Carrying on the legacy


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ricebasher302
September 3, 2009, 02:57 PM
Last night I gave a very deserving pre '64 Model 70 a thorough cleaning.

Nearly a year ago already, I lost my grandfather to Ahlzheimer's. I was too young to ever get to know him like I'd wanted before he began to fade. He was an amazing craftsman, humble father and grandfather, WWII vet who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and a man who loved hunting, shooting, reloading and gunsmithing and God.

His guns sat unused for many years while he endured the agony of his disease. God took him home finally and left us all saddened with heartache and relieved that his suffering had ended.

This season, I decided to go back to my roots and hunt mule deer, one of my grandfather's favorite quarry. I was in need of a good flat-shooting rifle, so I asked my grandmother if I could use his favorite old Winchester .270. She said I could, and I brought it home the other day. It's got an old Weaver K-4 on it and an old leather sling.

I, out of all the grandchildren have the most in common with my grandfather and I can't wait to carry on his legacy. I even have a couple boxes of some of his favorite 130 gr. handloads that I hope to use.

Anyhow, someday, I may own the rifle, but am content to give it a go this season. It's amazing how a tool like a gun can carry so much sentimental value.

Anybody else get all sappy and teary-eyed like me?

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Werewolf
September 3, 2009, 05:12 PM
Anybody else get all sappy and teary-eyed like me?

Hell - man!

I got all teary eyed just readin' your post.

Sav .250
September 3, 2009, 05:15 PM
I`ll bet he will be right with you on those mule deer hunts..............:)

ricebasher302
September 3, 2009, 05:25 PM
I sure hope so!

RainDodger
September 3, 2009, 06:07 PM
Been there and done that. I still have my grandfather's "camp rifle", a Winchester Model 61 .22 with an octagonal barrel. He used to use it for grouse and whatever, to add to the pot on his yearly hunts to Alaska or Canada. I think of him every time I handle it, or the handmade hunting knife he made in the 1930s. I lost my grandfather (and father) early, so I know what you're saying. Enjoy the hunt and shoot straight!

lt522
September 3, 2009, 06:13 PM
Yeah I know how you feel , I have my grandpas old single barrel 20ga , I still try to hunt busy tails and quail with it , at least once a year. Sometimes it is just about the memories.

BMF500
September 3, 2009, 06:14 PM
I have couple "safe queens" that do that to me every time I pull them out for the occasional oil and wipe down. One in particular, a Remmington Rand M1911A that was my great-grandfather's.

ming
September 3, 2009, 06:18 PM
Hell - man!

I got all teary eyed just readin' your post.
I'm with Werewolf.

ricebasher302
September 3, 2009, 06:23 PM
I guess it's good to have a place where grown men can wimper like girls while chatting about guns all from the security of their own private locations.

Guns are something that can be passed down as an heirloom just like anything, but when you share the same love of hunting with those who've passed, it makes it so much more special.

czkahr
September 3, 2009, 07:04 PM
I have my Grandpa's shotgun, one of my cousins got his rifle. He had them on a rack in the basement made of deer hooves, as kids it was the coolest thing. (I got the rack too). Like the OP I didnt get a chance to ever hunt with him , my dad also gave me his shotgun that he had not used since he left home in the 50s.
I have not fired Gp's shotgun and Dads was stolen from me.
I also got my Gp's tools, and although I know now he wasn't any kind of master craftsman, as a kid it seemed he (and Dad) could fix anything . Now I use tools everyday to earn my living and have a great deal of emotions tied to the tools I have been given by others over the years. Whenever I get a chance to look at them while digging the drawers for a more commonly used one, I can think of the person who used them before and gave them to me. I like that.

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