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  • The ideal wilderness rifle

    WHat is yours?

    Of course, this depends on what your wilderness is- a rifle for Suriname will not be the same as a rifle for British Columbia....

    any thoughts?

  • #2
    The one below would be my choice if I could afford it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMlA7asMRpE

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    • #3
      I'm becoming more and more enamoured with the Ruger Scout Rifle. I don't own one yet... But It's got me all itchy.
      Simple, light weight, accurate, box fed, good multipurpose round for medium to heavy game. Of course my real answer would a 12G shotgun, but the OP did stipulate "rifle"

      Last edited by slowz1k; 06-03-2011, 12:46 PM.
      The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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      • #4
        If I hit the big lotto, it would be a Peter Hofer funfling in 12 gauge x 12 gauge w/.22 Hornet over .30-'06 over .375 H&H Magnun http://www.hoferwaffen.com/hofer_52s.php?id=38&lang=en

        Not having that kind of money, either a Savage 99 in .308 or a Browning BLR take down in .30-'06. Either one will take a cartridge adapter for .32 ACP for small game.
        Jerry D Young

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        • #5
          The same one I have been using since I was 21. I know her better then my wife and she knows me just as well. I know what she's capable of under numerous conditions, what she likes to eat and I can undress her and dress her in the dark.

          She's my little secret.

          In other words find one that fits you and become very intimate with her, that's what counts the most.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stitch View Post
            The one below would be my choice if I could afford it.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMlA7asMRpE
            Ummm....is it wrong that the vid slightly aroused me......?
            Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stitch View Post
              The one below would be my choice if I could afford it.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMlA7asMRpE
              Yeah... That, was, awesome!
              About $4,500
              I'll keep my guns, freedom, and money... YOU CAN KEEP THE "CHANGE"!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
                Ummm....is it wrong that the vid slightly aroused me......?
                We are only human, that's quite alright.

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                • #9
                  I have a simple savage .22 with a halfway decent scope on it.

                  I've carried it on probably 6 or 7 survival trips. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. The buttstock is also hollow. Well, it was. Now it is full of gear.
                  not an expert

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Curdog View Post
                    WHat is yours?

                    Of course, this depends on what your wilderness is- a rifle for Suriname will not be the same as a rifle for British Columbia....

                    any thoughts?
                    Wilderness rifles can mean many different things to different people. My thinking leans towards a bolt action rifle. In this particular case, rather than focusing on a particular rifle, I think CARTRIDGE VERSATILITY would be more imperative. While I love and own many a .308, it's versatility is exceeded by it's big brother the 30-06. From 110 grain for varmits to 220 grain for big game. Big fan of Remingtons Core-Lokt ammunition.

                    Do-dads, takedown rifles and fancy bells and whistles are just an excuse for something else to break. I like the KISS mentality. My wilderness rifle? Not sure. I guess for now it would be a Rem 700 BDL .308 with synthetic stock and Nikon scope. Stock makes it super light weight for the long haul. Have always liked Cooper's Scout Rifle Concept. Ruger is getting real close to the mark with their interpretation. Hard to beat the Mauser type action.

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                    • #11
                      For me it would be the big brother of my savage model 24, mine is 20 gauge / 22 Mag. I would want 12 gauge / 223 rem. I got to shoot the new Ruger Gunsite about two weeks ago and it was a sweet little shooter, it is really making me think hard on what my next long gun should be.

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                      • #12
                        Mine would be my Beretta BM59 para. With the stock folded and grenade attachment off I keep it stored in a tennis racket case for concealability. In .308 fits perfectly with a 20 rd mag inserted. Now if I can just come up with a way to sight in and shoot while still in the case.

                        I pick this more for size than anything else. The barrel would barely stick out of my pack, if at all.
                        He who lives with the most toys, wins.

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                        • #13
                          Savage 24

                          in 12Guage over 223. Not perfect maybe but a pretty good all around combo for anything from rabbits to bear with the right ammo.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Omegaman View Post
                            For me it would be the big brother of my savage model 24, mine is 20 gauge / 22 Mag. I would want 12 gauge / 223 rem. I got to shoot the new Ruger Gunsite about two weeks ago and it was a sweet little shooter, it is really making me think hard on what my next long gun should be.
                            For my area of the country I think a 12ga./.22 magnum would be a perfect combination. I have to agree pretty much with your caliber combinations.

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                            • #15
                              I love my little Ruger 44 mag carbine, but of all that I own my best wilderness rifle would probably have to be my mini 14 cause of round capacity. Last year we were coyote hunting with a new electronic call and had our eyes on this one sneaking in across the field along the fence line when my buddy finally noticed that we were surrounded by coyotes, some as close as 20 yards already. Even with the extra rounds in the clip, after we dispatched 3, we were still scared s--tless for a little while. That was too close for comfort and I haven't used the electronic call since, worked too good.
                              " If you want to live, treat me good " Peter Tosh

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