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I was rigging my youngest's  ( he's 10 ) first deer rifle last night . I found him a Winchester Compact model 70  in 7mm/08, and topped it off with a 4200 Elite 3x9x40. My local gunsmith brought the trigger pull down to crisp 3.5 lb.s, installed a Limbsaver, and glass bedded the action. Then I began to wonder back in my mind to my first deer rifle . It was a used Winchester 94 that had the side mounted optics. I believe the first scope I ever tried to see a deer through was a spanking new Bushnell Sportview 3x9x32. I thought it was the "bomb" , despite being essentially useless at dawn and dusk.  It  shot fair to middlin', back when everybody we hunted with basically used 30-30's or semi auto Remingtons out in the woods of  Western MD , and optically whatever was on sale at Kmart.
Now-a-days first time rifle owners have it exponentially better than those of us starting out in the good ole days ( for me - 1978).
What did you all start out with?  Dad's old 94, 700 bolt, Savage 110 ,or  Marlin 336 or.........
 
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Win. Model 70 in 30-06 with a Weaver 4x Wideview.  It kicked like a mule and I finally traded it for a Savage 99 in 22 HiPower to add to my Dad's collection.  I bought the Win brand new in 1978/1979.
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First deer rifle I purchased was a Ruger 44 auto carbine and I topped it off with a Redfield Widefield variable, in 1.5-5 or something like that. Man I thought that rig was the sh*tt. The only thing I got with that was a hangover. Couldn't get that to shoot more than 10 rds without a jam.
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Funny- When I heard the news about Winchester's supposed demise a couple years back, I had to find another Win 94. I picked up a nice one about 18 months ago and this one shoots a bit better than my first ,and is topped with a Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 2x5. I'll keep this one forever.

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Dad bought me my first deer gun. Mauser 98 270 Win with a Tasco Worldclass 3-9 in 1993.  First rifle I bought myself for hunting was a Ruger M77 300 Win Mag.
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Remington 788 in 308 weaver 4x scope my dad gave me when I came home from xmas brake I went to Military school I think I was 10 or 11 . I have alot of nice rifles now but I would not take anything for my 788
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The ugly dogleg bolt handle, plastic trigger guard Remington M600 Mohawk in .222 topped with a Weaver K4.  Not a very good deer cartridge, but I was 7 years old, and with a short range shot in the vitals, it worked.  My dad cut off the buttstock to fit my LOP.
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Remington 700 in 30-06, a leupold scope 3-9x 40 That was 1978, I was 14, my Papa gave it to me, and I gave it to my youngest brother that still to this date is my best hunting partner.
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Went from a ranger 16 ga double to a Marlin 336 the centennial with the medallion in 1970 then topped with a weaver V-9 B $64 for the rifle and $69 for the scope brand new at Greenfields.
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First gun I ever hunted deer with-Winchester 37A 12 guage single shot, 1983. Currently I am putting together a "semi-custom" M77, .350 Rem. mag.  Quite a few model 700's inbetween!
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Santa Claus brought me my first deer rifle when I was 11.  About 1968.  A Remington model 742 BDL Deluxe that I mounted some model of Bushnell scope on it.  I still have it today and it is in pristine condition.  Not the most accurate shooter, but good enough for hunting deer.  By the way, it was a 30-06.
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marlin 336, 30/30 - w/ an old japanese tasco 4x28 - about 20 years ago.
 
kicked like a mule, still does - but i love it.
 
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Marlin 336 30/30 with a redfield 3x4. I hunted with that gun untill last year.Stilll have it and will give it to my oldest son in 6 years for him to hunt with.
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My first deer rifle was a shotgun, Remington 870, 12ga, 30" full choke, with 00 buckshot.  I got for Christmas in 1961 when I was 12.  Nobody hunted with a rifle in East Texas in those days.  When I was 18 I bought myself a Marlin 336 in 30-30 (the good old days).  No scope until a couple of years later when I got a used Redfield 2 3/4X.  I still have all the above.
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My dad bought me my first rifle, a 30-06, at the ripe old age of 9 years!!!...............Talk about jumping into the fire!!?? I got use to it and heavy recoil from an early age!  Heavy%20Recoil
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A semi-sporterized 303 Enfield that I bought for $25 at 17 - took my first 3 deer with it.   Did a lot of shooting with that rifle using surplus full jacket military ammo.  Was a bitch cleaning out the cordite with hot water.   In '71 I bought a Ruger  44 carbine that I still use today.  Unlike Roy have been lucky and no jamming.  Have had many others along the way but just love the little Ruger carbine.
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Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

Santa Claus brought me my first deer rifle when I was 11.  About 1968.  A Remington model 742 BDL Deluxe that I mounted some model of Bushnell scope on it.  I still have it today and it is in pristine condition.  Not the most accurate shooter, but good enough for hunting deer.  By the way, it was a 30-06.
 
 
Sure wish the prices were like they were back then.
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A .270 Remington model 760 pump, which I still have today, with a 4x Tasco scope and Weaver mounts (long gone), for $169 for the whole rig.
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Grew up in SE Iowa, (no Iowa jokes please) so we couldn't hunt deer with rifles.
But when I was about 10, Dad picked up a sporterized Springfield Armory 1903 in 30-06 for "us" to fool with. Sharp%20Shooter
The story that went with the rifle was that the previous owner whacked a pronghorn "out west" with it.....Yep,%20Thought%20So 
I was HOOKED!!
 
No scope EVER!!! She had peep sights only. Seems like a million years ago.
 
Dad might have shot 10 rounds through that thing the entire time he owned it, but I shot it every chance I got. Boy, wish I had that rifle now.


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What us joke on you Mark? What would ever make you think we would do such a thing?
On a side note wasn't MaryAnn from Gilligans Island from Iowa? Something about those pigtails and that table cloth dress. OOOOH LA LA
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

What us joke on you Mark? What would ever make you think we would do such a thing?
 
Oh no...NEVER would ya'll crack on me. Bucky  Wink
(Mary Ann was hot, but Ginger was a tramp and I liked her better.) Yippee
 
Sorry for the high jack, Martin. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
 
 
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How about DONNA REED!!!   An Iowa farm gal!!  Oh Boy!
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

How about DONNA REED!!!   An Iowa farm gal!!  Oh Boy!
................................Here is more your your liking ED!!!Gal......... or maybe Indian.................. or evenQueen...........................Roll%20on%20Floor%20Laughing
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