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Over the past 3 or 4 months, I've gotten rid of 3 rifles, 1 shotgun and Swarovski scope.  Basically I didn't like any of them.  I thought, well, I don't use them, don't need them and don't particulary like them, so I'll sell them and get me a Sharps.  Guess I should have done a little more homework on the Sharps, boy those things are spendy.  Anyway, I got side tracked by a Weatherby XXII and a Brownchester 1895.  So basically, there's a bunch of guns I want, but am too confused to figure out what I want the most.

So, before I go off and buy something before thinking this through clearly, I'd like to hear from you.  What's your favorite rifle?  I'm not really interested in Remington (I have a personal beef with them about a custom 8Mag I ordered years ago), not really interested in Marlin or the 45/70, 444, 450, et al, or the stainless/synthetics (no matter how practical they are).

I have the only rifles I really NEED, so I'm not looking to fill a specific purpose here.  Something to shoot (not competively) and hunt with (anything).  Wildcats will be considered.  Yeah, I'm looking for your thoughts on make, model, action and caliber.

What do think?
 

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My favorite rifle is a Ruger #1 in 45/70 and my second favorite is a Ruger #1A in 270.Try any of the #1 rifles they are great and will match your #1RSI that you already have.
 

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338 - The rifle that I've had the longest and would NEVER EVER part with is a Winchester Mod 88 in .308. I would seriously consider getting one in carbine, or in .358. I did have two  88's once, but sold one in a very weak moment. Not as stupid as the Red Sox shacking Ruth or Clemens, but right up there. Must have been a full moon or something - I can't blame it on PMS.
 

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Sharp1,
Yeah, you're right about the No.1's, they are great.  I've got 2 others (besides the RSI), so think I'm pretty well set for them, unless...

Thought about trying to hunt down a Browning FN Mauser action and doing something with that, maybe a 300 H&H with a really nice piece of timber on it...

Still thinking about the 1895 Brownchester wildcats...

I haven't thought of the 88 before, but now that I am thinking about it...hmmm

Sure would like a Farquharson style 22LR...

Maybe a '71 or 1873 Winchester or copy....

I need some serious help.
 

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Consider the Savage FSAK in 7mm STW. They have fluted stainless steel barrels, adjustable (on and off) muzzle brakes, and synthetic stocks. It's a true weather warrior! They are generally VERY accurate. Half inch or less groups are not uncommon. It also comes in 300 ultra mag. If you decide not to go that route you have ONLY ONE other choice <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->...my all time favorite the Winchester model 94 in a number of different calibers!

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My favorite, the one I shoot 90% of the time just because it is fun to handle and carry is  a Ruger 77/44   wood stock blue finish  it shoots lead hand loads well  and I have a peep sight on it but I also have a 2 1/2 X weaver scope that is set up for it. for deer hunting if I want.
 

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My favorite? Well, what I use most is the Winchester Model 70, either pre '64 or the currently manufactured Classic. The Classic is what I hunt with most of the time.
    Of the ones you mentioned, I kind of like that Browning Hi-Wall, but I think it's made in Japan. I shot a Farqhuarson .22 that a fellow had at the shooting range once, it was totally awesome! Incredible trigger and the rifle just hung on the target.
      Who knows? Sometimes you have to just look around 'til something strikes your fancy.    ID
 

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Love the levers and though I prefer loading gates rather than clips, my Model 81 Browning BLR in .308 has done everything I've asked of it and more through the years: coyotes, antelope, mule deer, whitetail, elk, moose.
 

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Great ideas, you've got me thinking.  ID, Do you remember the manufacturer of that 22?  I haven't seen one in a rimfire, always hoped Ruger would make a No. 1 A in 22 LR, but I'm still waiting.  Any info you have on that Farquharson would be greatly appreciated.  Keep 'em coming fella's.
 

