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The beater or truck gun

Just bought the makings of a beater gun that I'll tell you about later and maybe do a rebuild-a-long.  But, what are your philosophies on beater/bad weather/truck/hard use guns?  And what do you use, if any for this application?

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I don't have any such thing

I don't have any such thing as a beater gun, LOL!

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pest control only

The only rifles I own that fall into that category are a very old .303 Lee Enfield which I take into my cabin to deal with aggressive bears (never happened yet, but just in case); and an equally old .22 single for smaller pests. Both will only ever be used for VERY short range shots.

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.22

I have had a few through the years but they were always .22's.  Had a Savage/Springfield tube fed semi (forget the modle #?) that I loaned to my sister in VT to do some woodchuck control in her garden.  Never did get that gun back?  Picked up a rem nylon 66 and touted that around as a truck/beater gun for a few years.  Ended  up selling it to a buddy so he and his kid could do some plinking together.  Had an old savage single/crack shot that now sits by the deck door to keep the furry critters off the bird feeders.  Got a rebuild going right now of an old Mossburg bolt-action 22 that my be the next truck gun?  (that rebuild has been going on for about 8 years now, not holding my breath for a finish date.)

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My beater gun

My Remington 11-87 SP that I bought in 1994 is beginning to take on the appearance of a beater gun.  That's probably because that gun gets used the most of any of my firearms,  and gets taken into some of the harshest conditions that waterfowling can offer.  It's my primary waterfowl shotgun and sees a lot of handling and use, not only in the field, but also on the sporting clays and trap range.  That thing is a real workhorse though, it's never let me down. 

My other beater is a Remington 870 Express that's a couple years older than my 11-87.  That gun doesn't get fired much anymore and in fact has only seen one box of shells through it in the last 15 years.  I simply inspect it once a year and give it a fresh coat of RemOil or FP-10 about once every couple years.  It's main role is as a backup gun for my party when we go on waterfowl or upland trips.  Gets taken everywhere, but mostly kept in it's canvas case.  Regardless of being kept in a case most of the time, having been lugged around in the back of a pickup truck on most bird hunts over the last 18 years it's taken on some charecter of it's own.

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I don't own a beater. A nick

I don't own a beater. A nick here and there but more than that, the stock get's re-finished. I did buy a beater once but just for the action and stock. It was a Parker Hale 1200 in 25-06 tat I had re-barreled and the stock cut to length for my ex-wife. Turned it into a 6.5x55, had to open up the bolt face and screw in a new barrel. Nothing to much. She loved the thing and took it with her when she migrated out of here!

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my atv, truck gun, just in

my atv, truck gun, just in case gun, that i don't care if it gets dirty or muddy is a m1a.  the .308 will pretty much handle any situation i come accross here in idaho.

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My old 30-30 Win. is always

My old 30-30 Win. is always in my truck, just in case.

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I view my guns as tools to

I view my guns as tools to get the job done.  Pretty much all of them had a specific purpose when they were bought, none of them were bought just for a general "beater" gun.  That said, I do own a Benelli Nova that goes along on any fowling trip that may be tough on the gun, and the 870 WM that has the rifle barrel is pretty rough, and that is why I bought it; slug hunting deer can be very tough on guns. 

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well.....

The gun has arrived, and man did she need some work right away.  It's a Turkish 98 Mauser (The 1938 model I think).  It's in an unused Ram Line synthetic stock and is unbedded, has the bolt handle turned down, the Buehler safety and Weaver two piece bases.  The barrel is right around 25 inches and may have been turned down somewhat because there is no rear sight notch, though you can still see the steps in the barrel and it measures about .670 at the muzzle.  It's chambered for 8mm-06 Improved, but I'm going to need to do a cast to check on which Improved version.  Bore looks good, the mag may have been lengthened as it looks like 3.4" bullets will fit.  The follower has been beveled.  Trigger is still a military trigger and the pin had worked itself out so that the trigger wasn't even disengaging the sear at first.

The gun is no looker right now, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep it that way.  

I think the next steps here need to be to see if she shoots, then decide what kind of work to do.  Was probably going to cerakote it and stay with a synthetic stock, but probably not this one.  However, I wouldn't mind making her weigh a little less, as it's 8.2 pounds unscoped right now.

Also, since this is supposed to be a beater gun, I'm tempted to stay with an open trigger design instead of going the Timney route.

Not real sure yet.

What would you do?

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not worth it...

Sounds like way too much work to me - not really worth the effort for an old beater gun. I think you should just give it to me. Whistling

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