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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:59 pm  Reply with quote



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The new guns, well they just seem like new guns, they lack the character and feel of the classics. Sure there are advantages to a new gun, all of which have been mentioned and I have swallowed that pill before.

In recent years I bought a couple of new guns, a 12 ga. & .410 of the same model . I bought the 12 as a versatile lightweight gun with advantage of screw in chokes. I fit the stock to my build and converted it to english grip. It is a very light gun. By all "reason" it should be ideal. However, the feel just isn't there. It's mainly a gun I loan out now. The .410 and I get along better, but it is mostly for those days when I feel like shooting ducks at 15 yards, or blue grouse.

Not all old guns feel great either, but the ones that do, wow! There is more to it than that though. When I carry a Fox or Lefever, I remember when we still built objects of beauty. I also think of the era the guns were used in. An era when bird hunting wasn't complicated; when you just needed a gun and a dog. Places to hunt were easy to come by and habitat was still plentiful. It was a day my Dad spoke of. Part of carrying an old gun is turning your back on the modern way of thinking and focusing on the true essence of a hunt.

New or old? Well you know what I like, but I'm the one not spending your money. The crucial factors are: why do you want another gun, what do you want it to say about the man who carries it (even if you are your only audience), how will it be used, and does it make you smile? I think once you have answered these questions, your choice will be easy.

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AmericanMeet
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:55 pm  Reply with quote



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A gunsmith friend of mine told me about his son, who was involved in 1/4 mile car racing. He said that at one point he could reduce the time to the finish line at the rate of $1,000 per second- I forget if he was still talking about cars or women. Wink
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Hammer bill
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:35 am  Reply with quote



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Regardless of old or new. I used lead on everything. Even on wildfowl. Where I hunt i don't worry about someone else. Private but know if someone puts a footprint on the property.
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Beagleman
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:23 pm  Reply with quote



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Mark, apparently from the standpoint of versatility/ ammo I have not thought that a new 16ga was worth the expense since I have not bought a new gun ever. I came close with the new Browning Swt 16 until I got my hands on one. Compared to my old swt 16's.....well there was no comparison. I guess I will have to muddle through rabbit and quail hunting with my old guns.
My wife asked me what was she supposed to do with all these old guns when I die. My suggestion was : Funeral @ 1:00 p.m., Gun auction @ 2:00 p.m.

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Upland Carpenter
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:16 pm  Reply with quote
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Beagleman wrote:
Mark, apparently from the standpoint of versatility/ ammo I have not thought that a new 16ga was worth the expense since I have not bought a new gun ever. I came close with the new Browning Swt 16 until I got my hands on one. Compared to my old swt 16's.....well there was no comparison. I guess I will have to muddle through rabbit and quail hunting with my old guns.
My wife asked me what was she supposed to do with all these old guns when I die. My suggestion was : Funeral @ 1:00 p.m., Gun auction @ 2:00 p.m.


Nice.

You should have asked her why she thinks you'll go first? Shocked

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AmericanMeet
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:42 pm  Reply with quote



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I retrieved the mail today and noticed it included a brochure from a china/crystal supplier, but gave the bundle to my wife. Later, after I placed an internet order for some ammunition, I mentioned the charge that would be appearing in the next bill. She was standing next to the China hutch, holding the brochure. She had found the items that were the make/model of what we have and was floored by the price. Her words were "Do you know how much is in this cabinet?" I didn't respond, but guessed it was about the same as is in the gun safe. there was no complaint about the ammo purchase- but then, there never is. Smile
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bearman49709
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:58 am  Reply with quote
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Beagleman wrote:
Mark, apparently from the standpoint of versatility/ ammo I have not thought that a new 16ga was worth the expense since I have not bought a new gun ever. I came close with the new Browning Swt 16 until I got my hands on one. Compared to my old swt 16's.....well there was no comparison. I guess I will have to muddle through rabbit and quail hunting with my old guns.
My wife asked me what was she supposed to do with all these old guns when I die. My suggestion was : Funeral @ 1:00 p.m., Gun auction @ 2:00 p.m.


I always wanted a old Sweet16, but when I got to where I could afford one the prices jumped out of this world. One that is 80% or better going for $1000.00 to over $2000.00.
So last July I bought the new one for $1400.0 with $100.00 rebate.
Maybe one day I'll find a nice old one I can afford, until then I can enjoy the new one.
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Beagleman
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:50 pm  Reply with quote



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Bearman, I'm not ruling out the new swt 16 completely. I love Browning guns . I appreciate the weight since I may carry a gun rabbit hunting 8-10 hours. IF they made one with a less bulky round knob grip, well.....i would have to nudge some guns around in the safe to make room! Until then, it's old guns for me.
I hope you find a nice old Sweet 16 you can afford.

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