A lot of younger hunters here seem attracted to old Parker Hales, Husqvarnas, BSAs, and even pre-war classics like H&H, Churchill, Westley Richards, or Model 70s , Mausers and 700s with walnut and iron sights.
And in the midst of many threads, old timers post photos of their old rifles. Many will say, "You can't go wrong with 7x57, .270 Win, .30-06, or 7x64.
I agree with all that. This week, I am hunting with a custom .270 built in 1953 on an FN Supreme action with a Douglas air gauged barrel, Redfield aperture, and 2.5x Lyman Alaskan in a Paul Jaeger QD side mount.
The other rifle iis a 1903A3 .30-06, also drilled and tapped for a Lyman receiver sight, but wearing a Swift 6x40 scope. Someone did a great sporterizing job, but the stock was plain and scratched up, so I restocked it in this natural blonde French Attachment 50531walnut.
So you younger guys, don't hesitate when you see an Old Faithful in the back of a store. And leave it like it is, or put it back to where it should be for its vintage, ...enjoy.
Last edited by Southern; 20-12-2014 at 18:47.
Well, I think I've turned into my father at the ripe old age of 37. I've sold all my synthetic stock rifles and done the whole tactical thing and am now the proud owner of a sako l691 .270 with a beautiful walnut stock, a tikka lsa 65 in .220 swift with a beautiful walnut stock and a Brno .22 hornet with a beautiful walnut stock (spot the recurring theme). I've also developed an interest in facial hair and Port, are these all related, who knows but I'm enjoying the experience!
Well, I have facial hair, I like port and I love a nice walnut stock !! I'm also 61, .................. you've aged before your time
Originally Posted by labrador77
I wouldn't worry too much rodp. I tick all 3 of those boxes and I'm 19. Maybe you're just young at heart?
Originally Posted by rodp
I fear tiz not the faithful ones which come up for sale..
Buliding myself a p14 based 308 from a mess with action. As with all my guns lovely walnut stock and blacked metal. Time to give it back its heart and sole not just a pile of parts.
But it will mean I now got to many rifles time for a few to go, they will all be missed.
There are plenty of well-cared-for rifles and shotguns, which some thoughtful person put together for a purpose and enjoyed using. Now he wants to see it passed on to someone who appreciates it, or an heir or estate lawyer who does not appreciate it just puts it up for sale. I bought that .270 Mauser and two more fully engraved Mausers from Austria from a 91-year-old millionaire who wanted someone to own them who would enjoy them for what they are. I paid him what he had paid in the 1950s.
Originally Posted by Gaothead
P14 sporter, eh? That is a strong action. A lot of sporting rifles built in the US off the P17.
I have a P14, in original condition, .303, of course. I take all my military rifles out hunting.
If you don't have enough photos of P14/P17 sporters, I probably have a few for ideas.
Last edited by Southern; 21-12-2014 at 22:40.