Hunting With Classic Firearms


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andrewdl007
January 31, 2014, 05:10 PM
I occasionally hunt with my great-grandfather's old 1936 Winchester Model 21 in 16 gauge. Does anyone else out there on THR hunt with a shotgun or rifle that would be considered classic or vintage? Pictures are always appreciated. Thanks.

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gbeauvin
January 31, 2014, 05:15 PM
My goal for this year has been to take up small game hunting with such a gun. I have a circa 1908 12ga single shot (marked simply with "Champion") that belonged to my great grandfather, and an old 1940s stevens .22/.410 that belonged to my grandfather. I am working on the .22/.410 right now but if I can't get it ready in the next week or two I'll just have to hit the woods in february with the 12ga! I need to take up shotshell reloading since I only plan to fire black powder shells in that aging shotgun.

-GB

hartcreek
January 31, 2014, 05:22 PM
Yep I plan to be turkey hunting with a Marlin model 19. I have hunted with a 100 year old 25-35 that came from a great uncle.

jmr40
January 31, 2014, 05:55 PM
I should really take a better photo, but I usually take this out at least once each duck season with some non-toxic shot. It is a pre WW-2 FN Belgian made SXS. The gun has an interesting history.

My dad served in Europe during WW-2. His unit occupied a small German town either shortly before, or shortly after the war ended. Dad couldn't remember the details. All civilian arms were rounded up and piled in the street to be destroyed. An officer told the men they could pick up anything they wanted. There had been a gun shop in town. This was still new with hangtags when dad mailed it home.

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m513/jmr40/001-9.jpg (http://s1129.photobucket.com/user/jmr40/media/001-9.jpg.html)
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Rembrandt
January 31, 2014, 06:36 PM
Vintage Winchester 52B Sporter.....in recent years these have become one of the most sought after collectible rim fires. Pretty expensive rifles new, selling then for over $100. I enjoy getting it out now and then to hunt squirrels with the peep sights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/IMG_3389_zpsaaa01910.jpg

buck460XVR
January 31, 2014, 06:55 PM
All of my pheasant hunting is still done with my Grandapa's Stevens Model 311 SXS in 16 ga. that he purchased in 1932. Last time I had it out was a coupla weeks ago. Every year I take my dad's old Model 97 Winchester out for one day of turkey hunting. Been three years since it took a bird as once a year runnin' and gunnin' for turkeys is about all the abuse I want the old girl to endure. I sometimes hunt with my dad's model 94 lever 30-30 that he bought with his last check from the Marine Corps when he got home in '45, while my youngest son occasionally uses his Great-Grandpa's Model 94 .32 special bought in the early 20s. Most of my deer hunting is done with handguns nowadays, but for years, my primary deer rifle was a M-1917 Eddystone. She twernt pretty, but she never let me down.

eastbank
January 31, 2014, 07:31 PM
my classic five double barreled shotguns,top to bottom. one, remington model 1900 12ga with steel barrels. two, fox sterlingworth 12ga. three, fox sterlingworth 16ga. four, baker batavia leader 16ga. five, browning bss sporter 20ga. i shoot and hunt with all of them and a plus when you hunt with them is you can wear funny cloths. eastbank.

redneck2
January 31, 2014, 08:10 PM
If I can get decent groups, I'll take my 1916 vintage Savage .250-3000 on a pronghorn hunt. It's pristine. I take great care of my rifles.

red rick
January 31, 2014, 08:47 PM
I hunt with a 1960's Browning that I consider classic . My dad gave it to me when I was about 12 years old . It is still my favorite shotgun .

It was my only all purpose shotgun until last year when I tried to replace it with a Weatherby SA-08 . That didn't work out too well so I sold it and went back to my Browning .

I bought a Winchester SX3 this year and it looks like it might get most of the bad weather hunting now .

I still like my Browning the best though . To me when I hold it, it feels like I am holding a high quality, precision tool and work of art .

3212
January 31, 2014, 10:35 PM
A 1958 Winchester Model 70 in .243.Got it in 1991 from my older hunting buddy before he passed from cancer.My primary deer rifle.It has taken more than 40 deer,3 of them this past season.Also occasionally carry my mothers Winchester model 37 12 guage single shot for turkeys

Liberty1776
February 1, 2014, 01:43 PM
Love the idea and practice it. My bird guns are pre-WWI and as a fun project I have sought out guns that were made the same year I was born - 1951. Not real old, but so far I've got a Winchester Model 12 Heavy Duck, and a S&W Model 17...

kbbailey
February 1, 2014, 02:31 PM
I hunt quail with my LC Smith 20ga sxs every year.
I also carried my 1858 Remington on my trapline.
Went after turkeys with a Navy Arms 12ga percussion sxs.

