Should I SELL or KEEP my .30-06 hunting rifle?

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    Should I SELL or KEEP my .30-06 hunting rifle?

    Should I SELL or KEEP my .30-06 hunting rifle? It's a Model 742 'Woodsman' by Remington, semi-auto, 5-shot capacity. I have NEVER used it for hunting (or anything, except sighting it in). I'm thinking it's not the best SHTF gun. So I am leaning towards selling it.

    But I am seeking advice from the wise sages here, that might convince me to keep it. It does have some serious firepower, but I am thinking a AR-style .223 might be better to have in the closet.

    What say you?

    Thanks for any comments.

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    Keep the 06 and get a AR 15, that way you have both :)

    I love my 06 and have no intention of getting rid of it.

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    I passed up a 742 years ago and have been kicking myself ever since. My friend has one and I keep begging for him to sell it to me, he isn't going for it. I'd keep it its a semi auto, 5 shots very quickly of some heavy lead.


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    The .30-06 has been a pretty distinguished combat cartridge for a few years now. It's got more energy at 400 yards than the .223 would have at the muzzle. I agree with W9HDG - keep the -06 and get an AR if you really want one.
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    Or sell it to me for 200.00 and that Camaro for 5000.00. I even fly to RI and pick em up.
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    FWIW.. Your Remington's value is just shy of $300. My advice is hang onto it for the very reason you stated. Serious firepower.
    But, that's me.... I don't like getting rid of any of my guns... When I have, I usually regret it.

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    I should mention that I have two 742's...one .30-06, and one .243. My main hunting rifle is my Browning A-Bolt also in .30-06
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    I'm not into keeping guns that are never used. The AR is much more versatile - cheap plinking, home defense, hunting, SHTF, fun to shoot. There's a difference in what the books say a gun is worth and what you'll actually get for it. Find out if it will put a big enough dent in the AR fund to be worth selling and also factor in someone else may actually get some enjoyment out of it instead of it sitting in a closet - while some find them desirable, it's not a collectible. Just did a quick search and apparently those guns tend to beat themselves to death as the metal for the rails is too soft. Remington had an exchange program, but it ended in 99. Doesn't sound like it would be worth anything as a SHTF gun anyway.

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    Like everyone said, go for a AR-15 :)
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    Terol is right, depending on condition, it is worth between $200-300. I would say its value as a hunting rifle is worth more than you will get for it to go towards an AR. I would say keep it and save a few extra months for the AR.

    Oh, and if you want, you can get 10 round mags. But they were around $30 at the last gun show I went to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terol View Post
    FWIW.. Your Remington's value is just shy of $300. My advice is hang onto it for the very reason you stated. Serious firepower.
    But, that's me.... I don't like getting rid of any of my guns... When I have, I usually regret it.

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    My dad had the 742 BDL, brother has the ADL. Nephew is in "custody" of dads at the present

    If it is in VG to pristine shape, and is aBDL{Basket weave checkering} and a forearm that tapers out(gets bigger) as it goes toward the barrel you have a $300+/- $50-75. Scope add $60-80. Depending on your area for resale

    ADL is $50-75 less.

    IF,IF you never plan on using it for hunting, & don't have any offspring that want a real nice rifle to hunt with, sell it and save $1500 & get an AR in .308.That way you are approaching the ".06 in firepower and you get your AR.
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    30-06 hunting rifle is a fine weapon to own and if taken care of loses no real value over time and may even increase.
    If you want an AR/M4 type save up and grab one but keep the 30-06 hunting rifle
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    I can't give you wise or sage advice on this, or advice based on experience. I can give you
    advice based on my emotions, my gut feeling. My last experience with 30.06 was with a Garand
    a couple of lifetimes ago. Keep the 30.06 if you have room for it. Someone said you can get
    10 rnd magazines for it; do that.

    If you have heirs or expect to have heirs, let them inherit it. Meanwhile keep it clean and shiny
    and rust free.

    Dunno about that sissy .223 stuff; 06 was good enough for Guadalcanal; keep it.

    P.S. I'm not a rifle buff and I'm speaking from emotions on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9HDG View Post
    I should mention that I have two 742's...one .30-06, and one .243. My main hunting rifle is my Browning A-Bolt also in .30-06
    Ditch the Remington and get a Browning A-Bolt in 7 Mag.
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