Ever Purchased a rifle for a specific purpose and never used it?


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Big Bad Bob
January 3, 2012, 03:41 PM
Just wondering,

title says it all but Have you ever purchased a rifle for an specific purpose, say varmint hunting, long range competition etc and never ended up using it all for the purpose you purchased it?

BTW specific "zombie" rifles dont count, since we all know the zombie apocalypse isn't going to happen. At least we hope.

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LoonWulf
January 3, 2012, 03:58 PM
93r17 btvs, bought it for shooting little critters, and ended up shooting plastic, clays, and paper :( Moving can really suck.

Will-Seattle
January 3, 2012, 04:01 PM
A few years ago I bought a 470 Nitro Express Double rifle. I haven't taken it to Africa yet, but eventually....

Will

Float Pilot
January 3, 2012, 04:02 PM
I have owned a couple lightweight survival rifles that were kept in the plane (s) but were never actually used for their intended purpose. Thank goodness.

I also have owned a couple rifles that I originally bought for long range competition which did not work out so great. Most because they were not accurate enough so they were eventually sold.

And a couple of cowboy competition shooters that became obsolete when I moved past reasonable distance to a cowboy shooting club.

I have never owned a Fantasy Apocalypse Rifle "*tactical", (FAR*T)

Uncle Sam having sent me to over 43+ countries over the years, has issued me enough weapons while I watched the real thing occurring.

HK182
January 3, 2012, 04:04 PM
I bought a Winchester 70 in 300 win mag for an elk trip that never happened. Ended up giving it to my brother when he got an elk tag. He still has it and the elk.

Dr.Rob
January 3, 2012, 04:14 PM
I have a .375 H&H I bought on a lark from a friend in need, I always wanted a 'dangerous game' rifle but its utility is limited in Colorado.

esheato
January 3, 2012, 04:28 PM
My 338 Lapua.

Wonderful rifle and I love to shoot it but finding places to use it to its potential are few and far between...and I have A LOT tied up in that stick.

For example, the place I had to shoot in has been off limits for the past month or two as a jerk that lives next to the range complains every time we go out there. So it sits.....

outdoorsman1
January 3, 2012, 04:35 PM
Not rifle specific (sorry), but purchased my Mossberg 500 tactical for home protection and as stated "Thank GOD" I have never had to use it for it's intended (specific) purpose...

Outdoorsman1

Stantdm
January 3, 2012, 04:38 PM
I have a Winchester 62A .22 I bought to leave in the barn and use on feral cats but decided it was a bit too nice to shoot at them with. Use an old beater .22 instead.

Strykervet
January 3, 2012, 04:56 PM
Well, almost all of 'em, pistols included. They are all defense/combat/fighting weapons, most tweaked for accuracy. They would all be fine weapons, I was an SDM and one of the original SDM instructors in the army, and I have a BIG interest in SDM rifles (since I helped design some of the first ones). I never was able to get away from it, accurizing battle and assault rifles to near bolt gun grade accuracy is FUN (and challenging sometimes). It is also funny to see the look on folk's faces when they see me print a 1-2MOA group with an FAL no problem (although I still get these unaccounted for fliers now and again...).

But fact is, I'm disabled now. I like to think under stress that I can throw on the gear and get it done, but I know that I'd get a half mile down the road and end up stuck in bed for two weeks. So I know these rifles will never be used for anything else but range work. And I hope it stays that way, I like it that way.

In a way, I guess I knew all this prior, so all my current SDM gear IS just range gear --therefore it WAS purchased for the intended use, the range. I guess they just "look" like SDM rifles, truth be told.

Hard question, thought I knew the answer, but by the time I wrote it I came full circle. I also have a Mossberg Breacher, I know I'll never use that. I don't even have breaching rounds (well, I guess I do, in the army we used slugs). I USED to have my old SDM upper that I DID use in the army, but after I wore out the barrel, I rebarreled it and later sold the whole rifle, so the last of my "real" gear is gone...

I wish the anti's could understand this. Just because my rifles LOOK like they were designed in Hell, doesn't mean they are evil. They are a lot of fun though. To me, shooting is like golf, but more fun.

stonecutter2
January 3, 2012, 05:43 PM
AR15 for a zombie apocalypse. Hope I never have to use it.

*edit* aaand...i didn't see your last sentence. D'oh!!!

