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Old January 6, 2019, 11:15 AM   #1
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first centefire to shoot groups with?

How many people's first centerfire rifle they shot groups with was a lever
30-30 with open sights?
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Old January 6, 2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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Mine was a .243 Win, I didn't own a .30-30 until my mid 20's.
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Old January 6, 2019, 05:12 PM   #3
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A 270 Winchester was my first.
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Old January 6, 2019, 05:15 PM   #4
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30-06 1917 Winchester....sporterized by my dad...4x Weaver K4

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Old January 6, 2019, 05:17 PM   #5
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Me 30-06
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Old January 6, 2019, 05:32 PM   #6
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30-06, I was 12.
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Old January 6, 2019, 06:21 PM   #7
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.270 for me.
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Old January 6, 2019, 06:24 PM   #8
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The first rifle I ever used to kill deer with was my dad's Savage m99 in 300 Savage. I was 8 or 9 when I killed my first deer

My first rifle, which I bought with money I earned myself, was a used M70 Winchester in 270 with a Weaver K4 on it. I was 12 then. That one I shot for fun but my Dad's 300 was thought of as a "working gun" and we didn't shoot it much unless something needed to die. After I got the 270 Dad sold the M99. He and I both preferred the 270.
For several years after that around our home "get the rifle" meant to get the 270. "Get the 22" meant to get the Winchester M62 Pump rifle. There were no others except for a muzzle-loading rifle I made myself and an old old Colt 1851 Cap and ball revolver.
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Old January 6, 2019, 07:30 PM   #9
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Guess you should set up a pole.

270 or 06, don't remember.
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Old January 6, 2019, 09:25 PM   #10
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Mine was indeed a 30-30.
But it wasn't a lever action.
It was a Savage 110.

Man, that was a lifetime ago!!!
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Old January 6, 2019, 09:28 PM   #11
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270 was the only centerfire I owned from the time I was 12 until I was 31 years old. When Remington made the Core Lokt Ultra 140 grains I could get factory ammo to shoot .5MOA but a box of those was pricey!!
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Old January 7, 2019, 01:15 AM   #12
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The first centerfire rifle I shot was a Remington Model 14 pump, chambered in .30 Remington, with iron sights of course. That would have been 1970, and I was 12. The .30 Rem is now obsolete and not mass produced, though I hear you can find some from specialty loading outfits. It produces ballistics in the range of the 30-30 Win. We did not shoot groups. Dad would tack a torn open, empty cartridge box up to the 50 yd backers at the local sportsman club, and I would shoot a couple of shots, if I hit the box, we were good to hunt. We shot a lot of .22 year round though for practice, but not groups. Dad was not going to waste deer rounds on paper......he was raised in the Great Depression ya'know!!!!!!!!!


The next season, my grandfather willed his M88 Winchester to me, and Dad put a 4x Bushnell Banner on it as a Christmas gift. Now I had something. By 16, I'd read enough stuff and could drive to the club on my own, and could buy my own ammo too. Group shooting yielded that the M88 shot 150 gr slugs far better than 180's (1-12" twist for .308 in those days) and began breaking tradition by not shooting .30 cal 180 gr RN like everybody else in the clan. But they shot tighter, and kicked less and I was smug and happy.

Dad still thought it was a waste of money and good shells.
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Old January 7, 2019, 10:01 AM   #13
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When young, 30 caliber pumps in gunshows was common, and always wanted one. Did not have a scoped rifle till in my mid thirties. We only shot groups to sight in, and never really expected to shoot anything past 100 yds. It showed us a difference between 150 and 170 gn loads. Stopped hunting years ago, but still have some hunting rifles. Mostly i shoot for pleasure and to maintain some competency in the firearms owned.
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Old January 7, 2019, 10:27 AM   #14
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For me it was a Rem 722 / Weaver K10 in 222 Rem my deer rifle was #8 Rem 35cal open
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Old January 7, 2019, 11:24 AM   #15
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My first "real" rifle was a M94 in .32 Win Special, mid 50's vintage; pretty close to a 30-30, and a very accurate rifle. My "groups" with that rifle was how many times I could hit a pop can with it at anywhere from 25 yds. to 100 yds. Those "group" sessions were back in the early 70's, mostly. All ammo in those days was factory stuff, and a twenty round box was never enough...
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Old January 7, 2019, 10:18 PM   #16
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For me, 8x57 with 170 gr Core Locs. About 56 years ago.
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Old January 9, 2019, 09:49 AM   #17
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My first venterfire was a Mosin 91-30 in 7.62x54R. I was 16. Shot pretty well for what it was. With the iron sights I could hold about an inch group at 50 yards. Never really shot further than that. Except a ground hog about 100 yards once. Which I somehow hit. And a whitetail at about 75 yards. That 203 grain soft point blew right through both shoulders.
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Old January 9, 2019, 09:52 AM   #18
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My first real serious tight group rifle was a Remington Model 700 Varmint in 243 win. That's also when I started to handload ammunition. When I was having a good day that gun with my 105 grain Amax loads would shoot 1.5 inch groups at 300 yards from the bench. Shot a couple 600 yards matches from a bipod with that rifle and did ok too. I never won a match, but. I was a young combat veteran who was only 21 and eager.
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Old January 9, 2019, 12:08 PM   #19
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Lever 30-30?
a 1953 Marlin model 336_ Sporting Carbine_ Cal-30-30. I was about 11 yrs old when my Father handed me a full box of Remingtion 170 gr C/L's out of the clear blue and said: "Time you learn Tommy."
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Old January 9, 2019, 12:24 PM   #20
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Hells Canyon Smoke

Hello,
I’m new here and couldn’t find a place to post my ? So I’m sorry I’ve interrupted your conversation by being illiterate
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Old January 9, 2019, 01:03 PM   #21
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Hello,
I’m new here and couldn’t find a place to post my ? So I’m sorry I’ve interrupted your conversation by being illiterate
If you have a question about a Browning Hells Canyon rifle. Art of the rifle Bolt lever and pump action would be a good place to start.
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Old January 9, 2019, 01:28 PM   #22
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Yep. My dad’s marlin 336 30-30 open sights, when I was 11 I think. That’s the first centerfire rifle I ever shot. The first that I actually tried shooting groups with from a prone position was a sporterized lee enfield .303 British when I was 12, uncle lent it to me for hunting. The first rifle I successfully hunted with, what I took my first whitetail deer with, was a Remington 7600 pump 30-06, when I was 13. The first rifle to be my own was bought for me by my parents when I was 14, a savage 111 package rifle in .270 win. I have since taken the majority of my deer with that 270 and am very fond of it, both rifle and cartridge. It’s not my most accurate rifle from a bench but it’s thebrifle I shoot most accurately with from real life hunting field positions.
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Old January 9, 2019, 07:40 PM   #23
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My first rifle was a Winchester 94, but I didn't get it for "shooting groups". I bought my first rifle at 15-1/2 because I wanted to hunt and I was tired of borrowing rifles from people. I didn't own a rifle for "shooting groups" until I was in my 50s and built my first bench rest rifle, all the others have been hunting rifles. I only shot at paper to make sure my rifles were sighted in.
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Old January 10, 2019, 07:36 PM   #24
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Maybe I misunderstood,

I shot my 30-06 for groups to sight it in for hunting.
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Old January 10, 2019, 10:57 PM   #25
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I shot my 30-06 for groups to sight it in for hunting.
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