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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. :rolleyes:
 

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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'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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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. ;)

Tack
 

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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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Met a guy once who named his 5th Beagle Halsey. He figures at 5 its a fleet.:p

For the most part I don't have many duplicates in any gun (with a couple of exceptions). I do cover a pretty good range of common calibers though. One could say my collecting is based on variety and numbers (though to be honest I am not sure how many I really own- so by that measure some would say I have arrived at a destination, but it is not my destination so I am continuing on). I didn't own an AR until recently. I have a few lever guns, but recently got another one in a caliber I didn't previously have because it came available to me. I don't own an AK and don't plan on it, but if one falls in my lap I won't turn it in for scrap. Still don't own a 1911, but want to. Also looking for a vintage musket (not a reproduction). Not going out of my way looking for one though.
 

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All depends on what you want to collect or want to shoot. I have a thing for older rifles and pistols. So I look for older rifles and pistols. But just about anything that catches my eye is fair game. This is what explains my many 22's. So maybe 22's are my collection desires..heh.
 

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Before I started my collection, friends and family suggested concentrating on a favorite caliber and stick wth that, one reason being that in an emergency you don't have any confusion matching ammo to the firearm.
I pretty much rejected that idea and chose to have a variety of calibers- the ability to use whatever ammo I found if I had to go out and find it in an emergency situation. I also think it is wise to have at least two of every caliber or type of firearm. That being said, I still have a ways to go, but here's what I have so far:
1. SW bodyguard, .380 ACP, for pocket carry, self defense
2. Ruger GP100, .38/357, 4" barrel, immediate access home defense
3. Mossberg 500 12 gauge, home defense, with a second barrel, rifled slug for short range deer hunting
4. Savage Model 64, 22lr, squirrel gun
5. Kel-Tec Sub2000, 9mm, bug out gun
6. CZ75 BD Police, 9mm, EDC or Conceal Carry
7. Ruger SR1911, 45 ACP, just had to have it
8. SW 1911, TRS, 45 ACP, should always have at least two of each type, right?
9. Glock 29SF, 10mm, back up gun when hunting, or open carry hard hitting high capacity self defense
10. Ruger Super Redhawk, 44 magnum, hog hunting
11. DelTon AR15, 16", .223 / 556 NATO, Home defense stand-off or aussalt if needed
12. Remington 700 BDL, 30-06, long range deer hunting

Guns I would like to haveone day:
Colt Delta Elite
Ruger 10/22
Yugo or Romanian AK47
Remington 870, 12 gauge
SW revolvers
Another deer rifle in 308
Bersa Thunder in 380

and maybe something in a 40SW caliber if I never get around to reloading for the 10mm

Does this make sense to you folks? What woud you add to my collection, if you get where I'm going with this?
 

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There is a difference between a collection and an arsenal. A collection should be based on a theme, as has been previously stated. I have run across one true collection, and that is at a truck stop/casino in Reno, Nevada, called Sierra Sid's. Hangin' on the walls are literally hundreds of Colt SAA's of all calibers, barrel lengths, finishes. Some owned by "stars" like Roy Rogers, Elvis Presley, Gene Autry, even "Ronnie" Reagan. Worth $millions. That is a collection...
 

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What firearms do you think are essential to have in your collection to be able to call it a solid collection? Ex: every collection should have a 1911, AR, etc ...
What a great thread topic. I'd love to add my input/opinion (with logic)

•30-30 lever action rifle: reliable and historical round, no magazines to fuss with, fun, good power.
•45 colt six shot revolver: as expensive as the rounds are, this is essential, in my opinion, as we appreciate the history here as well.
•.380, 9mm, 40, or 45 for concealed carry. I like a double stacked pistol for jean days, and a single stack for dress slacks.
•22 pistol, I like the ruger mark III, for an inexpensive bulk ammo shooter, 500+rounds for **$20 usually.
•lastly an assault rifle caliber of your preference: I like the 7.62 ak-47, for fun and solid protection if needed. 30 round magazines.
•a lot of members are suggesting a 12ga, and I like the perspective there, but the 30-30 replaces the shotgun in my collection.

All of these firearms are calibers that are typically readily available, which is also a concern to consider when purchasing firearms for you collection.
 

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I have multiples of the following:
Handguns
.22
.32
.38
9mm
.380
.40
.45
.454
Rifles
.22
.35
.30-30
.30-06
.308
7.62x54
Shotguns
12 ga
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The only thing that is important in a solid collection is that you enjoy every gun you keep. If i dont like a gun it gets sold.

I think the only criteria for a firearms collection is that it be able to shoot a projectile. Every thing else is just up to the individual.
 

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The only thing that is important in a solid collection is that you enjoy every gun you keep. If i dont like a gun it gets sold.

I think the only criteria for a firearms collection is that it be able to shoot a projectile. Every thing else is just up to the individual.
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The only theme to a good collection is the theme of them all being guns. Some people like safe queens and some don't. But it's still a collection when you're still collecting.
 
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