im bored and I like hearing about folks favorites and why.
my favorite has been the same for almost the last decade. 357, barrel cut to 16.5" and Remington 700 iron sights installed. it is the perfect length for me. heavy barrel so zero recoil. very accurate within the 50 or so yard range that I like to shoot open sights. absolute beast on hogs and white tail. my only complaint, I don't get to shoot it enough.
my second and third are almost a tie so I had to piddle with one of them. 30-30 and 22 hornet.
30-30 is completely original with a 3-9 scope. this has been one of my favorite calibers my whole life. nothing fancy, it just works. always has and always will be my go-to.
I hadn't shot the hornet in a while but love it all the same. it is not necessarily a needed caliber for me at this time so it got the treatment. I cut the barrel to 16", installed flash hider and youth synthetic stock. it is now tiny! next it will get a low power fixed scope and it will be gifted to my nephew as his first non-rimfire rifle, after he masters the basics with his 22lr. the flash hider gives it a very cool look that he will love.
so those are my favorites and why. what are your favorites, why and what are your plans for them?
Here's mine: Top .356-.358, Middle 357 Maxi Bottom My .32-20s, Marlin, Handi and Uberti.
Keep both eyes open and make the first shot good.
The growing Handi/Sportster/Pardner/Topper Family: .22 WMR, .22-250. 223, Two Superlight 7mm-08s and one Superlight .243, standard .243, .30-30, 16.5 inch .30-40, .308, 32-20, 18 inch .356/.358 Win., Two 16.5 inch .357 Max., 18 inch 38-55. 16.5 inch .445 Super Mag., .45LC, 16.5 and 22 inch .45-70s, .50 Huntsman SS, .410, 20 ga., 12 ga., 20 ga. Pardner Pump, Versa-Pack .410 - .22
For many years mine was the 45/70. I hand loaded them stout and it was the Hammer of Thor. Neck injuries could no longer stand the recoil and stupidly rather than load it down I sold it.
I have two current favorites now. A serial number matching frame and barrel 357 mag. It wears a synthetic camo stock and matching camo Nikon Pro-Staff 2-7x33 scope both from here. It's accounted for my two biggest deer two years in a row. My other is a mix match of parts. A standard profile 30/30 ejector barrel and cinnamon lam stock set from here on a 280 frame. It wears a 3-9x40 Nikon Monarch scope. It will shoot into a ragged hole at 50 yards with factory 170 Remington ammo.
For years my 2 favorites were the .357mag talo barrel which pretty much lives on my first frame that came with a .223.
Second was a .444marlin I bought complete for 210$.
But of late it has been the .30-30 20 ga combo. Which happens to also have a 16" rifled chamber adapter in .45acp. Not as accurate as I would like, or at least I have not figured out how to make it so. Still it is one more string to its bow. Giving it a LOT of flexibility.
I have 90 grain gallery loads for the .30-30, 160 gr hunting loads and 185 gr knock em down and stomp on em loads.
Along with some 20 buckshot and pumpkin ball loads for the 20, and 20 assorted birdshot. I guess its sort of chosen to be able to do it all if the SHTF tommorow.
Interests wide and widely varying.
Happily married 18 years. Retired on SS with lots of time to spend.
Started with .223 Ultra Bull barrel. Added .357 Talo barrel. Added an action and stock set bought here, 7.62x39 barrel. Then bought complete guns .444 Marlin and .300 Blackout. Leaving me at 4 complete rifles plus a barrel. Plus a 9mm stub job bought here, and I have been finding and buying H&R shotguns at our local pawn shop where they seem to go cheap.
My current favorite is a .30-30. It has taken more deer than any other rifle I own. It just always seems to be the one I grab when I go hunting. It is very accurate using 150 grain Remington Core-Lokt ammo - so accurate that I no longer reload this caliber. I hated to scope this rifle but my old eyes required the help.