Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Heir Kommt Die Sonne, Apr 18, 2021.
If I can include a pistol as well this 1980's vintage Buckmark on the bottom will never leave my possession. This was the first handgun I ever owned and I bought it specifically to learn to shoot a pistol accurately. When I got it I was totally hopeless with a piston and now I can shoot chimpmunks in the head with it at distances people don't believe. Its exceptionally accurate and I've put many many thousands of rounds through it. I have taken a fair amount of small game and loads of chipmunks and red squirrels with it and its gone with me for many many miles through the woods. That colt above it is a beautiful gun but it can't hold a candle to that buckmark as a shooter, and I can say with zero hesitation that if I had to pick between them I would chuck that colt in a dumpster before I would ever consider parting with the buckmark.
Father's first rifle he bought as a teenager and handed it to me the other day.
@Varminterror, I have a similar MK II that is a favorite and an heirloom.
My favorite 22LR is my Remington 572 but the one I use the most is my Remington 597 Magnum.
That’s a good lookin’ pistol, right there!
Admittedly, side by side, without my since-engrained sentimentality, I would have preferred yours to mine way back. Yours has the adjustable rear sight and a slightly heavier contour barrel - I actually had some trouble identifying the model number on mine years later because this contour and length with the fixed rear sight wasn’t as prevalent as the “target” version you have. I have debated many times over the years about swapping that rear sight and the front blade, but I can’t bring myself to do it.
Had one the same (39 AS) model as you, but mine must have been built by an idiot. Iron sights off-center, receiver top not perpendicular to the sides, the rear mount screw not aligned with the front two, extractor/ejector problematic,
Too bad, because I would have really liked the rifle if it hadn't been made by an idiot convention. I finally sold it and will never buy the brand again.
My first M-39 was the best!!! Super accurate and everything was perfect on it. It was so long ago, I don't remember why I sold or traded it.
Glenfield Model 60 (squirrel stock) - my very first purchase of a firearm; approx. $60 in 1980 (will go to my 1st grandson, 8 months old today)
Henry Golden Boy .17 HMR - gift from my father
Savage 93R17 .17 HMR
Henry Golden Boy .22LR - inherited from my father (Eagle Scout commemorative)
Taurus Tracker .17 HMR - inherited from my father
CZ 455 .22LR
Browning Buckmark .22LR - inherited from my father
Dan Wesson .22LR revolver - inherited from my father
I'd have to say my favorite is the Glenfield, but the gift from my father is very special as well! I shot the Buckmark for the first time about a month ago and I came away very impressed.
Although the wood is mystery wood and poorly finished, and the bolt parts and receiver show tooling marks, they did not skimp in the accuracy department. I've put it up against similarly equipped CZ 452s and it runs with the best of them, better than some. Countless vermin and beer cans have fallen prey to this rifle, and I still own it today. Just as accurate as always. Even took it to a few .22 precision shoots and it fared respectably despite being out of it's class against the space guns.
I love that part. "But dad, I'll use less ammo because it's a bolt gun!" (Then proceeds to shoot more often than before.)
I think I actually did shoot a lower round count. Fewer mag dumps into old car parts out in the woods. My tastes also drifted towards higher quality and more expensive ammo, until I found that the thing shot $8.99/brick Federal Lightning as well as any of the match ammo I experimented with. I firmly believe this load was off the same line as their match grade biathalon load they made up special for the olympic squad, only with less intensive QC. I got 'hold of some of that when I dabbled in Biathalon as training for hockey. It shot equally to the cheap Federal lightning in terms of groups and POI and looked identical.
My Mossberg "New Haven" 251c carbine.
And my Remington "Speedmaster" 241.
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