Model 70 30-06 for the finish

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Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#1 Post by Camel73 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:38 am

Pretty near 20 years ago my first rifle was a Winchester 94 30-30.

Not just any Winchester.
A '76 bicentennial.
Engraved.... beautiful,.
An actual levergun I could call my own.

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As a child I'd flip through the gun mags at the grandarents while they were having their afternoon nap, near slobbering over the Winchesters and Marlins.

Rising from the ashes of my youth as it were, I really cherished this new to me mechanical wonder in my hands.
The history of the cartridge and rifle together was enchanting. It mesmerized me to no end and lead me deep into google land.

It served me well for many years camping/plinking steel, making great memories with family and friends.
Soon after my initial outings I mounted a Lyman peep on it and never looked back.
I've since made it my cast shooter and am just getting to the good stuff. :)

..,...Moving on.... ... after taking it coyote hunting a few times... I wasn't the John Wayne I thought I was, lol.

After handling a few different rifles, I concluded a Mossberg 100 ATR in .243 for $300 was my ticket to dead dogs. And maybe deer one day.

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A Mossberg rifle?!
I knew nothing really, about rifles in general and to this day am happy with the choice I made.
It's light, has an ultra smooth bolt throw and shoots moa with at least two factory loads that I've since forgotten.
Did I mention the trigger? Oh man. Winning.
I've read it's a Savage type barrel nut... if I ever get out to put enough rounds through it to change the barrel......
It's a 2011 so all the kinks we're long worked out.
Being a 22" 10 twist in .243 I got the privilege of learning more about bullet weights. :shock:
55's hammered every dog I ever hit with nary an exit that I could remember. In fact I only ever missed one with that rifle. 400 yards. My bad.
I figure about 20 coyotes to this rifle and lots of camping target fun. It's a big boom so it's exciting for the visitors but doesn't beat the snot out if them.
I've had the same scope on it. A Bushnell Wide Angle 4-16. I had the opportunity to check out a Leopold vx3 on a 22-250 for long enough to know where I live, a .243 is the better choice, and, I'd like a skookum scope again one day.

Again, I googled the rifle and cartridge to death and I don't think that I did so bad after all.
Also, the performance of the .243 was spot on for my purposes and I am now slowly beginning to fart around with the new bullets I got for those smarty pants that keep running to the opposite end of the field I'm at. :evil:
Haven't tried for deer with it yet...

.....One fine day, a 2001 SS Marlin 60 who's action was in rough shape landed in my lap. Hmmm. More reading.
Dude, sweet!

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After some tlc it's become a real favorite.
The laminated salt and pepper stock with a Simmons scope, turret calibrated for .22...... I've got a pic somewhere of a few shots out to our 165 yard gong that's as tight as I'll ever need for that distance.
With the action smoothed out and a home trigger job it's really a beautiful thing all around.
This is with rem's 36 grain golden bullet.
I just started playing with other ammo..... :)

Man... three rifles.
Good ones.
A Winchester lever in 30-30 - a capable and effective romantic.
A crazy Mossberg bolt in .243 - instant lazer death, every time
A semiauto .22 - beautiful, accurate, dependable plinker


.......After a couple hairy experiences while camping, our family Mossberg 590 mariner camp shotgun got an action overhaul and I thought to myself... Self, you can do this better.
Voila! A refurb Mossberg persuader/cruiser 500 on a closing out sale.

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Action jobby and flashlight - good to go!!
I looked and looked and finally... my shotgun.
If I ever go for birds I'll get the long barrel but I gotta say, I'm pretty happy for now with it as is.
A real pounder that I can knock a 9" plate around with at 50 yards offhand.
Now to start building my own slugs....


To be continued....
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#2 Post by Ray » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:48 am

Bravo zulu !

Excellent post.....

I usually go cross-eyed and lose interest very quickly when folks try to be literary but this one drew me right in.....

Patiently waiting for the sequel.....
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#3 Post by M. M. Wright » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:09 am

Well written sir. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#4 Post by Camel73 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:23 pm

These 4 were 15 years in the making.
My core group - that could do most anything I would ever ask within reason.
My memories of how they came to me in the different times of my life are special, and I try to remember them.

