I am wanting to cut to bare minimum my # of hunting rifles.
I would like your opinions on min rifle battery requirements.
You know the must haves....
A general all arounder, brush, sm game, etc...etc...
Most wives just don't seem to understand these things. I know what you mean about too many rifles. Most of my arsenal spends more time in the safe with the exception of two that get taken to the range regularly and one that goes hunting with me once or twice per season.
One rifle to do most eh? Well...... I reload my own .270 Win rounds for my Wichester Model 70 Feartherweight topped with a Leupold 2-7X33 scope. At least for me this combo works very well for being my do-it-all rifle. Of course it's always good to know your rifles limitations and never to exceed them. My only other choice, if I were to swap out this combo would be a handy rifle built on a Mauser type action chambered for .30-06 Spgfld, which of course I already have also
Things like this are always hard to contemplate. My best guess is to keep only one of each caliber unless there are different actions/models involved. For instence if you have a Rem 700 BDL in 280 rem and one in a 700 ADL you should probally keep both. Of course if your meager collection also consists of a bunch of pump shotguns and/or auto loaders, sell them all and half of the wifes shoes and order a set of Churchells in 12, 16, 20, 28 and 410. They will never lose their value like pumps, autos and ladies shoes!
I'm on my third safe now and it is getting cramped but I can tell you (91xlt) that thinning out the gun cabinet is depressing and you rarely make any $$$ off it. As soon as you get rid of a firearm you will wish you had it back. If you are looking for a one gun does all get a 12 gauge shotgun. You can hunt anything that moves with that thing.
I whittled everything down one gun a while ago. With me it's a personal preference - I just think that I do a lot better by only shooting one gun rather than trying to master a pile of them. But then, some people do alright just the same. I've got one that's a good brush gun, good high country gun, good long range gun, good elk / deer / moose / bear / etc gun. No regrets whatsoever using just one.
wow, this is like asking a woman which shoes she should get rid of.
to tell you the truth you CANT get any good answers UNTIL you give people the calibers you have, places you hunt, what you hunt,etc....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DONT ask a vague question & expect a good answer!!!!!!!!!!!
if you want the bare min. then 12 ga is the only gun you need, but then again the 12 ga,. is worthless when your hunting other kinds of game & when you're hunting different types of land. so more give us more info & you'll get a better responce!!!
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...