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Old 11-21-2019, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default What’s the modern day equivalent of a classic deer rifle?

I think we can all relate to the appreciation for grandpa’s old Winchester 30-30 or Remington 700 deer rifle. It seems like those were two of the classics that our parents/grandparents had. I was wondering through, what do you think is the equivalent of that today? With all the plastic stocks being sold, I can’t imagine that our kids will look back with the sample level of fondness of seeing dad/grandpa hunting with a black plastic stock, but maybe I’m wrong.

Do you think there are any current rifles that in 30-50 years will be looked upon as those a classic? If so, what would it be? Do you think it’s still the Remington 700? Winchester Model 70?
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Old 11-21-2019, 09:58 PM   #2
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I see a classic firearm being one with a story behind it more than what the rifle is made of.
That being said, I tend to stay away from plastic stock rifles.
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Old 11-21-2019, 09:58 PM   #3
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Winchester 70
700 CDL/BDL
Weatherby Mark V Deluxe
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Nope. I don’t think it will change.
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:08 PM   #4
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I think the days of a “classic deer rifle” are being overrun by the tacti-cool fad and all the talk about gun bans.

To me any classic wood stocked rifle in a classic caliber qualifies as a “classic deer rifle”


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Old 11-22-2019, 05:06 AM   #5
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:09 AM   #6
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i think alot of people are gonna be saying ...Maaan ,those ruger americans were awesome!!
but maybe thats just me.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:15 AM   #7
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i think alot of people are gonna be saying ...Maaan ,those ruger americans were awesome!!
but maybe thats just me.
The Ruger Americans will likely be the new “Remington 788” or comparable.

I can see the first gen Remington sendero’s being the next classics.
The Winchester supergrades
The Remington cdl’s or laminated possibly
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:24 AM   #8
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I think what we look at as Classics today will still be in the future. Hopefully my grandson will still be shooting my 25-06 Custom Deluxe 700.

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Old 11-22-2019, 06:54 AM   #9
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Nothing with that ugly plastic!
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:00 AM   #10
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:14 AM   #11
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50 years from now our classic rifles will be in a dumpster from a buy back program.

Our next Democrat prez will ensure that.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:49 AM   #12
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:36 AM   #13
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Weatherby, Browning, Kimber-- all make rifles that will be classics. Plenty of others too.
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:57 AM   #14
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To the OP's question of what modern rifle today will be the "classic" rifle tomorrow, I agree that the Ruger American will probably fall into that category along with the Savage. They are affordable and are already prevalent in ownership. Add in that they are really accurate rifles is what puts them there. The classics of today (700, 70, .30-30, etc...) will be the antique of tomorrow. I think what makes a classic in the up and comer's eyes is who used the rifle before them. And with so many of those rifles being used now, they have a high chance of becoming the classic of tomorrow
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:03 AM   #15
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All the old folks I know bought what was cheap and worked.

That's how we ended up with the 30-30s and rem 700s.

I ended up with both of my grandpa's marlin 336 in .35 rem and his 700 in .270 Both are no frills meat getters.
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Old 11-22-2019, 02:04 PM   #16
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Older generations - I began hunting in the early 70s as a 9 year old- for the most part will believe highly in the classic Wood stock.
I have never shot a gun that is synthetic stock. I would not even consider purchasing one.
But that is me.
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:24 PM   #17
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:58 PM   #18
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WOOD!!!! And I don't have enough of 'em. An 80's model Marlin 336. My first long gun, an H&R single 20 with an extra 30-30 barrel. Also have a Savage I will turn into a classic when I get a walnut Boyd's stock to replace the current plastic one.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:34 PM   #19
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In my opinion, based on what the op asked I would have to say it may end up being a rifle , bolt or semi auto, chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor.

That cartridge really has taken off the last few years and no matter what the platform used to launch it I think it will end up being a classic.


