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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:54 am 
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Thanks to my (LGS) local gun store for increasing my appreciation of old guns! They know my interests and have lead me to acquire a Mossberg 142a, a 42m, to add to my 44us, and rem 513s. I thought I wanted a latest and greatest stainless/composite rifle but found them all lacking character. I now realize what I really appreciate is a gun that was made by people who were proud of each piece they produced. That's character!


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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 11:01 am 
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Welcome aboard! I'm also of the opinion that wood and steel are what rifles should be made of. I consider many old rifles,works of art. I have a 40's Remington score master (511,I think) that cover leafs at 50 yards. I went through a lot of "phases" to get here,even my handguns are wood and blued steel.....Larry

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:37 pm 
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I know what you mean. My passion is Winchester 69A's. Been shooting the same one for 55 years. Decided each of my grandsons should have one. Only one of them is old enough, so here are the 3 that are left plus my original.
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Here's a good shot of mine. I had to refinish the stock due to some water damage, but the 73 year old bluing is original.
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The one in the front is the one my oldest grandson has now. It was made around 1953, and is all original. Check out the FACTORY stock on that bad boy. :o :D
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:00 am 
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Beautiful rifles, guys. I also love old .22s, a work of art you can shoot with!
Here's a couple of my babies, a Mossberg 152, and a 42M.


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 4:48 pm 
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HectorFuego wrote:
I know what you mean. My passion is Winchester 69A's. Been shooting the same one for 55 years. Decided each of my grandsons should have one. Only one of them is old enough, so here are the 3 that are left plus my original.
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Here's a good shot of mine. I had to refinish the stock due to some water damage, but the 73 year old bluing is original.
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The one in the front is the one my oldest grandson has now. It was made around 1953, and is all original. Check out the FACTORY stock on that bad boy. :o :D
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I was given a model 69a by my grandfather in 1971, it was stolen years ago. Man,I wish I still had her. Many rifles come and go,but a man values a rifle given to him by his grandpa. Good for you Hector,long after your gone,they'll have something to bring up fond memories...Larry

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:31 am 
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kens wrote:
Thanks to my ((LGS) local gun store) local gun store for increasing my appreciation of old guns! They know my interests and have lead me to acquire a Mossberg 142a, a 42m, to add to my 44us, and rem 513s. I thought I wanted a latest and greatest stainless/composite rifle but found them all lacking character. I now realize what I really appreciate is a gun that was made by people who were proud of each piece they produced. That's character!


I completely agree... I tried to build a Rem 700 SPS Tactical (308), and after bolting on some of the latest greatest 'bolt-ons" the rifle lacked any character... even the "cool" factor did nothing for me. I sold the rifle and went back to collecting hard wood and blue steel. So where am I going with this? To be topic related, I am hunting for a precision 22lr, maybe from Remington or Mossberg (Kimber 82G's are out of sight now). My current collection is rather infantile, as I own a Marlin made by Sears and Robuck (Marlin model 80) bolt action, and a Harrington & Richardson 250 Sportster (circa late 1940's to early 1950's). Both are lights out shooters.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:28 pm 
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IMHO,A good rifle should be made of wood and steel,That's why I like milsurps. I own nothing that is plastic or aluminum,even my mini 14 has the original wood hand gaurd :thumb: ...Larry

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:01 pm 
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kens wrote:
Thanks to my ((LGS) local gun store) local gun store for increasing my appreciation of old guns! They know my interests and have lead me to acquire a Mossberg 142a, a 42m, to add to my 44us, and rem 513s. I thought I wanted a latest and greatest stainless/composite rifle but found them all lacking character. I now realize what I really appreciate is a gun that was made by people who were proud of each piece they produced. That's character!


Congratulations! And welcome to the Mossberg Club.
I started out with a Romanian M69 and moved to a Remington 513T before I found a Mossberg. My first was a 146B with a T-bolt. It was neglected and needed a little help so I gave it. Since I have aquired quite a few Mossies, including a 142M, I picked up a couple of Remington 40X (one is a HB) target rifles. When I need to hit something, I'll pull out that 146B, or a 46M, or a 42M, or a 40 or ... well, I think most of them shoot as good as the 40X's (or at least with ME shooting them).
I've found Mossbergs to be REALLY good inexpensive quality and a whole lot of fun!

Oh, and Wrench - mighty pretty wood on that 151! :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:20 am 
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My eldest grandson and I spent a recent afternoon at the range. He is 19 and just purchased a Savage Mod. 3a w/2.5 side mount scope (ext. adj). He got to shoot it and I shot my Mossberg 142a w/t bolt. First time I was able to get it away from the grandkids. Didn't shoot at much range as we were sighting in but had a wonderful afternoon! Checked out a new gun store on the way home too! We have been shooting together since he was 5, bought him a Savage Mk Iy when he was 8. Always have a great time together. He really likes classics and historical military arms.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:34 am 
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wrench wrote:
I also love old .22s, a work of art you can shoot with!


Yep...

Peerless... This one was my Dad's, ordered from Montgomery Wards... I've been told it is a Stevens Model 66, which Stevens started making in 1930...

Stock was grubby, shellac peeling off badly so I redid the stock with a couple of coats of linseed oil... did it the "old way" of heating the linseed oil smoking hot and applying it to the stock... bluing is original...

Altho I have others, this is the one I love to shoot... It is the most accurate .22 I have ever used...


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:27 pm 
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Came across this topic a little late but completely agree with the appreciation for wood and blued steel. I picked up this vintage Mossberg 142A recently. The stock blew me away and this little rifle just had to end up in my hands. There is unbelievable curl and colors in this stock, and when you change the angle of light some grain "glows" like light in a Kincaid oil painting. The original finish was a little tired so I cleaned and restored it as soon as I got it home. I tried to capture the beauty but unfortunately my photography skills are lacking and the pictures don't do it justice.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:49 pm 
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steved66 wrote:
I picked up this vintage Mossberg 142A recently.

Nice!

Never had one, but seem to remember that Mossberg used a barrel on the 142 that was super accurate...

Had it to the range yet???

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:35 am 
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Was out plinking with it yesterday, nothing formal just ringing a few gongs on the rimfire range. Hits where you aim with the peep sights. Would like to find a vintage Mossberg scope to put on it and really see how accurate it is.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:30 am 
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Pretty stock on that Mossberg!
A 142 is on my shopping list 8-)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:49 pm 
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I know this is a rifle thread, and I could show my 39A, but I like wood and blued rimfire handguns too so, apologizing in advance, I'm posting one of mine, a Walther TPH .22LR, made in Germany in 1976, sporting custom walnut furniture by Pete Foldyna at Grips4U.
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