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back in the 70's, i was the corporate banker type for dave wolfe and handloader mag. I had a good job but not overflowing with money .
i hung around the hq for handloader making business calls. i asked dave and the writers at the time what rifle to buy as i didn't have money
to buy a herd. they said have a .22, a 12guage, and a left hand bolt 30.06
the 06 wasn't the best at any specific role it had to play but you could load it up or down so many ways. well, i did buy the left hand 30.0 6, and a lot more through the years just cause i wanted them.
the last elk tho was shot with the 06, even given i had a lot more powerful rifles.
I don't regret the purchases.

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I’m keeping my eye out for another shotgun…that I don’t need; probably a higher end 20 or 16 O/U. But my days of compulsive buying without considering it’s application are pretty much over. I just sort of contradicted myself as there is no hunting application for me presently that is unfilled. But I’d like another nice O/U anyway.

At 72, my perspective has changed due to some eye-opening experiences, those of emptying homes of parents and dispensing of everything inside. I’m talking the Depression Generation folks who kept everything that ever crossed over their hands. In one instance, particularly, it was a daunting task which I’m sure many others have experienced also.

I have no children that are interested or inclined toward guns, and part of that may be on me, but that’s beside the subject here.

My wife and I have agreed that other than furnishings, anything unused for a year gets the heave-ho, either giving it away or selling. The point being we wish to prevent our children being faced with the task we faced due to our parents’ not having a realistic view of the future. And that’s not at all a criticism of them. Times and circumstances have changed.

Anyway, items like a 458 Lott, a 416 REM, 375’s, 340’s, a myriad of shotguns, and other custom rifles have made their way through the house and out again both as I learned, and as I realized I wouldn’t really have any need for them if I ever did. I’m down to a safe of eight rifles and shotguns and a smattering of handguns. It feels about right for the age and mileage accrued.

However, there’s a Rizzini out there somewhere..

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I've been selling off my rifles, shotguns and pistols in various calibers/gauges over the past 15 years. I am sticking with rifle calibers in .308" , 224" (and 22 LR), 12 gauge for shotgun, and for pistols: 44 mag and 45 acp. I have (2) 30-06 rifles, (2) 308 Win and (1) 30-30. I am a deer, woodchuck and squirrel hunter. I have enjoyed many rifles and calibers, but its time to thin the herd.

Sold off: 45-70 ( Marlin), 44 mag ( Marlin), 9.3x62 (CZ), 358 Win ( Browning BLR), 35 Rem ( Marlin), 338-06 m98, 303 British ( SMLE 4/1), a few 30-06 rifles, a Sako A2 308 Win, Win m70 Stealth II, 308 Win, Rem 40x single shot and repeater 308 Win, Rem 700 Vs 308, 7x57 ( pre-ww2 sporter, Rem 700), 270 Win ( Win pre-64), 257 Roberts ( m98), 250 Savage , 220 Swift pre-64 Win m70, 22-250 Rem 700vs, 222 Rems ( Rem 788, Howa 1500, Rem 700V and 722), 218 Bee ( Kimber 82 and Ruger #1), 22 mag ( Marlin), and several 22 LR rifles ( not to mention several 357 mag/38 special and 22 LR pistols). For shotguns, I am keeping a 12 gauge Rem 870 with Remchoke barrel (with smoothbore rifle-sighted barrel, and a Hastings rifled barrel). The Citori 12 and 20 gauges are gone, as well as several pumps and single shots.

My selling off guns is a controlled process, by desire- not need, and is not a punishment. The best part is that I am shooting the guns which remain much more, and that was part of the decision to thin down.

I still have my eyes open for interesting ( to me) guns. I recently picked up a CZ 527 Varmint (Kevlar stock, 1-9" twist bbl)) in 223 Rem, ( just because), and a Tikka T3 Varmint ( blued) in 308 Win, which will be used for cast bullet CBA postal match shooting.

So, I AM definitely thinning the herd, but also selectively looking- and playing more at the reloading/shooting bench. It's a good thing.



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Man, this is a depressing thread...After closing down my mother's house last year and looking at doing the same for my wife's mother's house in the next couple of months, she is wanting me to start downsizing my collection of "stuff." She doesn't want our sons to be burdened getting rid of my stuff after I'm gone. Trying to get in the swing of things, I threw away a Shooting Times magazine I'd had since the 1970's and a Handloader magazine from 2010. She's not to impressed so far.

