What rifle do you carry in the woods all day?


March 17, 2014, 01:33 PM
Be it hunting squirrels, deer, or bear, (or just wandering) what rifle do you find yourself carrying around the most? We talk about range guns and long distance hunting guns a lot, which leaves the woods guns for this thread.

For me it would be my 10-year-old Leopold-Scout-Scoped Marlin 1894 in .44 Mag. I bought the 20" version because it holds 10 rounds... I have to crank them all out before putting it in my Jeep so I usually end up only loading 6 :cool:
(Very ironically this picture was taken in a tree stand)

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March 17, 2014, 02:00 PM
In western Kansas we do not have much woods. Walking around pastures though I carry a mossberg 100 atr in .308, with a vortex diamondback 3-9. Use it mainly for target practice while I walk around checking fence.

March 17, 2014, 02:10 PM
Most of the time it's either my 10/22 or Savage 17 HMR. Not much call for anything bigger around here. I just go for little critters when it isn't deer season.

March 17, 2014, 02:14 PM
Over the past 10 years that would be either my Marlin 1894 .44 that I acquired, used, at the ~1988 Medina, OH Gunshow (added a Williams 5D aperture rear sight) or the FAL "carbine" that I built (I cut down the barrel and opened the port a bit).

Those are the 2 that I have carried most often ... but I have a couple of M1 Carbines coming up fast on the outside. ;)

Vern Humphrey
March 17, 2014, 02:21 PM
Depends on the season. Squirrel season in Arkansas runs from May through February, so usually I carry either my Kimber M82 or my Colt Woodsman. During deer and bear season, I carry either a pre-'64 Winchester Model 70 in .30-06 or a Savage Model 99 in .308.

March 17, 2014, 02:51 PM
Not a rifle. I carry a synthetic youth 20g Remington 870 Express and a variety of shells (buck and slug)when there is no particular hunting in season. For example, in the Springtime when we go to the deer hunting land to check for and eradicate beaver, tend the stands, and make sure ditches are not clogged, I'll sling this over my shoulder. It doesn't even rust like it used to now that I figured out a little paste wax will do the trick.

Loc n Load
March 17, 2014, 02:52 PM
My "woods gun" for the past 40 years has been a Remington 788 in the .223 chambering.....I carry two loads for it, one a regular.223 with a Sierra bullet that has accounted for dozens of coyotes and various other varmints....and a cast bullet load at a low velocity for anything I want to shoot for dinner.
I also have a twin to the .223 788, it is 6mm Remington....it is my "serious" varmint gun....I have had it for the same amount of time, and both ride in synthetic stocks, with Leupold optics.

March 17, 2014, 02:59 PM
Let's see I carry my marlin 336 in 35 rem with 200 grain bullets and with a cast 158 grain pistol bullet for small game

March 17, 2014, 03:03 PM
During deer season, my Steyr Scout. .308 Win, 7 lbs, 3 point sling, 2.5x Leupold forward mount scope. It just fits me and hits what I shoot at.

BP Hunter
March 17, 2014, 03:23 PM
I used to carry my Marlin 336 in 30-30 but recently upgraded to the Ruger Gunsite scout using only iron sights. I enjoy it's carbine length and relatively light weight.

March 17, 2014, 04:08 PM
For the last few years it's been a Tikka T3 lightweight left-handed in.308.

March 17, 2014, 04:29 PM
deer rifle - Win. 94, 30-30. Everything else - S&W K22...

SC Shooter
March 17, 2014, 04:44 PM
If I am in the woods with alot of brush or undergrowth, I carry a Winchester Model 94 .30 WCF with iron sights. It's a good deer gun and a good hog gun. If I am in less dense woods, I carry a Remington Model 7400 scoped.

March 17, 2014, 05:45 PM
It's either my Colt 6920 or the AL AR-10 these days. Good times...

March 17, 2014, 06:52 PM
In northwestern PA where I hunt is thick woods. I use a Ruger 77/44, it is very light. Its a 44mag


March 17, 2014, 07:29 PM
Pre-64 M70 featherweight in 30-06. I have plenty of others to choose from, but nothing beats that classic.

March 17, 2014, 07:36 PM
My Rossi 92 357 magnum gets the most woods time these days. That is, when I'm taking a long gun along. You can't beat the versatility and compactness. For the most part though I don't usually take a rifle with me unless its hunting season. My Security Six does just fine.

