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Old 04-11-2021, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Would you take a family heirloom (rifle) hunting?

I've got my grandfather's Sako Finnbear 7mm Mag from the 1970's, after he passed away. The thing doesn't have a mark on it and was never shot. It's beautiful light wood. My uncles suggested taking it on my elk hunt this fall, because my grandfather would have wanted me to take it...I'll never sell it, so the monetary value of mint condition doesn't mean anything to me. It's a beautiful rifle, just not sure taking it on horseback in the mountains for a week is best for it.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:48 PM   #2
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Guns are made to be used and shot. Why try to preserve its condition if youíre not gonna sell it?


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Old 04-11-2021, 08:50 PM   #3
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I'd take it. You don't plan on selling it so what harm does minor wear and tear do? Use but don't abuse. If it was never shot maybe start a log of animals taken with it to be passed down through the future generations.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:52 PM   #4
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Guns are made to be used and shot. Why try to preserve its condition if youíre not gonna sell it?


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You hit the nail on the head!
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:53 PM   #5
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You'll get a variety of opinions...to me a mint all original VALUABLE family heirloom would stay that way while in my possession. I'll let who I pass it down to decide the end fate.

I have my great grandmothers's deer rifle in a 722 / 257 roberts...it has a cut down stock & a small imbedded compass my great gramp installed for her to get back to camp in the grip cap area. I refinished the wood & don't know how many first time kills the rifle has had in the last 30 years since I've owned it.

If the gun had been minty, it would be minty today...ymmv.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:53 PM   #6
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I would take it to the deer blind. Once. Wrapped in bubble wrap.

Modern rifles have come a long way when dealing with the mountains, and that rifle is for me to remember my grandfather, not chuck down a mountainside
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:02 PM   #7
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your grandfather started it and you should finish it . (what he would want you to do with it ) isnt that why you ended up with it ?
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:03 PM   #8
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Hunt it!
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:05 PM   #9
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It's a case by case basis...I have a Remington Wingmaster that dates back to the second year they were produced. It's over 70 years old, but still cycles like a dream, so it goes out. It's got a cracked stock and blemishes all around, so I'm fine with using it.

The other is a 1100 LT left eject that was my Dad's favorite gun. I'll take it to hunt one day for memories sack, then it goes back in the safe.

But if either of them were kept in pristine condition by the previous relative, I'd try to maintain that condition as best I could as a way of showing respect to them.

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Old 04-11-2021, 09:15 PM   #10
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Every gun I have inherited was well used before I got them. I don't always take them afield with me but they do get taken.

Mint would be tough to take into the mountains.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:21 PM   #11
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Absolutely, I would as long as it was in good working order. If somebody thinks enough of you to will you a firearm they probably wouldnít want it any other way.


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Old 04-11-2021, 09:25 PM   #12
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Absolutely!
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:28 PM   #13
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You'll get a variety of opinions...to me a mint all original VALUABLE family heirloom would stay that way while in my possession. I'll let who I pass it down to decide the end fate.

I have my great grandmothers's deer rifle in a 722 / 257 roberts...it has a cut down stock & a small imbedded compass my great gramp installed for her to get back to camp in the grip cap area. I refinished the wood & don't know how many first time kills the rifle has had in the last 30 years since I've owned it.