Like most that have responded to this thread, I'm getting older. Just hit 70 a couple of months ago and I have accumulated some rifles that I haven't shot in many years. I tend to collect deer rifles. A lot of those rifles remind me of times and friends long gone and I hate to even consider selling one. I have given some of my better firearms to my sons, but like another said they really aren't into the firearms of my generation. So I'm going to be getting rid of some rifles but I'm not going down to the one 308 Winchester and a 22LR.

I guess the question I have is where do you list, post, or go to sell your firearms and hunting and fishing equipment? Anybody done an estate type sale on firearms and get a price for all that you want to sell at once? Or do you list them in the classifides or put one in the local gun shop on consignment every now and then?

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Originally Posted by Mathsr

I guess the question I have is where do you list, post, or go to sell your firearms and hunting and fishing equipment? Anybody done an estate type sale on firearms and get a price for all that you want to sell at once? Or do you list them in the classifides or put one in the local gun shop on consignment every now and then?

Any suggestions?


Going through Rock Island Auction is an option. That insures a national audience to look at and bid on your guns, but of course there are auction fees.

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Thanks Liama, I'll have to look into that option.


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52. Feel old, young enough to call a bunch here Dad.

I often think of selling some stuff, most isn't used.
Like the Pre-Garcia 264 bought in the mid 90s and never fired,
or the pre owned/never fired Tikka 7mag. About 15 years, never fired.

But then, they ain't eatin' nothin', and I don't need the money.
Might need it someday, will sell then.


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The first 10 rifles that I owned would have done everything that I've needed a rifle to do.

The last 1,000 or so have been mostly redundant/surperfluous.

My kids aren't interested in shooting sports, so a bunch of people will have the opportunity to own some nice ones somewhere down the road.

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Thru the scamdemic I've been seriously downsizing. I'm a lefty and have gotten rid of the right hand stuff and aquired proper left handed equipment. Still have a few right hand autos, pump shotguns and 22lr rifles but most have hit the road.

Now I'm happy to report I can say I have a "core" of users, all lefty or at least left hand friendly. So several 30-06's, 308win, 270win, 338RCM, 338 win mag, 30-30, 348 win, 5.56, 375 Ruger, 45-70's, and mybnice lefty CZ 452 mixed in with a few shotguns.

It's look like still a decent amount of numbers there but it's been a significant reduction and I'm happy about it. I'm really wanting to spend more time learning more of the 270win and 30-06, yet I can still go and tame my 338 caliber fetish and cap off some levergun ammo. I'm happy. Overjoyed, but the worst thing is there's not enough season or types of game to hunt. Wish there were more exotics an different types of game to pursue.

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Originally Posted by George_De_Vries_3rd

I’m keeping my eye out for another shotgun…that I don’t need; probably a higher end 20 or 16 O/U. But my days of compulsive buying without considering it’s application are pretty much over. I just sort of contradicted myself as there is no hunting application for me presently that is unfilled. But I’d like another nice O/U anyway.

At 72, my perspective has changed due to some eye-opening experiences, those of emptying homes of parents and dispensing of everything inside. I’m talking the Depression Generation folks who kept everything that ever crossed over their hands. In one instance, particularly, it was a daunting task which I’m sure many others have experienced also.

I have no children that are interested or inclined toward guns, and part of that may be on me, but that’s beside the subject here.

My wife and I have agreed that other than furnishings, anything unused for a year gets the heave-ho, either giving it away or selling. The point being we wish to prevent our children being faced with the task we faced due to our parents’ not having a realistic view of the future. And that’s not at all a criticism of them. Times and circumstances have changed.

Anyway, items like a 458 Lott, a 416 REM, 375’s, 340’s, a myriad of shotguns, and other custom rifles have made their way through the house and out again both as I learned, and as I realized I wouldn’t really have any need for them if I ever did. I’m down to a safe of eight rifles and shotguns and a smattering of handguns. It feels about right for the age and mileage accrued.

However, there’s a Rizzini out there somewhere..


My Mother, born in 1928, always kept enough dried and canned food to last a year, plus about 500 additional lbs. of sugar, flour, pasta, and rice. 15 cases of scotch and 15 cases of wine too. She had most of the parts required to put a still together, which probably explains at least in part the extra sugar and dried fruit.

My Father, born in 1909, never traded a car in if it wasn't worn out. When he passed, there were 8 vehicles that he had pickled and put up on blocks on the lowest floor of our barn for just in case. They were all old technology, no computers or electronics to get blasted with EMP.