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I am sticking with the Mauser actions.  I had bought a Parker-Hale Md 1200 308 in 1975. I have used it ever since.  I have had tried Rugers, Winchesters and Remingtons, they don't impress me.  A few years ago I had found another Parker-Hale in 25-06.  That gun is my second choice.  I am now going to try the Charles Daly Superior Grade Models.  They are built like the Mauser action.  I have been working on guns for almost 20 years seems like the same kinds of guns come in for repair. (Winchester,Remingtons,Rugers)  Once in awhile I'll get in Marlins and Savage to work on, but not as much as the other ones.  I have yet to work on any Mauser Action rifles.  Even my own.
 

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This is a great topic, really gets me thinking. I really enjoy my Sharps, Ruger #1s,Levers of any make,pumps by Rem., and my bolt Savage 12 gauge, but if I go out the door to hunt my hand is best filled by my Win. Classic stainless restocked in walnut on walnut laminate in .375 H&H. This is the one gun, kind of like that one special once in a lifetime dog. Can't go wrong if it truly fits your hand.

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Every rifle in my vault would go before my preban Colt AR15. What's so special about the AR? Dunno... have you ever had anything you just WANTED? That's my AR.
 

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Alyeska,
      Unfortunately I don't know the manufacturer of that .22. It was very old, but in great condition. The fellow told me where he had gotten it, seems like there was a bit of a story to it, but I don't remember now. It's one of those you you would just have to luck into.            ID
 

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Saw a new Winchester Coyote on the dealer's rack in .308 Win. That is one pretty rifle!

I too have to agree about the Colt AR15. That's one gun I'd hate to part with.
 

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How about an old Mannlicher-Shoenauer?  They come in propietary and "American" calibers, books have been written about'em in Africa and they are built like a watch.  Hmmm,  a nice MCA in 30-06...

A good one runs about $1000.  Equivalent workmanship would run about $4k today.

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Okay I'll be the one to put a really crazy suggestion...How about a 62 Cal. English Sporting Rifle, Muzzleloader that shoots bullets or RB, Bullets weigh in at a mear 900 Grains, shot with 120 Grains of 2F for about 3700 lbs. ME...And shoot the balls for fun on small stuff...And you can have extra barrels made to drop in...

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Hilljack,

Are you talking about one of those custom front stuffers from October Country?

Just curious.

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No, it is a front stuffer, one that I built...From parts I bought from The Gun Works...They make really nice ones...I'm in progress right now building a second barrel for my rifle...A 45 cal, that shoots .458 bullet...

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Hilljack,
62 caliber, huh?  900 grains of lead?  WOW.  I bet that's a handful.  I do like the front loaders, especially flintlocks, and have a couple (nothing of that size though).  One of these days when I get brave enough to take one for a moose trip I will.  Something about flying out for a 2 week hunt with a flintlock and Alaska's liquid fall keeps me from doing that, though.  Yeah, I should go to a percussion, but I like the flintlocks.  900 grains of lead, amazing.

Imashooter2,
Yeah, this is exactly what you described -- something I just want.  No real need, no real reason.  I figure that I need to keep a zero balance on the gun purchasing for awhile anyway.  If I get rid of one, I get to buy one of like value.  So I've kinda saved up for a really nice one or a couple of standard factory grades.  That's one of the reasons I'm considering wildcats.  I've got a good friend of mine that loves his AR.  He'd probaby get rid of everything else before that one too.  His is also pre-ban.
 

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I used to live in Sitka and Homer and understand what you are saying but flintlocks ruled the world for 200 years, make yourself a cows knee and head out...I live in Florida and grew up in  Oregon, gets fairly wet in both areas...

I'm getting ready to make a 62 Cal ball gun...thats about a 440 grain RB...

That bullet rifle shoots 120 2F behind it and the FPS is right at 1300...And at 100 yards it still has about 2700 pounds of energy...Same combo took and African Elephant and Cape Buffalo, one shot each...And if you want to down load it shoots round balls with up to 90 grains of powder wih a good thump...

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