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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 06-21-2011, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Just for kicks lets say you get the chance to hunt WY or MT for example for whitetail or mulie or antelope.

You can bring any singleshot(s) you want, whether you own it or not.

Nothing extravagant, in fact the lower cost the better. Something accurate, something with history/character, something that proves you don't need a high dollar rig to 'do it right'.

Which rifle, what sights, and which caliber? Which sling even (if you use one)?

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My rifles are all 45/70 except for the 454.Ruger#3 and Handies have worked so far.
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I've taken several antelope in South Dakota with a 23" Contender in 6.8 Rem SPC. Next trip will take a TCR 87 with a 7mm Rem Mag barrel.
We shoot more goats under 150 yards than beyond, so you don't have to have the latest ultra magnum to be sucessful.

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For western hunting.
Dream gun. Uberti Sharps Quigly in 45-70 with the long range sights, 405 grain lead cowboy loads. Hit the gym this thing is heavy.
Next option: Ruger No 1 S in 300 H&H with open sights but the ammo bill sighting in will make a house payment, not to mention the rifle. But I think the flat trajectory of the mag will allow you to reach out there for 200 + yard shots with open sights.
Cheaper option: H&R Handi in 308 or 30-06 with a 3-9X38 Weaver V-9 scope.
I like the larger holes for game.
308 and 30-06 offer a wide variety of loaded rounds and you do not need premium bullets for deer and smaller game so a box of Rem core lock in 150 to 180 grain would be perfect.
the Weaver V9 scope is the same quality as the leupold Var X II only 75 to 80% of the cost.
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My Handi in 280 Rem, with 162gr. reloads.

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I would take the same rifle I took the 1st time, all those years ago. Ruger No.1B / 270W.C.F. handloads with 140 gr. Hornady SPBT / 3X9 Redfield w/ Accutrac, remember those?
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Dream gun. Uberti Sharps Quigly in 45-70 with the long range sights, 405 grain lead cowboy loads.

I agree 100% I would love to kill something with a sharps


I'm not a Sharps expert but isn't there a 45-110?


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Dream gun. Uberti Sharps Quigly in 45-70 with the long range sights, 405 grain lead cowboy loads.

I agree 100% I would love to kill something with a sharps


I'm not a Sharps expert but isn't there a 45-110?
Yep! And a 45-90, 45-120 also!!

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I have an old CVA Plains rifle I believe they called it. Assembled it from a kit when I was 16. I would take that I suppose if I were so limited.

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I lived in Montana for 5 yrs, and my dream gun or guns were my T/C Encores in various barrels. My favorite was a 7mm-08. My wife
had a encore in 270 win. and shot quite a few deer and antelope with that barrel. In fact the only elk that I got was a cow and used
the 7-08. I like that caliber as it doesn't have bad recoil and really knocks game over. Steve

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