March 17, 2014, 07:40 PM
I usually grab my 16" Norinco SKS loaded with soft points. It's very nicely balanced for carrying and can take any beating the woods or swamps have for it.

March 17, 2014, 07:44 PM
Savage 93 22WMR.
Mostly for beaver, coyote, and crows. I have to keep the beaver down or the back of my land gets wet fast.

March 17, 2014, 07:45 PM
Remington 700 BDL .30-06 saw a bunch of walking miles a couple of years ago

March 17, 2014, 07:56 PM
For deer hunting, usually a Marlin .30-30, unless I'm hunting in elk country - then I grab my Marlin .30-06 instead.

Squirrel or small game hunting brings out my old Winchester 67 single shot .22 rifle. I have picked up a Norinco JW-15 to replace it but I need to get a scope sorted out for it first.

March 17, 2014, 07:59 PM
If I'm stationary in a blind or in a stand I like my 30-06 bolt rifle. If I'm walking around the woods I really like my leverguns, I own 4. I have a Henry in 22LR and Marlins in 30-30, .357 Magnum and 45-70. With those there is nothing in North America that safe!

March 17, 2014, 08:14 PM
Remington 700 Classic in .308 Winchester. Not light (but not a bull barrel, either) and it'll shoot beyond my skill level.

Cee Zee
March 17, 2014, 08:57 PM
I don't deer hunt because there's a lot of money to be made renting out my farm to other hunters. It's illegal to hunt bears in both the states I own property. So when I go squirrel hunting, which is all the hunting I do now, I carry my Marlin 795. The thing is so light I can carry it all day without even knowing it's there until I need it. Then it's plenty accurate.

March 17, 2014, 10:06 PM
Most of my hunting is upland birds, 20 gauge over under or 12 gauge Beretta o/u, squirrel gun CZ 452, deer REM 7400 30-06.

March 17, 2014, 10:09 PM
Remington Model 7 LSS (Laminated Stainless) in 7mm-08 Rem.
Light, compact, handles well, great balance, and plenty of power without going overboard.

March 17, 2014, 10:10 PM
Whatever you carry, a good sling makes it easier.

I have carried a Savage 116 stainless/synthetic .30-06 more than any other of my rifles with a 1907 sling.

March 17, 2014, 10:15 PM
I use my grandfather's Winchester 94 in 30-30. Probably the most beautiful shooting gun I've ever pulled the trigger on! 196258196259196260

March 18, 2014, 08:47 AM
When I was wondering around all day long EVERY day, hunting for food or just adventure, I most times had my Krieghoff Semper in my hands,


Long shots, short shots, brush, open country or rain forest, big game, small game or even birds in flight, it easily covers it all. I don't need to carry one gun for this and another for that, this one is ready for what ever comes along...

It kept me from going hungry, many-a-time!


March 18, 2014, 09:13 AM
Whatever you carry, a good sling makes it easier.
Absolutely! IMO, even a bad sling makes it easier. ;)

All the rifles that I carry when wandering about sport slings. I gave up hand carrying field rifles in my early 20s.

March 18, 2014, 10:25 AM
Years ago my woods rifle was usually a .22 or else a 20 gauge shotgun. Nowadays if I were so inclined to take one with me on a hike it would probably be my Rossi Model 92 carbine in .45 Colt.

March 18, 2014, 12:42 PM
I've never been a fan of slings for some reason. Two years ago, I was hunting a HUGE tract of woods, which had a road which had an old...basically logging road looping through it. It was cold outside...probably in the low 30s dropping down to the 20s at dusk, so I was layers up...and I had a dove stool slung on my shoulder, and my 7-8 pound Remington 700. I took the stool to find a place to set up, but I always liked to make the circuit before I set up. So I usually paced myself between a slow walk and still hunting and walked about 6-8 miles in about 3 hours. My arms were jelly from carrying the rifle, and my cloths were soaked with sweat. A sling would have made it much easier, but I just never have liked slings.

March 18, 2014, 12:44 PM
Recently when I'm bumming around the property with no particular agenda, I have been carrying a H&R Handi-rifle (my fav platform) in .204 Ruger. Unless it is hunting season, I'm probably thinking varmits. The little .204 is flat shooting and when paired with a decent 3x9 is accurate and will get out to 300yds in a hurry. Ballistic tipped bullets aren't likely to hop back up and skip onto neighbors property either.

