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Old 10-06-2004, 12:16 AM
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Default I'll never borrow a rifle again!!!!

A few years back I was sighting in my 270 bolt the day before MN opener, after getting my rifle sighted where I wanted it I decided to take one final shot to make sure, BULLSEYE!! As I opened my bolt I heard something fall onto the concrete floor, my firing pin!!! It snapped in half!!! Seeing how I was 4 hours from home, I called my buddy who hunted in our group and asked if he had a extra rifle I could borrow till I got home to grab my extra. "No Problem" I have an extra semi-auto and just sighted it in last week. I didn't like the idea of 1) borrowing 2) not getting a chance to fire the rifle before I fired it at an animal. Need less to say I borrowed it.
As I'm sitting in my stand opening morning I spotted movement along a slashing, a nice doe, and she was moving quickly straight towards me. She was "hot" and had the biggest buck I had ever seen trailing her. As they made their way into my shooting lane I got a good look, a wide,heavy racked 10. He stopped at 20 yards! I put the cross hairs on his sweet spot and squeezed the trigger, NOTHING, not even a click! By now he was moving again and going straight away, my only chance was to manually eject a shell and hope it would free up whatever was "froze". He stopped and I put it back on him, squeezed the trigger, NOTHING.
I got down out of my stand and made my way back to camp! It was the longest walk I'd ever been on! When I got to camp my dad asked me if I'd seen anything? Well, I told the crew what had happened and my buddy the borrower started riding me, along with the rest of the crew, BUCK FEVER,BUCK FEVER, that rifle shoots perfectly fine! I handed it to him and told him to fire away. He set up a target got a steady rest and, WHAT THE #%$*, whats wrong with this #%&*# thing??? IT WON'T FIRE!!! So, we took it apart and it looked like someone took the trigger mechanism and dipped it in roofing tar! I don't think he cleaned that gun in 10 years! Every time we head out in the field together I ask if he's cleaned his gun lately? I have shot a few nice 8's since that incident, but still haven't seen one as big as that bruiser. I'LL NEVER BORROW A RIFLE AGAIN!!!!!!!

Anyone else had an experience like this, borrowed or not?

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Old 10-07-2004, 05:06 PM
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Default RE: I'll never borrow a rifle again!!!!

I allways take an extra rifle when I go on a trip. There were two times when my extra rifle saved one of my buddies when their rifle was out of order. One guy bought a new Remington, sited it in and it malfunctioned his first morning on his stand due to a poorly machined part. Another guy had a story equivalent to yours. Both benefited from me bringing along a well maintained extra rifle.
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Old 10-08-2004, 05:43 PM
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Had a simular situation, Day before the opener, went to shoot my Rem. 7400 one more time, you guessed it, the JAM O MATIC started. Had to borrow my dads rifle, which he had sited in. Missed a Buck, thank god is wasn't as big as yours. Moral of story, New Rugar M77 bolt, and JAM O MATIC is in gun cabinet for the remainder of it's years.
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Old 10-09-2004, 01:34 PM
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Default RE: I'll never borrow a rifle again!!!!

When I still used a long gun for deer I carried two .308s to camp, one with a variable scope, the other with a peep. Never needed a spare, but at least had the choice of sights depending on the hunt. Now I just carry a S&W .44 Mag with a red dot.
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Old 10-13-2004, 07:09 PM
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Default RE: I'll never borrow a rifle again!!!!

I can't say that I have experienced your situation ONLY because I have always carried my own spare to the "hunt". I have a double sided case that houses two rifles that I have total confidence in! I haven't had the problems you have described with the firing pin BUT I had an occasion to go to the backup as the result of a bad round that fell apart in the chamber and couldn't be extracted in a timely manner (extractor sheared the shell casing, leaving it stuck)! Others in my group have used the backup, with success, on other occasions.


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Old 10-13-2004, 09:51 PM
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Ever since that incident, I bring an extra rifle. Tough lesson though!

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Old 10-14-2004, 01:34 PM
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Always take a second on a hunting trip. always always always.

If I drop or bang one, I don't take it to the field. I get out the backup and use it. I sight them in before the trip, I make a distance-drop chart I tape to the stock of each rifle. Once it get where I am going I again go to the Range. One never knows.


I want complete confidence in my firearm when I need it. Paying thousands to go on a hunt or just the cost of the trip is not worth taking a chance on not having the equipment function properly.

It happens every year. You know the saying. An ounce of prevention...

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Old 10-15-2004, 01:33 PM
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Default RE: I'll never borrow a rifle again!!!!

What do you have against Browning Rifles?
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Old 10-15-2004, 07:03 PM
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Browning rifles? You LOST me!! I don't see Brownings' referred to in this thread?????????????


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Old 10-16-2004, 08:56 AM
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Sorry,
When Ioriginally read this thread I didnt have my coffee as of yet. I mistook borowing for Browning....my fault.

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