Im looking for a 1964 Win '94

Savage99
February 1, 2014, 04:24 PM
Here is my Winchester High Wall .219 I. Zipper. It has a 26" Buehmiller barrel twisted 1-16" and originially chambered for the R2 Lovell. The scope is a Lyman 10X Supertargetspot.

The rifle is very accurate and effective on pests. I shoot it using the marksman positions with it's sling and also from a rest in the field.

The load is the 50 gr Sierra over 3031 or 4064.

http://imageshack.com/a/img856/1227/dsc011589jr.jpg

tickfarm
February 1, 2014, 07:15 PM
I was going to take my 1884 45/70 Springfield trapdoor out for deer season. When I went to check the sights I found my old eyes couldn't see them Since I didn't have a bayonet for it I put back in the safe.

MCgunner
February 1, 2014, 08:50 PM
My "old" Felix Sarasqueta 12 gauge SxS might not qualify, but she still gets birds, Kickin' SOB, but ain't so bad with dove loads. That gun is SUPER well regulated, shoots like a high end double rifle with slugs, but I really prefer NOT to fire slugs in it. The gun can handle it, just hard on ME. I took a duck off the tank with it this year, but mostly it's my woods bummin' gun. It sat in my safe for 30 years after they passed steel shot laws. I used to hunt ducks like it was a religion and this was what I bought this gun for, ducks and geese. It doubled as a dove gun in the 70s because it's the only shotgun I had. Worked, though. Since moving to the woods, I've found it a GREAT woods bummin' shotgun. :D Ain't really hunting with it except targets of opportunity. Took a few dove with it this past season, too.

Killed one deer with my Grandpa's old Remington M722 in .257 Roberts this season. I hunted with it because this was the 50th anniversary since shooting my first with the same gun in the fall of 1963 at age 11. I just felt it was the thing to do, try to take one with that gun this past season.

That's it. That's all I got. :D

kbbailey
February 1, 2014, 10:05 PM
JMR40....
That's an awesome story in post #4. Thanks for sharing that.

mothernatureson
February 1, 2014, 10:55 PM
Iowa legalized dove hunting in 2011. Took my first doves with my granddads model 12 winchester made in 1931. Story is that he traded a ton of hay for the model 12 in the mid 30's. They were struggling during those depression years, it was his most valued possession.

heycods
February 2, 2014, 12:42 AM
I have an old hopkins and Allen 12 ga single thats on its 4 generation of family, I reload for it trying to keep low pressure smokeless loads in the 1100Fps range, great shooting gun, also love my grandfathers old 99 savage in 30 savage to hunt deer with, have a pair of eraly 50s vintage Win 30 30s to hunt with, 22 cal is a pump win hammer gun my dad bought when he got out of WW2

red rick
February 2, 2014, 12:47 AM
JMR40....
That's an awesome story in post #4. Thanks for sharing that.
+1 great story .

kbbailey
February 2, 2014, 04:51 PM
I forgot about the '97 Win that my great-grandad bought around the turn of the century. He went to the hardware store to buy a Greener sxs. The clerk told him he'd give a full refund for the '97 if he didn't like it.
He liked it. It's in my gun cabinet.

longknife12
February 2, 2014, 05:09 PM
I started hunting in the mid 50's. Started with a M70 30-06. Over the years, my collection of pre 64's has grown and I use them along with admiring them.
Dan
:cool:

35 Whelen
February 3, 2014, 10:21 PM
My old Mossberg 46B(b)

Preparation:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/308Scout/MossbergSightIn_zps9b22d1a9.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/308Scout/media/MossbergSightIn_zps9b22d1a9.jpg.html)

Execution:
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/308Scout/Cottontail_zps608e1bb8.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/308Scout/media/Cottontail_zps608e1bb8.jpg.html)

Reward:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/308Scout/rabbit_zps283cb1d0.jpg (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/308Scout/media/rabbit_zps283cb1d0.jpg.html)

35W

horsemen61
February 3, 2014, 10:41 PM
Dang nab it 35 I've just had dinner which was rabbit food aka salad because I'm on a diet and you go and post a pic of some fried rabbit I'm drooling at the thought great pic but you may kill my diet :banghead: :p

redneck383
February 5, 2014, 02:16 AM
My first few years hunting (woodchucks, raccoons, possum...) were with my grandpa's 1937 Springfield single shot 20 ga. He bought it for $7.00 back then. I put a serious dent in the varmint population with that gun and used it to learn to break clays too.

stringnut
February 5, 2014, 06:49 AM
I have a Winchester model 61 made in 1936 that gets used a fair amount for squirrels and small varmints. Has a Marbles tang sight.