Hizzie
January 3, 2012, 07:04 PM
SXS 30.06 for Texas deer and hogs. Traded away for my 458WM.

aHFo3
January 3, 2012, 07:27 PM
I don't, but my grandpa did. He bought a Sako Finnbear 375 H&H for a Kodiak Island bear hunt. It has a great 2x Leupold on it and 8 bullets down the barrel. The trip fell through and the rifle sits in the safe to this day.

jpwilly
January 3, 2012, 07:34 PM
I cannot lie, I have purchased firearms for specific purposes and not used them for said purpose...too many to list

Sounds like we just need to lower our expectations!

When collecting and shooting are the only goals everything else is just a bonus.

nbkky71
January 3, 2012, 08:18 PM
I bought a Remington 700 to build a precision/long range rig with, but that project is still on the drawing board. The rifle is still sitting in the box, 5 years after I bought it. It's never seen the light of day.

juk
January 3, 2012, 08:30 PM
I bought my first rifle with the intent of it being my "deer" gun. That was almost a decade ago and I haven't killed a deer with it yet. Killed plenty of targets, steel, and random range junk, but no deer. One of these days though, I will see what my "deer" rifle will do to a real deer.

303tom
January 3, 2012, 08:38 PM
Nope !

DAP90
January 3, 2012, 08:47 PM
I have a CZ452 Varmint in 17HMR I bought for prairie dogs; but they just ended up poisoning them all, so it’s never been used for that.

Omaha-BeenGlockin
January 3, 2012, 09:09 PM
Built my AR15 for SHTF---haven't needed it for that--yet.

It has been sighted in and shot through.

Dr T
January 3, 2012, 09:29 PM
I, too, have a 375 H&H in Colorado. I keep telling myself I would use it on elk, but I have other, lighter things that are appropriate that don't kick quite as much.

However, there are always the hypothetical African and Alaskan hunting trips...

And, I must say that the Model 70 375 H&H is accurate beyond all reasonable expectation...

jhnrckr
January 3, 2012, 11:55 PM
bought a savage 516 .308 to handgun hunt deer. I did take it out a few times as a backup gun but never killed with it. Sold it to buy an Ar-10.

Dane17
January 4, 2012, 12:30 AM
Yeah. Especially since getting my C&R license.

I buy a new hog or deer hunting gun a couple times a year yet still always go out with my bow or old hog gun (an m1a scout).

matt 7mm
January 6, 2012, 12:07 AM
bought a 300win mag 15 years to take on an elk hunting trip out west.still havent made it out there. until i do it is a very adiquite coyote and woodchuck gun.lol.

Robtattoo
January 6, 2012, 12:30 AM
Nothing fancy, but I bought an old tang-safety Ruger M77 in .243 as my 'open field deer/coyote rifle'
Never made it out of the back yard in 3 years.

maskedman504
January 6, 2012, 12:59 AM
I have a Saiga 12 gauge. For the last three years I have been changing up the magazine loads. All slugs- alternating between slugs and buck shot. Load up a mag of no.6. Never ever shot it.

forindooruseonly
January 6, 2012, 01:10 AM
I have never owned a Fantasy Apocalypse Rifle "*tactical", (FAR*T)

That's a great acronym Float Pilot. I'm going to remember that.

I bought a M1A built to shoot matches with the idea I was going to start shooting high power matches. It hasn't happened yet, but i plan to remedy that this summer. Mostly, I've bought enough rifles without an specific intent to cover whatever use I might have - from dangerous game to benchrest competitions. My father and I are accumulators of firearms.

Derry 1946
January 6, 2012, 01:14 AM
Would you count an air rifle/pellet gun used only once? Bought a Ruger air rifle for specific varmints, used it once, it wasn't that effective, and have used traps since. :-P

Gizards'n'Gravy
January 6, 2012, 10:20 PM
I once bought a "borrow gun". I have made it policy not to loan my guns to friends ( that aren't super close) because of bad experience in the past, I have had a nice rifle nearly ruined because a much inexperienced buddy didn't realize that water doesn't mix with metal and did not bother to tell me. I wouldn't let anyone that I didn't know would be safe with one of my guns but on occasion I have had friends come by asking if they could borrow a deer rifle for a weekend or something like that I wasn't totally sure would make it back 100%.

So instead of getting into it with friends over why you cant borrow MY rifle or telling them "No, your brother nearly murdered the last one". I just bought a borrow gun. It was a Savage Edge .308 that came with a scope, this would be there gun I handed out when an ole' pal came knockin. Well, the thing is, I haven't had anyone ask this year and normally by now I've had 2 or 3 knocks. So in the closet it sets. Maybe I finally got through to them.

