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I figured I was done. The freezer is packed, the truck has been washed, and most everything big has been put away. I still have some guns to clean and a final R&R on the minor tools of the trade but then...my almost 17-year old boy tells me he'd like to go deer hunting. I do have an unfulfilled tag and even a room reservation but...my freezer is quite happy. Really, if it was just me, I'd probably pass. But this is something of an event. He's hunted small game with me before, and has shot lots of the guns around here many times. He's fine with it all... but never really showed much enthusiasm for it. Other things were far-more engrossing for him, and I understand that. We're almost a century apart in the world we've grown-up in, 1960s rural Pennsylvania and 21st century urban Colorado are effectively different universes. Not sure what has triggered this (COVID lockdowns, no church, minimal school and social interactions, etc.) but I just spent the last 20-minutes demonstrating how the reloading process for a .308 shell works and then further explaining the technical differences between an 1886 Winchester and an AR-10. I'm thinking this is a "trainable moment" and I don't want to miss it.

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86 winchester would make a nice gun for a kid to shoot his first deer. It would add some serious panache.

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Thankyou! Considering that the gun was my Great-grandfather's, panache would be only a small part of it.

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All the more reason. If I am counting right, your son would be the 5th generation. I can't say I know I have a family gun with that sort of track record.

What caliber is the 86?


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Lloyd, gotta go when you get that ask!

And my 16 yo will also be getting what for him will be a fifth generation gun....my Fox Grade A 12 gauge.


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Brent: .33WCF, the only non-black powder chambering in the '86 that I know of. A pain to reload for but, really, the only option for shells anymore. Great gun but accordingly, I shoot it sparingly. You are correct, 5th generation.

James, great idea! A gun like that needs to be kept and appreciated. A great start if your boy is so-inclined. We'll be taking the '86 as a back-up for the latest addition to the arsenal here, the Ruger American.

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Consider it the victory it is, Lloyd. That is a fine young man you have raised, my friend, and the diversions available to these kids would have boggled our minds.

Yesterday was Christopher’s 14th birthday. The burgers were 1lb of venison, 1lb of Italian seasoned ground turkey, and 9 ozs of chorizo, a bold tablespoon of steakhouse seasoning, and, grilled gently over charcoal. I put about 6 venison steaks on the grille, and let them go about 1-2 minutes each side, but, the only takers were my paleo man neighbor, and I.

It was a victory here, too, as the burgers all went, even my squeamish wife had one and noted it was delicious.

Good hunting, buddy.

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Call around, there might be a food bank or other non profit that will accept game. Maybe, you can get your boy out and fill the tag without having to overly worrying about what to do with it.

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33 WCF is not my favorite, but I don't have a 4-generation gun going on 5, either (at least not 5 generations in my family). If I did, .33 WCF would be my favorite smile

If I was that kid, I know that's the gun I would want to hunt. And I would stick my hunting license up under the buttplate afterwards too. (I know there is no hole there, but there could be).

The closest thing I have to your 86 is a 97 Winchester 12 gauge (3 generations), and it has licenses dating back to 1917.

Well post a picture of your son, the gun, the deer (if there is one), and all three!

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GREAT, GREAT!!
Wonderful news
Remember the trip is for the son and not the meat
Y'all have FUN!!
No pressures
Mike

p.s. My little boy Allen will be 49 on his next birthday smile


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