What's with these rifles?

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What's with these rifles?

Post by Ohyou81too? » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:46 pm

Hello Everyone! I'm fairly new here, well I've been a member for about 5 weeks now but this is my first post. I have read a lot of the topics that have been discussed on here over the past weeks and month's and I really appreciate all of the advice and knowledge the people here on the great model 8 has. It has been fun to read and learn from you all.
I purchased my first "old rifle"(before this the oldest rifles I had were a few Brownings and Winchesters from the early 70's) about 5 weeks ago. It is a 81 in pretty good shape for a fair price. It has a sling a scope and came with 4 boxes of ammo. Now I am hooked! I think I have a bad case of... I think you call it "Jackitis" Since then I have found 2 more 81's and 2 8's. 4 are 35's and 1 300. and another 35 in the works. What is it with these old spring poles? They are about the best looking guns ever made.
I thought I had never seen one before a few weeks ago, but I was looking through some pictures from a few years ago and I have a number of pictures of the ones they have in the Browning museum in Ogden, Utah. So maybe that's where it all started.
I am sure I will have some questions as I learn more about these wonderful guns. I am trying to decide what to do with one of my 8's that came to me a couple of day's ago. Its a first year 1906 model so I guess it wasn't an 8 yet. but it came to me looking pretty rough(the pictures of it looked better) that's always tough for me when buying off line. It's #'s all match but the blueing is about gone it has 4 extra holes in the receiver and the but stock has been refinished and sanded to about 3 sizes too small... frustrating. but I am still happy to have a first year model. that I was told functions flawlessly.
This is the first forum I have ever joined.. So sorry in advance I can't type spell or punctuate. hopefully some of it makes sense.
Thanks.
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Re: What's with these rifles?

Post by Phyrbird » Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:34 am

A pretty stable indeed, I really like the figure on the top 81. 8-) Also looks like a great example of a SLR, it even has the early safety lever. You might consider a folding sight for the barrel jacket, it helps the field of view :geek: when your using the tang sight.
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Re: What's with these rifles?

Post by 81police » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:09 am

Ohyou81too? welcome aboard! With such a nice collection of rifles, one has to ask, which is your favorite to shoot?

And I agree with Phyrbird, great early 8 there, I love early guns with tear drop safety levers!
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Re: What's with these rifles?

Post by jack1653 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:37 pm

Howdy,

Welcome aboard. Glad you found us and hope to see more of your "herd." We all start small and hope that we can round up a few more of the old spring poles to join our herds. :lol:

Regards,

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Re: What's with these rifles?

Post by Ohyou81too? » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:59 pm

Phyrbird, I appreciate your insight on the rear sight :D and that 81 on the top does have the best wood out of my collection.
Cam, Hard to say which is my favorite, I have only been able to shoot 2 of them so far. but I do like the feel of the 8 over the 81. I can't wait to shoot the 06 model. I still need to buy some 300 savage, but I found 12 boxes of 35 the other day, So hopefully this next weekend I can put a few rounds down range.
I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but my 81 with the scope has a neat patina? kind of a slight brownish color, my others are all just a normal worn blue. Have you ever seen them age like this? was it stored next to something that could do this? or has someone re-blued or attempted something else? I think it looks good, just different from the normal that I have seen.
Thanks Jack1653, I will try to keep up with pictures as the herd grows. I hope to find some beauties like so many on this site has and have. The pictures are great! I love the old hunting pictures. I myself love the outdoors, hunt, trap, fish etc. those early 1900's hunting parties look like the place to be. :D
Thanks you guy's for the comments, I appreciate your time.

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Re: What's with these rifles?

Post by 81police » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:17 am

The patina is pretty common. Something I've noticed over the years also, is that early production Model 81 magazines sometimes get a plum color different than the rest of the metal. Strange.

It looks like you have a lot of fun ahead of you! 81's in 300Sav are awesome hunting tools, but they pack a wallup to the shoulder!
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