Biloxi, Mississippi (Ammoland) For many of you northeastern Yankees, “truck gun” may be a foreign term. Please allow a moment for elaboration and clarification. A truck gun, by loose definition, is a long gun kept at the ready in the cab of your pickup truck for general shooting chores. Depending on your locale, a truck gun may be primarily tasked with dispatching meddlesome groundhogs or prairie dogs. Texas ranchers may very well keep a truck gun handy to dispose of marauding feral hogs. Of course, the truck gun is also often viewed as a personal defense tool as protection from both two and four-legged predators.
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The “truck gun” is viewed as a utility tool that is up to rough use and abuse. “Pretty guns” and wall-hangers need not apply. If you were to compile a list of attributes or features that a good truck gun must possess, I suppose toughness or durability would be number one. A good truck gun has to be tough enough to operate even when it is dusty or dirty. By nature of circumstance, a truck gun is going to get banged around. If you are concerned about protecting the glossy finish on your hardwood stock, leave it in the safe. Truck guns are distinguished by their scars.
Next up on the list of considerations would be size. Your 49-inch goose gun or a long-range .30-06 with a 26 inch barrel are both going to be cumbersome to maneuver in and out of a truck cab. For those concerned with varmints and two-legged threats, lengthy rifles are difficult to maneuver inside of your truck.
Caliber choice is largely open to debate. For many men, the .22LR or .22 Win Mag are the number one choices for truck guns. I’ve known other folks that opted for the .243 or .308 Winchester. The .223 Remington naturally has a strong following today.
Again, cartridge choice is a matter of tasking. The mid-western farmer who is concerned with marmots and the occasional fox will naturally lean toward smaller and faster bullets. Conversely, if your concern is with creatures that surpass one or even two hundred pounds, prudence would dictate that your projectiles are larger and heavier.
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