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Old 01-18-2012, 03:10 AM   #11
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I'd suggest a good pump shotgun with interchangeable barrels. Slug for deer, shot for bird.



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If it needs to be able to take deer AND fowl, doesn't that necessitate a shotgun using different loads? And being able to stalk close enough for slugs?



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Savage made a nice shotgun over a rifle barrel. The rifle barrel was available in several calibers including 22lr. The shotgun was 410, 20 gauge or 12 gauge. A 20 gauge over a 22lr would be a nice combo. I believe it was the model 24 series.

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There are a lot of things to consider. Are you moving with the setup? If so, focusing on not being detected by sound, being able to carry a pile of rounds, and the ability to hunt almost anything, makes the .22lr a viable option. For big game, and the ability to shoot larger birds on the wing, a shotgun is the answer. The shotgun is a great choice for changing the minds of predators. The top rifle rounds, based on popularity and availability, .308 and .30-06, are the reach out and touch something pick. Either can take nearly any game on the planet, and from a respectable distance. The weight of rounds for the bigger calibers is significant in quantity. The shotgun stuff is perhaps worse. So the SHTF rifle (or shotty) comes down to what you are looking to accomplish.

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Savage made a nice shotgun over a rifle barrel. The rifle barrel was available in several calibers including 22lr. The shotgun was 410, 20 gauge or 12 gauge. A 20 gauge over a 22lr would be a nice combo. I believe it was the model 24 series.
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What kond of rifle is best for all around hunting use?
Have you taken the Hunter Safety Course for your state? If not you need to. Here in California they cover that sort of stuff.
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If it's for fowl and deer, and a one-gun philosophy - that seems to point ot either a plain pump-12ga shotgun, or as has been mentioned, an over-under with 2 calibres.

Remington makes an over-under in several variations. .223/.22lr, .308/12ga, .22lr/.410 etc.

I guess that would suit you well enough. Those combos could be effective at small and medium, or fowl and medium game. I've heard that it takes some practice to use those though, as the aiming is different for each barrel and that scopes don't work too well on them for the same reason - different ammo, and barrels are in different locations (over/under)...

That's just what I've heard though, I havn't used them myself.



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