Dear Hunters: Do You Love Hunting Big Game With Old Ass Rifles?

Call me weird… but I dig antiquated turn-bolts, single shots and doubles. And no scopes.

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on January 12, 2018

I love hunting with old rifles and custom rifles built along classic, early 1900’s, British lines.

My friend and world-renown gunmith, Sterling Davenport, has crafted for me many gorgeous rifles along 1920s old Rigby and Wm. Jeffery stock patterns.

Currently, I’m having rifle wizard Lon Paul build me a 9.3 x 62 after a glorious and old .350 Rigby rifle.

Call me weird… but I dig antiquated turn-bolts, single shots and doubles. And no scopes.

I Love Hunting Big Game With Old Ass Rifles

Last week I took my 100% original, 1927 James Howe (from Griffin & Howe fame), Springfield 30/06 into the live oak choked woods near my casa in the Texas Hill Country for a weekend whitetail hunt.

And guess what?

My 88 year old, no scope-no problem, bolt action Springfield folded this buck up like a cheap suit. The 220r. Remington Core-Lokt smashed his shoulder at twenty-five yards and the buck didn’t know what him and he fell where he stood.

Is it the biggest deer harvested in America this year?


But you know what is cool to me?

The fact that this well made, nearly 90 year old rifle, is not only beautiful but it’s deadly and it’s back in the field where Howe intended it to be.

Next time you prepare to go out to the woods to hunt big game think about taking that old treasure in your gun cabinet out.  Or ask your grand-dad if you can take afield one of his old guns.  Or, better yet, see if grandpa has two old rifles and ask him to accompany you into the woods and put those classic rifles back to work.

Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):

Why be average? It’s so overrated.

Everyone does that.

You need to Do Epic Sh-t.

If you don’t think so, add some more meat to your diet and read this while you wait for your steak to grill:

Get Doug Giles’ book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation today!

If a person looked to Scripture and paid particular attention to the passages within the Bible that address the topic of hunting, then they’d walk away thinking not only is hunting animals tolerated but it is endorsed by God. And that’s exactly what this little book is about: proving that God, from Genesis to Revelation, is extremely cool with hunters and hunting. I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the responsible killing and the grilling of the animals He created. ~Doug Giles


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