March 18, 2014, 01:58 PM
when just bummin around in the woods, it's my 6-1/2# M94 in 30-30 (no sling) in a tactical shotgun scabbard across my back. (150 grn @ 2300 fps)
If actually hunting it's my 6-1/2# Spanish Mannlicher in 7x57 with the same type load (160 grn @ 2400fps).
Both are solid hitters and don't destroy meat.
Squirrels & rabbits get head shots only.

the top 2 in the pic;

March 18, 2014, 03:38 PM
If I'm just going for a walk near the blueberry fields, I'll carry my CZ 455, .22 WMR or a .22 LR handgun; most often, a Beretta 87 Cheetah.

A new .223, Rem 700 CDL Stainless Fluted is on order and it will probably be my favorite walkabout rifle.

If walking about in the spring and probably calling Eastern Coyotes, I like my .243 Win, Tikka T3 or Rem 700.

March 18, 2014, 06:39 PM
If I think I need a non-specific long gun I nearly always take my FR-8.

March 18, 2014, 07:01 PM
My Rossi 92 357 magnum gets the most woods time these days. - shafter

+1 on this one. Been carrying mine for close to 25 years.

Penoe Hunter
March 18, 2014, 07:07 PM
Remington 700 Mountain rifle stainless arimid sock in 7mm 08 it was a special run for Gander Mountain weighs about 6 pounds

March 18, 2014, 07:20 PM
My favorite woods gun has always been my scoped Marlin 336 in 35Rem. But I am changing it this year to either a new Mossberg 30-30 or a well taken care of Win 94 in 30-30. Neither of these 30-30's has been purchased as of yet. I will probably not scope either.

If squirrel hunting it is my Ruger 10/22.

Macchina if I owed a Marlin 1894 with a quick detactable scope in 44mag that would be my woods gun.

March 18, 2014, 07:41 PM
In the Maine woods.....Marlin 444 or Rem. 760 Carbine in 30-06.

Cee Zee
March 18, 2014, 11:34 PM
I have great squirrel hunting rifles that I use when I sit down and wait for squirrels to come to me. But for carrying it's just very hard to beat that 795 I mentioned. 4.5 lbs. and plenty accurate. How can that be bad? It's no kids rifle. It's just light and it's accurate enough to hit a squirrel in the head at 40 yards without a scope. I have a sling on it too because they make you a much more accurate shooter. I could carry my CZ 453 and wear myself out but I'd rather enjoy the walk and still be able to harvest squirrels with ease.

March 18, 2014, 11:57 PM
For hunting it's a model 700 ADL in 30-06

For hiking it's an 1894 44 mag. For little critter hunting it's an AR... Or the Marlin.

March 19, 2014, 12:13 AM
The one I've carried the most over the last few years has been a Tikka T3 Hunter 6.5x55 SE.

March 19, 2014, 12:22 AM
My Winchester Mod 70 Safari Express in 375H&H Mag.

March 19, 2014, 12:23 AM
This response is more of a 'would do' than a 'do' because here in N. CA there isn't a lot of opportunity for armed woods walking but if I did it would be with my left handed Tikka T3 Lite chambered in .223 with a Nikon 2.5-10 laser range finder scope atop it.
The firearm is accurate and smooth operating and the scope and light enough to offset the relatively heavy scope which is a marvel of technology.
A .223 is the jack of all, master of none round for the woods but it's a great pairing.

Cee Zee
March 19, 2014, 02:37 AM
This response is more of a 'would do' than a 'do' because here in N. CA there isn't a lot of opportunity for armed woods walking

Really? I'm surprised at that. My uncle lived there for a lot of years and the area he was in was nothing but mountains. He didn't even have electricity for about 15 years. Yeah he was a "back to the land" ex-hippy but he never lost his love for guns. I understood that he carried them around the woods pretty often. He was a firefighter and had to train on a regular basis in areas where the wildlife was pretty wild. Bears, cougars, etc. were a threat I thought. What part of the state do you live in? It's a big state. I'm surprised that it would be that much different though. Maybe he could get away with it more because of being a fireman. Actually he was a fire investigator for a long time so that might have helped too.

