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Thread: Hunters guns, 1954

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    Boolit Buddy BoolitBill's Avatar
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    Back in the 60’s, my uncle loved to hunt and he had a pre-64 Winchester model 70 in 30-06, a Remington 1100,12 gauge, and a High Standard .22 pistol. He would say that is all he needed to hunt everything he wanted to hunt! He was right because he always came home with the meat.

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    my hand-me-down rifle was my great grandfather, pappy, dad, my late uncle and finally me. my sons' can figure out who it will go to next!!!!!!! it is a 1898 springfield armory(bubbasized) in 30-40 krag. it has killed a lot of deer for us. i was the first guy to introduce cast boolits and they are awesome together!!!!! 165gr ranch dog and h4198 going 1930fps is what i use.

    my grandfather, pappy, left guns to different family members. my dad, a 22lr in high standard, browning humpback 12ga shotgun, various 22 lr rifles, the 7.5 french and the 8mm lebel(that pap got in WW2) and a whole bunch of guns that i can't remember. he gave his deer rifle, rem 760(made in '53 or '54) in '06 to oldest son.
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    I have my grandfather's JC Higgins 20 12ga (a Hi Standard 200 if I researched correctly), my father's 870 12ga that appears to be a 1957 manufacture, and his Winchester 37 Steelbilt single-shot .410 from the early to mid-1950s.

    My brother has dad's Rem 760 Gamemaster in .300 Savage, with stern warning that if it leaves his ownership, it had better go to me or one of my sons.

    Each bring cherished memories of hunting and shooting with both gentlemen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawlerbrook View Post
    Here in NYS it would have been a Winchester 1894 or a Remington 760/740 near the top of the list.
    In the other part of CNY it would be the hometown product Savage 1899 in .303 or that young upstart model 99 in .300.
    "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

    -Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle

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    We must think a lot alike, I have the identical 141, and 121. My .35 wears a Redfield peep, and is a shooter. I have my grandfathers double barrel, it is a J Stevens, 16 Gauge, choked full and fuller with rabbit ear hammers. It locks up tight, no wiggle in anything, and the locks are like new. He had bought it off his brother in law in the 60's. He was a real hunter, who lived in Illinois, and hunted everything in season. He carried it so much, the checkering was worn thin, and the metal has a even brown patina, but the bores are like new. My grandfather occasionally killed a few squirrels, and foxes when they raided the hen house, and a few groundhogs. They had about 100 leghorns, and the foxes just could not resist them, in a high fenced in pen about 1/2 acre. He would kill 2-3 each spring and summer, that would be it for another year. I vividly recall him shooting at a fox at about 52 yards because I was there, and watched him step it off. A the crack of shotgun, the fox rolled and started rolling around in a circle, the 2nd barrel stilled him for good. When we got there, the hen was still alive, and now worse for the wear, still in the foxes jaws. She had apparently dodged all the shot. Grandpa pried the foxes mouth open and she beat it back to the hen lot. This shotgun resides above my fireplace, with its long barrels oiled and still ready for duty if need be.

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    Cool story Koger, good that you still have it! I know what you mean about tight and tighter, those full chokes from back before plastic wads are Tight!! Keep taking them out to hunt, and cteate more memories.
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    Not 1954 but how about 1962?

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    "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

    -Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle

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    Nice pictures, family? I see a M99, a bolt gun and another lever, no scopes that I see. Oh, and a Bug, lots of folks liked them for hunting and fishing around here too, and without any camouflage????
    Looks like somebody with the lever gun got a spike too. There are some pic threads O have run across about old hunting camps, takes you back.
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    I grew up on the family farm in CT, my dad was a terror in the woods, always favored .32's. If the story that I remember is right this is the day he got his first deer with his fathers 32-40. Probably 1942 or so with his sister and cousin.
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    Ammo was scarce during the war, he set out hunting in 1944 (+/-) after white tail. He shot one and it dropped hard, he walked up to it and the deer got on its feet- he only had the one bullet so tackled the animal with his knife- couldn't come home empty handed you know. He stabbed it several times and with the deer thrashing about managed to put the knife through the back of his left hand. Left thumb never did work quite right after that.

    He graduated to a .32 Special, this photo was taken about the time I was born in the old farmhouse. Growing up, he and I hunted with most of these... sure would like to know what happened to that Remington. Long gone before I could shoot it. We had those Trapdoors for fun, the cut-down of course was mine, my dads when he was young, family tradition.
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    I grew up in a non-hunting family and the only gun My dad owned was Remington Model 10 12ga pump. Actually a "pre-Model 10". This was a gun that was given to my father by the family of an old Doctor friend C.J. Glaspell. Dr. Glaspell was one of the first Americans to go Europe for WWI as a physician before US soldiers went to fight. He had promised a German Lugar war souvenir to my father but years later when the family settled his estate all that was offered was the Model 10.

    Back in the 80's I got invited to a local duck hunt, the model 10 was the only shotgun I had. I remember using masking tape to cover the entire gun and spraying a rattle can camo paint job, heck I didn't even own camo clothing, I wore a printed long sleeve dress shirt.

    No ducks flew that day, I didn't even get a shot off.

    I still have that gun.

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    Oddly enough I picked up a circa 1954 Remington 870 16 gauge with a 28” plain mod barrel last Friday . The blueing is turning brownish and I stripped the stock and forend Saturday now in the process of putting a Tung Oil finish . Even though the exterior looked kinda rough I think that was from sitting in someone’s kitchen sort of close to a stove . The insides looked great and not abused at all . The gun I believe had a side scope mount once upon a time using the two trigger pin holes to mount as it had plenty lead streaks in the choke and a buildup from blow back in the chamber area . It all cleaned up easy enough and for a good bit less then $200 who was I to say no
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