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    Boolit Bub monkey wrangler's Avatar
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    What is your oldest firearm?

    I am interested in how old of a firearm you shoot on a somewhat regular occasion. Or is there one that is older maybe you just don't shoot it for some reason sentimental value maybe.

    I have a turn of the century Knickerbocker shotgun that I do not really shoot any more the stock is broken and the lockup is really loose.

    Next oldest is a 50's era H&R 922 revolver the boy loves to shoot that 22LR.

    Pictures of the old firearm would be great as well as some history you have on it.
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    Boolit Grand Master Bazoo's Avatar
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    Cecilia, Kentucky
    Mine is a marlin model 60 made in 1970. It's beat upand rusty. It does function well and shoots pretty decent.

    Second is a winchester 94 made in 73. It has some honest wear but is clean. It's my favorite long gun. Neither are old, but the 94 speaks to me. She doesn't know it's a post 64, and I don't have the heart to tell her. She shoots a 31141 very well. I have a homemade sling for it out of a camo cotton webbing strap, and a browning horsehair sling too. I found a rear band that had a swivel stud attached. If I ever get the gumption, I might have the receiver hard chromed. That'll take care of the poor bluing job. I'm thinking about throating it so it'll take the RCBS 30-180-FN.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Winchester 1886 in 45/90 c.1891 per Cody Letter. Has been in the family since new.
    Winchester 1892 in 32/20 c.1905 newer addition to collection
    Marlin 1889 in 32/20 c.1890 newer addition to collection

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    Boolit Master Bad Ass Wallace's Avatar
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    Original 12.7x44mm RB dated 1874, Alex Henry police carbine 1878, Martin i Henry Mk3 1883, 1871 577 Snider.

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    Boolit Master Pine Baron's Avatar
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    1901 H&R top break 12 ga. Was my grandfathers. 32" barrel, old school full choke. Only shotgun, I've ever seen, that'll hold a 30" pattern of 2 3/4 #4 buckshot at 100 yards. Only shoot it a couple times a year, these days, usually at the annual "turkey shoot" hosted by the firehouse. I love to see the look on the Bennelli boys faces when she takes out the center of that paper target.
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    Boolit Master
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    H. Aston .54, Model of 1842. Single shot, caplock. Built like a tank.

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    1948 Winchester model 70, 5 digit serial number in 30-06. It only sees cast loads 90% of the time but it is a pleasure to shoot

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    Northern Va
    Mine is an RIA 1903. Not a collector piece, it was rebuilt at some point (RA 43 barrel) but the receiver was mfgr in 1905. Yeah, fully aware of the “low serial number” controversy but I shoot it regularly (and have for 30 yrs) with low pressure cast.

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    Boolit Master
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    Butler, Pennsylvania
    A Krag that, according to the serial number, was made in 1899. Next oldest is a Remington model 12 that was made in 1910.
    I prefer walnut and blued steel and only own 4 guns that were made after the 50's

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    SW Oregon
    My Trapdoor..

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    Northern NJ
    A Mosin model 1891 made in 1900.

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    Rochester, NY
    My Krag. I've never been bitten by the 1886 or trapdoor bug.

    I also have a 5 digit serial number 1903, and the first 2 digits are 1
    It was struck in August of 1903.
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    Boolit Buddy
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    North Queensland Australia
    I have an original chinese contract Borchardt in 45/70 serial number 125, still shoots well.

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    Spooner, WI
    Working on building a 1917 Enfield. Was given 3 sporterized actions and found a very nice Bishop stock, along with a NOS Johnson Automatics barrel, still with wax paper remnants on the barrel. Just gotta find somebody in the area to put it together and check the chamber.

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    Boolit Man slam45's Avatar
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    Siskiyou Mountains
    Winchester 1895 - 1896
    Colt US Model of 1909 - 1911
    Winchester 54 - 1927
    Winchester 1894 - 1942

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    Boolit Master
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    Outside Rolla, Missouri
    A Manton, 16 bore double, muzzleloading shotgun from approximately the 1850's and yes, I shoot it. It is in remarkable condition. Then either my Goldmann double rifle in 11.15 X 60R from the 1870's or my 1871 dated Husky roller. Then, most of my firearms are pre-WWII at least. I own very few post WWII.

    I have several others, domestic and German from pre-1900; 1889 Marlin, '86 Winchester, Johann Outschar stalking rifle. unmarked drilling, Combination gun in 16 X 10.5 X 47R, G.L. Raasch 88 in 9 X 57 and others I've forgotten.
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    Hampton Roads, Virginia
    Combination (Cape) gun made in Stettin, Germany. 16x2.5" left Damascus barrel, 10.5x47R right fluid steel barrel. Sold by F. Kuner and made between 1895 (when he started business) and May 1, 1892 when the proof law became effective in Germany. It has no proof marks.
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    Boolit Grand Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    Fargo ND
    My oldest is a Winchester pump gallery gun in .22short only. Goes back to the late 1800's. But i seldom shoot it as .22shorts are hard to find.

    WWII era I have a pair of Mosin's, a Win 94 lever gun in .30-30 that really needs to be bored out to .35-30-30, and a Yugo SKS.
    The Win 94 looks amazing but has a very poor bore. At 25 yards, off a rest 1 round out of 9 hit the paper.

    The Mosin's I shot regularly until I had all issues resolved and was getting decent accuracy.
    The SKS I still love to shoot. That girl just speaks my language.

    I also have a Cz-52 in 7.65x25 and it has pride of place. It is tucked away out of sight right below my left arm as I sit in my recliner. It is fully loaded, hammer cocked and on safety. I shoot it at least once a year, it is a year younger than I am, being built in 53.

    As for the rest, I have a H&R topper combo gun, .30-30 and 20 ga. This one gets shot fairly regularly. It is the most accurate of all my .30-30's. Stacks them up very nice at 100y. Frankly I just plain enjoy shooting this one.

    I have a Rolling Block Take down model in .32sw long that I love to shoot, it has been relined and reworked from rimfire to center fire. But it is just a little disappointing in the accuracy department. Its mostly a wall hanger. But the times I have shot it shine brightly in memory. Even if it is not as accurate as I would like. But it is one of those bucket list guns that just leave a golden glow in memory.
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    Boolit Master
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    Western Colorado
    1 trapdoor mfg 1889
    3 krags 1-1894 2- pre 1901
    2 P17's april and may 1918
    frogot 1 577-450 Nepalese Gahendra 1880's

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    Boolit Master MOA's Avatar
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    Concho, Arizona. At home in the White Mountains at last. Formerly living in Mobile Alabama.
    The oldest is my 1870 Swede chambered in 8x58RD. But a pair of 12,7 x 42R always seem to be hanging out together.

    Next is the 1887 Winchesters in 10 and 12 ga.

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