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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by MarkCO, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    I won't say you can only own 5 guns, because I hope that never happens. And yes, I know this has been done before, but I like these. So, if you had a "new" friend that wanted to hunt, have capable self-defense firearms and wanted to spend less than a small fortune, what would you recomend and why? Cosider this as a "minimum collection" to hunt the lower 48 and defend one's self and loved ones.

    1. .22 LR rifle. The Marlin 7000 would be my choice, but any of the autloading rifles would be okay. Plinking and small game.

    2. 12 guage Shotgun. I'd go with the Remington 11-87 lightweight hunter. 23" barrel, shoots 3" mags and is gas compensated. Birds or all varieties, load with slugs or buck for home defense long gun.

    3. .30-06. Remington 700 synthetic. Big game. Utterly reliable and effective for all big gmae in the lower 48 from coyotes to Moose.

    4. 10mm 5" 1911. Wrestled with this one. A full sized pistol is part of any good collection. But .357 Mag, .44 mag, .45...? I feel the 10mm 1911 gives a potent enough package for medium game hunting is accurate enough and can do doulbe duty as a good home defense weapon.

    5. .40 S&W sub-compact. A G27 (or a Kahr or a...) for concealled carry.

    That should about cover anything you need to do with a firearm in the US.
  2. That's a good list but mine woudl need only 2 items ( items# 2 and 4 )

  3. DaleGribble

    DaleGribble Sandwich!

    Mar 20, 2003
    Land of the toothless!
    For hunting, I'll take the following:

    1. Ruger 10/22 It's got tons of parts and after market accessories available, and it's just plain fun to shoot!

    2. Remington 700 in 30-06. MarkCo gave good reasons why, and 30-06 ammo can be found in just about every gun store in the US!

    3. Remington 870. But I want a pump instead of an auto loader.

    For home and civil defense, I'll take the following:

    4. AK-47. You can find them in every country on the face of the earth. They are dependable, mags and ammo are dirt cheap, and spare parts are easy to find. There's a reason why this is the weapon of choice for every ten year old "freedom fighter" in Africa!!!! If I ever have to defend "Gribble Estates" the AK will be the gun I grab first! ^c ^c ^c

    5. Glock 30. .45 auto, enough said!!!!
  4. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Cochise County, AZ
    Here's mine

    .22 long rifle:
    CZ 452 Silhouette. Relatively light to carry in the field for rabbits and still has target shooting in mind.

    Multi Purpose Shotgun:
    Remington 870 Express Magnum with 26" ribbed barrel, 18.5", and 21" rifled barrel with cantilever scope mount. Good for birds, deer and BG's.

    Varmint Rifle:
    Tikka T3 Varmint in .223. Explodes little critters, but with lighter loads won't destroy furbearers.

    Big Game Rifle:
    Sako Finlight in 6.5x55 SE. I know we're supposed to keep the price down, but with only 5 rifles $1100 isn't too bad. With awesome BC, bullet selection, low recoil and history of dropping everything up to polar bears, the 6.5 gets the nod.

    S&W 629 Mountain Gun. .44 magnum power for hunting, yet still carryable.


    Personally 5 can't cut it. No way, no how. Maybe if you only hunt one type of game it can be done, but for multi-game hunters 5 is not enough.

    I think 9 is more like it.

    22 long rifle:

    deer, duck shotgun and HD shotgun:

    upland bird and small game shotgun: Franchi Veloce Squire 20ga O/U

    heavy varmint rifle:
    Same gun except in .22-250

    light predator rifle:
    Rem 700 BDL .17 remington

    light big game rifle:

    heavy big game rifle:
    CZ 550 Magnum in .375 H&H

    heavy hunting handgun:
    S&W 629 5" heavy barrel

    light carry handgun:
    Any baby or mid-size glock


    Jul 27, 2002
    Well, if it's for the lower 48 my choices are:

    1) Ruger 10/22 with Hogue overmolded stock, Clark barrel, custom trigger, and Leupold 2-7x Rimfire scope.

    2) A good bolt-action rifle in .30-06 and a good quality medium power scope (3-9, 3.5-10, etc.) preferably stainless with a sturdy synthetic stock.

    3) A Remington 870 with goodies so it can be used for hunting and changed into a combat shotgun for home defense, classes, and competition.

    4) A G36 for CCW and home defense

    5) Keeping the price low, a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454Casull for hunting and plinking with .45Colt loads.

    This would do most everthing in general terms in the lower 48. My list for myself would be different as it would probably be all handguns except for the shotgun.

