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What rifle have you truly "bonded" with?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MacTech, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. MacTech

    MacTech Active Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha
    Do you have a rifle that is the absolute favorite in your collection, one you "love" over all the others, that you spend the most time at the range or out in the field with? one that you lavish accessories on and feed it high-end ammo?

    in short, what is your true, absolute favorite rifle?

    For me, it would be my Savage Mark II-G .22LR rimfire, it started as just a simple plinking/target shooting rifle to replace the 10/22 I had grown to loathe (*HORRIBLE* LawyerTrigger, random, unpredictable FTE and FTF jams, even with the factory Ruger rotaries, dear Og how I got to hate that gun), I was looking for a gun with a decent trigger that didn't feel like I was pulling on a brick wall, the 10/22's trigger was so bad that many times I had to check to see if the safety had inadvertently engaged, the pull was that hard....

    anyway, I traded it for my Savege Mark II-G, as soon as I shouldered it, I knew it was the right one for me, my first gun, given to me as a birtday gift at 16 was a Marlin 25 7 shot bolt with the Microgroove barrel, I loved that gun, and was deadly with it, a few years back, I traded it for a paintball marker for some Ogforsaken reason which I'll never forgive myself for

    anyway, I've always been a boltgun guy at heart, the MKII-G had very similar lines to the Marlin 25, so that already made me positively biased towards it, it just felt *right*

    I made the trade, had my Bushnell 3-9x 32mm scope mounted and boresighted, put on a Shooters Ridge 9-13" bipod, and took it to the range, had it sighted in in 3 3 shot groups at 50 yards, then proceeded to shoot reasonably tiny groups with it on that first trip out, this thing is a tackdriver even out of the box, the ergos are great, it reminds me of my old beloved Marlin 25, and everything just works right on it, it feels like it was custom-made for me

    I've dropped the trigger pull to approx. 2.5# (AccuTrigger set to minimum) installed the Shooter's Ridge bipod and the sling from my Savage 111 .30-06, and am very happy with it's performance, it's more accurate than the old 10/22, and it's trigger is light-years better, simply put, it's a *great* gun, no, strike that, it's an *awesome* gun, a real shooter, easily the most accurate gun I have shot yet, on a scale of 1-10, it's an 11

    In the past, my .22 rifles were simply *there*, even the old Marlin 25 never truly thrilled me, the 10/22 actually pissed me off, yet every time I pull the trigger on my little Savage Mark II-G, I can't help but grin, it's made .22 shooting fun again, and it's the only gun so far that I've actually entertained the idea of upgrading....

    yes, it's a mass-produced, bare bones $185 .22 rifle, yet I'm planning on upgrading it because it's such a great shooter.

    I'll be putting on a better scope (currently it sports a Bushnell Sportsman that the 10/22 wore) even though the Sportsman works just fine, a fine shooting gun like my II-G *deserves* some better glass, I'll probably put a Nikon zoom scope of some kind on it, I have a Nikon F4S 35mm pro camera that I've always been happy with, I have a set of Nikon Sportview 10X50 binocs that work great, and I'm generally a Nikon guy at heart)

    I'll be upgrading the stock at some point to a thumbhole version, as I both like the looks of the thumbhole stock, and I imagine they help with the accuracy as well

    I'll even start feeding it some of the nice high-end target ammo as the occasional "snack", even though it shoots just fine with Winchester 333 and other bulk ammo, so far, I have yet to find ammo it doesn't like (aside from Augila SSS, that is)

    Yes, I *could* simply buy a Savage Mark II BTVS and call it good, I know I'll be putting more into this gun than it's retail worth, but it's such a great shooter that this doesn't bother me at all, heck, even the stock replacement would be optional, all it really needs is some nice glass and a diet of decent target ammo

    If I was to have all my firearms on, lets say, oh, I don't know, a *boat*, and the boat was to, lets say, have an.... accident, and I could only save one long arm and one handgun, I'd save my Savage Mark II-G and my Kimber Custom II .45ACP....

    So, what rifle are you "unreasonably" attached to?
  2. juk

    juk Active Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    I am not "unreasonably" attached to any of my firearms yet. Although I don't know why, my CZ 452 in 22lr has been stealthily creeping up to the #1 spot. :)
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    Grandpa's old 722 Remington in .257 Roberts is the absolute LAST gun I'll give up as the ATF is busting down the door. I like my M7 Stainless in .308 a lot, but that old 722 is the one I'd fight over with the G men. Actually, I'll fight over all of 'em from the gun grabbers, I'm just sayin'. :D Don't hurt that the ol' 722 is 3/4 moa accurate STILL after all these years and it's the gun I shot my first whitetail with at age 11 and a couple of dozen deer after that before I decided I wanted to try other rifles.

