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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-31-2018, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Default Drilling/Combo: Are you concerned about hunting with a classic or expensive firearm

When I first started into the combo gun I purchased a Baikal 12/30-06 for $400. After talking with Drilling Man he convinced me to go with a Valmet 412. I purchased my first Valmet 412 12/30-06 and sold the Baikal. I have not looked back.


But at the time I had a mental block that I should not use such a nice firearm as the Valmet 412 for hunting. My concern was that I would scratch it, ding it or break it.



Are you/were you concerned about hunting with a classic drilling or combo gun? What caused you to get over and concerns or mental reservations?
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I've only ever bought firearms that I can use on the range on in the field. Most of them cost me somewhere between $400 to &1,500. The most expensive rifle I have is a Merkel double rifle (500NE) that cost $9k AUD several years ago. It was a painful decision to buy it (forking out that much money on a rifle) but the sole intent was to use it, so I never had any reservations about doing so. Having said that, it received some minor scratching on the outside of one of the barrels as a result of being taken down and in a case with the fore-end piece being too close to it - the bumps from driving around with it in the back of the car allowed the fore-end metalwork to rub on the barrel. Still, could be touched up so it's not noticeable.
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But at the time I had a mental block that I should not use such a nice firearm as the Valmet 412 for hunting. My concern was that I would scratch it, ding it or break it.
I've never been afraid to take my 412 out and use it...





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I have two Savage 24Vs and while I haven't hunted in many years, I wouldn't avoid it. I got them in case I do go hunting at some point again (or if we get a chance to travel).
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