If the gun had been minty, it would be minty today...ymmv.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:30 PM   #14
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I wouldn't take it
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:34 PM   #15
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I have done this myself. I got my grandpas 8mm mauser he brought back from WW2. He used it to bring deer meat back to the platoon. Granted it's not a pristine rifle or collectable by any means but still in good condition. I bring it out to hunt when a special hunt to me comes up. It's a tool he used and I plan on continuing to use it as such. For me I just won't over use it and make sure it's in good order for the next generation of our family to do the same with it.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:37 PM   #16
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Life just doesn't hand you things. You have to get out there and make things happen(!!!@#$). That's the exciting part.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:38 PM   #17
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I have several heirloom guns I take hunting from time to time,none of them mint but I enjoy hunting with them and reminisce a bit on my grandparents.I think they would want me to put them to good use and keep the traditions alive and well.PowPow. PowPow
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:42 PM   #18
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Use it. I use my great grandpas savage 99 300 savage/.410.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:45 PM   #19
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Use it for sure!
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:47 PM   #20
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My opinion (since you asked) is that the story started with him and he honored you to continue the story. Go shoot it and add to it! If it never leaves the family, it’ll be exponential!
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:47 PM   #21
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You should use it. I use most of my heirloom guns every year, not because I need to but rather because it reminds me of my dad and hunting with family. I've bought far lighter, more accurate rifles that I should take but the memories each gun carries when I take it to the field are priceless.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:50 PM   #22
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Take it on the hunt, when you look at it, you will think of your grandfather and the good times. If you get a scratch, every time you see it, it will remind you of its history. He would have wanted you to use it.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:02 PM   #23
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Not me. Grandpa’s rifle gets a display. I got others.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:13 PM   #24
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swap out the stock for the hunt
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:21 PM   #25
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Grandpa would be glad if you took it. It’s like taking him along with you.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:27 PM   #26
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I take my grandpaís old sako forester in 243 hunting every year. All my kids have taken there first deer with it along with my wife. When he gave me the rifle a yr before he passed he told me to enjoy the rifle. Itís was to be used not just sit in a closet or safe. He gave me his load recipe and itís taken a deer every year since. Every time I hold that rifle I canít help but think of our time together talking guns, reloading or hunting together. Use it! If not on the elk hunt use it where you can be more careful if scratches are what will bother ya. I think he would be looking down with a big ol grin knowing youíre enjoying that rifle making memories.


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Old 04-11-2021, 11:36 PM   #27
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I couldnít imagine why he would want that to be put in a safe and passed on without a shot fired! I say take it and enjoy the hunt! Share the story with your kids and pass it along.


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Old 04-11-2021, 11:45 PM   #28
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It is in mint condition from 50 years ago, if it was me I would leave it that way. Maybe later in life on of your children will have a mint 100 year old gun and the story behind it. I carry fiberglass or synthetic stocked guns on the mountain but wood will work as well. Either way enjoy.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:02 AM   #29
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Hunt that rascal!
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Old 04-12-2021, 04:11 AM   #30
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I've got 2 guns that were passed down. One, a Remington 1100 20ga. I cleaned it, shot a limit of dove with it, and it hasn't been shot since. The other, a Winchester .264, I bought a box of bullets, shot 2 at paper, 1 doe, and put it back in the safe along with 17 bullets. I don't know if I'll ever shoot them again, but I did at least want to hunt them both at least once.

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Old 04-12-2021, 04:52 AM   #31
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I have the same rifle from my great grandfather I have used it but but don’t use it much but I don’t shoot deer with a rifle very often
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Old 04-12-2021, 04:59 AM   #32
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All day long. What kind of history do you want to pass on to your son? “Here son. This is yours now. Keep it in the gun safe and don’t ever scratch it”. So yes, use and take care of it. No matter how hard you try sooner or later your gonna scratch it. May as well be sooner.

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Old 04-12-2021, 05:03 AM   #33
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What a cool history it would be to have a mint rifle no one ever used or killed anything with said no one ever.

