Oldest rifle you have that is shot often

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Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:19 am
I shoot my Martini-Enfield about 5 or 6 times a year. As I recall it has a manufacture date of 1884.
It is .577x.450 Martini but I use a subcaliber device and shoot .45 LC for a whole lot le$$. Very fun to "bullet launch" with. When I do, actually, fire a .577-450 round from the rifle, that is exactly what it is doing, "launching" a lead slug downrange. Low and slow. LOL I know the brits used to complain about the recoil on this rifle but, compared to Mausers, Lee-Enfields, Mosin-Nagants or (good GRAVY) those Austrian Mannlicher MONSTERS, the recoil of the Martini is pretty mild. It sort of rolls back. I could shoot it all day long if I had too.
I had a beautiful 1895 Austrian Mannlicher, 8x54 I think. Nazi ammo with swastika stamps. I shot it 3 times. At the range a visiting marine wanted to shoot it I warned him and handed it over. After he fired it he handed it back and turned away quickly, but not before I saw the tears. I kept it a couple of years just because it was so beautifully made. Then I swapped it.
BINGO! That thing is lightweight and simply beautiful in your hands. The low weight is part of its problem, BTW. You load it up, throw it to your shoulder, squeeze the trigger, pick yourself up off the ground and try to figure out where you are and what truck hit you???
No freaking wonder the Austrians didn't even try to offer resistance to the Nazis, with a weapon like that as their MBR? "I give up, just don't make me shoot that thing!!!"
Mine was a carbine. Factory job. 10" off the infantry barrel. Worst than 10 ga slugs in the H&B shotgun.
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Nothing fancy or hi-power but fun nonetheless, my dad surprised me with a used Ruger 10/22 rifle when I was 16 years old. I don't know exactly how old it was when I got it, but 30+ years later it's still fun and it still shoots just fine.
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The oldest I have and still shoot is a JC Higgins M41(?) single shot 22 that "Santa" brought me in about 55 or 56. The oldest I've ever shot was an 1853 Enfield Muzzleloader 58 caliber. I do have a reproduction, but it just isn't the same as shooting that original!
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I have a 1870 Italian Vetterli but I have never had ammunition for it and I am not sure that I would trust i...oh yeah, I would shoot that thing! :clap:
I have a buddy that shoots his 41 Swiss Vet quite often, he told me once how he forms brass and it wasn't that complicated....damned if I can remember now though.
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I pretty regularly shoot an 1870 Remington #1 rolling block in 50/70 government caliber. It's fun, and Dixie gun works had brass so I can reload for it. Actually pretty accurate if one allows for the high and right offset hit.
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I don't have anything antique or C&R
I do have a couple Browning Superposed 12 gauge O/Us that are from the 50's
Really like them.
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This is the worst kicker I have, 1930's era Husqvarna '98 that was rechambered from 9.3x57 to 9.3x62.
286gr pill at 2500fps for around 4000ft/lbs of muzzle energy. Off the bench it's brutal, but it does shoot.
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I REALLY want to get my paws on a Springfield 1892-99 Kraj-Jorgensen. When I was a young soldier, in Alaska, you could buy them off the rack, at the local gun store on Muldoon, for $80 bucks, all day long. I looked and looked but never "pulled the trigger." If I knew then, what I knew now, I would have bought one every freaking pay check!! And an M! Garand once a quarter!
Oh well, hindsight is, as they say, 20/20. I still wish I had gotten my mitts on one of these historical pieces. Still might, it'll just set me back far more $$$.
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I used to have a Persian Mauser in 8mm . I need to buy it back . I believe it was from the mid/late 30s . The action on it was spectacular and it was dead on balls accurate .

Right now, I think my Ted Williams 30.06 is my oldest. It's been my hunting rifle for some time .
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