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.
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!
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!
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!
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":
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.
I consider dangerous game different, so the 3 gun battery has to include the double .470 NE...
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...
Ok you're keeping the 257. Great. Here's my opinion
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
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.
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.
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!