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What gun for carrying on ranch/farm?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by texas chase, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. texas chase

    texas chase Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. dvdcrr

    dvdcrr member

    Light handy little 223 or 22-250
  3. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Armchair Bronco

    Armchair Bronco Well-Known Member

    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 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...


    ...paired up with this stock...

  6. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    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

    When my SKS gets right, it'll be the one.
  7. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    A Marlin 30-30
  9. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Revoliver

    Revoliver Well-Known Member

    My 77/357 and GP 100.
  12. Vlad357

    Vlad357 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    K-22 usually, or 4" Rossi stainless .357
  15. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    Win Mod 94 30-30. Light, accurate, fast shooting and hard hitting.

    Edit: any good 30-30 lever.
  16. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    TexPat - the Green Mtn state has a little Texas in but unfortunately more and more of it is of the Austin variety ;-)


    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!
  19. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    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".
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2013
  20. blakec3686

    blakec3686 Well-Known Member

    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

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