It’s another brush fight this week, pitting America’s rifle, the Model 94, against a more modern, highly utilitarian gun that’s something of a classic in its own right, the Remington 7400. The 94 is chambered for the timeless (or outdated, depending on your point of view) .30-30 Winchester, of course. It’s an Angle Eject model, meaning it was made sometime in the ’80s or ’90s when Winchester tinkered with the design to make the 94 more scope-friendly by deflecting empties off to the side. The Remington is a bare-bones carbine chambered for the highly useful and ubiquitous .30/06.
This is my Remington 7400 semiauto carbine in .30/06 with a Redfield 3×9 scope. It has an 18 ½-inch barrel that is extremely handy in close quarters, yet it still shoots 1 ½-inch groups with my reloads. When I know I am going to hunt in the thick stuff, this is my go-to rifle. Sometimes after carrying a full-length gun in the morning, I might pick this lighter one for the afternoon hunt. Compact, lightweight, accurate, reliable and powerful, this rifle has it all. The scope can easily be removed if necessary, and I can use the Hi-Viz open sights. Since it’s easy to operate, this is also the rifle I loan to other hunters in our party if they have gun trouble.
This is my Winchester model 94 AE. It’s the nicest gun I own. It sat in a closet for more than 20 years and had never seen the woods until I owned it. I bought it last year for my grandsons to use when they get old enough to hunt but meanwhile, Paw Paw will break it in for them. I thought about changing some things on the gun, but you don’t mess with an American Classic.
Special props to Milldawg for his creative use of antlers as a rifle rack. You can’t go wrong with either of these rifles in the brush so pick your favorite, vote, and comment below—and keep the gun pictures coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which brush gun do you like more?