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Favorite Rifle...and WHY?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by LoonWulf, Dec 27, 2011.

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  1. LoonWulf

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    Ok so I just had a thought (amazing i know) about what my favorite rifle was. So i thought id ask What YOUR favorite rifle is. This isnt a "can only own one", just what rifle you like the most, for what ever reason. Pictures are always welcome also.

    My favorite, is my 6x47 700 adl. Its not the largest rifle i own, flattest shooting, most powerful, or even the most accurate, and it sure isnt the most useful. I like it because ive had it longer then any of my other rifles, uses less powder, and the cartridge just plain looks cool.
     
  2. KodiakBeer

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    .350 Rem Mag Model 7 from the Remington custom shop. Light, handy, powerful.

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  3. matt 7mm

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    rem 700AS 243 with leupold VXII 3-9 easy carrying acurate nonexistent recoil. i dont shoot a lot of groups but this gun has killed enough woodchucks at 300 to 400yrds to fill a dump truck.the longest shot i hve made verified with a rangefinder was 462yrds.it was the first centerfire i bought on my own when i was 18 so i guess i have had it for about 18 years.I recently picked up a savage 16 lefty in 7mm-08 thats becomeing a close second in the favorite deparment
     
  4. Armchair Bronco

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    Mossberg 183-T bolt action .410 shotgun.

    It was the first gun I ever shot, and thinking about it brings back great memories of spending time with my Granddad. I'm still keeping my eyes open for a minty 183 .410 auction but so far I haven't found "The One".
     
  5. CaliCoastie

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    marlin 39a, cheap to shoot, handy, accurate, will take anything i need it to i i had to use it, and cool factor....i mean comon lever action 22?? awsome!
     
  6. Pete D.

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    And which one of my children do I love the most.
    Tough to answer. When, however, I read the question, the first image that popped into mind was this gun, a Rizzini 90L Express rifle, .30-06, O/U.
    Why? It's a pretty rifle, a good hunting rifle, two fast shots if I need two and it's easy to carry.

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    Pete
     
  7. PokeyOkie

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    1921 Model 1903 Springfield. My first rifle and no matter what other guns I shoot, I always end up returning to that one. Still in all it's military glory but a proven deer slayer.
     
  8. Skyshot

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    I wanted a left hand 30-06 back in 1973. I couldn't find a lefty 30-06 but the gunshop had a M700 7mmRemMag lefty in stock. My whole family being ex-military told me that 30-06 was king and that the 7mm mag would not stand the test of time. Everyone that I talked to dished this new metric every way that they could. The more they dished the more I became intrigued. Well, at over 50 whitetails, 2 moose, 2 Alaska brownies, 11 blackbears and several hogs, it has became my favorite big game thumper. It still shoots sub MOA and has tested time rather well.
     
  9. spartand003

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    For me it would be a tie between my Saiga restoration AK-47 and my Czech vz. 24. I love my AK because of all the work I've put in it, the historicalness, and the engineering. At the same time, I love my vz. 24 because of it's beauty, the nostalgia, and it is very well made. Here are some pics, resized for your viewing pleasure. And yes, before you ask, that is a Mosin Nagant sling on the Mauser.
     

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  10. JohnnyK

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    the AK platform... as I have them in many varietys... 12 guage, .308, 7.62 x39, .223.... and they ALL rock!!!!
     
  11. IsaacCarlson

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    It would have to be my CZ 455 in 22LR. It is quiet, accurate, and I can carry a TON of ammo. It will take whatever I need it to and never lets me down.
     
  12. WNTFW

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    I don't even have that many rifles & it is a really tough pick. 2nd favorite would be next to impossible.

    Overall I think I will say Kimber 82G from the CMP. It is a .22lr in 3 position target rifle format. It was $400 and has to be the most bang for the buck of all my rifles. Besides cleaning it, I have not had to do anything but shoot the thing. All my other rifles either cost more initially, cost more for ammo or I have a lot more work into them.

    Cons: It is not a good rifle for just anybody. At 10.35 pounds it is a bit heavy for kids. Single shot has some limitations - but is a pro in ways.

    Pros: Came with pretty nice sights. Easy to swap between scope and sights. Has adjustable LOP and a hand stop with quick detach sling swivel. The hand stop rail make it easy to attach a bipod. Trigger is quite nice. Shoots bulk pack really well. Single shot is a very reliable and clean action.

    It is a great range queen for me.
     
  13. Tirod

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    The newest, my 6.8PC AR15 dissipator. It's shorter than all the others, with a 16" barrel, but in 6.8, it's equal to the .30-30, with better flat line ballistics. It can take any scope I choose, and clamp on easily, or shoot iron sights. I can unload it more quickly, just pop the magazine and eject one round, unlike the manual actions which get jacked repeatedly - with the risk of a negligent discharge each time the round gets chambered. That also bangs up the ammo, and that's already known to make it more inaccurate.

    It's light enough, and you really don't have to "clean" it like the older guns, which need constant repetitive maintenance during the year. They will rust speckle in a damp environment, cased or not, and require a good hosing down with a solvent and reoiling any time they leave the house. The tight fits harbor moisture that the AR shrugs off - anodized aluminum can go months in bad weather with just a wipedown. Steel simply cannot.

    Drop it on a pile of rocks, the AR gets a scratch, the wood and iron guns get gouges in the stock wood, dings in thin metal, and a day later show rust in the iron where the flimsy bluing was scraped off.

    As time goes by, I can change a part and improve it; as time goes by, the iron and wood guns fall further behind in technology, and deteriorate further, losing value. If I put them in a safe and never use them, they become completely useless, but they don't get any better.

