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    The "Holy Grail" Debate

    The Holy Grail Debate

    Question: What is YOUR perfect hunting rifle setup?

    It seems like a few times a year over a few "sodas" we play the game and ask the question,

    "If you could choose one hunting rifle to use exclusively for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

    Sometimes it is a civil debate and sometimes it can get quite heated. So many factors change per person, per enviroment,
    sentimental value, ammo availability, and straight up killing power of a cartridge. In BC I could have a chance at an Elk, Moose, Whitetail, Mulie, Black Bear, Coyote, Wolf, or Sasquatch all in a day, but don't move here you'd hate it. Swap that for someone who lives to chase long range deer in the coulees of Alberta and everything changes. Then there is our friend Anton who can't understand why we don't always choose SVT-40...

    Sometimes the conversation will last a week because in the middle of the night a guy with a Remington Model Seven might have an epiphany and change his caliber of choice from .338 Fed to .280 Ackley but then he needs to change the gun/platform too!


    So here on a snowy February Friday I want to ask you all,

    What is THE gun?

    You don't have to own it currently because what lunatic (other than your wife) would ask you to have only ONE gun?


    Let it begin!

    Image Below: Shane's Mauser M03 375 H&H with grade 5 wood hand selected at the factory in Germany.
    (Not "The One" choice but still awesome)

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    I wouldnt nessesarily call it my holly grail, but ive got a 1961 jm marlin 336 in 35 remington. A unique caliber for a classic rifle.
    Seven point six two by thirty nine full metal jacket

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    I got no picture to share but my "one gun" is and always will be my Dad's trusty no1 shtle 3* , .303 british
    It's really the only rifle in my collection that is "priceless" to me and I won't part with it till I'm dead
    I don't hunt with it exclusively but it always answers the call when required

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    RGT Nick here!

    I will start it off!

    This year I have decided to make the gun mentioned above.

    I'm taking an older Remington Model Seven and having International Barrels (IBI) make a .338 Fed(Reamer on the way and will be the first they produce!) with 19" 1-10 Twist and as light a contour they can produce without sucking. I've decided to put a Leupold VX-3i 2.5-8x36 with standard duplex reticle on it. A lightweight and compact scope, that looks pretty on top of the rifle. I am unsure if I want to have a Wildcat Customs stock built for it yet but that may come.

    I chose this build planning to use Federal Premiums .338 Fed 200gr Trophy Bonded Tip with the following on the box data. Will need to crono and test when barrel is finished.

    Trajectory
    50 Y 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
    1 2.2 0 -9.2 -26.3 -53.6

    Energy in Foot Pounds
    Muzzle 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
    3071 2625 2231 1884 1581 1321

    Personally I do a lot of pack hunting where size and weight play a huge factor in my rifle choice. Also my average kill distance is 60m-100m but would be comfortable shooting this package to 350m.

    My favorite rifle in my collection is the Custom Model Seven in 358 Win. that was previously owned by a dear friend that is no longer with us. I love this rifle dearly but I find the 358 limits my comfort level with range.

    So on Friday Feb. 22nd 2019 this is my Holy Grail... that will change tomorrow...

    Good thing I can own more than one!
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    Currently this, the only way it could be better is if it were in 54r instead of 303 BritishName:  FB_IMG_1550860330223.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddcarr View Post
    Currently this, the only way it could be better is if it were in 54r instead of 303 BritishName:  FB_IMG_1550860330223.jpg
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    I don't know what that is but I like it. You could get it bored out to 54r if it's not super valuable. I believe the 54r is a larger case all around however it's max pressure it a little higher...

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    It's a Winchester 1895.

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    Last edited by Rob; 02-24-2019 at 11:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post

    Why are you killing so many turtles? LOL

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    Aw C'mon

    What a bunch of Fudds

    How about a 30 round mag AR with co witnessed flip up irons and a red dot like I ran with naked and unafraid in the 80s?

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