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    Hunters and Outdoorsman

    with the recent discovery of outdoorsman here, and with the upcoming rigle hunt juts around the corner for most of us (some have already begun their seasons) i want to know what is your go-to rifle in the fall for big game?

    i have owned easily over 100 firearms, just in the last ten years alone. i have owned everything from Weatherby's and Dakota's to Remington, Winchester and Browning, and everything in between - from pellet guns to 300 win mag's. this was largest caliber i have owned. i never felt the need to use anything larger than a 300 win mag. and even that was too much for where i hunt. i live in the north where the bush is thick and the average shot is under 100yrds. ive had higher end fancy rifles that i was afraid to mark in the bush, to absolute tire jacks that would only serve to jack up my truck. i used to keep over 20+ firearms on hand at any given moment. but over the years i have narrowed it down to about 6 or 7. (i just looked..6)

    and i've had the pleasure of owning many different scopes from a variety of scope manufacturers. but in the end after buying and selling many rifles and scopes, i decided to return to my roots and bought a really nice Remington Model 700 DM BDL .270 that truly is a tack driver. i removed the Leupold vxIII and mounted a Bushnell 2x7 Elite 3200 series to preserve the rugged theme, but not chintz on quality. she will put 3 rounds @100 yds off the hood of my truck into the size of my thumbnail with quality ammunition [Winchester Supreme 130gn Ballistic Tip] - two of the holes were touching each other. this is consistent each time as long as i am consistent. i should add, i do not roll my own ammo. i firmly believe that nowadays, factory ammo is of the highest quality provide you use premium ammunition.

    my second fav is my dirty thirty lever. (30-30) it's a Trapper with an 18" barrel mint condition. i use it to push the bush. very fast handling and tough to beat.

    what's your go-to rifle?
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    Remington Model 700 30-06, never missed and never had anything run after being shot. Ive have it for 15 yrs
    I like to hunt with my AR also, kinda fun. I always have my Smith & Wesson M&P .45 on me while hunting, never know what mind sneek up on ya. Plus in TN and centerfire cart is allowed. So i plan on taking a deer or coyote with my .45 this year. Just for fun

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    My go to deer rifle is Remington 700 bdl 6 mm
    Worked the trigger to 1.2 lbs. sweet

    Big game and African rifle Remington 700 bdl .375 h&h
    Trigger 1.1 lbs

    Bigger Dangerous game Merkel double .470 nitro express

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    We can't use a rifle for deer in this state so I use my benelli M1 but within the last cpl years swtched to a Benelli M2 20G...Hornaday slugs at $2.50 a crack

    my varmint rifle is toss up between my Rock River Tac Elite, Rem 700 BDL 25-06 or Ruger MK11 7.62X39

    For my out of state big game ...Browning Medalion 7MM Mag.

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    shotguns and rifles. never used on anything more than crows trying to peck out the rubber seal around my home place windows!! fired a deer rifle once years ago, dont even rem the make but it was fvckin powerful!!!

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    .257 weatherby mag for pronghorn and mule deer. For our big whitetails and black bear 7mm mag. Elk and most mountain species which requre long shot .375 H and H. I handload everything. Though these days I mostly bow hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter View Post
    .257 weatherby mag for pronghorn and mule deer. For our big whitetails and black bear 7mm mag. Elk and most mountain species which requre long shot .375 H and H. I handload everything. Though these days I mostly bow hunt.
    What are you loading the h&h with.
    Best results for me reloader19. 265 gr Nostler partition. I can get it going almost 2800 fps
    0 at 200 8.4- at 300 12.3-at 400 not bad for that heavy of a bullet

    Glad to see ya Hunter

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    My favorite out of the lot is a Browning 1885 High Wall in the best caliber ever made ( 30-06 for those who aren't very bright) It's shoots farther than I can and is a beautiful piece of art. I normally shoot 150 gr Accubonds out of it, but Sierra Gamekings are pretty hard to beat as well.

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    lots of Remys - nice to see.

    i would love to carry a sidearm with me hunting. shooting a deer or coyote with a pistol would be the ultimate rush for me.

    i used to own a 7mm mag and thought it to be the best all around caliber for thin skinned to moose and elk, depending on bullet choice.

