Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
AMET, ashleyjc, Whosure, beartrap, Rusty Metal
61402 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 80219
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 44003
BOBO the Clown 41683
BMD 40584
Big Orn 37484
bill oxner 36047
txshntr 34168
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 31062
facebook
Forum Stats
61402 Members
46 Forums
420893 Topics
5812327 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >
Topic Options
#6735495 - 04/14/17 10:20 PM Hunting with fancy wood rifles
jeffbird Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 1878
The AR thread made me wonder how many folks take their fancy wood rifles hunting? I have one, but I never take it. It is more like a work of art I enjoy, but when it is time to hunt, the stainless steel and synthetic goes to the field.

This carving by Sterling Davenport really caught my eye.

My crappy phone photos do not do it justice.










Top
#6735498 - 04/14/17 10:25 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
FiremanJG Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 19129
Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Originally Posted By: jeffbird
but when it is time to shoot the rifle, the stainless steel and synthetic goes to the field.


FIFY
grin
_________________________


800 Yard Steel Rifle Range
Long Range Shooting Instruction
Memberships and Classes Available


Top
#6735504 - 04/14/17 10:31 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: FiremanJG]
jeffbird Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 1878
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: jeffbird
but when it is time to shoot the rifle, the stainless steel and synthetic goes to the field.


FIFY
grin


roflmao cheers

Top
#6735505 - 04/14/17 10:32 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
dkershen Offline


Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 15982
Loc: Denton/Argyle
I don't own any guns that don't go into the field. And only own one "pretty" wood stocked long gun that comes to mind.
_________________________

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
www.NewHopeEquine.com

Top
#6735521 - 04/14/17 10:51 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Grizz Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 6166
Loc: Granbury, TX
I actually like the look and feel of a wood stock, but I don't have any that are fancy or expensive. I have a Remington 788 with a plain wood stock, a Remington 700 with a laminated wood stock, and a Marlin 30-30 with a basic wood stock. the two main "deer rifles" I use both have synthetic stocks. I also have a Beretta shotgun with a wood stock but I'm about to sell it because I replaced it with a Benelli with a synthetic stock. As much as I like wood stocks, I guess I still tend to gravitate to the synthetic stocks.
_________________________

Top
#6735524 - 04/14/17 10:52 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
dogcatcher Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 80219
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
All that I hunt with are wood stocked. A Parker Hale 243, is one of my favorite predator rifle, the other is custom 223. For Deer hunting, I use one of the Winchester model 70's, or a Marlin 30-30, or one of the Savage 99's. Except for the Savage 99's which I acquired used, they are all in pristine condition. Of the 99's one is in pretty good condition but my favorite the 243, really could use a new stock, it has scratches so deep that there is no way the stock can be saved,

I only have 2 that are stocked with plastic, an AR that is a H Bar Colt and a Mossberg shot gun that rides in the pick up for snakes. Both of them I consider as if TSHTF weapons, I have them available. But most likely if it did happen I would grab the M14 instead, and it is wood stock.
_________________________
Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
"Illegitimus non carborundum est"

_______ Old style calls for today's outdoorsman_________

Top
#6735526 - 04/14/17 10:52 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Adchunts Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/03/16
Posts: 100
Loc: New Braunfels, TX
Duck hunted one time with a guy that brought a Browning Citori with gorgeous wood. He spent the whole trip protecting that gun. I am OK with paddling the boat back with my synthetic stocked Benelli if needed. I don't own any "pretty" guns...

Top
#6735541 - 04/14/17 11:20 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Texas buckeye Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3226
Loc: Keller
Let's see, I hunt with a cooper model 52 in some fancy wood (shoots like a laser and I love that gun), a Smith and Wesson M&P AR chambered in 5.56 (taken the most game with this gun by large margin), savage axis xp which has cheap synthetic stock which my son and daughter both used to take their first deer, and a savage model 11 on a mdt chassis which serves as a backup to my smith and Wesson AR. Also hunt with a crossbow which has taken the least amount of game but has only been used for two seasons so far.

