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Probably the wrong place, so move as needed please. Taking off from Pastotp's question about handguns: . If, like most of the settlers who moved west, you could only afford one firearm what would it be?

I believe I'd get a shotgun. My preference would be a Winchester 97, but reality probably is it would be a single shot 12 ga.

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. . . but reality probably is it would be a single shot 12 ga.
i'd probably go right along with that.
there's not anything in my region i've ever hunted that couldn't be done in by a single 12.
doves and birds and bunnies on up to deer and swine. a lot of places i used to hog hunt
had a shotgun-only rule, but that was more than adequate for a clean kill.
i like a good single. easy to tote, easy to clean, easy to maintain.
even poorly maintained, or not maintained at all they're still very reliable.

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I'd also choose a single barrel, but I'd want the rebounding hammer instead of that thing that comes up when you pull the trigger. (would you believe I can't remember what you call that thing)

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I understand that way back in the frontier days one long gun and maybe a handgun was all many could afford. Iffen I were back in those days I might would play the one long gun only game but this ain't then and I can own more and do.

Playing both the handgun and long gun game you guys are I'd be tempted I guess to say my Rossi M92 in .357 magnum and my 6" S&W M66 also chambered in .357 magnum. Both also shoot .38s of course.

No way I'd chose a single shot anything limited to one. I'd also not chose a shotgun. One of my 22LR guns would be really tempting and I suppose could be used to collect food to deer size critters but ain't much for a self defense gun and back then and now both that would be important I believe.

Ask me which dozen I could get by with rather than which one.



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By no means is it my favorite gun. But I can tell you it would’ve nigh on impossible to talk me out of a good AR-15. If a second upper in .450Bushmaster was not cheating, I would use the 5.56 to insure I had one.




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yup an ar15 all the way. Decent gun for up to whitetail so it would bring home meat. Small enough to shoot small game and not much better to protect you from the Indians outside the casinio. A bunch of 30 round clips loaded with 60 grain partitions and your good to go. If I could have two add a 12 guage pump to that and if three a glock 19

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When I was a kid growing up in the Deep South a lot of hunters only owned a 22lr and maybe a shotgun. They killed small game and hogs and deer.
I remember Dee saying his grandad, I think, fed his family with a single shot 22 rifle and a single shot 12 ga shotgun.



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It would be easier to live with one handgun than one long gun but if I had to choose just one I'd choose a MAK90--the thumbhole stock version of the AK47.
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Since the OP stated the limiting factor was price - I assume the only qualifying guns in his hypothetical scenario would be at the bottom of the price range. In other words if you could afford an AR you could afford to buy 2 or 3 other guns for the same amount of money, and therefore wouldn't be limited to just one gun.

Generally speaking the lowest priced guns are in the $150-$200 range these days. With that in mind I would choose a 12 gauge Pardner pump or Mossberg 88 over a single shot.
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If I could only have one, it would definitely have to be an AR.
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