Skip to comments.Old School Rifles that are Still a Favorite for Hunters
Posted on 08/12/2020 8:48:22 AM PDT by w1n1
Guns are much more than guns to die-hard hunting folks. Sometimes they help define the love of a family as grandfather passes their guns from one generation to the next. And, more often than not, the gun that is cherished the most as a symbol of tradition and collective wisdom is the "humble deer rifle".
The following hunting rifles are no longer in production yet still find their way to the the hands of hunters who value both tradition and well-design sporting arms. Maybe this is what the younger generation rifle lacks.
Savages Model 99, preceded by the 1895, was the first hammerless lever-action rifle in mass production. The reliability, accuracy, and appearance of the 99 have made it both a classic and a practical gun for hunters. Well ahead of its time, the internal rotary magazine and brass round counter defined the rifle.
Winchesters Model 54 is regarded as the companys first mass production civilian bolt action center fire rifle. Though the two-stage trigger pull wasnt the greatest, its Mauser action was incredibly reliable.
Remington Model 8 or 81
The powerful semi-automatic was introduced as the Model 8 in 1911, a John Moses Browning brainchild using the same long-stroke spring-recoiling design as his Auto-5 shotgun. The Model 8's jacketed barrel is the defining feature, as is the five-round integral box magazine that could be filled by military-style stripper clips. Read the complete rest of hunting rifles here.
I found an old broken link with the exact same first sentence as this article at a site called the longroom.com
This site is pure plagiarism. It’s owner belongs in prison.
Strange article, they mentioned the Winchester 54, but not the Model 94. They did mention the Savage model 99.
My bet is, the Winchester 94 30-30 (model 1894) has killed more deer than any other gun used in the USA.
In other words, about average for 'Am Shooting Journal'.
One of the criteria for this article was the rifle had to be no longer produced. The Winchester model 94 is still in production. It did not meet that criterion so it could not be included, just as the Winchester Model 70 bolt action which the author said would have led the selection if it were not still in production.
Youre probably right about the 94 being the most used deer hunting gun. . .
Thank you for explaining the criteria.
I missed that.
I stay away from Savage. I’ve read and been told too many horror stories about them.
We have a Savage 99 243 lever action. It’s a great little rifle.
My cousin has hunted deer with his 30-40 Krag for 50 some years. He’s not into new things.
I have never seen a Remington Model 8 anywhere. It was replaced by the model 742 decades ago and it used an obsolete cartridge, 30 Remington, that you can no longer find on any ammo shelf. Not a credible article.
Older 99’s...with the rotary magazine... are gems if you can find one used.
What are you talking about? He simply promotes his blog, and doesn’t care if you like it or not.
They were good, then they were junk.
Now they're good again.
My browser detected a Trojan when I clicked on this link within FR... The Administrators may want to ZOT THIS
Love our family’s 99 but it’s 303 SAV and over 100 years old. Shoots like new though.
This is the guy who used to post graphic images of gunshot wounds under the category 'Humor'.
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