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Old 01-15-2020, 02:51 PM
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What is your “Do Everything” Center Fire hunting rifle



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Mine would be my beloved IMI Timberwolf.

I think if I had to pick one “do everything” rifle out of the safes, I would probably throw my rope at the IMI (Israeli Military Industries) Timberwolf in 38/.357 mag.
Not the best for everything but defiantly "Good for Everything"

A very effective (10+1) 38/.357 Pump rifle that has nice iron sights and a low profile Integral rail built-in on the top of the receiver if optics is your thing, oh and did I mention that it is a Take-Down rifle… it is like a Remington 870 TD but shrunk down and to .357

There are a few other Pump action .357 rifles out there but IMO they just don’t have the appeal that the IMI has.

Pros -
Quality dependable rifle (smooth as glass) - Check
Factory Ammo availability - Check
Easy to cast Boolits for – Check
Cheap to handload for – Check
Accurate – Check
Low recoil, Low Blast – Check, Check
Easy to carry – Check
Fun to Shoot – Check, Check & Check

Cons –
Rare, hard to finds parts for if ever needed

Uses -
.38 Spl. – Plinking, Squirrel, rabbit, Turkey or just about any varmint
.357 mag – Coyotes, Larger varmints, Deer, Intruders
.357 mag. Full hot load & heavy hard cast bullets – Stuff that scratch and or Bite

Timber Wolf Specifications
Caliber(s) .357 Magnum/.38 Special OR .44 Magnum
Length Overall - 37" (940mm)
With stock removed - 24.4" (620mm)
Barrel - 18.5" (470mm)
Weight 6.1 lbs. with empty magazine (2.75 kg)
Action Type Pump/slide action
Capacity and Magazine Type .357 - 10 rounds, Tubular Magazine (.44 - 10 rounds, Tubular Magazine)
Rifling .357 - Right hand, 10 groove, 1 turn in 20 inches (.44 - Right hand, 10 groove, 1 turn to 25 inches)
Sights Front - Fixed
Rear - adjustable 55, 110, 165, 220, 275 yards (50, 100, 150, 200, 250 meters)

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So how about Yours, which would you throw your rope at???
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:55 PM
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Rem700 in .308. Had it since I was 15. Shot everything from targets to varmints to elk.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:00 PM
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I don't hunt much anymore,,,

I don't hunt much anymore,,,
In fact my last hunt was probably my last,,,
And that wasn't really hunting but armadillo eradication.

But, if I were to decide to take my nephew up on his offer,,,
I would probably take my H&R Handi-Rifle in .357 Mag.

I have a leupold 3-9x40 mounted on it,,,
I was easily popping "possum on the half shell" at 75 yards.

That would be the longest shot I would take on a deer,,,
But here in Oklahoma I might have a problem using it.

I honestly don't know, but a buddy of mine told me,,,
In Okie-Land you can hunt deer with a .357 Magnum pistol,,,
But take that same round and shoot a deer with a rifle and you're in trouble.

Right now that would be my choice.

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Wow, just wow. This is the hunting forum? Trying to take the high road, i will say no more.

Anyway, my Rem Model 7 in 7mm-08.
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Funny, I always felt my Marlin 1894 in .357 Mag coupled with my Colt Python, also .357 Mag, were the best SHTF, do everything combo. 357 Mag for big game, 38 Special for small.

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And SHTF fantasy is a do everything hunting gun? You would spend a life time hunting with a 357 as your first choice?
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7-08

Another vote for the 7-08 here. Mine happens to be a Weatherby Mark V.
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.338 Win Mag
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AR-10 in .308 Winchester.
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And SHTF fantasy is a do everything hunting gun? You would spend a life time hunting with a 357 as your first choice?
I wasn't really going for the zombie-apocalypse end of the world SHTF thing... Just looking for some opinions and conversation on the versatility of different calibers.

Btw... I knew this very smart old guy that had piles and piles of great firearms and he once told me that he didn't really need any of them once he got acquainted with his 7mm-08
If you hand-load you can really stretch its legs.
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.338 Win Mag
I guess for squirrels, rabbits and such your limited to headshots
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a Ruger 77 in .30-06 Now that you can easily load down to 100gr it's a nice all around rifle. (But I don't hunt) Mine has a sweet Leupold 6x and I'm in to rifle for $300 less the scope.
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Rem Model 7 in .243 for me. I've taken grouse, turkey, groundhogs, bear, deer and one elk with it.
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Ruger m77 RLS ultralight in 30-06 with Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 MC . Can be loaded down to 95 grain bullets up to 220 grain. Could be used for nearly any varmint or big game in North America. It has accounted for countless deer for more than 30 years, a few coyotes and 2 black bears. All with Winchester 165gr pointed soft points
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Rem. 700 or Win. 70 in .308. Quite versatile and effective.
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