    DRYHUMOR Participating Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I don't play favorites. It's just not fair. ;)
  5. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Elder

    Dec 30, 2002
    Deep in the Ozarks
    Lemee think:

    Rimfire, it's the Gae Bolga, my M82 Kimber, closely followed by my M1922 MKII Springfield.

    Centerfire, it's Bigfoot Wallace my custom '03 Springfield in .35 Brown-Whelen, followed by Fionn MacCumhail, my pre-war Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.
  6. Pony Express

    Pony Express Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    definatly my Colt Match Target HBAR. my first AR and my favorite rifle :rolleyes:
  7. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Senior Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    My grandad's Remington model 34 in .22 S/L/LR, it's my little baby, and still quote deadly against spent shotgun shells after all these years. :):):):)
  8. Raptorq7r13

    Raptorq7r13 New Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    My guns are like most people's children: I love them all!

    That being said, the FAL I'm planning on getting next month will probably occupy the top slot.
  9. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Senior Member

    Mar 27, 2008

    not my ruger, not my bushmaster, nor was it my colt match target rifle.

    its my '44 springfield m1
  10. junyo

    junyo Active Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    My first Enfield, a sporterized No 4, M1. It's heavy, it's ugly, and Lord know's the ammo's not cheap, but I love that gun.
  11. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Senior Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    CZ 452. Easily worth the premium over the entry level rimfires from Winchester, Remington, Marlin, Savage, Mossberg, etc. Very high quality, great accuracy, great CS.

    Marlin 336. Grandaddy's .30-30 that he passed down to me. I put XS Ghost ring sights and a scout rail on it, mods that have helped really make it a smooth and slick shooter.

    My AR-15. Accurate, easy to shoot, easy maintenance. tons of fun, minsicule amount of recoil.

    Just throw a longer range precision rifle in there (I'm thinking the FNAR or a Remington 700 in .308) and I could easily live my entire life without purchasing another rifle.

    Course, I do want a couple of more .22s (marlin 39 and Remington 572) and maybe a .357 Marlin 1894. But those are fluff...

    I'm more of a minimalist when it comes to guns. Not as extreme as some, but just a few easily satisfy my desires.
  12. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Senior Member

    May 22, 2003
    My Ruger 77V 2-tone in .223. Bought it from Bud's in about 1990 (when he was on Industry Road in Lexington). Timney trigger and a Nikon Monarch 5.5X16.5X44 AO BDC scope. It's the least picky rifle I've ever owned. On a good day with my pet load, I can shoot literally one hole groups at 150 yrds. Many have tried to buy it but it's not going anywhere.:D
  13. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Elder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Without question my grandparent's old Stevens Model 87D .22lr. :)
  14. Smith357

    Smith357 Participating Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    I have bonded with my Kimber Hunter, I can't imagine not having it.
  15. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Nov 14, 2007
    No, not really unreasonably, but yes I have a few favorites. Sentimental favorites are CZ 453 Varmint and CZ 550 FS. Also have a strong affinity for the T/C Icon already.

    Also, honorable mentions to the Rem Seven, Rem 700 Mountain rifle DM, Swiss K31, 452 Luxe, and DMPS LR-260L.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2009
  16. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    Jul 5, 2008
    midwest Arkansas
    sks, 8mm turkish mauser
  17. chrissmallwood

    chrissmallwood Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Seymour, Indiana
    I would have to say my Springfield 87A. I picked it up at the local gunshop for 75$ thinking it would just be a fun 22 to plink with but after putting close to 1000 rnds through it with the only malf's being user induced and being very accurate ive gron to love it. Its one of the few guns that always goes to the range with me and when I try to take something else I end up regretting it.
  18. Keb

    Keb Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Colo & WA
    Currently it is a SS Marlin 60. This is because the price of P-Dog shooting is too high with 223 and my stash of 243.

    A few years back it was a pair of Swiss K-31s, then a 98 Mauser custom HB 30-06. Then a Savage Mod 11 223, and later a Savage 93 17HMR.
  19. OurSafeHome.net

    OurSafeHome.net Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    National Training Vendor
    My FR-8. (Spanish Mauser in 7.62 NATO)

    Cut the rear sight off and attached a Lyman adjustable rear sight.

    Love that thing.
  20. possum

    possum Mentor

    Oct 12, 2005
    Concord, N.C.
    my ar, why? it is the rifle that i am the most confident with, and feel the most natural with, and the rifle that i have the most training on/ with.

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