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What "truck" guns would you recomend

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Batta, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. Batta

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    I'm thinking for my next gun purchase I am wanting a "truck" gun if you will. My initial thought is a single shot light caliber rifle. My question for you guys is what are you keeping with you all of the time in your trunks or behind the seat. Let's see what you come up with and pics are nice too.
     
  2. Abel

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    cheap 12 gauge pump
     
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    Hard to beat an H&R Handi-Rifle, with Dura-Coat or other good material to keep it from rusting. A used stainless/synthetic stocked bolt action would also be nice.

    If it's going to be banged around, receiver sights might be easier to keep working properly than a scope and accuracy is better/aiming faster than with open sights. A short lever-action in stainless is nice for that application, but very expensive for what they can do.

    The Stainless Mini 14 or Mini 30 would be very good, but expensive for a truck gun.
     
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    H&R Handi Rifle chambered in whatever fits your needs best. .243 would be a good choice.
     
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    I'm getting an SKS bullpup for that purpose.
    Good caliber, good capacity, semi-auto, light, and handy.
     
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    May want to look at a hi point carbine
     
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    My current, and long-time favorite is a Ruger MKII.
    I could bore you all with a top-ten list of reasons why.....but I'll skip directly to #4



    #4. A mag fed .22 is quick to get loaded and unloaded (important for a truck gun)
    #3. small compact package, putting the gun within arms reach in the console( Illinois legal btw...go figure).
    #2. cheap, easy to find ammo.
    #1 a .22 handgun covers most all of my REALISTIC, informal, and unplanned shooting needs. Otherwise, I bring along the appropriate gun.
     
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    I live on a ranch so I either have my 6.8, my ak, or my henry 22. I have busted a coyote with my 99 308 though. The ak is probably the best truck gun because it is uber reliable and accurate enough out to 300.
     
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    Marlin Papoose.
     
  13. W.E.G.

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    For crying out loud, WHAT is a "truck gun?"

    1. Some piece of crap that you don't mind being stolen?
    2. Some gun that you are going to neglect by letting it bounce around on the floorboard?
    3. Some gun that mystically does things that other guns can't do in the proximity of a truck?

    If you store your gun in a vehicle, it needs to be out of sight, and secured.
    If you plan to stake your life on it working at all times, it needs to be cared for like your favorite child.

    Just like any other gun.
     
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    ^calm down little fella

    for me, a truck gun is one that i can use on varmints/predators when i spot them around the farm. for me, that means not a lot of money sunk in it and minute-of-groundhog accuracy out to about 250 yds.

    it's something different for everyone.
     
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    A truck gun is a functioning long gun that you store in your vehicle with ammo. Period.
     
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    I'll be using a 20ga H&R single shot. Hard to beat the options for ammo.
     
  17. W.E.G.

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    Yeah, thanks sunshine.

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    My Glock 22 is my "truck gun," in the sense that I like having it with me when I'm in a vehicle.
    I do NOT leave it in the vehicle for thieves to steal.

    If I think I might need a long gun while in the truck, I'm probably hunting.
    Which means its hunting season, and I have specific destination where it is legal to shoot animals.
    If hunting small game, my beloved Ithaca 37 that my dad bought for me decades ago.
    If big game, then my Browning A-Bolt, which I saved up for a LONG time to afford.

    While either of these guns may be found in a truck, and in my immediate company, neither of these guns will ever be "left in the truck."

    I guess if you live on a ranch, and you have to ride the fencelines daily, and the vehicle never leaves the ranch, it might make sense to have some old clunker thrown behind the seat 24/7 so you have something to shoot rabid possums or some such. In that situation, if the clunker fails, its really not the end of the world.

    The ranch scenario accounts for what - like maybe 0.00000001% of the visitors to this board?
     
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    I want a little something in my truck, and while I lock the truck and keep the gun hidden, I still won't keep my best rifle in there day to day.
    Right now, it's a Rossi .22/410, and I won't be going far until I get a few things ironed out mechanically with the truck. Later, when I'm more comfortable taking it farther, I may find a decent SKS, or just toss in my Marlin 1894. There's a perfect spot behind the seat for a custom lockbox, plenty of room for a couple rifles, ammo, and other gear. Heck, I have the sheetmetal tools... just need to learn to weld. Or, I can just rivet the thing together.

    There's me a winter project, when I get everything else caught up, and I'm heading back to school next month, too.
     
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    @ WEG I agree whole heartily. My ready gun is on my hip. I don't do the drive around and take a shot at some critter that is a couple hundreds yards out where I have no clue what is beyond the next ridge. If it is my private property and I have a good idea who should be out and about it might be different. Just driving around in the woods/prarie (whatever) and stopping to shoot at something is a bit irresponsible since you don't know if someone else is doing the same thing.

    Now the gun I keep in my truck if I am out just four wheeling (six in my case) or camping is a Charter Arms AR7 but it is stowed in its stock.

    now as for having a gun in the truck yes I carry a gun in the truck and this time of year they are shotguns. It is afterall waterfowl season and I am always ready to go.
    They are a Benelli Nova and a Remington SPR453.
     

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    I really do miss the days when I could carry my rifle and a shotgun in an open rack in the back window. But that was a different time and a different place.
     
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    Don't want to shift the focus (hijack) the thread, but you can BET I have "truck" guns, "boat" guns & "etc." guns. IMHO, truck guns don't hurt my feelings near as much if they get bounced, scratched, dirty or even (gulp!) stolen as would my higher-end, prettier, more expensive firearms. I don't wear my best Sunday-go-to-Church shoes cleaning-out the stable and I don't leave my Beretta Clay Sports O/U to bounce around the duck blind. But my old Remington 870? Heck, it can do double-duty as a boat paddle. Yep, I have dedicated "ratty" firearms. My Porsche & my pick-up will both get to the grocery. But if it's an icy, slushy mess outside to get there, I'm taking the truck.
     
  23. X-Rap

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    Some people have guns with them as a matter of daily life by need or by preference. This changes with the part of the country you live. I'm pretty sure that some here find the idea of an uncased loaded gun in a vehichle as a huge safety violation while others find it as natural as having a pair of pliers on the floor board.
    I have many at times but usually at least 2 and yes sometimes they are left alone in the locked truck.
    If I had to pick just the minimum mine would be an AR Carbine with a 1.5x5 or 2x7 quality scope and a 20 rd mag in the gun and some spare 30's along with that a accurate 22 pistol.
    With that you can do what ever you need unless you are on a specific hunting trip in which you would probably have a shotgun or up size the rifle.
    I've gotta say this statement baffles the heck out of me since every year for 3 or 4 months people by the millions are riding and walking around doing just that while hunting so I don't get why that bothers you. You must always be aware of what is behind your target but that shouldn't prevent you from partaking in off season shooting or hunting of pests and predators.
     
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    Because my tent has a hole in it about 3 feet up from some Ahole doing just this practice. fortunately we were by the fire and not in the tent. My sentiment exactly is that you should be aware of target and beyond and that is difficult if you just jump out of your vehicle while driving along and start blasting, especially with a hi caliber rifle or even a 22 for that matter. Seen this happen too many times when people think there is no one around. I spend a ton more time out of the cities than most and get to see alot of strange happenings. This practice is by far the most disturbing for me.
    I am from AZ and a bullet can travel a very long way in the desert before it makes contact with something or someone.
     
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    If you can find one, A Savage 12 ga Bolt action shot gun.

    Cheap, reliable, safe and can hit accurately any necessary target. Then just throw in a variety of shells and most pests are able to be taken care of.
     
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