Somebody has to make that history.
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:11 AM   #34
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I have my Dad's old Browning BAR in 270. It's a gorgeous gun that he took really good care of, and it's got some rounds through it but you'd never know it just looking at it. I hunt with it a few times every year and have killed a few deer with it. I think it'd be cool for you to take it....just keep it in a case and be careful with it. I was almost scared to hunt with this one when I first inherited it, but find myself using it more and more as the years go by. It's hard to explain, but definitely a connection to him when I carry it. I enjoy hunting with it now.
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:44 AM   #35
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I have my grandpa's 410 he squirrel hunted with. He passed away when I was 8. I take it to the woods occasionally and have a sit with my grandpa. I'm not sure I'd take it on horseback into the mountains but I'd dern sure take it hunting.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:48 AM   #36
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:04 AM   #37
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I would hunt with it in the right situation without a doubt. A stand or vehicle type hunt were I carried it in a soft case to and from..
I would not take it on an Elk hunt, or any other hunt, where its stands a decent chance of getting banged or scratched.. Damaging it would make me sick..
Just my 2 cents...

The deep, high shine, bluing on those old Finnbears is second to none... Best I've ever seen..

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Old 04-12-2021, 08:05 AM   #38
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Take it to the woods! You can always get it restored down the road if needed.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:37 AM   #39
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I wouldn’t hunt with it..
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:59 AM   #40
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Not sure why everyone thinks something will happen to it hunting in the mountains, haven't had any issues in years.
Take it and hunt with it, who will get it after you ? Do you think it will have great sentimental value to them ?
As a hunter I want my rifles to hunt, not sit in a safe.

Memories made with that rifle will last you a lifetime.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:16 AM   #41
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Personally I like to think about the stories a rifle carries by the character of said rifle. Especially when I know someone in the family had it in previous generations. Using it doesn’t usually mean trashing it. I’d use it imho if only adds to the sentimental value.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:19 AM   #42
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I take mine along a couple of times a year. Just adds to the story for me.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:27 AM   #43
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hunt it! think of all the memories you can make with that rifle and then pass those down for someone else to pick it up and add to the list.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:32 AM   #44
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Absolutely, no point in it collecting dust in the closet. I try to take my grandfather's gun out at least once a year. It was his first hunting rifle and is probably over 60 years old but still shoots great and I love hunting with it!
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:40 AM   #45
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To the OP--

You asked for thoughts on your situation with the rifle and have received numerous responses. Bottom line is it is YOUR decision to make. Whatever puts a smile on YOUR face should be the correct answer.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:57 AM   #46
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I had a cousin who lived to be 104. He had some nice antique Winchester saddle guns that were stolen from his home. Someday, your heirs, or their heirs, will sell the rifle after you're dead and turn it into cash.

Read the Arabian Nights story about the man who cried when the huge store of gold he had jealously guarded was stolen from under his house. He was asked "Why are you crying? You never did anything with it anyway."

Your life is your window of time. Would your dad would want you to hunt with it, or just look at it and hold it like a rare coin investment.

I hunt with my grandfather's 7X57 Oberndorf Mauser with set trigger and Cape Buffalo butt plate. Had it glass bedded to make it shoot better. I feel like he goes with me when I hunt with it.

If you are more worried about its value as an asset, keep it in your safe and use your other guns.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:57 AM   #47
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I'll post a picture of it here in just a sec. I think I'm going to start by shooting it on my range and see how it feels and go from there. I specifically bought a .300win mag for this hunt (keep in mind I haven't rifle hunted in 20yrs for the most part until my aoudad hunt), so I have other options but it has to at least be shot on the range.

Additionally, my uncle said he would give me the matching Finnbear and if I get that other matching 7mm Mag in my hands, I'll use one, safe queen the other.

All of my rifles etc...will be going to my only son, who's just 5 now. Hopefully we have a lot of life to hunt and share these family things.
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:07 AM   #48
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There is no other greater feeling than killing animals with a rifle passed down from family generations before you. When your son gets older and big enough to shoot that rifle, it would be just as memorable and exciting to see him kill a deer with that rifle as it was for you and possibly even more so.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:24 PM   #49
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I would. I might get a synthetic stock just so I wasn't as worried about scratching the original up.

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Old 04-12-2021, 12:55 PM   #50
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Definitely. Been hunting plenty of times with my granddadís Model 99.
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