Interesting responses, Cate, Thanks for taking the time!Dan,
My husband told me that he had a sweet BLR 308 a long time ago too. I may have mentioned this to you (?) or to someone else in other threads in the past.
I read him your question and he told me that he would choose a 22lr BOLT action rifle and his OLD, classic, beautiful walnut/blue steel 30-06 bolt action rifle.
I think that he would choose one of his several 22lr rifles FIRST (?).
One of his CZ BOLT ACTION 22lr rifles or his famous Ruger BOLT ACTION 22lr rifle ($$$) since ALL of them are tack drivers. That Ruger one has a scope on it for hunting.
I thought that he would choose his lever action rifle in 30-30 Winchester caliber or his lever action rifle in 45-70 Government caliber but he CHOSE his famous bolt action rifle in 30-06 instead. He only owns 2 MADE IN CT Marlin lever action rifles now.
He does NOT own any semi automatic rifle any longer.
He always LIKED bolt action and lever action rifles much more!
He does own and shoot his Glock and Beretta semi automatic pistols and his Ruger single action revolver. ALL of his other rifles, handguns and shotguns went bye bye.
Old Lady Cate
I'm a "Mauser" guy, but I agree with your assessment of the Mosin-Nagant... I bet there are M-N rifles in use in Ukraine today...Well the Mosin was already mentioned and it is the cockroach of rifles you can't kill it ! I would have to go with a Savage 99f in 308 easy to reload and no mags to F with .
Dan,Interesting responses, Cate, Thanks for taking the time!
The bolt shroud confused me, but now I see it's the prewar safety.That is a pre-64 Model 70, as customized by JK Cloward. I am still wondering what happened to Jim. I see no obituary and his phones are all turned off.
Savage 99 in .300 Savage or .308 good for just about everything!OK here's my variation on the "Only One Gun" theme. Should be pretty simple but may hear some interesting variations...
Now, supposing you could have only ONE high-powered rifle, MANUALLY operated- NO semi-autos- for everything- hunting mainly but also for protection as needed.
WHAT would it be, in ya'lls experience?
I made that choice many years ago which Ive mostly stuck with over the years, an early '70's BLR .308........ I chose that cuz it is quicker than a bolt and in a caliber that is easy to find, even as mil-surp. I have other rifles but aside from a .30-30 Marlin it has been and is my main hunting rifle. I've got a nicely sporterised Steyr-built K98k Mauser but Ive yet to use it as I don't bear or elk hunt. IF I was stuck in a cabin in very rural Canada my choice MIGHT be a .303 Enfield #4...
What say you all?
PS I do reload a variety of .308 for various purposes. FWIW my own OTD rifle of choice is either an AK or AR15, which is beyond the scope of this thread....
I was thinking that with the stupid restrictions we are (may be) facing, it would make sense to own a switch barrel rifle.Blaser R93......have both 7mm Magnum and 375 Holland & Holland barrel/scope combos.
Switch out in two minutes......one bolt face works for either caliber.
This gun has been with me in the US, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Iceland......taken everything from a Pronghorn to a Cape Buffalo.
If there's a challenge now, spare parts are becoming hard to find......
Well goodness, Orygun, you sound like you're from Grant County or somethin'...I was thinking that with the stupid restrictions we are (may be) facing, it would make sense to own a switch barrel rifle.
Being the mechanic that I am, I think I'd try to figure out how to do it with one that I already own.
To all of the people that said some kind of lever, I gotta admit that's a close second to a bolt for me. I have a couple of Winchesters, an 1894 and a Model 94. The 30WCF/30-30 is a stout short-er range round and NOTHING carries in the hand like a lever carbine. I used one for the first time in ages a couple of years ago and documented that hunt here someplace. My carbine doesn't have sling swivels and I couldn't have cared less. I wrapped my hand around the action and walked on like it was part of me. I'd completely forgotten how natural it felt in my hand. Sometimes the romance and practicality match. If I'm not trying to poke at distance, I would be well served with a lever action carbine in 30-30.