View Full Version : Oldest gun you hunt with?

December 8, 2011, 10:47 PM
We still take our old 1910 Ithaca Flues out once or twice per year to shoot doves just for sentimentality sake. What is the oldest/rarest gun you still hunt with?


December 8, 2011, 11:19 PM
I have not hunted for several years now due to bad knees, but within the last ten years or so I used my 6.5X55 Swedish Mauser that was made in 1905 for deer. I tagged a deer at about 175 yards with it back then. Now my eyes(and the tiny rear notch) are the limiting factor, but I won't put a scope on any of my old military rifles. I might still be able to shoot that far with other old rifles that have a rear peep sight.

I still shoot it, just haven't hunted with it in a while...

December 9, 2011, 12:25 AM
I took a deer this year with my mosin nagant dated 1929. Worked like a charm.

December 9, 2011, 01:03 AM
L.C. Smith hammer model with Royal steel barrels made in 1913. Had to restock it as years of too much oil caused the wood to come apart. It's a lot of fun, handles well and shoots great.

December 9, 2011, 02:50 AM
Model 99 in .300savage and Browning auto 5 in 12 gauge

December 9, 2011, 02:59 AM
My Tula SKS was made in the 50's, so that's about it

December 9, 2011, 07:15 AM
Savage M99 in 303 savage.

Dr. Strangelove
December 9, 2011, 07:30 AM
It has a new barrel, stock, trigger and all that, but a made in 1943 Ovideo Spanish Mauser in .270Win has taken many a deer for me.

December 9, 2011, 09:53 AM
I used to own a 1907 Swede Mauser in 6.5 x 55 - carbine model - great for deer; otherwise my oldest shotgun is only about 25 years old

Old Grump
December 9, 2011, 11:32 AM
Great grandpa's break action single shot 12 gauge Victor shotgun made just before 1900, exact year unknown. He took a bison, black bear, a couple of wolves with it and a lot of small game from rabbits to quail to feed his large family. I'm not as brave as he was I only shoot rabbits with it.

December 9, 2011, 11:46 AM
New Haven 600 AT (Mossberg 500) for quail and dove, and an old H&R Topper model 158 in .410 for wabbits. Think they are both over 25 years old- don't care- both do the trick:D

44 AMP
December 9, 2011, 12:43 PM
Shotgun? 1909 Ithaca Flues, my Grandfather's gun, still gets the occassional field trip. Lead shot and 3-3 1/4dr eq only. Still works as good as it did over 100 years ago, and that's good enough to bag game.

26", choked full & full (per Grandpa's order, and with the stock made to his measurments). Extractors, not ejectors. Three position safety, Fire, Safe, and "off" (unmarked position).

December 9, 2011, 12:51 PM
That you hunt with.

In my case that would be a Remington Wingmaster 870 30' full choke shotgun bought in 1958 for $60.

Dave McC
December 9, 2011, 03:45 PM
Currently, an 870 made in 1955.

Previously, Stevens SxSs made prior to WWII. And a H&R 16 my dad was given around 1928. No idea if it was new then.

December 9, 2011, 08:04 PM
Shotgun - My 90 year old (mfg 1921) Ithaca® Lefever® Nitro Special™ 16ga SxS. Rifle - 1966 Marlin® 444 Marlin.

December 9, 2011, 08:50 PM
1931 Winchester Model 12 in 16 gauge. Have shot dove, quail, snipe and ducks with it.

December 9, 2011, 10:41 PM
My dad served in Europe during WW-2. Just days before the war ended his unit occupied a small German town and all civilian weapons were collected and piled in the street. An officer told the men to help themselves, anything left would be burned. Dad picked out a 32" barreled double 12 made at the Belgain FN factory sometime prior to the beginning of the war. He built a wooden box and it cost him $1.50 to mail it home.

Dad will be 89 in Feb., hasn't hunted in years, but that gun goes duck hunting with me at least once each year.

December 9, 2011, 10:57 PM
I used to hunt with a Remington Rolling Block made in 1901. Had to sell it to pay medical bills when I was on disability.

December 9, 2011, 11:06 PM
1925 Model 12, 12 guage

December 9, 2011, 11:31 PM
Not a shotgun, but I took a doe last year with a Bubbafied Gewehr 88 Commission Rifle ...... made in Erfurt in 1892 .....

December 10, 2011, 12:52 AM
Oldest one I hunt with (or own) is my '46 M44.

Have a '72 Hi-Power that goes after bunnies and squirrels, but that really doesn't seem very old.

December 11, 2011, 08:35 AM
Shotgun - a Parker VH 12 gauge....not sure of the year.

(added info 12/14/2011.) Found the date - made in 1905.

Rifle - a Springfield Trapdoor Carbine 1873.


December 11, 2011, 08:56 AM
A circa 1965 Remington 870 Wing master.

December 11, 2011, 10:03 AM
1906 grade 2 LC Smith 12ga....

December 11, 2011, 11:19 AM
i shoot my r hughes of Birmingham hammer gun with damascus barrels circa 1900 and my manufrance round action circa 1927 regularly and not forgetting my 15 bore muzzle loader circa 1830 again damascus barreled


December 11, 2011, 03:18 PM
My oldest hunting shotgun used to be a SxS 16ga Remington 1894, but I recently upgraded to a 1911 Ithaca Flues 28ga SxS.

My current oldest CF hunting rifle is a 1907 Winchester Model 92 in .32-20.

