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13 March 2019

Guns. Open thread.

I always like to bitch about M4 clones as it seems to be the default small arm of choice by certain types I often detest. Actually, I ran a CAR-15 clone as a homestead gun out west since most of the time I was dealing with feral dogs and coyotes at 200 yards max. Always had something .30 caliber nearby in case I needed to reach out further. Since they are illegal in my current state, I traded it before I moved back for a car, and a .410 shotgun for my wife. It was just a tool. In retrospect I should have bought one of those short Ruger bolt guns in .223 or that mag-fed Henry, but if you buy the Henry you might as well just get it in .243, no?

I've got a serious fetish for Enfields and especially lever guns. I suppose I was a Brooklyn Cowboy long before moving out west, but if all you're doing is going after is whitetail and black bear in the Northeast, what more do you need?

Not sure about the need, but I want something in .35 Remington.

Your turn. Keep it civil please.


  1. Ruger American is a lot of rifle for the cost of entry. Not available in the caliber you want, but definitely worth taking a second look at.

  2. For .35 Rem your selection is extremely limited - Marlins, Remington 8/81 & 14/141, and the very infrequent limited edition Model 700. If you've got a jones for the .35 caliber, you'd have better luck with a .358 Win. Go find a nice Mauser action, drop it in a Boyds stock, and thread a .358 barrel onto it and you'd have a handy little number. If you want to be mondo wierd, you cold probably get an AR-10 in .358.

  3. I want a 45-70 again. Never, ever felt under powered walking thru the first. Doesn't have the range that most like, but where I go walking and stalking, 150 yards is a long shot.

  4. Yeah, within 200 yards the .45-70 is going to drop anything in North America. Longer if you master that rainbow trajectory.

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