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Desert Eagle41
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Posted: October 14 2017 at 10:01am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

This is a funny one I guess. Went shooting with some people I didn't know too well but it was me and a father and older grandson. We get out to my private range and they brought a truck with I guess about 40 guns. It was all older stuff that had maintenance issues and about every other gun jammed and they considered me the expert so I got to try to unjam rhese poorly maintained guns. The one interesting thing was I had brought 3 guns and shot better than they ever will!!! I will say it was fun!! Craig

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Posted: October 14 2017 at 11:05am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Craig, you must have more patience than I do these days. I had the same issue with one neighbor across the road. He got dozens of weapons from his father and all were filthy and starting to rot from corrosion and rust. Many a formerly fine Rem 700 and others. I really have little patience with people that do not take care of their firearms. I cleaned several of the weapons and the father paid me for my time and cleaning supplies. I gladly took the money as I spent days on those wrecks.

Yes Craig, you have more patience than I do. Salute!

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Posted: October 15 2017 at 5:36am | IP Logged Quote M700

Better to have a couple of well-maintained guns, than a truck full of guns that don't work well.

I could really be quite happy with a greatly reduced inventory of firearms.

Sometimes simple and few is better. I am real comfortable with my favorite guns, 'cause I use them a lot. Take care of your guns, they'll take care of you.

Preaching to the choir here I know.

Guy
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Posted: October 16 2017 at 5:22pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

M700 wrote:
Better to have a couple of well-maintained
guns, than a truck full of guns that don't work well.

I could really be quite happy with a greatly reduced
inventory of firearms.

Sometimes simple and few is better. I am real comfortable
with my favorite guns, 'cause I use them a lot. Take care
of your guns, they'll take care of you.

Preaching to the choir here I know.

Guy


Amen - I'm striving to be a minimalist, down to three
rifle calibers now, 223, 243 and 308 which takes care of
all my needs and makes it easy to stock components and
simplify my reloading.

I probably could get away with just two, the 223 and 308
but the 243 has sentimental value for me, it was my first
centerfire caliber and I've been shooting this caliber
(not specific rifle) since the late 60's. I love the
light recoil, easy to load and flat trajectory aspects of
this caliber. I've taken varmints, predators and deer
with it.

Both my father and the US Army taught me the value of
maintaining a firearm in top condition. In our house
abusing a rifle was a mortal sin.
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Posted: October 16 2017 at 6:36pm | IP Logged Quote joed

I have to agree, I have way to many myself.   On the plus side I did
sell off a few.

I'm down to .223, .22-250, 243, .25-06, .308 and .300 H&H. in
rifles.    The .300 is one I will probably never use as I no longer
hunt big animals. The .25-06 has sentimental value as it was my
first centerfire. It has hunted everything I've ever hunted
including bear in Canada.

One of the first to go was the 7mm RM in a beautiful Winchester
70. It kicked worse then the .300 H&H and was just not as
versatile as the .30 cal in my opinion.

Another that I think I could live without would be the .22-250, the
.243 is a better choice.



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Posted: October 17 2017 at 9:03am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well all I can say is I have a lot of guns in storage that I can't sell but try to shoot every so often but keep everything well oiled. Craig

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Posted: October 17 2017 at 11:36am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

I love the idea of simplicity, especially when it comes to reloading. Still, there are so many interesting calibers and interesting arms to go with them, I always find myself lusting after something else.

Actually, it gets a bit odd at times. I'm keen on getting a 45-70 and also want a 338-06. I don't think I really need either. My Whelan will probably kill anything the 45-70 would and the 338-06 is probably likewise redundant. Then again, after seeing Guy loading up his Blue Cyclones, I'm thinking I'd like a 25-06 as well.

I'm also looking to buy another .357 so the wife and I can carry a common caliber when hiking. So - buying more guns to simplify.

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Kinley, everyone should have a .25-06.    Had mine for 38 years now
and it is still my favorite hunting rifle.    It has been used in Ohio for
groundhogs that I've shot at some pretty long distances, it went
deer hunting when I lived in FL and bear hunting in Canada.

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Posted: October 18 2017 at 11:08am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

As per topic, I ran a squad of 18 officers in uniform patrol for a bit in a sector of town. I'd conduct weapon inspection at odd times. One officer's mod 13 was locked up tight. Wouldn't open. Wouldn't even revolve! Nuthin! He said it's been like that since the last time he qualified [5 months!]
I got him a week's suspension and mandatory training at the armoury on weapons care. If this idiot tried to defend himself against a lethal attack, the chief would be presenting the flowers to the widow. And I always took care of things to make my chief's tasks easier.
Some people shouldn't have firearms if they're too stupid or lazy to care for them.

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