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First deer with a sentimental rifle #14353061 12/08/19
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Several years ago I met a nice old guy I bought a rifle from. It was no different than any other quality transaction I’ve had in the gun world. Well since then I’ve bought 7 other rifles from him. Over that time we’ve become very good friends. I remember seeing this M7 MS and told him if he ever sold it, to let me know. It was one of his top three deer rifles and I felt honored to get to purchase it. I finally decided to take it out starting a hunt with my father on November 1st. That morning I carried a different rifle(I bought from Tom) and had bucks all over me. Just not the right one. So I put my dad there that evening and hunted not too far away on another ridge. We got to our stands about 2:45 and immediately the action picked up. Again little bucks cruising around and checking all the ladies. Then I noticed a much larger deer causally walking down the ridge away from me. I thought oh it’s that one 8 I saw the other day. I glassed him as he was about gone and thought he looks heavier and better than I thought. Oh well....my mind wondered for a minute and then I blew it off. As the afternoon wore on, I continued to see deer movement. I was looking for a heavy horned tall 8 point. About 6:10 I heard a subtle grunt to my left and there he was (the deer I let go earlier). The light was different and so was my mood. I wrestled for a few seconds whether to shoot or not and decided I was going to take this deer. He stopped and I squeezed one off with the Model 7 MS (.308) and he didn’t take a step. Not a move. No tail flipping. No oak leaf shuffle. Stone cold dead. He was still on his belly and back legs tucked under him when I got to him. I was so happy. It meant a lot and I called Tom immediately to let him know his rifle was still doing “ good work”. He was obviously glad to hear about it and I was proud to tell him. I’ve got several more rifles from Tom, but I rarely hunt with a couple of them. This one will come out from time to time. It’s a PERFECT tree stand/woods rifle.


Pics of rifle and deer https://imgur.com/a/n9WsX7k

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Re: First deer with a sentimental rifle [Re: d500lnn] #14353102 12/08/19
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Good stuff....nothing makes memories like a rifle in use...enjoy!

Re: First deer with a sentimental rifle [Re: d500lnn] #14353239 12/08/19
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Congratulations, and very nice write up.

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Nice buck and rifle, Nick!


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Re: First deer with a sentimental rifle [Re: d500lnn] #14353772 12/09/19
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Congratulations


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Congrats. That’s a nice looking buck.

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Nice buck and beautiful rifle. I have always been fond of the Model Seven MS.

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Thanks for sharing your story and a great 8 point.

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A very nice buck and a very nice rifle. I have an old Model Seven in 7mm-08 which looks like yours, and it's my favorite deer rifle.


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Very nice buck, and great rifle !

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Dandy buck with a classy rifle.


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Great story and pics - congratulations!


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That's a beauty.


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Beautiful buck and rifle. Congrats to you!


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I am a full stock fan. I only have two Manlicher/Schoenauers but wish I had several more. And it wouldn't hurt to have a nice buck like that as well. Be Well, Rustyzipper.

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Good buck. Great story. Thanks for sharing.


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Most excellent, congrats!

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I really like that rifle and congrats on a fine buck.


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Congrats on a nice buck!

Re: First deer with a sentimental rifle [Re: Jerseyboy] #14359276 12/10/19
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Originally Posted by Jerseyboy
A very nice buck and a very nice rifle. I have an old Model Seven in 7mm-08 which looks like yours, and it's my favorite deer rifle.


If I could find an MS in a 7-08, I’d buy it in a flash! I bet it’s awesome!


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Nick- Georgia
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