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This is a discussion on Hello Good People within the Introductions & Greets forums, part of the category; I'm new to this excellent venue. I've been hunting for some time, but not for dangerous game. This will change ...

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    Default Hello Good People

    I'm new to this excellent venue. I've been hunting for some time, but not for dangerous game. This will change someday, but for now I've acquired my first heavy rifle, so I'm here to learn about it, how to fix it up for this game, and how to shoot it properly from field positions.
    "There's more old drunks than there are old doctors, so I guess we better have another round." Willie Nelson

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    Welcome to AH MM! Don't keep us in suspense, what's the story on the rifle?
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    Well, from a financial planning angle, it was an impulse buy, but in reality it wasn't because I had wanted a heavy rifle for many years. When I ran across this gun with a good deal, I saw an opportunity to obtain my first heavy, with the opportunity to tune it up, wring it out, and learn to shoot it well. With that completed, I'll finally have the ability to hunt something larger and more dangerous than deer. It's a Model 70, manufactured about 10 years ago, in LN condition. The previous owner bought it new, shot it a few rounds, and recently decided to sell it on consignment in my friend's gun shop. Since I'm very fond of the Model 70 and greatly admire the history and overall performance of the 375 Holland round, I decided this was my new heavy rifle. This gun has a 3 round box magazine and a CRF bolt.

    So y new quest, after taking it to the range for the first time, is to bed it, set up the iron sights for DG (I'll need help wth that), scope it with some decent glass with enough quality to handle the recoil, repad and balance the gun, and make sure I get a good quality hunting trigger pull. I know all this would be taken care of in advance if I had the Franklins to buy a better gun, but with two daughters in college this was my best option.

    So my plan is to use this gun for all rifle hunting, get it completely wrung out, super reliable, and shooting smooth, so that when I finally plan a DG hunt, I'll be ready in the hardware department. Another reason I like this idea of using the gun for everything, is in case I get caught in a situation like I did several years ago, in which I didn't know about the large black bears in the area I was hunting deer in with a 243, I'll be more prepared in the unlikely event of an unpleasant encounter. That particular day I climbed the highest I had ever climbed in my tree stand because at the base of my tree with the biggest damn black bear print I had ever seen. It just made me a little uncomfortable sitting there with my little 243. Funny when I look back on it.

    So that's the story. Long-winded for sure, but I'm excited to wade into this particular kind of hunting, and the expertise and experience on this forum.
    "There's more old drunks than there are old doctors, so I guess we better have another round." Willie Nelson

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    Welcome to the AH family hope you enjoy it as much as I have and all the other members look forward to your continued posting and reports.
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    welcome to AH medium madness. at least you dont claim to be totally mad

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    gday medium madness , welcome and enjoy the forum
    just the mention of 375 gets most of this group on side , good luck with setting the little lady up .
    i bought on about 4 months ago and havnt had the time to do bugger all with it as yet so dont be shy with helpfull hints mate

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    Welcome to AH, MediumMadness!

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    Welcome to the forum, mediummadness !

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    Welcome to the forum medium madness! Excellent bunch of folks here on AH. Enjoy your stay.

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    Welcome to AH...
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    Welcome to AH MediumMadness! Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned good luck with the 375H&H its proven it self time and time again.
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