My current oldest RF hunting rifle is a 1928 Marlin 38 .22 pump.

My oldest RF hunting handgun used to be an 1890 Stevens Gould Model 36 Target single-shot, but is currently a ca 1945-49 High Standard .22 HD-Military auto.

My current oldest CF hunting handgun is a 1980's T/C Contender .375Win Super 14.


Luke Flupper
December 11, 2011, 03:28 PM
I use my Ted Williams 30/30 sold through Sears. (Winchester) made and purchased out of cataolog by my father now passed on to me, soon to be my grandson's. Special to us simply because of the cataolog purchase of gun from Sears, boy has the world changed since then Huh? It has been on many family hunts and responsible for more whitetail harvests than we can recall.

December 11, 2011, 03:39 PM
I was given a Colt double barrel
shotgun, dom 1887 damascus bbls,
twin hammers.
I ordered some #6 black powder shot
shells form Navy Arms, went out
and shot a couple phesants.
You couldn't see the bird until
the smoke went away.
She's now a wall hanger.

I shot one box of ammo (10)while
the gun was tied to two sapplings,

Yanked on a couple strings to test it.
I'm afraid to shoot it now as I'm not
indestuctable "anymore".

December 12, 2011, 12:27 AM
Rifle: Marlin® Mdl 444 in 444 Marlin® caliber mfg in 1966.
Shotgun: Ithaca® Lefever® Nitro-Special 16ga SxS mfg in 1921.

.45 COLT
December 13, 2011, 12:51 AM
1873 Springfield Trapdoor (.45-70) occasionally. Bought it in 1963.

'92 Winchester made in 1893 (.44-40) is a regular deer gun for me. My Grandfather bought it new.


December 13, 2011, 09:54 AM
A 1897 winchester manufactured in 1908, Kinda cool to think when it was new TR was pres.:D

December 14, 2011, 06:14 PM
Compared to some shotguns being used by many of you, my Browning Double-Auto is a youngster. But I purchased it new in 1961 and still hunt grouse and woodcock with it every year.

December 14, 2011, 08:37 PM
I use a Stevens SxS 16 ga from sometime around 1930 for birds. Hard to find a decent ammo selection around my area but I love the gun. It's light, fits me well and shoots true. Who could ask for anything more?

December 18, 2011, 02:44 PM
'52 Winchester Model 25, 12 ga
'46 Mosin M38

My grandfather bought the Mod 25 for $35, in terrible condition, in about 1973. (The stock was held together by coiled copper wire. ...obviously replaced, before the first use.) In about 1988, my father had a lost primer blow up in the action, and blow chunks out of the (new) butt stock. It was repaired with the splinters we pulled out of my father, and the rifle found its way to me.

It had seen so much use, that I had to repair the trigger, safety, and hammer. They were just worn out. ;)
Now, it's safe, reliable, and used whenever possible.

Other than the patina it has, you'd never know the rifle had such a rough history.

December 18, 2011, 03:20 PM
'44 Mauser K98 8mm. Still works beautifully. And it will outlive me even though I'm a young man..

December 18, 2011, 03:27 PM
With an 1878 trap-door 45-70 manufactured in 1883.

My first was with a British Mk-3,,,
That would be, what?,,,
late 1930's?

My last three were with a WW-II bring-back 8mm Mauser,,,
It's a K-98 so I'm assuming at least before 1940.

If I ever go deer hunting again,,,
It'll be with a Model 629,,,
From a tree stand.


Colonel Custer
December 23, 2011, 10:03 PM
Oldest shotgun a Model 48 Remington semi auto 12gauge
Oldest rifle a 1936 Mosin 91-30 though next Deer season i will be able to say Argentine 1891 Mauser (woohoo)

December 25, 2011, 03:03 AM
Every spring turkey season, for at least a couple of hunts, I take my Granddad's 1921 pump.

Cosmetically, it resembles a Model 12, but the internals are different. Very nice old gun, 28" bbl, solid rib, very dark walnut stock and foreend. Choked full of course, 2-3/4" chamber.

Once the leaves come out and the shots usually get shorter, the 2-3/4 load suffices for gobblers inside 30 yds. Lots of memories, but a few hunts reminds me it is not a dedicated turkey gun. No sights, bead only, no sling, to long, to heavy, and it cannot pattern as tight as my purposed 870.

April 1980, a jake gobbler waltzed in to my tenative yelps, as I balanced the long Savage over a log, and one 15 yd shot later, I was ruined.

Also have a picture of my Pap and two other fellows, circa 1925, with about 100 rabbits strung up. Pap has the Savage cradled in his forearm.

December 25, 2011, 07:41 AM
M95 (1895) Mauser - Original 7x57 stepped barrel!

December 26, 2011, 08:45 AM
Rifle; 1886 Winchester in .33 WCF, and a 1949 Remington 721 bolt action .270.

Shotgun; 1920's H&R Heavy Breach 10 Ga. I still have some old Remington Shur-shot shells for it Grandad bought in the 30's.

Old guns are COOL. Old guns passed down through the family are priceless...;) They work fine and when I take them out, its almost as if my grandfathers are with me on the hunt.

December 26, 2011, 09:52 AM
I feel like a youngster in this crowd. My favorite hunting shotgun is a Winchester Model 12, 20 gauge, built in 1949. It's got a poly-choke and seems to track cleanly as I make choke changes.