Are these good deer rifles? Should I keep them?


September 5, 2008, 11:44 PM
These were handed down to me by my dad (at least 15 yrs old) and I plan to do some deer and elk hunting. Are these good rifles, the scopes still hold zero but they are at least 15 years old. Should I just update the scopes, keep the rilfes or sell them and get a new modern all use caliber?

One the right with the ammo holder is a Alexandria Interarms 270 with a Douglas Barrel. The scope is a Leupold 1.5-5. Besides some minor rust spots the barrel is good and not pitted.

On the left is a Remmington 700 6mm with a Redfield Gunsite scope, fixed power I believe, also in good shape.

What are these worth if I were to sell?

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September 5, 2008, 11:47 PM
I don't know anything about the interarms 270 but the 700 is a fine rifle, definetly worth keeping.

September 5, 2008, 11:48 PM
If it were me, and my dad gave me a rifle, I'd not give it up. If they still shoot well at 100 yds, don't change nothing; proudly carry them in the woods as your pa did. Those calibers/rifles are tried and true, no change needed.

September 6, 2008, 12:16 AM
I will try them out and probably keep them. Luckily my dad is still around so I dont hold too much sentimental value on the rifles. He still has my first single shot 22 and my first single 410, those I am saving for my kids and would never sell.

September 6, 2008, 12:43 AM
never sell stuff your dad gets you. those should be the last thing on earth you sell. Shoot them use them get good with them. Clean them and take care of them but dont ever sell them

September 6, 2008, 12:50 AM
They are both excelent rifles. I think you'll regret selling them.

They didn't cost you anything so they are the best gun deals you will ever get. Besides just because your father is here now doesn't mean he will be here forever. Trust me on this, I have first hand knowledge.

They are some of the best deer calibers you can get. They are as well made as anything you will find today and in some ways better made. Real steel and wood parts and no plastic.

September 6, 2008, 01:06 AM
6mm is a AWESOME deer round my father has taken many deer with his remington in 6mm and the 270 is a great round they are both keepers!!!

September 6, 2008, 02:13 AM
Based on maximum loads from Hodgdon reloading data:

6mm Remington will send a 95 grain Nosler Partition at 3,103 FPS with 45 grains of H4895. By comparison, the 243 Winchester will send a 95 grain Nosler Partition at 3,087 FPS with 42 grains of H4350. I chose powders based on maximum velocity. Commercial ammo should be very similar in performance.

The 6mm Remington and 243 Winchester are very similar to each other. The 6mm Remington would be just as capable of taking varmints or deer as the 243 Winchester.

As for the 270 Winchester, well yeah, duh :D

My opinion is that your pop's 6mm Rem. is a light recoiling, flat shooting rifle appropriate for varmint and deer hunting and the 270 Win. is a flat shooting rifle appropriate for deer and elk.

The scopes on each rifle match the age of the rifles which adds to the collector value. If the scopes hold zero, absolutely keep them.

The wood on each appear to be in good shape which also adds to the collector value.

Keep 'em.

35 Whelen
September 6, 2008, 02:26 AM
The Interarms 270 will be based on a commercial Mauser action. Those are really, really good actions. That, combined with the Leupold scope (a high quality scope) means you'd be nuts to sell it. In it you have a nice deer and elk rifle. No flies on the 6mm either.

September 6, 2008, 02:36 AM
the remmy is a classic; it is no longer made, and was stopped made long ago, because of the twist. the interarms is either an old /new mauser, or a old wetherby, with a totally sick Douglas bbl. see if anywhere on the bbl it is marked somehting like, air gauged rated. This would be one of the super accurate, of their allready accurate bbls. Both of these rifles, I would not sell for less than 600 each, and you would really go more on the interarms, becuase of the bbl.
the scopes along should fetch between 150 and 200 bucks.

September 6, 2008, 05:17 AM
IBTL... jk jk... I can't imagine anyone telling you to sell them... You should make a poll :)

September 6, 2008, 10:11 AM
The 6mm Remington has a 1/9 twist. It was the 244 Remington that had the slow 1/12 twist that no one wanted. Remington changed the twist and changed the name.

My shooting buddy bought an ADL in 6mm at a gunshow a couple of years ago. They are hard to find.

September 6, 2008, 10:15 AM
Don't sell, Use them with joy and pass them on to the next generation with documentation(family story, We all have them) and let them be a treasure well beyond their monetary value.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
September 6, 2008, 10:15 AM
Is this is trick question?

