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4 caliber battery

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by absolute0, Dec 30, 2006.

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  1. absolute0

    absolute0 Member

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    A freind who's relatively new to shooting posed a question to me the other day; what would comprise an "acceptable" battery of rifle calibers for hunting, plinking, paper punching and all around mischief.

    While not a difficult question to answer ( I suggested .22lr, .223, 30-06 & .338 Win Mag) I was interested in what others' thoughts might be. Not a question of platform or brand, but say, 4 rifle calibers that would more or less cover the shooting spectrum from small to large.
     
  2. Chipperman

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    Those are fine choices.

    You could even go with just two-- .22 and .308
    Adding an intermediate is nice-- .223 or 7.62x39
    A more poweful is nice too-- .338 Win Mag or Lapua, or how about .50 BMG? :evil:
     
  3. ugaarguy

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    Interesting. 22 LR without question on the rimfire end for paper punching & small game. 5.56 NATO (.223) for cheap and plentiful centerfire ammo. Plus it's a good round for varmints, up to medium game, and defensive use. After that .308 for heavier hunting tasks, 7.62 NATO compatability, etc. Alternately .30-06 for versatility to shoot bullets heavier than the .308. So either the .308 or the .30-06 for the heavy centerfire. For the final chambering, I'd go with something pistol caliber. I don't need a large magnum rifle, nor do most people who live in the US, excluding some who live in Alaska, or those lucky enough to hunt large African game with enough frequency to justify such a rifle. Given those circumstances a pistol caliber carbine would be best in my opinion. A lever gun in .357 Mag or .44 Mag (or 45 Colt) with a like chambered revolver; or a semi-auto in a major caliber with like chambered pistol - magazine compatability a plus. In my case that means I need to find a Marlin Camp Carbine in .45 ACP to compliment my 1911 addiction. So there are my choices.
     
  4. Brian Williams

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    22lr,
    22-250,
    7mm-08,
    358 win.
    I would love a matched set of Win Mod 70 Compact classic in these three, with the 22-250 in a mid weight barrel for varmints, the 7mm-08 in the original sporter taper and the 358 win in a nice sporterweight, to them with some nice Leupold scopes, the 22-250 with a 3x9 and the others with 2x7 compact. Add a nice Win Model 52 sporter and there would not be much in N.A. that could not be taken.
     
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  5. Vern Humphrey

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    Those are good choices. I'd start with asking, "What are these rifles for?"

    For small game hunting, plinking, practice and just plain fun at low cost, the .22 LR. Mine is a Kimber M82 and I've killed a boxcar load of squirrels with it. I used to regularly win Silhouette matches with it, to boot.

    For varmits, the .223 is hard to beat. My own varmit rifle is another Kimber, in .22 Hornet, which is great for the Ozarks, but if I went prairie dog hunting, I'd want a .223.

    For general hunting -- deer, bear, elk, and so on, Townsend Whelen's often quoted advice applies, "The .30-06 is never a mistake." Mine is a Winchester Model 70, made in 1939.

    That leaves us with a heavy rifle to choose -- I'd go with a .375 H&H. The .338, for all it's advantages, isn't legal for dangerous game in some African nations (and we can all dream, can't we?)
     
  6. absolute0

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    Point taken Vern. If you're gonna have a big boomer in the mix you may as well have one that doesn't leave you wanting for whatever reason.

    I'd agree with the point made that a man could get by with just a .22 and a 30-06 class rifle if he were forced to really cut things to the bone, but what a wretched life that would be :eek:
     
  7. Vern Humphrey

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    There ought to be some sort of a program for people like that -- so poor people can have an adequate battery, just like everyone else.:p
     
  8. Walkalong

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    .22LR, .223, .308, and thats all you need unless you just want a big boomer also. :)
     
  9. ArchAngelCD

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    .22 LR
    .22-250 Remington
    .308 Winchester
    .357 Magnum
     
  10. telomerase

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    You're thinking of ADC: Aid to Dependent Crufflers. The companion program to National Car Care.

    In the alternate universe where cancer was cured by free-market biotech years ago, but transportation is run by the AMA (American Mechanic Association)... so everyone rides horses to their genetic engineering jobs.
     
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    Oh, and:

    .22 LR
    .300 Whisper
    6.5mm Swede
    Armbrust (you can't really hunt whales with a .50 BMG)
     
  12. Srigs

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    Here are my 4.

    22 LR
    30-30
    357
    308
     
  13. 10-Ring

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    Rifle rounds???? I'd go w/
    22lr, 223, 308 and 300 win mag
     
  14. Boxhead

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    Though less than I own because I can :) , assuming world wide hunting and one being a non-rifle "loonie" it would be:

    22 RF
    223
    338 Win Mag
    416 Rigby or Rem

    If for the lower 48 only,

    22RF
    223
    30-06
    375 H&H

    If for world wide hunting AND a rifle "loonie" well lets just say my list is a rather long one... :D
     
  15. El Tejon

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    .22lr for small critters and varmits,

    .308 winchester, for men and deer

    .338 WM, bigger critters

    and .50 USMG, for things.
     
  16. ArfinGreebly

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    4-Calibre Battery

    .22 LR, .38 spl, .30 Carbine -- Plinking/paper punching
    .22 LR, .38 spl, .30 Carbine -- Hunting -- small
    .357, .45-70 -- Hunting -- medium
    .357, .45-70 -- Hunting -- large
    .22 LR, .38 spl, .357, .30 Carbine -- All 'round mischief

    .22 -- little critters (squirrels)
    .38/.357, .30 carbine -- medium critters 4-leg/2-leg (attack squirrels)
    .357 -- medium game, some large game (squirrelenegger)
    .45-70 -- medium game, large game (squirrelzilla)

    The .30 carbine is in there for crowded social work.

    Marlin makes all but one:
    .22 LR -- Marlin 39A,
    .30 Carbine -- ex-Mil or Auto Ord/Kahr,
    .38/.357 -- Marlin 1894C,
    .45-70 -- Marlin 1895 series.
     
  17. IV Troop

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    .22lr
    .223
    .308
    300win
     
  18. Brian Williams

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    ArfinGreebly, IIRC Marlin did make a lever in 30 carbine, a 65???
     
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    .22lr
    12 gauge
    .45acp (9mm or .40)
    .308 (.30-06)
     
  20. mountainclmbr

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    .22lr
    .223
    .308
    .375 H&H
     
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    .22LR,..........................Hunting (varmint/small game), Plinking, Paper Puncing, Mischief
    7.62x39/5.56x45*,....... Hunting (up to Whitetail deer), Plinking, Paper Puncing, Mischief
    .308/30'06**,..............Hunting, Paper Punching, Mischief
    .375 H&H,....................Hunting (Big/dangerous game)

    *Depending on if you prefer an AR-15 or Ak-47 type rifle for your mischief, bolt actions available for both.

    **Depending on if you prefer an M1 or an M1A/FAL/G3, etc, bolt actions plentiful for both.
     
  23. Richard.Howe

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    My spectrum:

    22LR bolt or semi
    223 semi
    308 bolt
    45-70 lever

    Done deal!

    Rich
     
  24. B.D. Turner

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    For me it's these four.
    .22
    .44 magnum
    30-30
    .30/06
     
  25. Max Velocity

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    Only 3 maybe 4

    22 L.R.
    223 Remington
    30-06

    and not a rifle caliber ,but...
    12 gauge
     
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