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Old 06-29-2011, 10:26 AM
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Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

Hey all. I've been kicking around the idea of building/ buying a short barreled gun to be nothing more than a truck gun. It will be used for mostly varmints and occasionally used for target and such. Wanting it to be a detachable mag for ease of loading/ unloading. I'm just curious what you guys would recommend? I've been kinda thinking 223, 6mm/223, 221, or maybe a 300/221 for someting different.
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

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Old 06-29-2011, 12:48 PM
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

you'd love my .223! It's a 700VS that's been reworked. Barrel is a factory heavy profile cut back to 20" long. The stock has some internal mods, but looks pretty much factory on the outside. The trigger is a factory 1978 that came out of Pendel's personal stash. The bolt has an M16 extractor with a modded factory ejector (similar to what Weatherby uses) and a spring just light enough to get the case out of the reciever. The rifle has a near perfect balance and shoots very well off hand
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

Sounds like a perfect job for an AR-15.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:05 PM
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

I've been thinking AR but I'm kinda over the phase. I kinda prefer a good bolt gun to an AR. But I do have a want for another AR, shouldn't have sold my last one.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:05 PM
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

Truck gun, now that's something I can talk about! I say that because I've done alot of varmint/predator hunting from the truck here in Wyoming. Alot of it at night with spotlights. We need something that is very flat shooting because alot of times we dont have a range to the critter, we just know it's within range and about to be out of sight or headed for the next ridge/ravine. Most of the time there is no time to be figuring distance and where we want to hold. That time should be spent getting into the most stable shooting position we can.

For jackrabbits, prarie dogs, skunks, stray cats, wild dogs, coyotes, fox, bobcat, raccoon, rock chucks, badgers, porcupines ect. I used a 22-250 and a 220 swift for a long time, both medium weight 26" barrels. 26" barrel is really too long for getting out the window quickly or jumping in and out of the truck all night to shoot over the hood or the bed.

So, next I tried 223 AR-15's. Short enough barrel, but brass was always flying everywhere. Hitting the windshield, landing in my coffee, hitting the guy in the passenger seat, falling down in the defrost vents and between the seats, and just flat out loosing too much brass if I was outside the truck...especially in the dark. Not to mention, they're not as easy to unload or make safe before jumping back into the truck to look for the next jackrabbit. It's real easy and quick to just cam open the bolt with a bolt action, but an AR needs to be unloaded and locked back, or remove the magazine before letting the bolt close again........more steps to get to the same place is all.

Latest gun I think will take the cake. It's a 20" barrel bolt action Remington, chambered in 204 Ruger. The gun will hold 7 rounds, it's light and short, and very flat shooting out to most "truck gun" distances.

Biggest thing, regardless of the caliber you pick; is get something light, short and manuverable. Mount the scope so you can very quickly find full field of view. Last thing we want when spotlighting/truck shooting predators is to have to fiddle around and find the scope with our eye. It should be natural and instictive. Most LR dedicated scopes with high mounts are not very good for this type of thing. AR's have pretty high mounts, and found them harder to get into position very quickly.

Good luck, lots of fun. Lots and Lots of fun!
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Re: Short barrelled truck gun cal choice?

OH, one other thing. Since you mentioned detachable magazine, just be careful not to get one that's too big.

The ones that stick down very far below the rifle only hinder our ability to get steady leaning across the hood. That was another thing I didn't like about using an AR for this kind of shooting. Even with a 10rd mag, the pistol grip stuck down far enough that it was tougher to get steady across the hood.
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