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Looking to buy a new rifle/shotgun. I have a 870 Remington 12 gauge shotgun and a savage 30-06 rifle. Use the shotgun for rabbi

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  • obijohn
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    I don't see how you can beat the 870 for an all around shotgun. Maybe a semiauto, but that is just icing on the cake (says the man who owns a dozen or more shotguns). I'd look at a good .22 LR. I like the new CZ 455 American .22 LR/.17 HMR combo... very accurate, and great for crows and other varmints when you can't hunt small game. A good .22 will last a lifetime and bring joy out of proportion to its cost.

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  • Mi_hunter
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    For rabbit a break barrel 20 gauge shotgun is the most fun I had. Easy to find and cheap

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  • Bucks and Clucks
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    A .22 lr with iron sights, preferably a Savage.

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  • sparky9769
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    I use a .22 rifle or a 20ga shotgun...both do the trick nicely.

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  • coffeecupmike
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    31alpha I didn't mention the Ruger 10/22 thoug it was the first gun I ever shot because I don't know where the original poster lives. Believe it or not here in California there is a bill to ban all semi-auto rifles with a detachable magazine.

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  • 31Alpha
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    Surprised not many suggestions of a Ruger 10/22. Though the whole "semi-auto" thing might turn some people off because they think it teaches bad marksmanship, but like I always tell new shooters, "Just like guns don't cause crimes, semi-auto's don't cause bad fundamentals." It's all about self-discipline. A 10/22 also has a lot of available parts that you can buy to make it fit best to you. Nothing wrong with a basic walnut stock, no frills 10/22, but the option is always on the table.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Sorry... "existing two guns"

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  • DakotaMan
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    You are well covered with your existing two rifles. A .22LR is a great choice at this point. You might also consider a small caliber varmint/target rifle. Something like a 22-250, .220 Swift or a highly accurate AR15 (.223); these allow you to hone your accuracy skill with fun target and varmint shooting all year round. Varmint hunting for woodchucks, prairie dogs, coyotes and foxes is lots of fun too.

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  • Treestand
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    I think you need a Dual Perpose Gun like the New Savage Mod 42 in 22Lr/410 Bore or 22Mag/20Ga, I would like to see you shot a Squirrels up in a tree with a shotgun and not with a 22Lr a miss is as good as a "mile"

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  • DEER30
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    .22lr is a good choice for small game rifles as already mentioned.

    There is nothing wrong with a 12 ga for the game birds you mentioned. Just vary your shot load accordingly

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  • jhjimbo
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    Looks like a .22LR will round out your firearm compliment.
    I have a J.C. Higgins .22 bolt action bought in 1956 for about $36. It is my squirrel gun, also shot rats in the dump while we were sitting on the fender of the car with the lights on. It is so accurate, I get looks when a squirrel does not have a head shot. Probably has had over 50 or 60,000 rounds through it and nothing has broke. Sports a Tasco World Class 4X scope.

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    The praises of the .22 LR have been sung enough, here and elsewhere. No battery of firearms is complete without one. All that being said, I would consider either a Savage, or Kimber. The Savage is a more economical rifle, and probably offers more options. The Kimber is a miniature big game rifle, with a precision action, and will shoot as true as you can hold it. Either would be a perfect addition to your arsenal.

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  • Pureshooter
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    Thanks guys. Looks like i will be looking into a .22 lr rifle. My friend was telling me to look for a semi-auto shotgun, but i feel my pump will work just fine. Thanks for the opinions.

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  • Pureshooter
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    Thanks guys. Looks like i will be looking into a .22 lr rifle. My friend was telling me to look for a semi-auto shotgun, but i feel my pump will work just fine. Thanks for the opinions.

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  • habben97
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    your 870 should work fine for all the birds you want to hunt. just match shot size and choke tubes to the bird you will hunt. for small game, you cant beat a bolt action .22lr. put a 4x32 scope on it and you can shoot squirrels out to 50 - 75 yards.

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