    Cape, that Merkel will put the average man on his ass if he's not ready for it..lol. THAT'S a rifle! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyKnox View Post
    lots of Remys - nice to see.

    i would love to carry a sidearm with me hunting. shooting a deer or coyote with a pistol would be the ultimate rush for me.

    i used to own a 7mm mag and thought it to be the best all around caliber for thin skinned to moose and elk, depending on bullet choice.

    Cape, that Merkel will put the average man on his ass if he's not ready for it..lol. THAT'S a rifle! haha
    The 7MM is a great large cal. round.

    That Merkel will put the average man in debt...Love to have one of the over and unders

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyKnox View Post
    lots of Remys - nice to see.

    i would love to carry a sidearm with me hunting. shooting a deer or coyote with a pistol would be the ultimate rush for me.

    i used to own a 7mm mag and thought it to be the best all around caliber for thin skinned to moose and elk, depending on bullet choice.

    Cape, that Merkel will put the average man on his ass if he's not ready for it..lol. THAT'S a rifle! haha

    The energy produced at the butt plate is 5000 lbs per sq inch
    500 gr a square. Broke the buffs spine @ 100 w/open sites
    Lunk it's a side by side But yeah it's nice.

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    It all depends on what I am hunting.


    Deer - Savage .270

    Hogs - Ak-47

    Ducks/birds - Beretta A-390 Silver Mallard 12ga

    Rabbit - youth model 870 20ga

    Squirrels - Benjamin Sherdian .22 cal pellet rifle and .177 cal

    People - undisclosed!

    And of course a trusty Remington 870 for whatever. Had to use it as a paddle rabbit hunting once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00ragincajun00 View Post
    It all depends on what I am hunting.


    Deer - Savage .270

    Hogs - Ak-47

    Ducks/birds - Beretta A-390 Silver Mallard 12ga

    Rabbit - youth model 870 20ga

    Squirrels - Benjamin Sherdian .22 cal pellet rifle and .177 cal

    People - undisclosed!

    And of course a trusty Remington 870 for whatever. Had to use it as a paddle rabbit hunting once!
    that's because that's all they're good for..lol (just kidding..someone had to start the brand bashing, it might as well be me)

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    Why were you hunting rabbits in a boat?
    Duck yes rabbit??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyKnox

    that's because that's all they're good for..lol (just kidding..someone had to start the brand bashing, it might as well be me)
    Swamp rabbits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    The energy produced at the butt plate is 5000 lbs per sq inch
    500 gr a square. Broke the buffs spine @ 100 w/open sites
    Lunk it's a side by side But yeah it's nice.
    I have seen some of their over under shotguns during trap hunting events...buy a decent car for the price of some of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    What are you loading the h&h with.
    Best results for me reloader19. 265 gr Nostler partition. I can get it going almost 2800 fps
    0 at 200 8.4- at 300 12.3-at 400 not bad for that heavy of a bullet

    Glad to see ya Hunter
    260gr accubond so we are pretty close on bullet selection and ballistics.

    I am a huge fan of the 6mm nice choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo
    Why were you hunting rabbits in a boat?
    Duck yes rabbit??
    Had to take the boat to get to the rabbits.

    Motor on the mudboat locked up

    Had to paddle all the way back!

    This was pre-cell phone era

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunk1 View Post
    I have seen some of their over under shotguns during trap hunting events...buy a decent car for the price of some of those.
    It looks like a .410 side by side I guess it would be .060 bigger
    Doesn't kick like a .410.
    A buddy needed money got it for 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by zreinke

    Swamp rabbits?
    Yes sir!

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    T/C ICON 300 win mag I love it beacuse where I hunt you can get a 400yd shot across the field at any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00ragincajun00 View Post
    Yes sir!
    What's your best day with rabbits. In the early 90's all the rabbits you could shoot
    Since the coyote population exploded few just like quail.
    I remember as a boy 15 -20 wild coveys in a day.
    Wouldn't even hunt singles just keep the dogs moving

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    Quote Originally Posted by songdog View Post
    T/C ICON 300 win mag I love it beacuse where I hunt you can get a 400yd shot across the field at any time.
    That's the new tc right?
    Love to have one Just pick a barrel and go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    What's your best day with rabbits. In the early 90's all the rabbits you could shoot
    Since the coyote population exploded few just like quail.
    I remember as a boy 15 -20 wild coveys in a day.
    Wouldn't even hunt singles just keep the dogs moving
    Maybe someday you can make it up here for some amazing grouse and pheasant hunting!

