Downsizing to Matched Rifles...is it worth it?

crs

AH elite
Joined
Jun 17, 2009
Messages
1,055
Reaction score
1,487
Location
Republic of Texas
Website
sheltontechnologies.com
Media
6
Hunting reports
Africa
1
USA/Canada
1
Member of
CRS, NRA Patron Member, TSRA, DWWC, DRSS
Hunted
RSA
I have a few rifles and shotguns scattered about in safes and closets in different rooms and have only one that I want to sell- an unfired Winchester 1895 Deluxe .405 WCF safe queen.
It is redundant because of my 1895 .405 TD shooter. Plus, I could use that room in the safe for a new rifle. :)
 

Ridgewalker

Lifetime bronze benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
6,723
Reaction score
8,013
Location
Colorado
Media
231
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
rnovi, I am on your side! At my time in life I need to reduce my inventory to what I actually use. Maybe 1 22 squirrel/rabbit rifle, 1 223 varmint (PD, coyote, etc) rifle, 1 30-06 or 300 WM big game/plains game rifle, and 1 375 or 416 pseudo heavy DG rifle. But shotguns...I “need” my upland SxS 12 and SxS 20, semi-auto camoed 12 (waterfowl & varmints), and 12 870 turkey gun. WOW! I could get back to just 1 gunsafe!
Best of luck on what ever you decide!
 

meigsbucks

AH elite
Joined
Feb 5, 2011
Messages
1,253
Reaction score
1,507
Location
Central Ohio
Media
20
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
SCI, NRA Life Member
Hunted
Zimbabwe and Namibia
I lost a number of guns in a situation I hate thinking about. Since then, I only get rid of a gun if it doesn’t shoot.
I’ve thought about downsizing to maybe five or six hunting rifles. BUT... I can't bring myself to doing it. I love playing with all the different rounds.
If I had to start over, I’d probably try to do the five or six but I’m sure that would grow... AGAIN!
 

WAB

AH legend
Joined
Oct 8, 2015
Messages
2,789
Reaction score
5,934
Location
Alabama
Media
91
Hunting reports
Africa
5
USA/Canada
1
Member of
DSC, NRA, SCI
Hunted
Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Scotland, England, Canada, Alaska, Ireland
I decided to simplify and get down to one gun safe. So, while building our new house I had a vault room poured and installed a Fort Knox safe door. Voila, one safe with more than double the capacity of what I had before! I love simplicity!
 

rnovi

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 10, 2012
Messages
417
Reaction score
466
Location
Smyrna, TN
Media
27
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
NRA, SCI, HFMA, and a Certified KCBS BBQ Judge
Hunted
South Africa, Texas, Alaska - hey, they count. Trust me!
Heh, I actually did take measurements and found I can step up to a 38” wide safe. Hmmmm!
 

Bullthrower338

AH legend
Joined
Sep 20, 2014
Messages
4,475
Reaction score
10,332
Location
Houston, Texas and Alder, MT
Media
180
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
2
Member of
Life Member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, Huntin' Fool, DSC and Pope and Young Club
Hunted
USA, Mexico, Canada, RSA, Australia NT, Zimbabwe
Heh, I actually did take measurements and found I can step up to a 38” wide safe. Hmmmm!
There you go, now you are talking sense! Whew! Thought we may have lost you!
 

One Day...

Gold supporter
AH elite
Joined
Jan 7, 2018
Messages
1,255
Reaction score
3,270
Website
www.huntershillsafaris.co.za
Media
381
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Member of
PHASA
Hunted
Europe, America, Canada, Africa
Well ... I did it ... sort of ... LOL

It is interesting how many of us have that yearning for simplification come a certain time in life. How can gazing into the gun safe at a collection of fine bolt actions, in my case: .223, .243 Win, 6 mm Rem, 6,5x54 MS, .257 Wby, .270 Win, 7x64, 7x65R, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7.5x54, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, .300 Wby Mag, .338 Win Mag, .340 Wby Mag, .375 H&H, .416 Rigby, .458 Lott, plus a .470 NE double, all from fine (mostly) European and (a few) American makers (Sauer, Mauser, Mannlicher, Steyr, CZ, Sako, Dumoulin, Weatherby, Winchester, Remington, etc.) and all of them topped with either a Swarovski, Zeiss or Schmidt & Bender scope, how can this trigger a deep sigh of frustrated complication !?!?!? Never mind the obligatory pre-64 30-30 Win 94, the .45 Win 92, the Anschutz .22 and .22 Mag, the Merkel 20 and 12 shotguns, the old and modern military rifles, etc. etc.

