Rifles you adore that leave others scratching their head?

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  1. Demi-human
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    A Savage Rascal.

    I feel like the Jolly Green Giant when I pick up this Lilliputian long arm! But I like it! Maybe even more than my son does. Tiny, well made, small, very accurate with the peep sights, did I say it was minuscule yet? It’s like pointing a feather! A take down rifle without the need for taking down.

    And it’s Fire Truck Red!

    I have many, really a lot, of .22s, but this one is just fun!
    Everyone gets why I have full sized rimfires. My children are huge! Mini-Amazon is 5’4” at 12 yrs old, her half brother is 6’7” at sixteen. My 10 year old Mini-Me is 4’11”.
    I, however, am built like a hobbit. Big hands, big feet, 5’10 3/4”. The three quarters is important!

    If my boy lets me, I might make a folding stock for it. Then I can about put it in my pocket!:D
     
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    Steyr Scout, contender for the worlds ugliest yet most usable rile.
     
  4. Dave DeLaurant

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    Well, agreed, it is wise to exercise great caution with any firearm purchase, especially used ones. They're relatively pricey investments after all.

    However, I suspect you hang out with a much better class of gun owners than I see around here!

    My observation has been that the reason for most firearms being sold in my area has much more to do with economic hardship, divorce restraining orders, moving into assisted living, changing tastes, someone dying whose heirs are uninterested in guns or have differing tastes/wants/needs, difficulty finding factory ammunition, and often just a general lack of firearm knowledge -- sometimes even the most basic stuff.

    The last local firearm purchase I made, a Remington 580 single shot .22, was a classic example of the latter: the trigger/sear/safety were completely frozen due to inappropriate, solidified lubricant. After disassembling and cleaning the trigger mechanism, that rifle shoots like a house afire.

    Another example was my beloved Mauser Wehrmannsgewehr. The 8.15x46R chambering scared off so many buyers from this beautiful rifle that it sat on the LGS used rack for a full year before it was sold to me for a song ($300), including dies and a small supply of brass and bullets! A soldier bring-back that ended up as a severely unappreciated estate item.

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  5. Picher

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    People may think I'm crazy, but this little rifle is really cool to me. It's a Rem. 504 and except for a little trigger smoothing and some bedding, it's pretty much factory. I have two 5-shot magazines that fit flush to the bottom. It shoots as good as it looks too!

    I found it at a Marden's salvage store, a new rifle that was part of a gun shop buyout. It was on the other side of a counter and I asked to see it. It's been mine ever since that day!!! The action is wicked-smooth!

    Don't recall ever seeing another one like it. It kinda feels like a Rem 700, though the action is a lot shorter.


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    I totally understand……… not only do I love…love…love lever actions , but my Marlin 57 M is the most accurate rimfire I own ……

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    My Pedersoli Sharps and O/U Yildiz shotgun.
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  8. Demi-human
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    No, no. Those won’t work. I completely understand why you adore those.;)

    Nice firearms, fantastic wood on the Yildiz!:thumbup:
     
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    My headscratcher likewise would be most any of my M1 Carbines. This "family" photo is a bit old and there have been three added to the fold since it was taken.

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    But probably my favorite would be a 1st Generation Universal and like the one belonging to @NIGHTLORD40K it outshoots any and all of my USGI examples and quite honestly, rivals my AR's when both are fired with issue sights. I put it in a folding stock so I could carry it behind the seat of my pickup without damaging the really nice, original walnut stock.

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    My Mossberg Model 46(b). Every time I shoot it someone comes over to check it out. It is in very good condition, very accurate and very interesting looks with the old school quality and Mannlicher stock. It is probably the last rifle I would sell.
     
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    I actually know a few people......
     
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    Did he run the chamber too deep?
     
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    Thank you. I bought that Yildiz over 20 years ago and could not believe how inexpensive it was.
     
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    I don’t have any truly odd rifles. I do know that my use of a Winchester 94 .357 made a lot of people cringe when I used it in CAS. You see, some folks just can’t handle someone enjoying themselves shooting what they want in that game. I like to bring it out on occasion to see how many “do-gooders” recommend I “get a 73 and have Smilin Schmuckatelli slick it up for ya.”

    But enough about that silliness.

    Here is one rifle that people do scratch their heads about…after I out shoot them with iron sights. :)

    Savage model 30 “Stevens Favorite” .22 LR.
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    This is a great shooting .22 rifle.
     
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    While the Romanian M69 22lr trainer is not rare, it is a bit odd and I definitely get funny looks when I take it out of the case at the range. Most rude remarks cease once I start shooting though. The ugly, crudely machined rifle definitely shoots well. And of course I always get funny looks when I bust out the Hi Point 4095 carbine.
     
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    There really picky on headspace so could definitely be.
     
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    Sadly I guess a lot of people look at muzzleloaders or early cartridge guns and wonder why someone likes it. Sometime a gun owner needs to try something different and give it a chance before not liking it, I like all guns I may not care for something about it or even had a bad experience with a similar gun. But if somebody said hey you want this gun for free there's not one gun I'd turn down unless it was illegal or stolen.
     
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    Nothing wrong with the old timers. I would love to have a 36 caliber and maybe a 50 caliber percussion cap rifles. But left hand models are hard to find and expensive when you do.
     
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    Need to build a under hammer can probably build one under $600
     
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    Always wanted an underhammer....
    I have a tendency to single shots and old beat up mauser Sporters. But the guys at the gun shop were scratching their heads when I had to have an old Enfield sporter that had met bubba and his whole family. It was/is rough, but it has character and I'll get it crowned and front sighted and bedded eventually. I like old functional stuff. Be it guns, cars, bikes or tools.
     
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    I'm guessing it's a firing pin spring issue. The rifle is built on a Montana 1999 action.
     
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    Come to think of it, I have some of these. I have a Bubba 1917, and another Century imported 7mm Mag on an Enfield action. Would love to restore the badly Bubba'd one.

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    You can sometimes find the old Numrich Arms Hopkins & Allen under hammers. They are good shooters if the bore is in good shape. My Heritage Model in .45:

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  24. H&Hhunter

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    I’ve always wanted one of those in a big bore, .62 or .72.
     
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    .677 bore.
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