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Thread: Useless advice for you whippersnappers from an old fool

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    As a family tradition the oldest son got the old mans guns when he passed on.
    After a short debate my other brothers decided that since the oldest son had a problem with his dwellings burning down and in the process he burns up his own guns both times,
    1 house to a cigarette 2nd house to a electric heater.
    I sent the collection north where it will stay, Outside of hurricane country. Outside of the favorite sons reach, lol

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    Fortunately I still have my first, a Marlin .22 lr semiauto rifle and 3 of my first 4 handguns. Finally found a replacement for the first mistake, a Ruger Single Six convertible at over 3 times what I paid for the first one. It was the bicentennial model with “Made in the 200th year of American liberty” on the barrel so the replacement had to be a bicentennial as well, just because. Sold a Super Blackhawk because I didn’t have reloading equipment or a place for it. The guys that had been letting me reload on theirs were construction workers and moved away. Wish I had it now but I like the Blackhawk in .45 Colt as well or better. The last regret was a loaded Springfield Armory 1911. I had others and someone that I knew needed something after Katrina. I had just gotten it broken in and it was shooting great. Wish I had it even though I have several 1911s.
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    i still have my first rifle, a used winchester m94(1972) that was a 30-30, but now it is 35/30-30(JES Reboring). i can't tell you how many deer fell to the thruty-thruty. i put her in the safe for about 25+/- years, then i had the money a couple of years ago and it was time to bring her out to send it to JES. when i got her back, i was overwhelmed by the memories we had. i took her out deer hunting and she was heck on deer.....again!!!!!!!

    in the '90s, i was like a kid in the candy store. savage, remmy, h&r, ruger.....i had them all and i sold them to buy more rifles. then my divorce came and with it came the lawyer bills. i sold most of guns, i only kept a few. the semi custom 98 mauser in a douglas 7x57, rem m7 in 7-08, rem m760 in 308, mossberg m500 in 12ga, marlin m25 in 22 and the thruty-thruty. the 98 mauser is my oldest son's rifle, the m7 is still in the safe, the 760 is gone, the mossberg is my son's and the 22 i still have(my first rimfire).

    i slowly started to build my "collection" to what it is now. everything i have is a wood and blued steel rifles. the majority of the rifles are old sporterized milsurps, but i have couple of rifles that are newer.

    i sold alot of guns, but i can cry over two. they are the savage m340 in 222 rem and a ruger super redhawk(7.5" barrel) in 44 mag. i bought the 222 used from a local gun shop. but it was a keeper, i could do under 1/2" groups at 100 yards everyday and twicet on sunday. i figure that i did around 7000-8000 shots over 3 years. i don't know what the exact round count of the 222 being used. i scrubbed her out with shooters choice(about every 200-250 rounds) and i shot the barrel out. i should have kept the action and redo the barrel....but no!!!!!!!! theres a rem 223 just calling me to shoot it. (i did and it was a piece of bleep)

    the 44 was sold because i had to pay lawyer. i luved that revolver. i could point and shoot like you couldn't believe. i took her out deer hunting and she did deliver. the shot that i remember most was a doe at about 125+/-yards and she was shot behind the shoulder and the lungs were smashed and then it out behind the other shoulder. it was like a switch turned off on her. bang and dead. the 200gr hornady xtp with a warm load of win296 has killed many deer fer me. i should have found a way to pay the lawyer.........

    did the marriage thing once, i won't do it again. unless she's old and RICH!!!!!! then i'll have a change of heart, when she puts me into her will.
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    I sold my first firearm. A Browning BLR Grade II .22lr lever-action. Killed hundreds and hundreds of jack rabbits and squirrels with it. Sold it in my 20's for $150. Stupid.

    Sold my first .22 Pistol, a Ruger Single-Six with adjustable sights and the .22 Magnum cylinder. Sold it in my 20's as well. Stupid.

    But, I still have my first hunting rifle given to me by my dad at age 13. A Winchester Model 70 XTR Featherweight in .257 Roberts.

    Shot my first elk with it that year...

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    ive got lots of guns. Had LOTS of guns. I look at it a bit differently. Ive enjoyed every gun i own. Do i regret selling some of them? Sure i do. But ive sold guns to get guns. Ive enjoyed those guns too. Im am not a wealthy man. If i didnt sell those guns i couldnt have bought new ones that ive had alot of fun with. My tastes change. One year i may love shooting single actions. two years later im into custom Linebaugh clements ect single actions, two years later maybe its ar15s two years later maybe glocks two years later maybe double actions and it goes on and on. Ive had some real cool guns and shot the snot out of them. Whats a crime to me is seeing a gun i want and not being able to afford it while theres a gun in one of my safes that i havent shot in years. I have maybe 10-20 guns i wouldnt sell. But for the most part at the right offer there all for sale or trade. Ive even got two guns ive actually bought 3 times. Got bored and years later wanted it back so bought it. Got bored sold it and a few years later bought it back or one just like it. I think of the experience and memories of the fun ive had playing with new guns. The challenge of working up the best possible load for it. Trying many different cast bullets in it and finding the magic combo. What happens then? Maybe I shoot a couple deer and then it gets stuffed in the safe and im more interested in a new challenge.

