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Why more warriors than hunters on the rifle forum?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by fistful, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. fistful

    fistful member

    Why do AK's, AR's, Enfields and other military rifles seem to dominate Rifle Country? Just curious. I'm not a hunter, myself, but I like bolt-action sporters more than I do my SKS.
  2. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Well-Known Member

    Personal tastes, etc.... but mostly because milsurps are rugged, cheap, and the ammo is widely available and/or easy to mail order for great deals.

    It comes down to being economical, IMO. Plus cheaper = more rifles.
  3. Harry Tuttle

    Harry Tuttle Well-Known Member

    Cause ya rapidly run out of things to whine about when yer talking bolt action hole pokers.

    My ruger m77 is dang boring.

  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    High volume/hardcore shooters are more attracted to such weapons.

    Stereotypical sport hunters do not train, thus more questions and threads about the weapons you cite.
  5. fistful

    fistful member

    Sooo...that means bolt rifles are so reliable and straightforward that there's nothing to talk about? Not a rhetorical question.
  6. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy Well-Known Member

    As Jeff Cooper once put it, the rifles in use now are not terribly different than the one he used when he started hunting in 1937 or so. Glass is better, stainless/synthetic is now available, and new calibers abound, but the basic bolt action hunting rifle's performance hasn't changed much.
  7. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Far more people shoot their firearms for the pure pleasure than those who actually use them for hunting.
    The numbers of people who hunt has been on the decline for at least the last twenty years.
    The number of people who keep and use firearms for the pleasure of the sport has been on the increase during each of those twenty years.
    I enjoy hunting but don't consider it the only justifiable reason one should own a firearm.
    By the way, you like bolt action rifles, I happen to have a severe soft spot for lever actions.
  8. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Ohhh, I want a lever action 30-30 soooo bad.

    I like em all though, but must admit my favorites are the milsurp semis; FALs, AKs, SKSs.

    My best skill level is achieved using bolt action rifles, such as my two mauser actions or the absolute fav or mine - the Mosin.

    Couple weeks ago at the Dump, I shot a pump action Israeli 357 rifle. Now, that was a different world altogether.

    I LOVE EM ALL!!!!!

  9. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    This is a forum full of frustrated chairborne warriors out there hoping the balloon will go up so we can start actually using our expensive hardware for something other than shredding paper. Deer don't attack, and a bolt gun is a bolt gun. But a street full of shuffling zombies, now that is something to talk about preparing for.
  10. RevDisk

    RevDisk Well-Known Member

    Because when the UN blue helmet zombie bears come to implant a microchip into my neck, I want a high volume of fire. :D
  11. Gabe

    Gabe Well-Known Member

    Are you asking a serious question?

    The gun culture in America today is centered on a militia/survivor culture rather than a hunter culture. I think the change began with the babyboomers. Maybe it's because of the availability of military surplus, maybe it's the higher disposable income, maybe it's Hollywood, maybe it's the Cold War. Whatever the reason, we have a very different gun culture than say 40-50 years ago.
  12. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    I'm a coyote hunter myself, which means a .223 is my caliber of choice. I've got a simple, no frills Savage bolt action which takes Coyotes quite well with pretty much no surprises. Theres no pre ban, no post ban its a hunting rifle pure and simple. I also dont use this weapon for defence, and Its not super fun.

    People dont talk about their work truck, they talk about their hot rod. People dont talk about their school bus, they talk about the Ferrari Enzo.
  13. Malamute

    Malamute Well-Known Member

    What Roscoe said
  14. Delmar

    Delmar Well-Known Member

    A lot depends on what discipline appeals to you personally. I like all rifle actions, put I prefer bolt actions for accurate shooting.

    That said, I have a friend who owns a Browning lever action in 308, and it is without a doubt the most accurate lever gun I have personally fired.

    Autoloaders are fun for me too, and some can be very accurate-as good as just about any bolt gun made, if you have the money.

    The one center fire action I have yet to try is the pump-it looks like a lot of fun!
  15. Malamute

    Malamute Well-Known Member

    I think it may ahve something to do with the increasing urbanization of our culture. Folks raised in, and living in cioties are not as likely to have been raised hunting, and are less likely to pursue hunting.

