Heading to the woods with my dad's big bore Mountain Rifle tomorrow.

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Fatboyz

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My father passed this spring quite suddenly. All his guns came to me in the estate. He had a CVA Big Bore mountain rifle that he built from a kit in the late 1970's or maybe early 1980's.. I explained a bit more in another thread in the percussion section, but to make a long story short he only shot it a few times with little success. When it came to me I got it out this summer and was also having issues. The kit was listed as a 54 caliber, and that's what the barrel is stamped as, turns out its actually a 58 caliber big bore that was incorrectly stamped at the factory and I now have it shooting very well. My dad also had an old model 1892 44-40 that came to him from my uncle about 7 years ago. it had hung on my uncles wall with some other inherited firearms for over 50 years. When my dad passed so suddenly he had all kinds of projects on the go for me, leather knife sheaths etc, and walking into his shop after he passed was very difficult for me as it seemed he should be coming out from the house at any moment to continue work on the projects. I got brass, dies and bullets for the 44-40, and I got a deer with it a few weeks ago, I got the big bore figured out and it's going to the woods with me tomorrow. For my dad the passion was building the rifle from the kit and not so much hunting with it. For me it just seems like another unfinished project. I can't finish all the carpentry and other projects he started but for me getting these rifles shooting and being able to harvest a deer with them is helping me with closure. So tomorrow morning the weather looks like it will be a nice cool November blue bird Alberta day and I hope I can be successful with this rifle too and close another unfinished chapter!
 

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Sorry for your loss. Now get out there and knock one down with dads gun. Might feel like he’s there with you and I’m sure he’ll be smiling from the other side.
 
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so sorry for your loss
we think that our parents are invincible until suddenly they are gone. losing my parents was only surpassed by losing a child. ain't supposed to happen.
i will be sending all my good thoughts for your hunt.
a 92 in 44-40 turns my crank almost as much as a CVA mountain big bore!
 

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Well I gave her a good go these last 10 days. Our season ended today. I only had opportunities on bucks but I already filled my buck tag with my flintlock and only had a doe tag left. It was great to pack dads rifle around in the woods and that alone made it a success. It was -20C and snowing pretty hard all day today, the last day of our season. I have had the rifle loaded for the last 10 days and just before last light tonight I took aim on a big cottonwood to fire off the rifle so i could clean it and put it away when I got home. It fired without hesitation and hit the knot I was aiming at. Next season this will be the first rifle into the woods.
 
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