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Old 01-03-2013, 07:16 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

30-06 with Leupold 3.5-10x40
22 long rifle, prefer older ones
12 gauge pump or semi-auto

I could hunt everything in North America with those. Have some others in the safe, but those would cover it all easily for me.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:50 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

Thanks for all the help guys, this gives me lots to ponder and think about.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:33 AM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

Wasn't so awful long ago some one said "Fear the man who only owns a 300 Savage" Ahh yesteryear.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:42 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

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I would second the 300 mag or wsm for big game and long range but would suggest a smaller round for fur bearers if you want to save the pelts and keep some real long range option. I personally think ideal would be two guns a 6br for varmints even out to long range and a big 30 or 338 for large game at long range.
DID- I have a 6mm br. i would not reccomend it to someone who has 0 guns. who does not reload and lives in canada. neither a 6mm -250.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:55 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

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30-06 with Leupold 3.5-10x40
22 long rifle, prefer older ones
12 gauge pump or semi-auto

I could hunt everything in North America with those. Have some others in the safe, but those would cover it all easily for me.
KURT - i second this ! TYT- a lot depends on what and HOW much you hunt big game / small game and birds. another suggestion would be a 308 varmint/5-r 700 and a .223 varmint/5-r 700 ( in place of the 30-06). stainless if you are going to hunt in fowl weather.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:47 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

I think we can all agree that one of the guns you NEED to have is a 12ga. shotgun - pump or semi-auto. I personally have a Remington 11-87 (semi-auto). If you like the pump guns, look at Remington 870. While there are many other brands out there, Remington is a great platform because they are so popular that everyone makes aftermarket accessories for them.

As for hunting rifles, I would agree that everyone should have a 22lr. Personally I prefer a semi-auto for quick follow-ups on scurrying varmints.

Now lets move to the 'big' guns. There are three in my personal battery:

Carry Rifle:
My 280 - Updated! Since you want a rifle(s) that are easy to get ammo for, I would recommend a rifle like this in 30-06.

Longrange/prone guns:
My 260 by MCR Here again, 260rem ammo might be difficult to get. So if you had a rifle like this in 243win or 308win it would be easy to get ammo for it. Matter of fact, this rifle started life as a 308 My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!

My 300RUM by MCR Finally, everyone should have a big cannon for shooting at BIG critters and waaaaaaaaaay over there. While 300rum is a beast, you might consider a 300winmag as 300winmag ammo is quite abundant.

This makes my personal answer to your initial question: SIX

In the alternative, you could cover this in FOUR: 12ga shotgun, 22lr semi-auto, carry rifle 30-06, prone gun 300winmag.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:20 PM
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Re: Comfortable minimum number of guns for effective hunting?

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DID- I have a 6mm br. i would not reccomend it to someone who has 0 guns. who does not reload and lives in canada. neither a 6mm -250.
Good point and thanks for pointing it out. I often forget some people try long range with factory ammo. I guess I assume folks are going to reload. With that in mind the 22-250 and 300 win would be a better two gun recommendation.
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