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Old June 21st, 2010, 03:04 PM   #16
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I agree with Danwin22 to some point. I too, am in my 70's and I love the old time western movies. In fact, we watch them almost every day on the Western Cowboy channel on the satelite. However, my favorite is the stainless steel. If I remember correctly, the good guys used the stainless steel and the bad guys used the blued steel! Only kidding. When I bought both my Ruger revolvers, I seriously considered the blued steel, but I do carry them in my holster and I figure the stainless steel is easier to maintain and I do not worry as much about wear. also, I like what he said about the Winchester lever action. I have been looking for one and found one I like. It is a 1962 year model and a has lot of wear on the receiver. Just like in the westerns! Now we just need to agree on a price. Harley rider

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Old June 21st, 2010, 03:31 PM   #17
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Like Cyrille all of my firearms are of wood and steel save the Mark III .22 and SP101. There is a lot of steel in a Mark III, just have not gotten around to putting on wood grips. My wife has an 8-shot S&W .22 revolver. She just got some rosewood grips on it. Looks great! I view my SP 101 as a functional gun. The rubber grips feel great and just like the no-nonsense look of it.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 03:51 PM   #18
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well its not just you guys in your 70's..lol

I'm 37... although I do own a few other firearms, my old west style firearms are by far my favorite...although I already have a winchester 30-30 I want another, just with a hexegon barrel...I will end up with some other hexegon barrel lever actions evently too...I really want a 44, 357 and 22 with hexegon barrels...I just think the hexegon barrels look slick..I have one in a 44 black powder revolver and although it is a cheap remake it is by far one of my favorite firearms

living 36 miles from dodge city ks. may have a bit to do with it... I spent alot of time with a lady a few yrs back, she since then has passed away...she was born raised and lived her entire life there...she could remember Wyatt Earp from when she was a lil girl...aww to live back then...the intresting stories and things you can learn from those who lived the life...

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Old June 21st, 2010, 05:37 PM   #19
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Sorry if I gave the impression I just like blued guns. They are the classics but so is a nice-looking stainless one. I also like single actions made of Stainless.

The Lone Ranger, Hoppy, Roy and many others had nickel-plated sixguns and I'd love to have a Ruger Single Six .22 with the shiny stainless finish like the Vaquero.

Also, I don't really dislike synthetic stocks but when I have a chance to choose wood or plastic, I'll usually go with the wood.

Stainless is also good for rust control in my state of Florida.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #20
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Used to be very traditional regarding guns, but have changed some recently.

I'm 62 and never owned a gun of any kind that wasn't blued steel stocked with wood until this year!

(Just remembered my Ruger M77 VT .223 had a laminated stock with "target grey" finish on the metal--so I did own one non-blued gun before the recent two!)

Just never really liked the look of stainless steel or the look and feel of synthetic stocks.

A few months ago I broke with long-held ideas and bought a plastic-stocked Mossberg Persuader shotgun for HD.

Shortly after that I bought a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .223 for predators and varmint shooting. It shoots so well, it's replaced a heavier varmint rifle I used to use for prairie dogs and target shooting.

I'm not crazy about the way either of these guns looks.

The Mossberg--after taking it to the range and shooting a few rounds to make sure it functioned smoothly and shot where it was pointed--is now relegated to hopefully forever standby duty. I hunted a wood-stocked 20 ga. Mossberg for years and shoot very instinctively with the weapon. My hands find what they're looking for without thinking, and the shot goes where I point it.

But the Tikka, while not a gun I take out of the safe just to hold and admire, is now my go-to knock around rifle. It's accurate as hell, feeds rounds slicker than gopher guts, handles well, carries like a feather and I don't worry about it getting banged up in the field. If it did get a scar, I don't think I'd mind too much--but so far, after I wipe it down, it looks like new.

Synthetics and stainless steel have their place, I've discovered.

