its just American as apple pie...:)

hang fire
February 21, 2013, 02:18 AM
The SKS is a good choice, extremely reliable and more than adequate for SD.

My favorite is a pre-bubbaed $25.00 MN 1937 Tula carbine in 7.62x54 I bought years ago. I further bubbaed it and it just seems to feel at home in my old 86 full size Jimmy 4x4.

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Gordon
February 21, 2013, 02:34 AM
In my 57 Chevy 4x4 I use on the ranch I like it can be kept unloaded sesame pad locked in it's stand up rack and some stripper clips of 30-06 in the glove box and be fuly california legal. As the clips hold 5 rounds and I have a hunting license I am legally ready for the errant pig I come across in rural central coastal california. It holds 6" groups at 100 yards with 220 grain Corelokts rested on the hood - every time ;)
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/020-2.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/013-4.jpg

Now my work truck has a S&W 4006 locked up in the service box with a different drawer full of mags. Legal in Ca. and I heard there is a lot of .40S&W out there if times get bad!:evil:

BigBore44
February 21, 2013, 08:11 AM
I have two guns that almost never leave my truck.
1) Stainless Ruger SBH 7.5 44 mag
2) Marlin 1895 45-70

I often get a hair while driving around to go stir up some feral hogs. And we have some pretty decent sized hogs around here 400+. And some have a strong resemblance to Eurasians.

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