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Best Camp Gun

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by dlanc, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. dlanc


    Mar 13, 2011
    I'm curious to see everyone's response when asked what is the best all purpose camp gun in their arsenals.
  2. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    For me the best camp gun is a .22 lr pistol, either my MKIII or S&W 617. Cheap to shoot, lots of fun.


    It does depend on where you are camping, if you are in big game country, you will want a magnum revolver and a 12g shotgun.

  3. BigNic


    Sep 1, 2008
    Regardless of the many firearms I tote up to our camp per visit, the one constant I always bring is my Mossy 500 12ga. My personal pick for all around camp gun. Fun and formidable.
  4. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Mossberg 500 is another good one. If you have two barrels, even better. A 18.5 for SD, and a 24 or 28 inch for clays, hunting, plinking.
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  5. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    We're talking about just plinking and generally having fun, right? (Not defense from big scary critters)

    These two are my current favorites:

    Ruger MKII Target:
    Rossi 62SA:

    Around these parts, I always have something that will take care of the threats, too.
    This one is one of several I have for that purpose:
    Smith 629-2
  6. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I like my camp gun to be effective at close and long range. Versatility is always nice.

    That being said, at 6.75 lbs empty, old school traditional "hunter" looks, the 580 series having new thicker barrels for much better accuracy, more powerful than pretty much most handguns, and capable of effectively engaging threats out to 100 yards which most handguns cant - I feel comfortable with this for dealing with human predators all the way up to mountain lions to maybe even smaller sized bears?

    Oh yeah and its a fun gun too for plinking but a 22 handgun is a far better (cheaper) option for that.

    My Ruger mini 14 - 16" barrel model.
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    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX AZ
    When I think camp gun I think .22 so for me it's my ruger 10/22.
  8. powder86

    powder86 SHOOT SAFE!

    12 ga 870. shoot some clays. and anti bear and anti cougar if i need it. id never go camping out here in these mountains with out some protection for black bear, moose, and cougar. seen all 3 out here before.
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  9. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

    Jun 15, 2011
    All around camp gun? Glock 19 for sure. Tame/cheap enough to plink with and still has enough oomph to give anything you're shooting at a run for its money.
  10. PrecisionRifleman


    Jan 24, 2011
    Glock 20SF is my woods/camping/hiking/hunting sidearm. I've even taken a deer with mine with no problem.
  11. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    WTH is a "camp" gun?
  12. Fed Five Oh

    Fed Five Oh NRA Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    One of those .22 rifles they let you shoot when you went to summer camp.

    I vote Remington 541T.
  13. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Maybe someday the best camp gun for me will be some double rifle from Holland and Holland that I will have to remember to lug along to the latrine tent at night regardless of how fast the Askari appears...
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  14. I guess id say a Shotgun OR a lever action 30/30 of some sort with the shotgun you have ability to take anything from bears to squirrels and everything in between. The 30/30 gives you a bit more range but I dont know if your taking a squirrel and EATING it with a 30/30 lol... for me its a Shotgun with my .357 magnum revolver at my side as a backup....I dont know exactly what you mean by "camp gun" but thats what im thinking.
  15. Fed Five Oh

    Fed Five Oh NRA Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    How about an AR-10 with an underslung 870?
  16. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    Browning Buckmark with AAC Element suppressor

    Vang Comp Mossberg 590a1

    I generally take both when I go camping.


    Dec 20, 2002
    Handgun? CZ Kadet/75 .22/9mm.
    Long gun? CZ Scout .22
  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    When I'm hunting, my sidearm is a G20. Before I got the G20, my woods gun was my 4" SS GP100. When camping, it's usually whatever gun I'm CC'ing.
  19. I agree that a CCW is not to be ignored when camping, but to me the category of "camp gun" refers to some gun that I probably wouldn't have if I wasn't camping.

    So that's usually a fun plinker, preferably something versatile and accurate such as Ruger Single Six which shoots .22 short, long & long rifle in addition to .22 magnum.
    It doesn't get carried enough in the city.

    Or if ultralight backpacking, a tiny mousegun such as Keltec P32 if I merely don't want to be caught without a gun.

    To some people, a camp gun is to defend the safari during cocktail hour from pesky critter attacks, so a 12g SxS (or Moss 500) might be kept within reach.

    I prefer having my AK along when out in the woods, plus a Glock on my belt, because these are my most useful two guns for serious social situations in my opinion, but I don't think of them as camp guns. And if I tote 4 or more guns along, it's no longer just camping, it's a shooting event instead.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.:cool:
  20. Haldor

    Haldor Formerly retired EE. Back to being a wage slave.

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    Savage 24C. Over/Under 22 LR/20 gauge, C stands for Camper version which this one certainly is. Weighs a little over 5lb and fits in a daypack. Stores 2 shotgun shells and 10 rounds of .22 LR in the butt stock as well. I keep one shrink-wrapped in my car emergency kit.



    Its a "break glass in case of emergency" sort of thing. Got both urban and wilderness survival situations covered.

    My latest actually camp gun is a Beretta 21A I picked up a couple of months ago. It is a really nice pocket .22 LR. Now I just need to get a threaded barrel and a micro suppressor for it. I have been looking at this one, the Thompson Machine Wasp.

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