Traditional Rifle vs. Modern Sporting Rifle

Do you prefer using a traditional hunting rifle or a modern sporting? What rifle do you prefer for hunting or punching paper? Tell us your preferences when you take our survey!

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Comments (6)

  1. Why limit yourself? You need at least 3 calibers in rifles, 2 in shotgun, and 2 or more in pistols. then there is a chance you would be well rounded…

    1. That’s a minimum of 7 gun. I personally think that is a bit over the top. I own 4 and can take any game on the continent. As well, having reloading supplies for three different rifles, two shotguns and two handguns is a bit excessive. I’m not saying you should not own as many firearms as you want. I am saying, I have everything I need to do anything I want, and don’t have unnecessary baggage.

  2. There is room in my safe for both – As a builder I have always believed that you should buy the right tool for the job at hand, and buy the best tool you can afford at that time. Seems the same applies for firearms as well.

  3. Actually, I no longer hunt, but prefer a bolt action for the thirty years I did, and still have most of my rifles. They all have wood stocks, but I would prefer composite, just never got around to having one on a rifle. Of all the ones I have had or now own, a Savage 111 Chieftan in 30.06 was a favorite, until it got stolen. The last twenty years or so that I hunted, a Remington 788 in 6mm Remington has been a trusted companion, and would probably be my first choice for deer on down to varmints, if I ever had the chance to hunt again. I have larger and smaller calibers, but you can usually find factory ammo suitable for deer or varmints at most sporting goods stores. I have nicer rifles, but the 788 has the fastest locktime of any production rifle, is handy, no frills, and all business, and I’ve used it many times in sub-freezing and wet weather, and it has served me well. I do have a beautiful Winchester model 70 Featherweight in .243 Winchester, which I bought new nearly twenty five years ago. But it’s been fired very little, and has a beautifully grained and checkered stock, and glossy blued bbl and action, and I just can’t see using it on a hunt where I might be careless, and mar the finish, but that’s just me.

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