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Old February 20, 2019, 12:53 AM   #26
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Has anybody ever used a Milsurp rifle to hunt for deer and other game?
Lots and lots of them, sporterized in calibers ranging from .22-250 to .458 Win Mag.

Grew up in an era where sporterizing those rifles was the thing to do. Stupid to carry a 9lb infantry rifle in the deer woods when a 7lb version would do just as well, and better. Deer don't usually return fire so a large magazine isn't really useful, and from what I hear, hand to hand combat with fixed bayonets is pretty rare, too. SO, the sturdiness and weight of the unaltered milsurp are just un-needed weight to carry around when hunting.

If you want to use an original issue condition milsurp for a nostalgia reason, that's fine with me, but you're carrying it, not me! (I will make an exception for the Swede carbine )
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Old February 21, 2019, 11:37 PM   #27
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Old March 6, 2019, 12:21 PM   #28
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Killed a few hogs with a Finnish M-28 in 7.62x54r.
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Old March 6, 2019, 06:14 PM   #29
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I tagged a good branch antlered bull elk and a few whitetails with my M1917 (Eddystone). It has a really nice Redfield Olympic receiver sight on it, along with a nice banded front ramp sight. Nice old gun, and whoever "sporterized" it, did a very nice job. Found the rifle back in the mid-90's at a local gun show.
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Old March 6, 2019, 07:24 PM   #30
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When I lived in Alaska I used a borrowed '03 Springfield for deer and caribou. I was back up there in the summer of 2017 and talked to a guy who used an '03 Springfield for all his Alaskan hunting. 30-06.
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Old March 7, 2019, 02:07 AM   #31
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Limited milsurp hunting

I had a box-stock 1903A3 with which I hunted a few times but never got to take a shot.

My elder son carried my unmodified No. 4 Mk 1 but never had a chance for a shot. I carried same rifle while same son took a few deer with my commercial rifles. He later got a sporterized '03 Springfield. He took one deer in the original callber and later had it rebarreled to .35 Whelen. He's had good success with that old action, but had since moved on to commercial rifles of his own.

I've carried milsurps on many a hunt, but never took game with one.
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Old March 7, 2019, 07:15 AM   #32
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I have shot deer with a few of my milsurps, my favorite is a Japanese 99 in 7.7 with matching numbers that my uncle sent back from the pacific durning ww-2, still full military with monopod. I shoot a 174 gr Hornady bullet and 2450 fps that's close to the military load. three shot groups at 100 yards from a rest with the original peep sights are 1.5-2 ".
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