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Posted: March 11 2018 at 6:54am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

"Beware the man with one rifle because he can probably
really use it."

Sold my .30'06 yesterday. Haven't shot it in almost 2
years. Gave my .45-70 to my brother a couple years back.
Now I have just two centerfires in the case. And I don't
really count the AR15 as a viable rifle. More of a
plaything.

Yup, today, when I want to shoot a rifle I'll stick with
my Rossi M92 .357Mag levergun. 20" octagonal barrel,
curved buttplate, Big easy to see buckhorn sights. With
this rifle I seldom ever miss. Costs a touch less to
shoot than a .22LR with cast loads. And with a 158gr JHP
at 1700fps, it's a formidable weapon for anything that
runs my woods. I tinker with the M4 copy, but I seriously
shoot the M92.

Last year I consolidated .38Spl bullets, casting just a
few of anything else on rare occasions. This year I'm
consolidating rifles. And the funny part is the
"consolidation bullet" is great in my two .38Spl
revolvers and pinpoint accurate in the M92. So what's
that old saying again?

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Posted: March 11 2018 at 9:50am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Wade, I also have two deer rifles and at my age I am starting to ask "WHY". There are a few guns that I want yet but nothing I need.
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Posted: March 11 2018 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

Ranger
I've got a couple collecting dust too. Still got a custom .338/06 AI that was used for my only bull elk and my best ever whitetail. Doubt I'll ever go elk hunting again and a 225 gr. Hornady at 2700 fps isn't as much fun as it was 30 some years ago.

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Posted: March 11 2018 at 7:22pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yup, my brother deserved that JM stamped Guide Gun. And
when I left the security business I no longer needed long
range gear for hog control. Just makes sense to me not to
have a lot of ordinance. Besides, my mission has changed.
Close quarters with hogs and coyote. Snakes and
armadillos. Shotgun, pistol caliber carbine, and handguns
are now my weapons of choice.
The M92 is just perfect for me. Fits me perfect and
shoots like a guided missile. The AR15 just doesn't zing
me. Reminds me of a bunch of LEGO blocks and
Erectorset parts stuck together. Just don't feel
right. Guess that's why I can't get it to shoot right.
But when I pick up the 92 it's like it belongs in my
hands. When I pick up that M4 copy it feels like I'm
holding a bunch of vacuum cleaner parts!
That's why I really can't take it seriously I guess.
The M92 is my baby!

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Posted: March 11 2018 at 8:29pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

I've got to agree with you on the AR. I've had one for years and rarely shoot it. Just doesn't make the juices flow but...vacuum cleaner parts? Now that's a good one!

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Posted: March 11 2018 at 9:06pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yeah, the semiautomatic Hoover with the collapsible
stock.

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Posted: March 12 2018 at 7:12am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

But seriously, I operate with a "Lakota mind", and we are
not traditionally into possessions and trying to
accumulate as much things as other folks. Basically we
tend to be a bit more practical about things and not
obsessed with acquisitions. So going with the one rifle
that has shot exceptionally well for me, and feels the
very best when I pick it up and put it to the shoulder,
just makes sense to me. I don't need 35 357 magnums nor
50 different bolt-action rifles in a variety of calibers
that I seldom if ever shoot. I consider that an OCD sort
of thing.

This phenomenon of acquisition also transcends Beyond
firearms. In the guitar playing World I have seen people
that accumulate so many instruments that they have to
build a separate room in their home just to house them
all. We're talkin in excess of 70 or 80 guitars and often
times nearly half of that again in the form of
amplifiers. Yet you can only play one guitar at a time. I
personally only have two and consider that more than
plenty! I just have a different mindset I suppose
compared to most folks. And usually those that own a
gazillion guitars often turn out to be very poor
guitarist. I wonder if that holds true with Firearms as
well?

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Posted: March 12 2018 at 5:06pm | IP Logged Quote M700

You're playing my tune with that song Ranger.

I've been saddled with a lot of "family" firearms... Handed down from others.

Yet what I really need and want makes for a rather short list. I won't do the same to my sons. They'll get the ones they want, the rest will be sold or given away as I age and no longer need or want them.

