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Old May 28, 2021, 02:31 PM   #1
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Name a current-production bolt-action hunting rifle ...

... that still comes in a GLOSS blued finish. Even more tricky, name such rifle with such metal finish that also comes in a non-GLOSS (oil/hand-rubbed) checkered walnut stock? My grandfather's early-1960's Husqvarna did.


The 21st century world of consumer products largely sucks for baby boomers who like old-school style.

Tupperware, tacticool, plastic ... AAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH! (in Charlie Brown voice)



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Old May 28, 2021, 04:27 PM   #2
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https://www.budsgunshop.com/search.p...tr/10-10000033 Take your pick. You have to find the right model.
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Old May 28, 2021, 06:05 PM   #3
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Old May 28, 2021, 08:30 PM   #4
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Savage makes a decent bolt action and they don't break the bank.
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Old May 28, 2021, 08:39 PM   #5
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There is a departure from "Classic" when better performance is desired and the bolt guns are on an accuracy trend right now. That said, there are still a good number of gloss blued rifles out there if you look. Both of the Weatherby Deluxe still are classic blued and walnut. Winchester, Browning and Kimber as well have blued and walnut. There are also the high end customs you can get any way you desire if you want to pony up the $$$.
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Old May 29, 2021, 02:59 PM   #7
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There are PLENTY of options for Classic bolt guns with real walnut and blue finish.

You seem to be mistaking the modernistic, flashy, space age looking rifles made by Weatherby and Remington with high gloss finish on both metal and wood that were popular during the late 50's to 1980's.

The true Classic stock designs were from the 1920's up through the 1950's. They all had subdued finishes on both metal and wood. For a while everyone was trying to put fins on rifles just like cars. Ruger is credited for breaking that trend with the Classic design of the 77 when introduced in 1968. Thankfully most other manufacturers followed suit and got back to classic rifle designs.

https://choose.tikka.fi/usa/group/tikka/t3x-hunter

https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...t=0&ajaxserp=0

https://www.remarms.com/rifles/bolt-.../model-700-cdl

https://www.winchesterguns.com/produ...herweight.html

https://www.winchesterguns.com/produ...0-sporter.html

https://www.winchesterguns.com/produ...ch-walnut.html

https://www.bergara.online/us/rifles/b14/timber-rifle/

https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_...ducts_id/14465

https://www.kimberamerica.com/rifles...fle_family=201
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Old May 29, 2021, 03:15 PM   #8
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That high gloss finish on Remington's is no big deal. Rub the stock down lightly with emphasis on the word "lightly" and in no time you'll have a finish that looks more like a proper oil type. I did it to my M700 BDL and it looks great.
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Old May 29, 2021, 10:26 PM   #10
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Just bought a model 70 super grade that fits your description perfectly


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Old May 29, 2021, 11:19 PM   #11
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Why does it have to be current production??
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Old May 30, 2021, 08:34 AM   #12
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Because I wanted to know

to what extent 'traditional' gentleman's hunting rifles are still being produced. Everything "gun" looks so plastic, tuppergun and tacticool these days. I want to also see if the sad state of modern-production hunting gun finishes correlates with the dropping of GLOSS finish scopes by virtually every scope maker including Leupold. It follows logically to me that if 10% of current hunting rifles are still in traditional blue, then 10% of new scopes should also be GLOSS. Seldom does anybody use just iron sights on a bolt-action rifle anymore and a few people do put scopes on lever guns as well. For years, many bolt guns came from the factory sans iron sights. Elephant guns seem to mostly still have iron sights.

My take is that as long as hot dogs are marketed, so be will hot dog buns, sauerkraut and mustard. It seems as the scope industry has ignored the fact that there are still a few blued rifles out there, not only new ones, but older ones as well.

The one of two deer rifles I seek personally, however, are a Savage Model 99 (out of production since 1998) or a Husky bolt action (out of production for nearly 50 years). Both were originally traditional blue.
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Old May 30, 2021, 12:14 PM   #13
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I remember these,

https://www.remarms.com/rifles/bolt-.../model-700-bdl
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Was going to say Ruger Hawkeye but looks like they went stainless only----maybe some older blued models are still available out there?
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Old May 30, 2021, 12:25 PM   #15
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10 or so yrs ago when I had my gloss Leupold scope, I recall that even then it was hard for me to find the gloss model. I eventually found it via MidwayUSA. My point, it stands to reason that demand for gloss scopes simply wasn't enough to justify continued production by Leupold, even 10 yrs ago. I ended up selling my Leupold after my divorce, so i'm bummed about that.
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It’s a good point that gloss blue scopes are very hard to find.