    I'm seriously considering selling off all the other long arms. They won't be any more valuable than right now, and aren't more accurate or reliable. They're just curios and relics in the long trail of evolving gun designs, as anachronistic as a phonograph or carburetor. People use those and claim them as a favorite, too, but they certainly are no longer "superior." Just quaint.
     
  14. KansasPaul

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    Man, this is a TOUGH question. Initially I would have said that my favorite rifle is my 10/22, simply because it has thousands and thousands of rounds through it and it is the longest owned rifle in my safe. However, when going shooting yesterday I reached for my savage 17hmr - it's topped with a Leupold Mark 4 scope and will shoot dime sized 5 shot groups. I am an accuracy freak (my guns MUST shoot where aimed) and considering the cost/accuracy ratio it has to be at the top of my pile (especially since I'm frugal)... so I guess that for yesterday, it was my "favorite" rifle.
     
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    May favorite do-all rifle is still a trusty old Savage 99 in 308. Shoots good, comfy to shoot, easy to carry, cycles fast enough, and ammo everywhere :)
     
  16. P.B.Walsh

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    That would have to be my Winchester Model 70 in .308. I havent shot it much unfortunatly (bought it in August), but when I take it out hunting, I feel like I am hunting with a RIFLE, and not a toy. The action still needs some more cycles to be butter, but I look forward to making that happen! I know that it will reliably extract hotter steel loads.

    I trust this rifle to do as I need it to do, I just need to improve my skill level!
     
  17. Mot45acp

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    FN PBR. .308 18.5" barrel. SWFA SS 3X9X42. YHM stainless Phantom suppressor.

    I just need somwhere longer than 50 yards so I can learn to shoot it.
     

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    Well this should be no surprise but it would be my 2002 vintage 336A without question. I got lucky with this one as it shoots either Fedral Fusion 150gr or Win 150gr PP into 1" at 100yd. Horandy's 160LE ammo averages into 1.25" and 170gr ammo 1.5" at the same distance. Nothing carries better in the woods than a nice Winchester or Marlin leveraction. They are light, quick to the shoulder and very responsive. Regardless of what all of the detractors say about the cartridge or rifles that its chambered in it just flat out works and works well.

    Many have said that the 30-30 wouldn't last after magnum mania took hold. Yet it has stood the test of time and out lasted a lot of its' competition as well as lot of more useful cartridges. Another plus is it is always available and cheap to feed. Even when the shelves were bare during the ammo shortage there was always 30-30 ammo on the shelves:neener:

    With time the 30-30 only gets better. With the advent of the Hornady 140gr and 160gr LeverEvoulution ammo it is now an honest 250yd cartridge. The only decideing factor of course will be wheter or not the rifle in question likes the ammo.
     
  19. Smith357

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    My .22 is my favorite.
    Why? its cheap and easy to shoot, it has a wonderful adjustable trigger, currently set at 12 oz, and it's accurate enough to win matches against heavy target rifles


    Kimber 22 Hunter and some 100 yard groups with cheap ammo.
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  20. H&Hhunter

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    I have two of them.

    The first is a Searcy PH Grade .470 NE. It is fast handling and accurate plus has enough "pump" to handle any situation one might run into. Once one gets accustomed to shooting a well fit double everything else feels clumsy in your hands. The speed and smoothness of one of these rifles has to be felt to be believed.

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    Also my equally favorite rifle is this .375H&H carbine built on a M-70 Action I've killed everything from coyotes and caribou to cape buffalo with this little guy. I made my farthest ever elk kill with it on a nice 5x5 bull in NM at just over 440 yards with one shot through the heart some years ago. I killed the buffalo pictured in 2008 with the very same rifle at less than 30 yards in tight cover with a snap shot he went less than 50 yards and dropped dead with a 300 Gr TSX through the top of the heart. This truly is the definition of an all around rifle.
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  21. Ro1911

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    the Lee Enfield; cheap, fun to shoot, and it was the last gun of the british empire, so it is very historical.

    and most examples have scars, marks, stamps, proofs, and other suck things that make them really interesting to look at and research. you can almost tell the whole story of the gun by the marking stamped into it.
     
  22. RevGeo

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    Mine would be the Richard Marhoff & Sohns drilling that was my late father's favorite. Some will say the .22 Savage HiPower AI is too small for deer but the many whitetails that have fallen to this gun belie that, IMO. I wish I could post a picture of it but my digi camera is broken. The only picture I have of it is a grainy photo from 1950 of my Dad and Mom and the German jaeger posing with the gun and the hirsch stag Dad shot with it in the Tyrolean forest. Suffice to say it is a beautiful, engraved, top-quality, hand built in the late '40s Austrian hunting weapon that I don't deserve.
    I took it to a gunsmith recently for a small repair and he appraised it at something like $12,000 since I have the original claw mount scope and case.
    I had no idea it was worth even close to that, but to me it's my Dad's gun, therefore it is priceless.
    The gunsmith was a little aghast that I take it to the woods for deer and turkey every year. He said it was worth too much to expose to the rigors of the field. Well, my old man hunted with it every year and now so do I. After all isn't that what it was built for? It has a few scratches on the stock and barrels but they are honest scars, honorably earned.
    After I'm gone my son - who is a fine hunter - will hopefully continue the heritage and hunt with the old drilling. Some things are simply worth more than money.

    George
     
  23. TehK1w1

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    ^^And that's what a favorite rifle is all about, really.

    Here's mine- A pre-safety Marlin 444S. In this pic it has the original 1.75-5X40 scope, it's currently fitted with a Weaver K1.5
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  24. SharpsDressedMan

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    There are many that make more sense, but few that are more fun. Deadly enough to use for defense, light enough to pack all the time, accurate enough to shoot an acorn off a fence at 50 yards. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    my worn out henry .22
     
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