The Marlin was given to me because it was a major problem child, by my young brother, who never really got into the firearms end of things.
Grandpooba got it for him....
Now I have to look after it to Grandpooba's standards....
You should see this guy's garage.

.....Enter Norinco JW-15A compact.
Over the years I came to the conclusion that I was still in need of a .22 that, well, I could love on a little more aggressively.

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I'll be the first to admit - I'm hard on my stuff.
That's just the way it is and I've come to accept it.

This little guy spoke to me.
After reading up, I ran back to see if it was still there a week later.
The funny thing was that, for some rediculous reason I literally found a 2 piece pool cue case months before that I cleaned up and stuck in the closet for no good reason. :shock:
I chalked it up to one of those "meant to be" things.

Thank you Jesus, this thing was a shooter!!
And handy! And tough as nails!!
A few months beforehand my uncle had given me a wee 2-7 Savage scope he had no use for and it fit like a freakin glove on this Chinese replica of certain Brno/cz rifles.
I couldn't believe my luck.


.......After feasting on squirrel with my nephew one weekend, I thought maybe he'd like his own rifle.
15 year old city boy, and in my eyes was way overdue so I asked my uncle about the gun that the Savage scope came off of.
I had been eyeballing this strange looking thing in his shop for months, collecting dust next to a brand new Savage Mark 1.

A 1968 Mossberg 352kb.
Now a Mossberg .22?!? What the.....
More reading.
As far as I know, last of the "magic" 7 shot magazine rifles that had adjustable feed lips for short, long, and long rifle 22 shells. A fold down forend, little finger grips in the wrist...
And also, supposedly, the fastest semiauto of its time.

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Verrrrrry innnnnnteresting!
Especially since the boy's father (days after I got the Mossberg home) let me know that he wanted to buy his son his first rifle.
Well... ok.
I'll get him another one some other time I guess, which might not happen anytime soon, unfortunately.
But fortunately for my nephew, I let him shoot any of my guns as much as he likes.
I got him shouldering my pump for the first time last camping trip...... This kid is going to be fun to hunt with. :D


Certainly, their function in my life has become something different than what they have to offer realistically.
I don't even use them all that often.....
But the memories created with them in the midst of the people I choose to surround myself with are long lasting and meaningful.
I believe those people I've made those memories with don't associate my firearms with threat, but with good times baby!
More so comradery. Safety. Intelligence. Trust.

There was a problem though.
The more guns I got, the more I thought about and studied, and the more I realized I was missing out..
And depriving myself, really.....
But, to me, I was off to a good start, lol.

More continuing......
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#5 Post by Camel73 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:42 pm

Thanks guys :)
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#6 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:49 am

Great post, it's always interesting to hear how other shooters view their firearms of choice and why. I too Google everything before and after I buy anything. :)
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#7 Post by Ray » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:39 am

okay.....string us along with .22s......

the finish better be your opus.....and hemingway quality.....
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#8 Post by Camel73 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:22 am

That's funny.
Yup, definitely more .22's. :D

The ones I found were not all that expensive - or free for that matter.
Basically, I can own an armfull of sweet .22's for the same price as another rifle (and not an expensive one! :wink: )

Your sweetnesses will differ from mine for sure.....
Personal taste is a funny thing.
It reminds me of a saying. Something along the lines of "Necessity is the mother of invention".
I'm pretty sure I own all my rifles for one reason or another, as frivolous as they might be, lol.

The best part is, I can get them pretty quiet for enjoyable sessions with the family and friends, and, they're a .22... not scary. Pretty much anyone would shoot a .22.
It's the gateway caliber, lol.
Then I ease them in with trailboss loads :twisted:

Now I have suitable shooters for many different scenarios.

After some thought, I figured - self... I'd rather have my boyscout single shot Mossberg with a handy-dandy loading ramp and extra safety in the hands of my supervisor's 13 year old daughter instead of one of my semiauto's with the safety right next to the trigger.
Know what I mean Vern? 8)

Hang in there guys! Only three more measly .22's to go!! lol.

