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Advice needed -Help me pick a Southern brush gun

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TysonC, Jun 15, 2010.

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  1. NWCP

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    A lever rifle is ideal for hunting in the brush. I personally would look at a Browning BLR in .308. A Zeiss, or one of the new Minox scopes would top it off nicely.
     
  2. husker

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    A brush gun needs to be light, handy and fast on target. = Rem Mohawk 600
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  3. nathan

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    The AK and SKS are great brush guns. Shots in less than 50 yds in heavy cover is where it excels.
     
  4. Col. Plink

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    I think pumps are better than levers for the reason that the trigger hand never has to alter position, and they can be cycled and re-sighted as fast as semi-auto's in larger calibers, and retain better accuracy like bolt-actions. So my answer would be Remington 760 in .308 or 30'06.
     
  5. 1040

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    Southern Brush Gun - .308Win Pump?

    I received an email flyer from J&G Sales listing the Remington 7600 Police model in .308 win, 16" +/- barrel, with Wilson Combat receiver sight and Tritium front sight starting at $399.00. After shipping and transfers, you would still have $500+ available for optics.

    My favorite close in scope is the Leupold Vari-X III, 1.5-5x20, with the duplex reticle.

    This would meet the criteria laid out by some of the above posts.

    http://www.jgsales.com/product_info...-308win-very-good-condition-/products_id/4500

    I had this in the commercial model, walnut & blue, with the 18" barrel. Sweet gun. Would still have it, but traded it for a lefty Remington 1100 for my daughter.
     
  6. sonier

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    no bolt gun for brush, pump or lever is best, semiauto can be finicky, 30/30 at least and 450 marlin at most, cheap ammo would be 30/30 expensive ammo would be 450 or 444 marlin.
     
  7. jimmyraythomason

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    with this set up you wont need or want optics.
     
  8. dmazur

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    Yep. I have a lever-action rifle which I consider my "brush gun". It is set up with Williams receiver sights and a ramped front bead. I had the barrel cut down to 20" and it points a lot better now.

    Winchester 1895 in .30-06...not your traditional "thuty-thuty", but I like it.
     
  9. content

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    Hello friends and neighbors // In upstate S.C. brush:

    When hunting on the field edges and power lines;
    I use my$225.00 Remington 760 Gamemaster .30-06 pump with a $50.00 Tasco 3X9, over seethru rings with a night glow rear iron sight.

    My $275.00 Marlin 30AW .30-30 lever with a Bushnell wide view 3X9 included and see thru rings in tighter brush.

    My Remington 870 Wingmaster 12ga. with VR and 00buck for brush popping mid day.

    If I had to pare down to one it would be the 760.

    For me all three are faster than a bolt in brush country YMMV.

    Hope this helps and you fine what works for you, a thousand is up there for my needs.
     
  10. ECVMatt

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    I love my Marlins, but...

    I would find a Model Seven in .308, scope it and be done. I know the .30-30 well and love it, but a small .308 bolt gun is going to out shoot it. It definately won't matter at 25 yards, but will at 200. Model Seven's are very small and handy. I use Talley two piece bases on mine, so I can carry the gun with my hand over the bolt/magazine area. It is very handy.
     
  11. Balrog

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    What exactly does one hunt in the southeast with a "Brush Gun"???
     
  12. FourteenMiles

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    I think a brush gun should be able to penetrate a few small twigs/branches without being deflected. So a large and slow bullet would be needed. I would go for a Marlin 1894 in .44 spl/magnum if I needed such.
     
  13. Al Thompson

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    Balrog, deer and hogs.... :confused:
     
  14. jimmyraythomason

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    No such animal.
     
  15. jmr40

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    Right, the best way to shoot through brush is with a rifle accurate enough to shoot through the tiny openings and avoid it altogether. ANYTHING hitting brush will be deflected.
     
  16. Balrog

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    Since everyone I have ever known has hunted deers from stands, why do you need a brush gun for that?
     
  17. jimmyraythomason

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    You must not know many southern deer hunters. Here most bowhunters use tree stands but hardly any rifle hunters do.
     
  18. Balrog

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    I know tons.

    The only ones that don't use stands hunt with dogs and shoot the deer with buckshot. How do you hunt them in Alabama?
     
  19. jimmyraythomason

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    Stalk/still hunting mostly. Food plots often have shooting houses on some private hunting clubs. When hunting public land ,management areas and such stalk hunting is the only thing allowed (most places). It is amazing how hunting deer with dogs(no one I know does it anymore) lost it's popularity when it was made legal. I don't even know ANYONE who owns a deer dog anymore.
     
  20. Balrog

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    i guess different people in different places hunt differently.

    You'd be laughed out of the field stalk hunting deer in south GA. You might get a rabbit that way though.
     
  21. Abel

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    Jeeze this thread has gone on & on. I wonder what a brush-gun looked like in 1845? Sorta like this:

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  22. Balrog

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    Yes, but in 1845, that is also what an assault weapon, sniper rifle, squirrel gun, hunting rifle, and home defense rifle looked like.
     
  23. R.W.Dale

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    You wouldn't be laughed at long when you bag deer the "trappers with guns" stand hunters didn't even know were in the area. Remember by definition when you "hunt" for something you go out and find it. Waiting for it to come to you is ambushing.

    I hunt both ways open country from a blind and stalking in wooded hill country. The best thing about stalking is most hunters are unbelievably lazy. They won't hunt somewhere they can't get within 100yds of with an atv. So if you get into thick country particularily if uphill it's like you go back in time 200years in terms of the number of other hunters you'll find. Deer are smart enough to know this too.
     
  24. R.W.Dale

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    In 1845 that was pretty much the same gun as THIS one from today

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  25. jimmyraythomason

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    Why? Are there no deer in So.Ga.?
     
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