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Deer with dads rifle

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by stringnut, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. stringnut

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    20201118_081426.jpg Took a nice fat doe with dads Ruger Hawkeye 257 Robert's this morning. He passed the day before Easter this year at 91. I think he shot his last deer 6 years ago. Miss you always Pop.
     
  2. Patocazador

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    Nothing wrong with "The Bob". It's a great deer gun. I'm sure your dad is smiling down at you.
     
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  3. hq

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    Congrats! I can only imagine how you feel now. My dad passed away over 36 years ago at the age of 78 and I've kept his deer rifle, Sako L579 Forester in .243, in the safe ever since. Never taken it hunting. Maybe I finally should...
     
  4. Arkansas Paul

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    That's the good stuff right there.
    I'm sure your dad would want you to keep killing deer with his rifle.
    I hope my family does when I'm gone.
     
  5. Highland Lofts

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    I love this kind of stuff. I wish I had a hand me down gun to hunt with. My father died back in 1969 when I was eleven and some one stole his guns right after he died so no one got nothing.

    I have gifted guns to my two sons (handguns, rifles and shotguns).
    They have used them and harvested lots of game with them while I am here to enjoy thier success.
    It's a great feeling to see them get game with the guns I gave them.
    I gave my two grandsons age 9 & 10 guns. They shoot and will take game with them here shortly.
     
  6. sixgunner455

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    Do it! Enjoy it!
     
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  8. Loyalist Dave

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    WELL DONE

    Recently I fixed the wrist of the stock on my coworker's late grandfather's deer rifle. For sentimental reasons as he explained that the rifle didn't shoot well any longer. So I offered to clean the bore with an aggressive copper removing bore cleaner. Voila, accuracy restored. Remember that for the future, as a lot of vintage rifles get sidelined or become wall hangers due to loss of accuracy but I think many are not due to worn rifling but because their old owners didn't have access to the better cleaning compounds we have today. For example my friend's grandad's rifle had perfectly clean patches coming out with regular solvent, but dark purple-blue patches when I used the copper cleaner. ;)

    Might give your dad's old rifle a few more decades of deer hunting. :thumbup:

    LD
     
  9. Daveboone

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    Cool. I hunt with dads old 98 Mauser every year, although Ihave upgraded it a fair bit. I enjoy thinking of him every time we are out.
     
  10. Hokkmike

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    Warms the cockles of my heart to hear this.
     
  11. Fyrstyk

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    My Dad died last year one day before his 90th birthday. He was an avid hunter, and brought me up to love the outdoors and hunting too. I have pictures of him carrying me on his shoulders while he was bird hunting. I guess I was too tired, I was probably only 5 years old. Anyway, the year of his passing i took is ancient, (1950's) Winchester 94 in .32 Winchester Special deer hunting and took a small 6 point with it. I took the antlers and placed them on his gravesite. I know he was happy that his old gun could still bring home the venison. The gun is retired now and resided in my safe.
     
  12. stringnut

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    that’s a great story. After dads first stroke last November he was in a nursing home for six weeks . One day on the way to visit him I saw a young man walking across the cemetery with a fresh rack. Kind of a tear jerker. You know he was going to show it to someone important.
     
  13. Loyalist Dave

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    Sorry for your loss but glad you were able to connect with the past as you did.

    My dad turned 90 in October. He has a Garand rifle that he's never shot, but he only got it last summer. I tried to arrange a deer hunt for him with it, but he has some special physical needs and all of the plans kept "falling through". You can't hunt with bottlenecked cartridges in about half of the state..., THEN C19 hit. So no range time when it was warm enough for him... and now I'm really not able to see him and mom much, as in addition to age he has some lung issues. My job puts me in contact with a lot of knuckleheads in the public, so I don't want to transmit C19 to him by some fluke. (If it wasn't for the dang virus, I confess I've considered taking him out where I know he can get a shot close enough for his eyes and that rifle's sights, regardless of restrictions...,;)) Anyway I hope there is enough time left to take him out this time next year. :)

    LD
     
  14. Fyrstyk

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    I hope you can work something out with him. You won't regret it if you do. It will be a memory you will have for the rest of your life. I know I miss my Dad terribly, even though we did not see eye to eye on alot of things, we both agreed that deer hunting was the best time in our lives.
     
  15. d2wing

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    I was lucky to get my dad's old Remington pump in .35 R 40 years ago. I don't shoot it anymore. It was my 10 year old grandson's first hunt this year, I provided him with a bolt action 243 with a youth stock but that was too big for him. He opted to use a AR carbine that I had. He shoot a small buck with it. I am so proud of him. Anyway he got to shoot grandpa's rifle. Maybe someday he will want his great grandpa's gun.
     
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