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I’ve been a “gun guy” since my earliest memory around 3. I owned a gunshop for a decade and that helped my practical nature as well as destroyed it. At first when every gun comes in I thought “I’ll keep it” but after awhile it becomes an overdose and you kick the sickness. 😁. Now I only keep that which will get used and serve a useful purpose. My calibers are all based off of each other so that the.243 can become .308 or the 7mag brass can be turned into .338wm….etc.

The guys I know with big collections might be considered loony but they have more or less invested their money and seen their collections increase in value. One guy I know from Delta Junction works on the pipeline and makes big money but he’s never had a bank account. He lives (relatively) under the radar and invested in guns and ammo. I’m friends with guys that have HUGE collections but my friend’s collection in DJ DWARFS every other collection I’ve seen. I was friends and business associates with a man that has a Colt/Winchester/Volcanics collection that’s on display in Cody as well as in every Winchester or Colt book around. It was nothing for him to bring several hundred thousand with him when he went to the big show in Cody. He has millions in guns but everyone of his guns could be sold with a couple phone calls in a mater of hours….that’s liquidity that the government can’t control!

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In a month I'll be 86. I've two BG rifles left, a 12ga and two .22 LRs. The two BG rifles are a #1 Ruger in .458 Win Mag and a Tikka T3 Lite in 9.3 x 62. The .458 has Mag-na-ports and the 9.3 x 62 is in a shop for a slim-line muzzle break. I handload for each, and have handloaded all centerfire rifles I've ever owned, except one. The first I made handloads for was a converted M98 military rifle to .30-06. The second I made handloads for was a .22 Hornet. Since then I've run the course, pretty well, of most common rifles all the way to three in .458 Win. The most common bore for which I've made handloads is .458-cal., including ten .45-70s, plus the .458 Win Mags. The next most common has been in .300 magnums.

We only got enough elk in our province of Ontario for hunting purposes about a dozen years ago, and I've never gotten a license. But moose in the north and bears everywhere have commanded most of my hunting activities - not all.

But the thing about the .458 Win Mag is its versatility. At the range I've shot many loads of 500s at up to 2300 fps. But this fall season - for deer, black bear and wolf, my load is a 250gr Hornady MonoFlex at 2610 fps. About the same as a hot-loaded 1895 Marlin in .45-70. Recoil from my 10.6 lb Ruger #1 with Mag-na-ports is 23 ft-lbs, or about the same as a .30-06. Too heavy? Does 2 extra pounds make a rifle too heavy? Not if you're in good shape and used to it! Last winter I had a severe attack of arthritis that lasted four months. I could barely hold a cup of coffee! With prayer and good help from a specialist, I'm about 75% free of it!

So, I must be a real "he man"? Not really - in my prime I was 5'-9 1/4" in bare feet at 210 lbs. Today, I'm 5'-8.5" at 160 lbs, and about 86 years in this world... and parts of about 70 of those years in a hunting context of mostly Eastern Canada.

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I started out with a .22 semi auto for varmints and rabbits, a 12 ga. 2-3/4" pump gun for anything with feathers, and a bolt action .308 for hoofed game. Added a .222 for coyotes and such. That would cover what I actually "need" to this day.
But then I wouldn't have a 16 ga double to hunt with behind my pointing dog, or the .25-06 that is perfect for pronghorns, or the muzzle loader for the early seasons, or the 16x16x7x57R Drilling with .22 WMR insert barrel that is so versatile and ready for anything, or the 12 ga. O/U target shotgun, or the magnum goose gun, or the .44 magnum short barrel lever action carbine that I keep in camp for bear repellent, or the German single shot kipplauf rifle that is so artistic and beautiful and accurate and ergonomic that it is just a joy to carry and to hunt with and to admire when I'm not hunting. And the .450-400 3" Nitro express double rifle that took a cape buffalo in the Caprivi, and needs to go with me on another adventure for something big and dangerous. At least while I still have it, the adventure is something I can plan or dream about. .... What was the question again?

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Part Two:

I’ve never been a purist, or a specialist, or a collector as regards guns, and in thinking about it, cartridges have intrigued me as much or more than any platform. In shotguns, SxS’s, then O/U’s, then all others are in order of my interest. I’ve had shotguns from .410 through 12, but no 10 gauge, the biggest impediment to the latter being weight, and I have only hunted geese from blinds twice.

