Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Axis II, May 2, 2022.
How much do you need the money?
How much do you need the space?
How much do you like the gun in question?
Do you have friends or family that you want to take hunting or shooting?
Do you have a good way to sell guns that won't be more bother than the gun is worth?
Finally, will there be any regrets?
Or you could give what you don't want to me
Kind of depends on when was the last time you used one of these "back-up" guns. I mean do you really need three deer rifles when one would do the trick during hunting season. Or are they just taking up space in your gun safe. If you're not using them, I would try selling them on consignment and get something else that I wanted.
When I read the headline I thought you were gonna discuss self defense back up guns. In that vein, even if you were chased into the seldom used back closet of my 3rd bedroom you would be covered, if you knew where it was hidden, same as every room, closet, bathroom, etc in my house.
I've seldom used need to justify a firearm purchase. I do like a "backup" or secondary rifle to hunt deer with. The season here is 15 days long, if something happens to my main rifle, it is good to know I have a secondary rifle I can put into action if need be. Truth is I always have 2 rifles in camp these days. Other that that need is hardly a qualifier.
Sometimes they get used as loaners. When ever I travel to hunt, I'll bring a back-up. I also believe in task/purpose driven hunting rifles, so I've got 5 deer rifles, each one set up for a particular scenario/environment.
My duplicates are for defensive guns, just because I like to practice and I don't often clean my practice guns. The guns I carry or keep for HD are kept clean.
In my humble opinion. That only took me 60 years to come up with. If you want a gun that can send more ammo down range. A gun that could fail at any time, for any reason or no reason at all and cost more. Buy a semi auto. If you want a reliable gun thats much less likely to fail And cost less. Buy something else. Just me.
I hope that I'll never need to do it again.
BUT - if I do, I plan to not only have a suitable rifle, shotgun and ammo but also rifles, shotguns and ammo for a few others that will also need to hunt to provide for themselves and their families.
I figure if you have the money, space, and interest, why not.
22s, I have a few, but not too few to mention.
I typically bring a second rifle both to have a backup and also I like a lighter faster shooting gun for close stands or on drives, and a heavier longer range option for when I’m sitting all day and have some of the longer shots available.
Typically my wife’s small .308 with a 2-7 scope and my M1A are the combo. But I’m hoping to really dial in a load for my AR 6.5 Grendel to handle both tasks, and then I’d still bring a backup.
I never go to the range with only one gun.
Here's my Black Mamba and my backup Ruger Mark IV. I have three barrels for the Mark IV depending on what I'm shooting at the time. The 10 inch for fun, 5.5 inch for Bullseye and 4.5in Lite barrel for Steel Challenge backup.
I miss long range shots deer hunting. My longest range shot since I moved to Fl 5 years ago was 100 yards. Most are less than 50.
Axis II - adding to what Waldo said in Post #2, think about what calibers you have as well. Think about action (bolt, lever, semi) of those guns and think about the ones you are most likely to use.
Now is a good time to sell the less desirable before the market cools down too much. FYI: I own 2 rifles in .22LR, a bolt and a semi, one in .22 Mag, a .243 bolt, 2 12 ga. shotguns, and a rifle (lever) and revolver in .357. The .22s also have a revolver that takes both LR & Mag, and a pistol that just takes the Mag. I don't intend on selling or trading any of them.
Yeah, I only have the one field where I could possibly get out to 350-400 or so. Most shots I get are under 75, in reality.
I had to pass up on a pretty good shot on a buck at 400 a few years back, only had my .300 BLK on me at the time and I surely wasn’t gonna use that at such a range. Last year I hunted with the BLK.
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