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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Boo » Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:50 pm

bugs wrote:Boy thoughts ate varying! & Pydpiper I dont know what we survived :roll: :D I was thinking more about the olden days if people needed a gun but had the convenience of what is on the market today and I just couldnt decide if it would be a shotgun or a rifle.
Definately a good simple 12 gauge Benelli SBE
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Phoenix_Tom » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:36 pm

I guess if it came down to one kabang firearm it would be my Mossy 535 Deer / Turkey / Duck combo. One shotgun - 3 barrels. The rifled barrel is scoped and sighted in for 100 yds. It'd make zombies go splat real good! Actually, zombies wouldn't have a chance against the smooth barrel and 00 Buck at close range. Wait, we're talking about zombie killing here right???

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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Grizzly Adam » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:05 pm

bugs wrote: I was thinking more about the olden days if people needed a gun but had the convenience of what is on the market today and I just couldnt decide if it would be a shotgun or a rifle.
One of my favorite pastimes is interviewing elderly people concerning their lives before "modern times" changed everything ... most of my contacts have been and are pre-WWII generation folks. Because of my occupation, I've had close access to many more older folks than lots of men do, and I have had and do have lots of older friends.

I have had the privilege of personally knowing many an older man who really did depend on a gun to feed the family when they were younger ... mostly during the great depression era. It's a subject I've often talked with them about, at great length, because it's of particular interest to me. Almost every one of them did their hunting to feed the family with a .22 rifle. One of the younger among these men, an Appalachian mountaineer who is a great friend of mine, reports killing 72 deer in the early fifties with a hardware-store lever action, over salt-blocks ... by shooting them in the "earhole", as he puts it. :shock: :P

When I've asked these men about why they didn't use large-caliber rifles and shotguns for hunting, their answers have all been similar: "Didn't need 'em, couldn't afford to shoot 'em, didn't want to tote 'em around, and didn't care to draw undue attention to myself."

Words from the wise, my friends.

When hard times come, more gun than you need, more gun than you can afford, more gun than you care to have with you all the time, and more gun than the least noisy one that will get the job done becomes dead-weight.

So, all things considered, I'd still say, "A rugged .22 rimfire for me." :D 8)
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by munch » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:06 pm

i would have to say the 870 as well if you only get one
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by wheelie » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:17 pm

Would be my 17 HMR with 6 - 24 luminated scope. Shoot a dime at 150 yards. Carry lots of shells around and is light.

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Re: What gun must you have

Post by TPM » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:27 pm

If I could keep just one of my guns it would be my Savage 24 combo 30-30/20ga.. Could take any small game with the 20ga. and anything bigger with the 30-30.

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Re: What gun must you have

Post by philman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:32 pm

Mossburg 835.

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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Phoenix_Tom » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:40 pm

OK. OK. If it's not about zombie killin' it would have to be my mother's wedding gift to my late father: a Remington 760 pump action .308. Sentimental value. I re-scoped it last year and hopefully it'll actually hit something on target one day. The old flip-over scope mount and the original scope left much to be desired....
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by bkisel » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:47 pm

Pydpiper wrote:What are we surviving against? Zombies, plane crash, lost in the woods?
My Ithaca M87
Kinda what I was thinking. Could make a huge difference in what one gun I would want to have.


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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Big John » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:05 pm

Well I think it would have to be one of my 870's. But I would really consider TPM's gun.
That 30-30 over 20 ga. is just about perfect!!! :wink:
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Pydpiper » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:10 pm

You need to come around here and talk to some elders.. My grandma for instance, they needed guns to keep their bikes, food and family from being taken from the Germans, there is no talk about small and easy to carry. The "old days" floor me to listen to, I have known her for 40 years, only the last few has she let down her "Dutch reform" guard and told me about "the good old days". It wasn't always about getting food, sometimes it was just about keeping the food they had.
Good thread, great stories, but I still stick with the simple pump shotgun.

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bugs wrote: I was thinking more about the olden days if people needed a gun but had the convenience of what is on the market today and I just couldnt decide if it would be a shotgun or a rifle.
One of my favorite pastimes is interviewing elderly people concerning their lives before "modern times" changed everything ... most of my contacts have been and are pre-WWII generation folks. Because of my occupation, I've had close access to many more older folks than lots of men do, and I have had and do have lots of older friends.

I have had the privilege of personally knowing many an older man who really did depend on a gun to feed the family when they were younger ... mostly during the great depression era. It's a subject I've often talked with them about, at great length, because it's of particular interest to me. Almost every one of them did their hunting to feed the family with a .22 rifle. One of the younger among these men, an Appalachian mountaineer who is a great friend of mine, reports killing 72 deer in the early fifties with a hardware-store lever action, over salt-blocks ... by shooting them in the "earhole", as he puts it. :shock: :P

When I've asked these men about why they didn't use large-caliber rifles and shotguns for hunting, their answers have all been similar: "Didn't need 'em, couldn't afford to shoot 'em, didn't want to tote 'em around, and didn't care to draw undue attention to myself."

Words from the wise, my friends.

When hard times come, more gun than you need, more gun than you can afford, more gun than you care to have with you all the time, and more gun than the least noisy one that will get the job done becomes dead-weight.

So, all things considered, I'd still say, "A rugged .22 rimfire for me." :D 8)
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by EQUINOXHNTERVA » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:14 pm

Would have to be my bolt action clip fed .22 mag. With a well placed shot its amazing what you can take down. :D
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Hazmat » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:32 pm

If I could have only one ?

It would my Remington 870 hands down :) with an assortment of Slugs,Buck and bird shot !
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Doe Master » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:37 pm

:) I like all my toys but I would have to say the old trusted 870 . It can be loaded for small game or larger game . It can be used as a paddle if needed or a club . :D
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Re: What gun must you have

Post by Grizzly Adam » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:45 pm

Pydpiper wrote:You need to come around here and talk to some elders.. It wasn't always about getting food, sometimes it was just about keeping the food they had. Good thread, great stories, but I still stick with the simple pump shotgun.
I'd love to talk to some of your old folks. It's one of my favorite hobbies.

As you note in your signature line, Pyd, it's all about perspective.

There's really no one-size-fits-all firearm anyway. We all know that.

Nor are there any always-tells-the-tale arguments for the effectiveness of any firearm in every situation.

It is indeed all about perspective, friend. :D

That said, my perspective on finding myself in the position of defending my home and substance from an invading military is this: I believe I'd rather have a good surplus SKS or AK47 for that work than a shotgun of any stripe.

But, to each their own ... as this thread illustrates! :P :wink:
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