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Truck gun: Scoped vs Irons

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    Posted: 05 November 2017 at 20:42
Hey guys a another Spin-Off from Wings what rifle for truck carry topic.
Thought came after reading a response from RaySenderO regarding scope vs irons for truck gun sights. He has a good point regarding a truck gun could get "bumped" around lots and thereby maybe affecting the accruacy of a scoped rifle, so here goes:

What sighting system would YOU use for YOUR "Truck Gun"????????

Most likely no one answer for this topic. There will be a lot of "it depends on" thoughts thrown out I'd guess.
One answer could be a system like I have on an ancient Rem M600 .308W bolt gun. It has the old "tip off" rings with an ancient Weaver 3x wide angle scope & the factory iron sights. Has worked for decades for a deer gun in the north woods. Maybe a quick-detach scope mount system and irons or...YOU fill in the blank here on this.....

My Ruger American LH carries a 4-12 and NO iron sights. Gotta take care not to let it get "bumped". Any back up sights for this would be another truck gun with irons maybe.Confused Anyway, care need be taken to protect any truck gun we carry so I'd think it may not be that big an issue. Again, of course, it might "depend" on the intended primary purpose of YOUR truck gun.

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Ok since I seem to have said something that inspired this thread:
 
My truck rifle is an old sporterized British Enfield No4 Mk1* - Was free.
Like the removalable clip.
Keep the clip in my pocket.
This way if truck were to get stolen, All they get is an old rifle with no clip or ammo.
 
It has the original flip up lob sight with calibrations from 200 to 1300 meters.
When down it has a ghost ring. 
I added a high front blade sight to get the ghost ring on at 50 yards.
Depending on loads, the lob sight is on at 100 yards with a setting between 2-300 m.
 
Loads:
I have some factory 180 Rem CLs left from initial load testing - Use'em if I hunt.
Reload is a 174 FMCBT over IMR-4320 - Use'em for everything else.
 
 
 


Edited by RaySendero - 05 November 2017 at 21:39
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I prefer either fixed or shotgun type scopes (1-4x or 2-6x), supported by iron co-witness or backups. If you've ever had scoped rifle spend much time in rack, on washboard roads, you know it can kill scopes.
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Ray, sounds like a near perfect 'truck rifle'.  nice.


For me, I'd go with a 3-9x scope.  I need the magnitication.  And if I wanted to wack a groundhog or PD at 150 yards the Xs help.  And at 3x one still has a wide view to shoot a snake at 50 foot.

Scopes today are really rugged.  My 338 wears a 4-16 50 mm Elete B&L.  It is 18 years old, and has ridden in a 1960 Landrover for 22 days on African safari, not one paved road.  All the while bouncing around in a wooden gun rack, enough to wear of the barrel blueing .  It has made two safaris, and three trips to the Arctic Cirle, even ridden in a dog sled on 800 miles of frozen tundra/rivers.


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I was planning on a 3x9 on my truck gun. I really hadn't thought about iron sights. 

In this part of the country longer shots are very possible and actually quite common. I think a scope would be a better choice. 

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