Sav .250
February 5, 2014, 08:41 AM
Mine only comes out when it`s sunny out! A Sav 99F in 250/3000. Pre-mil.
It`s a classic for a reason and I aim to keep it that way.

wyohome
February 7, 2014, 09:08 AM
I wish I could take my mother's Model 64 in 32 Win Special out for one last deer, but my eyes are not good enough to make a sure shot with the peeps anymore.

eastbank
February 7, 2014, 09:56 AM
thank god i can still use reciever sights as regular open sights are just a blur to me. thats what i have on my 30wcf model 64 and i still carry it once in a while deer hunting. however my cat is not to impressed. eastbank.

thunder173
February 7, 2014, 10:04 AM
The older I get,...the more "classic" all of those guns I bought when I was young become. :-)

35 Whelen
February 7, 2014, 11:30 AM
I wish I could take my mother's Model 64 in 32 Win Special out for one last deer, but my eyes are not good enough to make a sure shot with the peeps anymore.
Have you tried the peep sights with the aperture removed?

35W

wyohome
February 7, 2014, 04:38 PM
The aperture has been out of it for at least 50 years. I might be able to still shoot it, just assumed that I could not. Maybe I will experiment a little this spring. I shot my first mulie buck with it in 1965.
Nice 64 eastbank, mine has been oiled so much that the wood color is gone.

35 Whelen
February 7, 2014, 05:37 PM
The aperture has been out of it for at least 50 years. I might be able to still shoot it, just assumed that I could not. Maybe I will experiment a little this spring. I shot my first mulie buck with it in 1965.
Nice 64 eastbank, mine has been oiled so much that the wood color is gone.
You ought to try it. I shoot a local High Power match some with guys in their mid to late 60's. They use aperture sights VERY well. I'd try them if I were you and remember: you don't ahve to even be aware of the aperture.

35W

returningfire
February 14, 2014, 05:50 PM
I grouse hunt with a New Ithaca Double in 16ga, that was made in 1927.

Missionary
February 14, 2014, 10:01 PM
Good evening
Down here in southern Peru in our high deserts there is not much left to hunt. If you are fortunate you may come across a "praire chicken" or a wild pack of dogs but that is about it. There are some protected deer types that one day may be repopulated enough to be hunted.
I still spend time out walking the desert though generally carrying one of the two pictured 1892's. The top is a 1896 vintage 44WCF rifle. The lower is a 1909 vintage 44WCF SRC. The SRC was refinished before I could rescue it and was badly buffed. The rifle was going to the "Bluer" but was offered to me before the work was started and I grabbed it fast.
Both shoot and function well. The SCR is barely over 5 pounds so is an easy all day carry. The rifle is near 8 pounds so does not get out as much but is a far better long range shooter.
Mike in Peru

49willys
February 14, 2014, 10:15 PM
I deer hunted with a m1917 once,once.Them doughboys must have been some tough cookies to pack such a heavy rifle and all that gear like they did.

DM~
February 15, 2014, 12:07 AM
I occasionally hunt with my great-grandfather's old 1936 Winchester Model 21 in 16 gauge. Does anyone else out there on THR hunt with a shotgun or rifle that would be considered classic or vintage? Pictures are always appreciated. Thanks.

I have several, here's two of them... Here's the Remington 1900 my father bought in the 40's for $10.00, it was made in 1905 and all of us kids grew up using it to take untold amounts of big and small game!

http://www.fototime.com/1156D1822D7C312/standard.jpg

BUT, my "go to" gun that i hunt with more than any other, is my Krieghoff Semper that was made in 1935,

http://www.fototime.com/F8BC345CD766244/standard.jpg

I've put a semi load of meat in my freezer with it, since i bought it in the early 80's,

http://www.fototime.com/71D5748CCA76B2C/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/39A469F568D04CF/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/B146F5E48FD9CFD/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/C8EA6F979F7FAAE/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/FCA4029ABA44E24/standard.jpg

DM

Patocazador
February 15, 2014, 12:34 PM
I shot a doe last year with a 1909 Argentine Mauser. It was no different than using a new Browning or Remington bolt-action. It worked the same with the same results.

Shooting a deer with an antique flintlock or matchlock is another story though.

Lloyd Smale
February 18, 2014, 07:53 AM
andrew I have the exact same 16 guage and mine was my grandfathers. i used it for years and one day one of the locks broke. I couldnt get parts anywhere and paid a good price for a gunsmith to make them. After that i retired thie old gun and it will just be handed down to my grandkids some day. Nice old shotguns though..

andrewdl007
February 18, 2014, 02:05 PM
andrew I have the exact same 16 guage and mine was my grandfathers. i used it for years and one day one of the locks broke. I couldnt get parts anywhere and paid a good price for a gunsmith to make them. After that i retired thie old gun and it will just be handed down to my grandkids some day. Nice old shotguns though..
I always used the Win 21 for quail when I was younger. In college I used it for sporting clays... but like you I now rarely use it just because I'm afraid to do it any harm. I have an old Superposed that has an internal problem and the gunsmith cannot find parts to fix it. I don't want that to happen to my 16 gauge.

