4 gun centerfire battery, you pick them??

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  1. barreltwister

    barreltwister Active Member

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    Couldn't believe it when I read this post. I have these four chamberings for the purposes mentioned.

    I have three 223's, a heavy barreled 700 with a custom 12" twist King barrel, a Sako L461 hunter with a 12" twist Gaillard barrel and a Mini-14.

    I have a Kimber Montana in 243 with a 2.5-8 Leupold in Talley LW's.

    Then I have a custom 700 in 280AI with a 9" twist Shilen #2 in an Edge stock.

    And a custom 35 Whelen in a Pre'64 Model 70 with a Hunters Edge stock.


    These four will do everything I will ever want to do with a rifle,....but I do have a few others just in case..:)
     
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  2. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

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    .22 = Rodent and small game
    .223 = Plinking and small game
    .308 = Medium game
    300WM = Everything else

    Can't think of anything else I would absolutely need that these can't do. Maybe a fast twist .243 or a 6.5 short action to pick up the overlap of the .223/.308
     
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  3. Rifleman513

    Rifleman513 Well-Known Member

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    If the guns listed meet all the requirements of the original poster then I would think his list would suffice.

    The four that I find myself pulling out of the safe most often are:
    22-250
    243
    270
    300 RUM

    If I had to narrow it down to just 4 centerfires these are what I would hold on to.
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    This is a hypothetical question for me given I have owned far more then four rifles for over 45 years. If limited to four...today(20-30 years ago would have to include my African big bores)

    -Colt Ar15 with 3 uppers in (2)223/6mmAR-competition, varmint hunting, self defense.
    -Cooper 52 6.5x284- medium game/coyotes 50-1000+yards
    -Rem700 Milspec(semi custom)-300WM- any game and targets to 1000+yards
    -pre-64 Model 70 Winchester Super Grade in 30-06-My hunting rifle from the beginning, and it will go to the grave with me. Still shoots <1MOA!
     
  5. Wlfdg

    Wlfdg Well-Known Member

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    .223 for plinking/yotes/training
    6.5 Creedmor for competition/speed goats/deer
    .308 semi-auto for competition/deer
    7mm Rem Mag for elk/deer
     
  6. bschneiderheinze

    bschneiderheinze Well-Known Member

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    I actually shot three of my four today

    223/556
    308
    6.5 creed
    300 wsm

    I don't like the big big calibers due to recoil
     
  7. Anschutz

    Anschutz Well-Known Member

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    Well, some might call this cheating but I would have:
    #1 Savage Short Action: .223 1-8 Barrel (Plinking and Coyotes), .243 1-8 Barrel (Coyotes-Deer)
    #2 Savage Long Action: .270 Win 1-8 Barrel (Deer-Elk), .338 WM 1-10 Barrel (Elk-Griz)
    #3 Ruger #1 in 45-70 for bunnies up to African Game
    #4 Ruger M77 in .270 (My dad's deer rifle)

    If I were only to pick 4 calibers I would pick:
    .223 AR for Competition
    .243 Win for Deer and lower
    .270 Win or WSM for Deer to Elk
    And since a proper elk rifle starts with a 3 and leaves two holes the final one would be:
    .45-70 to fill in the gaps

    But I really like guns so only 4 rifles would be hard for me to do.
     
  8. BCinKS

    BCinKS Well-Known Member

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    22-250
    25/06
    7stw
    338 win
     
  9. Reload10

    Reload10 Well-Known Member

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    I've thought about this a lot, and think I could get it down to 3 cartridges:

    22-250
    6.5-06
    300 Norma Mag

    It would give you the 3 most universal calibers (in my opinion), and the above chamberings are at the upper end of velocity for each caliber.
     
  10. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    I think about this a lot when looking into my safe.

    I have every caliber (bullet diameter) from .172 to .458

    I probably have more than one chambering for each caliber

    .172
    .204
    .221 thats 22LR
    .224
    .243
    .257
    The list goes on. Yet not a single "AR" in a military chambering. If you are around any of my MSR (Modern Sporting Rifles) and someone sticks a .556 NATO in it, RUN.

    If I had to pair it down to 4 rifles?

    22LR Ruger American
    257 Weatherby Mark V
    300 Weatherby Mark V
    338-378 Weatherby Mark V
    45-70 Government Model 1886 Winchester Lever action. Tough choice over the 1885 High Wall Falling block

    But gosh, that would be a boring world.
     
  11. billm67

    billm67 Well-Known Member

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    2 AR's in 223. One a heavy barrel with a Geiselle DMR, the other a 16 inch lightweight plinker/information competition gun
    Rem 700 Varmint in 243....very accurate rifle with handloads
    2 308's a rem stainless varmint and a ruger american sport weight
    45/70 Ruger 1895 Cowboy....always impresses me with how well it shoots. Should handle anything on this continent.
     
  12. nifrand

    nifrand Well-Known Member

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    AR 5.56
    22-250 1in8 twist up to 80 grn bullets
    257 Roberts Ackley
    300 Win Mag
     
  13. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    AR-10 6.5 Creed
    338 big case.
    Done.
    I would add a 22-284 and 7mm Imp Lapua if I got 4 choices I guess.
     
  14. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning
    243AI
    257 WBee
    7mm WBee
    340 WBeelightbulb:)gun)