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Old 04-21-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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The catagories are redundant.
All of my "regular" hunting rifles are capable of 300 yards even on large game, they are set up that way.
A budget rifle is what?? A rifle that is actually worth more, but you got the deal of the century?? No Plastic.
Same shotgun covers 5 catagories.
Survival gun is whatever you happen to have.

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Best long range hunting rifle.
.25-06 for medium game.
.300 Win mag for anything bigger.

Best normal hunting range.
Marlin 336 in .30-30

Best budget hunting rifle.
Marlin XL7 or Savage Axis

Reliable shotgun.
Mossberg 500

Best bear defense.
.375 H&H with express sights

Best home defense.
Mossberg 500 with 12ga 00 buckshot

Best survival gun.
Savage 24 in .22LR/20ga

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I submit that the 30-06 is a hard to be all around hunting caliber. I wide variety of loads and can easily be accurate to 300yds.

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I submit that the 30-06 is a hard to be all around hunting caliber. I wide variety of loads and can easily be accurate to 300yds.
I am sure this is a perfect round for your area without a doubt. For my area, the best jack of all trades round is the .308. I can hunt from small roe deer up to large Russian boar and Red deer. A 30.06 will ruin too much meat on the roe deer. I guess ones enivornment determines which round is the best.
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I think that three guns could fill out your list:

1. Any reliable high-power center-fire, bolt action rifle. (I favor '06)
2. A good semi-auto .22 rifle (Marlin 60, 10-22 etc.)
3. A Remington 870 wingmaster.

If long-term reliability and durability are your main requirements, substitute numbers 2 and 3 with single shots.
I like this.

I have to also agree you could also use an AR15, in 5.56,

for an all-purpose, "choose 1" weapon.
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I think that three guns could fill out your list:

1. Any reliable high-power center-fire, bolt action rifle. (I favor '06)
2. A good semi-auto .22 rifle (Marlin 60, 10-22 etc.)
3. A Remington 870 wingmaster.

If long-term reliability and durability are your main requirements, substitute numbers 2 and 3 with single shots.
This is actually a pretty good list. I also like the 835 Mossbergs but they are a little rattely and the action is not as smooth as the 870.

The perfect for X deal is very subjective though. I guess if everyone lived in the same place and had the same needs but it's not like that. I do like the 30 06 for a longer range gun. I honestly believe everyone needs a 22 rifle and some type of shotgun. But opinions are just that. Where I live geting a 200+ yard shot is not all that common. Most hunting ranges are 150 yards and less. So I can easily use a 30 30 for hunting larger game like deer. In face I'd say a 30 30 has killed 10 deer for every 1 taken with another round. They are also very easy to carry around in the hills here with the brush. Get into the wentern part of the state (KY) where it's flat and the whole deal changes though.

Mossberg makes a decent low cost bolt gun these days but the 100ATR 30 06 I have kicks like a mule. Maye with a heavier stock that might change. But I will get my 03A3 over it any time.

The old Enfields are cheap and ammo is not too bad price but ammo availability outside the net is not all that easy sometimes. But they can really reach out there and touch something. Find one of the 308 models and it's a win-win.

Rugers 10-22 and the Marlin 60 are two of the hands down best choices in a 22 rifle. There are other good ones but parts availability and price makes these a staple in most collections. I have an old Remington 121 Fieldmaster pump rifle though that can shoot more types of 22 than a semi so maybe that would be the best choice for me if I was to only have one.

A lot can be said for a SKS in most places.

I don't think there a best in any category though. WE all have preferences and the needs change dependent to where we are in the world. There's a reason there are so many different types of guns out there. Because we can find a need for most all of them.
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30-06
30-30
.22 lever action
Winchester model 12.

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If I had to "choose one" I have a clean Mosin M44 which would

fit the bill. But I'm a big guy, many would not like the weight.

What I find attractive is the built in bayo, and the overall

sturdiness and compactness of the carbine.

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1. Best long range, any quality bolt action in 270, 7mm Rem. Exp. 30-06 or similar.
2. Best normal rang, see 1 above. If it will shoot long range it will shoot short range.
3. Best budget rifle, 98 Mauser in good shape.
4. Best shotgun in terms of reliability, Rem 870.
5. Shotgun for game on the ground, 4 above or 6 below.
6. Shotgun for fly, Holland, Purdy or Boss side by. LOL
7. Best gun for bear defense, Marlin Guide 450 or 45-70
8. Best gun for home defense, Savage Double side by side sawed off to about 14 inches. You didn’t say legal!
9. Best survival. 870 Rem. With slug and smooth mod. Barrel.
10. Just one gun to cover all of the above, No. 9 above.

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Best budget rifles: Weatherby Vanguard
Best shotgun in terms of reliability: Most double barreled shotguns then 870, 590, or supernova
Best shotgun for flying game: Benelli semi, Remington versamax
Best survival gun: Ruger 10/22 or 870? AR 15?

Henry survival gun should be a great backup gun, a secondary.
First let me say that a 1960's something Ruger 10/22 is my trapline rifle used day in-day out. It's used to "turn the switch off " in the case of timber wolves. But as a "Survival gun"... everyone here who has lost their clip, raise your hand.
Jagermeister, the 30-06 & .308 are damnear the same thing. You get the same damage with both. Work on being a better Jager get closer, and aim for the neck, 2/3 up.
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