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Posted: March 12 2018 at 5:09pm | IP Logged Quote M700

For rifles - all I really need is:

one good rimfire - I have a .22 Marlin 39A that is sufficient

two good hunting rifles - my 30-06 Rem 700 is one, I'd likely pick the matching 25-06 as the other

MAYBE one good target rifle. I do like to compete now and again. Used to compete often. My 308 Win serves that purpose just fine.

And... An AR-15 'cause it works well for me.

A whole bunch of other rifles could just leave, and it wouldn't interfere with my activities at all.

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Posted: March 12 2018 at 6:21pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Sold a 1966 12ga framed Remington Wingmaster 870 in 20ga
today. Great dove or rabbit gun. Don't hunt either. Last
time I shot it was a couple years ago trimming tree
limbs! Got a 12ga that throws more lead. Don't see
the point of a 20ga, so bye bye Remington...

Down to 4 long guns. My pistols are getting pretty
nervous!

Edit: Guess there's enough European And Scandinavian
blood in me to not allow a near full out purge to one
long gun and one handgun. That would be logical, but even
in my most "Vulcan logic" infused thinking could I do
that!

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Posted: March 13 2018 at 7:03am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Iam starting to pass my firearms down to my grand kids, some of whom have kids of their own.

I have one pistol caliber rifle, a 94 Winchester in .45Colt, a couple of rifles in .30-06 and a Marlin 39A, a good choice in .22 cal since it will shoot shorts, nice for pest control around the buildings. I also have a 600 Remington in .222, which I can load down to .22LR ballistics for less than the cost of .22LR ammo.



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Posted: March 15 2018 at 11:30am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well boy's I think I may have too many guns when I finally had to get a second safe just for the handguns!! I almost bought a gun the other day that I already had one of in the safe. Problem is I have no one to leave them to and I don't want to sell them as I don't need the money. I do have a great niece that may need something if I can make her mom go with it. But that's all no others interested. Craig

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Posted: March 16 2018 at 7:21pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Craig, I'm sure the state will enjoy your collection.
They'll pick over what those in power want and auction
off the rest. But you'll be dead and won't care right?




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I'm giving a RockChucker press to the husband of my
granddaughter..............does that count.

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Posted: March 18 2018 at 6:36am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Craig

I taught hunter ed for 20 years and several of the firearms we used in the course were donated.
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Desert Eagle41 wrote:
Well boy's I think I may have too many guns when I finally had to get a second safe just for the handguns!! I almost bought a gun the other day that I already had one of in the safe. Problem is I have no one to leave them to and I don't want to sell them as I don't need the money. I do have a great niece that may need something if I can make her mom go with it. But that's all no others interested. Craig

Daddy, did you forget about your son, Rex, in Nebraska?
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Well, I like guns and have quite a few. Some don't get shot often, but they aren't eating anything and eventually I'll find myself completely retired and looking for things to do. If I ever decide to, I can sell them off as I need to.

That said, there's certainly a lot of truth in saying you should focus on being highly proficient with what you use. I have a few that are go-to guns for certain things and they tend to get shot the most. I'm not as good at shooting under field conditions as I should be particularly wing shooting, so I guess I should start working on all of it. But I like playing around with guns and I'm not going to limit myself to just a few. They'll either get sold off when I don't need or want them anymore or go to my sons when the time comes.

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Posted: March 18 2018 at 12:15pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well I talked to a friend with the local police department and he said to forget donating them to the force as he didn't think they could be trusted with anything good. Craig

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Posted: March 23 2018 at 5:45am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well I wouldn't worry too much about owning an obscene
number of firearms these days. With brainless high school
kids marching in protest of guns, the government passing
laws to ban and confiscate everyone's personal firearms,
and the average citizen being caught up in the
unconstitutional action, you won't have any guns. The
government will take them away from you. So sit back and
wait for the gun confiscating stormtroopers to come and
disarm you. Won't be long now.

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Posted: March 31 2018 at 12:11pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Ah,, what guns???   Craig

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