well i hate to say it but if i was going on a dream hunt i would have a dream rifle. it would be custom made and probably ,depending on game , chambered in 257 weatherby but thats a whole other can of worms there. but i would not feel out classed or out gunned with any of my handi's and being that a dream hunt would cost a arm and a leg i would probably take a handi either my 30-06 of maybe i would get a 7mm-08 again i love that gun.
My first choice would be definately my bow... My second choice would be my revolver. My third choice would be my 1895GS. My LAST choice would be my Handi in .280Rem.
The reason my Handi is my last choice is using that rifle is more like "shooting", not hunting. "If you can see it, you can kill it" isn't much of a hunt in my book.
Now, if you would've asked about the rifle I would choose if I had to survive in the wilds eating only game I killed, then the .280Rem would be #1.
Hmmmmmm....hard choice there youngbvd...my dream hunt...josh...when I dream ...I dream of those 3-6 month safari's on the dark continent... :wink: so...that would mean going back in time...well...looks like I might have to have that 38-55 reworked into a 405 Winchester after all :wink: ...seriously though.. back to the present....if my 338-06 shoots as good as my 30-06 Ultracomp..it would get the nod...and I would be hunting Dall Sheep high up.....but then those majestic wapiti...would be bugling then....defiantly those 2 would go along...since they are fitted for the same frame...yep...I would take them even over my 270 Weatherby Vangaurd...
For me it depend on type of game for moose and caribou I have always used a .338 Winchester bolt action ,but I've really just started using Handi's . I did take 2 deer last year with my .308 Handi. I have 2 new barrels .223 and a .270 ultra comp. to try.
Since I live in Montana, I guess I feel I have my dream hunts every Fall. My 25-06 Ultra is my main antelope and muley tool. Over the last 5 years it has been the most used. The 7x57 Ultra has become my back-up. For whitetail the 30-30 Handi or the Shikari 45-70 will get the job done. Haven't hunted elk for years, but the 35 Whelen RMEF is ready to go. But if the 30-06 Comp rings out good, the above could all change.
You and I dream the same dream ... antelope. I have always wanted to do an antelope hunt out West and will do so someday after I get my son through this last year of college. I would buy a Tikka in 7mm-08 to take and work up some loads that would take a prized pronghorn. I have several rifles including my Handi's that are accurate to my tough standards but I would still buy the Tikka ... and scope it with a Bushnell Elite 4200 or a Leupold.
Thats what i was thinking after i posted that. So it would have to be the 6.5x55 in a handi with a 24 in barrel; with a gray and black laminate stock from gun stocks inc with a springfield armory scope.
My dream hunt would be after Dall sheep in the steep windswept mountains. I will someday go on it.
At this point, I'm not sure what gun I would take. Something with long range capability...lightweight...perhaps a bipod attached for far shots. If it had to be a Handi, ofcourse my 25-06 would be used before the 223. My first choice would be a gun with more knockdown though
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