One VS Many

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by dragman, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    This isn't ment to be a 1 gun VS many guns for everything but for long range purposes only. I have lots of tools for many different jobs, but when it comes to your long range hunter weather it's Hogs, Deer, Elk, etc. do you prefer to have 1 setup or a couple to choice from??? My one friend has 1 gun and says he only has 1 problem now. I have another friend who has 6-7 long range guns. Just wondering what most think?
     
  2. MMERSS

    MMERSS Well-Known Member

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    Each person definately will have their own opinions and preferences. I have several rifles used for LR shooting and hunting but I traditionally will use the one of the many for hunting big game, the most capable one which provides the best combination of energy and wind drift potential depending on the range and size of the big game.:rolleyes: So I suppose I prefer the one of many.:D
     

  3. 375fan

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    The one I use for hunting is 338rum, combination of power, bullet weight, etc. and heavy enough for long range but still tolerable for packing. My other 2 long range rifles are too heavy to pack comfortable on pack in hunts. Guess it is a matter of selecting a particular rifle for the job.
     
  4. MudRunner2005

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    I'm a "there's a gun for every purpose" kinda guy, so I have many. I have some specifically for hunting deer, that I take to the range for load development for hunting loads, but as for my long-range guns, they are dual-purpose shooters/long-range hunters.

    If you're looking for a good all-around long-range caliber for shooting and hunting, the 7mmSTW is one of the best options, with handloads using the Berger VLD 180gr bullets.
     
  5. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    For me its an economic question. Getting a best quality set up, with best quality components, still have money for tags, and $4 a gallon fuel, means my answer is one. I do have other rifles, but my 338 RUM is the only one I consider a LRH rifle.
     
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    I really like to have one or two at a time, find the best combination of bullet and load to maximize it's potential at it's full range and shoot a barrel or two of it then I'll move to something else that trips my trigger.
     
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    I have a few long range guns, long range being 800+ yds. But only two that are dedicated as hunters/shooters. The reason I have two is because for me living in the midwest I travel from 1000 to 2000+ miles for a hunt so I like to take a gun for back up because you never know what might happen, after traveling that far I don't want to end up with something unexpected happening and being left with nothing to shoot.
     
  8. Wyofax

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    For me, I have one dedicated to long range because I want feel as though it is second nature to know the ballistics of that specific rifle. Several others are hanging around but my hunting focus is in one gun. Certainly not saying my way is right, it's just the way I do it.
     
  9. Broz

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    Last season I sold my 338 LM while awaiting my new 338 LRKM. I was not sure how my hunting season would go with only my 300 win. By the end of the season, I had more confidence in that rifle than any I have ever owned. Plus I made my longest cold bore shot on a game animal ever at 1285 yards.

    As the old saying goes,

    "Beware of the man with one rifle, he probably knows how to shoot it"

    Jeff
     
  10. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot my .338 RUM 99% of the time, but sometimes you need to hunt a bit closer to houses (like on farms) or you quarry is a bit light skinned. Then something a little less peppy is nice. But for the most part I am a one gun man.
     
  11. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    see I am starting to lean to that 1 gun man thing. I have a few toys but think I might want to focus on just one.
     
  12. Broz

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    As far as long range rigs are concerned, even though I have a few, there will always be the favorite that I have most confidence in and prefer to use. To really excel with one it takes time, a lot of testing of everything and all the practice in different conditions we can muster up. The better you know that one long range rifle, the happier you will be. Then an old stocker in the back of the safe for those days where you will not need the precision rifle. One where a 300 or 400 yard shot will be it. But I haven't dug one of those out since 2007.

    Jeff
     
  13. Idaho Sawyer

    Idaho Sawyer Well-Known Member

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    I sold 5 guns to build 1 gun a while back. You will never regret 1 gun with the best components vs. a couple guns with marginal components.
     
  14. fmajor

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    Rifle choice(s) depend a lot on how far and what you're planning on shooting. I'm pretty much a 2-gun sorta guy.

    A 1st rifle used for everything out to long range - say from 0 to 700-900 yds depending on what I'm hunting. For that, a 7mm/300 win mag wildcat is what I'm planning on. That chambering will be excellent for anything I plan on hunting out to my self-imposed distance limitation.

    A 2nd rifle used for what I think of as "Extra Long Range" - from 700/900 yds out to my (currently under-developed) shooting ability, a chambering of *much* greater capability is needed. For that, I've decided on Kirby Allen's 338 Raptor wildcat. It strikes a brilliant balance between the common big 338's (RUM/Edge/Edge +P/Lapua/Lapua AI/etc) and the truly monstrous 338's (338 Allen Mag/338 Chey-Tac/etc).

    So that's kinda my thinking on the "One vs Many" approach.

    PS - I must admit that for strictly short range hunting, a Marlin 1895 45-70 (with some hot handloads!) would round out any hunting range or game I would *ever* encounter.