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What Is Yours?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wanderinwalker, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Participating Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    SW NH
    Okay, I saw the revived "just for fun thread" and decided we need something on a similar vein but with a different approach.

    The question is: What rifle do you have for no specific reason at all?

    This is the place for all of the impulse buys, odd trades, inheritances, gifts, etc, that you can't get rid of and aren't exactly sure what you were/are going to do with them.

    For example, I'll go first:

    I have this neat little Marlin 1894PG .44 Magnum. Bought it last Christmas time on a whim, really. Didn't need it for anything in particular, but it felt right and just looked proper. So $430 and a 4473 later it was following me home.

    Through the past summer I have fired it and modified it and tried numerous things and variations to see what I liked the best. Of course, it was all done with no particular reason or theme, in all honesty. At one point it had a red-dot sight on it as a sort of "tactical lever action" thing. Then I decided I didn't care for anything that was dependent on batteries, so it came off and I went back to shooting it as-issued. After a while I decided the stock sights really, really weren't getting me anywhere so it now wears a Williams WRGS reciever sight with a Firesight on the front. Best mod yet! :cool:

    Now, I'm still not sure what it's "for" exactly. I'll deer hunt with it come November. With my normal plinking loads it will drill neat holes in grouse, soda cans, paper targets and pine cones. Loaded with .44 Specials it would be fine sitting behind the bedstand. It is useful for teaching recoil-shy shooters how to handle centerfire rifles. It complements my 629 nicely, if the pair are a bit heavy for really going any distance on foot in tough terrain. And it just flat out looks good. :D

    But none of that is why I bought it! And even after sitting here typing and thinking, I still couldn't say why now, 10 months and 1300 rounds later. :scrutiny:

    So what is YOUR story?

    Edited to add: And it's a pistol caliber carbine, but if ft.-lbs. of energy are your thing, it beats an AR-15 handily. IMO, it would make a dandy short-range black bear gun with a good, solid bullet. Whitetails are certainly a non-issue; it'll do.
  2. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    My friend was trying to thin his herd after buying several new rifles over a month's span. He offerd me a good price on a Win. '94 in 45 Colt. I bit. I didn't need it, I just wanted it. It's a great shootin handy little carbine. I like it, but have no particular need that it filled. It's just a great little rifle to keep around.
  3. lionking

    lionking Participating Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    people at work or wherever who have ever learned what I have or something I have...and they are not into shooting or collecting that question always spouts outta their mouths..

    "but why do you NEED that anyway?"


    but why do you NEED THAT many anyway?"

    so I answer,because I wanted them so therefore there was a reason for them,or that. !:scrutiny:
  4. dfaugh

    dfaugh Participating Member

    Dec 10, 2004
    Well, a good friends father died a while back, and left her and her brother with some old guns. I volunteered to get a reasonable idea of value for her, and clean them up as best I could (Sadly neglected for the last 30 years). Not really try to "restore" them which would be nearly impossible (except for big $$$$)but just make them look ok, get the rust off, and make them operable, if possible. She's not really interested in ever shooting them, just keeping as family heirlooms.

    In return, she said I could keep the Model 8 Remington (the least valuable) in .35 Remington. Like the others, not in the best of shape...No real rust, but virtually no bluing either. Some kinda problem with the magazine, as it won't feed the last shell, no matter what--maybe just need the mag spring. Follower was stuck in bottom of magazine when I got it, as well--can't be good for the mag spring. Anyway, I took it to the range, fired about 12 rounds, and gave up as the recoil was killing me(it just has a plastic or metal buttplate on it). Additionally, I was lucky to keep all the shots in an 8" circle (at 50), with the standard sights. (Vision problems, all my other rifles are scoped). Looked around for a scope mount for it, and they cost more than the gun is worth, and THEN they only take a LONG OBSOLETE scope that's even MORE expensive. There are also tang mounted peep sights, which I can use pretty well, but they're still relatively expensive, IF you can find one.

    And we can't use rifles for deer around here, so what am I ever gonna use it for? Beacause it was a gift from a very close friend, I don't wanna sell or trade it (although I'm sure she wouldn't object), but it just wouldn't seen right to me. So, I guess its gonna be a wallhanger....

