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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by D.B. Cooper, Mar 14, 2017.

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  1. mavracer

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    IMHO truck guns fall into John Tappin's perfect packing pistols and as such there is no one correct answer. The quest will lead you to a collection of guns that bounce around a general versatility aspect one is always a little more capable in one aspect and deficient in another. Still a combo gun works well in this aspect I have a older 24 in 22mag/20g that I really like in the role.
    A 357 lever also works well and I can tell you from experience a 38 special lead round nose or FMJ/ball ammo isn't any harder on cottontails than a HV 22 hollow point.
     
  2. Armored farmer

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    My Canadian guide carried a mod 24 in 22lr/.410. The only action we saw on that trip was taking 16 grouse with that dandy little combo gun. He carried 2 .410 buckshot loads in his ammo sleeve. He painted them blaze orange to identify them from the #6 birdshot.
    I bought mine about 2 weeks after that trip, and have enjoyed it very much.
     
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  3. D.B. Cooper

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    That's good to know. I have a Rossi 92 in 357. I used to hand load for it. Tack driver. Way more accurate than my little 32 revolver. Do you think it would be too much on a grouse?
     
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  4. D.B. Cooper

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    16 grouse is a good haul. I usually stop at whatever we can eat that day. (So 2-3.)
     
  5. Armored farmer

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    That was a week's worth for three guys. We had baked grouse with rice and mushroom gravy a couple times. We knew they were abundant up there, so we were prepared. Also brought a few home to our families. We all had small game license, so we were legal.
    I am a recovering Quail hunter, so it was right up my alley.
    I still would have rather got my moose.
     
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  6. mavracer

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    Wouldn't be much worse than a 22, the key is the low velocity of a 38 coupled with the round nose slips through without a large temporary cavity so you can as someone said eat right up to the hole.
     
  7. sharkman

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    I think this is the ultimate truck gun

     
  8. Merle1

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    If you handload powder puff wadcutters for it, you'll be able to eat right up to the bullet hole. :thumbup:
     
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    Wouldn't leave much of a grouse, would it? :D
     
  10. D.B. Cooper

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    I used to do that. 6.5 grns unique. 158 grns. The rifle wouldn't even lift off the bench rest. Zero recoil.
     
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  11. D.B. Cooper

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    A couple grouse was my consolation prize from last moose season as well.
     
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  12. RPRNY

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    Mossberg 500 20 ga 26" synthetic. It'll do for bunnies and grouse with #6 shot. Keep some Brenneke 20 ga Magnum 3" handy for additional bear duty and maybe some #4 buck on hand for the unexpected overnight. Reliable, unexciting, affordable.
     
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    I'll second the Mossberg 20 gauge, but I'd get it with a youth stock; much handier in the shorter configuration. Might even go with an 18.5" smooth bore barrel. Stick a slip on recoil pad on it to temporarily lengthen the length of pull. Great, inexpensive, versatile gun.

    I do like the look of that Double Badger, though ...
     
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    Hazmat does not apply to normal loaded ammo...
     
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    back in college my buddy and I did with PGO remington and mossberg shotguns... a taurus judge would be easier being lighter... as long as not to far out :)
     
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    No mean feat. Judge patterns open up to ineffective at about 12-15 feet max.
     
  17. cdb1

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    It's starting to get a little deep for me.

    Clay shooting degree of difficulty: standard shotgun - easiest, PGO shotgun - exponentially harder, Taurus Judge with shotshells - even harder.

    A Judge wouldn't be easier being lighter, it would be harder.
     
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  18. cdb1

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    True.
     
  19. W.E.G.

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    Truck gun?

    New 12 gauge shotguns start around $180.
    New AR15 rifles start around $480.

    Best choice depends on what you plan to shoot.
    Best choice is probably get both.

    Just keepin' it real.
     
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    I have no idea why but a Henry Long Ranger in 7mm-08 appeals to me as a truck gun. Henry is supposed to be coming out with rifles chambered in more cartridges for this model. It would be nice to see one in 7mm-08.
     
  21. chicharrones

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    From what I can tell, many ammo sellers will only ship via air to Alaska or Hawaii. Due to the air shipment, a Hazmat fee seems obligatory.
     
  22. cdb1

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    Ever dine at Gaidos?
     
  23. Casefull

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    This thread has been in the weeds for sometime.
     
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    Not a gun, grenade launcher. Hard to reload for.
     
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    Pfff...straight wall cases are ezpz.
     
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