    Personally, I think military rifles are interesting, but not important to me. Important in the sense that they do anything practical for me. Hunting guns make meat. In my list of the "most important" or "last guns" I'd keep if limited for some reason, hunting guns are the only ones on my list . I hunt, I live in bear country. I plan to retire to Alalska to live a more rural or even remote lifestyle. Military guns just dont fit my picture of being practical for anything I do. I LIKE them, they are fun, but not practical for me. I'm not a police officer doing entries on crack houses, I'm not in the military, the chancers of screaming hordes of Canadians streaming across the border is slim (for now). My Winchester 94's will just have to do for a "defensive" gun along with my Smith 44 or Ruger 45 SA. I don't feel poorly equipped. Just me.
  16. Chris Pinkleton

    Chris Pinkleton Well-Known Member

    Hey, I'm as "Walter Mitty" as the next armchair commmando in my firearms tastes, but the last thing I want to do is to have to deal with real combat. I love plinking away with my SAR, but I don't thnk it would be nearly as fun with targets that shoot back.
  17. mustanger98

    mustanger98 Well-Known Member

    I'm a hunter. I like that type rifles. I also like to shoot M1 Garand, K98k, and Lee Enfield. That said, what some folks may not realize is a lot of deer have been taken with milsurp rifles. Elmer Keith, during early parts of his career, used the US '03 Springfield- stock military and sporterized/rebarreled- to hunt mule deer, elk, and sheep among other things (Source: "Hell, I Was There"). The M1 Garand- in states where the 8rd capacity is legal, or if you can get 5rd clips that work- will also put a deer down with proper bullet placement. That said, I also like my Winchester .30-30 (with Lyman #2 tang sight) real well- it fits me and does what I want it to do with any load I've fed it. Although Elmer Keith wasn't fond of the .30-30 round, he was shooting larger animals at longer distances dictated by the terrain in his part of the country. Around here, I don't have that problem- Eastern Whitetails out to 150yds. I'm not past using a .303 on them too.
  18. fistful

    fistful member

    Very interesting responses, so far. My own answer to the question is that most of those who like sporting guns are more likely to be on a hunting forum, or out still-hunting, or something, not endlessly talking about the tools they use to earn their meat.

    Yes, Gabe, I really am curious. I'm not slamming the semi-auto's - I like some of those, too. I've been hangin' about here for a few months now, and when I first saw "Rifle Country," I expected to see a lot of threads about .338's and Ruger No. 1's. There are some of those, but the AR, AK, FAL threads seem to be the vast majority. I hope to own more guns like those someday (just got an SKS), but I also like bolt-actions, both military and sporting.

    Some people have said that the assault/battle rifles are more fun. I guess I'm in the minority, because I have more fun shooting my Mauser scout than I've ever had with a SAW, grenade launcher or M16A2. Just goes to show you, the military can suck the fun out of anything. I think an M1A would be a lot of fun, though, but so would an Enfield or a Krag or a Handi-Rifle - and I don't even like single-shots, in principle. I'm an odd duck, I reckon.

    Tuttle, let me take that M77 off your hands. Been dreaming about having one of those beauties. Fun, fun, fun!:)
  19. hillbilly

    hillbilly Well-Known Member

    Simple fact is the vast majority of hardcore "hunters" are just not shooters.

    Most hunters are happy if they have a rifle that they can hit a dinner plate with at 100 yards.

    That's all they need to take a deer.

    Most hunters shoot their rifles less than 15 or 20 times every single year.

    I've heard more than one hunter brag about making one box of 20 cartridges last for several hunting seasons.

    Why would you need to browse or get onto an Internet bulletin board area devoted to rifles when you shoot your own rifle less than 20 times a year?

  20. mustanger98

    mustanger98 Well-Known Member

    A dinner plate is about the size of the average deer's kill zone. It really helps, though, if you can group 'em tight in the center of that dinner plate. FWIW, I use paper plates for targets a lot of times, but I also have a .5" dot in the center for POA- the free AOHell CDs that come in the mail make good templates. Believe it or not, a .30-30 at 100yds will group a lot tighter than the size of that plate, but the shooter must do his part. Some people don't understand that, but the guys at the range I go to mostly do.

    I don't know about that statistic. Each of us has a different experience depending on who we're listening to. I know I didn't shoot nearly so much before I got into handloading as after. And I got a lot better at it too. As for the guy that said he made a box last several years, maybe he was good at making one-shot kills or maybe he didn't shoot at everything he saw regardless of circumstances like some idiots. I don't know because I wasn't hunting with him.

    I don't know, but I do know it's best to know your rifle- it's strengths and limitations, as well as your own- before you try to kill something with it. One shot, one kill. Try not to waste ammo. But then, practice ain't the waste of ammo some folks think of it as.

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