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One gun?

I was sittiong in the woods today loking at a variety of animla prints in the snow and for no good reason I wondered - If I could only have ONE gun, what would I pick?

So what would you pick? If you could only have ONE, which would it be?

I couldn't give up all rifles, or all shotguns, so I'd have to keep a drilling or combination gun with a rifle barrel and a shotgun barrel.

How about you?

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This subject has been covered

This subject has been covered about as much as the question of where to hunt. 

 

But if I had to chose one rifle it would be my .340 Weatherby.  You can hunt any animal on this continant and not be under guned. 

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For me it would the one gun

For me it would the one gun that I shoot the best...my .338 Win Mag.  It is a bit much for antelope, but I have taken antelope with it and it does a number on them.  It is plenty enough gun for anything in North America.  It is also allowed in certain parts of Africa!

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One gun

I own lot's of guns, but typically use only one rifle and one shotgun for hunting purposes.  In reality I couldn't ever have just one gun frown

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How about one gun and one

How about one gun and one rifle. I'd hold on to my 28ga SxS and My Mod 70 Featherweight in 6.5x55. I only hunt upland birds over pointing dogs and the 6.5x55 is more than enough for anything I might ever hunt again.

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I agree

I agree that the hardest part would be decided whether to keep a rifle or shotgun. 

If you couldn't have one of each the new Rossi Circuit judge might be the answer.  Its "The Judge" revolver in a carbine frame, so you can use 3 inch 410 shotshells or 45 Long colt cartridges

If one of each I'd have to pick my Win 70 in 375 H&H for anything that walks and for a shotgun I'd definitely go with a 12 gauge semi, although if I had to carry a lot of ammo, a 20 gauge does have some appeal. 

 

 

 

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It would have to be.....

The 270 only shooting 130 gr pills. I kid, I kid, the 270 fans on the board.

I'm thinking the 30-06 due to the wide array of bullets weights which got you covered from mice to moose or even the big bears if ya had to.

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.30-06

I'd have to agree.  The .30-06 is likely the most versitile of the biggame cartridges.  Can take any biggame animal in the world, and has. 

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I think saying that the

I think saying that the cartridge can take anything in the world if it has to, can apply to a lot of cartridges. Bell killed a lot of elephants with the 6.5x55 and only quit using it because he said the long 160 gr bullets were bending on penetration. So he went to his big rifle, a 275 Rigby, in reality the 7x57!

I'm not so sure that the Idea of shooting all those different aniumals is a sound though anyway. After all most people will never shoot anything larger than an elk. Even more will never shoot anything larger than a deer. Now while a 30-06 is certainly suitable for that range of animals, I'd rather something with less recoil, I am a woose! There are a lot of choices between the 260 Rem and the 30-06 that will work very well.

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Oh no!

Don Fischer wrote:

I think saying that the cartridge can take anything in the world if it has to, can apply to a lot of cartridges. Bell killed a lot of elephants with the 6.5x55 and only quit using it because he said the long 160 gr bullets were bending on penetration. So he went to his big rifle, a 275 Rigby, in reality the 7x57!

I'm not so sure that the Idea of shooting all those different aniumals is a sound though anyway. After all most people will never shoot anything larger than an elk. Even more will never shoot anything larger than a deer. Now while a 30-06 is certainly suitable for that range of animals, I'd rather something with less recoil, I am a woose! There are a lot of choices between the 260 Rem and the 30-06 that will work very well.

Easy there, big guy.  You know what happens when people mension the real world merits and abilities of those smaller calibers like the 260 Rem.  It will turn into a debate that will out live us all. Bringing up stuff like the 7x57mm's real world ability to take down large African game is likely to start a lengthy war on this board.  But you're a moderator so you can get away with it much easier than I canBig smile

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yep!

WesternHunter wrote:

Don Fischer wrote:

I think saying that the cartridge can take anything in the world if it has to, can apply to a lot of cartridges. Bell killed a lot of elephants with the 6.5x55 and only quit using it because he said the long 160 gr bullets were bending on penetration. So he went to his big rifle, a 275 Rigby, in reality the 7x57!

I'm not so sure that the Idea of shooting all those different aniumals is a sound though anyway. After all most people will never shoot anything larger than an elk. Even more will never shoot anything larger than a deer. Now while a 30-06 is certainly suitable for that range of animals, I'd rather something with less recoil, I am a woose! There are a lot of choices between the 260 Rem and the 30-06 that will work very well.

Easy there, big guy.  You know what happens when people mension the real world merits and abilities of those smaller calibers like the 260 Rem.  It will turn into a debate that will out live us all. Bringing up stuff like the 7x57mm's real world ability to take down large African game is likely to start a lengthy war on this board.  But you're a moderator so you can get away with it much easier than I canBig smile

 

Now that you mention it, your are right! It would be a blast worse than an atomic bomb! Kinda like tracking across the kitchen floor with muddy boot's and getting caught!Yes