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Old 11-22-2019, 10:53 PM   #20
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Wait. The Remington 700, 30.06 that I've been using for only 40 years is a classic??!! Don't seem like its that old......
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:57 PM   #21
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Nothing with that ugly plastic!
Thank you!!!!!!!! I hate the plastic junk these days..
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:01 PM   #22
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If it is made of all metal(no plastic anywhere)and pretty WOOD then it is a classic because those are a thing of the past it seems...
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Old 11-23-2019, 12:13 AM   #23
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In my opinion, based on what the op asked I would have to say it may end up being a rifle , bolt or semi auto, chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor.

That cartridge really has taken off the last few years and no matter what the platform used to launch it I think it will end up being a classic.


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A classic with girly men!





I have 2 near and dear custom rifles. A 7 mag built on a defiance deviant hunter with a proof barrel. And a 300 win mag with a bartlien 5R on a Ruger action. The ruger action was part of the first gun I bought myself. It’s sentimental. My daughter will get both I hope someday. That’s a classic for me. “Dads gun”. Yeah there’s pretty wood stocked guns. And I have several. But none mean to me what those do.

Folks seem to be chasing cheap accurate guns over quality built pretty rifles like the “classics” y’all are talking about. But there’s lots of Sakos. Weatherby. Browning etc our there that’ll be tried and true for a long long time and they look the part.
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:04 AM   #24
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:20 AM   #25
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I don’t think it has or will change at all. A solid, accurate bolt gun is still relevant and practical for a hunting. I don’t see anything changing that anytime soon.

Every house hold should have both a good deer rifle and an ar15. Multiple of each being preferred.


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Old 11-24-2019, 10:11 AM   #26
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My dads Savage 99 in 25-35 Winchester that I took my first deer with.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:16 AM   #27
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Wait. The Remington 700, 30.06 that I've been using for only 40 years is a classic??!! Don't seem like its that old......
yep...my dad bought me one when I was in high school. I upgraded the scope, but still use it every year. It is one of only 2 rifles that I own. Can only use one at time. lol
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:01 AM   #28
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Nothing wrong with a synthetic stock, just don’t like the ones that look like they belong on a bb gun, or the so-called “long range” stocks with the fugly pistol grips and adjustable cheek piece. Walnut and blued steel will always appeal to me more than composite and stainless.

I think the classics of today will remain the classics of the near future, say the next 20 years or so. Personally, although I own several, the ARs will never be “classic” to me. They are simply the best tools for some jobs. I’ve killed two axis does with one of my 6.8s, but they are my go-to rifles for hogs and coyotes. My two cents.
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Old 11-24-2019, 06:51 PM   #29
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I'd like to say my tikka hunter will be my kids kids rifle, just like me having my grandpas 3030 and savage 99 in 308.. but then I have to agree with the above I think the budget rifles will end up in their hands.. savage axis, rem 700, ruger American rifles
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:15 PM   #30
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I'd like to say my tikka hunter will be my kids kids rifle, just like me having my grandpas 3030 and savage 99 in 308.. but then I have to agree with the above I think the budget rifles will end up in their hands.. savage axis, rem 700, ruger American rifles
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Old 11-26-2019, 02:17 AM   #31
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I think the Remington 700's will always be a classic.Cooper rifles too.
I've got a couple of synthetics,and they serve a purpose.Coyote hunting,and carrying a long way,at times.
I love my wood paper punchers/comfy deer stand guns.

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Old 11-26-2019, 08:35 AM   #32
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Winchester 70
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Nope. I don’t think it will change.
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:43 AM   #33
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Classic to me... is ANYTHING blued steel and wood.
Nothing like the old Marlins, Winchesters and Savage 99's. Those guns were made when they were making guns. Not cost effective products.
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:02 AM   #34
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I think the Remington 700's will always be a classic.Cooper rifles too.
I've got a couple of synthetics,and they serve a purpose.Coyote hunting,and carrying a long way,at times.
I love my wood paper punchers/comfy deer stand guns.

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I agree with the Coopers but the average guy these days goes to with a $300-$500 Academy special and calls it good. Companies have figured a way to make them more accurate than yesteryear. Different strokes for different folks. I have 5 Coopers that my wife and daughters will get when I am gone.
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