You have one perfect deer rifle (6mm rem), and one perfect elk rifle (the .270). You're set to go!

September 6, 2008, 10:24 AM
I stand corrected, if it truly is a 1/9 twist, then you have a 6mm rifle, that will proly handle up to 110 grain bullets, and if you handload, you can get them up over the 3000fps mark, Truly a sick 6milly, will take out any deer in america, not to mention you could proly take some 1000 yd shots with it...

Art Eatman
September 6, 2008, 10:33 AM
I wouldn't worry about the age of the scopes. The Leupolds on my favorite rifles were new in 1972, 1974, 1982 and maybe 1990-ish. Got a truly ancient steel-tube Weaver variable on a .22 rimfire that has to date back to the 1960s.

September 6, 2008, 10:39 AM
6mm and the .270 are fine cartridges - there is still alot of factory 6mm ammo around at comparatively reasonable prices. Nice guns as well - esp the Interarms - and the Leupold in particular is a good scope. I would not part with either of them .

September 6, 2008, 10:46 AM
Please keep them forever and pass them both on to your children when it's time.

Both are fine rifles.

September 6, 2008, 11:16 AM
you will do yourself a favor by following the above advice...two excellent rifles, two excellent calibers.

Plus carried by your dad.

my dad's 22 and 30 WCF will be my sons/daughters rifles.

But don't do what some do...don't let them collect dust. They were meant to be shot, not stared at. :)


September 6, 2008, 12:41 PM
I wheel and deal with guns all the time so I'd never tell anyone not to sell one.
Having said that, I wouldn't sell them.
Either of them would make a really good deer rifle.

September 6, 2008, 12:54 PM
Youre Interarms rifle may be a Mark X, which is a fine, stiff action. I think that you have a couple of good rifles there and I wouldn't change a thing about them. Happy hunting.

September 6, 2008, 02:04 PM
why ask? You already had your mind made up?

September 6, 2008, 02:46 PM
I can't add anything to the excellent advise that has already been given. All of my late father's guns are prized possessions even though they may be junk to someone else.

September 6, 2008, 03:03 PM
Both of those rifles are excellent rifles. Scopes don't "go bad". They are not powerful scopes but are just what you need for a "pop" shot. They really shine in the woods.

Mr White
September 6, 2008, 10:14 PM
I wouldn't go elk hunting with the 6mm nor would I get rid of either of the rifles. Both are excellent guns with good glass, on top of the sentimental value they should have being from your father.

September 7, 2008, 01:42 AM
Great advise guys. These rifles are not going anywhere. The 270 was dead on at 100 yrds today. Im going to take them apart and give them some TLC. I also have a Belgium Browning auto 5 he gave me. That one I like alot. I just downloaded the user manual and will tear it apart next weekend. Thanks!

September 7, 2008, 02:01 AM
I have one just like your and would not trade or sell it for the world. It is very deadly one deer and I have killed many, many white tails with mine. It also has very little recoil, and is very accurate.

Please don't sell those, they have many more years of service.


September 7, 2008, 02:08 AM
Your Dad passed these on to you for a reason. They are a legacy, as a father, I am passing my traditions and achievements on to my children. Sit down with your dad and find out the history of these rifles. Each of my rifles have a story.

September 7, 2008, 02:12 AM
But hey, if you decide you don't like them, I'm offering $50 . . . each! :D

September 7, 2008, 08:19 AM
They are completely without utility or value, and you should send them, at your expense, to the first person to point this out to you. Me :)

Seriously, you could hardly do much better, and being 15 years old is practically NEW in my book. I've got socks older than that!

Der Verge
September 7, 2008, 10:06 AM
You would be crazy to sell either one. Both are excellent rifles, in excellent calibers.

September 7, 2008, 01:40 PM
They are completely without utility or value, and you should send them, at your expense, to the first person to point this out to you. Me

Seriously, you could hardly do much better, and being 15 years old is practically NEW in my book. I've got socks older than that!

I'll up the ante here. If you send them to me, I'll pay for the shipping!

And I'm wearing socks older than 15 years. :D

September 8, 2008, 11:39 AM
Both of those rifles are keepers. From varmints through elk and black bear you are well covered. Never sell a gift rifle! I made that mistake and regretted it for decades. I did get my hand me down back after about 30 years and will never sell it.

Be safe and keep those rifles.


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