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Old 10-08-2014, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Well the time has come :

In the last six months I've gotten rid of: 375 H&H; Colt SSA 45 colt 7 1/2"; pair of Weatherby Athena O&U, 12 & 20; S&W Mdl 29 44 Mag; Sako Finnbear 7mm Mag; ---------hard to do, but daughter has no interest in them (and there "ain't no buddy else")..... and I don't want 'em sold for pennies/on/the/dollar after I'm gone........so I took the money and Pre-Paid my Funeral expenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always have been a "Planner" ........I'm not leavin' ANY TIME SOON.... BUT, it's just like havin' my .45 Sig on the night stand: "Better to have it there and not need it"-----than "Need it and not have it there

Gonna hang on to a few favorites (1961 Sako Forester 243; Rem 700 Alaskan in .338 and The Montana Centennial (1889/1989) 1 of 2000, 1886 Winchester in 45/70 (Plus my 1st gun in 1941: a Win Mdl 74 .22cal, and my last purchase: a Sig 1911 C3 45ACP...................the rest have gotta go!
She will take the Gun Safe though, all 900 pounds if it..HaHaHa

Also talked to Cabelas about maybe making a package deal on some mounted trophies..:Kodiak Bear, Caribou (2); Canadian Timber Wolf; Alaskan Moose; Canadian Black Bear; (2) Montana White Tail.) ............. Daughter just doesn't have room in her house.................

I've got no complaints, life's been good.....been damn lucky and my cup has ALWAYS been "Half-Full".

CARPE DIEM
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:23 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Sad, but I admire your well-grounded self-honesty.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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That is kinda sad, Griz. Am gettin' close to that point in life myself (turn 70 in December).

Luckily I have two sons & 3 grandsons who will inherit the 60+ guns out of my collection (half antiques, half modern).

Sometime soon I'll have them all up to the house to pick what they want & label them accordingly. That way there won't be any squabbling after I shuffle off this mortal coil. Will make it some kind of drawing so as to be fair.

We'll do the same with the household goods & personal stuff.

PS - Your Colt SAA .45 would've interested me. I only have one (a Texas Commemorative), but would still like to get another for a shooter.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:57 AM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Griz- Your life is one well spent! I admire you.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Well the time has come :

In the last six months I've gotten rid of: 375 H&H; Colt SSA 45 colt 7 1/2"; pair of Weatherby Athena O&U, 12 & 20; S&W Mdl 29 44 Mag; Sako Finnbear 7mm Mag; ---------hard to do, but daughter has no interest in them (and there "ain't no buddy else")..... and I don't want 'em sold for pennies/on/the/dollar after I'm gone........so I took the money and Pre-Paid my Funeral expenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always have been a "Planner" ........I'm not leavin' ANY TIME SOON.... BUT, it's just like havin' my .45 Sig on the night stand: "Better to have it there and not need it"-----than "Need it and not have it there

Gonna hang on to a few favorites (1961 Sako Forester 243; Rem 700 Alaskan in .338 and The Montana Centennial (1889/1989) 1 of 2000, 1886 Winchester in 45/70 (Plus my 1st gun in 1941: a Win Mdl 74 .22cal, and my last purchase: a Sig 1911 C3 45ACP...................the rest have gotta go!
She will take the Gun Safe though, all 900 pounds if it..HaHaHa

Also talked to Cabelas about maybe making a package deal on some mounted trophies..:Kodiak Bear, Caribou (2); Canadian Timber Wolf; Alaskan Moose; Canadian Black Bear; (2) Montana White Tail.) ............. Daughter just doesn't have room in her house.................

I've got no complaints, life's been good.....been damn lucky and my cup has ALWAYS been "Half-Full".

CARPE DIEM

You have good tastes. I'm sure the rest of the collection will fetch what you need to say goodbye. I've been stocking up for my kids since they were born and now that they are in their early 20's, it's time to hand them over to them. Went quick. The idea is that they would have a modicum of guns to start their own collections.

Each of them will get a shotgun or two, two pistols, some .22 rifles, and a few deer rifles. A start. After that, I'm going to start collecting the ones I've always wanted. A Tika, An M1 Springfield, Carbine, and the perfect .45 for me. I guess I'm really shifting but, in another 20 years I'll be handing those off as well.

At the end of the road, I will always have my trusty ruger 10/22, marlin 30-30, a Mossberg 12 gauge and maybe an 870 and a Smith and Wesson 686 plus, boot grip. It's just too hard to say goodbye to all of it
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Well the time has come :

In the last six months I've gotten rid of: 375 H&H; Colt SSA 45 colt 7 1/2"; pair of Weatherby Athena O&U, 12 & 20; S&W Mdl 29 44 Mag; Sako Finnbear 7mm Mag; ---------hard to do, but daughter has no interest in them (and there "ain't no buddy else")..... and I don't want 'em sold for pennies/on/the/dollar after I'm gone........so I took the money and Pre-Paid my Funeral expenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always have been a "Planner" ........I'm not leavin' ANY TIME SOON.... BUT, it's just like havin' my .45 Sig on the night stand: "Better to have it there and not need it"-----than "Need it and not have it there

