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Unread 12-08-2008, 05:13 AM
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one rifle for everything

Do any of you guys ever get the urge to sell everything, and just use one rifle for all your hunting and shooting? Or maybe one varmint rifle and one hunting rifle?

If so, what would it be?

I sort of like the idea, for the simplicity of it. Once you sorted out a load you'd only have 1 powder, bullet and primer to deal with, one set of dies. You'd also become very familiar with your rifle and get to be pretty good with it. I've noticed that when I stick to using just one rifle a lot, shooting it becomes natural and my accuracy improves greatly.

For my 'one hunting rifle for everything' it'd either be a custom remington .260 or .280, sporter weight, mcmillan remington sporter stock, 24 inch barrel, leupy Mk4 3.5-10x40 scope, I'm not really into shooting animals past about 600 yards and I do all my shooting with sporter weight rifles as it is so this would suit my needs well enough

Thoughts on the theory?
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Unread 12-08-2008, 08:11 AM
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Re: one rifle for everything

I'm in the process of doing exactly that. During the last couple of months, my gun cabinet has seen the departure of a good 1/2 MOA Savage 110 FP Tactical in .308Win as well as a TRG-42 338LM , leaving just my Weatherby Vanguard in 30-06 to work with.

I went for a heavy barrel contour for a hunting rifle but a relatively light contour for a target/LR rifle -- a Shilen #5 Light Varmint, 26", 1:9" in 7mm Rem Mag. With the 2.4 - pound walnut stock with an adjustable buttpad, the rifle sits at 11.2 lbs ready to shoot, 10.3 without bipod and hopefully that'll drop to around 9.5-9.9 once finished with a High Tech Specialties stock.

The 3-12x56 Zeiss only has around 7 mrad ( 24 MOA ) on the single- turn turret but I've got 5 mrad ( 17 MOA ) more on the mil-dot reticle should the need arise. I went for this scope because of weight ( 23 oz ) and optical quality. My S&B 5-25 is just too heavy for a rifle such as this and has to go.

Invested heavily on reloading just 7RM, too; Redding body die, Redding comp micrometer seater, Redding comp shellholders, Lee collet neck die, etc. With brass, VV N165, CCI250, VLDs and Accubonds I'm GTG.

It's still work in progress because I want to bed the Talley Lightweights to the action, before I screw the scope on for good. So far, I've only put it together once to take a couple of photos before I disassembled it for painting the barrel.

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Unread 12-08-2008, 01:01 PM
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Re: one rifle for everything


I did that but exactly backwards. When I came to Idaho in 1966, being a Jack O'Connor reader I whent with a 270 Winchester. A 24" Douglas sporter barrel was fitted to a Brazilian 1908 Mauser action with a Timney trigger. I did the Fajen thumbhole stock myself.

That was the only rifle I had for until 2002. We knew each other quite well. Nothing escaped us. From chucks, jack rabbits, grouse, coyotes, deer and moose.

90gr Sierra bullets for the small stuff.

130 gr Sierra boat tails for every thing else.

It was a very good system. Its said "beware of the fella who has only one gun."

The nifty thing was that the 90 grain bullet shot 1/2" to the left of 130gr load @ 100 yds. A sharpie mark on the the Leuy VX-II was all that was needed when loads were changed. Over the years we figured the drop chart in the ol' knoggin'. Never had such as thing as a paper chart.

However, the system was good only to 420 yards. @ 425 yds chucks were safe.

Major mistakes were made by not having the scope power setting where I tho't it was, as in on 3 when I assumed it was on 9. Between that and the "fever" I missed a trophy buck.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 01:23 PM
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Re: one rifle for everything

I would say get a .280Rem. or a 7mm mag. if I only had one big game rifle.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 02:10 PM
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Re: one rifle for everything

You should be put in the stocks and publically flogged like an oaf for blasphemy!!! Just to suggest and Idea is so vile and so revolting it makes me Sick!!

I would use my Warp 7 which is based on the 300 Win with reduced body taper and sharper shoulder necked to a 7mm.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 02:31 PM
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Re: one rifle for everything

.284 Win to me is the perfect do everything cartridge.

Capable of taking most game animals out to a distance of most rangefinders and shooters capabilites.
Could be competative in a variety of classes and competitions.
Moderate recoil
No fireforming
Uses very little powder
Good barrel life
Great bullets and brass readily availiable
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Unread 12-08-2008, 08:24 PM
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