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Old 01-04-2014, 11:29 PM   #31
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Why not go with a more modern type gun? A nice, higher end, M77 like the African in 30-06 would be a cool heirloom to pass down. Practical, they could build memories of hunting with it (if thats something you do) and pass the stories from the field on down the line. Thats the route I'd go...

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I know you are going with a new gun to start the heirloom with you, but honestly, I'm going to use my father's 10/22 as my hand-me-down... It is the first real rifle I ever shot, it is a .22, so figure what the availability and cost of ammo will be in years to come, and it is a very easy to handle shooter. It is also good for hunting different critters, as that is what we used it for. It has been thru the woods many many times, and you can barely tell as to the way we always took care of it. Replacement parts in the future are going to be plentiful with its somewhat recent surge in popularity...

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Colt used to market a pair of Diamondbacks as a heirloom set. Each set had a 22 LR and a 38 spl diamondback. I would look for a similar set of rifles or pistols. That way each of you can start your children out young.

A 45 cal anything is not suitable for training beginners of any age.

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Lever action 30-30 lots of heirloom of these around, pretty common cartridge, and have taken lots of deer and such in its time, and not unbearable to shoot, this woukd be my choice, but I woukd suggest a shopping trip and see what you and your dad like and pick out what you like and can see handing down, my daughter is only 5 months old but I have a 22 and a shotgun that belonged to her great grandpa that she will learn to shoot and will someday get these.

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I think a lever action rifle would make a great heirloom gun. An older Winchester or Marlin lever action will last you a long time. Maybe even get one in a lesser known/used caliber like 25/20, 25/35 32/20, 38/40, 44/40, etc. Those tend to be easier in recoil so it's good for kids.
Or maybe a single or double barrel shotgun like a Winchester, Browning, Beretta, or any other popular brand.
An older revolver or semiautomatic would be nice to. Colt, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Walther, Mauser, H & R, Webley, Beretta, CZ, etc.


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The .243 Winchester is an excellent cartridge that's good for varmints, targets and game. Everyone can shoot one.

Skip over the obsolete 4570. It's just a high kick, low hit one.

Get an upscale Kimber with fine wood.

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Classic guns and calibers are already established as collectibles. Early Colts, Winchesters, etc. in large bore calibers I.E. 45-70,45-90 etc. will return far more than modern rifles and calibers. Just look at the "Blue Book" of gun values. An 1886 Winchester in 45-70 is worth far more than a modern Kimber in .243?

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The 45-70 kicks hard and has a rainbow trajectory.

45-70 ammo is hard to find. It's dead.

The 243 can be used all year.

243 ammo can be found in stores.

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The .243 Winchester is an excellent cartridge that's good for varmints, targets and game. Everyone can shoot one.

Skip over the obsolete 4570. It's just a high kick, low hit one.

Get an upscale Kimber with fine wood.
Tell that to all of the deer/buffalo/men that have been killed by the 45-70
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