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Posted: 9/17/2002 9:57:42 AM EDT
You guys know what I'm talkin about.

What gun (rifle) do you throw in the truck when you go camping or just out for a day in the woods?
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 10:05:37 AM EDT
A Winchester Model 94 Trapper in 44 Magnum. Has a 16" barrel and ten rounds total capacity. Makes a nice lightweight and compact carry gun with sufficient punch for four and two legged varmints alike.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 10:29:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By valleypine:
A Winchester Model 94 Trapper in 44 Magnum. Has a 16" barrel and ten rounds total capacity. Makes a nice lightweight and compact carry gun with sufficient punch for four and two legged varmints alike.



Same in .45 Long Colt.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 12:25:45 PM EDT
Long guns are rather conspicuous. If I'm camping in this state, civilization isn't very far away. I take my S&W M66. It packs well.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 12:32:16 PM EDT
In general, I'd choose to bring a shotgun. If not, then either a good ol' beater .22 or my trusty Ruger .44 Carbine.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 1:37:59 PM EDT
I guess it depends upon what inhabits the brush. I have a Marlin Camp Carbine (9mm) and also have a .458 SOCOM upper on order.

The Marlin is a preban, and has a foldable stock, so it would probably fit in many backpacks. Add a couple of 30-round mags, and I'm good to go. I suppose the AR could be broken down, too, into about the same size package.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 2:57:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2002 2:59:13 PM EDT by 55Kingpin]
I was thinking more along the lines of something in a rifle cartridge like .308 with a 4-9x40 scope....see through mounts of course, just in case the critter is close.

Anybody have a gun that fits the bill?
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 3:00:58 PM EDT
i use either my 1911 or my AR with .45ACP upper.
If im in goose/duck swampalnd, i'd prolly carry my mossberg 590.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 3:25:09 PM EDT
Yep- I like pistols, also. I prefer the Ruger Competition "SlabSide" .22, with a red dot scope. Very accurate. Excellent for small edibles and of course, plinking. For rifles: the ubiquitous SKS.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 4:18:16 PM EDT
My general bush/camping rifle is My Marlin guide gun in.45-70

hold four 300gr sierra pro-hunter hollow points, it will do the job on 2 and 4 footed critters if need be
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 4:30:04 PM EDT
I throw my AK-74 with a Cobra sight back behind my seat with two thirties taped together when ever I go on long drives or just feel the need to have it. The 5.45 is surprisingly good at going through brush, and so in the woods I simply drop an extra thirty in my pocket in addition to the two in the gun.

Kyle
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 4:30:18 PM EDT
You guys arn't thinking about running into a bear or a campsite robber huh.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 11:30:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2002 11:31:10 PM EDT by JoeyD]
I usually go with my 870 with 00 Buck and a buddy of mine takes his Marlin 45-70.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 11:43:01 PM EDT
THe marlin 1895 45/70 of course
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 12:04:04 AM EDT
I saw a Marlin 336 (used) in absolutely perfect condition at the shop I usually buy from-I mean, I don't see a whole lot of NEW guns in this good a shape. They were asking $215 for it. Naturally, by the time I had the money, the damned thing was long gone.
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 6:13:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 55Kingpin:
I was thinking more along the lines of something in a rifle cartridge like .308 with a 4-9x40 scope....see through mounts of course, just in case the critter is close.

Anybody have a gun that fits the bill?



55Kingpin,

You didn't say you were looking for a "hunting" brush gun. And, I never "throw" any of my guns in the truck. I have many firearms that have seen years of usage and most look new in the box. Anyway, here's what I use for a "brush" hunting gun in the Adirondacks for whitetail deer and black bear:

Remington Model 7600 30-06 Carbine in black synthetic stock and black matte finish. Removed the front and rear sights and plugged the holes with set screws. Installed a Redfield Widefield black matte 4X fixed power scope mounted with Redfield black matte low mount scope mounts. I don't believe you can get a faster and more ergonomic scope mounting set-up for a brush gun than this. I have had tremendous hunting success with this particular rifle.

Im my opinion, forget the see-thru mounts and the 4-9 variable scope. The low mounted scope overrides any potential added advantage with the see-thru mount. If you must go with a variable, go with the 3-7. You will most likely never set the scope above 4X. An advantage to the fixed power 4X is that you are not constantly worrying about where to set it. In the brush where I hunt, you very rarely are able to see beyond 100 yards. Most shots have been at 50 yards or less. And in most cases, you will only get one good "effective" shot, the first one.
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 1:10:51 PM EDT
55Kingpin

There are many good bush style rifles to choose from, here in Alaska there is only one chose though, the Marlin Guide gun in 45/70. The round will stop the biggest of animals, or the unwisest of humans. With a 16 inch barrel, and weighing in at about seven pounds it is easy to carry and hard hitting. I like jacketed 405 grain bullets at aboout 1800/1850 fps. I have found that a good set of ghost ring sights are better in the bush than any scope could hope to be.
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 8:02:35 PM EDT
From what I have access to it would be the .50 Beowulf
Link Posted: 9/19/2002 12:23:58 AM EDT
Winchester 1300 Defender 12Ga with speed feed pistol grip stock, scorpion light, and sidesaddle. S&W 686 in .357 with 4" barrel when hiking away from camp.
Link Posted: 9/19/2002 8:12:48 AM EDT
20mm carbine. Good for bear, big cats, dinosaurs, and whales.

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