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Old 06-28-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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I've got several rifles that I've ended up with after years of hunting. But lately I've been thinking more about collecting and not just having the guns I need for whatever particular purpose. The problem was I couldn't decide what to collect. I like them all!!! Well today I finally figured out what I want to collect. I want the best of each of each type of rifle. Now by "the best" I don't mean the most expensive. I mean the rifle that set the standard for each type. For example, I think the plain old Winchester model 94 pretty much set the standard for lever actions. Of course this is very subjective and everyone will have a different opinion as to what "the best" is, but all this made me start wondering about categories?

These are the categories I've listed so far:

Battle Rifle
Bolt Action Battle Rifle
Battle Carbine
Carbine
Bolt Action Hunting Rifle
Semi-Auto Hunting Rifle
Lever Action
Pump
Single Shot

So what categories am I missing are does this about cover it? And this is just for center rifles.



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I would say that about covers it. Now you need to narrow the categories down to the rifles. That should be the interesting and fun part. For the semi may I suggest an m1?



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Tluker, looks pretty complete to me too. and you're right, everyone will have a different opinion on what's best in every catagory.

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might add a double rifle.

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I've added two more categories: Sniper Rifle and Best All Time

I'm on the fence with the double rifle? I know they were popular in Europe and Africa, but they just never seemed to have caught on here.

I'm also on the fence in deciding between historical significance and modern relevance. For single shot I automatically think Sharps, but the Ruger No.1 is still here. I don't think the Ruger #1 is anywhere near the gun a Sharps was, but after more than 100 years of single shots the Ruger #1 is the last production single shot from a major gun manufacturer (that I can think of). For me that makes the Ruger No1 pretty special as well. But then there is also the 1885 Winchester. Decisions, Decisions.


Mountainman13, this has been a lot of fun along with choosing the perfect caliber for each. And I was thinking M14 for best battle rifle, which will end up being an M1A for me (I've always wanted one anyway). The M14 is a refined M1 and in my humble opinion is the pinnacle of battle rifles, but some others are really close!

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Yep - Add a double rifle.
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"But then there is also the 1885 Winchester. "

Naturally my choice!

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Tluker, H & R and NEF also still make a few single shot rifles, based on their single shot shotgun type design. not anywhere as cool as the Ruger #1 or as historical as the Sharps, but they're not bad for their price.

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Many of your categories overlap. Battle rifle, Hunting rifle, Battle carbine. Same action, just barrel length. Still used to a point in one way or another. Model 98 Mauser. The '93, '94, 95, 96, '09, are no slouches either.

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I would say that about covers it. Now you need to narrow the categories down to the rifles. That should be the interesting and fun part. For the semi may I suggest an m1?
Na! M1 carbine was not even close. The M1 garand would be slightly better.
You need to be more specific.
M1 Abrams, a tank
M1 bayonet, as fitted to the M1 Garand
M1 carbine
M1 chemical mine
M1 Combat Car, an early tank
M1 Garand, a battle rifle
M1 Helmet
M1 mortar
M1 rocket launcher, a bazooka variant
M1 Thompson carbine
M1 Thompson submachine gun
Mk 1 Underwater Defense Gun, an underwater pistol
120 mm
M1 gun, an anti-aircraft gun
Benelli M1 Super 90, a semi-automatic shotgun
Bristol M.1, a 1916 British monoplane fighter aircraft
HMS M1, an early submarine and one of the few submarines equipped with a capital-calibre gun


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