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    RC I would have loved to have seen you paddling with a shotgun, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    That's the new tc right?
    Love to have one Just pick a barrel and go
    No this isnt like that one.The Icon dont change barrels.The only thing I dont like about it is.The mag inside is made of plastic.I just got it back from being repaired.Not cool.

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    We have always had a limit down here but one day we did 67 between 4 of us in two hunts. We were 3 over for the second hunt but it was hard to keep track when ya having fun! I miss the good ole days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by songdog View Post
    T/C ICON 300 win mag I love it beacuse where I hunt you can get a 400yd shot across the field at any time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    That's the new tc right?
    Love to have one Just pick a barrel and go
    youre thinking of the T/C Encore and Pro Hunter. the Icon doesn't have molded the pistol grip.

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    No rifles in NJ.....My goto deer gun was a Mossberg 20ga w/rifled barrel. Now switching to a Savage 212 Bolt-Action 12ga slug gun, Leapers UTG 3-12x44 Mil-Dot Illuminated Reticle, adjustable to 1/4 MOA. Seriously, the best scope ever for the money. Using Hornady SST's this year instead of Lightfields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00ragincajun00 View Post
    We have always had a limit down here but one day we did 67 between 4 of us in two hunts. We were 3 over for the second hunt but it was hard to keep track when ya having fun! I miss the good ole days!
    Yes those were the good old days befor fvcing coyotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capebuffalo View Post
    It looks like a .410 side by side I guess it would be .060 bigger
    Doesn't kick like a .410.
    A buddy needed money got it for 3
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    I have a friend that I used to trap shoot with that had 2 Merk shotguns. Asolute pieces of art!

    Nice aquire Cape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyKnox View Post
    that's because that's all they're good for..lol (just kidding..someone had to start the brand bashing, it might as well be me)
    There is no more tried and true shotgung than the Rem 870...now that being said you can use that POS 870 Express as an oar but the Wingmasters or still tough to beat.

    I will take that milled reciever over the stamped any day and I love a nice piece of Walnut as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegodfather View Post
    No rifles in NJ.....My goto deer gun was a Mossberg 20ga w/rifled barrel. Now switching to a Savage 212 Bolt-Action 12ga slug gun, Leapers UTG 3-12x44 Mil-Dot Illuminated Reticle, adjustable to 1/4 MOA. Seriously, the best scope ever for the money. Using Hornady SST's this year instead of Lightfields.
    my all time fav pumpkin tosser. i love that model! and you have it decked out nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lunk1 View Post
    There is no more tried and true shotgung than the Rem 870...now that being said you can use that POS 870 Express as an oar but the Wingmasters or still tough to beat.

    I will take that milled reciever over the stamped any day and I love a nice piece of Walnut as well!
    i totally agree, i was just trying to bust some balls..lol those 870's have been around a long time but sadly more and more stamped parts are being used. and yes, the wingmaster is tough to beat for the dollar. and to me, shotgun furniture should only be made of wood, not plastic or any other material..wood! but, im old school.

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    Browning Beretta and Benelli for the win when it comes to shotguns. The Remington 870 was once an amazing shotgun its garbage now...unpolished components etc I wouldnt waste the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter View Post
    Browning Beretta and Benelli for the win when it comes to shotguns. The Remington 870 was once an amazing shotgun its garbage now...unpolished components etc I wouldnt waste the money.
    I love me my benelli's. Although the new FN is a slug throwning machine!

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    I'm thinking we should all get together for a hunt somewhere. South Dakota pheasents or Prairie dogs, Texas hogs, Wyoming Pronghorn..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunk1
    I'm thinking we should all get together for a hunt somewhere. South Dakota pheasents or Prairie dogs, Texas hogs, Wyoming Pronghorn..........
    That sounds awesome, how paying??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXx View Post
    That sounds awesome, how paying??
    Your credit card...

    thats how I am paying

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    Quote Originally Posted by AXx View Post
    That sounds awesome, how paying??
    Admin sponsored for all of our hard works and dedication

    AND profesionalism lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunk1

    Admin sponsored for all of our hard works and dedication

    AND profesionalism lol
    Well we are fugged then, lol

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