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Old May 30, 2021, 02:49 PM   #17
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My Ruger American in 22lr (squirrel gun) has a beautifully blued barrel receiver is just ok.
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Old May 30, 2021, 03:13 PM   #18
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Radny97, as far as I know, scopes once came production gloss black and that is what complemented all those traditional guns with a gloss blued finish back in the day. Traditional BLUED guns virtually look black at normal viewing distances. Look at my former Browning A Bolt II in my OP picture. The gun's barrel and receiver look as black and shiny as that gloss 1990's Leupold Vari-X II gold ring atop it. If it hadn't been for that wretched house burglary in 1999, I would have retained that same beautiful gloss Leupold for life. That Browning A-Bolt II I lost in the same house burg I'm not so sentimental about. It was Japan-made and it's fit and finish left something to be desired even in the 1990's. The gloss stock got a couple nicks during just one hunt no matter how gentle I set the rifle against something. I was most bummed out about losing BOTH my beautiful Husqvarna .308 and my Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage that were both grandpa's prized deer guns. That was a double whammy of all times.
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No, jmr40, I'm not mistaking anything. I'm thinking 1950's - 1970's, the time that Weatherby's flashy Mark V rifles were so popular among upscale American hunters. Think about those pretty rifles from Sweden as Carl Gustaf and Husqvarna.

I'm thinking about my grandfather's Husqvarna bolt-action hunting rifle in .308 from the early 1960's lost in a 1999 home burg and never recovered, sadly.

-hand-checkered Monte Carlo walnut stock with dark matte wood finish
-deep-blued shiny barreled action with "Husqvarna Vapenfabrik" trademark stamped in barrel
-Mauser style action with control-feed extractor claw
-iron sights, hooded front bead
-drilled and tapped for scope mounting
-white spacers
-hard butt plate
-sling swivels
-black pistol grip and for-end caps
-Mauser bolt handle, bare-metal-polished ball-knob with tapered stem that curves
back
-hinged floor plate
-jeweled bolt

No detail overlooked by those old-world Swedes.

Gramp's Husky from Sweden is the gold standard for what I consider the most classic European bolt-action hunting rifle.

Gramp's Husky looks like this one but sans scope:

Husqvarna Series 3000 Crown Grade Bolt Action Rifle
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Old May 31, 2021, 01:36 PM   #20
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Henry, although lever action.
Sako, Tikka, Weatherby, Browning, Mauser, Winchester.
Depends on what you consider high gloss.
Wood & blued, Mossberg, Ruger, Savage, Thompson, Springfield, Inland.
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Old May 31, 2021, 04:21 PM   #21
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While they are not cheap, the Cooper Rifles are available in Stainless or blued chrome-moly. I can't remember all the model numbers, but MDL 54, MDl92 are magazine fed and customizable to your wishes. They also have a barrel replacement policy. For $125 they will replace and test the replacement.

If I sound like a fanboy, that's because I am. I own a MDL 22M. Called the Montana Varminter. A heavy varmint rifle chambered in 6.5-284Norma.

I always wanted an accurate varmint rifle and this one will kill a moose.

Their new lightweight MDL 92, weighs 92oz, that 5.75lb and comes in any over the top chambering that you can think of. All the WBYs up to 340. All the Nosler mags, The 7mm, 300RUMS, 300, 338 Lapua in a 6lb rifle. There are many other non-magnum chamberings like the 270, 280, 30-06 and their Ackley Improved versions, along with 6.5-284, and the PRC's I believe, not sure about the PRC's.

Worth a browse, anyway. Check out their classic models and Snable stocks along with the Mannlicher models. These are all available in classic rubbed stocks and blued barrels.
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Along Came Jones, losing grandpas Savage 99 is heartbreaking. I love a good 99. I have three.


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Old June 1, 2021, 12:46 PM   #24
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I'll add the Sauer 404 to the list:
http://www.jpsauer-usa.com/sauer-404-elegance/
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Old June 1, 2021, 03:17 PM   #25
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I recently bought 2 CZ 527's in .223, pretty blue with beautiful walnut stocks. There are plenty of good used gloss Leupold scopes on ebay, with full lifetime warranty's. CZ 557's are for the larger cartridges and also very traditional looking.
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