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Old 03-25-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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What's the best combo rifle/shotgun?

And where the heck do I find it.

If bad things happen I don't want to carry multiple guns.

I was just thinking on this and remembered I use to have a neighbor who had one of these guns. I was just a kid. I know I need to learn guns better, but I don't want to buy lots just to figure out what I need.

I have a lot of questions like; Can these things handle higher caliber rounds or are they just good for smaller rounds?



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The Finnish-made Valmet may be what you are seeking. Very high quality, but no longer produced. I see them at gun shows periodically. I had one once. It was a 12 ga. over 30.06 topped with a Leupold 2X7 compact scope. I killed both deer and turkeys with it. I also had a set of 12 ga. shotgun barrels for it and used it rabbit hunting.

Savage produced their Savage 24 in various caliber/gauge combinations. Cheaper and more spartan than the Valmets, but they are no longer produced, either. One in good condition demands a premium.



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I'm not that familiar with weapons, but I've heard of a Franchi SPAS-12. Maybe more experienced members might be aware of this, it's pros and cons, and if it's available?

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The Franchi SPAS-12 is a combat shotgun, not a combination gun.

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The Franchi SPAS-12 is a combat shotgun, not a combination gun.
Thank you! I learned something new today! What about the Rossi Circuit Judge for small game?
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Harrington and Richardson (now owned by Marlin) make several shotgun/rifle packages.

You can buy a 12 ga/308 combo or make up your own. I ordered a 308 bull barrel with a 223 bull barrel - both with factory rails. Both were hand fitted and they both shoot very well.

Rossi makes a copy of these as well.

Savage made a 24 series, with variations of 12, 20 and 410 bore shotguns and 22lr, 22 winmag and 30-30, 223 and such in a rifle barrel on top of the shotgun barrel.

Both of these weapons systems are single shot.

Is this what you had seen earlier...?

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The Finnish-made Valmet may be what you are seeking. Very high quality, but no longer produced. I see them at gun shows periodically. I had one once. It was a 12 ga. over 30.06 topped with a Leupold 2X7 compact scope. I killed both deer and turkeys with it. I also had a set of 12 ga. shotgun barrels for it and used it rabbit hunting.

Savage produced their Savage 24 in various caliber/gauge combinations. Cheaper and more spartan than the Valmets, but they are no longer produced, either. One in good condition demands a premium.
The Valmet was imported by savage as the 330 and 333 12 ga. there were combe rifle shotgun barrels available but they are hard to fine now.

The mod 24 is 4-5 hundred at the gun shows.
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This is like asking a carpenter which hammer is the best; remember, a gun is only a tool used to reach out further than your hands. What you want it to do helps determine what constitutes "best". OP said the defining factor is not wanting to deal with a bunch of guns when things go sideways; my question, for clarity, is "What do you hope to accomplish with your tool (the firearm)?"

Hunting? A shotgun can do it, a rifle can sometimes do it better. That's where I see the "combo" fitting. Self defense? A single shot combo is asking for a world of hurt in that eventuality. The Circuit Judge may be a decent compromise, but I wouldn't trust the .410 shells for much beyond snakes or bunnies. A 12 or 20 gauge pump or auto shotgun could cover, but weight and cost of ammo has been a concern for me personally. The upshot is, trying to make one tool do all things is pushing it.


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For rabbits, squirrels and such my savage 24 has been pretty solid. I would carry it with me in a bug out scenario for sure. It's a .22lr over 20 gauge model.


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This is like asking a carpenter which hammer is the best; remember, a gun is only a tool used to reach out further than your hands. What you want it to do helps determine what constitutes "best". OP said the defining factor is not wanting to deal with a bunch of guns when things go sideways; my question, for clarity, is "What do you hope to accomplish with your tool (the firearm)?"
MY philosophy for just about everything has always been maximize and then optimize. this has made me reconsider a combo gun.

Why I'm here is complex:
Last year taught me I should be at least a little preped.
I like walking and hiking.
Rabbit, squirrel, and grouse taste good. I'd like to try someday for a wild pig. Free Ribs .

I don't have money to by every toy I want so back to my motto. I would like to buy one one gun good for hunting and home defense.

I just didn't know all these guns seem to be single shot. Hard to maximize or optimize that.


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