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A couple of pics

I thought I'd just stick a couple of pictures in (I always enjoy seeing pics here!) of a couple of my favorite mediums. I am normally a walnut/blue type of guy, but also do appreciate the good points of SS as well. I do, however, prefer SS and wood, laminate or Walnut. Two M77 Hawkeyes here, one in .338 Fed with sealed walnut stock and one in .358 Win in a Boyd's Laminate stock.

Both are great cartridges capable of everything but big bears, IMHO. The .338 Fed is likely the better choice for a non-handloader and the .358 would work just great for someone who handloads or who doesn't mind pricey ammo. Both work well and for me I way prefer either for deer-sized game and up over .270, .308, 30/06, etc. Simply my opinion, of course.

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Those are some nice Guns

Those are some nice Guns TDH!  I had to buy something cheap when I first moved out here, so I got a simple Remington 700 BDL in 30-06, with a synthetic stock.  However, I have always loved real wood stocks.

I use the Remington still, because there is no need to spend money when what I have shoots straight, but I would still like to pick up a nice .270 or 7 MM, with a walnut or other wood stock.

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Not a thing wrong with the

Not a thing wrong with the BDL or synthetic stocks. I simply enjoy the feel of wood. When I hit the lottery I'll get us both a nice Win M70 Featherweight Deluxe in .270! How's that?  Big smile

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Sounds good!  And I will make

Sounds good!  And I will make the same promise.  I have my tickets to the Mega Millions tonight... Wink

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Great looking rifles. I have

Great looking rifles. I have to admit that when it comes to modern rifles that I only have one or two with regular wood stocks. I have many with some sort of synthetic and a few stainless one with laminated stocks. I think the laminates look real good with the stainless and hold up real well. I have a Stockeys stock with aluminum bedding block in granite laminate waiting for my 700 after I get it back from the gunsmith in a few more days. I'll post up a picture of mine as well if it comes out okay. I'm interested to see how the fit works out when I go to put it together.

I do like the look of real walnut as well. The one that Exbiologist posted up really has me thinking I might need a nice one.

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I, for sure, like the idea of

I, for sure, like the idea of an aluminum bedding block. Please be sure to show us that stock and rifle when it gets home!!  Thumbs up

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I'm a big fan of Ruger rifles

I'm a big fan of Ruger rifles and both of yours look great.  I'm glad you posted a pic of a Boyd's because I'm considering buying a Boyd's to sporterize my Mauser.  Thanks for the pic's and good look this year!

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What caliber is your Mauser?

What caliber is your Mauser? 8X57??

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nice rifles.  Don't know much

nice rifles.  Don't know much about .358win?  I always liked Ruger and there laminate stocks. 

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The .358 Win

niceshot_smitty wrote:

nice rifles.  Don't know much about .358win?  I always liked Ruger and there laminate stocks. 

 

I actually own two rifles in .358 Win, the other is a BLR (steel) that I bought about 20 years ago. The .358 is a great cartridge, but a tad tough to find reasonably priced ammo for. The Winchester factory 200gr load is pretty good out to 250 yards or so, but is just not really flat shooting. Wisconsin Precision Ammo and HSM AMMO both load for it at decent prices and Buffalo Bore and Double Tap produce loads that match or even exceed the Remington 200gr Factory load for the .35 Whelen (read that as pretty darn stout!)

If you handload or don't mind $$ ammo, the .358 is great and will perform from good to WOW with loads from 180-310gr. The .338 Fed might be a tad easier on the wallet and has ammo much easier to find as well. Buying loads for either online does not bother me, as I normally never buy ammo off the shelf any more.

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_74

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