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#6527206 - 11/04/16 01:59 PM The Deer Rifle
chital_shikari Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
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Loc: Katy, TX
I found this wonderful article about the "modern dilemma" of American deer hunters. You can read it here.

What are your thoughts on it? Some may be triggered (pun intended smile ) by the handloader vs. factory ammo observation but other than that, the writer seems pretty much on point.

I personally love a classy rifle more than a tacticool one, for the heritage and culture of the "chase" associated therewith. At the same time, I am also dying to get in on the long range "fetish" that is mentioned. ARs reside in the gray area just as "hunting v. killing" is, to me anyway. They're bad-butt guns, but I don't wanna shoot a deer with them. 2cents

What are y'all's opinions on this conundrum? popcorn
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#6527213 - 11/04/16 02:05 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
Mr. T. Offline
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I enjoy hunting with an old classic style of gun... Wood stock, etc. I don't own any AR's, I don't have anything at all against them or the people who hunt with them. They just are not for me.
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#6527221 - 11/04/16 02:12 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
fouzman Offline
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I own two rifles with synthetic stocks. One's a Christian Arms and the other is a custom built .222 with a 20" bull barrel. Other than those, my rifles are all either bolt actions or single shots. All have wood stocks, one is English, one is Claro and all the rest are Turkish Circassian walnut. All custom built. I prefer classic style rifles with extraordinary walnut stocks, heavy barrels and Schmidt and Bender, Swarovski or Kahles optics.

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#6527240 - 11/04/16 02:28 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
Chunky Monkey Offline
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Wood stock, bolt action, is what I prefer. Probably would buy a new one before hunting with anything different.
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#6527241 - 11/04/16 02:28 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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While I have an appreciation for beautiful rifles with intricate wood, first and foremost the rifle is a tool and it has a job to do. As long as it shoots well and isn't incredibly ugly or disjointed (Ruger RPR, for instance), I'm fine with it. I don't show up at the ranch or lease trying to impress anybody with how my gun looks. I have synthetic bolt guns, a wood bolt gun, a laminate bolt gun, a wood semi-auto 10/22, and an AR platform. My shotgun is wood and while not expensive, is pretty.

That said, if any of you would like to purchase the Win 7mm-08 Featherweight in the classifieds and give it to me as a belated birthday gift, I can promise you I'd hunt with it. A lot.
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#6527261 - 11/04/16 02:45 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
fouzman Offline
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Don't confuse my pretty rifles with someone trying to impress anyone. I love beautiful wood and rifles and I hunt with all of them. They've all got the nicks, dings and scratches to prove it. You're correct, they're nothing more than a tool to be used and used often up

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#6527268 - 11/04/16 02:51 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: fouzman]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Don't confuse my pretty rifles with someone trying to impress anyone. I love beautiful wood and rifles and I hunt with all of them. They've all got the nicks, dings and scratches to prove it. You're correct, they're nothing more than a tool to be used and used often up
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#6527297 - 11/04/16 03:16 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
LandPirate Offline
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My rifles fall into two categories. First are the tools of my trade. Utilitarian, rugged instruments with a job to do. Looks are secondary. I use them daily on my job. Secondly, I have a nice collection of sporting arms. Most have classic wooden stocks and are bot action or single shot. However there are one or two lever actions, semi-auto and pumps. They range in caliber from .22LR to .308 Norma Mag. Some American and some European and one or two Japanese. I generally top them with Leupold glass. Most were handed down from grandfather to father to son. Someone once quoted that "only accurate rifles are interesting". I disagree. I have a certain appreciation for the artistic creativity put into a firearm. I could never afford one, but many of the double rifles and shotguns produced in Europe are amazing.
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#6527306 - 11/04/16 03:25 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I prefer wood stocked guns. I have two synthetic stocked rifles, one in .22-250 and it was a gift. stainless rifle it makes an awesome truck gun or general purpose ranch rifle.

I also have a Weatherby Accumark which was bought to hunt out west. I really wanted a Mark V deluxe but the fine folks at weatherby made a left handed action a custom gun and I could have bought two accumarks for the price of a custom shop rig, so I went with that. I love the rifle and truth be told the way we hunt out there a synthetic gun makes sense.

however, I do enjoy hunting with higher grade rifles stocked in wood. I'm a bit of a rifle snob in that aspect.
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#6527347 - 11/04/16 04:10 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks


That said, if any of you would like to purchase the Win 7mm-08 Featherweight in the classifieds and give it to me as a belated birthday gift, I can promise you I'd hunt with it. A lot.


I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 that I love, but I have to agree with you on this one. A nice wood stocked Mod. 70 Featherweight in 7mm-08 or 7mm Mauser would be SWEET! cheers
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#6527351 - 11/04/16 04:17 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: tth_40]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: tth_40
Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks


That said, if any of you would like to purchase the Win 7mm-08 Featherweight in the classifieds and give it to me as a belated birthday gift, I can promise you I'd hunt with it. A lot.


I have a Tikka in 7mm-08 that I love, but I have to agree with you on this one. A nice wood stocked Mod. 70 Featherweight in 7mm-08 or 7mm Mauser would be SWEET! cheers


When I was a kid our local farm supply store had a .257 Roberts Featherweight that sat on the shelf for years. Every time I went in there all I did was ogle that rifle. At the time I think he had it for $450, that was 30+ years ago.
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#6527411 - 11/04/16 05:17 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
cameron00 Offline
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None of my guns are attractive, except for the 1 that I inherited.

My main deer gun is a 20-inch fluted barrel 308 with a composite hogue stock. My main shotgun is just a black composite 870. My main carry pistol is a glock.

I do have a Rem 700 with a pretty nice wood stock I inherited in 7mmag, but I barely use it.

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#6527413 - 11/04/16 05:20 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
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I'm a Ruger guy and have several.....all wood bolt action plus some old Winchesters from grandfather

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#6527419 - 11/04/16 05:28 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: majekman]
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Originally Posted By: majekman
I'm a Ruger guy and have several.....all wood bolt action plus some old Winchesters from grandfather


my "deer" rifle is a Ruger MK II M77.....imo one of the most underrated factory rifles.
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#6527422 - 11/04/16 05:33 PM Re: The Deer Rifle [Re: chital_shikari]
stxranchman Offline
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I have some with the original wood stocks and some with composites stocks. The all mean the same to me and all show their wear from years of use, with the exception of one that is newer. I did not buy or inherit a rifle to look at, I got them all to use. Who I leave them to can do with them as they like. I would hope they continue to use them as much as I have.
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