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Old 12-14-2009, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Spring time is coming up in a few short months. I'm looking forward to it. One of the reasons why is because I think I'm going to take a roadtrip to Canada for the spring hunting season of black bears. Plus missed it this year, the caribou migration actually started early so no need to even try going to that.

But as a birthday and Christmas present to the most awesome person in the world, Me, I got myself some gun porn.



What's not broken shouldn't be fixed, right? Look at the Mauser. Solid bolt, rugged and durable product with the accuracy of Ron Jeremy. It's a great platform. Ruger pretty much cloned these with their M77, a few tweeks here and there like the 3-part safety but all in all it's really just a sexy Mauser.





I've been going through my brain here and there on which rifle to get, I wanted to have it for multiple uses of game (bear, caribou, deer, etc.) so chose .30-06. It's available everywhere and probably will be forever, so no worries there. And I mean it's everywhere, if on a trip and there's no Bass Pro Shop then just hit up a hardware store chances are they might actually carry some of this ammo.

Reading about accuracy, longevity, etc. on different guns from Savage, Remington, and all but honestly Ruger won out. I don't find any gripes about its accuracy (many reviews are sub moa), the simplicity of design is wunderbar, the familiarity of the design means I already know how to break it down and clean/maintain without even having to look at a manual, the mechanisms also I'm familiar with so smooth operation of the bolt and great with the trigger. And above all bought it used on consignment. Somebody bought it for a trip, fired 4 rounds to center it, missed the trip and decided to dump it off. So I got this thing cheap and as close to new as possible for a used firearm.

I'm gonna look sexy as 70's bush in a bear skin rug. Rawr!
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 77 mark II in 30-06 with the tang safety

Its is quite sweet and will drop anything on the continent
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice rifle. Congrads on the purchase and hope you enjoy it.

As close as I am going to get anytime soon was finding a box of 9mm ball in stock at Wal Mart yesterday and picking that up for my "break in case of Zombies" box. Still haven't found any .40...and I want to shoot my Glock, badly.
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Its is quite sweet and will drop anything on the continent
That's one thing I'm wondering about. Not BIG game like in Africa (like Rhinos and Elephants), but this Continent I'm thinking about 1 really big game and that's Moose. They have a lot of muscle, a lot of mass. I question if this would be good enough to put one of them down. I've never really read into anything about Moose hunting and what would be the minimum required to tag it.

And then I'll have to figure out how to carry that back out of the wilderness. A couple hundred pounds of deer is manageable. But 20 ton of Moose... I think I need assistance.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, nice rifle you got there. I just got a rifle as a Christmas and birthday present for myself as well.

What scope did you put on it?

Also, I don't think you should worry about putting down moose with that. A .30-06 is stronger than the Russian 7.62x54R and the Russians have been taking down game as large as bear with it. So with the right shot placement I don't think you'd have to worry.
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Living in AK I know about big-azz animals and how they react to a 30-06. I've never ever seen nor heard of any animal (and that includes bear) walking away from a well-placed 180-grain bullet from a 30-06. My dad carries a Ruger M77 international in 30-06 wherever he goes to defend against bear.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i love my browning. its a 30-06. its my favorite rifle in my collection.
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That's one thing I'm wondering about. Not BIG game like in Africa (like Rhinos and Elephants), but this Continent I'm thinking about 1 really big game and that's Moose. They have a lot of muscle, a lot of mass. I question if this would be good enough to put one of them down. I've never really read into anything about Moose hunting and what would be the minimum required to tag it.

And then I'll have to figure out how to carry that back out of the wilderness. A couple hundred pounds of deer is manageable. But 20 ton of Moose... I think I need assistance.
I have really funny story about moose.

In the next town over from where I grew up the son of this CHinese business man(1st gen Canadian) wanted to become more Canadian so he went and took his firearms safety course and got himself a .22 ruger. He then said he was going to go hunting for a deer. Now this kid didn't have a scrap of outdoorsmenship in him so everyone figured he'd come back later that night cold and discouraged. Anyway two days later he rolls into town his light pickup sitting extremely low. He stops infront of one of his fathers resturants and goes in for a meal.

Department of lands and forests are driving thru town when they see something furry in the back of his truck. They stop and find a moose in the back. So they wait until he gets out and ask where he got the moose.(Here in mainland Nova Scotia they're an endangered species)

He replies "Moose whats a moose this is a hairy deer I shot it."

The two lands and forests guys are astounded they think hes pulling their legs. SO they ask what he shot it with. When he shows them they decide between themselves that they can't charge him because no person that knew what a moose is would be silly to try and take one down with a .22. They also asked him how he got the moose on the back of the truck. He said thats what took him the extra day.


BTW love the stock on the m77.
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