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Old July 25, 2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Oldest Rifle?

What is the oldest rifle you have ever hunted with? I don't mean reproduction guns, but actual, old rifles. What cartridge was it chambered for? Did you harvest any game with it?
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Old July 25, 2008, 11:45 PM   #2
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An all original (not sporterized), near mint conditition 1891 Argentine Mauser chambered in 7.65x53mm.

Have taken two whitetails with it. Awesome rifle and very accurate!!!
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Old July 26, 2008, 12:42 AM   #3
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an original trapdoor, 1873 carbine, 45-70

My father had hunted as kid with his fathers muzzle loader. It came from sweden in the late 1800 when my grandfather was a young boy, his parents thought indians were still on the rampage in Minnesota and sent him along with his rifle. I believe he had it stored in his bureau somehow.

My brother still has the gun but it shoots a 8mm ball, so its really only good for bunnies and the like.
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Old July 26, 2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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I have an original 1873 Springfield Trapdoor .45-70 Serial Number in the 280K range. I shoot only Goex black powder in it, and soft cast original 500gr Govt bullets. I have killed several mule deer with that rifle. I also have a Smith Carbine (1850's) that was converted to .50-70 that I have shot, but have not killed anything with. I just got an 1842 US musket that I plan on shooting this hunting season.

How did the Springfield trapdoor .45-70 end up in Sweden?, and even more curious, how did it get converted to 8mm?
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Old July 26, 2008, 10:52 AM   #5
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Winchester 94 vintage 1950 or so...
Took a few whitetails in the late 70's.
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Old July 26, 2008, 11:33 AM   #6
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Oldest rifle is an original 3 band Enfield dated 1861. Took it hunting a couple of times but never got a shot. I have taken doves and qual with a 1840's vintage SXS. I grew up squirrel hunting with an original 1887 Winchester shotgun.
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Old July 26, 2008, 02:55 PM   #7
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trap door is a separate gun from the muzzle loader. I have the trapdoor. which my grandfather bought during the depression for 2 dollars. My brother has the muzzleloader, was made in Gotenberg it shoots a small 8 mm ball. like a .32 cal squirrel rifle.

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Old July 26, 2008, 05:37 PM   #8
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I killed my first deer when I was in college. I borrowed a 1917 Enfield from my landlord and shot one through the neck at 75 yds with the stock peep sight.
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Old July 26, 2008, 07:18 PM   #9
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I got a nice moose with my Winchester Model of 1917, barrel dated 1/18. I take it out every season but I have to rotate between my other moose guns, some Enfields and a SS Ruger, so they all get a chance.

The M17 really shines with 220gr Federals (30-06).
Enfields in .303, been playing with 180gr Sierra Pro-Hunter bullets and loads.

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Old July 26, 2008, 07:23 PM   #10
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A 1941 Tula SKS is the oldest rifle I own. Used it for deer a couple of times but never took a shot with it.
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Old July 27, 2008, 06:57 PM   #11
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1871 Mauser rifle, loaded with BP.
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Old July 28, 2008, 04:08 PM   #12
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1892 Savage Stevens Favorite Serial #453. I last hunted squirrels with it around 1980. It was my great grandfathers first rifle. I haven't fired it since the late 1980's.
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Old July 28, 2008, 05:34 PM   #13
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The oldest rifle I hunted with was an early 95 Winchester in 30-40 Krag. Plain and unadorned yet it always shot to point of aim with the original V-notch open sight. But it was sold in for much needed cash when my second daughter was born with medical needs. So it goes.

I hunted several days before sighting a buck. After a short sneak, I shot a young blacktail buck with forked horns in Eldorado Nat'l Forest, California. Distance was about 80 yards or so. The buck dropped in its tracks.

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Old July 28, 2008, 06:27 PM   #14
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1928 Mosin Nagant 91 is the oldest gun I've hunted with. I shot my first deer with it.
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Old July 28, 2008, 06:39 PM   #15
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We hunted squirrels with my Father in laws Model 4 Rolling block Remington. Made somewhere in the early 1900's chambered in .32 rimfire. Shoots great, didn't take anything...
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Old July 29, 2008, 12:07 AM   #16
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I also have a Smith Carbine (1850's) that was converted to .50-70 that I have shot, but have not killed anything with.
From what I can remember there are 2 Smiths from that area. Is yours the one that uses the rubber cased cartridge?

My 1894 is dated to 1905 and is the only central fire I use when the smoke pole gets to heavy. I took my 1st and then many more whitetails with it.
I have a carbine from the 1860's that will see some field time one of these years. I shoot this old barnical but the trigger pull is upwards of 25lbs and I don't want to change anything on it.
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Old August 5, 2008, 11:20 AM   #17
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1901 Swedish Mauser. Took a large doe with a newer (1941) version of same gun but with a shorter barrell and sights set for 100 meters.
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Old August 5, 2008, 11:44 AM   #18
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I went pig hunting with my friends Win 1886 .45-90 but I didn't get a shot, other than 4 or 5 plinking shots. He told me I could use it anytime, I'd just have to pay for the ammo.

That's when I got smart, went out and bought my Marlin .45-70 .
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Old August 5, 2008, 07:35 PM   #19
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A long time ago I used to use a Mk III Enfield, made some time before WW-II. The bore looked like a sewer pipe and I never managed to hit anything with it.
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Old August 6, 2008, 08:43 AM   #20
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Winchester 1892 in .25-20 made in 1904. It belonged to my wifes great grandfather. She killed her first deer with it.
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Old August 7, 2008, 01:30 AM   #21
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1903 Springfield, originally a .30-03 rifle, rechambered to '06 in the '50s. Never took anything with it.

1950 Tula SKS - Many rabbits, squirrels, and bumblebees have died in the sights of this rifle.

1952 Winchester Model 25 - Pine chickens, clay pigeons, and some marmots lost thier lives to this scatter gun.
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Old August 7, 2008, 01:52 AM   #22
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Remington 513T "Matchmaster" on squirrels and rabbits.

Ancient aperture and globe target sights aren't great for hunting but I made it work.
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Old August 7, 2008, 02:00 AM   #23
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8X57 Mauser, Sporterized. 1916 Amberg rifle. Apparantly a war prize. Pretty beat up but it fed us several elk and a whole bunch of deer in the early 60's.

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Old February 16, 2016, 06:24 PM   #24
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My P-14, .303 British. Shot a cow moose with it.

I have a 1900 dated receiver on my mosin-Nagant M-91 and an 1871 Mauser that is dated 1876, I believe. I haven't hunted with those two, yet. Maybe this fall once I get some good loads worked up.
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Old February 16, 2016, 07:32 PM   #25
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Killed my second deer at age 16 with a sporterized 303 Enfield, WW II or earlier, can't remember much about it. For a while I hunted with a guild-made Mauser 98, marks buffed off with light engraving, lightweight stock, half-octagon barrel, a really sweet little rifle. It was in 9 X 57, a fine cartridge for deer in heavy cover.
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