Rifle lost on road!


December 12, 2003, 07:16 PM
Hunter loses gun on opening day

Michigan State Police Troopers at the Gladwin Post received a report of a lost firearm on opening morning of deer season.

A Beaverton man told Troopers that he drove from his resident on Oak Ridge Drive to Beaverton Road via Hunter Road, M-18 and Dale Road, and upon arriving at his hunting area, realized his gun had fallen from the back of his truck.

The man told Troopers that the gun was a Remington 30-30 bolt action and was stored in a green plastic gun case. The serial number of the firearm has been entered into a national database pending its recovery.

Anyone with information on the lost gun is encouraged to contact the MSP–Gladwin Post at 426-4811.


Now that's no way to start a hunting season! :(

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December 12, 2003, 08:17 PM
Always have duplicates of critical systems.

When hunting, your rifle is a critical system.

December 12, 2003, 09:01 PM
I don't believe I have ever seen a Remington bolt rifle chambered for the 30-30 round, or any other bolt rifle for that matter. As I am not a big 30-30 fan, did Remington make one? I have seen them in single shots and lever rifles and pumps if I remember right but no bolt guns.

December 12, 2003, 09:12 PM
Losing your rifle on the first day of the season means that his friends will be taking shots at him all winter!:evil:

December 12, 2003, 10:58 PM
Wonder how it fell from the back of the truck? :confused:

December 12, 2003, 11:14 PM
I know savaga/stevens made bolt action rifles in 30-30. Was the 788 ever chambered in 30-30?

December 12, 2003, 11:19 PM
The Remington 788 was available in 30-30, as well as the Savage 340.

December 12, 2003, 11:23 PM
Yeah .... how the HELL does a rifle fall off a truck!? I mean, if it is not cared for much and is allowed to thrash around loose on the truck bed - fine ... but ...... TAILGATE DOWN??? Come on!

Can anyone really be that stoopid?! :rolleyes: Apparently!!:eek:

December 12, 2003, 11:24 PM
db4 is correct.

Ron L
December 12, 2003, 11:34 PM
Even scarier. Last hunting season, we were using our pop-up as deer camp at a state park in mid-Michigan. The 2nd day of the season, the guy from a couple sites over came by and asked if we'd found his pistol. :confused: Seems he dropped some sort of stainless 44 out of his pack getting in or out of the truck and had no idea where it was. :what:

Beetle Bailey
December 12, 2003, 11:36 PM
This is why we always chain down the rifle cases when we take my buddy's truck to go shooting . . .:uhoh:

December 12, 2003, 11:50 PM
Matter of fact, the Winchester Model 54 bolt action was also available in .30-30 Winchester. Nice gun, if you can find one. Same goes for the Remington 788, if you can find one in .30-30. And I lost a wonderful Savage 340 in .30-30 to my ex-wife as part of the divorce settlement. :(

December 13, 2003, 12:36 AM
I saw this story in the local paper about a month ago. It's about 10 miles from where I live.

We do have our share of bumpy roads. And uhmmmmm, what's a tail gate? :D You mean those metal parachutes everybody uses as a ramp?

Such a gun isn't worth a lot of money but probably had sentimental value. The odds of it being discovered through use in a crime is zero in that neck of the woods. It's some other stump jumper's family heirloom now.

December 13, 2003, 12:58 AM
I see alot of folks driving around with the tailgate open. Guess they think it helps increase gas mileage or something:rolleyes:

December 13, 2003, 01:55 AM
It's a conspiracy. The deer are fed up & they're after the guns. He didn't lose his gun--it was stolen by the Bambi gang.....:p

December 13, 2003, 11:53 AM
The Bambi Gang are sure to have gotten a few Bucks for it! :p

December 13, 2003, 12:20 PM
The Bambi Gang are sure to have gotten a few Bucks for it!

I'm sure they hope to get less bang for the buck. IYKWIM. :p

December 13, 2003, 12:28 PM
in South Bend a guy was taking the cash from their store to the bank for deposit. Had about $7,200 in the bag IIRC. Laid it on top of the car to get his keys and open the door.

Got to the bank and remembered where he left the bag.:what:

Local news said there was a substantial reward for it's recovery. Funny...it was never found.

George Hill
December 13, 2003, 01:06 PM
Most likely, it was lifted from the back of his truck.

December 13, 2003, 02:29 PM
Why not keep your rifle in the cab of the truck? Even if you've got three guys inside, you could put it behind the seat. Actually, I'd rather put my rifle in the cab and let my buddies ride in the bed. If they fall out at least they can find their own way home. And nobody's gonna steal them. :p

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