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Old 11-20-2022, 04:05 PM   #1
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Question Campfire Question on Gun Collections

I've got a decent collection of guns. Nothing that would probably catch a collector's eye. Nothing too expensive or overly special, besides some family heirlooms, just practical guns that I use from time to time. I mostly bow hunt deer, so I don't use my hunting rifles much, unless I'm hunting with kids, but I sure keep buying them when I see a deal and I like nice glass on them. I have a few ARs, a lot of O/U shotguns, a few autoloaders, a couple dozen pistols in both revolver and autoloader.

I also now have 6 grandkids (4 girls and two boys) from my two oldest girls and no reason to think the two younger girls won't give me the same someday. I'd like to start a nice little collection for each grandkid. I plan to buy a small gun safe for each one and put them in my shop. I'll add a few to each safe from my collection and add to them every now and then. I'm gonna build them a nice collection.

The question is: What are the guns that every collection must have? My thoughts:

AR-15 (5.56) *may not be able to buy them in the future
1911 (.45)
O/U Shotgun (Browning or Beretta)
Autoloader shotgun (Benelli M2)
Remington Nylon 66 (.22) *mainly because I already bought 13 of these
.357 Revolver
Remington 700 or Winchester Model 70 (cal of choice)
Marlin lever gun (30-30)


What doesn't belong or what needs to be added. What's on your list that's not on mine? Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:08 PM   #2
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Must haves to me are:
Ruger skeleton stock rifles
Winchester model 94 (22, 22mag, 30-30)
Colt Pistols
Lots of AR’s and threaded barrel guns and many suppressors.

Don’t need cheap stuff like Taurus, savage, etc…
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:12 PM   #3
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I'd have a:
Browning Buckmark 22.
Rugar 10/22
Marlin model 60
Remington 870



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Old 11-20-2022, 04:14 PM   #4
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I would replace the 357 with a gender appropriate carry gun. Meaning something like a P365 or G42.

You could probably sell off a few of Nylon 66s to fund all of your gun purchases for a while!
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:16 PM   #5
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Gotta add a nice old side by side and a Weatherby Mark V to the list.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:21 PM   #6
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Full size pistols
Compact carry pistols
Bolt guns ranging from 223 to a large magnum.
A handful of ARs from short barrel red dots to a 18-20” variant with magnified optic
A shotgun for every occasion. Waterfowl, upland game, clays, etc
Enough rimfires to keep the kids and grandkids entertained

And absolutely most importantly a suppressor for each!
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:25 PM   #7
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Every kid needs a single action .22

Coming from Grandpa skip the Rough Rider and go single 6
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:32 PM   #8
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Henry 22s, ruger 10/22, 22 pistol.

Compact 9mm with mags/holsters

Ammo may be the hardest thing to get in the future. Stock up.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:37 PM   #9
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Long term guns that will appreciate in value:


Pre-64 Winchester 22lr
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Pre-64 model 70's
Pre-64 levers of your liking

Colt Snake series wheel guns (pre current models) Diamondbacks / King Cobra & Pythons being most abundant. Law Enforcement series wheel guns are a lower price point option as well. Detective / Trooper / Officers Model Match

Kimber of Oregon 22lr (model 82 with several variants / options available) Made nice centerfires as well.

The minty Remington guns (pre bankruptcy) are becoming quite collectable be them centerfire, rimfire & shotguns...tons of options here.

Older Sako guns are doing well.

Smith & Wesson Pinned / Recessed wheel guns.

I'll post more as they pop in my noggin.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:40 PM   #10
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They’ve got the guns lined out,

How about 10K rounds of each caliber.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:42 PM   #11
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Curt I have marlin 1987 I believe or 88 jm stamp 30/30 I may part with. Been thinking about about it.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:49 PM   #12
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They’ve got the guns lined out,

How about 10K rounds of each caliber.
Good point.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:13 PM   #13
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I find my Savage 24 in 223/20ga my go to when riding the ranch

Also good safe gun being a single shot hammer gun
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Old 11-20-2022, 06:51 PM   #14
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Stainless Ruger Mk II 22LR pistol, preferably with the bull barrel.

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Old 11-20-2022, 07:15 PM   #15
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I agree with Artos. At least one of something that is a collectable.
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Old 11-20-2022, 07:30 PM   #16
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A machine gun for each would be nice. Even if they don’t shoot them from an investment standpoint they have been awesome.
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Old 11-20-2022, 07:37 PM   #17
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Single shot .410
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Old 11-20-2022, 07:49 PM   #18
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Pump shotgun. Mossberg 500,Remington 870 or Benelli Supernova. I'll add an H&R single shot .410 in there as well.

Ruger 10/22 or Marlin model 60.

1911 .45, Beretta model 92 or Glock.

Ruger Mk2 or Browning Buckmark .22 pistol.

Ruger M77 or Hawkeye,Remington 700 or Winchester model 70.

A good AR or AK-47 or two. All of these guns will go and go. Which is what I look for in a gun. As long as you take decent care of them they'll still be working long after we're all gone.
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Old 11-20-2022, 07:57 PM   #19
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I would like to find a Savage pump 410 with vent rib. I had 1 as a kid and traded it for a 12 guage.

I have a Remington Model 12 in 22 rem special with an octagon barrel that was my grandfathers. Does anyone else have one of these?
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:02 PM   #20
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A collection for each grandkid is quite the endeavor, love it!!

For collections I love wood/blued guns-- take some upkeep and effort for maintenance and look great anywhere you have them!

