Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Bent Arrow » 07 Dec 2017, 7:05 am

bentaz wrote:12ga.... Nuff said....


If you could only have one firearm, this would be a damn good choice to make. A combination rifle/shotgun would probably be best. Thankfully it hasnt come to that.

I'm itching to pick up my 22wmr / 410 as soon as the PTA comes through......
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Daddybang » 07 Dec 2017, 7:32 am

I'm looking at a .223/12g very soon just gotta wait till I pay for my 30-30 ranger. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by sungazer » 07 Dec 2017, 7:35 am

When in a GS on monday I was shown a 308, 410 combination. It was a short light weight job, pointed nicely. I think the 308 would have kicked like a mule not my cuppa.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Daddybang » 07 Dec 2017, 7:53 am

sungazer wrote:When in a GS on monday I was shown a 308, 410 combination. It was a short light weight job, pointed nicely. I think the 308 would have kicked like a mule not my cuppa.


Yeah that'd buck a little bit!!! :lol: :thumbsup:
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Oldbloke » 07 Dec 2017, 9:16 am

sungazer wrote:When in a GS on monday I was shown a 308, 410 combination. It was a short light weight job, pointed nicely. I think the 308 would have kicked like a mule not my cuppa.


If a light weight you can usually fill the stock behind the recoil pad with lead shot. Will help with recoil.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Coastie » 28 Dec 2017, 9:05 am

I own a Browning XBolt Speed, nice gun no problems with it,
But i wished i stayed with the Tikka t3, these actions are soooo smooth and also the tikka is very very accurate and it was also cheaper than the browning.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by mchughcb » 01 Jan 2018, 1:27 pm

Probably a combo of some sort. 12G and 308Win will cover 99.9% of anything.

https://youtu.be/bfyfLvp6QqA
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Oldbloke » 01 Jan 2018, 2:37 pm

[quote="mchughcb"]Probably a combo of some sort. 12G and 308Win will cover 99.9% of anything.

https://youtu.be/bfyfLvp6QqA[/quote

Yep or 223/12g
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Elmer » 05 Jan 2018, 12:24 pm

...no such thing :unknown:
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by hazza3006 » 05 Jan 2018, 8:37 pm

i think the general term 'all rounder' in actual rifle terms really not practical in Aus. For varminting, yes a heavy barreled rifle, and hence higher rifle weight works well, but sucks to carry round such a heavy rifle in them steep and rugged hills deer stalking, where i always take my Rem Model 700 titanium ultra light weight which makes the going so much more comfortable.

Never have enough guns for the various criters ya hunt in my view. Besides, having an 'all rounder' not as much fun as having more specific suited to the criters and terrain.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Lumbajak » 05 Jan 2018, 9:59 pm

Ultimate for me would be a Sako Bavarian carbine fullwood in 6.5x55 with 20 inch barrel but for crawling through the scrub and fast handling 7600 police in 308 10 shot mag synthetic pistol grip and light scope.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by Baronvonrort » 06 Jan 2018, 11:51 pm

There is no such things as a best all round hunting rifle.

The Accuracy International AT or Barret MRAD would be good IMO as they allow calibre changes with quick change barrels, expensive to buy yet saves money on optics.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by womble » 23 Mar 2019, 9:08 am

bugger it.
i'm going with a marlin 30-30.
what the hell
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by on_one_wheel » 23 Mar 2019, 10:45 am

I could only have one... I'm going the double barrel 12 gauge shotgun for its all round versatility.

From delicate bird shot to the big SG stuff, slugs and improvised rounds such as broken tempered glass, rock salt, grain etc.

But then again a shotgun isn't a rifle.

Perhaps even a combination gun?
12 gauge / .223 would be handy.

If it's got to be a RIFLE and ONLY for hunting then I'd go a .223 because I mainly shoot rabbits, cats, foxes, roos, goats.

There's a good reason golfers head out with a big bag full of clubs.
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by bigfellascott » 23 Mar 2019, 12:30 pm

The best one would be the one you can use well. :drinks:
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by bigrich » 23 Mar 2019, 1:04 pm

if i was buying a new rifle, tikka t3 or weatherby in 243 . if ya reload you can just about do it all with the right projectile and shot placement with a 243, or i could loan out my model 70 in 6.5x55 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by JSS » 23 Mar 2019, 2:05 pm

bigfellascott wrote:The best one would be the one you can use well. :drinks:


Nah....The best one is the one you want to shoot on the day & pick from the twenty you own :lol: :lol:
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Re: Best all round hunting rifle for Australia

Post by grandadbushy » 23 Mar 2019, 3:02 pm

I don't really think there really is a one gun for all Australians for instance what i shoot i need a gun like a 223 or a 22-250, 243, any of the hard hitting small calibers then i need a caliber like a 7mm mag or 300, 338 any of the larger calibers big and large is a must but to answer the question for me it would be a 7mm mag as i haven't used any others close to similar calibers
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