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The Ideal Hunting Rig!

In your opinion, what would make the ideal hunting rig? Is it a truck or suv? What engine and trans? What options would it have to have?

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Re: The Ideal Hunting Rig!

Depends on how and what you hunt. I'd do a crew cab pick-up before I'd do an SUV. I have a 4-door 4WD Tundra I think is about ideal. A similar Ford, Chevy, GMC Dodge would also do nicely. For a truck, a cap is a must. Other than that, the trannies and engines are all a matter of personal preference. The engine/transmission needs to deliver enough horsepower and torque to do what you want to, but if you drive any distance, gas mileage is a consideration.
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I always go back and forth betwween a truck and a suv. The truck has to have a cap and be set up with dog boxes. Both would have to be 4WD and I would like limeted slip. It would definitely be a Chevy or GMC. I like a dual battery set up and larger fuel tank. If it had a choice of v8 or 6, I would take the 8. I would like the 4WD system to have an Auto Mode as well as 4WD-L and 4WD-H. Just to name a few things!

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I like my pick up truck, but have always thought of getting an older wrangler with a lift kit when back on the trail. I can't see spending the money on a quad or UTV, but would o. A wrangler
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I'd probably lean toward a Tahoe Z-71 with 6" of suspension lift, a winch and a set of 305 Mud-Terrain T/A's. Seat 6 or 7 guys if you're running around doing deer or bear drives. Or fold down the rear row of seating or both rear rows of seating and chuck it full of 3 weeks worth of gear. Add a hitch hauler to the receiver for the bloody stuff and you're set to go.

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Re: The Ideal Hunting Rig!

I would like to have a Quigley 4X4 van! Lots of space! Deck out the interior with a bunk or two, stove, heater, maybe a pot/shower. Put a roof rack up top and a ladder out back and you've got a machine that'll go anywhere and let you live there for a little bit with some comforts.

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A 3/4 ton 4x4 Suburban or Excursion. Carries a lot of weight and you can sleep in it. I use my 2 door 4x4 Tahoe and I sleep in it relatively comfortably. You could do 2 but it would be tight. A 3/4 or 1 ton 4x4 van would come in right with those 2 vehicles as well.

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I would like to have a Quigley 4X4 van! Lots of space! Deck out the interior with a bunk or two, stove, heater, maybe a pot/shower. Put a roof rack up top and a ladder out back and you've got a machine that'll go anywhere and let you live there for a little bit with some comforts.
I like it! I've always wondered why the 4X4 vans never were more popular. Now the reason would be poor gas mileage I guess!

http://www.quigley4x4.com/tabid/73/Default.aspx

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Any 4X4 truck with a good cap. I have a regular cab., 8ft. bed with Leer cap. I don't haul people so it suits me fine. All my clothing tubs, stands, carts, etc. fit in. I can sit in there on cold/rainy/windy mornings and get dressed. When I get a deer I push everything up to the cab and load the deer. When I get home I climb in with the hose and wash it out towards the back. Ready to go again.
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Re: The Ideal Hunting Rig!

If I had unlimited funds to build the perfect hunting rig it would be the body of a mid sized crewcab truck like a chevy colorado or Tacoma with a 6 cylinder diesel and 4x4. Then a 6" lift and some nice off road capable tires and a cap on the back. I figure this would get me through most situations.
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