March 19, 2014, 03:32 AM
I have a dozen different ones that I carry depending on what I plan on hunting. I have a couple hundred year old model 90s that work great for coyote or rabbit. For Modern Hunting season it mat be one of two hundred year old 25-35s or .32 Winchester. I also can use a SKS or a Mosin or even a Reminton 721 in 30-06. If the odds are good for Forest Grouse I will use my 000 buck in one of my Mossbergs and carry some bird shot too. Heck I have even been known to stroll the woods with one or two of my large revolvers since they are plenty large and legal for deer and bear. I am sure that I will spend some time in the field this year walking around with just my Uberti Walker cuz that will get the job done too.

March 19, 2014, 01:27 PM
Used to be my Savage model 24 in 22wmr/20ga. Now mostly it is a mini 14 with a sling on it. Plenty ammo, and it will take down most anything I need to shoot.

March 19, 2014, 02:50 PM
If I were going for practicality then I'd probably go with my 308 Browning a-bolt. It's my lightest weight rifle, has a 3-9x40 decent scope, a sling, and the cartridge is capable of taking down anything I could possibly encounter where I hunt.

If I were going for nearly the same practicality but showing a bit of favoritism, I'd go with my CZ 550 FS in 6.5x55 Swedish. I've got a little vintage Redfield 4x scope on it with a cheap milsurp leather sling and it just looks so damn cool!

When I'm still hunting in a blind I sometimes bring one of my mags out of the safe just to change it up. But they are noticeably heavier and not quite as much fun to carry as the 2 aforementioned.

March 20, 2014, 07:28 PM
When out scouting for deer or just bumming around in the woods, I carry my Rossi 92 in .357 magnum. If It's Deer season I'll have my CZ 527 carbine in 7.62x39.

March 20, 2014, 07:43 PM
On the farm, the gun I keep nearby most often is a single shot shotgun.
I have a .243 Winchester bolt gun stashed in an outbuilding for coyote.

Both of these are supplemented most often with a .22 rifle or handgun

March 20, 2014, 07:56 PM
When out scouting for deer or just bumming around in the woods, I carry my Rossi 92 in .357 magnum. If It's Deer season I'll have my CZ 527 carbine in 7.62x39.
That's a nice BRKT you have there (the guns are nice too).

March 21, 2014, 12:55 PM
Depends. Deer season it's a Remington Model 7 in .308 with a Leupold 2-7X scope. If I'm intentionally out for squirrel, its a 1964 Savage 24 in .22mag/20gauge. Just for the fun of it? CZ 452 American 16 with a suppressor, or a Remington Model 7 in .223.

March 21, 2014, 02:44 PM
If it's not deer season, I'm usually carrying a handgun, either a 629, 22/45 lite, or a Glock depending on whether I'll be in a piggy spot. If I do carry a rifle its a 10/22 or a CZ 455 .17 HMR. During deer season I usually carry the 629 and/or a M70 in .243 or X-bolt in '06.

I suppose I'll have to rethink my load out now that I'm moving to Wyoming...

March 21, 2014, 03:00 PM
Whatever you carry, a good sling makes it easier.

I like a sling too and use them when walking quite a bit. I prefer the leather slings that came right in the box when you bought a new Remington 700 BDL!


I still have several of them, GREAT slings and the price was right!


March 21, 2014, 03:10 PM
Mine is an AR for all around woods carry.

March 21, 2014, 09:26 PM
Summer afternoons for groundhogs and all day in fall for deer its a pre-64 model 70 .243.

March 21, 2014, 09:34 PM
Remington Mod. 121 Fieldmaster .22lr pump. With younger eyes I could make head shots on squirrels at 40-50 yards. :cool: I carried that rifle too may miles to count.

April 6, 2014, 11:12 AM
Kimber 84M Classic in 308 topped with Nikon Monarch 2-7x and a light sling. Fully loaded it weighs 6# 12 oz.

April 7, 2014, 05:42 PM
Old 'rem 788 in 308 rifle I bought in 1976 with a equaly as old bushnell 2.5-10 scope. Been a great old walk and stalk rifle. best sling for me is a Boonie Packers Safari Sling, Allows you carry your rifle across your chest hands free if needed but always at the ready to lift, shoulder and shoot. I have 25 years using them .

April 7, 2014, 07:56 PM
if i carry a long gun it's generally an early model marlin guide gun topped with a 1x4 vari power shot gun scope ! if it has to be shot , it won't get back up !

