Why Not A Double Rifle?

Discussion in 'Double Rifles' started by AfricaHunting.com, May 31, 2009.

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Why not consider a double rifle for big game hunting in North America?

  1. Double rifles are not very accurate

    6.3%
  2. Double rifles are too expensive

    76.0%
  3. Double rifles are made to shoot accurate at only one range, usually short

    19.8%
  4. Double rifles use only iron sights

    6.3%
  5. Double rifles only come in large chamberings

    2.1%
  6. Double rifles are simply not suited to North American hunting

    17.7%
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  1. AkMike

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  2. Heym 88

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  3. huntingbigun

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    WE need a " It is on my list to purchase" option, so I did not vote I have been waiting to book my Cape buffalo hunt because I want to so it old school, free range and with a double that I have learned to shoot well, I have more than a cost of a double in more than one bolt action long range rifle so more the find the right one, I have been waiting for a used one to help the pain a tab, I use a double barrel shotgun for hog hunting with dogs because of almost the same reason the lucky folks have taken dangerous game with one.

    So someone hook me up with the good used one that will fit my long arms lol
     
  4. AkMike

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    Have you been measured for a DR? A15" LOP fits me well at 6'1". But I essily adapt to some of my shorter ones especially the old Scottish rifles.
     
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    same reason why I bought one
     
  6. Jay Kelley

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    The only reason I don't have a double rifle is the same only reason I haven't hunted Africa - I just don't have the money....yet!
     
  7. Heym 88

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    Neither have I Jay...but I'm working on it.
     
  8. huntingbigun

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    That what I need Mike the standard stocks just seems short but I know I can get around the stock so I keep looking or breakdown and buy one, Louis just got his not sure what the brand was. Merry Christmas
     
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    For a quick rule of thumb that seems to work for a rough figure. Take a reasonable fitting rifle in you dominate hand. Hold the arm horizontal with your forearm holding the rifle upright. With your trigger finger on the trigger, the butt should fit in the crook of your elbow. If not try the fit with a couple of stacked fingers taking up the slack. Measure the LOP of the rifle and add the measurement of those fingers to it if needed.

    There'll be pro's at the SCI and DSC happy to measure you up for one of their rifles.
     
  10. spike.t

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    what mike has said with getting a fit by putting the butt into the cook of your elbow and your hand should swing up to the grip and your finger should fit on the trigger without having to move your hand , this also is a good way to see if a shotgun fits you. if you can make sci etc then go to the verney-carron booth and they will measure you and write it all down on a fitting card for you. their doubles are very nice and reasonably priced for the quality, but there is no presure from them to buy, just willing to help and chat to you about their products.
     
  11. AkMike

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    I had a 9.3X74R Chapuis made for me and my LOP and it was done over the phone with no fitting. The rifle comes up dead on but the comb is too high for the iron sights. It'll leave a pretty good bruise after a range session. But with a scope on it it's perfect.
     
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    you need to be measured for length, drop at comb, drop at heel and cast, and then it should fit perfectly . the V-C people will do all that if you are at a show they are at.
     
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    Hi,
    my opinion, Double Rifle should only be in a large calibers, may be from .375/9.3 or higher.

     
  14. AkMike

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    Good Lord ... WHY??

    A 22 Hornet is high on my list! 7mm's are fantastic and .30 rock.

    But I am partial to my 450's and the 500's as well as the 577 and 600.
     
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    I think its pretty safe to say, akmike , you like any riffle that resembles a shot gun :eyebrow:
     
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    Sounds like some sort of rule? A double rifle is created to do a job and be a joy to its owner - in whatever caliber that person desires. It is simply a function of economics. Champlin Arms was selling a run of Chapuis rifles in 30-30. Rimmed cartridge in a super quick little double designed as a deer and pig rifle -what could be more fun - and absolutely useful. My Blaser S2 has .416, .375, and (drumroll) 30-06 barrels. With scope, the right barrel on the 30-06 shoots factory .193gr MOA at 100 yards (which means I can easily make a 250 yard shot) and a composite L/R L/R does 2.5 inches at the same distance. Not a bad PG rifle.
     
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    7x65r is a nice double calibre as well.
     
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    The rimmed version of one of my favs, the 7x64 Brenneke.
     
  19. AkMike

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    The funny thing about this statement is that I only have a pump Mossberg for a shotgun and I haven't shot it in years. I'm not much for ducks and up here grouse and ptarmigan are taken with a .22.
     
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    I am new here and do not own a double, but will hopefully at some point. And for myself why I dont is price and priority. I would like to pay off my house before I buy a gun that is worth more than my vehicle :) And when looking at the calibers I am interested in currently, 30-06 or 45-70, I know I can pay under a grand and get a nice bolt or single shot. And for under 500 I could get a savage '06 that would drop anything I will be hunting. Add a new pair of boots and bullets to the savage and I'm still under a grand. But a synthetic stock savage is not going to gain much in value anytime soon. Its an interesting topic and good discussion. I can see it from both sides.
     

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