  6. G22 Kid

    G22 Kid

    Sep 20, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Allright this is for someone who could hunt anything in all 50 states

    Ruger 10/22- plinking, rabbits, squirrels cheap to shoot, cheap to own! close range varmint huntin

    Remington 870 shotgun- 12 gauge, 28 inch vent rib barrel(remchoke), 18 inch HD barrel, 21-22 inch slug barrel with rifle sights
    Good for ANY AND ALL BIRD HUNTING! Self defense and and can be used for almost any big game hunting.

    Winchester M70 30-06- Especially for handloaders! 110 grains all the way to 220 grains! Can be used for varmints with 55grain sabot loads.
    3-9 scope

    Marlin 45-70 Guide Gun- Relatively inexpensive, fast handling brush gun for everything from deer to big bears in alaska! add an arperature sight

    and lastly a Ruger GP100 .357 revolver. Simple, good for defense, relatively inexpensive cheap to practice with and easy to pack.

    If I could ONLY have 5 guns, this would be it
  7. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    The "gun" is the serial numbered receiver, right? ;)

    1 - Ruger 10/22, with a target trigger group and an assortment of barrels and stocks; plinking, hunting, target, it can do everything in .22 LR.

    2 - Any decent 12 gauge pump gun with (again) an assortment of barrels, including a rifle sabot-slug tube with scope. Takes care of close-range birds, defense, and big game hunting.

    3 - AR-15-type rifle or carbine lower, with target trigger group and (you guessed it!) a truckload of upper assemblies:
    - short, medium and long barrels, free-floated and otherwise;
    - scopes/red dots/iron sights out the ying-yang;
    - in .223/5.56mm, several handgun calibers, and maybe a .50 Beowulf.
    This takes care of all varmints (4 legged or two).

    4 - Remington 700 VS or Sendero modified with quick-change barrel system; barrels and bolts in .308, and several mag/short mag calibers for max versatility. Several scopes in quick-change mounts/rings for varying uses.

    5 - Glock 29 10mm with (not again!) extra barrels/slides in 9mm (I think someone makes that one) .40, .357, and a long hunting barrel in 10mm.
  8. If your saying "Gun" is the serial number receiver it's easy.

    #1 TC Contender G2, Barrels in .45 Black Powder, .17 HMR, .22 LR, .223, 30-30, and .44 mag. Some carbine and pistol barrels. This would cover all my hunting needs except for possibly long range out west shooting, and really big animals like Elk. (I'm planing on getting another one of these soon for my left handed son to use)

    #2 Reminton 870 Express 12 Ga. Again multiple barrels this time a 18" for home defense, 20" rifled slug for deer hunting, and a 26 or 28" vent rib with screw in chokes for bird hunting or buckshot deer counties.

    #3.Remington 700 in 30-06. Will handle anything in the lower 48 that the TC wouldn't.

    #4 Glock 36 (19 would be my second choice) for CCW and home defense.

    #5 Ruger Super Redhawk 7 1/2" barrel in .454 Casull. Just because.
  9. #1 Tikka T3-30.06 Stainless/Synthetic
    #2 Ruger 10/22
    #3 Remington 870 12 gauge
    #4 Glock 17
    #5 Open to whatever he or she may want.
  10. 45/70 marlin

    45/70 marlin

    Nov 4, 2000
    My choices would be

    1.A Ruger m77 in 270
    2.a Marlin 45/70 guide gun
    3.A quality 12 guage semiauto shotgun
    4.a S&W MODEL 57 41 MAG with a 4 inch barrel
    5.a S&W 642 .38 SPEC.
  11. JeepDriver


    Oct 7, 2002
    In my Swamp
    1. Ruger 10-22
    2. Ruger GP100
    3. AR-15
    4. Mossy 500/590
    5. M1A

    But that just ain't enough, There is no 9mm in there! Plus you have to have a 22lr pistol.

    5 just ain't enough! you need atleast 10!
  12. Shinichi

    Shinichi Snow yet?

    Oct 14, 2001
    N. Atlanta

    Ruger 10/22, what else can you say about it?

    Ruger 22/45,

    Glock 19, cheap ammo, good for new shooters too.

    1911 in .45ACP, for the experienced shooters

    SKS, damn cheap to run.

    Ar-15, for when you need to dress up ( in black)

    Any decent bolt gun for scoped hunting

    Marlin 336, just always wanted one

    I know I can't count, its more than 5.

