A Push Feed Rifle Or A Control Round Feed Rifle?

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I have to say that, based on my experience, I agree. I have killed a couple of dozen bucks, two pronghorns, a wild boar and a bunch of coyotes with push-feed actions with no real problems.
When I went to Africa, I bought a Whitworth Express in .458 Winchester Mag. with a Mauser action. One day I shot a buffalo and we had to follow up. The bull set up an ambush but the PH spotted him and I put another in the boiler room. He turned and went back into the brush, then death bellowed. As we cautiously approached, the PH saw the bull through a hole in the brush and shot. He was using a push-feed action Winchester. The bull dropped at the shot and we snuck in. The PH motioned for me to wait about 10 yards back as he went in from the front. At about 10 feet he could see that the bull was watching him and as he was thriving up the rifle the buff made one jump, was on his feet and starting to charge. I heard the PH pull the trigger, and click on an empty chamber. I pulled on the shoulder and then went just forward where the book said the spine was (hey, at least I was a well read client) and broke the bull's neck, putting him down in a cloud of dust.
After we were sure that the drama was over, the PH was messing with his rifle. He closed the bolt and fired a shot into the dead buffalo. I asked what had happened and he said that he'd taken the last shot and ejected the shell, but the rifle had failed to feed up a new round. He had pulled the trigger on an empty chamber. Now could this have happened if I had used a push-feed and he had used a controlled-round action? Maybe, but it didn't. I will always use controlled-round action for dangerous game.
 

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I have to say I have never given it much thought but I guess if my life depended upon it I would want a CRF if hunting dangerous game. I honestly admit to never having a problem with either one in all my years of use. I must confess that my favorite bolt actions rifles are all CRF although that is not the reason they are favored. Here in America I guess the only place it would matter is in Alaska hunting the coastal brown bears or interior grizzly.
 

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Just buy yourself a double and forget all of the above.
 

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What stands out to me, in nearly a 1/2 century of shooting is that the CRF guns (Mausers, Win, Enfield/A-Sq) outshoot most of the push-feeds. My personal experience has been that the push feeds can be quite finicky. When the custom push feeds are happy, they shoot just as well. The ones I have just seem to be more temperature and barrel cleanlilness (i.e. no fouling shot, poor first shot) sensitive. Others are very consistent, but group poorly. It's quite dynamic because some are much cheaper factory guns while others are 1-off customs. Marketing tells us that the CRF guns are relics of yesteryear but the facts are they generally shoot better under a wide array of conditions and may just save your life. In the balance, I can fully rely on any of my CRF guns to put that bullet precisely where it needs to go on shot 1. That cannot be said about many push-feeds. Agreed on the trick to work 1 more CRF round in the equation (excellent DG gun strategy!)
 

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if you don,t fully pull the bolt the whole way back, you will not feed a new round with a crf or a push feed. my crf rifles also have a hold back after the last shot in the magizine follower. i have not found cr rifles any more accurett than push feed rifles over the years, a rifle needs more than crf to shoot well (barrel-stock-ammo- sights).
 

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The equipment debates have validity but the biggest problem is as they say the nut behind the buttplate. I see guys babying the bolt (presumably so they can better recover the brass) during practice and then expect they will remember to behave differently under stress. Under stress people revert to what they have practiced. I open that bolt like I’m pulling a rapist off my child and close it just as hard. Every time. If I lose some brass I lose some brass.
 

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CRF for DG....
Weatherby NO NO....they have more issues than just push feed.....in DG rifles....
 

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Thanks for the good read Mr. Rahman. Having owned all three types of Winchester model 70, pre64 30-06, a post 64 30-06, and a current production CRF 375 H&H. I prefer the controlled round feed the best but I never found the push feed to be lacking in any way, and it never caused a problem, however I kept it clean and it never saw hard use
Thank you, Mr. Rahman.

Most interesting and enjoyable. Please keep sharing with us the benefits of your real-world experiences.

NF.
 

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IMO - More failures are the cause of the hunter, not the rifle.
However, shortcomings exist with both PF and CRF.
And these will be argued to the end of time.

In the end...if it's reliable, use it.
Practice in the manner you wish to hunt.
Practice often.
If it fails in practice...try something else.
 
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if you don,t fully pull the bolt the whole way back, you will not feed a new round with a crf or a push feed. my crf rifles also have a hold back after the last shot in the magizine follower. i have not found cr rifles any more accurett than push feed rifles over the years, a rifle needs more than crf to shoot well (barrel-stock-ammo- sights).
@leslie hetrick
Mate you forgot the most important thing in accuracy. The shooter. I've got some less than half moa rifles and have had people still not be able to shoot well with them. On The other hand if seen people with rifles that group 2 inches at 100 yards run dings around people with super duper accurate rifles. Some can shoot well in the field but are crap from a bench and the other way around.
Bob
 

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