Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Airborne77, Jun 25, 2022.
That said I am blessed enough that versatility does not mean much to me as I have specific firearms for most specific tasks I a likely to need or want to do with a firearm.
It does majority of the things I can anticipate needing
Most versatile on my continent?
12 guage maybe?
Hard question to quantify
Seeing as how you posted this question in the "Rifle Country" section of THR, are you only asking about rifles in terms of versatility?
I've got a 308 20" Hbar AR10 that could cover all my hunting and self defense needs. But man, it's a little heavy for hunting and a little cumbersome for clearing rooms. It's up over 15 pounds easily with scope a loaded magazine and suppressor.
I suppose a lighter 16" barrel and swapping the 4-20x50 that's on it for my lighter 1-6x would make it a bit more well-rounded.
But I've got different rifles for different purposes, so I'll probably leave it as it is for now.
The most versatile tool for a mechanic comment by @FL-NC got me thinking, and I'm a traveling tech that uses wrenches in sizes from 5.5mm to 42mm. I believe that my most versatile service tool is an auto-ranging multi-meter with an amp clamp. Or a pocket sized flashlight. Lol.
Having gone off tangent with that thought . . . I'll proclaim my Marlin 1894 in .357 magnum as my multi-meter (w/amp clamp) of my rifles, because my AR15 tends to sit in the safe a whole lot by comparison.
The why . . .
That Marlin shoots mild to (sort of) wild, I can mount just about any optic to it, and it has aperture sights for backup. Being that it's a carbine with a 16" barrel, it's a very handy size. It's accuracy and range are sufficient for the type of shooting I tend to do. Which is typically 20 feet to 150 yards, no matter if with this gun or another. Of course, it also shares ammo with a pair of my revolvers, even though that isn't that important.
I'll second that -- although my rifle is a pre-WWII Model 70, with my Hammond Game Getter in my pocket. Many an Ozark squirrel's last words have been, "Don't pay no attention to him. He's deer hunting."
Diagnosis is half the battle. What do you fix?
It's just doesn't give us a opportunity to brag on our cool rifles.
Machinery in the printing industry. While not all of the machines take the same hand tools to fix, all of them do have electronics within. That multi-meter helped me pay for this.
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20ga, 30-30, 9mm, can get inserts for most any occasion
inserts also fit in my SxS so i can effectively have a poorly regulated combo gun.
Also the last thing im likely to grab in anything besides a range or afternoon hunting situation.
I think the "why" is self-explanatory...
To me , cartridge becomes more important than platform, but single shots are out from a SD standpoint. I don't want to stare down a charging bear with a single shot.
I'm not really hung up either way between bolt action or semi auto, but from a reliability stand point, I'm personally gonna take a bolt action.
So that narrows it down to three choices in my mind- .308, 30-06, or 6.5cm.
I'm not sure about facing a bear with a 6.5cm either.
So between the other two, since it can go just as light but a bit heavier in bullet weight if needed, I think I'm going with my 30-06.
I've killed everything from mountain grouse to cottontails, to jack rabbits and coyotes, to mule deer and elk with that rifle. And I suppose I could press it into service as a powerful home defense rifle if I had to.
Luckily, I've never had to have just one versatile rifle for all of the above listed purposes. I have several "specific use" rifles, and the fact is, I pretty much retired my Model 100, 308 Winchester back in the '80s.
It's hard to get any more versatile than that
I also have an x39 upper and while mine is not sub-MOA capable, it is still pretty accurate and a lot of fun to shoot!
Cheating! That should count as three guns!
Most of my personal rifles are all designed for versatility. I have one AR lower which has matching uppers in 204 Ruger, 5.56, and 6.8 SPC, another SBR lower which has matching uppers in 5.56, 6.8, and 458 Socom. I have a few bolt action rifles for which I have multiple bolts or bolt heads and barrels, one of which can be 6 creed or 6.5 PRC, another which has a 24” 300wm heavy sporting barrel and a 31” heavy Varmint target barrel in 300 PRC. My wife and I have matching bolt action switch barrel rifles, mine has barrels in 300wm and 458 win mag, while hers has barrels in 7RM, 338wm, and 416 Ruger. My wife has a large shank 300wsm Savage 12 which she can convert down to 6 creed. Between a matter of a few seconds up to about an hour, we can swap these rifles for different purposes. Versatility isn’t an accident for these rifles.
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