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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Labguy47, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Labguy47

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    Most of us have multiple guns for different purposes. Some are for accuracy while hunting, usually a bolt action rifle. Others are for personal defense, usually a handgun. Some like the utility of multiple purposes like shotguns. I never feel under gunned as long as I have a full size on me. Do you often find that, even though most of us have spent a small fortune on multiple platforms, you gravitate to one particular gun or even two? Or do you pick according to activity?
     
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    I pretty much choose a gun based on activity I guess. While not a fan of the indoor range tomorrow I will go to the indoor range since my outdoor range is butt deep in snow and ice. While this indoor range allows rifle and as much as I enjoy rifle I will drag along a few handguns. Maybe one 1911. a 357 revolver and likely a .22 LR. Anyway indoor range during winter a handgun. When the weather gets nice time for the rifles to get aired out.

    Also, for me things like home defense are handgun, not that a rifle is a poor choice but for my home in my location my choice is handgun. I really do not subscribe much to the under/over gun thing.

    Ron
     
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  3. Labguy47

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    I ascribe to the shotgun loaded with crushed pop bottles for home defense. But buckshot is a close second.
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    specking of multi purpose guns, i just found j.p. sauer and son drilling for $950 at dixie gun works, only it i had the money lol.
     
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  5. FL-NC

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    I have one particular AR that I have used in the past for HD, then 3 gun competition, and now as a deer/hog rifle when I just feel like hunting with it.
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  6. NIGHTLORD40K

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    My P6 goes everywhere with me so it gets used for whatever task is at hand- and it does them all pretty well.:)
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  7. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I also think a good .22 revolver is about the most versatile gun ever made. Plinking, small game collection, and SD (in a pinch).
     
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    Savage 24. If I don’t know what I am going to do, it’s the ones to have.
     
  9. bannockburn

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    I have always liked the added versatility of having multi-caliber guns, like adding a 9mm. barrel to my Colt Commander in .38 Super. I also think my Colt Government in .45 along with a TacSol .22 conversion kit makes for a versatile set-up in a handgun. Same with my CZ P01 with it's Kadet .22 assembly.
     
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  10. Good Ol' Boy

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    My .22LR revolver is probably the most versatile handgun I have. The only place it lacks IMO is SD. But general day to day use its handy.

    However I always have my G26 on me so I'm pretty well covered except for bears.
     
  11. Dibbs

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    A bit of both. Many guns lend themselves to two purposes. A couple ratshot rounds in the
    K6, and I'm ready for the snakes on the property, or a trip into town. I have a Nylon 66 in 22LR
    which has killed more varmints than starvation, and is a fun little tack-driver at the range.
     
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  12. Pat Riot

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    I find guns to be a lot like tools. The right gun or tool for the job or task at hand makes work easy. Swiss Army knives or Multi Tools do many things but they really don’t do any one thing really well. I don’t know of any guns that do many different things really well. A .22 rifle can be a fun plinker, a survival gun, a fun target gun or a good little hunting rifle for small game but they wouldn’t be ideal for big game, self defense or long range shooting. They are kind of like a Swiss Army knife. Similarly, a Remington 700 .308 is a good hunting rifle or target rifle but it wouldn’t make for a fun plinker or a good rifle for small game.
    Handguns can be looked at in a similar way...at least for me.
     
  13. Dibbs

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    The one thing multi-tools do well is save you time and trouble, when you need just a light tool,
    especially if you are in a attic, crawl space, on a ladder, or in the woods. The AR-15 carbine
    is sort of like a multi tool. It does many jobs passably.
     
  14. Obturation

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    My multitool is a 12 gauge pump. Does anything i need inside 100 yards. Tough to conceal.
    My do all pistol, glock 20. I have firearms for specific tasks but unless im going to the northwoods i usually have it. Unless im going to a pajama party, i have something more discrete for that.
     
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  15. Spats McGee

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    I have always tried to buy guns suitable for multiple purposes, but those purposes do not always overlap. My 22/45 is not suitable for self defense, and I cannot duck hunt with my G19.
     
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    All my long gun choices revolve around hunting and whatever other benefits they have is a bonus.

    For instance, when I got into sporting clays and wanted a sporting clays gun, I selected a hunting gun not a specialized clay shooting gizmo with longer barrels and added weight.

    My HD shotgun is my BPS 20ga that has accounted for quite a few rabbits and pheasant.

    I have a .308 AR rifle I use for hogs but usually is just a range item.

    My .22 magnum sees the most use by far of all of them. Squirrels, hogs, yotes, and a fun range plinker.

    My hand gun choices are strictly defensive use. 2 J frame snubs and a Model 66 snub
     
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  17. Labguy47

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    Ruger 77/22 in .22wmr is by far my most used rifle. It does so many things, and it brought me and my daughter together. She loves it too.
     
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  18. Armored farmer

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    In this part of the world, 12 ga is king.
    When I graduated from the 8th grade, my parents gave me a new Remington 1100 with a skeet barrel, and a full choke barrel (no tubes back then). It is by far my most versatile gun.
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  19. EIB0879

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    For deer, hog, and javi, I gravitate towards an old Marlin 336 in 30-30.

    I also have a Remington 870 with two barrels that I use for hogs, turkey, and deer.
     
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    Mossberg 500 with a 28-inch vent rib barrel with chokes, a 24-inch rifled slug barrel with scope mount, and an 18.5-inch smooth bore. About as multi-purpose as you can get.

    And a 4-inch Ruger GP100 that, with reloads, can be used for everything from plinking to deer hunting. Hefty enough for field use and can be concealed if needed.
     
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  21. Harriw

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    I have the exact same setup, except that my 24" slug barrel has iron sights, and I have a weaver scope mount that mounts on the side of the receiver instead. Covers a lot of bases.
     
  22. chicharrones

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    My most versatile multipurpose gun might be my 9mm pistol caliber carbine.

    Plinker.
    Fun.
    Home Defense.
    Acceptable at most indoor ranges.

    From a suburban point of view. ;)
     
  23. jeepnik

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    About the only platform that "does it all" is a shotgun. From birds to bears and throw in humans it can do it. Handguns suck for bird hunting (even if legal), rifles suck for bird hunting too. The only advantage the first has is portability, and the seconds is range.

    Heck, a shotgun (though likely illegal) could be cut down to make a fairly portable carry gun.

    I could do everything I need to do with a shotgun. So why do I own multiple handguns, shotguns and rifles? Because I want to.
     
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  24. JTHunter

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    Nice pair of ducks Armored Farmer. Are they both mallards or is the one in back a teal? I'm over in the SW corner.
     
  25. Labguy47

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    Not arguing which is a better application of purpose, simply do you gravitate more to one platform.
     
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