    Now, had I been dishonest kind of person, I could've scored big. While 2 of the remaining 3 guns have no great value (espectially in the condition they'll be in, even after I clean 'em up), the fourth was an 1898 L.C Smith A-1 model shotgun (738 produced between 1892-1898). This was in reasonably good shape, although it needs a full on professional (Doug Turnbull) restoration. But this thing is a true work of art....There isn't a single piece of metal on the gun (including the screw heads) that's not hand engraved. The only other A-1 I could find for sale had an asking price of $18,000 (in mint condition, didn't specify if it had been restored or not). But of course I'd never cheat anyone, friend or other wise (which usually gets me screwed:banghead:) , but will hopefully get me into Heaven:D
  5. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    For me it would be an AR, I have no real use for one but I would like to have one.
  6. kfranz

    kfranz Participating Member

    Dec 16, 2003
    The only specific reason I have for any of the firearms I own is that I wanted them at the same time I could afford them.
  7. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Participating Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    NW Florida
    Just for fun I added a second MN, second SKS and a second CZ 52.
  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    I have no need for a $3k semi auto Ohio Ordnance 1918A3 slr, but wow I'd like to have one. Hey there's always the lotto...

    I also had no need for the Czech Mauser I was recently gifted, but it's a pretty cool old bolt gun.
  9. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Active Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Central Kentucky
    I'd have to say a Marlin 1894C .357 is first on that list. I have no practical use for it, it would just be a blast at the range or campsite.
  10. redranger1

    redranger1 Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Iberia, MO
    Its not that I do or dont need any of my guns, its just that my guns NEED me.:D
  11. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Senior Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Missoula, Montana
    Hmm. I don't think I have anything I didn't buy for a specific reason. I have an SKS and an AK, and some could argue I don't need both, but the SKS was bought as a truck gun, and the AK is my SHTF/home defense weapon of choice.

    The problem for me is that I have a very limited budget. Purchasing a firearm requires I save for quite a while, and this gives me lots of time to think about what I need next, ponder my options, and research the advantages/disadvantages of each. So by the time I make the purchase, I know exactly what I want (or think I want), why, and where it fits into my collection. So while I only have about half a dozen firearms, they all have a purpose they were bought for.

    My next purchase will almost certainly be a battle rifle of some sort, a FAL or either a Fulton or LRB M14. I keep going back and forth between which of these I want. Ideally I'd end up with both, but with our government and my bank account being what it is, I'll have to pick one by the time I get the funds in order. There is also a slim chance I might get a Glock 29 or 30 for CCW beforehand, as well.
  12. Bullet Bob

    Bullet Bob Participating Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Piedmont, NC
    Man, I have too many to list, so I'll just use my latest one, a CZ 527 carbine (18 & 1/2" barrel) in .223. I love the mini-mauser action, set trigger, barrel boss for the rear sight, and just the general "European-ess" of it. I have a mini-14, and an AR so another .223 definitely wasn't needed, but ain't it cute:

    Still trying to decide which scope to put on it.
  13. gbran

    gbran Senior Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    I have a Rossi .22wmr pump that is just plain fun. I don't even need this gun.
    My 2cnd gun that I don't have a use for except fun is my .357 Blackhawk.
  14. atblis

    atblis Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Neither here nor there
    This is for fighting, and this is for fun

    I'll spare you guys the pictures. :evil:
  15. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Participating Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    32 H&R magnum, Ruger SP-101 w/4" barrel and a Marlin 1894CB. Just wanted them!:neener:
  16. .38 Special

    .38 Special Senior Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Orange County, CA.
    .416 Rigby. If the elephants come (to Orange County) I'm ready.
  17. Limeyfellow

    Limeyfellow Participating Member

    May 31, 2005
    NC, USA
    Would probrobly be a Bren gun. Since I fired them a few times I become hooked and would be nice to have one for British ww2 reenactment and for range appeal though at a price of over $2000 for a massive heavy gun like that it serves little purpose but cool factor.
  18. wayne in boca

    wayne in boca Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    south Florida
    I have a FAL modified to fire .45 ACP from 30 round grease gun mags.Put a Bushnell Trophy red dot on it.Lots of fun,but couldn't figure out what it was actually good for.Then it dawned on me.Zombies and killer clowns.Balance is restored.
  19. crazed_ss

    crazed_ss Participating Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Sunny San Diego
    Remington 710. I have no use for this rifle. Ill probably never go hunting. I dont even know why I bought it.. maybe cause it only cost 330 bucks and i thought it'd be cool to have a bolt-action rifle with scope. I took it to a 100yd range and it was pleasingly accurate. The recoil is punishing and the action isnt too smooth though.
  20. nero45acp

    nero45acp Participating Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Tampa Bay area
    Browning Buckmark Sporter Rifle.


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