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  • Your 'Go To' Rifle

    Well its back. Your ‘Go To’ rifle. IE what is the most commonly out of the safe (and used).
    It was done on the old forum, I am hoping this one will be even more detailed.

    Excluding 22LR. Only excluding these as they are so common, cheap to feed etc I believe it would be the no1 go to rifle for most. Really want to see what is most common apart from them. Its in CF section, but rimfire apart from 22LR acceptable.

    If there is enough input I will collate the findings and get some sort of stats back on what’s what.

    If possible make it only 1 rifle.

    If you can copy and paste format below I will try and collate the info if we get enough input. (If you can’t pick a single rifle please copy info 2x)


    Rifle
    Calibre: .............................................?
    Make/Model:....................................?
    Load/Ammo:.....................................?

    Scope or site
    Magnification/Ob/Ret:....................?
    Make:............................................. ....?

    Usage:
    Range/Target:.................................%
    Varmints:......................................... %
    Hunting med game:......................%
    Hunting large game:.....................%
    Other:............................................ ...%

    Why that rifle?
    ???

  • #2
    Rifle
    Calibre: ............................................ .223 1/8
    Make/Model:.................................... Sako 85 Bavarian
    Load/Ammo:..................................... 64 gn Berger varmint, 25.5 gn 2208, ADF brass

    Scope or site
    Magnification/Obj:.......................... 3-9 x 42, BDC reticle
    Make:............................................. .... Meopta

    Usage:
    Range/Target:................................ 20%
    Varmints:......................................... 70%
    Hunting med game:...................... 10%
    Hunting large game:.....................
    Other:............................................ ...

    Why that rifle?
    It is the perfect all-rounder for my purposes. Relatively small and light weight. Capable of taking down mid-size game, without being over gunned for rabbits etc (if there is such a thing as being over gunned!)
    Its highly functional: Easy to shoot quickly offhand. 6 round internal mag. Top load or mag load. Shoots 5 rounds 100m ½ MOA (prob does better but that’s as good as I am able with the scope in prone). Cheap to feed and don’t mind losing brass.

    Finally she is such a pretty little thing, I can’t help but take her out of the safe whenever it opened!

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    • #3
      Hi

      30/06 cal
      Columbian Mauser in ATI Scout Stock
      150gn RNFP MLC Hard Cast 13 gns Trail Boss

      12x42AO
      Gold Crown

      100 plinking

      This is the rifle that is absolute fun to shoot.

      Paul

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      • #4
        Calibre: .223
        Make/Model: Howa Stainless Varmint
        Load/Ammo: 55 grn Nosler B tip's home rolled

        Scope or site
        Magnification/Ob/Ret: 2.5-10x44
        Make: Vortex PST MOA MOA SFP

        Usage:
        Range/Target: 0%
        Varmints: 10%
        Hunting med game: 90%
        Hunting large game: 0%
        Other: )%

        Why that rifle?
        Coz it make's me $$$$

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        • #5
          OK, I'll bite....just to get some people stirred up.

          Rifle ..............................................Tikk a T3 Lite
          Calibre: .........................................30-06 Springfield
          Make/Model:................................As above
          Load/Ammo:.................................150g Remington Core Lokt

          Scope or site
          Magnification/Ob/Ret.............:....1X
          Make:............................................. .H34S Aimpoint Hunter red dot

          Usage:
          Range/Target:...............................0..%
          Varmints:........................................0 ..%
          Hunting med game:.....................0-.%
          Hunting large game:....................100.%
          Other:............................................ ...0.%

          Why that rifle?
          At 6.4 Ibs it can be carried all day easily, accurate, hard hitting, moderate recoil, fairly cheap to run, easy to get ammo.

          But I like my .204 Ruger as well.
          I'm in love with Jennifer Hawkins and Alessandra Ambrosio

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            Rifle
            Calibre:22wmr
            Make/Model:browning tbolt varmint
            Load/Ammo:.30grain cci poly tips

            Scope or site
            Magnification/Ob/Ret:4-12x40 vx1 duplex
            Make:leupold

            Usage:
            Range/Target:.................................%
            Varmints:......................................... %99
            Hunting med game:......................%1
            Hunting large game:.....................%
            Other:............................................ ...%

            Why that rifle?

            light, easy to use, 10 round mag = less reloading in the feild and know the ballistics like the back of my hand