Continuing........
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#9 Post by Tycer » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:37 am

This thread is useless without pictures. :wink:
Actually I like your writing. Pictures would be great though.
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#10 Post by Camel73 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:09 am

Memories of my younger days.....
Walking about the woods with rifle in hand. And, in this case, I had company - I couldn't get enough of grandpooba's rabbit stocked cooey 600.
Lol, that crazy rabbit.
I'd sit there in the forest and just look at it.
I'd think of the stories I was told when he was young.
These days, when I think of that rabbit, a lot more comes to mind than an image in a piece of wood.

Funny though. In all this time, I've never killed a rabbit.
While hiking I thought I saw two, ... ...ever.
Haha, wascally wabbits.
The way I see it, It'll give me something to figure out later, when I'm not so busy.


Like many of you I'm sure, I have this neat little gun shop that I like to stop in at, amidst the madness of my day.
I like the feel of this place, and enjoy perusing about there. I have found a few treasures among all the stuff and appreciate the knowledge and friendliness of the staff.

.......This day was one of those days.
I walked in earlier than usual and noticed right away the used gun rack looked different. I wasn't there for anything in particular, but that didn't stop me from sauntering over expectantly.

Nothing was overly interesting to me or gave me that lovin feelin till three-quarters of the way through the rack..... yes, a lovin feeling it was.
It pretty near leapt into my hands, and when I realized what I was holding..... ...well............
Someone may as well have just jumped out of the gun rack and slapped me in the face right there. :shock:
I was actually physically affected, lol.

A 1968 squirrel stocked Glenfield Model 60 with full length barrel and mag tube.
Golden.
Patina'd.
Perfectly worn with muted stories of years gone by...

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After I finally snapped out of it, I promptly asked of any known history on it. I was told, earlier that morning an attic find was plopped onto their counter, and the Glenfield was set out about a half an hour before I got there.
Seriously?!

When I got home I pulled all my rifles out and lined them up. Lol, what is happening?!? (With a big smile on my face). These things are beginning to multiply!
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........Enough of my young summers were spent scratching about an old and remote farm where I learned to appreciate the simpler things in life. Some of the more vivid memories are breaking fresh chicken eggs in my pockets getting back to the house, almost getting killed by the old sow, and missing a gopher with Grandpa.
I loved every second of it.
Well, except the gopher one. Boy oh boy, did I get an earful after that one.

An old single shot.22.....nice long 26" barrel, plain jane open sights..... Simple.
Cooey Model 75

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.......My Pa taught me as much as I could soak in about archery. He taught me stringwalking on his traditional bow untill I busted his rubber deer in half. Ya okay... it was on it's way out a little already but, still, I remember feeling a real sense of accomplishment with my new skill set at that point.
I soon got my own traditional set up, and eventually earned the privilege of his provincial finals compound target bow. Whoa.... dude.
I near shot the strings off that thing! And then I got some more for it 8) Target was great fun..... Gotta be in the blood, haha.

Hmmmm, target rifle eh?
Back to the rack!

What is this here..... hmmmm........ globe front......... mmmm.......... factory tapped for S330 receiver sight........ mmmhmmmm......... extra safety?......... what is that? loading port ramp?!...... wait, that's a duel pin in that globe.......... shiver me timbers.
Another Mossberg.

'68-'71 Mossberg 320BB .22 s-l-lr single shot.
Lol, possibly even a true boyscout target rifle. Who knows. All I know is, I'm grateful. And content.

And done buying .22s for a while :D

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#11 Post by Ray » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:30 am

keep this .22 business going too long and that model 70 better have slain a rare, record book beast or at least have provenance and bonifides such as keith or o'connor ownership or you're gonna lose your faithful readers.....
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#12 Post by Camel73 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:33 am

That's it...
That was the last one, er, second last I suppose.
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Re: Model 70 30-06 for the finish

#13 Post by ollogger » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:22 pm

HI Great post along with the stories that perked up a few memories from by gone years



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