Some like to hunt and the firearm is just a tool to use. Some are interested only in works-of-art firearms, top-dollar guns and not hunting. Some like to hunt with very nice guns. I’m modestly in the latter group, liking to hunt, but with a gun of good quality if not really a piece of top workmanship or an elite gun. Hunting with both shotguns and rifles is available to me, so I’ve always enjoyed both.

While adding a fine O/U was mentioned, and I’m still thinking on it, so are the realities of a septuagenarian crashing (pun intended here) in on me. A month ago, in northern Minnesota, on a fishing trip with my wife, I tripped over a tie-down cleat on a dock. The tibial bone bruise and torn medial meniscus with the accompanying swelling really slowed me on my last pheasant with another three-day trip planned for December. Healing in the seventh decade is measured by a monthly calendar, and aftermarket parts start to add up (rarely as good even in the short term as those God-given). All of it signals to less being more.

However, I still have and use an Anschutz 22, a .223 (an AR — truth be told, an ugly but efficient machine), a CZ 204, a small shop 243, a semi-custom, very light 284 Win, a Ruger American 350 Legend (never would have happened except I’m in Iowa). This summer I hit the off-ramp again and picked up a Savage 99A in 358 Win. (Iowa changed their deer hunting reg’s to include this cartridge).

If I ever go elk hunting again, I have two rifles that would work; for western deer, I have three that would work. Perhaps none would be ideal for either hunt, but they would do.

And then there are the shotguns. And then there is reality.

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I believe it was none other than JOC who wrote decades ago (paraphrased) that anyone with a .22 rimfire, 12 gauge, and 3006 could effectively hunt everything and not be disadvantaged.

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Originally Posted by Mathsr


I guess the question I have is where do you list, post, or go to sell your firearms and hunting and fishing equipment? Anybody done an estate type sale on firearms and get a price for all that you want to sell at once? Or do you list them in the classifides or put one in the local gun shop on consignment every now and then?

Any suggestions?


I take mine to a LGS and sell on 15% consignment


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Originally Posted by CZ550
In a month I'll be 86. I've two BG rifles left, a 12ga and two .22 LRs. The two BG rifles are a #1 Ruger in .458 Win Mag and a Tikka T3 Lite in 9.3 x 62. The .458 has Mag-na-ports and the 9.3 x 62 is in a shop for a slim-line muzzle break. I handload for each, and have handloaded all centerfire rifles I've ever owned, except one. The first I made handloads for was a converted M98 military rifle to .30-06. The second I made handloads for was a .22 Hornet. Since then I've run the course, pretty well, of most common rifles all the way to three in .458 Win. The most common bore for which I've made handloads is .458-cal., including ten .45-70s, plus the .458 Win Mags. The next most common has been in .300 magnums.

We only got enough elk in our province of Ontario for hunting purposes about a dozen years ago, and I've never gotten a license. But moose in the north and bears everywhere have commanded most of my hunting activities - not all.

But the thing about the .458 Win Mag is its versatility. At the range I've shot many loads of 500s at up to 2300 fps. But this fall season - for deer, black bear and wolf, my load is a 250gr Hornady MonoFlex at 2610 fps. About the same as a hot-loaded 1895 Marlin in .45-70. Recoil from my 10.6 lb Ruger #1 with Mag-na-ports is 23 ft-lbs, or about the same as a .30-06. Too heavy? Does 2 extra pounds make a rifle too heavy? Not if you're in good shape and used to it! Last winter I had a severe attack of arthritis that lasted four months. I could barely hold a cup of coffee! With prayer and good help from a specialist, I'm about 75% free of it!

So, I must be a real "he man"? Not really - in my prime I was 5'-9 1/4" in bare feet at 210 lbs. Today, I'm 5'-8.5" at 160 lbs, and about 86 years in this world... and parts of about 70 of those years in a hunting context of mostly Eastern Canada.

Bob

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Crimes sake you're 86 almost! Awesome! Now you must PM me and convince meto turn my LH M70 into a 458.


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I'm with Bluefish. I too could get by with my 9.3x62, but I can substitute my 7mm-08 and be happy although I would love to have a 7x57.


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Since you can buy meat in the market, The most practical solution is no guns at all.

But what would be the fun in that, you say?

Exactly.

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ive got about all the rifles i need. a BLR in 308, my dads old 700 308, an old peep sighted model 70 in 30-06, a 700 7mm rem Mag, a 70 Supergrade in 7-08, a semi custom 70 fwt in 280(my pet) and a Christensen Ridgeline in 28 Nosler.


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