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Marlin 336, 1911, and an 870. good all-around combo?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Erik Jensen, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Erik Jensen

    Erik Jensen Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking. I've had plenty of guns in the past, and I'm sure I'll have more in the future, but is there anything I really couldn't take care of with a .30-30 with a detachable scope and maybe ghost rings, a 1911, and an 870 with a short barrel and a long barrel? realistically, as fun as EBRs are, those three would take care of just about anything, wouldn't they? even as far as SHTF? only drawback I can see is ammo capacity and perhaps extreme long-range ability, though you'd be lucky to get a shot over about 150 yds here in Michigan.

    what say you guys and gals?
  2. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    It lacks a true "long range" (say, > 200 yds.) component, but it looks fine to me. That is not a knock against you, I don't have anything long-range myself.

    If you are happy, that's what matters.
  3. RDavidP

    RDavidP Member

    A gun that is in your hand is worth more than the high capacity super long range rifle in the display case at the gun store.
  4. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Seems like a revolver would fit in better with the 336 and 870.

    And everybody needs at least one .22 rifle.
  5. FXR

    FXR Well-Known Member

    I'd say you're covered just great. Nice selection of traditional firearms that have stood the test of time. I don't see mag capacity as an overwhelming issue in most SHTF-type scenarios anyway -- the capacity of the ones you listed will be fine. Now all that's left is training and practice!
  6. B36

    B36 Well-Known Member

    I also would sub a revolver for the 1911, not because i have a dislike for the 1911. I just like tha ammo versatility of a revolver, and would choose a S&W 44 of some sort.
  7. mustanger98

    mustanger98 Well-Known Member

    On the .30-30, lose the scope and stick with a Lyman or Williams aperture rear sight. The .30-30 round, according to Jim Carmicheal in Outdoor Life... some of those loads have a point blank to around 250yds. Hornady's new offering stretches that some.

    The 1911... if that's what you like (me too) run with it. Somebody else mentioned a revolver as fitting it better, but one's as good as the other.

    870 with interchangeable barrels... good idea; you can select your barrel depending on where you're going and what you'll be doing when you get there.
  8. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a great example of each category:)
  9. obxned

    obxned Well-Known Member

    Add a .22 and you are set for most anything!
  10. Dave Workman

    Dave Workman Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily so anymore. Hornady LeverEvolution cartridges put the .30-30 on the long range map.
  11. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Excellent choices, though I've gone with a '92 levergun in .44 and a matching revolver. It's nice to have them eat the same food, so to speak.
  12. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    Well... it does get it "in the game" at least. :)

    It's still no '06 or anything, but I know what you mean, and it's good to have the offering and the option! I am glad that Hornady decided to do it. My .30-30 has always been an old favorite.
  13. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    While the new Hornady rounds allow you to kill deer cleanly out to 200 rounds, just about any .30-30 load will suffice to keep a man's head down out to at least double that. I think that he has all his bases covered.
  14. LoadedDrum

    LoadedDrum Well-Known Member

    It is a lot more coin, but I would change the 336 for a AR with 5.56, 6.8, and 22lr uppers and get a 22lr upper to go with your 1911. Those three guns could take care of any thing you would likely encounter in Michigan barring an dangerous game escape from the zoo.
  15. mustanger98

    mustanger98 Well-Known Member

    Post #14 would have to include a .22 upper.:uhoh:
  16. sm

    sm member


    Hard to beat what is proven, and has a history of being so.
  17. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    Needs a good sub calibre rifle in 22, 22 magnum or .17hmr; and a decent revolver, probably a 66 or 686.
  18. martinc64

    martinc64 Well-Known Member

    Excellent choices, every one of'em.

    The Constitution of the United States of America, The Holy Bible and the code of the Boy Scouts of America direct and require that you must own each of the following:

    .22 lr
    12 gauge

    Proof of ownership of a 1911 may be used to waive the requirement of either of the centerfire rifles (.22 and 12 gauge are non negotiable).

    You only lack the .22 and if I may be so bold I would recommend the Marlin model 60 or ruger 10/22 because either of them fill the role and are remarkably affordable.
  19. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    I could easily live with that combo, if I absolutely had to go down to 3 firearms.

    My first four firearms were an old Win. 94 in .30-30, a '50s-vintage S&W Model 10, an old Colt's Gov't Model and an 870 ... BTW, I grew up in Michigan, and never took a shot at a whitetail over 75 yards ...
  20. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    No Problem

    I see no problem with your selection.

    As others have pointed out, it's good to have a .22 in the mix.

    The .30-30 with Hornady's 160 gr pointy stuff is good to go pretty much out to 300 yds. Almost justifies a scope. With my eyes the scope would be required past 100 yds.

    You could quibble about the .357 vs .45 ACP, but you're fine. Myself, I have both a carbine and 586-7 in .357 mag, so that might be a thought.

    Your selection is just fine, though. They're all classics. You're gonna find ammo everywhere.

    You may, however, want to add the affordable plinker.

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