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    Default antique hunting.

    Anybody hunt with antique rifles?

    This morning I caught a nice caribou with my ATG 95 winchester in 30-40 krag. Was made in 1907 according to Winchester.

    I have also shot , a couple years ago now, Caribou with my 1876 Berdan II Carbine, .42 Berdan, with homemade on a lathe,bullets and built up brass,with a steel head and fireformed walls...... and pyrodex for propellent. Im looking for brass and bullets, felts, wax and primers for such. i have a few pounds of FFg, and with a 66grn. load, Im set for awhile with powder, i just need to get the rest
    And last I have a couple antique Mosin Nagant rfles made inthe 1890's that are just as good as the rifles made later....

    Just tired, reading, wondering and cleaning the rifle now, so i figured to ask.
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    Took a fox from the back yard this winter with Grandpa's Winchester model 94 30-30 made in 1909, will that count? Love that gun, it feels like Grandpa is with me when I hold it.
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    I use a Winchester M12 built sometime in the 1920s. I prefer it over any modern pump shotgun I've ever owned. I also rarely use a M37 Winchester built about the same time.

    I also use a Marlin 30-30 produced sometime immediately following WWII.

    In the past I used an equally aged Marlin .22 lr but since its lacking a serial number (never had one) I can only guess at the date of manufacture.

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    I have used my

    38-40 Model 1892 Winchester ...117 years old.
    45-90 Model 1886, Winchester....116 years old
    30-40 Model 1895 Winchester.....104 years old
    6.5x55m Swede m/96 rifle...........109 years old
    6.5 Swede Carbine m/94.............102 years old
    Tobin SxS 12 gauge...................104 years old
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    My favorite gun is my Remington Model 8 autoloader in .35 Rem,which was made back in 1910....I've taken many deer and black bear with it. I've also hunted with my model 1894 Winchester 38-55,of 1899 vintage. And others--such as an old .303 British Enfield belonging to one of my brothers. It's fun to hunt with these old guns--the kind of guns our Grandfathers may have carried. And many of them shoot just as good as any modern firearm.

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    Used to hunt with a 1917 lee enfield 303 before I could aford anything better. Shot my second moose with that thing, 30 yards between the eyes. Also a bear and wolf.

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    I don't think those old rounds will take game anymore.You need more modern stuff like the 45/70,375H&H or the 30-06

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    I don't think those old rounds will take game anymore.You need more modern stuff like the 45/70,375H&H or the 30-06
    Like the new stuff do ya?
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    "I don't think those old rounds will take game anymore.You need more modern stuff like the 45/70,375H&H or the 30-06 "

    ~~LOL!!~~ ...... untill now, neither I or the animals knew that.........



    (Lets not have them read this, they may stop dying so well)

    Common, amigo, you have to have shot "Something" with a an old gun..at least older than you? ~~LOL!!~~admit it.
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    I am laughing too. My Swede is about as old as Float Pilot's. I also have a '92 Win in 38-40 but that is not sufficient to hunt big game with and I don't. I have a nice 1938 M70 Win in 30-06. Does that count as an antique? Hehehe. J.

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    I shot my first mulie with a mod 8rem in 30rem. Still have it but don't shoot it much any more. Next deer was shot with dads 1917 enfield 30/06. Still have that one too. The only older (not antique) gun I hunt with is a 92Win in 25/20 that I use for rabbits. My main moose rifle is a 1952 mod 70 win in 300 H&H. Not antique, But almost as old as I am. I probably should get one of the new super extra short whizbang magnums that shoots twice as fast using half the powder. But, some how that 300H&H still kills stuff. And the 25/20 , although very light for deer, drops rabbits on the spot. I really like the older guns and cartridges.

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    I've hunted with my model 1893 Mauser. I've carried while hunting a 1911 made in 1916. I shot a porcupine that kept coming into camp and trying to get into my tent with a topbreak revolver made in 1887 once while camping, does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    I don't think those old rounds will take game anymore.You need more modern stuff like the 45/70,375H&H or the 30-06
    45-70 and 30-06 are both pretty old cartridges.

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    Amigo Will's ironic humor at work...LOL!

    Amigo's right ....Now dont you know that the 45-70 is a much better killer when shot from a new lever gun than a old Trapdoor????...~~LOL!!~~


    Nobody told my father in law that the 25-35 he used wouldnt kill Polar Bears dead enough, when he was shooting them on the Coville delta, while trapping Arctic Fox in the 1920's temple shots, one and all.
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    Earliest 45/70 is 1865 and hit the market big in 1873. The 06 is 1906 of course and the 375H&H is 1912

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    Life is too short to hunt with an ugly gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Life is too short to hunt with an ugly gun.
    And modern guns are ugly compared to the old ones. But I'm an incurable collector of antiques so I may be a bit biased.

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    Talking Ugly?
    Have you ever held a BerdanII carbine? Man, o man, the balance, feel, and general "carryability" is such that I have yet to find in a modern repeater, bar none.

    Ah, yea, "Handy" best describes that work of art......just wish it werent so **** rare, Id use it daily!

    ASG, dont ya think we need some more antiqe threads...as well as that daily triva question?? I could get addicted to such, faster than mainlining crack.~~LOL!!~~

    Shoot 'em all!
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    The Victorians sure knew how to make things beautiful as well as making it so it would last a couple lifetimes in working order!
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    Default Why use anything else?

    I shoot & hunt with antiques exclusively...
    Winchester 1894 (dom 1897) 25-35 ...mainly deer on Kodiak
    Winchester 1886 40-82 (dom 1886) ...anything bigger than deer
    Winchester 1890 22WRF (dom 1898) ...anything smaller than deer
    Francotte 12ga sxs (dom 1891) ...ducks
    Webley 16ga sxs (dom 1894) ...grouse & ptarmigan
    Mauser 1891 7.65 Argentine carbine (dom 1896) ...probably the handiest all around rifle I have ever carried.

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