  13. Mud


    Feb 18, 2002
    for new friend into hunting ect
    (sticking to original post)

    1- bolt 30-06 with scope
    2- Remmy 870 with bird and HD bbl
    3-9 mm pistol glock sig bretta ect
    4- ruger 10/22 ( or other suitable rimfire)
    5- i would recomend an ar type rifle for civil protection and varmit hunting or a 38 357 mag wheel gun for the woods.

    you would also have to have a 22 pistol for pot meat ect
  14. G22 Kid

    G22 Kid

    Sep 20, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I think you could order all the guns from one make too!

    Here goes again!

    Ruger M77 in 30-06 with a good scope

    Ruger Red Label over and under 12 gauge all weather

    Ruger 10-22

    Ruger P89 or P94 9mm pistol

    Ruger RH in 44 mag with 5.5 inch barrel

    I think this is the only gun maker you can get a gun for pretty much anything from! except for "combat shotguns"
  15. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

    Mar 1, 2002
    WI's Northwoods
    I already own my top 5.

    Ruger 10/22. No explanation needed.

    Remington Wingmaster 870, 24" Hastings barrel w/ 5 choke tubes, including a rifled.

    .45acp 1911. Springfield or Colt (I've got both, and like them about equally... but wouldn't mind a Kimber, Wilson, or Baer either).

    Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt. Just because it was my first handgun, and I've owned it for 32 years. I can shoot it better than any other pistol I've ever owned. 32 yrs of practice with it, is likely why. :)

    Remington 742/7400 18" carbine barrel in .308, synthetic stock, Williams peep-sight rear, Firesight front, with sight-through mounts and 1.5-5X20mm Nikon on top. I've got 4 rnd mags for hunting, and a bunch of 10 round mags, too. It's not a bad little "home defense" rifle either... if I must keep it to only 5 guns. Otherwise, I'd add my Maadi AK47 as #6, Armalite AR15 as #7, and G17 as #8. Heck, might as well make it an even 10... #9 is a Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70, and #10 is an AR-50 (the only one on my list I don't currently own... yet). :)
  16. TommyG19


    May 1, 2003
    Easy. I've got the first four. They're also my only four. A few months ago I was "that guy" who needed to cover all his bases. The only reason I don't have #5 is there's no permissible hunting with high-power repeaters in Indiana.

    By the way, for a guy on a budget, you only NEED 1 & 2, as they will easily cover every base. But, we're gun guys, so we look outside the box.

    1. 870 Combo. Small game (shot), large game (slugs), home defense.

    2. Glock 26. Ultimate concealability without compromise. Great capacity. Good for home defense, carrying, and plinking.

    3. 10/22. Fun for plinking and putting food on the table. Probably the best value for a firearm. Cheap to shoot.

    4. Beretta 92FS. Defensive and plinking. Cheap to shoot. Not too hard on the eyes, either.

    5. Remington 700. I realize in other areas of the country this is an staple. So I'll throw it in there.

    Great question, I ask myself this all the time. I'm pretty happy with where I stand.
  17. Tommy Gun

    Tommy Gun CLM

    Apr 9, 2000
    Manchester, NH. USA
    22 lr. / Ruger 10/22.

    12 ga. / Rem. 870.

    30.06 / Rem. 700 bdl.

    .357 mag / S&W 686.

    9mm / g26.

    Each has its use and all would cover any situation one would need a gun for. All calibers and guns are versatile and solid performers. Ammo is plentiful & inexpensive.
  18. Tommy Gun

    Tommy Gun CLM

    Apr 9, 2000
    Manchester, NH. USA
    sorry about the double post
  19. onemilmhz

    onemilmhz Ten Ninety Five

    Jun 25, 2003
    Georgia on my mind
    .22 Rifle Ruger 10/22 - Plenty of parts and accessories.

    Bolt Rifle Remington 700 - Not sure what caliber, 30.06 or .308 although both are good.

    Revolver Ruger GP100 - Indestructable, nuff said.

    Concealed Carry Glock 30 - 10+1 of .45 acp, again nuff said.

    Shotgun Remington 870 - See #1.
  20. 5 good guns for the average non-rich guy?

    1. 12 gauge Mossberg 500 pump combo (deer barrel and bird barrel). (Bird hunting, shotgun deer hunting).
    2. .30-06 Rem 700 bolt. (Deer, big-game, varmit, anything).
    3. 9mm Glock 26. (Carry).
    4. .22LR Marlin bolt. (Small game and target).
    5. This is the tough one, all the basic "needs" have been met. A better varmit in .223? A powerful handgun in .44mag?