Greetings from central Virginia in the US of A !
I'm in my 50's and presently single , no kids !
Have a soon to be wife in the Philippines that is THE EXACT same age as myself !
I've had guns for 45 years and there are very few types etc that I've not owned or played with at some point in my life .
25 years ago I was heavily into American style skeet and trap as well as bird hunting . 10 or 12 years ago I got heavily into lever action Marlin's and shot a good bit of lever action silhouette . Killed my first Whitetail deer when I was 12 . Since that time I've taken in excess of 225 whitetails , a pair of Mule Deer and nine Sika Deer .
Also taken a pair of Black Bear in the past 3 years .
And without a doubt Sika Stags are my thing . I have to travel close to 4 hours by car to get to suitable spots for these guys and typically the best you can even hope for is a 6 pointer of which I've killed two in my entire Sika hunting life . the first in 1999 with a muzzle loader on our lease and the second in 2005 with a Savage 12 gauge bolt action rifled slug gun .
My present intrests as far as hunting are concerned are of course Sika Stags , Whitetail deer , Black Bear and occasional dove shooting . As to guns I'm very much into side by side shotguns and have shot them since I was 14 almost exclusively for birds while using over and unders for the clay target games .
My W&C Scott hammerless damascus 10 gauge is without a doubt my favourite but then it was to left to me by my grandfather . I also have a W&C Scott 12 and 20 hammerless damscus , as well as a W.W.Greener hammerless , tang safety , fluid steel barrel 12 gauge boxlock that I purchased when I was 15 . My last english gun is a boxlock 12 gauge Westley Richards I've had since approx 1990 . Am big into Parkers , Fox's , L.C.Smith's and ithaca's .Have several German pre war guns as well from variouse Kettners and Kerners .
At the moment the only over and unders I own are all old Browning Superposed 12 and 20 gauges from the 50's and 60's .
Got into the drilling thing recently and have 3 Pre War drillings of which two are hammer guns and the third is hammerless . Also have a J.P. Sauer that was made I think about 55-65 .
As to rifles I'm still flush with Marlin lever guns but just about all of them are chambered for the 444 marlin cartridge . I load for them all and cast variouse bullets from 207-420 grains for them . I am pretty flush as well with Ruger #1 single shots with variouse calibers from 204 Ruger all the way up to 416 REM MAG .
Remington Model 700's are high on my list and a have a couple of those , as well as 96 and 98 Mausers . A fairly recent addition i truely like is a 1963 vintage Mannlicher Schoenauer 24" rifle in 308 WIN .
Obviousely my favourite cartridge in a lever gun would be the 444 . In the Ruger #1's it's the 264 WIN MAG and 6.5x55 . In the bolt actions I'm partial to the 260 REM (bought a Remington model 7 stainless synthetic in 260 when they first hit the market in 1995 or so) and the 6.5-06 . While I am certainly partial to the 6.5mm's , I am also very much in favor of 6mm's , 7mm's and the 22 cals .Actually there are very few I don't like but these mentioned come to the top first .
I used to bowhunt quite a bit . But my left shoulder is casing me problems with that ! I can pull back a 50-60 pound bow well enough , but the feeling in my left shoulder when I try to hold it isn't so great (I am rght handed).
I usually travel to the Philippines atleast once each year to visit family and friends . I found this website because I was looking for Sika Stag hunting spots in the England , Ireland , North Ireland and Scotland .
Okay that should be enough to keep anyone occupied for awhile .