Ya know, some people are great to be around and have fun with but I wish they knew better about firearm maintenaince...

plateshooter
January 7, 2012, 07:15 AM
I bought a Savage 99 in .308 for my fantasy hog hunt. Sent it out, had the forend bedded, and a recoil pad installed. Put a Williams aperture sight on it. Developed a good accurate load for it.

When I finally got to go hog hunting (several years later) I took my AK. One shot drop with the 762X39. I will be taking my AR in that caliber for this years trip.

I guess I should sell the Savage as it is taking up space in my safe.

ShawnC
January 7, 2012, 07:34 AM
I bought an M1 Garand a few years back intended for deer hunting. Use it on zombies all the time, but still no deer.

hinton03
January 7, 2012, 08:37 AM
Bought a national match service rifle with the intent of shooting a match or two but never did; worked up some great loads though.

Also traded a 4" Python for a Win model 70 that had a 26" stainless Douglas premium air gage barrel in 264 Win mag; liked my 25.06 better and never hunted with it....I have kicked myself in the ass many times over that trade.

hinton03
January 7, 2012, 08:39 AM
Bought a national match service rifle with the intent of shooting a match or two but never did; worked up some great loads though.

Also traded a 4" Python for a Win model 70 that had a 26" stainless Douglas premium air gage barrel in 264 Win mag; liked my 25.06 better and never hunted with it....I have kicked myself in the ass many times over that trade.

Abel
January 7, 2012, 08:40 AM
I guess I should sell the Savage as it is taking up space in my safe.

Take the 99! For Pete's sake take her.

helotaxi
January 7, 2012, 10:25 AM
Well, I do have two that I haven't shot yet. I buy them to shoot so that counts, right? Now as to specific type of shooting, I only own one firearm that has ever been used for the specific type of shooting it was purchased for. That is the Browning BPS Field model 20ga that my dad gave me when I was 10. It's spent time in the duck blind and has killed a fair number of squirrels, but it's been close to 20 years since it was fired in "anger". I just haven't been able to go hunting in well over a decade at this point. Last time I sat in a tree stand was with a borrowed rifle. Last time I had one of my guns out hunting was spotlighting jack rabbits in the Nevada desert (yes, it was perfectly legal). Most all of my guns have been simply relegated to recreational shooting until I finally settle down somewhere.

That said, I hope that a lead I have pans out on shooting some varmints next weekend. A local pistachio farmer who is friends with my wife has expressed a desire to have her gopher and squirrel problem "handled". I hope I'll finally get to see what a handful of loads that I've been working on for the .204, .223 and .243 will do to some critters. I'll probably bring the .17HMR along as well, but if the choice is between a 20gn bullet doing 2300 fps or a 62gn bullet doing around 3500fps...I may need to bring a mop...


BTW specific "zombie" rifles dont count, since we all know the zombie apocalypse isn't going to happen. At least we hope.Good thing you hedged that. As to the likelihood, depends on what you consider a "zombie".

ball3006
January 7, 2012, 11:27 AM
yep. My M1D is all ready to go but there are no blue helmets around to use it for which it was designed for. Sure is fun to poke paper though......chris3

Tempest 455
January 7, 2012, 12:20 PM
A fully restored M1 Garand with match barrel. Shot it only a handful of times. Sits in the safe most of the time. Same with a S&W .44 Mag.

LKB3rd
January 7, 2012, 02:57 PM
I got an AR for the zombie apocalypse. So far so good, haven't needed it.

Ranger30-06
January 7, 2012, 04:38 PM
I bought a Marlin 336 in .30-30 because I was planning on learning to hunt. Then I found out that NJ is shotgun only, and ammo is a bit to expensive to plink around with.

I traded it off for a Mossberg 500 slug barrel with a cantilever scope mount and Bushnell 3-9x scope. My gosh. Have you seen the price of sabot slugs? I never wound up going hunting, and the barrel sat in a corner for almost 6 months before I sold it off.

Sebastian the Ibis
January 7, 2012, 08:37 PM
My AR has not killed a Ruskie, and my AK has not killed a Yankee. Hopefully it never changes.

Magnuumpwr
January 8, 2012, 12:48 AM
Custom ordered a State Arms 50BMG as well as an IOR 12-52X56 scope to shoot in open class competition. It hasn't even seen a televised competition! It has shot out to 600 yds though.(the longest distance I have had access to)

Brian Williams
January 8, 2012, 03:29 AM
I bought a Winchester Coyote mod 70 in 22-250, did load development and then sold it.

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