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Well when I was 15 I finally talked my dad into taking me hunting, he used to go all the time and he stopped sometime around when I was born. My dad told me I need a rifle, so he went into his room, and he came back with a Remington 788 .243. He gave it to me and told me it was mine, he showed me how to clean it, care for it, load it, and he went back over gun safety with me. I was ecstatic, my first gun was my father's, from when he was around my age to, and his father bought t for him. The trigger broke like glass, and the scope was cheap but worked. So he called his friend from work, he owned a hunting club and he told us to come out there that weekend. The guy was nice enough to set us up in a camper, and gave us his best two stands. That weekend I took my first deer, a 120 lb. doe and I was hooked. I have only used that gun since and it hasn't let me down once. Well last week I found out my grandfather has bone-marrow cancer, and it has been hard, he has been great to me, took me fishing, shooting, and more fishing. I would always go to his house and fish for large mouth, brim, and cats in his fully stocked pond when the reds weren't biting. But when the reds were biting I would fish of his dock, take my boat out from his ramp, or we would go out with my father. Well he is a great man, and I am hoping the best for him. Today he gave me his hunting rifle he has had for a while, a Parker Hale 30-06, made in Birmingham, England. I wanted to share pictures of my old faithful .243 and my new 30-06. I hope you guys enjoy, these rifles will always be mine, and I hope to pass down them one day. They both mean very much to me. On to the pics:
Remington 788:

The Parker Hale:






Best overall picture I could get tonight with my fiancee's iPhone:

The ammunition size difference, that is considerably bigger....this should be fun :lmao::

The carving and ivory is awesome, I need to clean the stock up, since my grandpa already cleaned the barrel and action.

Thanks for reading guys,

GeorgiaRedfish
 

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That is a thing of beauty no doubt..
 

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Good deal, that's a beauty. The best thing is, your grandpa will cross your mind every time you look at it or use it.
 

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My thoughts go to you and you family Fish.

You have alot of family history there my friend. Enjoy them and the memories of the two that bestowed them upon you.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words guys, maybe it is my lack of experience with a lot of rifles, but i have never seen one where the scope mount lets you see down the barrel where you can see the flip up rear sight, that is pretty awesome.
 

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Range report, great grouping, great accuracy, I had to resight the scope, but once I did it was a tack driver. Thing kicks like a mule, and makes my .243 seem like a bb gun.
 

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Yee HAW! LOL! That round is a thumper in comparison huh? Not you're set and can take down anything on the continent. The see through mount comes in handy at closer range.
 

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GRF,

Sorry to hear the news about your grandfather, he and your family will be in our prayers. Great looking rifles you have there and great stories to go along with them! I have a couple of 788's and can attest that they are super shooters. The Parker Hale is definitely a great rifle and as DH said, it will always be a good reminder to you over the years. Look forward to seeing some pics of you, deer and rifles now!
 

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Thanks everyone, ya that 30-06 is a thumper. Thanks for your wishes and prayers guys. I will be posting some pics real soon I hope. I am going to go out with my dog and sit, I am sure I won't get anything with the dog there, but she enjoys the woods. Plus big farming equipment has been running all day so I doubt there are any hanging around.
 
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