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canebrake 12-01-2009 04:41 PM

What Your Deer Rifle Says About You
 
What Your Deer Rifle Says About You

The five most telling deer-busting, buck-thumping center-fires today and what they say about you

From the American Hunter Insider

By Ben O'Brien, Asst. Online Hunting Editor

Porsches preach success. Hondas reek of practicality. So goes the reputation of a car guy. For hunters, the deer rifle you choose is no different. Every time you sling it over your shoulder and step out into the field, it speaks to your reputation.

The Everyman
Deer Rifle: Savage 111FCXP3 in .270 Win. Savage is known to have some of the most accurate rifles on the market. With this package, you get that accuracy along with a free-floating barrel and a mounted, bore-sighted scope all at rock bottom suggested retail price. When your kids get older and want to hunt, it’s the perfect hand-me-down.

Personality: You’re a weekend warrior. Don’t get me wrong, you love hunting, but it’s a hobby not an obsession. Your deer rifle makes its weekday home in the basement gun safe, only to be handled on hunting's biggest days (season opener and the following Saturdays). You and your reliable bolt action take a trip or two to the range each year, fire a few rounds at 100 yards and call it a day. A low maintenance, dependable and less-than-pricey rifle will do you just fine, as long as you can take it out on those treasured days in the field, as few as they may be.

The Dirty Harry
Deer Rifle: Ruger M77 ss/syn in 30-06. Comes equipped with a synthetic stock that can take a beating and the stainless steel barrel won’t rust if you clean it every now and then. It also features an integral scope mount and steel rings, so you can be sure that scope won’t budge.

Personality: Your deer rifle better be feeling lucky. You’re about to drag it up every muddy/snowy/rainy hillside on God’s green earth. Each scratch and scar on your deer slayer is a badge of courage, and you’ll be sure to test its mettle at every turn. Tracking through rolling hills of the whitetail-heavy western U.S or the crop-dusted flats of the Midwest buck paradise shouldn’t be a problem—you work hard and so must your deer rifle. You’ll take every chance to hunt whitetails no matter how far you must travel or how big a dent it puts in your wallet. You’re a hardcore hunting soldier and your rifle needs to be a tank.

The Sniper
Deer Rifle: Remington 700 Sendero SF II in .300 Win. Mag. Fluted 26-inch heavy contour barrel makes it perfect for ultimate long-range accuracy. The X Pro Mark trigger is 100 percent user adjustable—no gunsmith needed to make the trigger all yours. The stock is reinforced with aramid fibers and features a contoured beavertail fore-end with ambidextrous finger grooves and palm swells and twin front swivel studs to accommodate your bipod.

Personality: You love to watch Tom Berenger work his magic – one shot, one kill. You demand perfection out of your deer rifle. She probably has a name like Lola, Marie or the always-eccentric Gen. Robert E. Lee (true story). You may even prop her at your bedside come October, just so she knows you care. You know your rifle inside and out, in fact, you probably have the exploded view hanging neatly above your kitchen table. Your deer rifle is more than a tool with which you dispatch game; it is a part of your camo-clad soul.

The Prince
Deer Rifle: Weatherby MK V Ultramark in .257 Wby. Mag. The hand-selected AAA fancy exhibition grade walnut stock, 20 LPI checkering, maplewood/ebony spacers and rosewood fore-end and grip caps scream highest of high end. This is the only gun on the market at this price range with an accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inches or less at 100 yards.

Personality: Aesthetics, sir, are what hunting is all about—at least for you. Some may call you pompous, arrogant and downright vain, but no matter, you’re probably a better shot anyway. You demand a gun that exudes importance or maybe even royalty, the most regal deer rifle a man can buy (that isn’t custom). Which is undoubtedly a rifle with ripe historical value and the pristine condition to match. You won’t go afield just anywhere or stoop to hunting on public land. Your rifle deserves better. Boone & Crockett bucks are all your rifle will ever harvest. Well, that is if you ever decide to pull the trigger for fear of dirtying up your hunting scepter.

The Old-Timer
Deer Rifle: Winchester Model 70. Tested and proven, this is what some call the “rifleman’s rifle.” The three-position safety is one of the best-known and most copied safeties in the world. The accuracy is second to none and the bolt is one of the smoothest on the market. Over 71 years after its creation this rifle is still the epitome of the American bolt-action.

Personality: Fudd, Elmer Fudd that is. You’re a traditionalist, an old-timer and a man who has spent more time in the woods than most young folks have been on this earth. You don’t need a fancy deer rifle or some tricked out sniper tool, and your firearm is just as stubborn as you are. It may have a few flaws or glitches but it’s trusty, timeless and shoots with the best of them. While your take-it-slow methods may be maddening to the iPhone crowd, you never come home empty handed. You’ve been hunting the same tract of land for decades and you can be found in that same old blind from dawn ‘til dark every rifle season.

stalkingbear 12-01-2009 04:56 PM

So what is my Browning A-bolt in .284 saying about me?:D

Gus556 12-01-2009 10:55 PM

What does my Ruger No.1 in .308 say about me?
How about the No.1 in .375H&H Mag.?

dsmith84 12-01-2009 11:59 PM

my mossberg 100 atr in 30-06 says im a bargain shopper and it was the best thing i could afford lol :D

Walley 12-02-2009 01:52 AM

You missed us old farts who will go to our graves proclaiming that the Winchester 94 is the only real deer rifle ever made. I am willing to bet that the 94 has put more venison in the freezer than any other gun that has ever been made.

cpttango30 12-02-2009 02:40 AM

What about the young guy that has a deer rifle that was Remington FIRST civilian model bolt gun? It is old as dirt I believe it was Jesus's first deer rifle. It looks bad the stock is about 9 different shades the checkering is full of grim and dirt. The barrel had to be painted high temp black because all the bluing was gone. It wears a $54 Simmons 3-9x50mm scope for no other reason than I needed a scope quick.

It punishes on both ends with it's steel but plate.

Walley 12-02-2009 03:01 AM

Strip and refinish the stock, no big deal it is not that hard. Clean the damn paint off of the metal and re-blue it. Another easy job. Next get a good scope and then tell everyone to kiss your ass as you have all the deer rifle you will ever need.

ItsmeShane 12-02-2009 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by cpttango30 (Post 192999)
What about the young guy that has a deer rifle that was Remington FIRST civilian model bolt gun? It is old as dirt I believe it was Jesus's first deer rifle. It looks bad the stock is about 9 different shades the checkering is full of grim and dirt. The barrel had to be painted high temp black because all the bluing was gone. It wears a $54 Simmons 3-9x50mm scope for no other reason than I needed a scope quick.

It punishes on both ends with it's steel but plate.

When reading that first part, I couldn't help but to think of Buddy Christ from that movie Dogma. HAHA, my buddies gun has a simmons scope on it and I think its a pretty decent scope.

IGETEVEN 12-02-2009 02:14 PM

I never heard either one of them say sh!t......of course I don't know what is said about me when I leave the room...or behind my back. :p

I hear no whispers.......... :cool:

Jack

dunerunner 12-02-2009 02:23 PM

My Dad's Husqvarna 30/06 keeps whispering, "Take me out of the safe and Hunt me!"


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