April 7, 2014, 09:15 PM
For almost 25 years now it's been my Winchester M70 in 30-06 featherweight. Bought it for a Wyoming hunt and I like it as much today as I did then. Other days plinking around I have an older 22 not even sure of the model number but it's also a Winchester , a semi-auto, bought it some 30 years ago at a flea market. I have newer rifles that I like but somehow the older ones are hard to put away.


April 7, 2014, 09:24 PM
I mainly coyote hunt now and used to carry a DPMS carbine but recently put together an SPR that I now use


Weighs in at 8.98lbs with a loaded 20rnd mag so it not light but that's what a sling is for :)

April 7, 2014, 09:40 PM
During deer elk season I carry a stainless Ruger M77 lightweight 30-06 with leupold VX3, Timney trigger and sling. It's light, accurate, rugged and never loses it's zero in spite of all the abuse slipping around on snow and rocks.

April 7, 2014, 09:44 PM
Mine is a 1968 model 70 in .308 with a Burris E-1 3x9

April 7, 2014, 09:49 PM
Winchester M70 in 30-06 featherweight
Ruger M77 lightweight 30-06
The very thought of firing those makes my shoulder ache. ;)

Flatbush Harry
April 7, 2014, 10:27 PM
I'm hoping either my Win M70 EW in 7mm Rem Mag or in .30-06. I bought a shot at a late season antlerless elk tag last week...fingers crossed but I'm developing 168gr loads for both. The alternative is my Ruger 77 RSI in .308 Win for which I have wonderful loads with 168gr Barnes TTSX bullets. That said, I might just decide on my Rem 700 XCR II in a B&C sported stock in .375 H&H (my 260gr Nosler AB loads have virtually the same ballistics as a .30-06 with 180gr bullets but pack a leetle bit more punch on the terminal end. Ah, decisions, decisions...

All my hunting rifles come in between 8 and 10#s with scopes and slings. Since I walk 5 mi/day now, I'm not too concerned but need to ramp that up. To corn a phrase, "that's bold talk for an old, one-eyed fat man...". If only I had more preference points.


April 7, 2014, 10:54 PM
The very thought of firing those makes my shoulder ache. That's why I buy rifles designed to hold their zero...I check the zero once every two years.....with one round. Never been off even after being dropped. That's what sells Ruger M77's.
When I shoot a deer, elk or bear I don't even notice the recoil or hear the report (which is loud from a 20" barrel). A box of 20 cartridges lasts more than 8 years.

April 7, 2014, 11:23 PM
Im assuming you are not talking about what you hunt specific animals with but what your everyday field gun is. Probably more a question for country types. for us, we have two rifles on the back of the mule. One is a Mid seventies Model 70 in 30-06. The other is a Remington 121 Fieldmaster in 22lr. The farmhouse has a scoped Win 94 in 30-30 and an 870 12 gauge. The golf cart has nothing but we will at times throw the 30-30 on it depending on how thick the hogs have been. The 12 gauge will also replace the 22 during bird season.

Those are not necessarily the guns we hunt with. Most of us pull out something different during deer season. But those are the guns we work with.

April 7, 2014, 11:40 PM
Walking in the woods rifle Is most usually a Marlin 336 Texan in 30-30. Unless it's grouse season, then it's a little Zabala Hmns 20 gauge side by side.

April 7, 2014, 11:50 PM
To add to my post, of those four guns mentioned the last one bought was probably the 870 sometime in the early eighties. And the day to day armament has not changed since then. My guess is the 70 probably kills 15-20 hogs and 5-10 coyotes a year plus maybe a deer although we usually get into the gun case for deer season. The 30-30 probably gets 2-5 hogs/coyotes/bobcats a year. A lot of the land we work is pasture and for obvious reasons the 30-30 can be limited. But the longest shot from the farmhouse is about 100 yards so it is right down its ally.

I do not work the farm every day. It is a family farm and I have relatives that do. I generally go out there every other weekend or so. Farm is the wrong word as it is actually a cattle ranch. Anyway I don't think anyone out there carries a pistol or anything on them. It is kind of pointless when you are working cows. But if for some reason I am actually going into the woods for something I take the pistol in my truck or the 30-30 now because the pigs have gotten so bad. But that is a rare event.

99.9% of the time when these guns are used it is on a coyote or hog running the other way or a turtle about to dive.