        • #6
          Rifle Remington 700
          Calibre: ....260
          Make/Model:..As above
          Load/Ammo:..1

          Short range load
          130g Berger VLD
          Ar2208
          ADI brass
          Federal gold medal

          Long Range load
          140g Berger VLD
          Ar2209
          Lapua Palma brass necked down
          federal gold medal match


          Scope or site
          Magnification/Ob/Ret:.5-20x
          Make:..Weaver

          Usage:
          Range/Target:...............................99.9..%
          Varmints:.......................................0. .%
          Hunting med game:.....................0-.%
          Hunting large game:..............0.01.%
          Other:............................................ ..0.%

          Why :
          Its the perfect rifle for what i do which is predominatly field shooting comp perfectly balanced
          .260 has amazing ballistics with very little recoil cheap to shoot with solid barrel life and is ultra accurate
          I know this gun inside and out i use it every week and generally shoot over 800+ rounds a month

          HOWEVER in saying that im moving over to TIKKA when this barrel is worn out already have the gun set up : )

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          • #7
            Rifle
            Calibre: .............................................5.56 NATO
            Make/Model:....................................S&W MP15
            Load/Ammo:.....................................55gr-72gr various manufacturers

            Scope or site
            Magnification/Ob/Ret:....................1.5-5x variable with side attached laser
            Make:............................................. ....Firefield

            Usage:
            Range/Target:................................50
            Varmints:......................................... %
            Hunting med game:......................%
            Hunting large game:.....................%
            Other:............................................ .. Defense of Home 50%

            Why that rifle?
            Light and very easy to maneuver and fire. With the 40 round magazine, reloading should not be very high up on the list if needed for defensive purposes.

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            • #8
              My go to rifle would have to be my .270, using 130 grain projectiles. Good on everything from field mice to African elephant, shoots flat as a laser as far as the eye can see, coupled with a mid power variable scope (3-12x50) it's is a dynamite combo. Seriously though, you just can't beat the 270 win, it's just too Good.

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                I like your description on the .270 there war machine
                And your of the .260 Pioneer
                2 out of 3 of my favorite owned calibres, the other is the good old .22-250!
                As for the go to rifle, well I recon your safe should be like a set of golf clubs, you have to pick the club that suits the shot

            • #9
              So, is this for bolt-actions only, or any centerfire "go to" rifle?

              I'm confused by the "MP15" entry above (I know those as AR15 clones)

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              • #10
                Howa Stainless varmint + B&C varmint stock.
                22-250
                load = 50gr B-tips @3750+
                scope = leupold vx3 (6.5-20x50 LRT)

                use = 10% target
                30% hunting
                30% varminting
                30% spotlighting/culling etc.

                why = its accurate, flat shooting, reliable, and turns rabbits into red mist's, but could drop a goat or pig if it had to.

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                • #11
                  CZ 527 Carbine.

                  .223

                  Nikon 3x30



                  Go. To.

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                    Rifle
                    Calibre: ........................................7.62x54r
                    Make/Model:................................Mosin Nagant 1935 Tula
                    Load/Ammo:.................................Copper Washed Steel Case Milsurp

                    Scope or site
                    Magnification/Ob/Ret:....................Open
                    Make:............................................. ....?

                    Usage:
                    Range/Target:.................................100%
                    Varmints:......................................... %
                    Hunting med game:......................%
                    Hunting large game:.....................%
                    Other:............................................ ...%

                    Love this rifle, shoot it most as I bought a crap load of ex mil ammo for it.

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                    Rifle
                    Calibre: .............................................223
                    Make/Model:....................................Winchest er Model 70
                    Load/Ammo:.....................................23.8gr 2206H 80gr AMax

                    Scope or site
                    Magnification/Ob/Ret:....................6.5-20x50 - Mill Dot
                    Make:............................................. ....Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50


                    Usage:
                    Range/Target:......(out to 700y)....100%
                    Varmints:......................................... %
                    Hunting med game:......................%
                    Hunting large game:.....................%
                    Other:............................................ ...%

                    Why that rifle?
                    Its nice to shoot and very accurate. i have a lot of other calibres/rifle with better scopes to play with but its always the first one i grab if i dont have a specific rifle in mind. If i take a couple of rifles i generally take this with me too.

