Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: rural southwestern N.Y. State
A couple years ago, I decided that with approaching age, I would cut down my gun collection, so I passed 3 rifles each to my 3 grandsons.. I did save my CVA .44 mag though..along with several rimfires.
Deer population here in NY State is way up and I have my old timer's license..got 2 trnsferable antlerless permits, and black bears are increased to the point where they are visiting the surrounding villages and hamlets.
Deer in NY are on the large side, compared to some states.. I don't need the meat, but I know some folks who could use some.
Then, this year, I started to get the itch back, and with 4WD I can get closer to my hunting spots. One day, I happened by the gun dept at a Walmart..thinking Marlin 336 lever...but right beside it was a stubby Ruger.
Hmmm..450 bushmaster.. OK, it reached out and caught me !
I was a bit concerned with recoil on my old shoulder, but at sighting in, it wasn't too bad..maybe between a 20ga & 12ga single with slugs.
But that muzzle brake.. I'll definitely need ear protection.
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