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Old 02-13-2013, 11:52 PM   #21
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There is a large difference between owning a "basic battery" of firearms, and being a collector.

You can have a SOLID collection of firearms that consists of nothing but .410 shotguns, or Mossberg .22 rifles (ask those of us that are Mossbergaholics), or fine German drillings, or variations of Russian rifles.

Whatever YOU enjoy, and whatever floats yer boat.



Except Mossberg .22s. Yuck! Nobody likes them. Worthless. Poo. Send them to me.

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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I'd recommend some type of Mosin Nagant rifle(preferably a 91/30 or M44). Can't go wrong with one and it's cheap. Plus, when the bayonet is attached on the 91/30 you can pole vault with it. :-)

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I'd recommend some type of Mosin Nagant rifle(preferably a 91/30 or M44). Can't go wrong with one and it's cheap. Plus, when the bayonet is attached on the 91/30 you can pole vault with it. :-)
Indeed but the problem with Mosins is the value won't go up for a long long time
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I'm surprised to see that there aren't many of you listing a hunting rifle type. I only saw one with the mention of 30 cal rifle. I guess being in a handgun forum, most of the guns mentioned are self defense type firearms.ARs, 1911, 9mils, with a few milsurp rifles thrown in.But to me there is nothing sweeter than taking my 30-06 bolt action and shooting a few hundred yards on target. I'm a sucker for the long shot! I do hunt and my 30-06 would be the last of my guns if I ever was in such a position to choose. My idea of a good start to a collection would be

Bolt action rifle, capable of hunting deer or elk
Self defense handgun
12 ga
22 rifle

I guess I'm leaning towards more of covering myself for different applications than more of a collection. It's just my opinion that you get a variety instead of 3 different semi auto handguns. I do understand this is a thread about " collection" and not use but I still wanted to throw my opinion in there. And trust me, my arsenal is not limited to what I mentioned, but if I was starting over, these would be what I start with.

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Old 02-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #25
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I think that over 90 percent of shooting needs can be acomplished by a basic four gun battery:

1. A .22 handgun or rifle.

2. A medium caliber rifle (30-30, .308, 30-06, etc.)

3. A 12 gauge shotgun

4. A .357 magnum revolver with a 4 inch barrel.

The above doesn't necessarily reflect my favorites (e.g. no 1911 mentioned), but rather constitutes what I consider to be a good foundation for any collection.

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It depends on where you live and what you do there. It will be different for the Urban guy who drives to a secure factory or office every AM. The fellow that pulls a 4 horse trailer into bear country every day may need a .458 or a .375 on the saddle.

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One of each (caliber)

Two or three of the better ones

.22
9mm
.40
.45
.38/.357 Mag
.223/5.56
.308/7.62 X 51
7.62 X 39
.30-06
20 ga
12 ga

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We all collect for various reasons but the intent of weapons is defense so I believe a well rounded collection includes functional pistols, rifles, and shotguns, in all of the common calibers...

Because scrounging is like a box of chocolates... You never know what your gonna get.

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Collections usually revolve around a type of firearm or caliber. I collect Mausers for rifles. My handguns are a mix, not really a collection. Now having a 10mm in a 1911, and a .45acp in a 1911, I could get a .38 super, 9x19, and .460 Rowland and have a collection.


don't forget 357 coonan
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Every time these lists pop up, i always think of FPS game loadouts.

I started out saying I'd never overlap guns - one tactical pistol, one bolt action rifle, etc... some how i ended up with 3 M&p pistols though, breaking that rule.

One firearm in my collection that i love and think everyone should own because I've never ever met anyone that shot it that didn't enjoy it immensely is my marlin .357/.38spc lever action carbine. Fun to shoot, light, multi caliber, accurate... plus its easy to reload for, and cheap because of lead bullets. Matches great with a simple little 4x scope

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