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earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,278 Senior Member
Combing through my old magazines the other day, I found an old Skeeter Skelton article titled Guns I Remember Best.

The first rifle I ever hunted deer with was an old Ruger Deerfield carbine. My first season, a small 4x fork horn came up behind me in the very crunchy snow. When I turned to look, he took off full throttle. I picked him up on a swing in the low power scope and sent three factory 240gr sjhp's after him. He fell DOA with an exit hole through his chest big enough to shock me. I wasn't big enough to drag him out through all the deadfall, so I made a camp and when I heard my Dad looking for me after dark I guided him in with a couple shots. 

When I got older one of the guns that passed through my hands was Ruger SBH with a seven and half inch barrel and dragoon trigger guard. I'd had handguns, but that one was a real favorite. To me at the time it was the biggest most powerful boomer I'd ever seen anyone shoot. I had no aversions to recoil back then. I didn't ever buy 44spls. I shot one to two boxes of 50 round magnum ammo out of it without stopping every time I could buy the ammo and get to the range. I loved it. It was only the future discovery of the svelte S&W DA wheel guns that pried that gun away from me. 

Nothing shines in my memory like those two guns.

What guns do you remember best???

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  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,824 Senior Member
    My early 70's Colt Trooper MKIII. It was the first handgun I ever fired at around 12. My dad gave it to me around 17. It has that Colt deep shiny bluing and shoots like a dream.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    That would be my Remington Nylon 66 in Mohawk Brown that I bought with money I worked for that seemed almost forever to accumulate. I was in the 6th grade in '63'-'64 so there weren't a lot of high paying jobs for a feller my age and the $49.95+tax was a fortune . :)  And I bought my very first brick of .22LR with it, too. Once sighted in, squirrels lived in fear. I also got a lot of rabbits with that rifle, too, either catching them sitting or watch them long enough to figure where they sat down again when flushed from cover and stalk them. Good training picking out a rabbit in cover.

    There were very few deer in these parts back then and squirrel, rabbits, quail, and doves were what was hunted.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,068 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #4
    Win model 74 and a Win 37 shotgun.  Both fine guns.  I took a lot of game with them; the .22 wasn't mine, but was loaned to me.  Very accurate.  I gave my 37 to my nephew several years ago and he still has it.  It was modified, which is a good choke.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,194 Senior Member

    The summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school I worked in a gas station.  I didn't make a lot, but half the money I made went toward the purchase of a brand new Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308 Winchester.  The store owner threw in a Weaver 4x scope and mounts to sweeten the deal.  I think I paid $144 for the whole package.

    I killed a number of Texas whitetail as well as my only desert Mule deer with it.  Sadly, it was stolen some years later. 

    That gun began my love affair with the 88s, so I guess it's the one I remember the most.

    Jerry

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,278 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #6
    I think I read that the old Troopers were the predecessor for the Python. Same lockwork.

    A Nylon 66 must have been real futuristic leap for a first gun purchase. A classic rifle now.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,112 Senior Member
    My first centerfire firearm was a model 94 XTR 30-30 that I purchased in 1980. carried it on half a dozen backpack excursions through the Montana wilderness before I was old enough to purchase a handgun. Put quite a few rough miles on that rifle and it shows it but has an honored place in my collection.

    Sako
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,068 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #8
    I think I read that the old Troopers were the predecessor for the Python. Same lockwork.

    A Nylon 66 must have been real futuristic leap for a first gun purchase. A classic rifle now.
    The Troopers had the same lockwork as the Diamondback.  Not the predecessors of a Python, but a cheaper sub, o so I've read.  I've got two Nylon 66s, one in brown an the other in the weird brown/green(can't remember the color, but it's rare) and both are fine rifles.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,278 Senior Member
    I bet there weren't alot of 88's being carrired in the field even back then.

    Says alot about the 94' 30wcf to still be handy enough to backpack after a century of manufacture.

    Leave it to Gene to remember a couple guns Ive never seen. A 22 and a shotgun would have covered almost any needed use.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,194 Senior Member
    I bet there weren't alot of 88's being carrired in the field even back then.

    Says alot about the 94' 30wcf to still be handy enough to backpack after a century of manufacture.

    Leave it to Gene to remember a couple guns Ive never seen. A 22 and a shotgun would have covered almost any needed use.

