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Over the last 8 years i have played with 14 different guns. 5 of them are are my toys until i decide i don't need them ?
I play with them until i find a good load and do little things to them to try to improve on how they shoot?
2 308 Wins,1 30-06,2 in lines[had 4 of them] and 1 Lyman Deer Stalker have been given away to my sons and Grandson. I have a thing for triggers on factory guns. I change them if i can't adjust them and do a bedding job on most of them.
What is outstanding ,to me,is all of these guns have taken deer after i have given them to the kids. Well now they all have good guns and i have run out of family to give them to. Even the Lyman and all 4 in lines have taken deer.
Besides these 6 i have my own few that are all tuned up and shoot well.
Little Bill,my Grandson turned 5 years old today, i have given a 22,a 20 gauge shot gun! I gave his father a 308 so he can pass on an old 30-30 Marlin i gave him to keep it for him. I gave the 30-30 to him 25 years ago and it still looks like new but a little faded from being in the woods.
Just for something to i still maintain all their guns and we go shoot them when we can.
NOW WHAT ? I don't need anymore deer rifles so i have to figure out what to play with next ?
Black powder rifles have taken my interest now! I think i will just play with Flint lock rifles?
What do you folks think about that ?
 

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Between rifles, shotguns and pistols I have over 35 pieces. To stop buying guns I brought a boat..... that uses up enough of my play money I now think before I purchase anymore firearms :)
 

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Flintlocks will keep you occupied. Buy the parts, learn how to finish the wood and brown the metal. Inlet the lock and barrel. Learn all about the different kind of flints and how to make them work. Experiment with patches and different lubes and then learn to make powder horns and possibles bags. There's a lot more but that list should keep you busy for awhile.
And to give you a definite goal. Make and personalize a flinter for each of the people you gave modern guns to.
 

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Flintlocks are a ton of fun, but if you want to entertain yourself a bit longer with center fires increase the distance, doing that an trying to achieve extreme accuracy will keep you busy for many more years
 
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