35Remfan
February 20, 2014, 09:45 PM
I hunt at least once a deer season with my great-grandfathers Remington model 14 35 Rem., as well a 1912 8mm German mauser.

My only complaint is a slightly dim scope on the model 14. Both are very accurate.

Speedgoat
February 21, 2014, 12:59 AM
Have a original 1886 in 40-82 that hangs out in the safe. Trying to get my old man to figure out the history of it, but it had to have come in the valley around the turn of the century. Whenever, if I draw a Bison tag I'll probably break down and get dies, brass and try to figure out how to load for the old girl. Would definitely be pretty cool to go on a Bison hunt with a rifle that was there for it the 1st time around!

acman
February 21, 2014, 09:24 PM
I used to hunt rabbits and possums and the occasional raccoon with my grandfathers 1961 marlin 39a. I now use a Remington 597 because the 39a is in perfect condition. With the prices and availability of .22 ammo im less likely to shoot as much with the 597, more fun to use a lever action.

Robbins290
March 2, 2014, 06:33 PM
Shot this small buck horn with my grandfathers remington 742 in 308! He would be proud

d2wing
March 5, 2014, 11:42 PM
My Dad's .35 Remington Pump, I think it's a Model 14, and his very old Winchester 74 I just rebuilt along with a Mossberg 146B.

WestKentucky
March 6, 2014, 12:20 AM
1926 rem 11 in 12 ga is my light load go-to gun. My marlin 60 squirrel stock is a close runner up to the rem11. For heavier loads I move up to an 11-48 for shotgun or a glenfield/marlin 30-a. If I'm looking at long range the .270 or .243 might come out of the safe.

T.R.
March 9, 2014, 09:19 PM
Savage model 99 is a keeper! This hunt took place within "A Zone" of northern California where taking two bucks was legal at the time.

TR

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/Napamorning.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/rushmoreman/media/Napamorning.jpg.html)

yzguy87
March 17, 2014, 10:57 PM
jmr40, thanks for sharing the story and pics!

Rembrandt, beautiful rifle!

tickfarm, I like your style! I'd love to shoot a Springfield.

oldude309
March 17, 2014, 11:42 PM
Got a 03 Springfield from grandad in 76, still useing it today. It has a Mil Ordance stamp on the barrel for Aug. 1917 I guess its a classic. Jim

CoalTrain49
March 18, 2014, 11:02 PM
I have two.

12 ga Brit G E Lewis sxs built around 1930. I load 2.5 low pressure shells and use it to hunt grouse. Also an L C Smith 20 ga field grade built in 1939. Also used for grouse.

Old bird guns and versatile breed dogs for me.

Take me back.

BILLYDIXON
March 19, 2014, 06:05 AM
I use 2 Winchester 97's when I hunt in South Dakota for Phesants. My best friend is disabled and can hunt out of his truck. So I normally have both of mine 97's loaded one on the ground. One time I was at the side of a cornfield even though I had the gun raised I pulled the trigger on a empty gun. But I hit 13 birds. That my record stand. One year there was 20 of us and two dogs. We had 60 birds in two hours. Didn't have much to do at 2:00pm. Every one hunting were using model 12 or 97. I've got some cool pictures I'll try to upload them later.

Davek1977
March 19, 2014, 08:07 AM
Every so often I get the urge to hunt cottontails on a winter afternoon. As often as not, Grandpa's Winchester 62A goes with me. Its of course a joy to carry, and still puts food on the table.

swopjan
March 23, 2014, 02:53 AM
Classic? I've got a Mossberg bolt-action shotgun that I'd like to use for turkeys someday, I kind of think of it as a classic. I wouldn't mind a bolt action in .410 too. When I got it at age 18 I wanted one in every gauge :D My Remington 740 is definitely a classic!

Old? Heck, some of my guns are 5 times my age. 7x57, 6.5 Carcano, 8x57, 7.63 Argentine, 7.5 Swiss... I'm going to have some tough choices to make come deer season.

Stony
March 23, 2014, 09:53 PM
I've been known to hunt with a few older ones...like this '73 SRC in 44/40.
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q664/stony410/001_zps9d9938a3.jpg (http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/stony410/media/001_zps9d9938a3.jpg.html)

IdahoSkies
March 29, 2014, 03:06 PM
My go to rifle is my late-grandfathers Remington 721. I have newer rifles, but I have loads dialed in for this one, its comfortable to carry, and just works. I love it.

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