So, I took the plunge ... with a twist. I did put together a matched pair ... but I kept (so far) everything else LOL

Here is my idea of the near ideal "anything, anywhere, any-weather, hit-them-far, hit-them-hard, world-wide, non-dangerous game, matched-pair":

.257 & .340 Wby.JPG


Both are Weatherby Mark V true stainless earlier models (not the current silver coated carbon steel Weathermark); 26" #2 contour barrels; earlier stainless steel bottoms (not the current pot-metal cast bottoms); Bell & Carlson Medalist Kevlar & Aramid stocks with full length aluminum bedding block and pillars (not the original 'Tupperware' injection molded stocks); drilled & tapped for 8x40 base screws; and both have Zeiss Diavari Z 2.5-10x48 30 mm tube scopes in Talley bases and Talley Screw Lock Detachable rings.

Yeah, I too prefer linseed oil hand-rubbed walnut and rust-blue custom guns, and I have some pretty nice ones, but I had French walnut turn into a warped, gray plank, and rust-blue turn into plain rust after 3 days of uninterrupted rain in a fly camp in Newfoundland; and I had a $10,000 custom Griffin & Howe rifle turn into a stack of kindle wood and scrap metal during airport handling. So, relatively inexpensive stainless and Kevlar it is for me. Some say the Weatherby stocks accentuate recoil and are ugly. I have not found so.

Both rifles share what are practically the same ballistics:
.257 Wby with 100 gr TTSX sighted for 8" vitals (small & medium game): +3" @ 100 yd; +4" @ 200 yd ; +2.5" @ 300 yd; -4" @ 400 yd.
.340 Wby with 225 gr TTSX sighted for 12" to 18" vitals (large game): +4" @ 100 yd; +5.5" @ 200 yd ; +2.5 @ 300 yd; -6" @ 400 yd.

Capture.JPG


I consider dangerous game different, so the 3 gun battery has to include the double .470 NE...

DG double rifle.JPG


I am actually considering selling stuff, and have even received offers, but so far, I have not done it. Would it sounds surprising if I were to say that just the thought of having to manage the administrative nightmare of posting a dozen rifles for sale, and having to undergo the inevitable 'used car' haggling from folks attempting to convince me that a - pick a brand: Sauer, Mauser, Mannlicher, etc. rifle, equipped with claw mounted - pick a brand: Swarovski, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender scope, all in 95+% condition, "is-actually-a-piece-of-crap-that-is-not-worth-anything-but-they-will-still-do-me-a-favor-and-offer-me-generously-$700-for-it", just that thought, has been enough to deter me...

So far, I am with @Red Leg :)
 
Last edited:

jduckhunter

AH fanatic
Joined
Sep 10, 2012
Messages
876
Reaction score
1,467
Media
115
Hunting reports
Africa
1
USA/Canada
2
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
DU, JSA, NAHC( Life member), NRA (Life member)
Hunted
Namibia, Zimbabwe, USA (PA ,WY,TX,MT,AK,NJ,DE,VA,WV,SD,MA,NC,FL,MD) Canada (QC,NF,ON,NT,NWT,BC), New Zealand
Heh, I actually did take measurements and found I can step up to a 38” wide safe. Hmmmm!
IMHO a much better choice....
 

ChrisG

AH elite
Joined
Jan 6, 2015
Messages
1,035
Reaction score
1,184
Location
Adirondack Park, NY, USA
Media
43
Articles
1
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
3
Member of
NAHC, NRA, Rocky Mtn. Elk Foundation.
Hunted
USA, Canada
I did the same thing although I couldn't leave it at two hunting rifles but if you want it pared down to absolute minimum...

