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Gents - what was your first deer rifle (model and chambering) and how old were you when you started using it?

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12 or so - Savage M1899 in 30-30 with a Weaver in tip off mounts, post and cross hair reticle. Was my great grandfather's that my dad still used, I got to use it 1 year before I had my own. Ruger M77 in 30-06. Paid 367 for it at Nickolais, brand new and it was every dime I ever saved up to that point.


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Winchester 94 .30-30 with factory iron sights…i was around 14 when i started using it

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Mauser 98 - originally 8mm, not sure how old I was


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Persian M98 Carbine, 8x57, sporterized some time before my dad bought it and gave it to me as a gift. Fajen stock, Williams sights, original military safety. I was 15. Still have it, still shoot it, just my handloads now instead of anemic Core-lokt factory fodder.

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Weatherby vanguard 243. I bought it when I was 22 but never got to use it for deer.

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NEF handi rifle in 243. Tasco world class scope. 13yo maybe?


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Remington Model 760 pump 30-06 my mother purchased from her brother for me when I was 14.

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sporterized model 98 Mauser in 7 x 57

12 years old…still have it to this day. 😎

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Remington 742 Carbine '06,with 3-9x Reupold and 180 CoreRoks,while wearing a Cutts Compensator. I was 12. Hint.

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303 British, Lee Enfield sporter. I was 14 and shot my first animal (pronghorn antelope) with one of my own reloads using HiVel#2 powder and a CIL bullet. First whitetail was with a 180 Sierra from the same rifle the next fall. I still have the rifle and still hunt with it. GD

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I started hunting deer at age 12. Carried my grandfather's 721 Remington in 30'06. Had a 2.5-4X B&L scope. Didn't actually kill a buck until I was 16. By then, it was the new 740 Remington semi auto in 30'06. Had a 2.5-8X B&L scope. The hot set up in 1960. Didn't own my first deer rifle until I bought a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington at age 19. Killed two bucks with that rifle. Wish I still had it. E

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Marlin 336, 35 Remington. 23 yrs.

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At 14 I was using my Dad's Argentine 1909 as sold by Sears: Sporterized stock and rechambered to 30-06. The first one I owned was a Christmas present when I was 16: British 303 # 5 Jungle Carbine. 18th Birthday, First "proper" deer rifle was a Marlin 336 in .35 rem with Bushnell Banner Scope

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When I started hunting in the late 90's many of our areas were shotgun only so I used an Ithaca "buckbuster" 20 ga single shot or a deerslayer 12 ga. I think I was 14 when I shot my first deer. Bawled like a baby afterwards.

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Browning A5 Light Twelve, 26” plain IC barrel


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Winchester 94, iron sights, I was 11 and that was in 1984.


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Winchester 70 30-06


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1984 Remington 700 BDL in 30 06. 16 years old because that's how old you had to be here to hunt big game. Still have the rifle.

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