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Posted: 12/25/2005 7:19:02 PM EDT
Man, this is what Christmas is all about. I bought my son a Remington 30.06 700 BDL and he loved it. My wife and I handled it just like A Christmas Story -- we waited until he opened all of his other smaller gifts and then told him to look behind the couch. He was elated and kept thanking us with tears in his eyes. He is going to spend some of his Christmas money on a case for his new rifle.

This is the best of all. He said he is going to sleep with it in his bed tonight. I think I have created a new gun nut.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:20:19 PM EDT
right on.....good to hear those type of storys
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:20:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:22:11 PM EDT
Sweet!
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:28:07 PM EDT
Cannot go wrong with Remington 700 series but why not A multitask rifle next year

Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:32:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:37:14 PM EDT
Good job! I'll bet a lot of kids his age got gameboys and other nonsensical shit!

Teach him how to wring it out!!!!

Ho, ho, ho!
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:52:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 7:52:41 PM EDT by raven]
He should be happy, you gave him a real nice gun. Good going!
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 7:58:49 PM EDT
I remember my first rifle. A Lakefield Mossberg 'Plinker'.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:02:26 PM EDT
That was my first "real" rifle, my dad's old 700 in 30.06. This past Christmas out of the blue he gave me a custom made 7mm Mag built by a gunsmith he had known for years who just passed away. Its the totally unexpected part that really sticks in my mind and he will remember the gift for the rest of his life. Good job
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:03:19 PM EDT
That's a great story!

Congrats!



HH
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:06:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 8:08:15 PM EDT by the_great_snag]
Good for you! I got my 14 year old a Mossberg 12 gauge pump! he loved it! Next on the list (probably for Easter) is a good .30-06 or .308...

Then I'm gonna break him in on reloading. I already let him seat bullets and do case prep, but I'm gonna break him in on working up loads and testing them at the range.

Did you scope it or is he gonna start out with iron sights?

Excellent choice of caliber btw... I'm a big believer in .30 or bigger for deer (after shooting dozens with all different calibers), and the .30-06 is about as perfect as it gets in my book!

Try working up 165 Nosler Ballistic Tips over IMR 4350. You can look up the data anywhere, so I'm not gonna stick my neck out and give you a charge weight, but my '06 will shoot under 1.5 inches at 200 with it and it's just a department store cheapo pushfeed M70!

It's ALMOST as accurate as my 16" AR's! One 5.56 and a 6.8 SPC...

OH, and it's a death ray on deer. Like hitting them with a giant flyswatter!
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:13:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 8:16:32 PM EDT by Midnight-Sniper]

Originally Posted By the_great_snag:
Good for you! I got my 14 year old a Mossberg 12 gauge pump! he loved it! Next on the list (probably for Easter) is a good .30-06 or .308...

Then I'm gonna break him in on reloading. I already let him seat bullets and do case prep, but I'm gonna break him in on working up loads and testing them at the range.

Did you scope it or is he gonna start out with iron sights?

Excellent choice of caliber btw... I'm a big believer in .30 or bigger for deer (after shooting dozens with all different calibers), and the .30-06 is about as perfect as it gets in my book!

Try working up 165 Nosler Ballistic Tips over IMR 4350. You can look up the data anywhere, so I'm not gonna stick my neck out and give you a charge weight, but my '06 will shoot under 1.5 inches at 200 with it and it's just a department store cheapo pushfeed M70!

It's ALMOST as accurate as my 16" AR's! One 5.56 and a 6.8 SPC...

OH, and it's a death ray on deer. Like hitting them with a giant flyswatter!



Right now it has iron sights, but he will get a scope for his birthday next month. I'm currently thinking a Leupold Vari X 2 or 3.

I chose 30.06 because I have a Winchester Model 70 30.06 and the three other people my son and I will hunt with next season also have .06s. It makes sense in case he runs out of ammo in the field or forgets his rounds back at the pickup. In my opinion, it is the best all around caliber for deer, elk, moose, and bear -- all of the animals we hunt about 30 miles away.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:32:20 PM EDT
That makes excellent sense, and I agree wholeheartedly on the your opinion of the 30-06. The more new cartridges they make the more I'm convinced they will never find one as versatile, other than Maybe the .308 and the .375 H&H...

One other thought. I also hunt with a crew of .30-06 guys. I brainwashed them all. Anyway, we try to make sure to all carry the same load whenever possible for the very reason you mentioned. For instance, we might all carry Rem 165 core-lokts or whatever...

This year though I worked up my super load and my buddy's gun showed pressure signs (we were both under the book's max loading btw) about a full grain lighter than mine, so we each carried our own loads.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:35:15 PM EDT
Good job Dad.

And if you need any other orphan kids for next year..........
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:35:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 8:36:20 PM EDT by 101_proof]
Cool man. I got one of these for my daughter.



She's not all that excited about it yet seeing as she is only 5 months old but the Fisher Price crib thing is a big hit.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 8:39:13 PM EDT
Just be careful that it doesn't have any sharp edges and that she can't swallow it and you should be fine. I'd hate for you to have Ralph Nader's cronies show up at your door! he he he
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 9:07:19 PM EDT
Wow! you just brought back a memory. Christmas 1955 or 56 when I was about 9, I was given a replica of a springfield 1903 rifle I took it to bed with me every night slung over my shoulder clunking on the steps and banging on the walls as I went up the stairs to go to bed. It was assembled by the Paris Parade Rifle company. I looked just like the ones that I saw in the movies on TV. It had a real leather USGI surplus sling. Living in the city of Chicago no one had a BB gun. I did not get that till many years later after moving to the suburbs.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 10:31:10 PM EDT
Good job on the gift. Firearms teach youngsters responsibility. Pass the tradition on.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 3:37:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 101_proof:
Cool man. I got one of these for my daughter.

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She's not all that excited about it yet seeing as she is only 5 months old but the Fisher Price crib thing is a big hit.



Is that 'Bub' or just any zombie?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:33:30 AM EDT
Been buying my boy guns for several years. He's now in the Army.

Always a priceless reaction.

First was a stainless 10-22, then a Beretta, next came his graduation gift, (Thanks SteyrAug), A Serbu .50, and last year his first AR-15, by Bushy.

Never get tired of seeing his face when he opens them up.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 4:47:11 AM EDT
"You'll shoot your eye out kid!"



MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your son!!!
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