Don't fear or worry about taking any of them to the field, don't worry about taking any of them out in wet weather. Just oil them good afterward and make sure they are clean.

In my opinion, a gun that is not meant to sit in a glass case at home to be looked at.

Top
#6735551 - 04/14/17 11:44 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Palehorse Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4285
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
That is a beautiful stock for sure! Most of my deer and hog hunting now is done with a fairly beat up Marlin 336. I've thought about refinishing it, but every ding and scuff has a story behind it. I think it looks beautiful as it is.
I wouldn't mind owning a nice upland English double one day for birds. Hard to justify the expense right now though.
_________________________
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

Top
#6735555 - 04/14/17 11:51 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Palehorse Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4285
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
I also own a Browning A bolt Stainless Stalker with a synthetic stock in 7 mag. It is a fine rifle. I've taken many deer with it. When I look at it though, it's like looking into Kristen Stewart's eyes, kinda dead inside.


Edited by Palehorse (04/14/17 11:52 PM)
_________________________
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

Top
#6735608 - 04/15/17 07:18 AM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
colt45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 6162
Loc: bastrop county
I prefer wood, the savage 99's, if they are "collector quality" NEVER, any that have been altered in any way are considered shooters, example..sling studs, non factory drilled & tapped, recoil pads ect, their are exceptions but not many
_________________________
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

Top
#6735695 - 04/15/17 09:23 AM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Pitchfork Predator Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 11617
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
I started out with one I still own, Rem 700 BDL and added later a Browning A-bolt Medallion. Really beat up the A-bolt stock that now has a Bell and Carlson real tree camo. The Remmy is still in pretty good condition because it's a 30.06 and has been hunted much less than the A-bolt in 270.

I have a really nice Henry Golden Boy that has a very nice walnut stock that I wouldn't envision ever replacing on a lever gun.

But I don't baby any of my hunting "tools". I just don't abuse them. The main things I don't see as practical for a hunting tool is unnecessary weight, non free floating barrel and highly reflective of the sun. After figuring out these things through experience my go to bolt guns all have synthetic non reflecting stocks with free floating barrels.

I have great appreciation of beautifully carved stocks with engraved metal to look at, hold and shoot. Same thing with custom knives, which I own many of. But I won't buy a rifle or knife like these that I wouldn't classify as practical hunting tools that don't get babied and are put to good use in the field. If I ever had a family member pass on a rifle or knife that is in this class of beauty, I would treasure it and baby it I'm sure LOL.


Edited by Pitchfork Predator (04/15/17 09:25 AM)
_________________________
Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920

Top
#6735724 - 04/15/17 09:56 AM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
Eyesofahunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 324
Loc: Hill Country of Texas
Nothing like a wood stocked rifle they feel alive in my hands. I have my Dad's Safari rifles which he hunted the world with from the 50s' to the 70's and yes there are some dings in them and worn blueing but they carry the stories forward IMO. Every time I hunt with those Biesen rifles I think of my Dad as I imprint my stories next to his. The old master gun builders like Biesen and Fisher built rifles to be hunted with not locked away in safes.

Maybe we need a wood stocked AR topic duel

Top
#6735755 - 04/15/17 11:20 AM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
txtrophy85 Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 08/12/05
Posts: 22430
I have a browning A-bolt medallion with nice wood, and a weatherby Athena Grade IV with very nice wood.



don't think twice about taking them afield....but I am good to my guns I don't abuse them
_________________________
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

Top
#6735850 - 04/15/17 01:45 PM Re: Hunting with fancy wood rifles [Re: jeffbird]
SapperTitan Offline
Taking Requests

Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 18837
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I'll stick with my ARs so I don't have to worry about scratching them up walking through brush or having them get wet and dirty.
_________________________
US Army combat engineer retired

Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I could never repay you for the pleasure I've gotten out of your meat package.

Originally Posted By: phantom
I Love the feel of wood.

Top
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide