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Old May 26, 2020, 10:17 PM   #1
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Who hunts with a curio-relic

Who hunts with a curio relic (or even an sks)?
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Old May 27, 2020, 02:20 AM   #2
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Does my 1871 Mauser count?
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Old May 27, 2020, 08:05 AM   #3
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Nice

That's nice. I suppose you must cast and possibly paper patch for that too.

I've wanted to own a Swedish Rolling Block for years and possibly try hunting with it. It's close to a 50/70. But CA outlawed the use of lead bullets for firearm hunting so lead shooting is restricted to the range until CA bans lead bullets (which it has tried).
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Old May 27, 2020, 08:05 AM   #4
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I've hunted with sporter versions of 1903 & A3 in .338-06 and .35 Whelen as well as a 1917 in .300 H&H. They were all modified so much I doubt they would be considered C&R anymore. I have a sporter .30-40 Krag carbine I'd love to hunt with some day.
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Old May 27, 2020, 08:12 AM   #5
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My hunting rifle of choice is a T99 Arisaka. I had to convert over and use Barnes Bullets.
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Old May 27, 2020, 11:00 AM   #6
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I have a bubba'd Mosin I've taken deer with. I put it in a synthetic stock, Timney trigger, 2x7 scope on a scout mount set up and cut the barrel down. It shoots as well as my Model 70. Or I use my Springfield Garand, 150 grain SP with 46grains IMR4895. Also have used my scoped K31 using 150 Corelokt bullets in pulled GP11 case and powder. All have taken deer and are fun to use.
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Old May 27, 2020, 11:11 AM   #7
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My first rifle was a sporterized Enfield. With reloads, I shot 1" groups at 100 yards. I thought about buying a Moisin when they were inexpensive. You could throw them in a creek, pick it up, and it would still shoot while not caring what it looked like. I think curios are underrated when it comes to hunting. As long as you know where to place the bullet, what's the big deal.
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Old May 27, 2020, 12:26 PM   #8
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I have hunted in the past with an 1895 Krag (.30 US), a Mosin M38, a Yugo 24/47, and an SKS.

If you want C&R but not necessarily 'mil-surp', I have used quite a few commercial shotguns, lever actions, and a couple bolt actions that are now C&R eligible.
And, of course, the good ole SP-1 is now in the C&R category. Many a jack rabbit was eliminated with the SP-1.

This year, I intend to use one or more of the 'surps - a different 24/47, a Yugo M48, maybe a Jap T99 (if I can get it put together), and/or maybe ... maybe a 1916 Spanish Mauser (7x57). The Spaniard doesn't seem to be much of a shooter, so I'd have to know that I had good short-range opportunities.
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Old May 27, 2020, 05:12 PM   #9
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I have 4 I regularly hunt with, all are over a hundred years old. Here's one I used about a month ago.......

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Old May 27, 2020, 07:03 PM   #10
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Last year I carried a 1948 vintage Marlin 336 32 Special sporting a Weaver 2.5 with a post reticle. Since I'm a 1949 vintage, that was two relics wandering the forest.
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Old May 28, 2020, 05:46 PM   #11
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Who hunts with a curio relic (or even an sks)?
My hunting partner is old, but not quite a relic.
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Old May 28, 2020, 05:46 PM   #12
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1946 Ithaca Model 37 got out at least 3 times a week for pheasant season...

my 30-06 is a Remington Model 30 express, a remanufactured sporting rifle based on surplus m1917 parts from WWI I expect my granddad’s is from probably 1925 to pre ww2 And should probably look up the serial number but whatever! Still shoots well.
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Old May 28, 2020, 06:11 PM   #13
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My first deer rifle was $29.00 German Mauser (8mm) circa WW II that I sportorized somewhat.

Many years later I replaced the stock with an oversized walnut/maple and the barrel with a heavy 26 inch and converted it to a 6mm Remington benchrest
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Old May 29, 2020, 12:51 AM   #14
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1898 Krag sporter

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Hunted with a Enfield two years ago. I want to hu t with my Rolling Block in 7 mm.
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Old May 29, 2020, 04:37 AM   #15
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I have a number of relics laying around here and occasionally I take one out hunting with me. I do a lot of hog hunting, and I've shot them with rifles like a 92 Winchester in 38/40, and a 73' Winchester src in 44/40. I'm getting pretty old now and I'm sure the vintage rifles I have will outlast me and still be good to go.
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Old May 29, 2020, 08:34 AM   #16
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Relic Hog Hunting

Any photos of you with a hog and relic? I'm going to check if youtube has anything..
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Old May 29, 2020, 09:30 AM   #17
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Almost forgot. Fox Sterlingworth in 12 and 20 Gauge. I shoot the 12 so much better than the 20,but I love the 20 for its weight and how well it swings.
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Old May 29, 2020, 02:30 PM   #18
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Found a couple pics, probably have some more around here...


Those are an original Trapdoor and a Winchester 92 in 38/40
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Old May 29, 2020, 02:32 PM   #19
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Found another pic with hogs and my 73 Winchester in 44/40
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Old May 29, 2020, 08:17 PM   #20
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Mil-surps and C&R are what I usually use. Started deer hunting in the mid eighties with a Mod. 94, 30-30 made in 1948 in Washington State for Black Tail. Then moved to Sitka, Alaska and inherited my Grandfathers .250 Savage and used that and the Winchester hiking up and down the mountains around Sitka. I met my wife and moved to the lower Yukon River, lots of moose. My first moose rifle was/is a Winchester Model of 1917 that just loves 220 gr. Federal Round nose bullets. I got a C & R license and got an Ishapor 2a in 308,,,, then I decided my kids needed moose rifles. Yes I became a mil-surp'oholic, the prices were right too. I got a No.4 MkI BSA Shirley with a two groove barrel, it was a parts gun. Bought a cheek rest from Gun Parts a no-drill scope mount and turned it into a Faux 4T. I got some more No.4 Mk1's from different manufactures, a couple of Mk4 No.II's, a couple of Jungle Carbines. Got bit by the Garand bug and got a rebuilt Garand. Garands are a blast to hunt moose with! My favorite now is a Smith Corona 03-A3.
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Old May 29, 2020, 11:31 PM   #21
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Great Photos

Old Stoney, those are great photos; pairing your catch with your curios. The first one was a shock. I could stick my finger in that hole! I assume with the caliber and size of the bullets, those pigs went down fast.
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Old May 29, 2020, 11:35 PM   #22
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Moose Fat, good to know you found someone who understands your interests and lets you thrive. I think curios are so under-appreciated. My first high-power rifle was an Enfield. My friend who hunts scoffed at it but his brother said that that if I knew where and how to place a bullet with it, the game would be as dead as with his 7RM. I always admire the modern hunting rifles but the curios are priced right for what it can do.
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Old May 30, 2020, 03:15 AM   #23
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I had a pic of a Winchester 40/60 somewhere with a large hog, but can't seem to find it on my computer. Guess it must have went away.
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Old May 30, 2020, 08:08 PM   #24
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I used an '03 Springfield 30-06 to hunt in Alaska in the mid-70's. It was still in military condition, open sights, no scope. It was cheap, powerful and accurate for a GI on a E2 budget. Present day, the guy who runs the high end knife shop near downtown Anchorage still uses a military '03 to take his moose every year.
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Old May 30, 2020, 11:36 PM   #25
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I can't call my current deer rifle a curio or relic. It's a Colombian Mauser made in 1950 but the receiver and part of the bolt are the only original parts left. I have hunted with an original 45-70 trapdoor and I grew up hunting with an original 1887 Winchester shotgun.
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