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10 Guns Every Hunter Should Have in Their Collection

The 10 guns every hunter wants in their dream collection.

The Ernist Hemingway .577 Nitro Express

There are some guns you need, and some guns you just want - here's a list with a bit of both.

You could shoot anything, anywhere with this group as your arsenal. Some of these guns have stood the test of time and some are more recent emergents. Whether planning a hunting trip in Missouri or Mongolia, one thing you won't have to worry about with this collection is buying a new gun. Could you get by with far fewer guns? Sure, but why would you want to?

Here are the best hunting guns each and every one of us should own, or at least hunt with once in our lives.

View the photos to see the 10 guns every hunter wants.

12 Gauge Auto

The 12 gauge auto is today's powerhouse shotgun. Great for tough conditions and tough birds, like ducks and geese, many of these guns are practically indestructible but fully modern and ultra reliable. The 12 gauge can also be used with a slug for deadly deer hunting in populated areas that don't allow a rifle season.

.20 Gauge Over-and-Under

If you had to buy just one bird hunting shotgun, the 20 gauge would be it. Versatile enough for smaller birds like dove or bigger birds like pheasant, the 20 gauge over-and-under is a sporting shotgun with the modernity to handle a wide variety of shooting adventures.

28 Gauge Side-by-Side

Few things can give someone instant class, but a 28 ga. side-by-side shotgun is certainly one of them. A perfect gauge for easy to kill birds and the sporting heritage of side-by-side barrels. Many of these shotguns are true works of art with old European gunsmiths and engravers putting their time-tested traditional craftsmanship into their creations. Perfect for use on quail plantations, English driven shoots, or for display in your private gun museum.

.22 Lever Action

The always popular .22 combined with the classic Americana lever action. Whether shooting close-range targets or helping your kids eradicate those pesky lawn varmints -- every collector needs this tiny part of American sporting tradition.


AKA the coyote slayer - the .22-250 is essentially a .22 with a rocket attached to it. It shoots fast and flat - perfect for small game in big country or targets that rub you the wrong way.

.243 Winchester Model 70

Introduced in the 1950s, the .243 Winchester Model 70 remains a timeless deer hunting rifle. In some countries with hunting caliber minimums the .243 is considered an introductory lever hunting rifle. The .243 is a light and reliable hunting gun with long-term popularity due to its versatility in North America.

.300 Winchester Magnum

The .300 WM is almost certainly the most popular caliber among North American hunters today. Its incredible versatility in the shooting, hunting, and law enforcement communities ensure its continued popularity. Based on the larger .375 H&H Magnum, the .300 WM delivers amazing long-range accuracy combined with lighter weight. Whether pursuing moose or sheep, hunters can be confident in their shot with a .300 WM.

.375 Bolt Action

The .375 bolt action rifle is regarded as one of the lightest, yet effective, big game rifles. It is a popular choice for many African hunts and the bolt action remains a highly reliable action choice for quick reloading.

The Double Rifle

The double rifle, as much a work of art as it is a rifle, belongs at the top of the hunting gun hierarchy. Many of these guns are exquisitely engraved and all are impeccably engineered. Available only in big-bore calibers, these are the guns used for the most-dangerous game hunts of yesteryear and of today. Those hunters lucky enough to hunt with a double rifle are among the company of some of history's greatest hunters.

.45/.410 Revolver - The Judge

The title says it all - "The Judge" is the do-it-all revolver. Carry it as your sidearm for those dangerous game hunts or just keep it at your ranch for the street cred.

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