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scidx
03-22-2012, 8:22 PM
I have been thinking of what rifle I wanted to buy with an influx of cash. I've been thinking, for some time now, about this purchase. There are a few I want, but not sure if I "need" (the need being emotionally, of course). My father recently passed down his BAR Safari in .270win to me, and that got me thinking...

I have a "favorite rifle" battery of 3 that fulfills any use I might have. I thought I'd list them here, just to see what others feel about my discovery. Here is my short list:

1.) Weatherby Vanguard "Custom" in .30-06

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/7004707831_44556bf319_c.jpg

A classic Vanguard with a 24" barrel, this was my first centerfire rifle. It is the rifle with which I took my first deer at 16yrs. I have since had a gunsmith perform a little work on it to make it even better than original. The Vanguard action sits in a Revolution laminated wood stock. It is glass bedded and free floated. It wears a Timney trigger, as well. On top, sits a Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14 on a Weaver one piece rail with Burris X-Treme rings.

It seems to prefer 165gr SGK over 44grs of 4064. However, the beauty of the .30-06 is it's versatility. The wide array of bullets is staggering. I consider this rifle to be my go-to with larger animals. It's hard to disagree that the .30-06 can take any game on the planet (not that I could, being behind the trigger).

2.) Winchester 70 Classic Featherweight in 7mm-08

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6032/7004705465_09d317eefe_c.jpg

This is the FN Winchester 70 that I purchased new in 2008. It is completely stock with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9 in Leupold dual dovetail rings and bases. I bought this sight-unseen, from the internet, without even holding one in a store. I understand the dangers with this deal, but, I fell for the hype. Honestly, I'm so glad I did. This has become my favorite centerfire rifle. The stock is plain walnut. The action is polished blue and the "MOA" trigger is awesome. I have become a diehard fan of controlled-feed. On top of that, the 7mm-08 is such a relaxing round to shoot (for me.) Although I may eventually bed the action and buy a better scope for it, this new Winchester 70 is the smoothest factory bolt rifle one can get for under $700. Fact.

The 7mm-08 affords plenty of performance for most game out to 400yds (again, for me). This Winchester prefers 120gr Nosler Ballistic-Tips over 42grs of 4064. I have used this successfully on southern whitetail. I believe the 7mm-08 is a great filler between intermediate and medium-bore cartridges. I feel it makes a great "all-around" rifle.

3.) Ruger 77/22 in .22LR

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7004710267_11e067a5ce_c.jpg

This is my favorite firearm, period. If I could keep only one gun from my collection for the rest of my life, this would be it. I bought this used off of a fellow Calgunner. I put a new OEM walnut Ruger stock on the stainless action with blued bottom metal. It is scoped with a Bushnell Sportster 4x that is older than me. My dad used it on his first .22 rifle. It's hard to believe, but it is still reliable. For some reason the balance, weight, length and stock of the rifle fit me perfectly. I wish every rifle I owned felt the same.

I have never had a .22 rifle that shot so many different brands so well. I don't think I've found a round that it doesn't like. Enough has been said about the .22LR, that I don't want pass as my own ideas. Everyone can benefit from a good .22 rifle. Squirrels and paper are my game of choice for this round.

So that's it. I have and want other rifles that I enjoy; but, these three are my "Do Everything Battery". I know that other choices could fill certain roles better; though, I think these rifles can do anything in a pinch.

If you've read this far, what do you think? What's your 3 rifle battery? What do you not agree with?

Thanks for following my day-dream.

Fjold
03-22-2012, 8:52 PM
If you're talking about a three gun rifle battery for hunting in North America only, then your group will work but the 7mm-08 will not do anything that the 30.06 won't.

You don't have anything to stop a charging elephant, buffalo or grizzly with so you don't have a "do everything" rifle.

My three rifle battery would be my left handed M70 in 375 H&H, my MRC in 6.5x284 and my CZ452 in 22lr.

pontiacpratt
03-22-2012, 8:55 PM
Rem 700 in. 308 precision with good knock down
Ar-15 Dissipator with open sights for rapid target engagement
Marlin 795 runs all. 22lr flawlessly and accurate to boot.
I think these three rifles fill all roles. Lol

russ69
03-22-2012, 9:08 PM
Nice rifles for sure.

Sneaky
03-22-2012, 9:19 PM
I would choose
Springfield M1A, Remington 870 <(guess thats not really a rifle), Remington 597.
If I couldnt have my 870 next up would be my AR-15 I suppose.

