Were I Limited To Only One Gun ..


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Q: If you were limited to only one gun what would it be? What kind of action, stock, calibre, metal finish? What kind of scope?

Errol King

A: You want to know if I wanted to own just one rifle for all around use, what features I would want. The action would be blued steel rather than stainless, either the latest Model 70 Winchester or Mark X Mauser with controlled-round feed that I prefer, having cut my teeth on Mausers. The barrel would also be blued steel, 24″ in length and free-floated. The calibre would be either .270 or .300 Weatherby Magnum. The sighting system would be a high-quality variable power scope in the 2-1/2-8x or 3-9×40 range – certainly no larger- cradled in a Leupold 2-piece Q/R mount. This rifle would be fitted with decent leather carrying sling and weigh all-up about 8lbs. And I’d probably use just one good load for every kind of game – a 150gn bullet in .270 or a 180gn in the .300 Wby Mag. But in deference to all the shooters who are dazzled by the latest Super Magnums and 8-50x variable – power scopes, I apologise for my being just a simple country boy with very ordinary tastes.

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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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