Feeling grateful


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Mar 10, 2022
Fort Collins, Colorado
I spent the afternoon today with family, which is always nice. Got to see my dad and drop off my elk antlers from a bull I shot in November. He dabbles in taxidermy and will be making a shoulder mount for me. I’m lucky to have him as a dad (for many reasons) but also because I couldn’t afford to get shoulder mounts if I had to take them in to a local taxidermist.
We had a good time remembering this year and the two great animals we as a family were able to harvest.
To hear the story about the moose, see:”Moms moose hunt” in the Big Three forum.
And then after dinner I got a nice surprise.
At the last family gathering my grandpa had mentioned how he was getting older and was considering getting rid of a few old hunting rifles. NOOO!
I begged him to give me a chance to buy them off of him first before they left the family. One gun in particular I have many fond memories of. It’s a pump action 30-06, Remington model 760. I grew up stumbling around the woods watching my grandpa take elk with this rifle, and watched what is still to this day the most impressive kill of an animal I’ve ever seen. He shot a buck antelope on a dead run, crossing from right to left at 100 yards. One shot, through the heart and that buck was dead on his feet. He tumbled across the prairie in a great cloud of dust and never even twitched once the dust settled.
Well, he offered me the gun today as a gift! I’m so grateful to be able to keep the gun in the family and hopefully kill a few animals with it in the coming years. 68AD16C5-49DC-45EA-8C3F-0AB7C3384C3D.jpeg
And to top it off, he gave me a load of ammo too! Including some cool little 55grain sabot loads that I’m sure would be impossible to find nowadays.


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Jun 13, 2018
Good ole Amish assault rifle. It just drops Americana. I semi-inherited one from my wife’s granddad, but in much rougher shape; but I love that rifle. Very cool, and thanks for sharing


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Sep 11, 2020
I have one of those. Mom's dad bought it for Dad the fall of 1952 just after Model 760 first hit the market. I have Dad's pocket diary for that year which shows my birth in Idaho, Dad's departure to take a new job in Montana, then Papa bringing Mom up later and giving him the gun. Unfortunately, Dad cut it down for her to use but it was too much gun. It was WAY too short for me. I tried for years to find replacement wood but no luck. I did pick up a nice stock about same vintage as the one above but it wouldn't fit. Year before COVID I found a used Ramline plastic set at gun sale for ten bucks so now it's a "black gun." Someday I'll find the right wood. Mine has Bausch & Lomb quick detachable mount for Weaver K-4 scope. An interesting gizmo. Nice to have a gun with some family history. Unfortunately, I have two. Dad built a WWII surplus Springfield in 1962 and gave it to me two years later when I started hunting. It's been my go to hunting rifle ever since. Two years before he died he brought the 760 pump up for me and I used it the last couple of years I hunted moose here. 760 deer rifle.jpg
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Edit: Grandma who had the stroke after I was born didn't make it to Christmas.
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