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As a young teen in San Diego (my father was in the Navy) I had a paper route and was always out in the canyons Jack rabbit and coyote hunting with borrowed guns. I saved my money from a paper route and one day in Montgomery Wards there they were, a whole rack of Argentine Mausers, model 1909, 7.65 X 53mm. At just $14.95 I talked my mother into purchasing it for me (my money). Completly caked with packing grease and well used. A full sized one. First thing after spending what seemed like days cleaning I cut off the fore end of the stock. I sanded down the stock and applied a generous amount of linsed oil and after every outing. There was no rust and the bore was bright. I found ammo at a Westen Auto store in National City. Military surplus FMJ rounds.

Still one of the best shooting rifles I have ever owned. Wish I still had it, along with no telling how many others over the years. Sent many a Jack and coyote to the happy hunting grounds over the next several years. Every nickel I had from then on went for ammo. Even tho the iron sights were only good down to 300 yds. I learned to Hit at 50 and up. And the practice of a through cleaning after every firing with corrosive ammo served me well during a 22 year carrier in the Marine Corps.
 

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More whitetail have probley been taken with the lever guns, Winchester and Marlin than all other types combined. Pick a caliber, .30, 30-30, .35 ect. Dont think there is a bad one.
 

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The first rifle I ever owned was a bolt action .22 rifle that my folks gave me when I was 10 years old. The first .22 rifle I ever bought was a Sears Model 25 semi-auto. I was 15 years old working the summer months at a flooring store installing carpet. I paid $35 for the rifle. The first deer rifle I bought was a Winchester 94 .30-30. It is a 1971 bought new in that same year. I still have all three rifles. In a couple of years I will give the .22 bolt action to my grandson.

The Winnie 94 has an interesting story. When I bought the Winchester I was in Air Force tech school in Denver. From there I was shipped overseas. The Winnie didn't get used for 3 years. By the time I got back I had a little more money and started buying nicer bolt action rifles. One day I sold the rifle to a co-worker because I had "better" rifles. Twenty years went by and now I was really into old lever actions and cowboy stuff. At some point I mentioned to my wife I really made a mistake selling my .30-30, since it was my first deer rifle and should be passed down to family. Without my knowledge she contacted the guy I sold it to and bought it back. She gave it to me as a Christmas present that year.
 

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Great Model 94 story Hyphenated! My first gun was a single shot .22 sold by Western Auto under their "Revelation" house brand. Gun could shoot the leg hairs off of houseflies but we shot it so much it finally wore out.
 

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Holy cow Four...you are setting the bar pretty high on these pictures. How are us laymen going to compete??? :p
 

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That Savage looks pretty good for being almost 50 years old. Makes me :)) when a see someone taking pride in their guns. Well done.
And those Savage O/U are bringing good money at the gun shows now a days, if you can find one. Seldom are they in as good a shape as yours.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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