What can you trim down to?

Help Support Ruger Forum:

JBP

Single-Sixer
Joined
Oct 7, 2022
Messages
167
Location
Mayland
On advice of my retina specialist I sold off my high caliber rifles and Contender barrels, my other center fire rifle caliber Contender barrels and a .220 Swift that was a safe queen and nowhere as accurate as my other varmint rifles. I still have a NEF .25-06 that I have to range test to see if the extraction problem has been corrected by my gunsmith. If it has it will be put up for sale on Gun Broker. Kept my shotguns and Marlin 1894S .44 Magnum. Replaced what was sold with low recoil Rugers: PC .9mm Carbine; LC 5.7x28; Hi-Point (don't laugh) .45ACP and Mini-14 Ranch .556. After sitting in the safe for 4 years I took my NEF .204 Ruger to the range last week and really enjoyed shooting it. Now I'm thinking of getting a Ruger American Predator in .204 Ruger.
 
Joined
Aug 1, 2022
Messages
1,902
Location
Communist Paradise of NY
Replaced what was sold with low recoil Rugers: PC .9mm Carbine; LC 5.7x28; Hi-Point (don't laugh) .45ACP and Mini-14 Ranch .556.
Nothing wrong with any of your low recoil pieces. The 45ACP Carbine that I have is a Beretta CX4. No 5.7x28 here but the other 2 are great. Mini 14 is not the evil black rifle so is a plus in some places. The PC Carbine is also palatable to certain people in power as well.
 
  • Like
Reactions: JBP
Joined
Nov 30, 2022
Messages
4,271
Location
Maryland
We moved and I lost my area to reload. I'm down to .22lr, 9mm, 556/223, and occasionally .380 for an LCP Custom. I can buy the .22lr, 9mm and 556/223 relatively cheaply considering these times. I sold my .38 and .357 revolvers when I could no longer reload
I can use my Lee hand press just about anywhere. My perfect powder measure and scale is all I need along with the dies.
 
Joined
Dec 19, 2001
Messages
10,028
Location
Alaska, Idaho USA
I guess I haven't been very clear.
Let's say someone has 6 44 mags or
8 22 LR handguns or
10 9mm pieces.
If you're in your 70's not getting around all that well, and only one child to pass things on to,
If that were your situation, how many guns can you comfortably get down to, given the above.
Nd let's add that your wife has no interest in guns.
 
Joined
Dec 24, 2014
Messages
308
Bear Paw I'm 77. My son is 52. He shoots some but not a lot and prefers to shoot .22 target rifles for tiny groups. I've given him .22 rifles he likes. Guns I like to shoot or I think he may want after my shooting days are over, I keep. A Brno Model 3 made in 1955 and a Marlin 39A made in 1983 are examples of "keepers" though not shot often. Guns that I don't shoot, or carry and he doesn't have an interest in, I've sold. I have sold off a number of handguns as a result. The only handgun I've kept that I rarely shoot is a collectable S&W model 65-6, 3" barrel, round butt, produced through the "Custom" shop (no longer made) with original box and all the papers. A beautiful gun and its value will keep up with or exceed inflation. Shorter answer-if I'm not shooting a gun reasonably often, my son doesn't want it or may not want it, it gets sold. If you find a way for us to "take our guns with us", let me know and I won't sell any more :)
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
9,572
Location
Dallas, TX
I guess I haven't been very clear.
Let's say someone has 6 44 mags or
8 22 LR handguns or
10 9mm pieces.
If you're in your 70's not getting around all that well, and only one child to pass things on to,
If that were your situation, how many guns can you comfortably get down to, given the above.
Nd let's add that your wife has no interest in guns.
Interesting point. I'm nowhere near 70, and have already started thinking about how to justify yet again another 9mm. I buy a gun if it's something interesting that I would enjoy shooting. But it's got to be different that what I already have. Say a different trigger for example, or different sights. Right now, I'm buying ammunition off and on in calibers I don't have yet. For example I don't have a 45 ACP, or 380. I know I won't ever shoot enough of those calibers to justify reloading, so I'm just buying ammunition a little at a time for a future gun.

I haven't sold anything because values are still going up. They may not get shot, but guns can just sit in a dark spot of the safe and be just fine.
 

MHtractorguy

Single-Sixer
Joined
Apr 9, 2023
Messages
292
Location
Eastern NC
22LR semiauto handgun, rifle
22LR revolver, lever action rifle
357 mag revolver , 30-30 lever action
12 gauge pump
scoped .30'06 bolt action rifle
Those are my minimum requirements.
I like a good all steel 380 auto and 7.62x25 TT33, but do not NEED them.
 
Last edited:

irishjack

Bearcat
Joined
Apr 21, 2022
Messages
76
Location
Utah
I'm in my 70s and enjoy shooting all my firearms. At my age I have few enough pleasures. I'll let my survivors worry about culling the herd. I have a ball park list on what each of my guns is worth and hopefully they will not get ripped off when they go to sell after I am gone.
 