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Old July 8th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #21
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When I saw the title, made me think how much I prefer traditional hunting rifles compared to the so called black rifles. I prefer Ruger or Remington bolt guns over any other. Don't mind the stainless/plastic stocks as they are so easy to care for...that being said, not much prettier than fine walnut and bright blue steel.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #22
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I love'm all, with no real preference other than some history behind them. My original Armalite AR10 (1958 Artillerie-Inrichtingen) was pretty radical for its time and had some aluminum and crude synthetic materials incorporated in its building. It shoots a little over 1 moa to this day. A nice WW2 vintage M1 carbine made by the juke box company Rock-Ola shoots both reliably and very accurate for its age and design, less than 1/4 million made by them which is low numbers compared to the other 9 manufacturers of it at the time. Almost everything I collect has some unique aspect to it that sets it apart from the cookiecutter pieces out there.
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ive got a few plastic guns because they are working guns that i dont mind getting a little dinged up and can be replaced without a lot of tears. but i agree, there is just something about the feel of real wood and steel!
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Old October 24th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #24
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Yes I think I'm pretty conservative with my tastes and what I prefer. But blue and walnut, come on that leaves out a ton of combinations.
like blue and ivory and stainless with walnut

and other wood like birdseye maple and ebony.
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I am pretty conservative myself. My old SKS came with a plastic folding stock. The first thing I did was take that off and put the original wood back on.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 09:05 AM   #26
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Wood & steel works for me.
I hate rubbers - I think the guns just cringe in embarrassment to be seen in public.

I do own one plastic - a cheap Hi-Point.
Almost "had" to, to get the youngsters to join me at the range.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 09:43 AM   #27
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I'm function over form. I like stainless, wood is nice but on a rifle it adds weight so I have replaced wood with synthetic to cut a pound off a hunting rifle. In handgun my tastes go toward wheel guns, usually stainless and I like the insert grips as they fit my hands well, give me good control and wooden inserts dress it up some. This year I bought an LCR and like the light weight for CC, strictly a handgun to be carried for protection. In shotguns I'm all over the place as I own a Red Label that is blue with walnut and it is a pretty shotgun that fits me like custom made and I can shoot it well. For waterfowl and turkey I have a Remington 870 Supermag that has a synthetic stock and matte finish, strictly function.

To me if it gets the job done then that is why I own it and if it looks nice that is a plus, usually.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by blackhawknj View Post
In addition to being your basic Right of Center Conservative I find my tastes in guns are conservative. I am a Steel and Walnut man, an aluminum receiver is ok on a 22 rifle, that's it. Rubber grips are fine and look good on a stainless or nickeled gun, otherwise, if it doesn't have a steel fram it's not for me. Also no S&Ws with locks or New Model Ruger SAs. I learned in the 1950s that you keep the chamber under the hammer of a traditional single action empty and I think Finn Aagard said it best that the only safety is behind the eyes and between the ears. I realize some of these modern materials have their virtues but for me Nothing Beats The Feel of Steel.
I love blued steel and wood in my guns. Not sure why, but they just "feel" right to me.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #30
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Gotta say I gravitate toward double-action revolvers. They're just classic and beautiful. Nothing against the semi-autos, mind you. They're fine guns, and I certainly enjoy shooting them. But how do you beat the graceful lines of a S&W N-frame or a 7.5" bbl Redhawk? You don't.

Rosewood stocks are the most beautiful on a wheelgun. Beyond that, the gun can be either blued or stainless. Both are lovely, both are durable, and both will do the job if called to do so. Black rubber stocks have that neat "tacticool" look to them, while also being very serviceable.

Now, let's talk long guns. Any beautiful wood is best, with a slight preference for oak (being Californian) or really well figured walnut. Rosewood would also work very well here, especially on a stainless gun. I prefer non-laminated stocks, as they just seem more "genuine".

So, what do my guns have? Well, the "Assault 10/22", as I affectionately call it (it's bone-stock, not even a scope yet), has the black furniture that came with it. It works, looks good, and will stay. The wheelgun typically wears Pachmayr Presentation Grips for range/SD duty, unless I'm dressing up and OC'ing ("barbecue gun" situation). Then the wooden stocks get put on.
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