                • #12
                  Rifle Remington 7600P Pump Action in 308W, running generally 150gn Rem, or any 150gn reload

                  Scope Leupold VX3 1-5 variable

                  Usage:
                  Range/Target:.................................10% (confirming zero only, like to do this after, before each trip if possible)
                  Varmints:......................................... 1% (sometimes, it happens..._)
                  Hunting med game:......................84%(Pigs, Deer)
                  Hunting large game:.....................2.5% (If they present themselves)
                  Other:............................................ ...2.5% (Ok, the odd field target for ***s n giggles...)

                  Why that rifle? Speed of follow up shot.

                  Your post has been edited by moderators to remove words deemed unsuitable on the forum as per the RULES.
                  With out prejudice.

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                  • #13
                    Rifle
                    Calibre: ........308 Mate! .....................................?
                    Make/Model:...... Remington 700 SPS Varmint - now wearing HSP stock..............................?
                    Load/Ammo:...168 Amax pushed by 45 grains ADI 2208 & Federal Gold Medal Match primers from Winchester cases..................................?

                    Scope or site
                    Magnification/Ob/Ret:.......5.5 to 22 x 56.............?
                    Make:...........Nightforce........................ ..............?

                    Usage:
                    Range/Target:............50.....................%
                    Varmints:....................20................... ..%
                    Hunting med game:......30................%
                    Hunting large game:..........0...........%
                    Other:............................................ ...%

                    Why that rifle?
                    because the 308 is the most versatile rifle ever. Kills everything from bunnies to bulls and can hit an X ring way out there

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                      Rifle
                      Calibre: ..............................................22wm r
                      Make/Model:....................................Fieldman , thumbhole stock
                      Load/Ammo:.....................................40grn cci hollow points

                      Scope or site
                      Magnification/Ob/Ret:.................... 3-9 x 40 duplex
                      Make:............................................. ....Leupold

                      Usage:
                      Range/Target:.................................2%
                      Varmints:......................................... 68%
                      Hunting med game:......................30%
                      Hunting large game:.....................0%
                      Other:............................................ ...0%

                      Why that rifle?
                      Had it since I was 13, so 36 years!
                      Its accurate, glass bedded, 2lb break of glass trigger (hand stoned to perfection by Merv Naughton himself!)
                      My cousin was an apprentice at the factory so we got the full tour when purchasing the rifle.
                      I just wish I also had a .22lr version too!
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                  • #14
                    Rifle
                    Calibre: ....................308 .........................?
                    Make/Model:...Omarks.................................?
                    Load/Ammo:....factory + reloads 130 /150 grn Bt.................................?

                    Scope or site
                    Magnification/Ob/Ret:...8 -25 x50 leupold 4.5 -14 x 50 leupold.................?
                    Make:......Omarks Various........................................... ?

                    Usage:
                    Range/Target:.................................%100
                    Varmints:......................................... %100
                    Hunting med game:......................%100
                    Hunting large game:.....................%
                    Other:............................................ ...%100

                    Why that rifle?, Its what I have /easy to shoot / accurate /has enough range for the job.
                    My other love is a Tikka LSA 55 in 222 22 grns of 2207 over 40 grn v max.
                    I should name it the Crow as it picks the eyes out of anything it gets in range of.
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                    • #15
                      Rifle
                      Calibre: ............................................. 30-30
                      Make/Model:.................................... Marlin 336 SS
                      Load/Ammo:..................................... 125 or 150 G Federal (what ever is cheaper at the time)

                      Scope or site
                      Magnification/Ob/Ret:....................1 X magnification/Red Dot
                      Make:............................................. .... Aimpoint Comp 3

                      Usage:
                      Range/Target:................................. 0 % to 1 % for sighting in scope at 25 meters
                      Varmints:......................................... 25 % when i see rabbits/hairs/foxes/cats , you have to have a pot shot
                      Hunting med game:......................70 % for goats/dogs/boars/ up to 100 kg
                      Hunting large game:.....................0 % im not shooting buff or scrub bull with it , i like my life to much
                      Other:............................................ ... 4% well sometimes i shoot cans and bottles and see how quick i can cycle the leaver.
                      Don't worry the bottles and cans are empty by then

                      Why that rifle?
                      I shoot at a property that has a lot of scrub, vision is down to 20-30 meters so i need to shoot fast and have quick follow up shots when game runs into the bush.
                      Need the rifle to point well and the Aimpoint helps a lot , i could probably get away with open/iron sights but its more fun with the Aimpoint.
                      Also use it quit a bit shooting out of the ute ,Its a short type of rifle so its easy to use in a car.

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