Beware the man with one gun!

ChesterP

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Ok, so in light of all the calibre specific threads doing the rounds currently, if you had to be restricted to just ONE calibre in one rifle, out of interest, and for a bit of fun, what would you choose? Anyone replying "17 HMR" will be reported to the calibre police, taken out and publicly flogged, then made to shoot a one inch group at 500 yds with squib rounds.

For me, the rifle that I reach for more than any other in my cabinet is the 223, but if one rifle had to cover everything from vermin control to deer culling, I would probably opt for a 6.5 x 55 or keep the .308 simply due to the huge range of projectiles available from 110 to 240grains. I think in this case, it's not so much the calibre as the range of projectiles and projectile weights that would swing it for me.
 

ileso

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I actually do have only one rifle for everything. not counting the shotguns...
BRNO in 270win.
I was thinking of getting another in 308 or 3006 but so far have managed to restrain myself...
 

Markfox

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I'd choose my 6.5 everytime , admitedly I compliment it with a .22LR but it does cover everything I shoot
 

Greener Jim

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I'm kinda doing this now, variation is in for a 338-06 which will be my only big game rifle. I'll keep the 22 and 357 though for rabbit and fox respectively.
The 338 will be for everything from muntjac to eland to brown bear and will be set up accordingly.
 

tømrer

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This is not difficult at all to decide! It must be my wonderful Sako 75, Varmint, 6,5x55 topped with a Swarovski Habicht 2,5-10x56 :). It`s the gun and calibre I use most. If i could built a gun new from the bottom to top it would be a Sako, what else, 75 or older with a beautiful walnutstock in 7x57 Mauser but the same riflescope.
 

Whitebeard

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I have a 257 Roberts Improved, with 120grn bullets it will take any UK deer species ans with 75grn V-Max it is an outstanding long range varmint calibre

Ian.
 
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buck732

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I find myself reaching for my Grendel more and more, leaving the .303 in the cabinet most of the time.
 

N1mr0d

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sacrilegious thread :tiphat:- one calibre - you might give the wrong folk the opportunity for their two brain cells to collide and think they have thought of a great new way to limit gun ownership - we all need at least 3 rifle calibres and at least 6 shot guns
 

Woodsmoke

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If I were forced to choose only one, it would be my A-Bolt Hunter in .270. I load from 100gr HP to 150gr SP, with my 'go-to' load 54gr of H4831 pushing a 130gr SP. I reckon that would me for everything from red deer to rabbits (although if you want to eat the rabbits you'd have to just shoot near them :rofl:)
 

ChesterP

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Lets say for UK only otherwise we're looking to cover corvid to buffalo!

Looks like a big thumbs up for the venerable Swede so far. I've kind of grown attached to my .308 but would love a nice Swede in full walnut stock. A variation beckons perhaps in the distant future.
 

ChesterP

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sacrilegious thread :tiphat:- one calibre - you might give the wrong folk the opportunity for their two brain cells to collide and think they have thought of a great new way to limit gun ownership - we all need at least 3 rifle calibres and at least 6 shot guns

But of course :tiphat:. The response is that we need various calibres and rifles to cover all the terminal ballistics more effectively but in an Orwellian world if we were limited and given but once choice, it would be interesting to note what folk see as their compromise :D. 338....hmmmm, that would be interesting on crow, rabbit, or even fox for that matter :eek:
 

JAYB

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I think I naturally evolved toward this before I sold my rifles. I used to shoot the 243 for everything, and then I favoured the Swede and shot that exclusively (a lot) but settled on the 7x57, the other two just got dusty in the cabinet. It was accurate, comfortable to shoot, easy to reload with a wide range of bullet weights, it just did the efficiently with no fuss.

John
 

pipe man

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I have one rifle-- Tikka 243-- and one shotgun-- Bakil single barrell 12g--HAPPY with what i have. BUT someday will get a 22 again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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