April 8, 2014, 07:05 AM
Marlin 336 .35 Rem or .44 mag Ruger auto during deer season Ruger 10/22 or Rem 66 other times.

April 8, 2014, 07:37 AM
Not much time for woods loafing anymore, I miss it. When I did have the opportunity, I carried anything from a Winchester 1890 (reworked to handle the 22 LR cartridge) to a 50-70 Trapdoor. And a lot of stuff in between. If I were to go out again, either the 1890 or the Winchester 1895 in 405 WCF.

On the bench is a pile of parts I am assembling into a 45 caliber Stalking Rifle. When done, it should be around 6 pounds and use 150+ grains of gunpowder. It will be a hunting rifle, with a patched round ball and probably 2F powder.

April 8, 2014, 07:52 AM
That's why I buy rifles designed to hold their zero...I check the zero once every two years.....with one round. Never been off even after being dropped. That's what sells Ruger M77's.
Interesting. None of my many rifles have ever shown any propensity to lose zero. O'course, almost all sport only their original iron sights, perhaps that is the difference.

I bought a new Ruger M77 in .243 in about 1978. That was one sweet shooting rifle. With a scope mounted I could make amazingly accurate shots. I have often thought of buying another M77, but then I realize that it would just sit in a gunsafe, so ...

I have found when hunting, the adrenaline is flowing as I make the shot and, so, I don't feel a thing, not matter the firearm ... same same with my hearing, but that is another topic. ;)

April 8, 2014, 11:51 AM
As a boy/teen it was always a good .22 or a single shot 20, later a single shot 12. In deer season it was always a Mod 94 Classic carbine. I played awhile with an old nylon stocked JC Higgins double in 16ga. It was pure poison with 4's but wouldn't pattern buckshot. I sold it to a friend. Here in Utah, if I'm fortunate to get the time to prowl around, I take at least my dad's old marlin 783 .22 magnum, but usually I'm looking for coyotes, so have a 22-250 Ackley for the past few years. I did use a CZ 527 Lux in .223 a few years, but gave it to a friends daughter. I carried a marlin 94 in 25-20 a couple years, but missed a coyote around 220yds, so then went to the 22-250 Ackley. Its "shame on him time" now, ha. Deer season has almost always been a Mod 700 Mountain Rifle ( either in .280 Ackley or now, 30-06) and I used a Mod 70 Featherweight Classic in 30-06 one banner year ( my first cow elk and doe muley) On elk, I've used mostly Mod 700's from lwt 338 WM to standard weight 300's, 340W, even a .375 H&H ( the Mod 700 SS, a very easy rifle to hunt the mountains with btw) My old friend all along has/is my Mod 700 Classic in .35 Whelen Ackley, in its Brown Precision synthetic, it weighs 7# scoped and loaded, nice. One deer season, about 4 years back, I set up a nice Mod 336 in 30-30 with peep, and had my smith put sling studs on it ( I like the Uncle Mikes Mountain sling, detachable) I got busy and never put the sling on till I got to camp, you guessed it, it wouldn't fit. so I hand carried it all week, which was only bad when I was climbing steep ridges. It was a joy to carry. I always have a pistol, people are crazy nowadays, I don't trust anyone I don't know and I have my eye on those I do, lol!

April 8, 2014, 12:02 PM
Unless I'm specifically going after small game (in which case I'd have my 10/22 or an airgun), my always-along woods/desert rifle is my Marlin levergun. Until a couple years ago, it was a 30/30, but then I picked up my 1894 in .44mag, and it's been a really good companion in the thick 'n brambly.

Caliche Kid
April 9, 2014, 04:14 PM
I usually carry a Ruger .357 bolt gun or a Ruger .22 Hornet 24" barrel model. If I am after hogs, it'll be an AR of some configuration and if it's deer I'm after, it'll be a .308 of some type. So every day is a new requirement but if I don't have special plans, it is my first answer..

Shotgun Sergeon
April 9, 2014, 09:05 PM
For me, it depends on the day. I do almost all of my hiking/hunting with my cousin so we have 2 guns. If its small game we're after one of will have a .22 and one of us will have a shotgun with various loads ranging from birdshot and waterfowl loads to 00 buck and slugs. If I'm "shotgun man" I carry my Rem. 870 12ga. If I'm the .22 guy I carry my Savage 987. If it's deer season I carry my T/C Omega front stuffer or my Ruger No. 3 .44 Mag.