Gonna hang on to a few favorites (1961 Sako Forester 243; Rem 700 Alaskan in .338 and The Montana Centennial (1889/1989) 1 of 2000, 1886 Winchester in 45/70 (Plus my 1st gun in 1941: a Win Mdl 74 .22cal, and my last purchase: a Sig 1911 C3 45ACP...................the rest have gotta go!
She will take the Gun Safe though, all 900 pounds if it..HaHaHa

Also talked to Cabelas about maybe making a package deal on some mounted trophies..:Kodiak Bear, Caribou (2); Canadian Timber Wolf; Alaskan Moose; Canadian Black Bear; (2) Montana White Tail.) ............. Daughter just doesn't have room in her house.................

I've got no complaints, life's been good.....been damn lucky and my cup has ALWAYS been "Half-Full".

CARPE DIEM
That is sad... I really wanted that Finnbear.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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OP the least you could do is put together a photo montage to share with us if your going to come in hear looking for sympathy.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Well the time has come :

In the last six months I've gotten rid of: 375 H&H; Colt SSA 45 colt 7 1/2"; pair of Weatherby Athena O&U, 12 & 20; S&W Mdl 29 44 Mag; Sako Finnbear 7mm Mag; ---------hard to do, but daughter has no interest in them (and there "ain't no buddy else")..... and I don't want 'em sold for pennies/on/the/dollar after I'm gone........so I took the money and Pre-Paid my Funeral expenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always have been a "Planner" ........I'm not leavin' ANY TIME SOON.... BUT, it's just like havin' my .45 Sig on the night stand: "Better to have it there and not need it"-----than "Need it and not have it there

Gonna hang on to a few favorites (1961 Sako Forester 243; Rem 700 Alaskan in .338 and The Montana Centennial (1889/1989) 1 of 2000, 1886 Winchester in 45/70 (Plus my 1st gun in 1941: a Win Mdl 74 .22cal, and my last purchase: a Sig 1911 C3 45ACP...................the rest have gotta go!
She will take the Gun Safe though, all 900 pounds if it..HaHaHa

Also talked to Cabelas about maybe making a package deal on some mounted trophies..:Kodiak Bear, Caribou (2); Canadian Timber Wolf; Alaskan Moose; Canadian Black Bear; (2) Montana White Tail.) ............. Daughter just doesn't have room in her house.................

I've got no complaints, life's been good.....been damn lucky and my cup has ALWAYS been "Half-Full".

CARPE DIEM

What a tremendous sacrifice for you to get rid of a big part of your life and collection but what a wonderful selfless gift you have given your daughter.
I mourn the loss of your collection with you but I praise your decision and celebrate that with you.
I wish you many more years on this earthly plane.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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Sounds like you've had a great life. I imagine it's going to be hard to part with all your toys and trophies.

I could sure use a new squirrel gun to teach my kids how to shoot....if you'd like to help a poor country pastor out.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: FROM Dixie, but IN SoCal
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Yup, I'm 68 now, and beginning to thin the herd a bit myself. I began with my "cowboy long-range" rifles: a Pedersoli Remington Rolling-Block in .45-70, a Marlin 336 Cowboy in .38-55, and a Uberti 1860 Henry in .45 Colt. I got more for each of them than I paid -- and for the Marlin a good bit more...

Going up for sale next week are my two (dang-near-perfect) 1903-A3's -- a Remington and a Smith Corona -- plus my .308 Savage 10FP that I've set up for long-range, and a Series 70 Colt Combat Commander with the satin nickel finish and rosewood grip slabs.

What I'm choosing to keep, at least for now, is a pair of .22 rimfire bolt-actions -- a CZ-452 Varmint set up for long-range and a Mossberg 802 Plinkster set up to tackle the backyard squirrel-menace. Rounding out .22 rimfire is a Ruger 22-45 that I've had for nearly 30 years.

I'm also keeping my early-1945-manufacture Winchester M-1 carbine, my lefthanded Stag Arms AR-15 clone that's also set up for long range, another Stag lefty upper for more immediate/closer work, and a slicked-up older micro-groove Marlin 1894C and its partner -- a Smith & Wesson Model 19-2.

I'm keeping a custom Series 70 Colt Combat Commander in .45 acp, a SIG P226 (9mm), and an Astra A60 (.380 acp). I'm also keeping my trusty 12ga Ithaca Model 37 M&P, and my remaining cowboy guns -- two mule-eared side-by-sides (12ga and 20ga), a Uberti 1866 carbine in .45 Colt and a brace of Uberti Remington New Model Army revolvers with conversion cylinders, also in .45 Colt.

On "long-term loan" to my son are a Savage 69RXL riot gun, an elegant 20ga. Winchester Model 12, and a .223 Savage Model 12FV .

Though this is not the place for any detail, I'm also doing much the same thing to my knife collection that I've been building for most of my life.

-- Nighteyes
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