Fjold
03-22-2012, 9:25 PM
They make a Remington 870 rifle?

pyromensch
03-22-2012, 9:27 PM
7mm-08 is a nice caliber, but if you are talking, "you'll ever need", (not to sound "too" prepper), the ammo is not as available as other "like" calibers

mine would be
marlin 1895 45-70
ar-15 223
and my marlin (jcpenney) 22lr

freonr22
03-22-2012, 9:35 PM
Sportier Mauser in 30-06, ar for zombies, and maybe a large bore... Maybe a 45-70 or on the other end maybe a .22

smittty
03-22-2012, 9:44 PM
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6032/7004705465_09d317eefe_c.jpg


I like that rifle and tye 7mm-08 caliber but that would be my only bolt action rifle. I love my AR's.

NorCalK9.com
03-22-2012, 10:01 PM
Very nice
My 3 rifle battery would consist of
AK74 5.45x39
AK47 7.62x39
Ruger 10/22 .22
I have couple bolt guns too

Drivedabizness
03-22-2012, 10:03 PM
I have the same Model 70 but in 300 WSM. With custom loads I'd go after brown bear with no worries - something I'd never consider with an '06. I put a Timney trigger in it and love how it shoots & handles.

#2 is my S&W MP15T - topped with an AimPoint Comp2.

#3 is a CZ 452 with a Leupold 3X9 scope. Has a dream trigger that makes repeatable hits at 100 yards very doable.

Saym14
03-22-2012, 10:36 PM
depends on what "ever needs" means. I would say you are missing a SHTF gun.

chrisf
03-23-2012, 1:31 AM
Nice rifles

desertjosh
03-23-2012, 6:26 AM
For me :
1. Savage in .308
2. Yugo SKS
3. Ruger 10/22 (my favorite)

lrj812
03-23-2012, 6:48 AM
These are my three.
Ruger 10/22 my first love, Saiga 7.62 converted, my fun gun, Marlin XS7 stainless 7mm 08 my hunter. I could easily put more on this list. I like rifles.

erik_26
03-23-2012, 7:42 AM
OP, I like the walnut stock on that Winchester. Looks nice.

For me, well I would go a different route if I had to pick three.

Savage in .308
AR15
Trusty Ruger 10/22

I think those three would pretty much have me covered.

Dirtbiker
03-23-2012, 7:44 AM
For me my:

1. 700 Remmy in 30-06
2. AR-15
3. Ruger #1 in .458 win mag

scidx
03-23-2012, 8:24 AM
Fjold,

I think an 180-220gr projectile from a .30-06 could handle the biggest in North America (in a pinch). And, I don't think I would call upon the 7mm-08 to replace (or be better than) the -06. The Winchester is lighter, shorter, and easier to shoot often. I place it in the middle, mentally.

Pyro,

7-08 may not be as prevalent as .308, but with a set of dyes all I need is the .308 brass.

All,

It's no surprise that the "SHTF" acronym has reared it's head. I have my reasons for choosing the .22lr above others. And, I do own a nice 10/22; however, my 77/22 shoots much better and accepts the same magazines.

I'm not a huge fan of the semi-auto rifle at this point, but that may change (especially when I move out of California). I see ARs everyday. If I need one to survive, I don't think I'll have trouble finding one.

Thanks for the input.

Barbarossa
03-23-2012, 8:30 AM
They make a Remington 870 rifle?

http://www.gunlistings.org/uploads/1_shotguns_remington_870_express_magnum_45824.jpg

robert101
03-23-2012, 11:35 AM
For me is is the 30 06 in whatever bolt gun, then 22lr automatic, and then 308 LR. That satisfies the fundamental 3 categories of hunting, plinking, and battle rifle.

pyromensch
03-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Fjold,

I think an 180-220gr projectile from a .30-06 could handle the biggest in North America (in a pinch). And, I don't think I would call upon the 7mm-08 to replace (or be better than) the -06. The Winchester is lighter, shorter, and easier to shoot often. I place it in the middle, mentally.

Pyro,

7-08 may not be as prevalent as .308, but with a set of dyes all I need is the .308 brass.


Thanks for the input.

granted.
and the 7mm bullets.

the U.S., has more 30 cal options, than 7mm options, from 110gr, up to 220, in all configurations. not trying to convert, just saying

ir0nclash86
03-23-2012, 11:57 PM
Well since I only own three now mine would be
1) Scar16s
2) M1 Garand
3) M1 Carbine

scidx
03-24-2012, 11:44 AM
granted.
and the 7mm bullets.

the U.S., has more 30 cal options, than 7mm options, from 110gr, up to 220, in all configurations. not trying to convert, just saying

That's probably the reason my .30-06 has kept me busy for years.

I used to own a .308 Remington 700. It was a base SPS with a light barrel. I sold it for lack of use (that and I'm not a fan of cheap remingtons). One day I may own a heavy barreled .308. Maybe, maybe not. The .25-06 in a heavy barreled set up looks a bit more appealing, right now.

GettoPhilosopher
03-24-2012, 12:42 PM
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