    I dont pine of the memories i relish the memories. I made new memories just yesterday with 3 new rifles. A weatherby vanguard in 6.5-300 another weatherby in 7mag and a new model 70 280 featherweight at the range on the final day of fine tuning loads when every group i shot was moa or better. Heck ive owned a half a dozen different 7mags through the years and this is the forth 280 ive owned. One other was another 70 featherweight. This new 280 and 7 mag are the best shooting ones in that chambering ive owned. It like life is a road. You have to enjoy the trip. Experience new things. Heck how many here have all the cars theyve ever owned or dont wish they had one of them back. How many have every boat theyve ever owned every atv motorcycle, tool ect. Right now ive got guns that are fun to shoot. Good example for me are 9mms. Ive got probably a dozen various 9s. In these shortage times my stash of primers and lead lets me actually go out and shoot WHENEVER i want. I dont have to worry about finding 22 shells because i can shoot 9s as cheaply. I consider guns toys or tools. Not a living thing i get attachment to. There money in the bank. If i need something or some problem comes up I can sell a half a dozen and not have to worry about it. If you pine for your old 44 mag save some money and go buy one just like it. There not living things like your wife or kids or even your dog. One super blackhawk is the same as then next. There tools no differnt then my hammers. I have a favorite hammer too. I dont take it to bed with me though.

    I guess maybe i can see it if you have a dozen guns and dont see how you could buy 2 or 3 more in the near future. I remember in my 20s saying id never sell a gun when i owned maybe 10 and money was tight. But probably a 100 or more guns have come and gone since then. If i look back on those 10 i had in the 20s 3 are still here. A 1022 ruger and a 4 in n frame 629 and a 700 classic 6mm which was my first bolt action deer rifle. Even grandpas and dads guns have gone to my nieces and nephews.
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    as we get older and wiser we start to wish we hadn't got rid of things we were given or had as kids.you dont know what you've got till its gone.

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    I still have all my guns except for 2. I'm still kicking myself over the selling of my first deer rifle a 1977 Savage 99C in 308Win....the second gun...good riddance...it was a Ruger M944 in 40S&W....With that gun I couldn't hit a barn if I was standing inside it.

    I have all my others including my first shotgun a 1976 Mossburg 500AT 12 Gauge. I just got my very first Turkey with that gun last Friday. It's killed many game animals...but I never got into Turkey hunting until last year (I'm now 57). I'm hooked for the remainder now...haha

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    I am happy that many are not sentimental about guns, I have bought way over half of mine used. I have sold few and traded several. If I am lucky enough to see my sunset coming, I will do my best to send them all to new homes (sell or give-away)...along with my "3 times what a normal person would need for reloading" equipment and excessive supply of components. With a little luck and God willing, maybe the components will get used up. Getting older makes your (my) stuff, seem as such.

    It must be a personality trait, guessing most that have the "never sell a gun" mentality are also the ones that would spend thousands of dollars for medical care for a pet companion dog. (a thread here awhile back), Most who posted would do about anything for a pet dog...ones that don't even hunt....I am not "that guy" either....I don't have (need) a pet for a companion, but we are all a little different.
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    i dont love guns there tools. I love my dog!
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Smale View Post
    i dont love guns there tools. I love my dog!
    That is almost sad in a way. I do not love that old .22 but I love the father who gave it to me and the memories it brings back. It was big deal for me when I got that gun. My dad was not a hunter or shooter. Yet he respected my desire to hunt and shoot. Certainty, those memories would be there without the gun sitting by the front door, but it would seem disrespectful for me to send it down the road.

    I cannot recall my dad giving me birthday or Christmas presents...he was not wired that way. Maybe that's what makes the Anschutz so very special.
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    I had grandpas three guns. Yup they meant something to me but they would have been sold if my dog needed medical care and i wouldnt have been able to pay for it and i had nothing else to sell. But i gave them all to my nephews last year. I didnt use them and i wanted then in the family before i died. I wouldnt have sold them to a stranger but LOVE? I loved grandpa not his guns. Memories are there even though the guns arent in the safe anymore and it to me is cool there actually being used instead of collecting dust. Dad had a double barrel 16 winchester that was his fathers. He tried to give it to me a few times and i said no. Partly because it meant alot to him and because we are only 23 years apart and i told him to give it to one of his grandsons that had sons of his own that would insure it got passed down. So last year he did that at the same time. But i sure dont get sentimental about the guns i myself bought at a gun shop. Like i said with that train of thought id still have my first car, first boat, first harley, heck my first wife!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Smale View Post
    I had grandpas three guns. Yup they meant something to me but they would have been sold if my dog needed medical care and i wouldnt have been able to pay for it and i had nothing else to sell. But i gave them all to my nephews last year. I didnt use them and i wanted then in the family before i died. I wouldnt have sold them to a stranger but LOVE? I loved grandpa not his guns. Memories are there even though the guns arent in the safe anymore and it to me is cool there actually being used instead of collecting dust. Dad had a double barrel 16 winchester that was his fathers. He tried to give it to me a few times and i said no. Partly because it meant alot to him and because we are only 23 years apart and i told him to give it to one of his grandsons that had sons of his own that would insure it got passed down. So last year he did that at the same time. But i sure dont get sentimental about the guns i myself bought at a gun shop. Like i said with that train of thought id still have my first car, first boat, first harley, heck my first wife!!
    When my great grandma was developing dementia, or whatever it was, asking her about an object would get the stories about the family members she didn't remember when we were just talking to her. That and the right odors. I'm getting old enough now that I don't remember the objects, odors, or the stories myself, anymore. I last saw her in 1974, when she was about 84 or 85. Was born in 1889. About the only story she told that I do remember is that her parents were run out of Vienna, Missouri, in the 1850's because they were abolitionists. The folks who ran them out were their own family. That got a little reinforcement when I got married the first time. Just before we got married, my now ex was talking to my grandma and found out that we were distant cousins, related through my great grandma. Ex had visited the family in Vienna, from NYC, where she lived, only a few years before we got married. I don't believe I'm ever going to a family reunion again.

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