April 9, 2014, 11:45 PM
On my hog hunt last month, I carried a LR-308 I put together myself, which was supposed to be a "lightweight" setup. Unfortunately it turned out a little heavier than I would have liked, even with the Criterion "lightweight" barrel... it was over 10 lbs. with scope, and got a little tiresome to lug around through the woods all day. Just this week I picked up a S&W M&P10 to give the whole "lightweight semi .308" thing another try. According to my scale it is 7.8 lbs. out of the box, and still under 9 lbs. with the scope mounted. Now that's more like it! Also much of the weight reduction was in the most important place... the end of the barrel. The Smith has a nice "pencil" profile after the gas block, whereas the Criterion had a backassward "gov't" profile that was heavier on the END of the barrel than in the middle! Needless to say, the Smith handles and points much better. I took the long, heavy factory flash hider off and switched it out for the DPMS factory one, and it made it even that much better. I haven't even shot this thing yet but I am already very satisfied with my purchase!

dixie cat
April 13, 2014, 04:22 PM
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd445/olskool1/IMG_3240.jpg this one is nice yo carrie. my model 14 rem. carbine in 30 remington it was made in 1912

dixie cat
April 13, 2014, 04:24 PM
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd445/olskool1/IMG_3243.jpg the other side.

April 13, 2014, 07:30 PM
Dixie cat
You should be ashamed of the! wood on that ol Remington. Can't you find a nice piece of laminate or synthetic plastilon to upgrade that rifle with?? And maybe a rail with a light bar??

Nice rifle

April 13, 2014, 07:38 PM
The rifle isn't the issue. I have trouble carrying myself around in the woods all day. But I'm working on it. :banghead:

Seriously, mine is a 7x57 Mexican Mauser that has been sportered and is wearing a Ramline stock. The stock is on its way out and will probably be replaced by a Boyds in the next couple of months. It's accurate enough, but the cheap plastic stock is flimsy and is impossible to glass-bed.


April 13, 2014, 09:01 PM
Depends where and what, But mostly my M1, a 870 or an M39 marlin .22 lr

My stuff gets beat up, especially in canoe. I mix it up sometimes with other rifles, mainly military, same with shotguns.

Dixie Cat, nice ol remmy there. That rifle is classy, and traditional. :D

up 2 snuff
April 14, 2014, 09:47 AM
My favorite for deer hunting is a Remington 788 in .308 with a Vortex Diamondback 4x12x40. She is a tack driver, and easy to handle with the 20 inch barrel.

All this talk is getting me hot for hunting season. 6 months to go and counting.

April 14, 2014, 09:57 AM
I do not carry a rifle while walking in the woods. Sometimes I carry a handgun.

April 14, 2014, 11:06 AM
It's hard to grab anything other than my CZ527 in .223 for walking the property.

Light, accurate, and comfortable to shoot and carry.

April 15, 2014, 09:10 AM
Busy thread, but I'll play..

It's been 25 years since I lived where there were "woods" or any other wildlands to wander 'round in. Back then, my trail rifle was a Ruger 1022, which I still own. It was stock back then, but it's "tac-ed out" now and probably wouldn't see such duty now.

Were I to find myself headed to such an opportunity now, I'd grab my just-acquired pre-68 Glenfield 75 (assuming I'd function-tested it by then; I have not done so yet.)

These are my only two repeating rifles (I also have a single-shot, falling-block action Savage/Stevens Model 89.) I don't own any centerfire rifles.

April 15, 2014, 09:50 AM
I haven't hunted small game like rabbits or game birds since I was a kid and would drag a 22 through the fields or a 410 shotgun. My later years were deer hunting in W. VA. and what I dragged along varied but were limited to a Ruger 77 in 7mm Rem Mag, Ruger 44 Carbine, Marlin 444, and every now and then a Remington 7400 or Remington 760 in 30-06. Up the mountains and down the mountains.

I haven't gotten out in several years but have friends who keep me stocked with venison. :)


April 15, 2014, 12:38 PM
Hiking around with the family? Just picked up a Savage model 42 for that. In the wood's hunting? Got a stainless tikka t3 In 7mm-08 for that. With a 357 on the hip, I've been out with just a 22lr on my hip and been really nervous. Had a pack of wolves within 50yds (I wasn't sure on the season, turned out I could have taken the, or at least one). So 357 is the minimum I take out here with me.

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