A collection should have:

-Bolt Action 22 (77/22 or something nice wood/blued)
-Semi-Auto 22 (10/22 of any flavor)
-Small bore O/U 28/.410
-Semi-Auto 20ga (wood/blued)- good for skeet, dove, etc
-Duck Gun- black or camo 12ga, 3.5"

Centerfire Rifles--
-Ruger No1 in a smaller bore cartridge
-A good wood/blued bolt gun of sporter variety in a cartridge that will forever be available-- older Ruger 77, Pre-64 M70, etc
-Precision bolt gun-- lots to learn on a range about ballistics and wind when you are lobbing 308 @ 800 yards- an old classic VS, VSSF, LTR or Police would be cool

Pistols
-small .22 of some variety
-a good daily carry 9mm
-a classic 1911
-a big bore revolver 'BBQ' gun

I think this list could go on forever with 'one off's if you get into ARs and other types of centerfire rifles that would be cool to have but not necessarily a requirement of a collection!
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You have grandkids!?
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:33 PM   #22
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Pre 64 lever actions and factory engraved colt single actions
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:36 PM   #23
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Some Kimbers that are too pretty to shoot
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:22 PM   #24
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:37 PM   #25
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You have grandkids!?
Six of them.

Ages 5,4,4,3,2 & 8mo. People ask me who I love the most and I tell them "my son-in-laws". I don't want them girls coming back home with all those dang kids.
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:44 PM   #26
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A BAR and/or an Auto 5 to teach them the brilliance and historical significance of one John Moses Browning.
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Old 11-21-2022, 12:49 PM   #27
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Every collection should have a nice side x side in it. Maybe you could get one for each grand kid like this Merkle, a great buy at about $16,000.
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Old 11-21-2022, 01:04 PM   #28
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.22 long rifle
20g pump shotgun & o/u
12g semiauto & o/u
5.56 AR
270
30-06
45 1911
9mm semi auto
357 revolver
great gun cleaning kit
ammo for each caliber
sand bag bench rests
noise cancelling ear protection

I would say brand agnostic but stick with reputable stuff. For me I know where I would lean to get them affordable quality. This would also mimic the type of collection I would keep for myself.
I also like a BBL 223 or 22-250 for plinking and maybe a fancy saddle rifle like an old pre64 in 30cal

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Old 11-21-2022, 01:16 PM   #29
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Hi point in $100 bill finish
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Old 11-21-2022, 01:24 PM   #30
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Win pre 64. Merkel, Ruger #1. Lots others mentioned previously.
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Old 11-21-2022, 01:34 PM   #31
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Weatherby Mark 5 German made.
Original Kleinguenther made in Seguin.
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Old 11-21-2022, 03:17 PM   #32
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How about a Remington 870 wing master, Remington 1100, and a Remington LT 20. Nothing fancy but everybody has a love for these!
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Old 11-21-2022, 03:19 PM   #33
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Great advice all. Except for Draco.
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Old 11-21-2022, 03:38 PM   #34
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Old 11-21-2022, 04:40 PM   #35
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Life is too short to shoot pump shotguns, over/unders bigger than 16ga, or any mossberg.

I love the Nylon 66 idea, 22 rifle is covered. Agree on a single six rather than rough rider.

AR is solid, but trash the mil spec triggers, they're all dog ****.

Aside from the classics, Glock 23s for the boys, and 19s for the girls. Everyone should own a couple Glocks.

A short action deer killer (22-250, 243, 257 Rob, 260, or 7mm-08), and a magnum for magnum sized critters. At least one should be a Model 70, 700, 77, or A-bolt.....with a walnut stock.

I agree with a lever gun, I need to quit assin around and buy a Mod 94.

Everyone should have a Pre-64 Win, a Belgian Browning, or a German Weatherby.


As the kids personalities and interests begin to show, your decisions will become clearer. They'll fight over the thermals and suppressors.
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Old 11-21-2022, 05:10 PM   #36
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Older guns:
Match target colt woodsman
Remington 513T junior special
Model 60
Remington 1100 LT20
Savage 99
Remington 700
Pre64 lever guns
New guns:
Ruger 22/45 lite
Volquartsen .22 rifle
Benelli M2
Tikka CTR
Browning hells canyon
Quality Ar-15 wyldie with plenty of ammo and mags
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Old 11-21-2022, 05:59 PM   #37
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Older guns:
Match target colt woodsman
Remington 513T junior special
Model 60
Remington 1100 LT20
Savage 99
Remington 700
Pre64 lever guns
New guns:
Ruger 22/45 lite
Volquartsen .22 rifle
Benelli M2
Tikka CTR
Browning hells canyon
Quality Ar-15 wyldie with plenty of ammo and mags
You liked Dustin's Hells Canyon didn't you
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:15 PM   #38
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every one of them needs a AR15 short barrel pistol. Extremely light weight and fun to shoot.
I have a safe full of AR's and the pistol is far away my favorite.
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:17 PM   #39
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:22 PM   #40
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I think your gun choices have been covered as well as ammo ideas. Get guns/cans while you can. .22 subsonic with can is a blast to shoot.

AR 15 with adjustable stock is a great kid gun...but you know that already.

the kids will REALLY appreciate what your doing 10-20 years from now. You're a good grand pa.
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You liked Dustin's Hells Canyon didn't you
It will likely be my next rifle.

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Old 11-21-2022, 06:59 PM   #42
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Rifle
Shotgun

Whatever flavor you like.

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