KIR

Sparks, NV
Joined
Mar 2, 2022
Messages
1,597
Another misleading title. I thought you meant weight. Eventually dust to dust...
As far as calibers, every time my son comes to visit, he ends up with another one of my firearms. He says, he has to get a new safe. It's a wonder he just doesn't take my safe and all the ammo and firearms in it!
 

Don Lovel

Hunter
Joined
Nov 10, 2003
Messages
2,495
Location
Red Dirt Oklahoma, Go Cowboys
I could get by on 3006 in a pinch
I could be fat n happy with 45 Colt
45acp too would be sprinkles on my cupcake
Body wise back in 2018 livin at higher altitude in Colorado and fishin the Rio Grande I weighed 270 and was happy with livin a great life
Post plannedemic and knee replacement I weigh 305 but workin on it
FB_IMG_1547314316127.jpg
 

Pál_K

Single-Sixer
Joined
Nov 30, 2023
Messages
165
Location
Gig Harbor, WA, USA
Like the Pharaohs, I have plans for a pyramid in my back yard, a vessel to the afterlife, and I'm taking everything with me.

I have nearly everything from .22 LR to .50 BMG (M82A1), pistols, rifles, shotguns, single shots, bolt actions, semiautos, even black powder.

I reload for all my calibers except for rimfire, of course.

But what are my favorites?

In handguns:

.22 LR
.22 WMR
.38 Special

In rifles:

.222 (in my Sako 75)
.223
6.5x55 (M96B)
.35 Rem (in an old Marlin 336)
.375 H&H (Ruger No. 1H)
.45-70 (Marlin)
.416 Rigby (CZ550)

I don't have a 28 gauge... yet... but I like them.
 
Joined
Nov 30, 2022
Messages
4,271
Location
Maryland
I could get by on 3006 in a pinch
I could be fat n happy with 45 Colt
45acp too would be sprinkles on my cupcake
Body wise back in 2018 livin at higher altitude in Colorado and fishin the Rio Grande I weighed 270 and was happy with livin a great life
Post plannedemic and knee replacement I weigh 305 but workin on it
View attachment 34506
Yeah 6'5" and 360 here.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_20230505_160620502_HDR.jpg
    IMG_20230505_160620502_HDR.jpg
    182 KB · Views: 20

bigbillyboy

Buckeye
Joined
Jan 27, 2023
Messages
1,109
Location
17841
I need all mine: lol
22 cal
22 mag
17 HMR
22 Hornet
221 Fireball
204 Ruger
220 Swift
222
223
22-250
308
6.5 Creedmoor
44 WCF
38-55
410
20 ga
16 ga
12 ga
.25
256wm
5.7x28
9 mm
380
38 special
38 wcf
357
40 S&W
44 mag
awesome 👍👍👍
 
Joined
Nov 30, 2022
Messages
4,271
Location
Maryland
On advice of my retina specialist I sold off my high caliber rifles and Contender barrels, my other center fire rifle caliber Contender barrels and a .220 Swift that was a safe queen and nowhere as accurate as my other varmint rifles. I still have a NEF .25-06 that I have to range test to see if the extraction problem has been corrected by my gunsmith. If it has it will be put up for sale on Gun Broker. Kept my shotguns and Marlin 1894S .44 Magnum. Replaced what was sold with low recoil Rugers: PC .9mm Carbine; LC 5.7x28; Hi-Point (don't laugh) .45ACP and Mini-14 Ranch .556. After sitting in the safe for 4 years I took my NEF .204 Ruger to the range last week and really enjoyed shooting it. Now I'm thinking of getting a Ruger American Predator in .204 Ruger.
According to my testing with 5,000ft lb 12ga slugs my retinas are good. Since they aren't as available I have been playing with 4,000ft lb 3" slugs in my Bullpup. I hope I'm still hurling like that in my 80's. Sure I can accurately place almost anything available. Unless you're wearing an MRAP nothing is going to save you.
 
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
99
Location
Snow Bird, Florida & Massachusetts
I have mentally gone through this exercise many times. I make up lists, then trim then down. Feel guilt at thinking about getting rid of some of the things I have owned a while and really liked. Then thrown away those lists. Yes, I can trim down, but why do it ? If you leave instructions for your Executor to have a reputable gun auction company sell off what doesn't go to family and friends, money worth will come back into your Estate. Meanwhile, guns are holding value as we continue to have inflation eroding the purchasing power of the dollar. But as our interests change over time, we get rid of some and acquire others. I am almost exclusively into the shotgun sports, so have more shotguns now. And some of the rifles and handguns may get sold, just because I am not using them and can use the money to finance the last shotgun I bought. And unless we get another gun safe, storage may dictate how many we can own at one time. Next summer I will be trying to sell a very nice Ruger Vaquero .44 mag. with holster, ammo, loading components etc. So stay tuned ...
 
Top