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View Poll Results: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?
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Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

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Old 12-31-2009, 10:43 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

Yes, I had thought about it, but I still have around 450 or so cartridges left in .22-250. If I did convert later, I would probably get it rechambered for a 6BR, or possibly even a .22 BR. I don't know what I want for that particular rifle.....not yet, anyway. It would require something in a large case format, since that is what the receiver is now set up for. I haven't really studied all I need to know about another caliber ballistics-wise. Ideally, I would want a new caliber to be one where cases are offered by Norma or Lapua and a caliber that would be kind to the barrel, not build up excessive heat, have a good reputation for accuracy (such as with the 6mm), etc. I just don't do enough shooting with any of my centerfires any more since my main varmint hunting has been for California ground squirrels with a Clark Special rimfire 10/22. I don't like to reload particularly, and the rimfire has killed more squirrels than all the other rifles I have put together. Also, the ranchers don't like a lot of noise, so when I tell them I am using a rimfire, they have no problem letting me on their property.

Coyotes are a different story, because I hunt for them where the ground squirrels don't exist (no alfalfa for them to eat). The areas are wide-open and far away from any ranch houses. These areas are where a centerfire rifle would shine.

For now, though, I want a lighter-weight repeater for coyotes instead of the heavy-barreled single-shots I now use, but in a .243, which provides for 6mm bullets. I would probably choose to reload with 80-grain bullets for coyotes. Bench-rest rifles are not fun to lug around because they are too heavy....for a person with a bad back (me).
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:07 AM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

Sounds like your definitly on the right track with going lightweight repeater in 243. I think it's more than up to the job for yotes.

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Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

I shoot all my bolt actions single shot anyway so its not something i need.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:49 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

my thought is with a detachable magazine you can put the whole magazine in your jacket and that way you know that your powder/ (cartridge in general) temperature will always be a constant. even though the temp of your cartridge doesn't always make a huge difference, during a Montana winter the change in temperature can be pretty major.

so i would prefer a gun with a detachable magazine
Thank God i can do any of this
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:59 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

No magazines or floor metal. All adds weight in a hunting rifle. Adl mags are a pain to load but function well. Dropped too many clips in mud holes over the years and seen too many guys release the floor plate with gloved hands. Most of the times only put one in the mag, if you need more, you need to practice more.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:45 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

all my rifles are detachable mag , mostly badger ordnance
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:08 PM
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Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?

Nope, I don't usually even load more than one. For the kind of hunting I do shooting prone, a second round on the ground next to the rifle will be plenty fast enough. " One Shot-One Kill"

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