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'nother Drilling #15402593 11/10/20
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I've been selling some off this last year, as I can't do much hunting anymore, but this was too good a deal to pass up. It's a bank-vault-solid Merkel 90 12/12/7X65R with a Leupold 3.5-10 in a swing mount. This model has a top tang safety behind the rifle barrel selector, not the Greener side safety or the Mdl 95/96 everything on one big slider assembly that's very awkward.

The gun is experienced, but it has never been abused. It fires very tight groups, according to my good friend, the seller. Being a Panzermerkel, it's strong enough to load to standard 280 Rem speeds. The 7X65R has almost the exact case capacity as the 280, and we use the 280 loading date, usually dialed back 5-10% for lighter framed drillings. Trade-off...it's Heavy.

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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15405379 11/11/20
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Nice

I was out killing coyotes today with my BRNO combo. 5.6x52R strikes again 175 yards bang/flop.

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After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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Originally Posted by erich
Nice

I was out killing coyotes today with my BRNO combo. 5.6x52R strikes again 175 yards bang/flop.


Where are you right now?


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15406377 11/11/20
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Very nice!
Sell 1, buy 2 that way you are never without one
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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15406476 11/11/20
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At the kitchen counter, but going out to the driveway in a minute.


After the first shot the rest are just noise.

Make mine a Minaska

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Originally Posted by Fanofthefortyone
Very nice!
Sell 1, buy 2 that way you are never without one
Ronnie


I sold two and bought one. My hunting days are just about only memories.


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15406774 11/11/20
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Nice one! You need to pick up its bigger brother in 30-06t that he has up on GI. Why stop at one. :-) . Enjoy!

Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: mikev] #15409610 11/12/20
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That Wolf drilling is even heavier than this gun. Wolf guns have relatively thick barrels, and the Wolf in '06 is no exception. It's built on the same frame and is strong!! Dale is kicking around some scope options for it and might do some great things.

If it were a light circa 1960s Sauer 3000 I'd be in serious trouble. They're about 2 pounds lighter, and at 73 with a twice-broken back and phony left shoulder it becomes a big deal.

Someone should nab that Wolf. It's a true steal!!! shocked cool

I should be selling, not buying. Maybe I should also be selling two and use the money to buy something special, or maybe sell five and get a vierling.

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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15409776 11/12/20
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I have heard that buying a drilling meant you only needed one gun, but that doesn't appear to be true. Why am I not surprised?

Nice gun.

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Originally Posted by Hogeye
I have heard that buying a drilling meant you only needed one gun, but that doesn't appear to be true. Why am I not surprised?

Nice gun.


That's One gun each day. wink I'm sold down to where I take Mondays off. frown


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15413221 11/13/20
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Originally Posted by luv2safari
Originally Posted by Hogeye
I have heard that buying a drilling meant you only needed one gun, but that doesn't appear to be true. Why am I not surprised?

Nice gun.


That's One gun each day. wink I'm sold down to where I take Mondays off. frown


Ah, so that's the secret to drilling addiction!


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: Mule Deer] #15416354 11/14/20
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Originally Posted by Mule Deer
Originally Posted by luv2safari
Originally Posted by Hogeye
I have heard that buying a drilling meant you only needed one gun, but that doesn't appear to be true. Why am I not surprised?

Nice gun.


That's One gun each day. wink I'm sold down to where I take Mondays off. frown


Ah, so that's the secret to drilling addiction!


An apt pupil, you're learning. Apply all your rifle-loonie bad habits, JB.


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15422489 11/16/20
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Even old dogs chase cars.
My first thought was, 'wonder if Bruce would sell it?' Then I remembered that I can't chase the car to the end of my own yard.
Darn, that is one lovely gun!
Bfly


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: Blackfly1] #15583979 12/29/20
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Originally Posted by Blackfly1
Even old dogs chase cars.
My first thought was, 'wonder if Bruce would sell it?' Then I remembered that I can't chase the car to the end of my own yard.
Darn, that is one lovely gun!
Bfly


It shoots, too!

I placed three shots at 100yds right at 1" with my 150gr load for my Kreighoff 16/16/7X65R. My factory Norma 156 gr Oryx did a hair over 1.5". It was a cold day, and I let the barrels cool down after each shot, while I played with various Valmet BBFs.


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15584207 12/29/20
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Bruce, i have heard there is a cure for that sickness! Think it was called a dirt nap! Just got another 99 savage meself!
Would say hope life is treating you well but i can see from the pictures it is!😁


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Originally Posted by deerstalker
Bruce, i have heard there is a cure for that sickness! Think it was called a dirt nap! Just got another 99 savage meself!
Would say hope life is treating you well but i can see from the pictures it is!😁


Been ice skating down the driveway this year, Tom?? I hope not. Although hard, your head is no match for ice. wink

I have a special warm spot for 99s. My first deer rifle was a 99FW in the new 243 Win. MAN! We're old.
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Been staying vertical so far! Hardly any winter yet. Supposed to get 9 inches of the white water stuff tonight. Good time to sit by the fire and play with my gun s😁


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Re: 'nother Drilling [Re: luv2safari] #15585551 12/30/20
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So what is it with drillings and 99's since my cataract surgery and no longer able to shoot iron sights I'm down to just my 99 in 375 Win. I sold off all the ones that weren't D&T'd and gave the 308 to my nephew for his first deer rifle. I've had a 25-35, 250-3000, 300 Sav, 308 and the 375 Win.


After the first shot the rest are just noise.

Make mine a Minaska

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It has all to do with good pocket watches, bamboo fly rods, and bird dogs! No stamped out parts, the association of hand fitting work of the craftsman and the hands of the user come together. They give pleasure when you are not in the field.
I can sit in a chair, with no TV or radio, have my boy, Gavin, with his head on my lap and hold any of the others and feel good. I enjoy other guns, but memories, both my own and those who have held them before, somehow channel to me. Like the understanding that we outlive our dogs, we know these will outlive us. It is the continuity of quality.
Bfly


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I don't need another BAD habit, got my first one last week

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