    Could be.  They were manufactured between 1955 and 1973.  I bought mine n 1968.  I remember one hunting camp where a man carried one chambered in .284.  I had never heard of that chambering before then.  
    Jerry

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,583 Senior Member
    My first 7-08 XP is the first thing that came to mind. 
    I traded it to a friend 
    Ernie

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  • waipapa13waipapa13 Senior Member Posts: 858 Senior Member
    My Poppa's old Beretta pump action 12 gauge.
    I remember him taking me to the grapefruit tree by the chook house and letting me shoot a couple of windfalls, I was all of 5 at the time so he crouched down and shouldered it while I had the stock tucked under my arm and pulled the trigger when he said to, awesome teaching moment for a kid.
    Mum and Dad fell on hard times when I was 8 or so after Poppa died, it got sold to pay bills.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,981 Senior Member
    Mine would be a used Win. M-94, 32 win spc. bought it in 1950 or 51, got my first Florida whitetail and hogs, first Idaho muley and elk with it.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,194 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    Mine would be a used Win. M-94, 32 win spc. bought it in 1950 or 51, got my first Florida whitetail and hogs, first Idaho muley and elk with it.

    JAY


    My dad killed his first deer, a Texas hill country doe, with one of those.  He claimed it kicked like a mule.

    He borrowed it from his cousin, who later gave it away.  He probably would have given it to me if he had known I wanted it.  Oh well...

    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,365 Senior Member
    Jerry,

    My first deer rifle was a '94 in .32 Win Spl. I'll verify you're Dads observation. It did kick like a mule. Funny thing is that a '94 in .30-30 Win is ballistically the same rifle, but the .32 would stomp the wet snot out of you, but the .30-30 didn't.

    Mike
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,400 Senior Member
    One I remember, and need to get one in my collection, is a Savage 99E in 243.  I borrowed one to shoot my first deer, and I believe it is one of the reasons I have turned into a fan of ‘oddball’ guns.

    May see if I can turn my Christmas cash into one.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    My first actual deer rifle that was what I could call mine was a Savage 340-C my dad gave me when I was 12 years old. I never killed anything with it but I loved that old rifle. It had open factory sights and I never shot anything but factory ammo through it. But I had confidence in that gun. Then I bought my .270 Win. in 1966 and killed my first deer with it. Later on when I went overseas working, my dad and brother in law lost the Savage .340 somehow somewhere while I was gone before I ever killed a deer with it.. Pissed me off bad. Anyway, I've threatened to buy another one if I can find a good clean used one and may do it yet. It may or may not be a .30-30 but it will be a Savage 340 of some sort.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    The first one was the one I remember best. A Marble's Gamegetter in .22LR/.410 given to me by my Granddad when I was 6 years old. It's one of my post prized possessions.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,981 Senior Member
    Jerry,

    My first deer rifle was a '94 in .32 Win Spl. I'll verify you're Dads observation. It did kick like a mule. Funny thing is that a '94 in .30-30 Win is ballistically the same rifle, but the .32 would stomp the wet snot out of you, but the .30-30 didn't.

    Mike
    My best friend had the same rifle only it was a 30-30, we both agreed my 32 kicked harder, to our young minds ( we were 13 &14) we both knew mine would kill deader .

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,278 Senior Member
    I've always felt like the svelte 94's were pretty good smackers. My Dad's brother has granpas old 32spl. He still hunts with it and that puts it in very good hands I think.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,918 Senior Member
    The first rifle I ever purchased with my own money. A summer of mowing lawns got me a Ruger semi-auto Carbine in .44 Mag. 

    Loved that gun. 

    Then, a year later.......it was stolen. 
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,278 Senior Member
    They are irresistible little carbines. 
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,068 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    Jerry,

    My first deer rifle was a '94 in .32 Win Spl. I'll verify you're Dads observation. It did kick like a mule. Funny thing is that a '94 in .30-30 Win is ballistically the same rifle, but the .32 would stomp the wet snot out of you, but the .30-30 didn't.

    Mike
    My best friend had the same rifle only it was a 30-30, we both agreed my 32 kicked harder, to our young minds ( we were 13 &14) we both knew mine would kill deader .

    JAY
    My shooting bud has a Marlin in .32 and has had several in .30-30.  He says he can't tell the difference in recoil.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,311 Senior Member
    -S&W 629 6 inch. One of the first stainless 29's ever. It had some issue flame cutting the topstrap after 400 rounds and half of those were 44 specials. I could easily hit a soda can at 100 yards and iron sights. S&W fixed it, I just never trusted it again. 

    -M1 Carbine. Best plinking rifle ever. Fast handling. Easy to maintain, point, and shoot. It's the main reason I want that Ruger PC carbine. It feels very close to the old M1 Carbine in form and function. I just don't need the takedown feature. 
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #25
    There's a couple more that come to mind I forgot. One was a Remington Model 8 in I think 32, can't remember. My dad borrowed it from a friend. I thought it was a cool gun.

    Another was another Savage 340 we borrowed from my sister's boyfriend in 1961, but I'm thinking this one was not a C model like my .30-30, but a B or a D or something. It was in 22 Hornet and had a K-4 Weaver on it. I only shot those guns a couple of times before we went hunting. But it's funny how they left a lasting impression on me.
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,728 Senior Member
    The gun I remember was one that I never got to shoot, it was my grandfathers Colt in 38-40. I lusted after it but he traded it off when I was about 8.
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