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Old 12-02-2009, 03:52 PM
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Re: Therohetical Hunting Scenario!

Hard to beat a Marlin or Winchester leaver action with open sites in a 30-30 or 45-70. I have never though a bolt action is much of a brush gun.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:07 PM
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Hard to beat a Marlin or Winchester leaver action with open sites in a 30-30 or 45-70. I have never though a bolt action is much of a brush gun.
A fair point, but.... I think the OAL of the rfile is more of a factor than the action and a short action bolt can be worked fairly effectively. Also, when hunting deer in brush, you are almost certainly not going to get a second shot. My uncle hunted with a semi-auto. He was by far the most successful PA deer hunter I know, in both year to year consistancy and quality/size of buck.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:29 PM
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My uncle hunted with a semi-auto. He was by far the most successful PA deer hunter I know, in both year to year consistancy and quality/size of buck.

Let's hope the game commission isn't reading this. Semi auto centerfires are illegal to hunt with in PA.

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Let's hope the game commission isn't reading this. Semi auto centerfires are illegal to hunt with in PA.

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Hmmmm.. you're right...maybe his shotgun was a semi auto? It's been years since I've seen the rifle and I just dont remember it being a bolt and it definitely wasn't a lever. Will have to ask next time I talk with him.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:32 PM
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Re: Theoretical Hunting Scenario!

Ive hunted cedar swamps in Michigan since I started hunting, that's some thick stuff. 12 ga slug has my vote and I agree it wasn't the best of ideas and I wouldn't recommend it, but I have "pushed" a slug through some brush at 50-80 yards without any problems on a couple of occasions. I think the heavier slower projectiles will maintain course a little better when encountering brush. But out of your choices listed I like the 308. my go to close range MI rifle is a 300 sav which is very close to a 308. Just my 2 cents
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:13 PM
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I'm a big fan of large, bowling ball type heavy bullets and short, fast handling guns in brush situations. Bunches of years in the Florida swamps and palmettos with big pigs. A scoped Contender/Encore pistol in 45-70 with a 1.25x4 power would be the first choice. You're probably not gonna get a second shot. Picks up those openings in the brush well. And if you DO happen to hit a close (to the target!) limb you'll probably be ok. If I had to go long gun a Marlin Lever Action in a big caliber like that would do well, same reasons. But I've taken a lot of big porkers with a good long barrelled 44Mag.



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Old 12-02-2009, 09:01 PM
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I once read an article in Outdoor life about brush guns. They tested several by shooting them through a box with some brush in it. None of the tested rifles fared very well. I don't remember all the calibers' used but I do remember they used 30-06, 30-30, 7mm mag, 12 GA, 375 H&H, and 45-70. The best cartridge was the 375 H&H. As I remember it placed 2 of three test shots on target. Target was about 50 yd. Most didn't hit the target at all. That being said I use a rem 7400 in 35 whelen. I hunt the thick brush in western Oregon and often have successful follow up shots. I also have a low power Bushnell elite so rain is not a big deal and I can try to shoot through the holes and not hit the brush. At least on the 1st shot.
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