After reading some comments about the blued steel/walnut vs stainless/syn it got me thinking, what is a rifle to you?
Some of you posting made me feel cold and non caring, lol. I am first and foremost a hunter, not a shooter and not a collector (although my wife would debate that).
I never had any guns passed down to me so maybe this is where I lack mental maturity in this area. But to me a rifle is a tool, nothing more nothing less. Build them, use them, and most likely sell them to fund the next super wiz bang idea.
Thinking now........but my 56 year old brain tells me there are few weapons in either of my safes I have owned for more than five years except for a couple of handguns, one being a Kimber stainless Gold Match purchased when they first came out (this thing is scary accurate so it will stay) one left handed 54 caliber muzzle loader that was only produced on a limited run. Oh, and a 870 shotgun that I bought in 1984 and had a polychoke added to the barrel (and havent shot it since). Perhaps it has just taken me a long time to obtain the rifles I feel are the best for the job at hand. Seeing as I am left handed and my son is a righty the thought of passing them on is not as important to me.
Not sure how the romanticism about rifles starts for people but it hasnt hit me yet and doubt it ever will. Call me cold and cruel but any weapon I own could be sold for a profit to fund the next idea. Afterall, in my opinion it is about using the most effective tool for the job at hand. The rifles used for my first griz, dall, moose, even my trip to Africa have all been long gone.
Oh well, time to surf the net to see what else I just can't live without