I just love Dad’s old rifle! It’s a real classic; sproterized Remington 1903 30-06 Sprg, with ebony tipped fore end, Monty Carlo stock, leather sling, and a Weaver K6 scope and rings.
He got it in the late forties or early fifties and willed it to me when he died. It resides in an antique gun cabinet that is made from cherry wood collected from his mother’s childhood home. (Right next to his vintage Winchester model 12 16 GA and his dad’s old L.C. Smith SxS 12 GA.) He loved that rifle and shot many deer with it in the Alleghany Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Now I love that old rifle too. I know part of my affection for it is its connection to dear old dad but it deserves love in its own right.
First of all it deserves respect because it may have been used in the service of our Country. It’s time honored claw extractor and tested 30-06 chambering add much appeal. Topping it off with the fixed power weaver and leather sling just make it so lovable.
I thought about adding new optics and changing the recoil pad but just couldn’t do it. I have scheduled a gunsmith to thoroughly clean it and check the head spacing but that’s it. It would be wrong to change it.
Now I just need to sight it in and find an elk to use those 180 grain federal vital shocks on.
I would love to hear about your dad’s old gun.