.223 <150lbs
7mm rem mag/ .30-06 <750 lbs
.375 H&H for everything else
 

Milehighshooter

AH enthusiast
Joined
Apr 16, 2017
Messages
378
Reaction score
341
Location
Denver, CO
Media
87
Ok you're keeping the 257. Great. Here's my opinion

257
30-06
375

Spend the money you make selling them all on HUNTS!! Not fancy matches rifles. Go get 2 Model 70's and be done with it. You can easily keep both a fancy wood AND synthetic stock for each rifle if you want, and just swap back and forth.

I'd say 300 & 375 H&H but you made ammo availability a requirement.

If you really want even more flexibility, change that 30-06 toa 300 Win Mag or Weatherby mag, and you're literally covered for anything, with the 257/300/375
 

One Day...

Gold supporter
AH elite
Joined
Jan 7, 2018
Messages
1,255
Reaction score
3,270
Website
www.huntershillsafaris.co.za
Media
381
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Member of
PHASA
Hunted
Europe, America, Canada, Africa
Both logical batteries ChrisG and Milehighshooter, I like them.
My choice of a .470 NE double is more romantic than practical, I realize that, but it works for DG. I also have a Kevlar stocked CZ .416 Rigby that takes the place of the .375 in your batteries. I would love the concept of a matched triplet with a .416 Wby, but it is too much gun for me ;-)
All of the plains game are GO with the .257 (<250 lbs) and .340 (>300 lbs), and they both give me massive safety margins.
 
  • Like
Reactions: WAB

cmk

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 7, 2018
Messages
304
Reaction score
315
Location
Stockholm, Sweden
Media
25
Hunted
Sweden, Mauritius
These are the four brothers:

6.5×55 Swedish
.30-06
9.3×62
404 Jeffery

All are left-hand Sako rifles from the mid-80's to early 90's
The 30-06 and the 404 are getting new stocks made. The 6.5 will then inherit the "deluxe" stock and bottom metal from the '06.

I have a spare 6.5 barrel left over from the 404 build, and will have two spare stocks once the new ones are finished.

I have a shotgun and a 22 as well, but regarding real rifles, I think I'm pretty much done.

20180409_182543.jpg
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Milehighshooter

AH enthusiast
Joined
Apr 16, 2017
Messages
378
Reaction score
341
Location
Denver, CO
Media
87
Cmk, very nice!

Im in the process of building 2 different trio's myself. Mainly for one day making it to Africa, but i could do anything with them.

Trio 1 all Model 70 H&H
300
375
400

#2 all metric mauser 98's
275
9.3x62
10.75x68
 

oldhoward

AH senior member
Joined
Feb 9, 2015
Messages
56
Reaction score
45
Media
1
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Tuff question to answer, at least for me. I have more rifles then I could use, but I use the same 3 rifles most of the time. One for varmints, one for medium game and one for the really big game. However I have heirlooms to pass to my sons, my dad riles, and grandfathers rifles and handguns. So I wouldn't sell any of them today. I just keep pace with my wifes shoe buying, one pair of shoes= one rifle. works for me.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
36,610
Messages
693,352
Members
63,938
Latest member
JSJThurman
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

Rifle57 wrote on Rimshot's profile.
I bought some bullets from Rimshot and he is good to trade with!
Greetings all! I've been a hunter for 50 years, but only now planning a trip to Africa. I was fortunate and successfully bid on a couple hunts for plains game in SA later this year and next. Also a rare Native Texas (5th generation) and USMC Vet. Hunt safe y'all!
uujm wrote on trg's profile.
I am looking for a Safari Express. Was yours made in New Haven or South Carolina? Any other details you can give me? I am very motivated to buy.
pimes wrote on flatwater bill's profile.
Hello Bill - can you tell me that landowner/ranch/outfitter - Thank you!
Pete0905 wrote on damundsen87's profile.
Hello
Is the Khales 1-6 still for sale?
Thanks
Josh
 
Top